Wyoming HB 228 - Transfer of Federal Lands Study

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A BILL for AN ACT relating to public lands; creating the task force on the transfer of federal lands; requiring a report from the attorney general on possible legal recourses available to compel the federal government to relinquish ownership and management of specified federal lands in Wyoming; requiring a study and report by the task force to the joint agriculture, state and public lands and water resources interim committee as specified; providing appropriations; and providing for an effective date.

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Wyoming HB 228 - Transfer of Federal Lands Study

  1. 1. 2013 13LSO-0549.E1 ENGROSSED STATE OF WYOMING HOUSE BILL NO. HB0228 Transfer of federal lands-study. Sponsored by: Representative(s) Miller, Greear, Jaggi, Larsen and Madden and Senator(s) Bebout and Hicks A BILL for 1 AN ACT relating to public lands; creating the task force on 2 the transfer of federal lands; requiring a report from the 3 attorney general on possible legal recourses available to 4 compel the federal government to relinquish ownership and 5 management of specified federal lands in Wyoming; requiring 6 a 7 agriculture, 8 interim committee as specified; providing appropriations; 9 and providing for an effective date. study and report state by and the public task lands force to and water the joint resources 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Wyoming: 12 13 Section 1. 14 15 16 (a) There is created a task force on the transfer of public lands consisting of the following members: 1 HB0228
  2. 2. 2013 STATE OF WYOMING 13LSO-0549.E1 1 2 (i) Two (2) members of the Wyoming 3 appointed by the president of the senate. 4 senate, One (1) of the members shall be designated as cochairman; 5 6 (ii) Two (2) members appointed by of the the Wyoming speaker of house 7 representatives, the 8 of house. One (1) of the members shall be designated as cochairman; 9 10 (iii) Five (5) members appointed by the 11 governor. One (1) of the members shall have a background 12 in oil and gas production, one (1) shall have a background 13 in mining, one (1) shall be a county commissioner, one (1) 14 shall have a background in travel and recreation and one 15 (1) shall have a background in agriculture. 16 17 (b) The task force service shall staffed the department of legislative 19 administration 20 Wyoming 21 advisory 22 technical 23 State agencies shall provide information and assistance to school of capacity and information energy to other the The by 18 and office. be and resources task relevant force the shall and information 2 University serve shall as in of an provide requested. HB0228
  3. 3. 2013 STATE OF WYOMING 13LSO-0549.E1 1 the task force as provided in this act and as requested by 2 the task force. 3 4 (c) The task force shall study the following, as they 5 relate to loss of revenues to the state of Wyoming due to 6 federally owned and managed lands: 7 8 9 (i) Loss of property tax revenues to the state of Wyoming from federal land ownership; 10 11 (ii) Permitting delays associated with, or 12 caused by, analysis of proposed actions on federal lands 13 under the National Environmental Protection Act or other 14 federal law or regulation; 15 16 (iii) Management of lands as wilderness; 17 18 (iv) 19 National 20 Management Scenic of public Rivers Act, lands 16 under U.S.C. 1271 the Wild and et seq.; (v) Other relevant federal actions or policies 21 22 23 the task force determines impacts revenues to the state of 24 Wyoming. 3 HB0228
  4. 4. 2013 STATE OF WYOMING 13LSO-0549.E1 1 2 (d) The attorney the general possible report the on 4 state of 5 transfer 6 managed 7 individuals on or before September 1, 2013. 8 general shall provide an opinion to the task force on the 9 likelihood ownership lands of to compel and the control state success the of federal of of each available task force to recourses to 3 Wyoming legal shall government federally Wyoming possible to or owned to the to and private The attorney legal recourse 10 available to require the United States to transfer title to 11 federally 12 constitutional provisions and applicable decisions of the 13 United States Supreme Court and other courts of competent 14 jurisdiction. owned and managed lands, considering 15 16 (e) The task force shall submit its recommendations, 17 including proposed legislation with respect to the issues 18 specified in subsection (c) and (d) of this section, to the 19 joint 20 resources interim committee no later than November 1, 2013. 21 The joint agriculture, state and public lands and water 22 resources 23 recommendations 24 appropriate for consideration by the legislature. agriculture, interim and state and public committee develop shall lands consider legislation 4 and it water the deems HB0228
  5. 5. 2013 STATE OF WYOMING 13LSO-0549.E1 1 2 (f) The task the task exist 5 shall 6 expenses at the rate provided for legislators under W.S. 7 28-5-101. 8 shall be paid salary, per diem and mileage as provided in 9 W.S. 28-5-101 for their official duties as members of the mileage are and not 31, employees or legislators shall not receive a salary but for who December 4 reimbursement force until 2013. receive of shall 3 10 Members force per state diem Members of the task force who are legislators task force. 11 12 Section 2. 13 14 (a) There is appropriated from the general fund: 15 16 (i) Eighteen thousand dollars ($18,000.00) to 17 the legislative service office for payment of salary, per 18 diem and mileage for legislative task force members; 19 20 (ii) Twelve thousand dollars ($12,000.00) to the 21 governor's office for payment of authorized per diem and 22 mileage for nonlegislative task force members. 23 5 HB0228
  6. 6. 2013 1 STATE OF WYOMING Section 3. This act is 13LSO-0549.E1 effective immediately upon 2 completion of all acts necessary for a bill to become law 3 as 4 Constitution. provided by Article 4, Section 8 of the Wyoming 5 6 (END) 6 HB0228

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