[House Report 113-190]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]


113th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    113-190

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               POWELL SHOOTING RANGE LAND CONVEYANCE ACT

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 September 10, 2013.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on 
            the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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 Mr. Hastings of Washington, from the Committee on Natural Resources, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                         [To accompany S. 130]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (S. 130) to require the Secretary of the Interior to 
convey certain Federal land to the Powell Recreation District 
in the State of Wyoming, having considered the same, report 
favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill 
do pass.

                          PURPOSE OF THE BILL

    The purpose of S. 130 is to require the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey certain Federal land to the Powell 
Recreation District in the State of Wyoming.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    The town of Powell is located in Park County, in 
northwestern Wyoming. Since 1980, the Powell Recreation 
District has used approximately 322 acres of public land as a 
public shooting range. Because the lands are located within the 
boundaries of an irrigation district, they were presumed to be 
under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Reclamation. The Bureau 
issued the original lease for the shooting range in 1980 and a 
renewal in 2007. Recently, it was determined that the lands are 
actually administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
    In October 2005, the recreation district applied for a 
transfer of the land under the Recreation and Public Purposes 
Act (RPPA, 43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.). The land, however, had not 
been identified by BLM as appropriate for conveyance under the 
RPPA, and the Department of the Interior concluded that it does 
not have authority to administratively transfer the land under 
the RPPA because the land is contaminated with lead.
    S. 130 directs the Secretary of the Interior to convey the 
322 acres to the Powell Recreation District for continued use 
as a shooting range, or for any other public purpose allowed 
under the RPPA. The conveyance is to be made at no cost, but 
the District is required to pay for any administrative costs 
associated with the conveyance.
    The land is conveyed subject to reversionary terms 
requiring its continued use for a public purpose. This appears 
unnecessary considering the subsurface estate is already owned 
by the State of Wyoming and the site's hazardous substance 
contamination that required a liability release and prevented a 
RPPA conveyance in the first place. This provision may be of no 
consequence, however, since the shooting range is intended to 
be permanent.

                            COMMITTEE ACTION

    S. 130 was introduced on January 24, 2013, by Senator 
Michael Enzi (R-WY). On June 19, 2013, the bill passed the 
Senate by unanimous consent without amendment. The bill was 
then referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and within 
the Committee to the Subcommittee on Public Lands and 
Environmental Regulation. On July 19, 2013, the Subcommittee 
held a hearing on the bill. On July 24, 2013, the full 
Resources Committee met to consider S. 130. The Subcommittee on 
Public Lands and Environmental Regulation was discharged by 
unanimous consent. No amendments were offered and the bill was 
adopted and ordered favorably reported to the House of 
Representatives by unanimous consent.

            COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

    Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee on Natural Resources' oversight findings and 
recommendations are reflected in the body of this report.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII

    1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and 
a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be 
incurred in carrying out this bill. However, clause 3(d)(2)(B) 
of that rule provides that this requirement does not apply when 
the Committee has included in its report a timely submitted 
cost estimate of the bill prepared by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Under clause 3(c)(3) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 
403 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has 
received the following cost estimate for this bill from the 
Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

S. 130--Powell Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act

    S. 130 would require the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to 
convey 322 acres of federal land near Powell, Wyoming, to the 
Powell Recreation District. Based on information provided by 
BLM, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have 
no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting S. 130 
would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-
as-you-go procedures do not apply.
    The act would require BLM to convey the affected lands, 
without consideration, to the Powell Recreation District, which 
currently operates a shooting range on those lands. Because the 
act requires the district to pay all administrative costs 
associated with the conveyance, CBO estimates that implementing 
S. 130 would have no significant impact on discretionary 
spending. In addition, the affected lands are not expected to 
generate receipts over the next 10 years under current law.
    S. 130 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
    On April 1, 2013, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for S. 
130 as ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and 
Natural Resources on March 14, 2013. The two versions of this 
legislation are identical, and the CBO cost estimates are the 
same.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Jeff LaFave. The 
estimate was approved by Theresa Gullo, Deputy Assistant 
Director for Budget Analysis.
    2. Section 308(a) of Congressional Budget Act. As required 
by clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget 
Act of 1974, this bill does not contain any new budget 
authority, spending authority, credit authority, or an increase 
or decrease in revenues or tax expenditures. Based on 
information provided by BLM, CBO estimates that implementing 
the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal 
budget.
    3. General Performance Goals and Objectives. As required by 
clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII, the general performance goal or 
objective of this bill is to require the Secretary of the 
Interior to convey certain Federal land to the Powell 
Recreation District in the State of Wyoming.

                           EARMARK STATEMENT

    This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks, 
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined 
under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLIC LAW 104-4

    This bill contains no unfunded mandates.

                       COMPLIANCE WITH H. RES. 5

    Directed Rule Making. The Chairman does not believe that 
this bill directs any executive branch official to conduct any 
specific rule-making proceedings.
    Duplication of Existing Programs. This bill does not 
establish or reauthorize a program of the federal government 
known to be duplicative of another program. Such program was 
not included in any report from the Government Accountability 
Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139 
or identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance published pursuant to the Federal Program 
Information Act (Public Law 95-220, as amended by Public Law 
98-169) as relating to other programs.

                PREEMPTION OF STATE, LOCAL OR TRIBAL LAW

    This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or 
tribal law.

                        CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW

    If enacted, this bill would make no changes in existing 
law.