H.R.2389 - Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000106th Congress (1999-2000)
Summary: H.R.2389 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)
Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 - Title I: Secure Payments for States and Counties Containing Federal Lands - Directs the Secretary of the Treasury, with respect to timber- related and other revenue sharing payments from Bureau of Land Management and National Forest Service lands, to calculate the full FY2001 through 2006 payment amounts for eligible States and counties by averaging the safety net payments and the three highest annual 25 percent payments or 50 percent payments, respectively, during the FY 1986 through 1999 eligibility period. Provides for annual adjustments.
Passed Senate amended (10/06/2000)
(Sec. 102) Directs the Secretary to make payments to eligible States from Forest Service lands for affected counties to use for public education and transportation. Authorizes a State to elect, at the discretion of each affected county, to receive full payment rather than the 25 percent amount. Sets forth State distribution and county expenditure provisions, including a special provision for counties receiving less than $100,000.
(Sec. 103) Directs the Secretary to make payments to eligible counties from Bureau of Land Management lands for public safety, law enforcement, education, and other public purposes. Authorizes counties to elect a full payment option rather than the 50 percent amount. Sets forth expenditure provisions.
Title II: Special Projects on Federal Lands - States that project funds shall be expended solely for projects meeting the requirements of this title.
(Sec. 203) Sets forth project proposal submission provisions with respect to required and discretionary submissions by resource advisory committees through FY 2006.
(Sec. 204) Sets forth project approval requirements. Authorizes the Secretary concerned (either the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture depending on the Federal lands involved) to request a project-related environmental review. States that a Secretary's project disapproval shall not be subject to judicial or administrative review.
Authorizes the Secretary concerned to enter into project contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements with States, local governments, private and nonprofit entities, and individuals. Authorizes best value contracting. Directs a Secretary to develop a merchantable materials sales contracting pilot program.
(Sec. 205) Directs the Secretary concerned to establish and maintain resource advisory committees, which may include existing advisory committees meeting the requirements of this title.
States that such committees shall: (1) review project proposals; (2) propose projects and funding; (3) coordinate with land management agencies; and (4) provide for public input in the early stages of project development. Sets forth committee provisions.
(Sec. 206) Sets forth provisions respecting use of project funds, including fund transfers to applicable Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management units.
(Sec. 207) Directs a committee to submit to the Secretary concerned a sufficient number of projects which, if approved, would result in the obligation of the full reserved amount by participating counties by the end of each fiscal year. Provides for the use or transfer of unobligated funds.
(Sec. 208) Terminates project authority on September 30, 2006.
Title III: County Projects - Authorizes county projects for: (1) search, rescue, and emergency services, including fire fighting; (2) community service work camps; (3) conservation and recreation easement purchases; (4) forest related educational opportunities; (5) fire prevention and county planning; and (6) community forestry. Terminates project authority on September 30, 2006.
Title IV: Miscellaneous Provisions - Authorizes FY 2001 through 2006 appropriations.
(Sec. 402) States that: (1) funds made available under this Act shall be in addition to other annual appropriations for the Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management; and (2) project revenues, remitted funds, or accrued interest shall be deposited in the Treasury.
(Sec. 403) Authorizes the Secretaries to jointly issue implementing regulations.
(Sec. 404) Repeals specified provisions of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993.
Title V: Mineral Revenue Payments Clarification - Mineral Revenue Payments Clarification Act of 2000 - States congressional findings favoring a return to the Federal-State mineral and geothermal steam revenue sharing formula existing prior to enactment of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993.
(Sec. 503) Amends the Mineral Leasing Act respecting Federal oil and gas revenue distributions to prohibit State amounts from being reduced by Federal administrative or other costs.
Title VI: Community Forest Restoration - Community Forest Restoration Act - Directs the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service, to establish a cooperative forest restoration program in New Mexico to provide cost-share grants to stakeholders for experimental forest restoration projects to be designed through a collaborative process (Collaborative Forest Restoration Program).
Requires a project to address specified objectives, including: (1) wildfire threat reduction; (2) ecosystem restoration, including non-native tree species reduction; (3) reestablishment of historic fire regimes; (3) reforestation, including preservation of old trees; (4) small diameter tree use enhancement; (5) creation of forest- related local employment; and (6) stakeholder diversity.
Limits projects to four years. Sets forth cost limits.
Sets forth provisions respecting: (1) collaborative project selection; (2) monitoring and evaluation; and (3) reporting.