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Union Calendar No. 439 106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 2958 [Report No. 106-764] To provide for the continuation of higher education through the conveyance of certain public lands in the State of Alaska to the University of Alaska, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 27, 1999 Mr. Young of Alaska introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources July 19, 2000 Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To provide for the continuation of higher education through the conveyance of certain public lands in the State of Alaska to the University of Alaska, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings.--The Congress finds that-- (1) the University of Alaska is the successor to and the beneficiary of all Federal grants and conveyances to or for the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines; (2) under the Acts of March 4, 1915, 38 Stat. 1214, and January 21, 1929, 45 Stat. 1091, the United States granted to the Territory of Alaska certain federal land for the University of Alaska; (3) the Territory was unable to receive most of the land intended to be conveyed by the Act of March 4, 1915, before repeal of that Act by sec. 6(k) of the Alaska Statehood Act (Public Law 85-508, 72 Stat. 339); (4) only one other state land grant college in the United States has obtained a smaller land grant from the federal government than the University of Alaska has received, and all land grant colleges in the western states of the United States have obtained substantially larger land grants than the University of Alaska; (5) an academically strong and financially secure state university system is a cornerstone to the long-term development of a stable population and to a healthy, diverse economy and is in the national interest; (6) the national interest is served by transferring certain federal lands to the University of Alaska which will be able to use and develop the resources of such lands and by returning certain lands held by the University of Alaska located within certain federal conservation system units to federal ownership; (7) the University of Alaska holds valid legal title to and is responsible for management of lands transferred by the United States to the Territory and State of Alaska for the University and an exchange of lands is consistent with and in furtherance of the purposes and terms of, and thus not in violation of, the Federal grant of such lands. (b) Purposes.--The purposes of this act are-- (1) to fulfill the original commitment of Congress to establish the University of Alaska as a land grant university with holdings sufficient to facilitate operation and maintenance of a university system for the inhabitants of the State of Alaska; and (2) to acquire from the University of Alaska lands it holds within federal Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and Wilderness areas. SEC. 2. LAND GRANT. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law and subject to valid existing rights, the University of Alaska (``University'') is entitled to select up to 250,000 acres of federal lands or interest in lands in or adjacent to Alaska as a grant. The Secretary of the Interior (``Secretary'') shall promptly convey to the University federal lands selected and approved in accordance with the provisions of this Act. (b)(1) Within 48 months of the enactment of this Act, the University of Alaska may submit to the Secretary a description of lands or interests in lands for conveyance under subsection (a). The initial selection may be less than or exceed the maximum amount of the grant and the University may add or delete lands or interest in lands during this period, except that selections shall not exceed 275,000 acres at any one time. (2) The University may select lands validly selected but not conveyed to the State of Alaska or to a Native Corporation organized pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (85 Stat. 688), except that these lands or interests in lands may not be approved or conveyed to the University unless the State of Alaska or the Native Corporation relinquishes its selection in writing. (3) The University may not make selections within a Conservation System Unit, as defined in the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 3101), or in the Tongass National Forest except within lands classified as LUD III or LUD IV by the United States Forest Service and limited to areas of second growth timber where timber harvest occurred after January 1, 1952. (4) The University may make selections within the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (``NPRA''), except that-- (A) no selection may be made within an area withdrawn for village selection pursuant to section 11(a) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act for the Native villages of Atkasook, Barrow, Nuiqsit and Wainwright; (B) no selection may be made in the Teshekpuk Lake Special Area as depicted on a map dated March 24; and (C) no selections may be made within those portions of NPRA north of latitude 69 degrees North in excess of 92,000 acres. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, no selection may be made within such area during the two year period extending from the date of enactment of this act. The Secretary shall attempt to conclude an agreement with the University of Alaska and the State of Alaska providing for sharing NPRA leasing revenues within the two year period. If the Secretary concludes such an agreement, he shall transmit it to the Congress, and no selection may be made within such area during the three year period extending from the date of enactment of this Act. If legislation has not been enacted within three years of the date of enactment of this Act approving the agreement, the University of Alaska may make selections within such area. An agreement shall provide for the University of Alaska to receive a portion of annual revenues from mineral leases within NPRA in lieu of any land selections within NPRA north of latitude 69 degrees North, but not to exceed ten percent of such revenues or $9 million annually, whichever is less. (5) Within forty-five (45) days of receipt of a selection, the Secretary shall publish notice of the selection in the Federal Register. The notice shall identify the lands or interest in lands included in the selection and provide for a period for public comment not to exceed sixty (60) days. (6) Within six months of the receipt of such a notice the Secretary shall accept or reject the selection and shall promptly notify the University of his decision, including the reasons for any rejection. A selection that is not rejected within six months of notification to the Secretary is approved without further action. (7) The Secretary may reject a selection if the Secretary finds that the selection would have a significant adverse impact on ability of the Secretary to comply with the land entitlement provisions of the Alaska Statehood Act or the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. (43 U.S.C. 1601) or if the Secretary finds that the selection would have a direct, significant and irreversable adverse effect on a Conservation System Unit as defined in the Alaska National Interest Conservation Act. (8) The Secretary shall promptly publish notice of an acceptance or rejection of a selection in the Federal Register. (9) An action taken pursuant to this Act is not a major federal action within the meaning of section 102(2)(C) of Public Law 91-190 (83 Stat. 852, 853). (c) The University may not select federal lands or interest in lands reserved for military purposes or reserved for the administration of a federal agency, unless the Secretary of Defense or the head of the affected agency agrees to relinquish the lands or interest in lands. (d) The University may select additional lands or interest in lands to replace lands rejected by the Secretary. (e) Lands or interest in lands shall be segregated and unavailable for selection by and conveyance to the State of Alaska or a Native Corporation and shall not be otherwise encumbered or disposed of by the United States pending completion of the selection process. (f) The University may enter selected lands on a non-exclusive basis to assess the oil, gas, mineral and other resource potential therein and to exercise due diligence regarding making a final selection. The University, and its delegates or agents, shall be permitted to engage in assessment techniques including, but not limited to, core drilling to assess the metalliferous or other values, and surface geological exploration and seismic exploration for oil and gas, except that exploratory drilling of oil and gas wells shall not be permitted. (g) Within one year of the Secretary's approval of a selection, the University may make a final decision whether to accept these lands or interest in lands and shall notify the Secretary of its decision. The Secretary shall publish notice of any such acceptance in the Federal Register within six months. Effective on the date that such notice is published, all right, title, and interest of the United States in the described selection, including the right to transfer, assign, alienate, exchange, grant, deed, lease or otherwise convey any or all present or future interest in the lands or interest in lands shall vest in the University. (h) Lakes, rivers and streams contained within final selections shall be meandered and lands submerged thereunder shall be conveyed in accordance with section 901 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (94 Stat. 2371, 2430; 43 U.S.C. 1631). (i) Upon completion of a survey of lands or interests in lands subject to an interim approval, the Secretary shall promptly issue patent to these lands or interest in lands. (j) The Secretary of Agriculture and the heads of other Federal departments and agencies shall take promptly such actions as may be necessary to assist the Secretary implementing this Act. SEC. 3. RELINQUISHMENT OF CERTAIN UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA HOLDINGS. (a) As a condition to any grant provided by section 2 of this Act, the University shall convey to the Secretary those lands listed in ``The University of Alaska's Inholding Reconveyance Document'' and dated May 17, 1999. (b) The University shall begin conveyance of the lands described in subsection (a) upon approval of selected lands and shall convey to the Secretary a percentage of these lands approximately equal to that percentage of the total grant represented by the approval. The University shall not be required to convey to the Secretary any lands other than those listed in subsection (a). The Secretary shall accept quitclaim deeds from the University for these lands. SEC. 4. JUDICIAL REVIEW. The University of Alaska may bring an appropriate action, including an action in the nature of mandamus, against the Secretary for violation of this Act or for review of a final agency decision taken under this Act. An action pursuant to this section may be brought in the United States District Court for the District of Alaska within two (2) years of the alleged violation or final agency decision. SEC. 6. STATE MATCHING GRANT. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law and subject to valid existing rights, the University may, in addition to the grant made available in section 2, select up to 250,000 acres of federal lands or interests in lands in or adjacent to Alaska to be conveyed on an acre- for-acre basis as a matching grant for any lands granted to the University by the State of Alaska after the date of enactment of this Act. (b) Selections of lands or interests in lands pursuant to this section shall be in parcels of 25,000 acres or greater. (c) Grants made under this section shall be subject to the terms and conditions applicable to grants made under section 2 of this Act. Union Calendar No. 439 106th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 2958 [Report No. 106-764] _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To provide for the continuation of higher education through the conveyance of certain public lands in the State of Alaska to the University of Alaska, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ July 19, 2000 Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed
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