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106th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                S. 3039

  To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to sell a Forest Service 
  administrative site occupied by the Rocky Mountain Research Station 
located in Boise, Idaho, and use the proceeds derived from the sale to 
purchase interests in a multiagency research and education facility to 
   be constructed by the University of Idaho, and for other purposes.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                           September 12, 2000

   Mr. Craig introduced the following bill; which was read twice and 
       referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

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                                 A BILL


 
  To authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to sell a Forest Service 
  administrative site occupied by the Rocky Mountain Research Station 
located in Boise, Idaho, and use the proceeds derived from the sale to 
purchase interests in a multiagency research and education facility to 
   be constructed by the University of Idaho, 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. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Boise Laboratory Replacement Act of 
2000''.

 SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

    (a) Findings.--Congress finds that--
            (1) the existing facilities of the Rocky Mountain Research 
        Station Boise laboratory are outdated and no longer serve as a 
        modern research facility;
            (2) the Boise laboratory site is in the heart of a Boise 
        city redevelopment zone, and the existing laboratory facilities 
        detract from community improvement efforts;
            (3) it is desirable to colocate the Boise laboratory with 1 
        of the State institutions of higher learning in the Boise 
        metropolitan area--
                    (A) to facilitate communications and sharing of 
                research data between the agency and the Idaho 
                scientific community;
                    (B) to facilitate development and maintenance of 
                the Boise laboratory as a modern, high quality research 
                facility; and
                    (C) to reduce costs, better use assets, and better 
                serve the public; and
            (4) it is desirable to make the Boise laboratory site 
        available for inclusion in a planned facility that is being 
        developed on adjacent property by the University of Idaho or 
        the University of Idaho Foundation, a not-for-profit 
        corporation acting on behalf of the University of Idaho, as a 
        multiagency research and education facility to serve various 
        agencies and educational institutions of the United States and 
        the State.
    (b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to authorize the 
Secretary--
            (1) to sell or exchange the land and improvements currently 
        occupied by the Boise laboratory site; and
            (2) to acquire land, facilities, or interests in land and 
        facilities, including condominium interests, to colocate the 
        Rocky Mountain Research Station Boise laboratory with 1 of the 
        State institutions of higher learning in the Boise metropolitan 
        area, using--
                    (A) funds derived from sale or exchange of the 
                existing Boise laboratory site; and
                    (B) to the extent the funds received are 
                insufficient to carry out the acquisition of 
                replacement research facilities, funds subsequently 
                made available by appropriation for the acquisition, 
                construction, or improvement of the Rocky Mountain 
                Research Station Boise laboratory.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:
            (1) Boise laboratory site.--The term ``Boise laboratory 
        site'' means the approximately 3.26 acres of land in section 
        10, T. 3 N., R. 2 E., Boise Meridian, as depicted on that Plat 
        of Park View Addition to Boise, Ada County, Idaho, labeled 
        ``Boise Lab Site-May 22, 2000'', located at 316 East Myrtle 
        Street, Boise, Idaho.
            (2) Condominium interest.--The term ``condominium 
        interest'' means an estate in land consisting of (in accordance 
        with law of the State)--
                    (A) an undivided interest in common of a portion of 
                a parcel of real property; and
                    (B) a separate fee simple interest in another 
                portion of the parcel.
            (3) Fair market value.--The term ``fair market value'' 
        means the cash value of land on a specific date, as determined 
        by an appraisal acceptable to the Secretary and prepared in 
        accordance with the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal 
        Land Acquisitions.
            (4) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of Agriculture.
            (5) State.--The term ``State'' means the State of Idaho.

 SEC. 4. SALE OR EXCHANGE OF BOISE LABORATORY SITE.

    (a) In General.--The Secretary may, under such terms and conditions 
as the Secretary may prescribe and subject to valid existing rights, 
sell or exchange any or all right, title, and interest of the United 
States in and to the Boise laboratory site.
    (b) Right of First Refusal.--
            (1) In general.--After a determination of fair market value 
        of the Boise laboratory site is approved by the Secretary, the 
        University of Idaho or the University of Idaho Foundation, a 
        not-for-profit organization acting on behalf of the University 
        of Idaho, shall be allowed 210 days from the effective date of 
        value to exercise a right of first refusal to purchase the 
        Boise laboratory site at fair market value.
            (2) Cooperative development.--If the University of Idaho or 
        the University of Idaho Foundation exercises the right of first 
        refusal under paragraph (1), to accomplish the purpose 
        described in section 2(b)(2), the Secretary shall, to the 
        maximum extent practicable, cooperate with the University of 
        Idaho in the development of a multiagency research and 
        education facility on the Boise laboratory site and adjacent 
        property.
    (c) Solicitation of Offers.--If the right of first refusal 
described in subsection (b) is not exercised, the Secretary may solicit 
offers for purchase through sale or competitive exchange of any and all 
right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the Boise 
laboratory site.
    (d) Consideration.--Consideration for sale or exchange of land 
under this section--
            (1) shall be at least equal to the fair market value of the 
        Boise laboratory site; and
            (2) may include cash, land, existing improvements, or 
        improvements to be constructed to the specifications of the 
        Secretary, including condominium interests.
    (e) Rejection of Offers.--The Secretary may reject any offer made 
under this section if the Secretary determines that the offer is not 
adequate or not in the public interest.

 SEC. 5. DISPOSITION OF FUNDS.

    (a) Deposit of Proceeds.--The Secretary shall deposit the proceeds 
of a sale or exchange under section 4 in the fund established under 
Public Law 90-171 (16 U.S.C. 484a) (commonly known as the ``Sisk 
Act'').
    (b) Use of Proceeds.--Funds deposited under subsection (a) shall be 
available to the Secretary, without further Act of appropriation, for--
            (1) the acquisition of land and facilities, or interests in 
        land and facilities, including condominium interests--
                    (A) to colocate the Boise laboratory with 1 of the 
                State institutions of higher learning in the Boise 
                metropolitan area; and
                    (B) to replace other functions of the Boise 
                laboratory; and
            (2) to the extent the funds are not necessary to carry out 
        paragraph (1), the acquisition of other land or interests in 
        land in the State.
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