7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill enacts provisions relating to the duties of the Public Lands Policy
10 Coordinating Office.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 ▸ modifies duties and responsibilities of the Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office
14 and of the public lands policy coordinator;
15 ▸ requires the office and coordinator to:
16 • develop expertise concerning applications of state and local government entities
17 to the United States Interior Secretary for the sale or lease of federal land to the
18 state and local government entities;
19 • advise and consult with state and local government entities in the process of
20 submitting applications for the acquisition of federal land;
21 • establish a prioritization of federal land applications;
22 • maintain an inventory of applications and decisions on applications; and
23 • report the activities of the office and coordinator; and
24 ▸ establishes an advisory committee to advise and make recommendations to the
25 office and coordinator.
26 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
28 Other Special Clauses:
30 Utah Code Sections Affected:
32 63J-4-608, Utah Code Annotated 1953
34 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
35 Section 1. Section 63J-4-608 is enacted to read:
36 63J-4-608. Facilitating the acquisition of federal land.
37 (1) As used in this section:
38 (a) "Advisory committee" means the committee established under Subsection (3).
39 (b) "Federal land" means land that the secretary is authorized to dispose of under the
40 federal land disposal law.
41 (c) "Federal land disposal law" means the Recreation and Public Purposes Act, 43
42 U.S.C. Sec. 869 et seq.
43 (d) "Government entity" means any state or local government entity allowed to submit
44 a land application under the federal land disposal law.
45 (e) "Land application" means an application under the federal land disposal law
46 requesting the secretary to sell or lease federal land.
47 (f) "Land application process" means all actions involved in the process of submitting
48 and obtaining a final decision on a land application.
49 (g) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Interior of the United States.
50 (2) The coordinator and the office shall:
51 (a) develop expertise:
52 (i) in the land application process; and
53 (ii) concerning the factors that tend to increase the chances that a land application will
54 result in the secretary selling or leasing federal land as requested in the land application;
55 (b) work to educate government entities concerning:
56 (i) the availability of federal land pursuant to the federal land disposal law; and
57 (ii) the land application process;
58 (c) advise and consult with a government entity that requests assistance from the
59 coordinator or the office to formulate and submit a land application and to pursue a decision on
60 the land application;
61 (d) advise and consult with a government entity that requests assistance from the
62 coordinator or the office to identify and quantify the amount of any funds needed to provide the
63 public use described in a land application;
64 (e) with the advice and recommendations of the advisory committee:
65 (i) adopt a list of factors to be considered in determining the degree to which a land
66 application or potential land application is in the public interest; and
67 (ii) recommend a prioritization of all land applications or potential land applications in
68 the state according to the extent to which the land applications are in the public interest, based
69 on the factors adopted under Subsection (2)(f)(i);
70 (f) prepare and submit a written report of land applications:
71 (i) to the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee and the
72 Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands;
73 (ii) (A) annually no later than August 31; and
74 (B) at other times, if and as requested by the committee or commission; and
75 (iii) (A) on the activities of the coordinator and the office under this section;
76 (B) on the land applications and potential land applications in the state; and
77 (C) on the decisions of the secretary on land applications submitted by government
78 entities in the state and the quantity of land acquired under the land applications;
79 (g) present a summary of information contained in the report described in Subsection
81 (A) at a meeting of the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim
82 Committee and at a meeting of the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands;
83 (B) annually no later than August 31; and
84 (C) at other times, if and as requested by the committee or commission; and
85 (h) report to the Executive Appropriations Committee of the Legislature, as frequently
86 as the coordinator considers appropriate or as requested by the committee, on the need for
87 legislative appropriations to provide funds for the public purposes described in land
89 (3) (a) There is created a committee comprised of:
90 (i) an individual designated by the chairs of the Commission for the Stewardship of
91 Public Lands;
92 (ii) an individual designated by the director of the Division of Facilities Construction
93 and Management;
94 (iii) a representative of the Antiquities Section, created in Section 9-8-304, designated
95 by the director of the Division of State History;
96 (iv) a representative of municipalities designated by the Utah League of Cities and
98 (v) a representative of counties designated by the Utah Association of Counties;
99 (vi) an individual designated by the Governor's Office of Economic Development; and
100 (vii) an individual designated by the director of the Division of Parks and Recreation,
101 created in Section 79-4-201.
102 (b) The seven members of the advisory committee under Subsection (3)(a) may, by
103 majority vote, appoint up to four additional volunteer members of the advisory committee.
104 (c) The advisory committee shall advise and provide recommendations to the
105 coordinator and the office on:
106 (i) factors the coordinator and office should consider in determining the degree to
107 which a land application or potential land application is in the public interest; and
108 (ii) the prioritization of land applications or potential land applications in the state
109 according to the extent to which the land applications are in the public interest, based on the
110 factors adopted under Subsection (2)(f)(i).
111 (d) A member of the advisory committee may not receive compensation, benefits, or
112 expense reimbursement for the member's service on the advisory committee.
113 (e) The advisory committee may:
114 (i) select a chair from among the advisory committee members; and
115 (ii) meet as often as necessary to perform the advisory committee's duties under this
117 (f) The coordinator shall facilitate the convening of the first meeting of the advisory