Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act of 2013

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Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act of 2013
Great Seal of the United States
Full title To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the State of Mississippi 2 parcels of surplus land within the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway, and for other purposes.
Introduced in 113th United States Congress
Introduced on February 13, 2013
Sponsored by Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Number of Co-Sponsors 1
Agencies affected United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service,
Legislative history

The Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act of 2013 (S. 304) is a bill that was introduced during the 113th United States Congress.[1] The bill would require the National Park Service (NPS) to convey about 67 acres of property in the Natchez Trace Parkway to the state of Mississippi. The legislation also would adjust the boundaries of the parkway to include 10 additional acres.[2] The two pieces of land in question originally belonged to Mississippi and were donated to the National Park Service when the NPS was trying to determine where to end the Natchez Trace Parkway.[3][4] Since the NPS did not choose to use either of the pieces of land, the state would like the land back.[3]

Provisions of the bill[edit]

This summary is based largely on the summary provided by the Congressional Research Service, a public domain source.[1]

The Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act of 2013 would require the Secretary of the Interior to convey to Mississippi, by quitclaim deed and without consideration, all interest of the United States in two parcels of identified land totaling approximately 67 acres.[1] The bill would require the deed of conveyance to the parcel of land located southeast of U.S. route 61/84, and which is commonly known as the bean field property, to reserve an easement to the United States that restricts the use of such parcel only to uses which are compatible with the Parkway.[1] Finally, the bill would adjust the boundary of the Natchez Trace Parkway to exclude the conveyed land and provides for inclusion in the Parkway of the approximately 10 acres identified as the proposed addition.[1]

Congressional Budget Office report[edit]

This summary is based largely on the summary provided by the Congressional Budget Office, a public domain source.[2]

S. 304 would require the National Park Service (NPS) to convey about 67 acres of property in the Natchez Trace Parkway to the state of Mississippi. The legislation also would adjust the boundaries of the parkway to include 10 additional acres.[2] Based on information provided by the NPS, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing the act would have no significant impact on the federal budget.[2] Enacting S. 304 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.[2]

S. 304 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.[2]

Procedural history[edit]

Senate[edit]

The Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act of 2013 was introduced into the United States Senate on February 13, 2013 by Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS).[5] It was referred to the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.[5] On June 19, 2013, the Senate voted by unanimous consent to pass the bill.[5]

House[edit]

The Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act of 2013 was received in the United States House of Representatives on June 20, 2013.[5] It was referred to the United States House Committee on Natural Resources and the United States House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. On September 20, 2013, the House voted in Roll Call Vote 453 to pass the bill 419-1.[5]

President[edit]

The Natchez Trace Parkway Land Conveyance Act of 2013 was presented to President Barack Obama for signature or veto on September 12, 2013.[4][5]

Debate and discussion[edit]

The bill was supported by the National Park Service, the State of Mississippi, and the City of Natchez.[6] Some of the land being returned to Mississippi was adjacent to Natchez High School and the city planned to use it for recreation.[4][6]

See also[edit]

Notes/References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "S. 304 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "CBO - S. 304". Congressional Budget Office. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "House Republican Conference's Legislative Digest on S 304". House Republican Conference. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Congress passes bill to give city 'bean field' property". Natchez Democrat. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "S. 304 - All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Bill To Convey Surplus Natchez Trace Property For Public Use". News Channel 12 WJTV. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 

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