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H.R. 4689 - To authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska.

Sponsor: Adrian Smith (R)
Introduced: 2018-09-17
Bill Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
 

This bill authorizes any landowner within the Northport Irrigation District in Nebraska to repay, at any time, the construction costs of project facilities allocated to the landowner's land within the district. Upon discharge in full of the obligation for repayment of all such costs, the parcels of land shall not be subject to the ownership and full-cost pricing limitations under federal reclamation law. The Department of the Interior, upon request, must provide to the landowner who has repaid such costs in full a certificate acknowledging that the landholding is free of such limitations.

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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 4689


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 17, 2018

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


AN ACT

    To authorize early repayment of obligations to the Bureau of Reclamation within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Early repayment of construction costs.

(a) In general.—Notwithstanding section 213 of the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (43 U.S.C. 390mm), any landowner within the Northport Irrigation District in the State of Nebraska (referred to in this section as the “District”) may repay, at any time, the construction costs of project facilities allocated to the landowner’s land within the District.

(b) Applicability of full-Cost pricing limitations.—On discharge, in full, of the obligation for repayment of all construction costs described in subsection (a) that are allocated to all land the landowner owns in the District in question, the parcels of land shall not be subject to the ownership and full-cost pricing limitations under Federal reclamation law (the Act of June 17, 1902, 32 Stat. 388, chapter 1093), and Acts supplemental to and amendatory of that Act (43 U.S.C. 371 et seq.), including the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (13 U.S.C. 390aa et seq.).

(c) Certification.—On request of a landowner that has repaid, in full, the construction costs described in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Interior shall provide to the landowner a certificate described in section 213(b)(1) of the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (43 U.S.C. 390mm(b)(1)).

(d) Effect.—Nothing in this section—

(1) modifies any contractual rights under, or amends or reopens, the reclamation contract between the District and the United States; or

(2) modifies any rights, obligations, or relationships between the District and landowners in the District under Nebraska State law.

Passed the House of Representatives September 12, 2018.

    Attest:karen l. haas,   
    Clerk

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