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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 26 – Nat’l Forest System receipts, study


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HCR026.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM - STUDY - Stating findings of the Legislature and
authorizing the Legislative Council to appoint a committee to undertake and
complete a study of the decline in receipts on National Forest System
02/27    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/28    Rpt prt - to 2nd rdg
03/01    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/02    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - 64-4-2
      AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Barrett, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Bilbao, Black,
      Block, Bock, Bolz, Brackett, Bradford, Chadderdon, Chavez, Chew,
      Clark, Collins, Crane, Durst, Edmunson, Eskridge, Hagedorn, Hart,
      Harwood, Henbest, Henderson, Jaquet, Killen, Kren, Labrador,
      Loertscher, Luker, Marriott, Mathews, McGeachin, Mortimer, Moyle,
      Nielsen, Nonini, Pasley-Stuart, Patrick, Raybould, Ring, Roberts,
      Ruchti, Rusche, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(2), Shepherd(8), Shirley,
      Shively, Smith(30), Smith(24), Snodgrass, Stevenson, Thayn, Trail,
      Vander Woude, Wills, Wood(27), Wood(35), Mr. Speaker
      NAYS -- King, LeFavour, Pence, Ringo
      Absent and excused -- Boe, Lake
    Floor Sponsor - Edmunson
    Title apvd - To Senate
03/05    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff
03/21    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
03/22    10th Ord - ADOPTED - 32-0-3
      AYES -- Andreason, Bair, Bastian, Bilyeu, Broadsword, Burkett,
      Cameron, Coiner, Corder, Darrington, Fulcher, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde,
      Hammond, Heinrich, Hill, Jorgenson, Keough, Langhorst, Little, Lodge,
      Malepeai, McGee, McKague, McKenzie, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder,
      Siddoway, Stegner, Werk
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Davis, Kelly, Stennett
    Floor Sponsor - President Pro Tempore Geddes
    Title apvd - to House
03/22    To enrol - Rpt enrol - Sp signed
03/23    Pres signed
03/26    To Secretary of State

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-ninth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2007
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                             HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 26
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  5    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  6        WHEREAS,  it has long been the intent and policy of the federal government
  7    to hold rural communities harmless from the creation of federal lands  and  in
  8    1906  the  Committee  on  Public Lands recognized that the presence of federal
  9    lands could create hardship for many counties as they provided little  revenue
 10    or commerce at that time; and
 11        WHEREAS,  in  1908, the federal government promised rural counties twenty-
 12    five percent of all revenues generated from the multiple-use management of the
 13    newly created national forests to support public roads and public schools; and
 14        WHEREAS, in recent decades, the forest resources have not been managed  in
 15    a  manner  to  produce long-term sustainable revenue to share with schools and
 16    counties; and
 17        WHEREAS, in 2000, Congress passed  Public Law 106-393,  the  Secure  Rural
 18    Schools and Community Self-Determination Act. The Act restored historical pay-
 19    ment levels previously made to states and counties from the federal government
 20    for  road  and  school  purposes  because of declining levels of actual forest
 21    receipts; and
 22        WHEREAS, the reauthorization and appropriation of the Secure Rural Schools
 23    and Community Self-Determination Act is pending before the United States  Con-
 24    gress,  and  Idaho  counties  are  on record as being strongly supportive of a
 25    fully funded approval of this Act; and
 26        WHEREAS, federal land managers continue to be faced  with  funding  short-
 27    ages.  In  the event the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination
 28    Act is not reauthorized and appropriated, counties will be faced  with  higher
 29    property taxes or a reduction in services and, even if the Act is reauthorized
 30    and appropriated, it will likely be the last time, and the state of Idaho must
 31    seek a long-term solution; and
 32        WHEREAS,  in  2006, House Joint Memorial No. 21 was adopted by the members
 33    of the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature to provide
 34    one option to address the problem of declining forest receipts by urging  Con-
 35    gress  to support federal legislation transferring management of National For-
 36    est System lands within Idaho to the state of Idaho to be managed for the ben-
 37    efit of the rural counties and schools.
 38        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
 39    of the Fifty-ninth Idaho Legislature, the House  of  Representatives  and  the
 40    Senate  concurring  therein,  that  the  Legislative  Council is authorized to
 41    appoint an interim committee to undertake and complete an  assessment  of  the
 42    decline  in  receipts on National Forest System lands, which have historically
 43    been shared with counties, with the goal of the interim committee's  recommen-
 44    dations  being  to  develop  a  federal,  bipartisan,  long-term solution that
  1    addresses sustainable management of federal forest lands to stabilize payments
  2    to Idaho's forest counties, which help support roads and schools, and to  pro-
  3    vide  projects  that  enhance  forest  ecosystem health and provide employment
  4    opportunities, and to improve cooperative relationships among  those  who  use
  5    and  care  about  the lands the agencies manage. The Legislative Council shall
  6    determine the membership from each house appointed to  the  interim  committee
  7    and  shall authorize the interim committee to receive input, advice and assis-
  8    tance from interested and affected parties who are not members of the Legisla-
  9    ture. As much as is practicable, the interim committee shall work in  coopera-
 10    tion  and  coordination  with the state of Idaho, its counties, its school and
 11    highway districts, along with the recognized Indian tribes  of  the  state  of
 12    Idaho. The interim committee is also authorized to retain the services of con-
 13    sultants,  within  appropriated moneys, who are familiar with forest receipts,
 14    and who can provide necessary  economic  and  other  research  to  assist  the
 15    interim  committee  and the Legislature in making an informed decision on this
 16    most important topic.
 17        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Idaho legislative interim
 18    committee on forest receipts will address National Forest  System  lands,  but
 19    only  those lands that do not have special designations. The interim committee
 20    is directed to formulate a solution  that  will  protect  all  valid  existing
 21    rights,  existing public access and activities, including hunting, fishing and
 22    recreation, and that will not be construed to interfere with treaties  or  any
 23    other  obligations to the Indian tribes, commitments to county governments, or
 24    the General Mining Law or Taylor Grazing Act.
 25        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that nonlegislative members of the
 26    interim committee may be appointed by the cochairs of  the  interim  committee
 27    who  are  appointed  by the Legislative Council. Nonlegislative members of the
 28    interim committee shall not be reimbursed from legislative funds for per diem,
 29    mileage or other expenses and shall not have voting privileges  regarding  the
 30    interim committee's recommendations or proposed legislation.
 31        NOW,  THEREFORE,  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the interim committee shall
 32    report its findings, recommendations and proposed legislation, if any, to  the
 33    Second Regular Session of the Fifty-ninth Idaho Legislature.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                            RS 17100

This resolution would authorize the Legislative Council to
establish the Idaho Legislative Interim Committee on Forest
Receipts to formulate a long-term solution, which would stabilize
payments to Idaho's forest counties, which help support roads and
schools, and to provide projects that enhance forest ecosystem
health and provide employment opportunities, and to improve
cooperative relationships among those who use and care about the
National Forest System Lands.

                          FISCAL IMPACT

Any necessary legislator travel would be paid from the existing
legislative appropriation to the Senate and House of
Representatives. Funding for staff support and expenses would be
provided from the existing appropriation to the Legislative
Council for the Legislative Services Offices.

Speaker Lawerence Denney
Rep. Mike Moyle
Rep. Scott Bedke
Rep. Ken Roberts
Rep. Clete Edmunson 
Phone: (208) 332-1000