WORK SESSION DOCUMENT
Nevada’s Legislative Committee on Public Lands
(Nevada Revised Statutes 218.5363)
August 16, 2002
The following “work session document” was prepared by the Chairman and staff of Nevada’s Legislative Committee on Public Lands. It is designed to assist the Committee members in determining recommendations to be forwarded to the 2003 Session of the Nevada Legislature.
Each item in this document may be the subject of further discussion, refinement, or action. The members of the Committee may vote to send as many Committee statements as they choose; however, pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 218.2429, the Committee is limited to 10 bill draft requests (BDRs), including requests for the drafting of legislative resolutions. Please note that specific details of approved requests for legislation or Committee statements may need to be clarified by Committee staff prior to drafting. All place names referred to in this document are in Nevada unless otherwise noted.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LEGISLATIVE MEASURES
BILLS AND RESOLUTIONS
1. Request the drafting of a bill to revise NRS 533.503 regarding restrictions on the issuance of stockwater permits and certificates of appropriation on public lands, to: (1) establish criteria for obtaining a stockwater permit that is related to the ownership of the livestock to be watered; and (2) specifically provide for the issuance of joint permits including joint permits between a livestock operator and the Federal Government.
2. Request the drafting of a resolution urging the Department of the Interior (DOI) to revise the federal regulation found in Code of Federal Regulations, Title 43, Chapter II, Section 4120.3-9. Specifically, urging the Department to strike the last sentence, which reads: “To the extent allowed by the law of the State within which the land is located, any such water right shall be acquired, perfected, maintained, and administered in the name of the United States.”
3. Request the drafting of a bill to provide for the administration of a program by the State Department of Agriculture (SDA) to provide grants for local treatment and control of invasive species of weeds that are not native to Nevada. This measure shall include an appropriation to fund the grant program, and contain language similar to that found in Senate Bill 13 of the 2001 Legislative Session (indefinitely postponed).
4. Request the drafting of a bill to make an appropriation to Nevada’s Legislative Committee on Public Lands for the purpose of awarding grants to applicants for public lands and natural resource projects. This measure shall contain language similar to that found in Section 6 of S.B. 560 of the 1999 Legislative Session (Chapter 544, Statutes of Nevada 1999), and S.B. 162 of the 2001 Legislative Session (indefinitely postponed).
OTHER POSSIBLE COMMITTEE ACTIONS/STATEMENTS
5. Send a Committee letter to members of Nevada’s Congressional Delegation, expressing support for the Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002 (S. 2612/H.R. 5200) sponsored in Congress by Senators Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and John Ensign (R-Nevada), and Representative Jim Gibbons (R-Nevada).
6. Send a Committee letter to members of Nevada’s Congressional Delegation, expressing support for S. 1601/H.R. 5200, to convey certain public land in Clark County for use as a shooting range.
7. Send a Committee letter to the President of the United States, the Secretary of the DOI, select Congressional representatives, and others, in support of S. 454, to take Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) out of the annual congressional appropriations process and make full PILT payments automatic. The measure was introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico). The short title of the measure is the “PILT and Refuge Sharing Permanent Funding Act.”
8. Send a Committee letter to the President of the United States, the Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior, select Congressional representatives, and others, expressing support, in concept, for H.R. 3962, which would limit the authority of the Federal Government to acquire land for certain federal agencies in counties in which 50 percent or more of the total acreage is owned by the Federal Government. The measure was introduced by Representative John E. Peterson (R‑Pennsylvania). The short title of the measure is the “Good Neighbor Act of 2002.”
9. Send a Committee letter to the President of the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and members of Nevada’s Congressional Delegation, expressing support, in concept, for S. 2528, which would establish a National Drought Council within the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to improve national drought preparedness, mitigation, and response efforts, and for other purposes. The measure was introduced by Senator Pete V. Domenici (R-New Mexico). The short title of the measure is the “Drought Preparedness Act of 2002.”
10. Send a Committee letter to the President of the United States, the Secretary of the DOI, select Congressional representatives, and others, requesting that Nevada’s BLM operations receive funding which is at least equal to or greater than other states.
11. Send a Committee letter to the SDA, Nevada Weed Action Committee, the BLM, and other relevant entities, expressing appreciation and support for their ongoing efforts to rid Nevada of noxious weeds and invasive species.
12. Send a Committee letter to Robert V. Abbey, State Director, Nevada BLM, and Robert Vaught, Forest Supervisor, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, U.S. Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Department of Agriculture, expressing appreciation for their willingness to appear before Nevada’s Legislative Committee on Public Lands and for the regular attendance at the Committee’s meetings by their respective agencies.
13. Send a Committee letter to Steve Robinson, Nevada State Forester; Robert V. Abbey, State Director, Nevada BLM; and Robert Vaught, Forest Supervisor, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, USFS, expressing appreciation for their coordination for fire suppression, fire prevention, and range rehabilitation efforts.
14. Send a Committee letter to Betsy Macfarlan and cooperative partners of the Great Basin Landscape Coalition expressing support for the Great Basin Restoration Initiative and its efforts to promote restoration and maintenance of the biological and ecological conditions of the Great Basin in eastern Nevada.
15. Send a Committee letter to Senators Ensign and Reid, Representative Gibbons, the BLM, and the USFS, encouraging any efforts to obtain federal funding for facilities development, resource inventory, planning, and compliance activities for the select harvest of Pinion Juniper in Lincoln County and eastern Nevada.
The Legislative Committee on Public Lands may make additional recommendations based on presentations at its meeting in Elko on August 16, 2002. Please see meeting agenda for discussion topics.