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April 10, 2008, 12:00 am ET - Amendment SA 4521 proposed by Senator Coburn.
April 10, 2008, 2:44 pm ET - Coburn Amdt. No. 4521

Full Text of this Amendment

SA 4521. Mr. COBURN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill S. 2739, to authorize certain programs and activities in the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service, and the Department of Energy, to implement further the Act approving the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America, to amend the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003, and for other purposes; which was ordered
to lie on the table; as follows:

At the end, add the following:
TITLE IX--MISCELLANEOUS


SEC. 901. REQUIREMENT OF APPROVAL OF CERTAIN CITIZENS.
(a) In General.--Subject to subsections (b) and (c), the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, and the Forest Service, acting individually or in coordination, shall not assume control of any parcel of land located in a State unless the citizens of each political subdivision of the State in which a portion of the parcel of land is located approve the assumption of control by a referendum.
(b) National Emergencies.--The requirement described in subsection (a) shall not apply in the case of a national emergency, as determined by the President.
(c) Private Landowners.--The requirement described in subsection (a) shall not apply in the case of a voluntary exchange between a private landowner and the Federal Government of a parcel of land.
(d) Duration of Approval.--
(1) IN GENERAL.--With respect to a parcel of land described in subsection (a), the approval of the citizens of each political subdivision in which a portion of the parcel of land is located terminates on the date that is 10 years after the date on which the citizens of each political subdivision approve the control of the parcel of land by the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, or the Forest Service under that subsection.
(2) RENEWAL OF APPROVAL.--With respect to a parcel of land described in subsection (a), the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, or the Forest Service, as applicable, may renew, by referendum, the approval of the citizens of each political subdivision in which a portion of the parcel of land is located.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Apr 9, 2008.)