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Federal Land Reform Act


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Senator BARILLA, for himself, submits

A BILL

To reform federal land management, and for other purposes

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

(a) This bill may be cited as the Federal Land Reform Act shall adopt the 

SEC. 2. PUBLIC LANDS. 

(a) The Department of the Interior shall begin selling land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with the goals of:

(1) selling, to the extent practical, at least half the qualified land under BLM management;

(2) ensuring, to the extent practical, that no more than 50% of the land in any state is owned by the federal government.

(b) “Qualified land” shall be defined as any land that is not:

(1) a national wilderness area;

(2) a national monument; 

(3) a part of the National Conservation Lands.

(c) PREFERRED PURPOSE - the Secretary of the Interior shall prioritize sales in the following categories;

(1) sales of land to state governments for the purpose of creating new state parks;

(2) sales of land to state governments or private, non-profit organizations for the purpose of creating recreation areas or wildlife preservation areas;

(3) sales of land to energy companies, for the purpose of producing energy, including but not limited to wind or solar power; 

(4) sales of land to technology companies for the purpose of R&D or testing. 

(d) PROHIBITED BUYERS - the Secretary may not sell any land to any foreign nation, or any agent of a foreign nation. 

SEC. 3. PUBLIC BUILDINGS. 

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any federal agency other than the Department of Defense or any intelligence agency may sell any building it has deemed to no longer be necessary to the performance of its duties or execution of its mission, at public auction to the highest bidder. 

SEC. 4. ENACTMENT.

(a) This bill shall go into effect immediately upon Constitutional passage. 

Senator John Kadar (R-WV)

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