Summary

                            To terminate the law enforcement functions of the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management and to provide block grants to States for the enforcement of Federal law on Federal land under the jurisdiction of these agencies, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House
Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act

This bill declares that, by September 30, 2017, the Department of Agriculture
(USDA) shall terminate the Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations
unit and cease using Forest Service employees to perform law enforcement
functions on federal lands. 

Also by such date, the Department of the Interior shall terminate the Bureau of
Land Management Office of Law Enforcement and cease using Interior employees to
perform law enforcement functions on federal lands.

Interior shall make a grant to each state to permit the state to maintain law
and order on federal land, protect individuals and property on federal lands,
and enforce federal law. 

Any state or local government receiving the grant or subgrant shall enter into
an agreement with Interior or USDA, as appropriate, to address the maintenance
of law and order and the protection of individuals and property on federal land. 

In any such agreement, Interior or USDA must waive all civil claims against the
state or local government and indemnify that government and save it harmless
from all claims by third parties for property damage or personal injury that may
arise out of law enforcement functions performed under the agreement. 

A state or local law enforcement officer performing law enforcement functions
pursuant to such an agreement shall not generally be deemed a federal employee
with respect to hours of work, compensation rates, leave, unemployment
compensation, and federal benefits, among other things.



                        

Actions

  • ASSUMING FIRST SPONSORSHIP - Mr. Stewart asked unanimous consent that he may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of H.R. 622, a bill originally introduced by Representative Chaffetz, for the purpose of adding cosponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule XII. Agreed to without objection.

    Jul 11th, 2017
  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.

    Feb 13th, 2017
  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Federal Lands.

    Feb 10th, 2017
  • Referred to House Agriculture

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Referred to House Natural Resources

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 24th, 2017