ERIC Number: ED452016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-25
Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 1999. Report [To Accompany S. 1608]. Calendar No. 520.
Murkowski, Frank H.
When the National Forest System was established in 1907, Congress required that 25 percent of revenues derived from National Forests be shared with the counties where they are situated. These proceeds partially refund the tax revenues lost by local governments and help fund rural schools, roads, and other services. In recent years, reduced timber sales have decreased these payments dramatically, seriously impacting educational programs, road maintenance, and other services in the affected counties. This report from the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources presents and recommends passage of S. 1608, which would establish secure payments for states and counties containing federal lands and apply available forest revenues to meet these payments, with general treasury funds making up the difference. Of the payments made, 80-85 percent would go to the traditional schools and roads program; 15-20 percent would be given to the counties for federal-land management projects developed locally. The bill aims to provide secure funding for rural schools while improving cooperative relationships among the people that use and care for federal lands and federal management agencies. This report contains the text of the legislation; its purpose, background, and history; and explanations of each legislative section. A statement by James R. Lyons, Agriculture Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, explains why the Clinton Administration opposed this bill, citing the need to sever completely the link between timber sales and educational funding. (SV)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Forestry, Land Use, Local Government, Natural Resources, Rural Schools, School Funds
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Congressional Sales Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.