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Land and Water Conservation Fund

Sponsored by: Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ)
S. 569/ H.R. 6759 is a bill to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Short Summary

The bill amends the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 to make permanent the authorization for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF can be used to “preserve, develop, and ensure access to outdoor recreation facilities to strengthen the health of U.S. citizens.” [Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965, 16 U.S.C. § 4601-4.]

General Description

The bill provides consistent and reliable authority for, and for the funding of, the Land and Water Conservation Fund to maximize the effectiveness of the Fund for future generations, and for other purposes.

Bill Sponsor(s)

Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA)

Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ)

Detailed Bill Summary 

  • Funds deposited into the LWCF may be spent without being subject to the appropriations process. These funds are in addition to amounts made available by the Gulf of Mexico Security Act of 2006 or otherwise appropriated from the LWCF.
  • The President shall submit to Congress specified details regarding the allocation of funds provided by this bill. Congress may provide for alternate allocations using specified procedures.
  • At least 1.5% of the annual authorized funds shall be used for projects that secure recreational public access to existing federal public land for hunting, fishing, and other recreational purposes.

[Source: Congress.gov]

Current Status

  • 10/02/2018 – Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably. (Senate)
  • 09/19/2018 – Referred to the Subcommittee on Water, Power Oceans (House)
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