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house Bill H.R. 3366

Eastern Oregon Land Rights: Letting the State Maintain Ownership

Argument in favor

A common-sense measure that creates both growth and jobs for the fastest-growing city in eastern Oregon. Supported by the mayor and county commissioner.

Argument opposed

The reversionary clause should not be taken out and the land should revert to being wild and/or federally-owned if Oregon State University does not need to use it.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed May 28th, 2014
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedOctober 29th, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 3366?

This bill deals with roughly 240 acres of land in eastern Oregon. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in 1954, transferred title of ownership to the State of Oregon for the purpose of agricultural research. (Oregon State University currently owns the land and has built an ag research center on it.) This transfer included language that said if the land were used for anything other than such research, ownership would revert back to the BLM, and by extension the federal government. Hermiston, Oregon, the area’s largest city, is expanding, and wants to use the land for other purposes, including building a new water plant. This bill would remove the reversionary clause, allowing OSU—a State of Oregon entity—the ability to sell the land and/or move the ag research station. According to the Wallowa County Chieftain,

OSU figures show the station supports nearly 500,000 acres of irrigated agriculture, and helped growers convert 30,000 acres to high-value crops in Umatilla and Morrow counties. That totals more than $50 million in economic returns.”

Impact

If enacted, the bill would effectively cede any federal involvement with and jurisdiction over the acres in question.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3366

The CBO reports that the measure would have no significant impact on the federal budget.

More Information

Of Note:

-The Senate bill is identical. 

AKA

Hermiston Reversionary Lands Act

Official Title

To provide for the release of the property interests retained by the United States in certain land conveyed in 1954 by the United States, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, to the State of Oregon for the establishment of the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center of Oregon State University in Hermiston, Oregon.

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