H.R. 1160, McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery Conveyance Act

Cost Estimate
July 3, 2012

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on June 21, 2012

H.R. 1160 would authorize the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to convey the McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery to the state of North Carolina. The state currently manages the fish hatchery and pays all operating and maintenance costs under a Memorandum of Understanding with the agency. Under the act, the USFWS would retain the right to use fish hatchery facilities for certain purposes.

Based on information provided by the USFWS, CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting H.R. 1160 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

H.R. 1160 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments. The land conveyance authorized in the act would benefit North Carolina. Any costs to the state would be incurred voluntarily.

On June 30, 2011, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for H.R. 1160 as ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources on June 15, 2011. That version of H.R. 1160 would require the USFWS to reimburse the state for any administrative costs associated with the agency’s use of the fish hatchery after the conveyance. The Senate version of the legislation would not require such reimbursement. That difference is reflected in the cost estimates for the two versions of H.R. 1160.