Immigration

H.R.400 – Stop Dangerous Sanctuary Cities Act

Official Title as Introduced:

To ensure that State and local law enforcement may cooperate with Federal officials to protect our communities from violent criminals and suspected terrorists who are illegally present in the United States.

Summary:

“This bill prohibits a sanctuary jurisdiction from receiving grants under certain Economic Development Assistance Programs and the Community Development Block Grant Program. A sanctuary jurisdiction is a state or political subdivision that has a statute, policy, or practice in effect that prohibits or restricts: (1) information sharing about an individual’s immigration status, or (2) compliance with a lawfully issued detainer request or notification of release request.

A state or political subdivision that complies with a detainer is deemed to be an agent of the Department of Homeland Security and is authorized to take actions to comply with the detainer.

The bill limits the liability of a state or political subdivision, or an officer or employee of such state or political subdivision, for actions in compliance with the detainer.”

 

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Conservation

H.R.131 – To reaffirm the trust status of land taken into trust by the United States pursuant to the Act of June 18, 1934, for the benefit of an Indian tribe that was federally recognized on the date that the land was taken into trust, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House (01/03/2017)

This bill reaffirms the trust status of land taken into trust by the United States pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act before the enactment of this bill for the benefit of an Indian tribe that was federally recognized when the land was taken into trust. Department of the Interior actions to take land into trust under the Indian Reorganization Act are ratified and confirmed as if the actions were taken under a law specifically authorizing or directing them.

The bill applies to all claims pending on, or filed on or after, the bill’s enactment.

Land taken into trust that has been ratified and confirmed pursuant to this bill must remain Indian country.

Conservation

H.R.49 – American Energy Independence and Job Creation Act

Official Title as Introduced:

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish and implement a competitive oil and gas leasing program that will result in an environmentally sound program for the exploration, development, and production of the oil and gas resources of the Coastal Plain of Alaska, and for other purposes.

Conservation

H.R.622 – Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act

Short Titles as Introduced:

Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act

Official Title as Introduced:

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 (01/24/2017)

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.

Debt

H.R.134 – Home Foreclosure Reduction Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced:

Home Foreclosure Reduction Act of 2017

Official Title as Introduced:

To amend title 11 of the United States Code with respect to modification of certain mortgages on principal residences, and for other purposes.

Summary:

Introduced in House (01/03/2017)

Home Foreclosure Reduction Act of 2017

This bill amends federal bankruptcy law governing a Chapter 13 debtor (adjustment of debts of an individual with regular income) to exclude from the computation of debts the secured or unsecured portions of: (1) debts secured by the debtor’s principal residence if the value of the residence is less than the applicable maximum amount of noncontingent, liquidated, secured debts; or (2) debts secured or formerly secured by the debtor’s principal residence that was either sold in foreclosure or surrendered to the creditor if the property’s value was less than the applicable maximum amount of noncontingent, liquidated, secured debts.

The bill applies the credit counseling requirement to a Chapter 13 debtor who certifies receipt of notice that the holder of a claim secured by the debtor’s principal residence may commence a foreclosure on it.

Courts must disallow a claim that is subject to any remedy for rescission under the Truth in Lending Act, notwithstanding the prior entry of a foreclosure judgment.

A Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan may modify the rights of claim holders with respect to a claim for a loan originated before the effective date of this bill and secured by a security interest in the debtor’s principal residence that is the subject of a foreclosure notice

The bill authorizes reduction of a claim secured by the debtor’s principal residence, but only in specified circumstances, particularly if the debtor sells the residence.

A debtor is not liable for certain fees and charges incurred while the bankruptcy case is pending and arising from a debt secured by the debtor’s principal residence, unless the claim holder observes specified requirements.

The bill adds to conditions for court confirmation of a plan in bankruptcy that: (1) the holder of a claim secured by the debtor’s principal residence retain the lien securing the claim until the later of the payment of the claim as reduced and modified, completion of all payments under the plan, or the discharge of a debtor from all debts; and (2) the plan modifies the claim in good faith and the court does not find that the debtor has been convicted of obtaining by actual fraud the extension, renewal, or refinancing of credit that gives rise to a modified claim.

Upon request, the court may confirm a plan proposing a reduction in the interest rate on the loan secured by such security interest and that does not reduce the principal, if certain requirements are met.

The bill excludes from the final discharge of a debtor from all debts any unpaid portion of such a claim as reduced.

The federal judicial code is amended to prescribe standing trustee fees regarding certain payments received under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan.