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Legislative History and Digest of H.R. 4168

PUBLIC LAW: 104-273, (became law 10/09/96)

SPONSOR: Rep. Christopher Cox (R-CA)

Introduced 9/25/96

SHORT TITLES AS INTRODUCED: Helium Privatization Act of 1996

SHORT TITLES AS ENACTED: Helium Privatization Act of 1996


A bill to amend the Helium Act to authorize the Secretary to enter into agreements with private parties for the recovery and disposal of helium on Federal lands, and for other purposes.


10/09/96 Public Law 104-273
09/30/96 Measure presented to President
09/30/96 Enrolled Measure signed in Senate
09/30/96 Enrolled Measure signed in House
09/28/96 Measure passed Senate
09/28/96 Measure considered in Senate
09/28/96 Measure called up by unanimous consent in Senate
09/26/96 Measure passed House
09/26/96 Measure considered in House
09/26/96 Measure called up under motion to suspend rules and pass in House

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Detailed Legislative History

House Action(s)

Sep 25, 96:
Referred to the House Committee on Resources.
Sep 26, 96:
Called up by House under suspension of the rules.
Passed House by voice vote.

Senate Action(s)

Sep 26, 96:
Received in the Senate, read twice.
Sep 28, 96:
Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.
Message on Senate action sent to the House.

Executive Action(s)

Sep 28, 96:
Cleared for White House.
Sep 30, 96:
Presented to President.
Oct 9, 96:
Signed by President.
Became Public Law No: 104-273.


The complete bill text is available on Thomas: The Library of Congress Web Site. In Thomas, click on Full Text of Legislation, then 104th Congress Bills, then Search by Bill Number, type in hr 4168 , hit RUN QUERY, and choose the most recent version.



Helium Privatization Act of 1996 - Amends the Helium Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to: (1) enter into agreements with private parties for the recovery and disposal of helium on Federal lands; (2) grant leasehold rights to such hel ium; (3) store and transport crude helium; and (4) maintain and operate existing crude helium storage at the Bureau of Mines Cliffside Field.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) cease producing, refining, and marketing refined helium; and (2) dispose of all facilities, equipment, and Federal property interests relating to refined helium activities.

Requires the Secretary to impose fees for helium storage, withdrawal, or transportation services.

Prescribes guidelines for: (1) the purchase of helium by Federal agencies from certain private persons; and (2) the sale of crude helium by the Secretary. Requires the Secretary to make crude helium sales in amounts that will cause minimum market disruption. Mandates that proceeds from helium sal es be paid to the Treasury.

Instructs the Secretary to eliminate helium stockpiles by a prescribed deadline.

Directs the Secretary of the Interior to convey to the Texas Plains Girl Scout Council for consideration of one dollar specified lan ds in Potter County, Texas, reserving easements to the United States for pipeline rights-of-way.

Directs the Secretary to: (1) enter into arrangements with the National Academy of Sciences to study and report to the Congress on whether disposal of helium reserves (including crude helium reserves) will have a substantial adverse effect upon U.S. scientific, technical, biomedical, or national security interests; (2) determine whether disposal of the helium reserve will have a substantial adverse eff ect on the U.S. helium industry, the U.S. helium market or such interests; and (3) if the Secretary determines that selling the crude helium reserves will have a substantial adverse effect on the industry, market, or such interests, make recommendations t o the Congress, including proposed legislation, necessary to avoid such effects.

Source: Library of Congress
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Last updated December 26, 1996 by David Applegate, AGI Government Affairs

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