Liz Cheney (Republican – Wyoming) introduced House Joint Resolution 44 to nullify a regulation submitted by the Department of the Interior to establish procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.
The Joint Resolution was proposed in the House of Representatives on January 30, 2017. The bill passed the House by a vote of 234-186 on February 7, 2017 and was received in the Senate on February 8, 2017.
This Joint Resolution nullifies the regulations submitted by the Department of the Interior that establish procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (published at 81 Fed Reg. 89580 on December 12, 2016).
SUMMARY OF RULE TO BE NULLIFIED (81 FR 89580)
The final rule affirmed the rule of other Federal agencies, State and local governments, Indian tribes, and the public during the planning process and enhances opportunities for transparency and public involvement during preparation of resource management plans. The rule enabled the BLM to more readily address resource issues such as wildfire, wildlife habitat, appropriate development, or the demand for renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and to respond more effectively to change.
The final rule emphasized the rule of using high quality information, including the best available scientific information, in the planning process; and the importance of evaluating resource, environmental, ecological, social, and economic conditions at the beginning of planning.
Finally, the rule made revisions to clarify existing text and improve the readability of the planning regulations.
A link to the regulation to be nullified is located here: 81 FR 89580
Scott Tipton (Republican – Colorado)
Stevan Pearce (Republican – New Mexico)
Mark Amodei (Republican – Nevada)
Paul Gosar (Republican – Arizona)
Louie Gohmert (Republican – Texas)
Kevin Cramer (Republican – North Dakota)
Auma Amata Coleman Radewagen (Republican – American Samoa)
Chris Stewart (Republican – Utah)
Rob Bishop (Republican – Utah)
Pete Sessions (Republican – Texas)
Don Young (Republican – Alaska)
Mia Love (Republican – Utah)
Dan Newhouse (Republican – Washington)
Andy Biggs (Republican – Arizona)
Jason Chaffetz (Republican – Utah)
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