House Votes to Kill BLM Planning 2.0 Rule –
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – Today, the US House of Representatives voted to kill the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Planning 2.0 Rule, a controversial Regulation codified by the Obama Administration on its way out-the-door.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney’s resolution of disapproval, House Resolution Number 44 passed the House by a 234-186 vote – mostly along party lines – with four Democrats crossing the aisle for the bill and four Republicans voting in tandem with the Nancy Pelosi’s Democrats.
KNRC has been active in opposing the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule, which proposed top down, land use planning regulations that blatantly conflict with the statutory language of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA).
For its part, the Trump Administration issued a Policy Statement supporting HR 44 and other Rules subject to the Congressional Review Act regulatory cleaver.
The Senate version of HR 44 has taken a back seat to political gyrations surrounding the Trump administration’s cabinet nominations. Next week the Senate is expected to take up debate on the House-passed, CRA-rule killing resolutions.
President Orders EPA to Review Waters of the US Rule –
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – In an widely anticipated decision, today President Trump ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revisit its Waters of The United States (WOTUS) Rule.
KNRC Introduces Conservation Easement Legislation –
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 – Today, legislation granting county governments the statutory authority to regulate conservation easements was introduced by KNRC into the House Federal and State Affairs Committee.
The legislation, HB 2199, was introduced by Representative Ron Highland. A FAQ summary sheet and talking points for HB 2199 has been distributed to house members, and KNRC Commissioners and those supporting local decision-making are encouraged to prepare and give testimony as a Hearing date becomes available.