Thursday, April 10, 2014

Just in from Washington

House Committee Holds Hearing on ESA Reform Proposals

Washington--On Tuesday the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on four bills designed to update, improve and modernize the 41-year-old Endangered Species Act. The proposals outline the starting point for the committee's planned legislative efforts on the ESA. Moving forward with these simple, narrowly focused proposals would help bring needed transparency for significant federal ESA decisions that could affect farmers and ranchers. 

The bills, introduced by Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) and Reps. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) and Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.), focus on the need to make ESA decisions more transparent, including strengthening state/local involvement in listing decisions and use of state data, transparency on litigation costs and payment of attorney's fees and ensuring attorney fees are reasonable.

Farm Bureau supports efforts to amend and reform the ESA and encourages Congress to advance legislation to accommodate the needs of both threatened and endangered species and humans with complete respect for private property rights within the framework of the U.S. Constitution.

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