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Congress Sends Public Lands Bill to President

March 25, 2009 - by Avelino Maestas

The House today approved the landmark Omnibus Public Land Management Act, designating 2 million acres of land in 9 states as wilderness areas. I blogged about the legislation before, when the House narrowly defeated the measure by two votes. Through a bit of parliamentary maneuvering, however, the Senate took up the Legislation again as a substitute amendment. Basically, they took the text of S.22 and dropped it into H.R. 146 (see the full text and changes here). The effort to approve H.R. 146...

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Public Lands Bill Comes Up Short

March 12, 2009 - by Avelino Maestas

House members defeated a huge public lands bill on Wednesday, when the Omnibus Public Land Management Act fell two votes shy of approval. Conservationists called the bill "landmark legislation" because it would have protected more than 2 million acres of federal land as wilderness. It was a procedural move by House leaders, however, that led to the bill's failure.

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