UPDATE: House committee schedules markup on Jones bill
By IRENE NOLAN
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources has
scheduled a mark-up session tomorrow, June 7, at 10 a.m. at the
Longworth House Office Building that will include consideration of a
bill to overturn the Park Service’s new off-road vehicle plan for the
Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The bill was introduced by U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., in February and had a hearing before the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands on April 27.
H.R. 4094, would overturn the final off-road vehicle plan, end a
court-agreed-to consent decree, and return management at the Cape
Hatteras National Seashore to the 2007 Interim Protected Species
The bill would “authorize pedestrian and motorized vehicular access” at
the seashore and may also be called the “Preserving Public Access to
Cape Hatteras Beaches Act.” If the bill passes, the interim strategy
would remain in place until the Park Service devises another long-term
plan that is less restrictive.
In the next step in the legislative process, the bill is considered in
a session that is popularly known as the “mark-up” session. Members of
the committee study the viewpoints presented in detail. Amendments may
be offered to the bill, and the committee members vote to accept or
reject these changes.
At the conclusion of deliberation, a vote of committee members is taken
to determine what action to take on the measure. It can be reported,
with or without amendment, or tabled, which means no further action on
it will occur.
The mark-up session will also include deliberations on 14 other bills that are before the committee.
The session will be streamed live on the House Committee on Natural Resources website at http://naturalresources.house.gov/Live/.