Beach Access and Park Issues
June 6, 2012

UPDATE: House committee schedules markup on Jones bill


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 Management Plan.

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

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