March 7, 2013
House subcommittee sets hearing on
Jones bill to overturn ORV plan
By IRENE NOLAN
The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulative has scheduled a legislative hearing on Thursday, March 14, at 10 a.m. in the Longworth House Office Building, 1334 Hearing Room.
Three bills will be considered, including House Bill 819, which was reintroduced by U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., on Feb. 26.
legislation seeks to overturn both the National Park Service’s final
rule for off-road vehicles on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and a
court-approved consent decree that settled a lawsuit filed against the
Park Service by environmental groups.
The Preserving Access to
the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area Act would return
management of seashore resources to the Interim Protected Species
Management Strategy and Environmental Assessment, issued by the Park
Service on June 13, 2007.
The two other two bills are:
- H.R. 588
(Young), To provide for donor contribution acknowledgements to be
displayed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Visitor Center, and for
other purposes. “Vietnam Veterans Donor Acknowledgment Act of 2013.”
- H.R. 716
(Herrera Beutler), To direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey
certain Federal land to the city of Vancouver, Washington, and for
is the fourth time Jones has introduced the legislation. Last
year, the House passed it, largely along party lines, with Republicans
favoring passage and Democrats opposing. However, 19 Republicans
voted against the bill, while 16 Democrats voted for it.
subcommittee calendar announcing the hearing does not yet list
witnesses who will testify. However, Joshua Bowlen, Jones’
legislative director, said Dare County Commissioner Warren Judge will
be the only witness speaking in favor of the bill. Because three bills
are being heard, he said, the committee declined to allow another
witness in favor.
Visit the Committee Calendar
for testimony and additional information, once it is made
available. The hearing is open to the public and a live video
stream will be broadcast at http://naturalresources.house.gov/live.
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