February 5, 2014
Jones bill to overturn Park Service ORV
plan will get a floor vote in U.S. House
By IRENE NOLAN
bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last February by
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., will get a floor vote tomorrow.
bill 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.
It was introduced as HR 819 and voted
favorably out of the House Committee on Natural Resources on May
15. The vote was 24-17 with all Republicans in favor of the
markup, and all Democrats opposed.
HR 819 has been packaged with other bills and will come to the House floor as HR 2954.
to Jones’ office, the vote is expected between noon and 1 p.m., just
before the House recesses for the weekend. You can watch it live online
HR 2954 is expected to pass the Republican-controlled House.
companion bill, introduced by U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., along
with Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., has an uphill battle in the
The bill was debated and amended
last year by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and
was favorably reported out of that committee on a unanimous voice vote
It has not yet been brought to the Senate floor for a vote.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Click here to read HR 2954.
Click here to read the amended version of S 486.
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