Rep. Bishop Working on Antiquities Act Reform
October 13, 2017
The Public Lands Council and the American Sheep Industry Association praised Chairman Rob Bishop and the House Natural Resources Committee for marking-up H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act.
H.R. 3390 would bring long-overdue reform to the national monument designation process by setting clear parameters for the appropriate size of designations, giving voice to local residents and business owners, and requiring environmental studies before sweeping designations can be made. A mark-up is an initial step in the legislative process that allows a bill to move forward for further consideration.
“Previous presidents consistently ignored original congressional intent for monument designations to be the ‘smallest area compatible’ with conservation objectives,” said Dave Eliason, president of the Public Lands Council. “Repeated abuse of executive authority under the Antiquities Act harmed local economies and communities in rural areas across the country.”