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Monday, May 18, 2009

HR 146: An act to designate certain land as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System

Another chance for Congressman Bright to reduce spending. I would have voted No.

Representative Bright voted YES
Read statements Representative Bright made in this general time period.



Official Title of Legislation:

HR 146: An act to designate certain land as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System, to authorize certain programs and activities in the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture, and for other purposes.


Highlights:

-Adds land to wilderness areas in 9 states under the National Wilderness Preservation System (Title I).

-Affirms that no provision of this act may be used to close public lands to recreational use by the public (Title II).

-Authorizes $1 million to provide grants to states and Indian tribes to compensate ranchers for livestock killed by wolves and to assist with non-lethal methods to reduce wolf attacks (Title VI, Subtitle C).

-Grants the state of Alaska 1,806 acres of federal land to construct an emergency access road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in exchange for 43,093 acres of non-federal land (Title VI, Subtitle E).

-Authorizes the Bureau of Reclamation to study and construct specific water projects (Title IX, Subtitle A).

-Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to carry out water settlements agreed to in court and creates the Reclamation Water Settlements Management Fund (Title X).

-Authorizes appropriations for ocean research, exploration, and conservation (Title XII).

-Expands funding for paralysis treatment (Title XIV).

Link to Legislation: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:hr146:


House Passage: 03/03/2009 : Bill Passed 394 - 13 (Roll no. 91)
NOTE: CONSIDERED UNDER SUSPENSION OF THE RULES. TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY OF THOSE PRESENT AND VOTING WAS REQUIRED FOR PASSAGE.

Senate Passage With Amendment: 03/19/2009 : Bill Passed: 77 - 20 (Record Vote Number 106)
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTED BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED.

House Concurrence Vote: 03/25/2009 : Concurrence Vote Passed 285 - 140 (Roll no. 153)

President Passage: 03/30/2009 : Signed Became Public Law Number 111-11

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