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Committee OKs Controversial Grazing Permit Bill

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Committee OKs Controversial Grazing Permit Bill

The House Committee on Natural Resources on June 12 endorsed the proposed Grazing Improvement Act of 2013, which would double the term of grazing permits to 20 years on more than 250 million acres of federally managed public lands.

Committee members voted 27-15 to send the bill — HR 657 — to the full House for consideration. The bill was introduced in February by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) as companion legislation to S. 258 in the Senate, also introduced in February by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.).

The Grazing Improvement Act seeks to amend the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 “to improve the management of grazing leases and permits” and to “reduce the burdens of National Environmental Policy Act review of expired permits” on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.

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