Rep. Mark Amodei’s House Public Lands Transfer Bill Abandoned
MISSOULA, Mont. -(Ammoland.com)- Following comments by Rep. Mark Amodei that he won’t be reviving a controversial bill that would have transferred public lands in Nevada to state ownership, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers celebrated a win for public lands sportsmen and women while acknowledging that the battle over our shared lands and waters continues.
Introduced by Amodei last year, the Honor the Nevada Enabling Act (H.R. 1484) would have legislated the transfer of millions of publicly owned acres to the state of Nevada. The bill was considered by a House subcommittee in November but ultimately failed to advance before the 114th Congress adjourned in December.
“Transferring millions of acres of public lands … is not something I think the majority of people think is a good idea,” Amodei said to the Reno Gazette-Journal in explaining his decision to abandon the bill.
“Public lands hunters and anglers are heartened by Congressman Amodei’s apparent awakening to a fact most of us have known all along,” said BHA President and CEO Land Tawney. “Americans love our public lands. We value them as places to experience the outdoors, to spend time with our families and friends, and to find solace in an increasingly hectic world.”
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