Feb 7, 2017 Montana News
Washington, D.C. – With the support of Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), the House passed a joint resolution today, H.J. Res 44, which disapproves and nullifies BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule.
After passing the House resolution Rep. Stewart said, "The BLM's final rule, known as Planning 2.0, is a snapshot of everything that was wrong with the previous administration. Unfortunately, this rule is so flawed, that a couple of administrative fixes will not right the ship.
It has to be rescinded. The final rule ignored thousands of comments submitted from states and county commissioners and moved decision making out of the hands of local officials and into the hands of DC bureaucrats. These bureaucrats simply don’t know the land and needs of the counties like local officials do.”
President of the Utah Association of Counties and Beaver County Commissioner Mark Whitney said:
“Having a seat at the table to inform and steer BLM planning is critical to counties. The BLM had it right for 30 years by recognizing in their regulations the unique needs of counties. Planning 2.0 diluted our voice and our needs by opening BLM planning to out-of-state interests who simply do not understand our needs. I commend the House for doing the right thing today by rescinding this rule.”