Thursday, March 19, 2009

Good news for the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act (PRPA)

The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 bill was passed by the Senate today (Thursday) and is heading to the house tomorrow. The bill only needs a 50/50 vote to pass! Hopefully it will be taken up tomorrow (Friday) and if not, early next week. Looks like there is still hope for the PRPA!

A few news snippets:

"The US Senate on Mar. 19 passed repackaged public lands legislation by 77 to 20 votes—8 days after its original version fell two votes short of approval in the House....

HR 146's prospects there are better because House Democrats have indicated they would bring it to the floor in a manner which would allow it to pass with a simple majority. They also appear likely to permit amendments this time since several Democrats voting for S. 22 on Mar. 11 expressed reservations and suggested changes. The bill received 282 yes votes and 144 no votes.

Congressional Democrats structured both bills in a manner calculated to attract broad support by including smaller measures which members originally introduced to address issues in their home states. But the legislation also would expand national wilderness and other protected areas with the most acreage additions in decades, which critics said would deny access to domestic oil, gas and other energy resources." [link]

"Following debate on the nomination, the Senate will return to legislative session and resume consideration H.R. 146, a vehicle for a public lands bill (S.22) that originally passed the Senate in January. A deal was reached yesterday between Democrat leaders and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), allowing him to offer six amendments to the bill." [link]

© ReBecca K. Hunt-Foster


Peter said...

This act is a sad day for research paleontologists...especially for me, an invertebrate paleo person, who depends on access to public lands and makes minimal impact. Permitting will be expensive, time-consuming and unnecessary. AmeriKa the police state

ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...

I am a research paleontologist (as is my husband, who works on inverts). The permit requirements for invertebrates is not changing, and the permits we have gotten in the past for collecting invertebrates have always been free and do not take that long to do. Nothing is changing in this regard Peter so why are you worried about living in a police state? Don't you want to see the resources protected so you actually have something to work on? Something you do not have to buy from a collector or in a rock shop?