BigNews.Biz - Mar 08,2017 - Flake Statement on Vote to Repeal Harmful BLM “Planning 2.0” Rule
Prevents federal bureaucrats from centralizing land use planning in Washington
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power, issued the following statement after voting to repeal the Bureau of Land Management’s controversial “Planning 2.0” rule. The rule, which was finalized by the Obama administration late last year, would have marginalized local land users and stakeholders by centralizing the planning and decision-making process with federal bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.
“Any cattleman, miner, or county supervisor in Arizona will tell you that the centralized planning process proposed under BLM’s ‘Planning 2.0’ rule would have been disastrous for land management out West. Secretary Zinke has promised to empower local stakeholders by decentralizing the planning process, and today’s vote will allow him to start rebuilding trust with Arizona land users.”
On Jan. 30, 2017, Flake cosponsored S.J.Res. 15, the Senate version of a resolution of disapproval to repeal BLM’s harmful “Planning 2.0” rule. See a full list of cosponsors here.
Flake’s co-sponsorship of S.J.Res. 15 and his vote to repeal BLM’s “Planning 2.0” rule were supported by the following organizations:
American Petroleum Institute
Arizona Farm Bureau
Arizona Mining Association
Arizona Rock Products
Mohave County Farm Bureau
Public Lands Council