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Labrador introduces monuments bill

Press release from Congressman Raul Labrador's office:

Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, today introduced H.R. 2284, a bill to reform the Antiquities Act to restrain unilateral presidential power.

Labrador’s National Monument Designation Transparency and Accountability Act requires approval by Congress and any state with a proposed national monument before the President can formally designate a monument. The legislation also requires public input.

The bill follows last week’s executive order by President Donald Trump directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review monuments designated since 1996 and recommend any necessary legislative or administrative changes.

“I commend President Trump for highlighting excessive presidential power that ignores the states and the people closest to the land,” Labrador said. “But we must change the law to achieve lasting reform. My bill requires public input and approval by lawmakers in the states and in Congress before putting more of our lands off limits.” More here.

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D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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