Democrats in Congress Introduce Senate Bill S.367 to Reinforce Protection Over National Monuments – Update from Bick Law, LLP

Tue Feb 26th, On Environmental Law, by

On February 7, 2019, Congressional Democrats introduced Senate bill S.367 to reinforce that only Congress has jurisdiction over certain national monuments, to establish a National Monument Enhancement Fund, and to define certain protected wilderness areas in the states of New Mexico and Nevada. The bill is an update to the Antiquities Act of 1906, which was endorsed by Theodore Roosevelt, and recognized as “the first law to establish that archeological sites on public lands are important public resources.” It was enacted with the intention to protect these public resources for future generations as these sites were believed to hold “scientific, cultural, and historical value.”

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