Northern Nevada lands bill gets new lease on life

Mark Amodei

Mark Amodei

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Steven Horsford

A sweeping lands bill for Northern Nevada that had a bleak outlook in Congress just a few months ago suddenly has new life.

Legislation to create up to 71,500 acres of wilderness and set up 23,000 more for economic development passed a key House panel with unanimous consent today.

“It’s not hyperbole to say this is a historic package for lands bills for Northern Nevada,” said Brian Baluta, a spokesperson for Rep. Mark Amodei, a Republican representing Northern Nevada.

The successful committee vote sets up the potential for the bills to pass the House as soon as Congress comes back from its five-week break.

“It really is an example that when we get together in a bipartisan way, we can actually accomplish something,” said Rep. Steven Horsford, a North Las Vegas Democrat who represents part of Lyon County.

The residents in the county, one of the most economically depressed in the state, could benefit from as many as 1,000 jobs from a new copper mine if Congress approves the lands package. In exchange for selling 10,000 acres of federal land to the city of Yerington for the mine, the bill creates wilderness in the Wokova Forest.

But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. The lands packages were held up in the House Natural Resources Committee in January when Republicans, who lead the committee, changed the bills so much that Democrats — especially Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — couldn’t support it.

They altered language that would, in effect, prevent Congress from creating anymore wilderness in the future.

Lands bills have been tricky in the Republican-controlled House, in part because some conservatives oppose the transferring of or creation of federal land.

But Nevada lawmakers were determined to find a compromise. Amodei, Horsford and Nevada’s senators negotiated behind the scenes to find a deal.

Today’s vote in committee was evidence they had found one — but in the unpredictable world that is Congress, no one in Nevada’s delegation is exhaling yet.

“I’m not happy until I see it passed by both chambers and signed by the president,” Horsford said.

Article Source: Las Vegas Sun – Original post here.

 

Press Release: Unanimous Vote Sets Northern Nevada Lands Bill On Path To Final House Passage

Jul 30, 2014
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A historic package of Northern Nevada lands bills – six introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei (NV-2) and one by Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-4) — today passed the House Natural Resources Committee by unanimous consent. The bipartisan support clears the way for the legislation to be brought to the House floor in September as a non-controversial suspension bill.

The compromise agreement was made possible after adjustments to the legislation were made to a version passed in January.

“These are community-driven lands measures that will create jobs without cost to the federal taxpayer,” said Amodei. “For the second time in two years, the eyes of Northern Nevada turn to the Senate.”

“Working to create jobs and strengthen the middle class has been my number one priority in Congress,” said Horsford. “Today, Democrats and Republicans unanimously moved a legislative package forward that will grow Nevada’s economy. Thanks to Congressman Mark Amodei and others, we have been able to find common sense bipartisan solutions that bridge the partisan divide. When we work together and put Nevada first, political posturing fades into the background, and our constituents benefit.”

The Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act includes the following measures:

H.R. 433, the Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act

H.R. 696, the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act

H.R. 1167, the Restoring Storey County Act

H.R. 1168, the Carlin Economic Self-Determination Act

H.R. 1169, the Naval Air Station Fallon Housing and Safety Development Act

H.R. 1170, the Fernley Economic Self-Determination Act

H.R. 2455, the Elko Motocross and Tribal Conveyance Act

Article Source: Congressman Steven Horsford – original post here.

Press Release: Unanimous vote sets Northern Nevada lands bills on path to final House passage

Congressman Mark Amodei : News Releases : Unanimous vote sets Northern Nevada lands bills on path to final House passage//

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Contact:               Brian Baluta (Amodei) 202-225-6155

WASHINGTON, D.C. –A historic package of Northern Nevada lands bills – six introduced by Rep. Mark Amodei (NV-2) and one by Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-4) — today passed the House Natural Resources Committee by unanimous consent. The bipartisan support clears the way for the legislation to be brought to the House floor in September as a non-controversial suspension bill.

The compromise agreement was made possible after adjustments to the legislation were made to a version passed in January.

“These are community-driven lands measures that will create jobs without cost to the federal taxpayer,” said Amodei. “For the second time in two years, the eyes of Northern Nevada turn to the Senate.”

“Working to create jobs and strengthen the middle class has been my number one priority in Congress,” said Horsford. “Today, Democrats and Republicans unanimously moved a legislative package forward that will grow Nevada’s economy. Thanks to Congressman Mark Amodei and others, we have been able to find common sense bipartisan solutions that bridge the partisan divide. When we work together and put Nevada first, political posturing fades into the background, and our constituents benefit.”

The Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act includes the following measures:

H.R. 433, the Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act

H.R. 696, the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act

H.R. 1167, the Restoring Storey County Act

H.R. 1168, the Carlin Economic Self-Determination Act

H.R. 1169, the Naval Air Station Fallon Housing and Safety Development Act

H.R. 1170, the Fernley Economic Self-Determination Act

H.R. 2455, the Elko Motocross and Tribal Conveyance Act

Article Source: Congressman Mark Amodei News Release click here to see the original.

Breakthrough! Heller Files Job Creating Amendments to Bring Jobs Home.

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Here, Senator Dean Heller gives a speech on the Senate floor on a variety of measures he has put forth to spur natural resources job creation throughout the West. Click to watch video.


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For Immediate Release:                                                                 Contact: Chandler Smith
July 23, 2014                                                                                      202-224-6244

Heller Files Job Creating Amendments to Bring Jobs Home Act

  1. 2569 currently under consideration on the Senate floor

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) filed five amendments to S. 2569, the Bring Home Jobs Act. These amendments are designed to help facilitate job-growth, cut bureaucratic red-tape and improve processes on federal lands.

“Considering more than 85 percent of Nevada’s land is federally-owned, more needs to be done to help Nevadans access the resources in our own backyards and to help communities develop and grow. Many of Nevada’s rural counties continue to struggle. Congress should take action now on these common-sense solutions that will help unleash jobs and make a real difference for Nevadans,” said Senator Dean Heller.

Heller has filed the following amendments:

  • The Lyon County Conservation and Economic Development Act will allow the City of Yerington to partner with Nevada Copper to develop roughly 12,500 acres of land surrounding the Pumpkin Hollow project site.  The Pumpkin Hollow project is estimated to create approximately 1300 jobs.  This legislation passed the Energy and Natural Resources Committee on September 10, 2103.
  • The Public Lands Job Creation Act streamlines the permitting process for mineral and energy development, while also preserving the time necessary for environmental analysis. The legislation gives the Department of the Interior (DOI) a period of forty-five days to complete the review process of notices sent from state Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices before they appear in the federal register. Senator Heller introduced this bill in March 2013.
  • The Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act is designed to streamline the permitting process, specifically for solar, geothermal and wind projects. This legislation accelerates renewable energy development on public lands while generating revenues to help local governments deliver critical services such as road maintenance, public safety, and law enforcement. Revenues can also be utilized to support fish and wildlife conservation projects and to increase outdoor recreation such as hunting, fishing, and hiking. Senators Heller and Tester introduced this amendment as a stand-alone bill last year.
  • The Energy Consumers Relief Act will help protect Americans from billion-dollar Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that would increase energy prices and destroy jobs. The amendment requires the EPA to be transparent when proposing and issuing energy-related regulations with an economic impact of $1 billion or more. Senator Heller introduced this as a stand-alone bill in July 2013. Representative Bill Cassidy (R-LA) sponsored the counterpart legislation, which passed the House of Representatives on August 1, 2013.
  • The Emergency Fuel Reduction Act of 2014 will expedite the review process for wildfire prevention projects when wildfire risks on public lands pose a threat to critical infrastructure, private land holders, and endangered species habitat. The expedited review will help lead to an increase in grazing and timber jobs. Millions of acres of land in the State of Nevada are managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the United State Forest Service. Over the past five years, the entire West has suffered from record wildfire damage.

Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) spoke on the Senate floor in support of the five amendments he filed to S. 2569, the Bring Home Jobs Act. The amendments can be found here.

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State Board Acts to Support Lyon County Land Bill

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The State Land Use Advisory Board has approved a resolution expressing its support of the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act.

The resolution, approved at last month’s meeting, had been requested by Lyon County Commissioner Virgil Arellano, who is Lyon County’s appointed representative to the SLUPAC, serving as its current chairman. It passed at the May 23 meeting.

The resolution is in support of the act, currently Title II of H.R. 433 and as Senate Bill 159, as it is making its way through the 113th Congress.

The Lyon County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution on Aug. 18, 2011, expressing its support of this congressional action, while the Yerington City Council supported a similar resolution on Aug. 22, 2011.

The bill would allow for purchase of more than 10,000 acres of BLM-administered lands near the Nevada Copper Pumpkin Hollow Mine at fair market value, paid by Nevada Copper, to be conveyed to the city of Yerington for economic development and recreation purposes — land to be annexed into the city — and designation of 48,000 acres in southern Lyon County as the Wovoka Wilderness area.

The bill has had a lengthy journey through Congress. It began as the Yerington Land Conveyance and Sustainable Development Act in the 112th Congress, introduced in the House of Representatives as HR 4039 on Feb. 15, 2012, and as SB 2228, introduced in the Senate on March 23, 2012, over a year after the city of Yerington and Nevada Copper began working towards its introduction. It was later introduced as SB 3701 under the revised title, “Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act” on Dec. 20, 2012.

It was reintroduced in the 113th Congress as S. 159 on Jan. 28, 2013, and as HR 696 on Feb. 18, 2013. The Senate bill (S. 159) was then considered and reported favorably by the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee on June 18, 2013, without one vote of dissent. It was then listed on the Senate Calendar/General Orders on April 28 this year, which lists it as ready for consideration and vote on the floor of the full Senate.

HR 696 was included in a combined bill as Title II, combined with six other bills, becoming known as HR 433, the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act. It passed the House Natural Resources Committee by 29-14 vote on Jan. 28.

The bill would allow the city of Yerington to annex the lands and obtain a share of property and net proceeds of mines taxes. The resolution also notes 63 percent of the total acquired federal lands would be dedicated for uses other than mining, including infrastructure, commercial and industrial development, recreation, an events-concert venue and open space. It also notes the transfer of lands would not affect any sensitive natural resources.

The resolution also includes history about the conservation component that includes the proposed wilderness lands in the South Pine Grove Hills-Bald Mountain-East Walker River area. It also notes this area includes the Desert Creek-Fales Population Management Unit of the Bi-State Sage Grouse Distinct Population Segment, which is proposed for listing as a threatened or endangered species.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The land act is awaiting consideration and a vote o the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Article Source:  RGJ

 

 

Nevada Still One of Worst in Nation for Home Foreclosures!

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Nevada Bills in Congress Would Help.

Article Source: RGJ – Reno Gazette Journal via Associated Press

Nevada foreclosure rate at No. 8 in U.S.

 — Nevada’s foreclosure rate was eighth in the nation in April after falling behind Florida, Maryland and five other states in the rankings.

RealtyTrac statistics released Thursday show 1,522 foreclosure-related filings in April, or one for every 770 homes in Nevada.

The rate is down 9 percent from March, and down 53 percent from the same time a year ago.

Nationwide, the foreclosure rate fell 1 percent from March and 20 percent from a year ago.

Also Thursday, average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages were reported down for a third straight week. The low rates could give a boost to the spring homebuying season, which has gotten off to a slow start.

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said that the average rate for a 30-year loan eased to 4.20 percent from 4.21 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage fell to 3.29 percent from 3.32 percent.

Mortgage rates have risen nearly a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago.

Warmer weather has yet to boost homebuying as it normally does. Rising prices and higher rates have made affordability a problem for would-be buyers. And many homeowners are reluctant to list their properties for sale.

Home sales and construction have faltered since last fall, slowing the economy. A harsh winter, higher buying costs and a limited supply of available homes have discouraged many potential buyers. Existing-home sales in March reached their lowest level in 20 months.

“Yerington land-transfer remains locked away in a dungeon somewhere in the bowels of Congress”

In rural Nevada, the recently-passed Assembly Speaker Emeritus Joe Dini will be remembered as “Good King Joe.” . . . Dini’s son, George, is the mayor of Yerington. He has beseeched the House of Reid and Congress for a BLM land transfer to help his town climb out of the recession. So far, however, the Yerington land-transfer remains locked away in a dungeon somewhere in the bowels Congress. Ray Hagar, Reno Gazette Journal, April 23, 2014.

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Board supports quick passage of county bill

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As requested by Lyon County Commissioner Virgil Arellano, the Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution “regarding Congressional action dealing with the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act S. 159 and H.R. 696” and seeking expeditious passage of the bill.

It concludes by saying the county supports the state’s Congressional delegation “to expedite passage of this bill … without any further delay for the immediate sustainability and future of Yerington, Lyon County and our communities. The board further implores leadership in the Senate and House of Representatives and other congressmen “to acknowledge critical needs and desires of Yerington and Lyon County, and without any further delay, pass” the federal legislation.

The resolution states the Lyon County Commission approved a resolution in support of the legislation that seeks approval for the purchase at fair market value of more than 10,000 acres from the BLM more than two years ago by the city of Yerington, with Nevada Copper funding the acquisition and receiving some of the property.

Meanwhile, it continues, unemployment in Lyon County remains the highest in the state and unemployment has averaged 15 percent the past three years, the real number of people employed in the county has declined by 1,500 people over the past two years, and resulting loss of tax revenue to the county and its cities, with Lyon County terminating 120 employees since 2008.

It goes on to cite the resulting struggles for small business owners in Lyon County, a rise in violent crime and theft and loss of revenues affecting funding for law enforcement, and notes the bill’s immediate passage would “create substantial economic activity within the City of Yerington and Lyon County.”

The resolution also says “an overwhelming majority of Lyon County residents support the passage of the Yerington/Lyon County bill,” the Nevada Congressional delegation supports it, the 2013 Nevada Legislature supported it, as does Gov. Brian Sandoval.

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Losing Workers. Losing Jobs. We need help. Congress, PASS THE BILL.

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Unemployment numbers have been released for January 2014 and show that we’re losing workers, losing jobs and the only reason the unemployment rate has declined is that we have lost people in Lyon County.  If Congress is serious about job creation, they would pass the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act.  Congress, PASS THE BILL.

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