As Congress stares down yet another deadline, state leaders once again may have to decide whether to open their own wallets to protect their local tourism industries.
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Native American tribes are opposed to GOP legislation that would change the size and management of the Obama-era national monument, which President Trump has sought to shrink.
The decision significantly reduces public land designated by prior presidents.
Critics are saying the legislation is a "radical attempt to undermine the Antiquities Act, which is really one of our nation’s most important conservation tools."
Three Republicans and two Democrats teamed up to urge the Senate to act quickly.
“Our staff has been actively requesting the information from the Interior Department, as well as the White House, and we have not yet received it,” according to Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s press secretary.
Details are mostly under wraps, but the Interior secretary said no monuments would be eliminated. There could be, however, unspecified changes to a “handful.”
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Federal judge rules Alabama must improve its prison mental health care; decision on Flint water contract extension; and a Bay Area migration to Sacramento.
“It should have happened 50 years ago,” U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, the Utah Republican who is leading the bipartisan panel, said of the effort the task force is undertaking.
Secretary Ryan Zinke submitted an initial report to the White House about the national monument in Utah, which some GOP officials have characterized as an Obama-era land grab.
If Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke decides to revoke its status, it would be the latest example of the federal government setting aside land in conjunction with tribes, only to break the agreement.
“They might as well form a shotgun posse to kill off the species directly,” according to a Center for Biological Diversity activist.
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Recent secession efforts range from large, ongoing campaigns in Texas and California to smaller pushes in Oklahoma, Maine, Utah, West Virginia and New York.
Not everyone is convinced the tougher laws reduce fatalities. And some opponents say the laws are another example of government interference and can lead to racial profiling.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Body armor for firefighters; Florida budget talks deadlocked; and Delaware’s librarians are on edge.
In an interview with Route Fifty, state CIO Mike Hussey discusses rural broadband and lingering “last mile” challenges.
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