House Hearing on Bill to Protect Red River Landowners

By Karl Wehmhoener | kwehmhoener@kamr.com

Published 07/23 2014 04:26PM

Updated 07/23 2014 04:48PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress held a hearing today about the Red River land dispute.

Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) discussed his legislation to protect private property along the Red River.    

“This hearing is one more step forward, and a very important one, in our efforts to assure landowners that their private property will be protected,” says Thornberry.  “Property owners deserve this certainty, particularly when their livelihoods are at stake.  I look forward to the Committees feedback on our proposal. “

Thornberrys bill, the Red River Private Property Protection Act (H.R. 4979)," seeks to settle all federal ownership claims by providing legal certainty to landowners along the Red River.  It directs the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to relinquish and transfer quit claim deeds to landowners who can prove ownership through official State and county records.  It also prevents the BLM from including any privately owned acres in a current or future Resource Management Plan.    

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