Mar 26, 2014

 Washington, DC (March 26, 2014) – Today the House passed H.R. 1459, the Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act by a 222-201 bipartisan vote.
“Monument designations must come from our local communities, not executive orders from Washington,” said Pearce.  “Citizens deserve  a voice in the land management decisions that affect their jobs, their recreation, and their backyards. I cosponsored today’s  bill because it puts the power back in the hands of the people by adding a measure of accountability and transparency to the national monument designation process.  Hundreds of people in Southern New Mexico stood up, and demanded that the Secretary of the Interior listen to their voice on the Organ Mountains.  H.R. 1459 ensures they have a say.”
Under this bill, national monument designations using the Antiquities Act would undergo strong environmental analysis and studies under the National Environmental Policy Act, just like other land management decisions, before a designation could be finalized.  Monument designations would be limited in number without approval of Congress.  The bill also requires a study of the costs associated with the monument designation.