Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act introduced in Senate

As noted in an earlier posting (May 16, 2008),  U.S. Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) and Chris Cannon (R-Utah) introduced the Federal Land Asset Inventory Reform (FLAIR) Act (H.R. 5532) on March 5, 2008.  Currently, fourteen representatives co-sponsor this bill, including Wisconsin’s Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rep. Thomas Petri (R-WI). 

A recent press release by MAPPS (May 21, 2008) notes that a Senate verion of this bill  (S. 3043) was introduced on May 20, 2008 by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT):

The FLAIR Act authorizes the Department of the Interior to compile a current, accurate inventory of Federal land ownership, as called for by the Government Accountability Office and the National Academy of Sciences, as well as provides for conducting an inventory of current inventories to eliminate duplication and save tax dollars.

MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello expressed deep appreciation for the leadership of Senators McCaskill and Hatch, saying they “have been working in a bipartisan manner to introduce this important Federal legislation. MAPPS commends Senators McCaskill and Hatch and looks forward to working with them to enact the FLAIR Act,” Palatiello said.

On Wednesday, March 12, during the annual MAPPS Federal Programs Conference, MAPPS members and the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) jointly hosted a Congressional breakfast with other stakeholders from the geospatial community. During that day, MAPPS and NSGIC members were on Capitol Hill visiting their Congressional delegations, discussing legislation affecting the geospatial community, including the FLAIR Act, and advocating a number of Federal agency programs. These Congressional visits generated exposure and interest among members of Congress and their staff, resulting in MAPPS and NSGIC successfully gaining cosponsors to the House version of the FLAIR Act, H.R. 5532. To date, there are 14 bipartisan cosponsors.

 For full text of this press release, visit http://www.mapps.org.

Source: MAPPS

The Senate bill has been read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

 See also: Wisconsin Congressional Representatives Support Federal Lands Bill (SCO Bulletin, June 5, 2008)

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