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IN THE NEWS: Utah Republicans Bishop, Hatch draw rare praise from enviros for land-swap bill
July 11, 2014
by Scott Streater, E&E reporter view online here Utah Rep. Rob Bishop (R) has long butted heads with conservation leaders and the Obama administration over land-use policies that he says hamper domestic energy production and destroy jobs. But Bishop and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) drew praise from conservation groups yesterday, the day after the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Bishop and Hatch that would authorize the state of Utah to relinquish certain school trust or subsurface mineral ... More
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Bishop Lauds Senate Passage of Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act
July 9, 2014
WASHINGTON— The U.S. Senate today passed the Hill Creek Cultural Preservation and Energy Development Act [H.R. 356/ S. 27] originally introduced by Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). The legislation facilitates the exchange of approximately 20,000 acres of state-held mineral rights within the Hill Creek Extension of the Ute Indian Reservation for mineral rights on approximately 20,000 acres of land located within the northern portion of the reservation. This exchange ... More
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Bishop Issues Statement in Response to Supreme Court Decision on Religious Liberty
June 30, 2014
WASHINGTON— Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) issued the following statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring that certain U.S. employers cannot be required by the federal government to pay to cover contraceptives for their employees: “Religious freedom is a fundamental constitutional right and I am very pleased by the Supreme Court’s decision to continue to protect that right. The Obama Administration’s attempt to force employers to pay for things which they may oppose ... More
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IN THE NEWS: In our opinion: Expanding Goblin Valley State Park deserves serious consideration (Deseret News)
June 28, 2014
Deseret News editorial Published: Sat, June 28 Read online here A proposal to expand Utah’s Goblin Valley State Park to include federal lands already heavily used for recreation is a sound and sensible idea that deserves serious consideration. Ideally, it would come to fruition as part of a “grand bargain” process underway to settle land-use disputes in seven Utah counties. The framework for such a bargain is emerging in Congress behind the work of Utah Rep. Rob Bishop, who is cobbling together... More
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House Energy Bill Passes House with Bishop Amendment on Lease Sales
June 26, 2014
WASHINGTON— Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act [H.R. 4899]. The bill, which Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01) co-sponsored, addresses some of the significant roadblocks preventing growth within onshore and offshore energy sectors, which, in turn, will lead to new jobs and lower gas prices. Included in the final legislation was an amendment introduced by House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subco... More
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