Grazing Improvement Act Passes House
February 7, 2014
The House on Thursday passed a grazing improvement bill to make the grazing permitting process more efficient. HR 2954 is a package of natural resource bills that includes the Grazing Improvement Act, which was sponsored by Rep. Raul Labrador (Idaho).The bill passed 220 - 194.
The bill extends grazing permits from 10 to 20 years, allows expired permits to be extended until the renewal process is complete and allows exclusions to environmental assessments under the National Environmental Protection Act. It also requires groups not substantially justified or directly affected by final federal-grazing decisions to pay for the legal expenses of the other party when they lose a grazing challenge in court.
The Grazing Improvement Act provides security for livestock producers that operate on public lands as well as efficiencies for the public land management agencies in administering the grazing programs.