House Approves Land Use Bill Expanding DHS Surveillance

Law360, New York (June 20, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed an omnibus land use bill on Tuesday combining 14 measures, including a provision expanding U.S. Department of Homeland Security access to federal lands near the borders for surveillance.

Relying heavily on Republican support, the Conservation and Economic Growth Act, H.R. 2578 passed the House by a 232-188 vote. While the legislation was praised by GOP leaders as promoting responsible use of public lands and securing federally owned areas near the border, Democrats ripped the bill as an assault on the...
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