Montana Says BLM Acting Director Unconstitutional

Law360 (July 21, 2020, 3:18 PM EDT) -- Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has said the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management is serving in violation of the U.S. Constitution and should be enjoined from exercising power in the agency.

Bullock on Monday told a Montana federal judge that William Pendley's continued role as acting director of the Interior Department agency violates the Constitution as well as the Federal Vacancies Reform Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. Bullock, a Democrat running for Senate in 2020, said Pendley can't run the agency while the Senate considers his confirmation and argued that his repeated temporary appointments to run the agency...

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