GOP Bill Would Cede Public Energy Development To States

Law360, New York (June 27, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT) -- A group of Republican lawmakers floated legislation Thursday that would give states control over energy development on federal lands contained within their borders, claiming the Obama administration is stymieing energy production on public land.

Under the so-called Federal Lands Freedom Act of 2013 — introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives — states would have the authority to establish programs to lease, permit and regulate the development of all types of energy resources on federal lands, except lands that have been previously declared...
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