Bills Introduced To Protect Private Land Rights

Two bills have recently been introduced in the US House of Representatives that would help protect the rights of private land owners. Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton introduced the Land Adjacency Notification and Disclosure Act and the Resurveys Entitle Adjacent Landowners Protection Act, earlier this week. The Land Adjacency Notification and Disclosure act would require the federal government to provide written notification to adjacent land owners, of any parcel of land that is to be exchanged. Tipton says because the federal government controls a substantial amount of land in the Western United States, it’s important to establish a consistent public notification process for land exchanges. The Resurveys Entitle Adjacent Landowners Protection Act would require the BLM to provide a 30 day notice to adjacent land owners, before they can resurvey an area.  The bill also gives land owners some protection in the event that land previously believed to be private property is resurveyed as federal land. Tipton said the bill will prevent farmers and ranchers from being punished for surveying mistakes made by the federal government.  Both bills must be approved by the House before they are sent to the Senate for a vote.

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