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National Group Demands Marijuana Reform From Congress

MARIJUANA-300A nonpartisan national organization that represents state legislatures demanded Thursday that Congress overhaul federal drug laws and allow states to establish their own policies for marijuana and hemp. The National Conference of State Legislatures approved the policy statement in a voice vote Thursday, throwing its support Continue reading

Proposal Could End Hold on PILT Funds

piltA proposal in Congress could end federal delays in paying counties the money they are owed for public land. Representative Jared Polis introduced a bill that would extend funding for the Payment in Lieu of Taxes and Secure Rural Schools program. The funding is among programs tied up in the federal budget sequester. Continue reading

Poll Shows Westerners Want Balance of Environmental and Energy Values

wvpAccording to a public opinion poll released yesterday by Western Values Project and conducted by Public Policy Polling, one of the most accurate polling companies in America, the majority of western voters Continue reading

Tipton Reintroduces Forest Health Bill

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Congressman Scott Tipton says that his Healthy Forest Management and Wildfire Prevention Act is finally getting some attention in Congress. Tipton introduced the bill during the last Congress, and watched it pass through the House before becoming one of the hundreds of bills stalled on the Senate floor. The bill is now being Continue reading

Federal Plans Draw Negative Response

sage_grouse-300Lawmakers and others are speaking out against the plans submitted by the U.S. Forest Service and BLM that are intended to keep the Greater Sage Grouse off of the Endangered Species List. Congressman Scott Tipton, Senator Cory Gardner, and Western Energy Alliance all issued statements regarding the plans yesterday Continue reading

Congress Unhappy With Progress of Over-Budget Denver VA Hospital

VETERANSCongressional leaders say the future of the over-budget Denver VA hospital is unclear because the Veterans Affairs Department hasn’t come up with an acceptable plan for funding it. In a statement yesterday, the chairmen of the House and Senate veterans committees also criticized the VA for not punishing those Continue reading

Survey Shows Americans Want More Power for States

WESTERN ENERGY ALLIANCEAmericans strongly support using resources on public lands to produce energy, and giving states more control over regulating those activities. That’s according to a poll commissioned by Continue reading

Lawmakers End Legislative Session

co-state-capitol-300Colorado lawmakers concluded work for the year well in advance of their midnight deadline. But the final hours weren’t without the usual legislative drama and touching farewells. The Senate concluded work on a student-testing Continue reading

Tipton Provides Legislative Update

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Congressman Scott Tipton gave Wild West Radio an update yesterday on what he’s been doing in the Legislature this year. Tipton was excited about legislation he just had reintroduced in the House to limit the Federal Government’s power over water in the U.S. Tipton says the bill is about preserving state’s and private rights. Tipton says Continue reading

Sage Grouse Protection Act Introduced in House

sage_grouse-300Last week, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) helped introduce the Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act (H.R.1997) in the House. The bill, of which Tipton is an original co-sponsor, seeks to empower state-based sage grouse recovery efforts in lieu of a one-size-fits-all federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing that Continue reading

Tipton Reintroduces Water Rights Protection Act

WATER CONSERVATIONAs promised, yesterday, Congressman Scott Tipton teamed with Wyoming Senator John Barrasso to reintroduce legislation to protect water users from uncompensated federal takings of privately-held water rights. The Water Rights Protection Act (WRPA), which passed the House in the 113th Congress with bipartisan support, Continue reading

Tipton Continues Fight for Water Rights

SCOTT-TIPTON-NEW-300Tuesday, Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) took federal land management agencies to task for continued administrative attempts to take private water rights without compensation and interfere with users’ access to their private property rights. During an oversight hearing in the House Natural Resources Water, Power and Oceans Continue reading