Sunday, January 11, 2009

Update on Paleontological Resources Preservation

Today, January 11, the Senate invoked cloture on moving to consideration of S. 22, the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. This is part of the byzantine process by which legislation is often considered in the United States Senate. This cloture vote means that the Senate has cut off debate over being able to even consider the bill. As a result, it can now begin debate on the legislation itself during the coming days.

As noted in a prior post, the Paleontological Resources Preservation legislation is just a part of this bill, a very small part. This over 1,000 page bill contains myriad provisions addressing such things as extensions of the U.S. wilderness system, establishment and expansion of federal parks, water use issues, etc. Lots in there to generate support for the overall bill, as well as opposition.

Background on the controversy over the Paleontological Resources Preservation provisions included in S. 22 is covered in prior posts.

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