Here we have a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), which he introduced in 2011. It was called the “Making Public Lands Public Access Act of 2011” and uses funding from the Land and Water Conservation fund acquire lands around existing public lands that would also to improve access for hunters and anglers access to those existing public lands.
And here we have a bill by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), which he introduced in 2013. Sen. Heinrich first introduced the bill in 2012. It would use funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to acquire lands that would improve access for hunters and anglers to existing public lands.
And here we have a press release from Congressman Steve Daines (R-MT). The press release, which just came out last week, does not credit Tester for first proposing the bill Daines is now seeking media attention for supporting. Daines says his bill would–you guessed it–use funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to acquire lands that would improve access for hunters and anglers to existing public lands.
In fact Daines’ bill even uses the exact same percentage of Land and Water Conservation Fund money–1.5%. Daines’ bill is called simply “Making Public Lands Public Access Act.” He left off the date.
Just pointing out the glaring omission by the Daines cheerleaders, who went all Twitter Rambo on John Walsh for saying that the Bullock/Walsh administration signed a fairly modest piece of digital privacy legislation, which they did.
Montana legislators cannot make law without it first going through the governor’s office, though they really hate to admit it.