Bill Protecting Property Rights in Texas and Oklahoma Passes House

WASHINGTON, DC – (RealEstateRama) — The House passed H.R. 428 (Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-TX), the Red River Gradient Boundary Survey Act, to end decades of confusion over the true boundary between Texas and Oklahoma and bring certainty to landowners along the Red River. The bill passed by a vote of 250-171.

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“This is a bill that helps people, people who have done nothing wrong and yet suddenly find themselves fighting the federal government to prove that land owned by their families for generations rightfully belongs to them,” Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) said during floor debate. “[The Bureau of Land Management] started this problem eight years ago and have yet to do anything to try and solve the problem. […] It is our responsibility [to] solve the problem and help people so they know what is their private property and what is not their private property and they can move on with their life. And if that is unprecedented, it’s about time we did something that is unprecedented.”

“This bill essentially requires the Bureau of Land Management to do what they should have done all along. Its passage in the House is an important step toward providing these landowners with the legal certainty they deserve. I hope we can use this momentum to get the bill passed in the Senate and then signed into law by the President,” Rep. Thornberry said. “I will continue working with the landowners, local and state officials, and Senator Cornyn until this issue is resolved once and for all.”

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The House Committee on Natural Resources, chaired by Rob Bishop of Utah, considers legislation about American energy production, mineral lands and mining, fisheries and wildlife, public lands, oceans, Native Americans, irrigation and reclamation. The Committee is comprised of 44 Representatives, 26 Republicans and 18 Democrats. Learn more about Chairman Bishop and meet all of the Committee Members. You can also find recent activity, read about the history of the Committee, the rules and the Committee's jurisdiction.

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