Idaho Republican Rep Raúl Labrador’s “Grazing Improvement Act of 2012” passed the House Resources Committee, 27--15.
The bill, co-sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jim Costa of California, would extend grazing permits from 10 to 20 years. The bill also would codify appropriation rider language authored by Rep. Mike Simpson that requires expired grazing permits to be renewed under existing terms and conditions until the renewal process is complete.
“Local federal land managing offices cannot keep up with the pace of litigation and the endless environmental analysis, Labrador said. “This diverts the already-limited resources from these offices and leaves ranchers at risk of losing their grazing permits and jeopardizing their livelihoods.”