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Index to Public Lands News of December 1, 2017

Index to the current issue:

In the attached issue. . .

* TAX PACKAGE WITH ANWR LEASING TOO CLOSE TO CALL.  Senate floor vote due with some GOP members undecided.  CBO backs Murkowski estimate of $1.1B in revenues, but no guarantee.  First sale of 400,000-plus acres.

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* APPROPS POSITIONS STAKED OUT.  But extension of interim levels probable.  Senate committee posts ‘mark’ with more money, controversial riders.

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* SENATORS BACK END TO FIRE BORROWING.  Senate Appropriations Committee includes provision to shift to disaster spending in FY 2018 ‘mark.’

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* ALASKA EXEMPTION FROM FS ROADLESS RULE SOUGHT.  Amendment in Senate money bill revives old battle over Tongass forest.  Would overrule courts.

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* DEMS’ ENERGY BILL OFFERS RESTRAINTS.  All-encompassing measure would hike fossil fuel royalties, keep in place methane and fracking regs.

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* TRUMP PUBLIC LANDS PERSONNEL MOVES QUESTIONED.  Advocate of public lands disposal is acting BLM head.  Senate policymaker votes on hold.

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* BILL ATTACKS COAL-LEASE MORATORIUMS.  House committee approves measure to require Congressional approval.  Zinke has already revoked last one.

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* ZINKE TRAVELS OF INTEREST TO IG.  Inspector General says she has received too little data thus far.  Bernhardt blames it on Obama people.

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