41.5 F
Fort Worth
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Government House bill would end Red River land dispute in Texas, Okla.

House bill would end Red River land dispute in Texas, Okla.

Other News

Tarrant County DA’s office changing how it handles misdemeanor marijuna cases

The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office is changing how it handles misdemeanor marijuana cases. The Tarrant County  Criminal District Attorney’s Office on Monday, Nov....

Arlington selects new police chief from Baltimore department

Col. Al Jones, a 25-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department, has been appointed the new police chief of the the City of...

Family of Black woman shot through window sues Texas officer

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Family members of a Black woman who was killed when a white police officer fired through a window of...

Law firm offers free estate plans for health care workers during pandemic

Fort Worth attorney Erik Martin says he felt compelled to find a way for his law firm to join the effort to support frontline...

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Tuesday approved a bill that supporters say would block the federal government from improperly seizing control of hundreds of thousands of acres along the Red River in Texas and Oklahoma.

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, sponsored the bill in response to complaints from property owners that the federal Bureau of Land Management was seeking control of disputed land along a 116-mile stretch of river. The Red River separates the two states.

The land management agency says the sandy river has eroded and shifted as much as 2 miles in some areas over the past century, and some of the dry land where the river once flowed belongs to the government. The bill’s opponents, mainly Democrats, said the measure would strip the interior secretary of authority over federally owned land and could negatively affect Native American tribes who own mineral rights in the area.

Property owners disagree and call the agency’s claims a classic government “land grab.” The property owners say they are taking back land that rightfully belongs to them and for which they have paid taxes, in some cases for generations.

The bill approved by the House Tuesday would commission a survey of the disputed area under a method backed by the Supreme Court. The surveys would be conducted by licensed and qualified surveyors chosen by Texas and Oklahoma. The bill was approved 250-171 and now goes to the Senate.

“This bill essentially requires the Bureau of Land Management to do what they should have done all along” and conduct a proper survey, Thornberry said, calling the House vote “an important step toward providing these landowners with the legal certainty they deserve.”

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called the proposed survey long overdue and said he would push for a quick vote in the Senate.

“This bill can finally end the baseless claims the federal government has made over privately owned property along the Red River,” Cornyn said. “Texas families who have lived along the river for generations deserve to know they’re protected from a federal land grab.”


Oh hi there 👋 It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive awesome content in your inbox.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.


Oh hi there 👋
It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive awesome content in your inbox.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest News

Dallas park to get $10M iconic fountain

Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park announced a $10 million gift will fund construction on a next-generation, interactive “super fountain.” The fountain is funded by a $10...

Gov. Greg Abbott tells supporters he’s considering placing law enforcement for central Austin under state control

In his latest move in a political fight against Austin over police funding, Gov. Greg Abbott says he is considering a proposal to put...

Joaquin Castro loses bid to lead U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro came up short Thursday in his bid to become chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He lost to U.S. Rep....

Biden, top Democrats swing behind bipartisan virus aid bill

By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden swung behind a bipartisan COVID-19 relief effort Wednesday and his top Capitol Hill allies...

Robert Francis: Picturing City Hall

You can’t fight City Hall goes the old saying, but you can replace it. Fort Worth officials on Dec. 2 announced plans to purchase the...