AFR Cheers House Passage of Cattle Theft and Waters of US MeasuresWed, 11 Mar 2015 11:29:19 CDT
On Monday two measures strongly supported by American Farmers & Ranchers were approved by the Oklahoma House of Representatives. House Joint Resolution 1013 by Rep. Jerry McPeak, Warner, passed by a vote of 92-0, and House Bill 1387 by Casey Murdock, Felt, passed by a vote of 72-19.
HJR 1013 strongly opposes the proposed EPA and Army Corps of Engineers' rule expanding the definition of waters of the United States. This rule expands the federal government's jurisdiction over land and water resources which would create unnecessary regulatory permit requirements for Oklahomans, resulting in our interpretation of "a great landgrab".
HB 1387 increases the penalty for theft of livestock, or implement of husbandry, to a felony, punishable by confinement for no more than 15 years imprisonment and a fine in an amount that is equal to three times the value of the items that were stolen.
"We commend Representatives McPeak, Russ, Newell and Senator Barrington for their actions regarding WOTUS, and those who supported passing HJR 1013," said AFR President, Terry Detrick. "We also would like to commend Representatives Murdock, Enns, Pfeiffer, Biggs and Senator Fields for the authoring of HB 1387, as well as the supporters for further protecting those affected by cattle theft."
HJR 1013 and HB 1387 now move to the Oklahoma State Senate for Consideration.
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