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Heller, Horsford Introduce Bill to Ease Restrictions on Mesquite Land Law

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U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) and U.S. Representative Steven Horsford (NV-4) have introduced legislation that amends current law to provide the City of Mesquite with greater opportunity for long-term economic development.

"Like many other communities across Nevada, Mesquite's growth is restricted due to the fact that 87 percent of Nevada's land is controlled by the federal government. This legislation provides Mesquite the flexibility it needs for responsible long-term growth. The bill will also strengthen conservation efforts in Mesquite. I am pleased to join with Representative Horsford in introducing legislation that will ultimately empower Mesquite with greater control over its future development," said Senator Heller.

"Economic development and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive goals, and this legislation will allow Mesquite to continue to grow in a positive and sustainable manner," said Representative Horsford. "After meeting with local leaders last weekend, it is clear that this bill is necessary for the continued well-being of Mesquite. The City of Mesquite should have a greater say in determining its future, and I thank Senator Heller for working with me to find a solution that prioritizes the needs of Nevadans."

Under current law, the City of Mesquite was required to notify BLM by November 13, 2009, if it wanted to purchase the last parcel of land made available by the Mesquite Lands Act and to close the purchase of the deal within one year. This bill takes legislative action to extend the timeline for Mesquite to purchase this land.

This legislation also corrects an omission in the Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002 for the implementation of the Virgin River Habitat Conservation and Recovery Plan (VRHCRP) and the Hydrologic Monitoring & Mitigation Plan (HMMP).

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