AB408 misuses the “Enclave Clause” of the U.S. Constitution to stake a claim to all public land in the state of Nevada. AB408 was introduced by tea-party favorite Michele Fiore, and is called the Bundy Bill after scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy.
Your Assembly representative is a member of the Natural Resources Committee, which is hearing the bill on Tuesday, March 31st.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. Call or email your Assembly representative and State Senator and tell them you oppose this radical bill to grab our public lands.
To email your legislators, go here:
If you don’t know who your legislator is, go here http://mapserve1.leg.state.nv.us/whoRU/
Urge them to oppose AB408. Tell them that all of us, not just developers, deserve to have access to our public lands. Urge them to keep federal protections of our
2. Go to the “Share Your Opinion” page at https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/78th2015/A/
and vote AGAINST AB 408. The Bundys asked their followers to comment, so right now the site is clogged with out-of-state “yes” votes.
3. On Tuesday, March 31, at 1:30PM, please consider attending the hearing of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee to
register your opposition to the bill. Assemblywoman Robin Titus chairs this committee; Assemblyman Jim Wheeler is the vice-chair.
Carson City: Room 3138
of the Legislative Building, 401 S. Carson St.
Elko: Videoconferenced to Room
120, High Tech Center, Great Basin College, 1290 Burns Rd
Videoconferenced to Room 4401 of the Grant Sawyer State Office Building, 555 E.Washington Ave
AB408 would require the state of Nevada, after it asserts a claim to the land, to “sell permit rights” to any
individual who goes anywhere on the land and develops so-called beneficial uses — defined in the bill as logging, mineral development, and grazing. No land off
limits. Goodbye Great Basin National Park, Red Rocks National Conservation Area, wilderness areas, critical habitat, hunting and fishing and recreational access.
Here’s the text of the bill:
Does this bill have a chance of passing? Unfortunately, it might.
Fifteen members of the Assembly have co-sponsored it . To our surprise, this number includes
some, like Carson City’s P.K. O’Neill, who ran as moderate fiscal conservatives.
And the Bundy family is asking their supporters from throughout the country to
show up in Carson City next Tuesday, March 31?st? when the bill will get a
hearing in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.
Were you ashamed last summer when the national press headed to southern Nevada to watch Bundy and his
followers make a mockery of the laws of our country and of responsible land management? Did you want a chance to tell the world
that all Nevadans aren’t like that?
Anne Macquarie, Chair, Legislative Committee
Sierra Club – Toiyabe Chapter