Federal Policy

Texas Senate Tackles Eminent Domain

Four years after the Supreme Court handed down Kelo vs. New London, eminent domain reform continues. Earlier this month, the Texas Senate passed an amendment that would make it harder for the government to seize land from private landowners via

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Posted in Developers, Federal Policy, Grant Gannon, Public Land, Residential Property, Taxes

Florida: “It’s Almost Like a Fire Sale”

A University of Florida study has put a staggering number on just how badly the economic crisis has impacted rural land values in the Sunshine State. The study concludes that land values plummeted upwards of 55 percent in 2008 from

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Posted in Developers, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Florida, Recreation, Residential Property, South, Taxes, Texas

Supreme Court Rules 9-0 Against Hawaiians’ Land Claims

Last week the nation’s highest court ruled that Native Hawaiians do not have a legal claim to state lands totaling more than 1.2 million acres. Native Hawaiians as well as the state’s Office of Hawaiian Affairs had asserted that a

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Pacific, Public Land, Regional News, Topics

Pentagon Turns to Texas A&M to Protect Endangered Species

Landowners in and around Fort Hood have been receiving millions of dollars from  Texas A&M to participate in a secretive Pentagon program whose goal is to protect endangered species.

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Southwest

The Land Report Looks at the Bush Administration

Change. If Barack Obama delivers on his simple campaign pledge, that’s what’s coming to Washington. But George W. Bush offered change of his own — particularly on laws and regulations affecting landowners.

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The Land Report Looks at the New Congress

The 111th Congress, with the strongest Democratic majority in years, was seated on January 6 and already the body is at work on legislation of significant importance to landowners nationwide.

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, Joseph Guinto, News Desk, Topics

Forest Service Paving the Way for Plum Creek?

The nation’s largest landowner may be getting a last-minute, going-away gift from the Bush Administration. The Forest Service may amend existing easements, a step that would allow Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL) to pave roads through USFS land.  Such a move would facilitate an

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Regional News, Residential Property, Timber, Topics, West

Kelo Rears Its Greedy Head in Houston

For landowners, their is no more controversial case than the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Kelo v. City of New London permitting the use of eminent domain to transfer private property from one owner to another under the guise of furthering economic development. In response

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest, Topics

Commercial Developers Ask the Treasury Department for $200 Billion Bailout

The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that commercial developers who own thousands of shopping centers, office complexes, hotels, and other commercial buildings have been pressing the Treasury Department to include their industry in a $200 billion loan program being created

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Topics

Obama to Nominate Salazar for Interior

Landowners in the West will have one of their own heading up the Interior Department in the new Obama Administration. According to published reports, Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) will be named the 50th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior

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Posted in Conservation, Energy, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Minerals, Public Land, Timber, Water

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