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$2.5 Million Legislation Moves Closer To President’s Desk

Sonora, CA — According to Tuolumne County Fifth District Supervisor Dick Pland the proposed extension of the Secure Rural and Community Self Determination Act took another step toward landing on President Bush´s desk later this year.

Monday Pland was notified the legislation received a unanimous voice vote for approval in the House Natural Resources Committee last week. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives floor.

If approved the bill would move to the Senate Conference Committee. The House bill calls for a four year extension while the Senate´s version of the bill is for a five year extension.

The bill would then move to the White House for the president´s signature. Pland feels the bill would probably be included in another piece of legislation.

If signed the Secure Rural and Community Self Determination Act would bring $2.5 million to Tuolumne County on an annual basis. One million dollars would be allocated for schools ($178,000 to Sonora High School), another million would be directed to the Public Works Department for roads and the remaining $500,000 would go to the Resource Advisory Committee (RAC).

Written by Bill Johnson