Rep. Austin Scott, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture, held a public hearing to review the impact of enforcement activities by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on specialty crop growers. Specifically, Subcommittee Members addressed growing concerns that DOL is using the "Hot Goods" provision under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) in an arbitrary manner against producers of perishable agricultural commodities without regard for the inevitable destruction of the product and significant economic hardship inflicted on farmers and their employees.
Forest Plan Focuses Public Voice for Effective Action
November 27, 2002 – U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Chairman for the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry, expressed positive reaction to new forest planning regulations announced by the U.S. Forest Service.
"At last, residents of forest communities will now be able to focus on the betterment of forests instead of getting tangled in the ropes of knowing when and how to navigate through bureaucratic appeals. Rather than making an issue out of the forests, I believe it is more constructive to make good forest management the issue."
The 2002 Planning Rule:
emphasizes public involvement
gives specific directions on the use of science in the planning process
emphasizes monitoring and evaluation
supports need-for-change planning
has an objection process
delegates the authority for plan decisions to forest supervisors
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