Lawmakers seek Endangered Species Act overhaul

Rep. Norman "Doc" Hastings, R-Wash., center, discusses a new report that proposes alterations to the 40-year-old Endangered Species Act, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol in Washington. Hastings, along with Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., left, led the Endangered Species Act Congressional Working Group, a panel of House Republicans who want the law to be administered by the states to balance wildlife protection with economic development. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists' lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation's cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely given the pervasive partisan divide in Washington, D.C.

February 5, 2014 3:19 am

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