Tester plans to reintroduce forest bill

2011-01-01T16:59:00Z Tester plans to reintroduce forest billThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 01, 2011 4:59 pm  • 

MISSOULA — A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Jon Tester says the Democrat plans to reintroduce his forest bill that would create new wilderness areas in parts of the Montana, increase logging requirements and establish permanent recreation areas.

Spokesman Aaron Murphy tells the Missoulian that the bill will be introduced at the start of the 112th session of Congress.

He says the bill will be in the same form as it appeared in the final days of the 111th Congress when it was added to a huge catchall spending measure.

That spending measure was ultimately abandoned after an outcry from conservatives who complained it was stuffed with more than $8 billion in pet projects known as earmarks.

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