Five conservative lawmakers call for state probe of BLM

You knew this was coming.

Led by Assemblyman Jim  "I might bring back slavery" Wheeler, Michele Fiore (of course), Don Gustavson, John Ellison and Ira Hansen are calling for a probe of the "armed incursion" by the BLM.

By the way, Wheeler is the same guy who thinks Clark County should be a separate state.

Check out the questions about whether elected officials or "interests outside government" were involved.

Your elected officials at work:


District No. 39
Natural Resources,
Agriculture and Mining
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P.O. Box 2135
Minden, Nevada 89423-2135
Offce: (775) 546-3471
401 South Carson Street
Carson City, Nevada 89701-4747
Office: (775) 684-8843
Fax No.: (775) 684-8533
April 23, 2014
Assemblyman Paul Aizley, Chairman
Legislative Committee on Public Lands
Legislative Building
401 South Carson Street
Carson City, NV 89701-4717
Dear Assemblyman Aizley:
As you are aware, a situation raised its ugly head last week in Bunkerville, Nevada, that easily could have
escalated into something where scores of people may have lost their lives. It is our belief that this incident
was handled incorrectly by the Federal agencies that were placed in charge and that an abuse of authority like
this must never be allowed to happen in Nevada again.
While the situation was defused before anyone got hurt, we, the undersigned Legislators, feel that the people
of Nevada must have a public inquiry, specifically by the State of Nevada, to find the root causes for these
actions in order to ensure that there is never a repeat of this dangerous situation.
Although we do not feel Mr. Bundy is without blame, there are many unanswered questions as to why this
situation took place, including but not limited to:
1. Who ordered the armed incursion?
2. At what decision-making level was this ordered?
3. Were any elected officials involved in this?
4. Who was on the ground as far as Federal law enforcement? What was their authority and what
jurisdiction did they have and who conveyed that power, especially in light of 43 U.S.C. § 1733(c)(1)
which states:
When the Secretary determines that assistance is necessary in enforcing Federal laws and
regulations relating to the public lands or their resources he shall offer a contract to
appropriate local officials having law enforcement authority within their respective
jurisdictions with the view of achieving maximum feasible reliance upon local law
enforcement officials in enforcing such laws and regulations.... (Emphasis added.)
Assemblyman Paul Aizley, Chairman
Legislative Committee on Public Lands
April 23, 2014
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5. What was the root reason for the incursion? If it was for unpaid fees, why would the Federal
Government spend more money to collect the cattle than they would be able to recoup from the sale
of such?
6. Why was a lien not placed on the proceeds from Mr. Bundy's cattle sales, or property, instead of an
armed incursion?
7. If this was an attempt to conserve the desert tortoise as reported, how does one explain the fact that
the tortoise and the cattle have lived in harmony for over 100 years on that particular range? Also,
how does one explain the fact that the BLM has euthanized hundreds of tortoises citing a lack of
funds for their care?
It has been reported that the BLM destroyed many guzzlers and other water systems in the area
during their seizure operation in violation of state law. If this is the case, can criminal charges be
filed against these offenders?
9. There have been many rumors concerning interests outside the government being involved in this
dispute. These need to be thoroughly vetted in a public hearing for validity.
Therefore, we the undersigned Legislators are requesting that an investigation be conducted by the State of
Nevada into the situation that took place between the BLM and Cliven Bundy. We not only request that this
situation be investigated, but also request that the State publish a report with explanations as to actions that
can be taken by the Federal Government and the State of Nevada that will ensure a situation like this never
happens again.
We respectfully request this public inquiry be handled by your Committee given the powers of investigation
and subpoena accorded to that Committee under Nevada statute. We also call for a simultaneous
investigation to be conducted by the Attorney General's Office. A similar letter is being sent to the interim
Legislative Committee on Public Lands, Chairman Paul Aizley.
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Ass mb(yman Jim Wheeler
Senator Don Gustavson
Assemblyman Ira Hansen
Assemblywoman Michele Fiore
Assemblyman John Ellison
cc: The Honorable Brian Sandoval
Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick
Assemblyman William Horne
Assemblyman Pat Hickey
Senator Mo Denis
Senator Michael Roberson