by Jon Ralston Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:49 Tweet 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: JIM WHEELER ASSEMBLYMAN District No. 39 COMMITTEES: Member Judiciary Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Transportation ~~ ~ ~~~ ~~ ~~~~~ ~~ ~~~~~~ DISTRICT OFFICE: P.O. Box 2135 Minden, Nevada 89423-2135 Offce: (775) 546-3471 LEGISLATIVE BUILDING: 401 South Carson Street Carson City, Nevada 89701-4747 Office: (775) 684-8843 Fax No.: (775) 684-8533 Email: Jim.WheelerQasm.state.nv.us www.leg.state.nv.us 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 Page 2 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. Sincerely, .,~-- f . ~ ~r 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 Comments:
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: