Cornyn's bill aims to curb ESA litigation settlement abuses

03/18/2013
US Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) introduced legislation designed to address regulatory impacts from federal Endangered Species Act closed-door litigation settlements between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and environmental organizations. Cornyn said S. 19, which he introduced Feb. 27, would give local governments, businesses, and landowners input in settlements from which they've been excluded. "ESA litigation abuse has shut out those folks most affected by the kind of closed-door settlements we've seen," he declared. "My bill opens up the process to give job creators and local officials a say." In 2011, two environmental groups settled multidistrict litigation with FWS ...
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