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H.R. 1177: Removing Outdated Restrictions to Allow for Job Growth Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1177 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 1177 directs the Secretary of Agriculture to remove a deed restriction on land that was conveyed from the federal government to the city of Old Town, Maine so that the city can move forward with economic development plans that would, purportedly, create 175 new jobs.

The Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act authorizes the federal government to acquire damaged lands for the purpose of rehabilitating the space for various programs, mostly related to farming. Some of the land purchased was in Old Town, Maine. In the early 1980’s, this land in Old Town was sold to be used as part of the Old Town Airport with the stipulation that it be used strictly for that purpose, due to requirements in law under the Farm Tenant Act.

Recently, officials in Old Town expressed interest in developing portions of the land adjacent to the airport for commercial use to attract businesses. However, antiquated restrictions on the deed would prevent the site from being used for these businesses. H.R. 1177 would effectively remove such restrictions.

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 97%
 
 
418
231
 
187
 
Nay 0%
 
 
1
1
 
0
 
Not Voting 3%
 
 
11
5
 
6
 

Date: May 17, 2017

Question: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass in the House

Required: 2/3

Result: Passed

Source: house.gov

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