From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Dennis Webb):
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton is hoping to play a bigger legislative role on natural-resource issues facing Colorado and the West as a result of a committee appointment announced Friday.
Tipton, R-Colo., learned he will serve on the House Committee on Natural Resources for the next two years, returning to a panel he was a part of from 2011 to 2014…
“I’m honored and excited to be back on the Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over many of the issues that impact the Third District of Colorado on a daily basis,” he said in a news release. “While I’ve continued to push for policies that protect water and private property rights, and support responsible energy development and public land management as Vice Chair of the Western Caucus, I’m pleased to have more of a direct role in the legislative process surrounding issues like these and many others.”
While previously on the Natural Resources Committee, Tipton introduced the Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, which Congress passed and President Obama signed into law.
He long has fought what he says are the federal government’s attempts to circumvent state water law, seeking passage of his Water Rights Protection Act. Repeatedly passing the House, that measure has yet to be taken up by the Senate.
Other natural-resource legislative initiatives Tipton has been pushing have included a bill he says would foster healthy forest management and help the state of Colorado protect communities from wildfires on national forests.
He also has advocated what he calls an all-of-the-above approach to energy development, involving both traditional and renewable energy sources.