Legislative and Regulatory Update
May 2019 by Scott Harn
- Bernhardt confirmed
- State of Montana to appeal Rock Creek decision
We all know that it was never Congress’ intent to regulate gold panners and other individual mine operators through MSHA. In fact, I believe the concept of owner-operated mines with no employees was so strange a concept to the lawmakers that they never even thought there would be a need for such an exemption.
We're done watching as an unelected and unchecked bureaucracy, with rule-making authority, enforcement powers, and seemingly bottomless budgets abuses citizens at will.
If you do not have the time to read the entire document, I would suggest starting with the Executive Summary that begins on page 80.
• California dredging update
• Favorable bills in Congress
• "Recreational" mining bills in Washington State
• Three more national monuments
• Two million acres of proposed habitat
• Last chance for Nevada claim refunds
• California suction gold dredging update
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