|"I appreciate Secretary Norton's consistent support for our trails and parks in Southern Nevada," said Rep. Porter. "This unique public lands program has been an overwhelming success right here in the Las Vegas Valley. Not only are we able to improve outdoor recreation and preserve natural resources for our residents to enjoy, but the land sales also allow us to invest in our education system, one of the fastest growing in the nation."
Under the SNPLMA, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management is authorized to sell public lands that are more appropriate for private ownership and development, and to turn the funds around for education, water, and conservation in the state of Nevada. The land is controlled by the community and enables growth to be planned and coordinated for the fast growing Vegas Valley.
INITIATIVE MAKES INTELLIGENCE REFORM
The initiative to address the needs of the tourism industry and private sector when it comes to homeland security has been included in the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004.
"Travel and tourism is the number one, two, or three industry in every state in the nation and it is vital that the tourism industry has the appropriate contact and communication at the federal level," said Rep. Porter. "We will see nearly 35 million visitors in Southern Nevada alone. My initiative ensures that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a senior official that recognizes the importance of the tourism industry, and works with the private sector to keep our citizens and visitors at tourist destinations safe," said Rep. Porter.