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The Combination Bill - Amendments to S. 632

Four days of hearings on the two bills were held on May 18, June 7, 22 and 23, 1971.95  Most of the testimony addressed issues similar to those raised in the editorial exchange: comprehensive planning as opposed to designated area planning, state as opposed to local control, and the need for specific environmental standards to be included in the bill to prevent states from favoring development over conservation.  Shortly after the hearings, Stephen Quarles, an Interior staff member, was given the task of creating a compromise bill, in an attempt to harmonize the Jackson and Administration's proposals.96

The amended version of S. 632, the Land Use Policy and Planning Assistance Act of 1972, introduced in June, 1972, combined the planning features of the Jackson bill with the regulatory framework of the Administration's.97  It was favorably reported out of the Senate Interior and Insular Affairs Committee on June 19, 1972.98  As reported, the program would be administered through the Secretary of the Interior, acting through a newly created Office of Land Use Policy

    (The Commerce, Banking and Housing and Urban Affairs Committees also received comments on the bills during hearings on other proposals.  Background Papers II, supra note 64, at 5.

    (Lyday, supra note 33, at 28.

    (Stephen Quarles decided to adopt the category approach of the Administration's bill as he believed that the states would be unable to set up comprehensive programs.  James Noone, Senate, House Differ in Approaches to Reform of Nation's Land-Use Laws, National Journal, July 22, 1972, 1193.

    (S. Rep. 92-869, 92d Congress, 2d Sess. (June 19, 1972) (hereinafter Senate Report 632).  The Administration's bill, S. 992, was not reported out of Committee.


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