There was also significant testimony regarding the scope of review which the federal government should have over state plans. Interior Secretary Morton testified that this authority would not be to dictate what should be in the state program, but rather only to judge whether the state had complied with the spirit of the act.139 Governor Robert Docking of Kansas testified that while the states should determine the contents of the plan, the federal government should ensure that no state's plan is so lax as to compromise the goals of other states.140 Governor Wendall Ford of Kentucky suggested that even on issues of national concern, the states should be given the opportunity to deal with the problem, prior to federal intervention.141
The Committee chose to adopt an amendment limiting the federal review of state plans to a determination as to whether the state made a "good faith effort" with respect to land use planning adjacent to federal lands. With respect to designation of critical areas of concern, however, the federal government was only required to find that the state's plan was reasonable.142
The bill, as amended, was ordered reported by the Committee by a vote of 10-3 on May 29, 1973.143 After two days of floor debate, with approximately a dozen amendments proposed on the
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