Bill to create National Heritage Area around Caddo Lake dead

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The legislation to designate  a National Heritage Area encompassing a 900-square-foot area around Caddo Lake in Texas and Louisiana is dead. 

The controversial legislation, was authored by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La) in the Senate, while U.S. Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Mike Johnson (R-LA) and John Ratcliffe (R-TX) handled the same legislation on the House side.

Some area residents who learned of the legislation in late June, organized property owners in the designated area and circulated petitions opposing the bills on both sides of the state line. They said they believed the designation would take away their freedom to make decisions about their private property. 

In announcing the decision to pull the legislation today, Cassidy and Johnson 

released  the following joint statement:

“This proposal was an effort to create more jobs and economic opportunity for the Caddo Lake community while protecting the private property rights of residents. However, we said from the beginning that if the people of Northwest Louisiana did not support this effort, neither would we.

“Since some residents are still opposed, we are respecting their wishes by making sure the proposal will no longer be considered in Congress. We will continue to listen to and serve the people of Northwest Louisiana, vigorously defend private property rights, and do everything we can to ensure our local communities prosper.”

Senator Cassidy also sent a letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski requesting the bill not be considered.

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