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Author: Kaycee Royer

March 08, 2019

Townhall: Following The Rules—Courts Can Require Agencies To Follow Congressional Rules

This article was originally published by Townhall on March 8, 2019. As children, we were all taught to follow the rules–obey your parents, share your toys, be nice to others. The same is true for our laws. When we break them, there are consequences. But what happens when government bureaucrats fail to abide by the ...

November 29, 2018

Will Idaho case lead to reining in of unaccountable federal agencies?

Should federal executive branch agencies be accountable to Congress? For most people, the common-sense answer to that question is "yes." Yet PLF attorneys regularly go head-to-head with government lawyers who seem to believe their agencies should be immune from such basic accountability. Case in point: Today, PLF was in federal court in Idaho for o ...

August 27, 2018

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Should Follow the Law

The Service claims it is exempt from Regulatory Flexibility Act requirements because critical habitat designations impact only other federal agencies. But this claim is in error. While critical habitat designations do require federal agencies to manage critical habitat, the restrictions of the designations also directly affect small businesses, ma ...

August 03, 2018

A “Steppe” in the Right Direction: BLM’s Proposed Amendments to the Sage-Grouse Rules

???Yesterday,? PLF filed comments on Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) proposed amendments to the Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plans in Colorado, ?Idaho, Oregon, Nevada and Northeastern Californian, Utah, and ?Wyoming. The Greater Sage-Grouse is a large ground-dwelling bird. Its habitat is spread across eleven western states where it res ...

June 14, 2018

Supreme Court Splits on Salmon

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Washington v. United States. This case dealt directly with whether various Indian Tribes in the Puget Sound could require the state of Washington to rebuild road culverts throughout the state to increase salmon populations (see our previous blog post here). PLF filed an amicus brief arguing ...

June 12, 2018

Why state needs to follow endangered species review mandate

Originally published by Capital Press June 11, 2018. Under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is required to conduct status reviews of species listed as either threatened or endangered every five years. The department has unlawfully failed to conduct these five-year status reviews for ...