On Thursday night (6 PM) Rep. Tom Reed will be holding a Town Hall Meeting in Owego, Tioga County. According to a mailed announcement he will be focusing on his Defense of Property Rights Act. Google Map directions to Tioga County Office Building, 56 Main Street, Owego, NY.
Defense of Property Rights Act—H.R.510 (Text and other information about the proposed law) In response to Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban hydrofracking in New York, Rep Reed sponsored a bill that would permit property owners to obtain compensation (sue) when local, State, or Federal government impairs the value of ownership. (Reed is saying that property owners with mineral rights could sue New York State since they potentially lost millions of dollars when fracking was banned. Please realize that Rep Reed will benefit financially–he owns mineral rights of a property in the town of Tuscarora. He doesn’t own the property, but he owns the mineral rights. Even though Reed has said different, there still could be drilling for Natural Gas on lands in New York State, but not hydrofracking. Many have predicted that this bill has a super LOW chance of becoming law–as of today it has NO CO-SPONSORS. Also, this is not just for New York State—it will be a Federal Law. It is seen as a Wedge Issue, trying to help Rep. Reed in 2016 like the SAFE Act helped him in 2014.
If you go to this, or other Town Hall Meetings, here are some Possible “Defense of Property Rights Act” Questions:
- Would Zoning be affected by this bill?
- I thought you were against Big Government, how is this making the government smaller?
- How much will this Bill add to the deficit ?
- Isn’t this bill unconstitutional? (What about the 10th Amendment–State Rights–which you used to feel was important?)
- Why didn’t you proposed this bill two years ago when Vermont banned hydrofracking?
- Who is co-sponsoring this bill? (None, as of today).
- Are you saying that my taxes will be paying people for not drilling?
- Isn’t the federal government unable to regulate hydrofracking because of the Halliburton Loophole?
- Isn’t it true that none of your colleagues is willing to cosponsor this bill because it makes possible suing a state for ‘takings,’ which is already completely available as a remedy and needs no additional legislation to make possible?
- Other Questions? (Add your questions to the comment area, and I may add them here.)
If you can’t make it to Owego on Thursday night, Rep. Reed will be in Penn Yan on Friday, February 20 (PY Village Hall, Elm Street, 5:00-6:30). The ‘focus’ of that meeting will be “Foreign Issues”. On Saturday, February 21 he will hold Town Hall Meetings in Chautauqua County– 10:00 AM he will be at 813 W. Main Street, Ellington; 12:30 PM at 87 W. Main Street, Brocton (Town of Portland); and 3:00 PM at the Dutch Village Restaurant, 8729 East Main Street in Clymer. I don’t know what his focus will be at the Saturday Meetings.