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    Rutledge Praises SCOTUS Endangered Species Act Decision

    November 27, 2018

    Says, ‘Today’s ruling is a win for private property owners’

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge today released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously vacated a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling expanding administrative discretion under the Endangered Species Act. Rutledge, along with 14 other states, joined an amicus brief reinforcing the Endangered Species Act, as written.

    “Today’s ruling is a win for private property owners across the country,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “The ruling threatened the private property rights of citizens and the interests of the states. This decision properly vacated the Fifth Circuit’s ruling that expanded the federal government’s power to dictate how private property, including land that the species has never lived on, is used under the guise of conserving endangered species.”

    Led by the Alabama Attorney General, Rutledge is joined on the brief by attorneys general from Alaska, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Wyoming.

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