Udall Park Measure Clears Senate Hurdle, Unanimously Passes out of Senate Committee
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Martha McSally’s legislation to allow the City of Tucson to take full ownership of Udall Park today unanimously passed out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and will next be considered on the Senate Floor.
Last month, Congresswoman McSally sent a letter urging the committee to take up the Udall Park Land Exchange Completion Act of 2017—common-sense legislation which unanimously passed the House last October. After passing the Senate committee today, the bill is one step closer towards becoming law and resolving a 28-year dispute with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to clarify the City of Tucson’s full ownership of Udall Park.
“Udall Park is a cherished urban park in the heart of Tucson. However, unresolved disputes over this land with the Bureau of Land Management have directly prevented the City from expanding and improving the park. Until the city’s full ownership is clarified, Tucson can’t seize opportunities to supplement park funding, approve certain community events, or even allow local farmers markets on small portions of the park to benefit the city,” said Congresswoman McSally. “I’m pleased to see the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee respond to my letter and swiftly pass this legislation, and I urge the full Senate to pass it and put this dispute to rest once and for all.”
At Congresswoman McSally’s invitation, Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega traveled to Washington, DC in July to testify before the House Natural Resources Committee on how Rep. McSally’s legislation will address a reversion clause in the 1989 agreement with the Bureau of Land Management to allow the city to finally obtain ownership of the park. Click HERE to watch his testimony.
“The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s passage of the Udall Park Land Exchange Completion Act brings us one step closer to realizing the full potential of our community’s beloved Udall Park. I thank the Committee leadership, Chairwoman Murkowski, and Ranking Member Cantwell, along with Senator Flake, Senator McCain, Representative McSally, Representative Grijalva and the entire Arizona Congressional delegation for their unanimous support of the bill,” said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
Click HERE to read the letter Congresswoman McSally sent to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in April.