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Midway through the session and things are starting to heat up! Just today, the House Judiciary committee held a public hearing on HB 4268, the cotenancy- or forced pooling lite bill.
This bill, titled the Cotenancy Modernization and Majority Protection Act, will allow a majority of 75% of co-tenants in a would-be unit to negotiate a deal with oil and gas developers and would force the minority 25% to accept that same deal. Sounds a lot like forced pooling to us.
One speaker today, Lissa Lucas, included in her remarks campaign contribution totals made by oil and gas entities to certain members of the House Judiciary committee. John Shott, chair of the committee, called her out of order and instructed security to eject her from the chamber.
You can see video of the hearing here.
The bill was taken up in committee immediately following the hearing and passed along party lines, with committee Dems voting against the bill.
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This will amount to theft of private property by the oil and gas industry. We must defend our property rights!
They don’t want the public to know that the campaign finance system is effectively legalized bribery of public officeholders.
The section of the hearing where Lissa Lucas was ejected starts at approximately 14 minutes and 20 seconds into the video. Lisa Lucas had this to say afterwards:
“As I tried to give my remarks at the public hearing this morning on HB4268 in defense of our constitutional property rights, I got dragged out of House chambers.
Why? Because I was listing out who has been donating to Delegates on the Judiciary Committee.
This is, of course, public information.”
Here’s a shorter video of Lissa Lucas being ejected before she could complete her comments, plus a transcript of her prepared comments.