1978 Scorecard Vote
(S 1976). The vote is on the Harakawa amendment to give jurisdiction over compensation for parkland acquisition to the U.S. Court of Claims rather than the federal courts as provided in the bill . The effect of this amendment would be to increase payments to the timber companies for their land, since the U.S. Court of Claims has a poor record on compensation issues and the federal district courts are better able to determine a fair price. Environmentalists opposed the amendment, fearing that parkland acquisition became too costly there would be less money available to purchase other valuable parkland elsewhere. The Administration also opposed the amendment. Rejected 36-57; January 31, 1978. No is the correct vote.