HB.276 Utah Public Land Management Act
Utah’s HB.276, sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel, creates a state led force to steward lands currently owned by the Bureau of Land Management. The federal government owns more than 30 million acres in Utah and opposition to state management believe local control will lead to privatization or the loss of public parks, conservation areas, and the like. A state board would involve a director along with an 11-member advisory board which must consult the legislature on lands exceeding 150 acres commiserate with Utah law. If the federal government fails to relinquish lands to the state, HB.276 calls for legal action.
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