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Legislative Watch: Utah’s HB.276

On March 3, 2016

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 […]

Fielder: Why the Oregon Uprising?

On January 25, 2016

When a couple ranchers face the death penalty for accidentally burning 140 acres of public land, but federal bureaucrats can burn thousands of acres of public — and even private land — without consequence, something is terribly wrong. A few weeks ago several hundred citizens marched in protest to the rancher’s conviction in the remote rural […]

Federal Mismanagement of Western Lands: Bringing Solutions to Washington

On January 20, 2016

Many Americans are unaware that the federal estate constitutes a majority of the land area in the Western states. Over 90 percent of all federally controlled land is located in the West, with roughly one out of every two acres managed by federal bureaucrats. Opinion and thoughts from some of the nation’s leading experts on […]

Free The Lands: Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Legal Analysis

On December 12, 2015

Legal Analysis – Executive Summary (Executive Summary excerpted from the UT TPL Legal Analysis. Click here for the full Legal Analysis and here the bios of the Legal Team.)  Summary of Conclusion Our task is to evaluate alternative legal theories that Utah may use in court to attempt to gain ownership or control of the public lands within its […]

Top 3 Local: Indiana Faces Wrath of Feds for Making State-based Decisions

On May 9, 2014

It’s the end to another week, and which means it’s time to celebrate a new round of exciting federalism developments that occurred nationwide! If you’re new to our site, every Friday we highlight the 3 top stories highlighting local people making local decisions. We find the best example of “Federalism in Action,” so you can […]

Federalism All Star: Utah Representative Ken Ivory

On January 17, 2014

States are more dependent on Washington today than ever before. Nearly every state receives at least 30 percent of its annual budget from the federal government. Despite this stark reality, courageous state legislators are emerging to advance local control and federalism, and, in the process, are giving us great encouragement for the future, a future […]

Nevada the 5th Western State to Explore Transfer of Public Lands

On June 5, 2013

Our friends at the American Lands Council have been working to promote the transfer of public lands from the federal government back to the states. Western communities are suffering as a result of this arrangement, as we have seen most recently from the Sequester’s impact.  Yesterday, Nevada became the 5th state  to explore transfer of […]

Whose land is it anyway?

On April 29, 2013

Several Western states are struggling with how to react to the mineral lease and royalty payment sequestration cuts by the federal Department of the Interior. But there is an argument to be made that states should not be in this position in the first place. The American Lands Council (ALC) has advocated for the transfer […]

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