Process Begins in Lands Takeover

December 15, 2014
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san juanSALT LAKE CITY — Independent legal advice will be sought for Utah’s public lands quest. A vote last week by the Legislative Management Committee gave approval to the Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands to pursue a request for proposals from law firms in the spring. House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, says the vote was not an approval for a contractual amount but will simply get the request-for-proposals process started once the legislative session ends in March. Commission Chairman Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, said later that members want a legal analysis of the state’s case for getting control of federal lands and what strategies Utah could potentially launch.

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