Utah May Have Long Wait For Fed Lands

June 4, 2014
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Molar Rock, Canyonlands National Park(Salt Lake City) The Dec. 31 deadline Utah set for the federal government to turn over millions of acres of public lands to the state will come and go with no transfer of ownership, no solid plan of action — and no lawsuit. Assistant Utah Attorney General Tony Rampton on Tuesday told the state’s Commission on Federalism that it would be unwise to press forward with litigation, or even to push a specific proposal because there are too many unanswered questions and lots of fact-finding and coalition-building to be done. Even Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, the main force behind Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act (HB148), acknowledged that the Dec. 31 deadline was more a goal than a line in the sand. But Ivory says the state has come a long way in the battle, pointing out that several other western states have passed similar resolutions.

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