Bills curbing federal authority gain momentum in Utah

Posted: Mar 7, 2013

Written by

BRAIN MAFFLY, Salt Lake Tribune
Gunnison sage grouse

HB155, which cleared the House on Monday, is just one of several pieces of legislation this session aimed at limiting or mitigating federal influence in the management of public land, natural resources and endangered species in Utah.

Additional legislation this session aimed at limiting or mitigating federal influence in the natural resource arena include:

HB68 » Would limit the reach of the public trust doctrine.

HB155 » Would limit some federal officers’ police authority.

HB164 » Would enable local government officials to perform work on federal land to fix what they deem a threat to public safety.

HB382 » Would create the Escalante Region Grazing Zone on mostly federal land.

HCR7 » Would urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to exempt private land from designation as critical habitat for the Gunnison sage grouse.

HJR14 » Would declare that Forest Service claims on state waters undermine state sovereignty.

HJR15 » Would declare state jurisdiction over forests mismanaged by federal agencies.

SCR3 » Would seek local management over the Utah prairie dog.

SJR13 » Would urge Utah leaders and congressional delegation to lean on federal authorities to cede public lands to the state.

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