New Mex. lawmakers offer bill to take back federal lands

Posted: Feb 27, 2013

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AP/ Greenwire
New Mexico

Three state lawmakers introduced a bill that would give New Mexico control of millions of acres of federally owned land.

The bipartisan bill would allow the state to manage the land. It would also allow the state to keep all the royalties made from developing the land's natural resources.

Opponents of the bill say the state cannot afford to manage the land.

More than $200 million is allocated to the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to operate the land.

Utah and Arizona made efforts last year to force the federal government to surrender control of Forest Service, BLM and other federal territory to state control. Idaho has considered a similar move.

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