Utah bill allows use of eminent domain to seize public lands

Posted: Feb 19, 2010

Written by

Meg Leta Ambrose


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4/2/10 UPDATE:  Utah eminent domain law more than a 'message bill.' 

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3/29/10 UPDATE: Utah governor signs eminent-domain bills into law.  Read more... 

3/10/10 UPDATE:

Utah Senate approves federal lands bill, sends it back to House. Read more... 

3/3/10 UPDATE: The [Utah] state House passed a bill allowing the use of eminent domain to take protected land from the federal government. Utah wants to develop a stretch outside Arches National Park and other areas.  Read more...

This move is in reaction to an internal document leaked by the Bureau of Land Managemet that lists areas spread among nine states, most of which are in the West.  The BLM has emphasized that the document represents only an initial brainstorming phase of the decision-making process.

Read the document...

Read news about the document from Colorado, Utah, and Montana...

Learn more about the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Wilderness Act, and the Antiquities Act from RLCH...

2/22/10 UPDATE: Gov. Gary Herbert said Sunday he is assured for now that the Obama administration is not moving forward on any plans to designate national monuments in Utah or the West.  Read more...

2/23/10 UPDATE: Utah senators submit legislation that would require congressional approval for president to create new monuments in Utah.  Read more...



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