Utah’s Takeover of Federal Lands — Lawsuit Not in Near Future | The Salt Lake Tribune

By Dan Harrie

June 4, 2014

“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.”

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Kathleen Clarke Interviewed on Trib Talk: Transferring Federal Lands to Utah

If the State of Utah took ownership of federal lands, what would that look like? The state public lands director Kathleen Clarke and Tribune environment reporter Brian Maffly join Jennifer Napier-Pearce to discuss the scope and possible implications of the cost-benefit analysis report.

Original source: Trib Talk Blog | The Salt Lake Tribune