Utah Lawmakers Continue Push for Ownership as Public Lands War Gains Traction | Deseret News

By Amy Joi O’Donoghue

September 19, 2012

“Utah’s public lands fight against the federal government is beginning to gather steam on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers were briefed Wednesday about efforts to establish a commission to help navigate policymakers through the fray.

“It’s kind of like eating an elephant,” said Kathleen Clarke, director of the Public Lands Coordinating Office. “Where do you start?”

Clarke said her office is working in consultation with a number of experts on the establishment of the commission, which would provide guidance and answers as the state moves forward its demands to have the government cede authority to Utah over the control of federal lands.”

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Legislature to Feds: Give up Public Lands | KSL.com

By Ami Joi O’Donoghue

February 21, 2012

“A legislative committee Tuesday endorsed four public lands bills that demand the federal government relinquish title to lands it owns in Utah.

The bills let the federal government retain control of the state’s five national parks, set up a public lands commission and provide for funding for the state to force the action in federal court.”

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