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Utah lawmakers approve federal land takeover plan; Idaho effort advances

Ryan Bundy, son of the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, rides an ATV into Recapture Canyon north of Blanding, Utah on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest against what demonstrators call the federal government's overreaching control of public lands. The area has been closed to motorized use since 2007 when an illegal trail was found that cuts through Ancestral Puebloan ruins. The canyon is open to hikers and horseback riders. (Trent Nelson / The Salt Lake Tribune)
Ryan Bundy, son of the Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, rides an ATV into Recapture Canyon north of Blanding, Utah on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in a protest against what demonstrators call the federal government's overreaching control of public lands. The area has been closed to motorized use since 2007 when an illegal trail was found that cuts through Ancestral Puebloan ruins. The canyon is open to hikers and horseback riders. (Trent Nelson / The Salt Lake Tribune)

PUBLIC LANDS -- Here's the latest from efforts in Utah and Idaho and their campaigns to transfer federal public lands to state, local and private control.  

Earlier this week, Utah approved $4.5 million for the effort.

Utah Senate sends management of federal lands bill to governor
On a 23-4 vote Thursday, the Utah Senate approved House Bill 276, which lays out the state's plan to manage federal lands if they're transferred to the state. The measure is on Gov. Gary Herbert's desk awaiting action.
-- Salt Lake Tribune
 
Party-line votes by Idaho legislators put two public-land bills on path to hearings
On Thursday, two bills sponsored by state Rep. Judy Boyle that would form the foundation of the state's effort to gain control of federal lands within its borders, were approved for hearings on party-lines votes. One measure states that Congress has a constitutional duty to transfer ownership of federal lands to the state, and the second withdraws any previous agreement from the Idaho Legislature for federal ownership of lands within the state, but spells out the lands the state acknowledges are owned by the federal government.
-- Twin Falls Times-News


Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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