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Wyoming Senate leader kills federal lands transfer bill

Sagebrush range managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management are among the areas targeted by federal land transfer legislation being considered in some Western states. (Rich Landers)
Sagebrush range managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management are among the areas targeted by federal land transfer legislation being considered in some Western states. (Rich Landers)

PUBLIC LANDS -- Some positive news from Cheyenne, Wyoming, regarding the movement in some states to seize federal public land.

Wyoming Senate President Eli Bebout said Friday that he is killing a public lands transfer constitutional amendment bill that rattled sportsmen who warned the resolution would have led to eventual privatization and blocked access to the terrain, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

“I’ve given a lot of thought to the public lands initiative,” said Bebout, a Riverton Republican said. “And what I’m going to do is, I’m going to not assign that bill (to a committee.) I’m going to kill it. But there’s a lot of moving parts in that. I think the message that a lot of people believe out there... really isn’t what it’s about. I think we’ve lost that message.”

The senator made the announcement hours after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. The state will work with the administration to more collaboratively manage the land, Bebout said.



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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