In Wyoming, a proposed constitutional amendment to ease the transfer of national public land to the state has died. Senate President Eli Bebout effectively killed the measure by not assigning it to a legislative committee. The effort faced strong opposition from sportsmen and conservationists across the state, who noted the state could not afford to manage national public lands.
Last year, outside of Utah, 15 of 16 public land seizure bills failed. The failure of Wyoming’s proposed constitutional amendment shows that land seizure bills will continue to face an uphill battle in statehouses across the West.
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Quote of the day
“The trade show folks, they are running a business, and they want to have the best show possible and the people coming to the show also want to have a successful and productive show. Federal land is a place where people recreate and use their products.”