(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Speaker of the House Becky Lockhart, right, and other western lawmakers spoke about their meeting to effort to transfer public lands back to the states, Friday, April 18, 2014. from left to right: Mark Blasdel - Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives, Montana Senator Jennifer Fielder, Scott Bedke - Idaho Speaker of the House, and Speaker Lockhart.
Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover
‘It’s time’ » Lawmakers from 9 states gather in Utah, discuss ways to take control of federal lands.
By Kristen Moulton
| The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Apr 18 2014 03:07 pm • Last Updated Apr 18 2014 10:21 pm
It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday.
More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.