It’s been a great pleasure to meet with so many delegates from throughout the district. I’ve enjoyed our discussions. I look forward to seeing you again at Conventions on Saturday, April 12th.
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Utah is taking the lead in one of the most important issues of our time. With 66.5% of Utah being federally owned, we are working to restore a more equitable balance and bring back local control of federal lands.
Over the past two years, the Legislature ran key legislation to begin that process. As the chair, of the Public Lands Caucus, this past year I sponsored several key pieces of legislation and we funded a Commission to put us on the path.
There are three pathways to resolving this issue: negotiation, legislation, and litigation. Talking about it for 118 years has failed. Legislation has helped prepare us. But I believe it will take a litigation and a court ruling to net results. With historical, legal, and constitutional precedent, we believe that the opportunity to provide more balance will come within the next few years.
Controlling our lands is the only solution big enough to help Utah adequately fund education, to reduce federal dependance, to better manage our diseased forests, to provide access to roads for recreation, ranching, mining, fire breaks, fishing and more. Local control allows us to better protect Utah’s pristine wilderness and exquisite scenic lands, too.
There is still important work to do. Send me back to the Legislature to advance this discussion and claim what was promised.
To read more about the Public Lands issue, visit the following links:
Public Lands and the Federal Government’s Compact-Based ‘Duty to Dispose’: A Case Study of Utah’s H.B. 148 — The Transfer of Public Lands Act
Donald J. Kochan, Chapman University School of Law, 2013 Brigham Young University Law Review, Vol. 2013, No. 5, 2013 link
Each piece of legislation in the House or Senate requires a House sponsor and a Senate Sponsor. Below are listed the pieces of legislation and my role as sponsor. To learn more about each Bill, you may visit the Legislature’s website and enter the Bill number into the search field.
HB 151 Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands. – Sen. Hinkins
HB 164 Interstate Compact on the Transfer of Public Lands. – Sen Vickers
HB 177 Juror and Witness Fees Amendments. – Sen. Thatcher
SB 88 Child Interview Amendments – Sen. Okerlund
SB 109 Radon Awareness Campaign – Sen. Osmond
SB 133 Benefit Corporation Amendments – Sen. Valentine
SB 134 Taxation Related Referendum Amendments – Sen. Valentine
SB 149 Drowsy Driving Amendments – Sen. Osmond
SB 156 Construction Trades Licensing Act Amendments – Sen. Bramble
SB 203 Immigration Amendments – Sen. Bramble
SB 226 Professional Licensing Amendments – Sen. Valentine
HB 41 Clean Fuel School Buses and Infrastructure – Rep. Handy
HB 45 In-State Tuition for Military Servicemembers and Veterans – Rep. Oda
HB 140 Tax Credit Amendments – Rep King
HB 150 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Amendments – Rep Peterson
HB 168 School and Institutional Trust Lands and Funds Management Provisions. – Rep. Brown
HB 254 Human Trafficking Victim Amendments – Rep. Seelig
HB 275 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day – Rep. Oda
HCR5 Concurrent Resolution to Protect State Funds – Rep. Spendlove
HB 94 Free Market Protection and Privatization Board Act Amendments – Sen. Bramble
HB 115 Towing Amendments – Sen. Osmond
HB 284 Net Metering Billing Cycle – Sen. Vickers
HB 287 Return of Weapons Recovered by Law Enforcement – Sen. Valentine
SB 67 Consumer Protection Revisions – Sen. Bramble
SB 124 Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Database Access – Sen. Harper
SB 172 Use of Bond Proceeds by Political Subdivisions – Sen. Valentine
SB 241 Disclosure Requirements for Midterm Vacancy Candidates – Sen. Weiler
SCR 11 Concurrent Resolution on Radon Gas – Sen. Valentine
SJR 13 Joint Resolution Urging Governor and Utah’s Congressional Delegation to Secure Utah State Land – Sen. Osmond
HB 61 Dixie State College – University Status – Rep. Ipson
HB 139 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Action Center – Rep. Peterson
HB 154 Suicide Prevention Programs – Rep. Eliason
HB 163 Human Trafficking Amendments – Rep. Seelig
HB 164 State and Political Subdivision Jurisdictional Amendments Rep. Roberts
HCR 3 Concurrent Resolution Honoring Major General Brian L. Tarbet – Rep. Peterson
HCR 6 Concurrent Resolution Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War – Rep. Oda
HJR 15 Joint Resolution on State and Political Subdivisions Jurisdiction – Rep. Roberts.
• Education Interim Committee
• Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee, Vice Chair
• House Education Committee
• House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Committee
• Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee
• Constitutional Defense Council, House Representative
• Transfer of Public Lands Caucus, Chair