Press Release

Rep. Bishop to Participate in Signing Ceremony of H.B. 148

Governor to Sign Bill Instructing the Federal Government to Transfer Public Lands to Utah

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Washington, March 21, 2012 | melissa.subbotin@mail.house.gov | comments

M E D I A    A D V I S O R Y

Tomorrow, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert will sign a bill [H.B. 148] into law demanding that the federal government transfer federal lands located within the state of Utah over to the state by December 31, 2014.  Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), who serves as Chairman of the U.S. House Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, is scheduled to participate in the signing ceremony.  As a state legislator and as a member of Congress, Bishop has been a stalwart supporter of returning control of federal lands back to the states. 

“This bill is an important and essential component of our united efforts to return control of our land back to the state of Utah.  Education funding in Utah, like many other western states, has disproportionately suffered due the abundant presence of federal land within our state’s borders.  Utah’s children deserve to have educational opportunities afforded to those who come from states with few federal lands.  The current situation is not what was intended to become of the West, yet greedy Washington bureaucrats have decided that hording land in the federal estate is more important than education.  Like most Utahns, I disagree.  I’m pleased to join in support of the signing of this important legislation,” said Congressman Rob Bishop.

WHO:     Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah State Representatives Ken Ivory and Roger Barrus

WHAT:    Bill signing ceremony for H.B. 148 and brief remarks from participants

WHERE: Gold Room Utah State Capitol  

DATE:     Tomorrow, Friday, March 23, 2012  

TIME:      2:30 p.m. MDT

 
*NOTE: The bill specifically exempts:

  • Private lands
  • State or county lands and school and state trust lands
  • National Parks, National Monuments and National Historic Sites managed by the National Parks Service, and congressionally designated wilderness areas (this includes 33 areas).
  • Military or real property owned by the United States
  • Lands and water rights belonging to Indian Tribes
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