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Old 03-31-2010, 02:42 PM
Merrick Graves Merrick Graves is offline
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Default Utah Fights back

I lifted this from another site. I did not research or snopes it, so I do not know if it is true or not. Interesting concept though. Think anyone in this states government would take a position such as this.

Utah governor signs bills to seize federal land
Utah's new law authorizing the state to condemn and take control of some federal lands isn't likely to prevail, but in signing the legislation this weekend, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is appealing to long-simmering ire in the West over federal control of natural resources at a time of escalating tension between right-leaning states and President Barack Obama's administration.
Two measures approved by Gov. Gary R. Herbert would allow use of eminent domain to take valuable sites. A long court fight is likely.Salt Lake City - Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert has signed two bills authorizing the state to use eminent domain to seize some of the federal government's most valuable land.

Supporters hope the bills, which the Republican governor signed Saturday, will trigger a flood of similar legislation throughout the West and, eventually, a Supreme Court battle that they hope to win -- against long odds. The federal government has been seizing state lands since the south's loss of the civil war in 1864, but never has a state fought back to this extent since then.

More than 60% of Utah is owned by the U.S. government, and policymakers complain that federal ownership hinders their ability to generate tax revenue and adequately fund public schools. Governments use eminent domain to take private property for public use.

Initially, the state would target three areas, including the Kaiparowits plateau in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is home to large coal reserves. Eminent domain would also be used on parcels where Interior Secretary Ken Salazar scrapped 77 oil and gas leases last year.
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