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A Legal Overview of Utah's H.B. 148

Federalist Society White Paper
By Donald J. Kochan
January 14, 2013

A Legal Overview of Utah's H.B. 148Recent legislation passed in the State of Utah has demanded that the federal government extinguish title to certain public lands that the federal government currently holds.  The State of Utah claims that the federal government made promises to it (at statehood when the federal government obtained the lands) that the federal ownership would be of limited duration and that the bulk of those lands would be timely disposed of by the federal government into private ownership or otherwise r[Read Now!]eturned to the State.  This White Paper provides a legal overview of these claims.