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Utah bill could keep local officials, universities from speaking out for public land protections

A bill now moving through the Utah Legislature has potential to restrict cities and other levels of government from speaking out in favor of federal protections on the state’s public lands.

If it passes, HB136 could shut down the Mountain Accord, aimed at resolving long-standing land-use controversy on the Wasatch Front, but bill sponsor Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, contends the state should oversee lobbying by local officials and agencies — including universities — when it comes to national monument and other designations by the U.S. government.


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