Deseret News: Legal analysis supports Utah’s law on getting federal land

(Deseret News) A new analysis says Utah’s Transfer of Public Lands Act is a viable and defensible way for the state to control more of the land within its borders by rightfully getting that land from the federal government, despite critics who assert the law is blatantly unconstitutional.

Commissioned by the Sutherland Institute’s Center for Self Government in the West, the analysis by attorney and constitutional scholar Carrie Ann Donnell lays out the legal case for HB148, which was signed into law in 2012.

“We’re just hoping to add to the public information on this debate,” said Carl Graham, the center’s director. “We want people to go into this debate informed and get over the hump that ‘this is just crazy talk.’ It is not crazy talk.”

Click here to read the rest of this story by Amy Joi O’Donoghue at the Deseret News website.

Click here to read the analysis by Carrie Ann Donnell.