The Conference of Western Attorneys General has recommended that the State of Utah not pursue a lawsuit compelling Uncle Sam to hand over 30 million acres of federal lands in the Beehive State. Legal counsel from seven Republican attorneys general, three Democratic, and one independent, drafted the report, which was accepted by an 11-1 vote. The Associated Press obtained the report via a public records request. The report noted that the Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that the property clause of the Constitution gives the federal government the right to own public lands and the exclusive power to decide whether to dispose of them or sell them off. The court has also indicated that the government’s authority under the property clause has no limitations.
Click here to read The Salt Lake Tribune editorial advocating dropping the lawsuit.
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