For those that have been celebrating this last week, and may have missed it:
Department of the Interior's announcement today regarding "Wild Lands":
The reaction from US Congressman Chaffetz, Senator Hatch and others:
The reaction from Utah's Governor Herbert:
And has everyone forgot what happened earlier this year? :
This bill authorizes the state to exercise eminent domain authority on property possessed by the federal government unless the property was acquired by the federal government with the consent of the Legislature and in accordance with the United States Constitution Article I, Section 8, Clause 17.
The ultimate question? What percentage of Utah's land the US Federal Government "owns" was acquired by the federal government with the consent of the Legislature and in accordance with the United States Constitution Article I, Section 8, Clause 17?
Which says: "... to exercise like [Washington D.C.] Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings ..."
If the answer to the above question is "very little if any", it is time to get the rest back.