Utah Governor signs eminent domain to seize federal land

@laglen (19782)
United States
April 1, 2010 7:23am CST
According to the AP, Herbert signed a pair of bills into law that supporters hope will spark similar legislation throughout the West. Many contend that federal ownership of wide parcels of land restricts economic development in an energy-rich part of the country. Many people in Utah are still angry that President Clinton designated a large area in Utah as a national monument in 1996, a move that stopped development on the land. More than 60 percent of Utah is owned by the U.S. government, and policy makers here have long complained that federal ownership hinders their ability to generate tax revenue and adequately fund public schools. Utah Democrats have slammed the eminent domain measure as a waste of money, emphasizing that the move is on shaky legal ground. Why spend taxpayer money defending legislation that likely won’t withstand legal muster, opponents say. But if the law is as bad as Democrats say it is, a court will quickly overturn it and the state won’t have to spend much money defending it, Herbert said. http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2010/03/29/in-war-between-states-and-feds-utah-strikes-latest-blow/ Very interesting. What do you think the outcome will be? Here is an interesting video about this as well. http://video.foxnews.com/v/4131972/state-of-utah-seizes-federal-land This gives an idea of what the case is and you have to ask what this could mean for other states as well.
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@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
1 Apr 10
This is going to be one of those things they will end up having to enforce by prosecution. there is no way they willwin a court case over it, as there is no way a federal court is going to rule in favor of taking land from the federal government, no matter how right the state of Utah is. A law recently passed by Utah will make is a felony for any federal agent to enforce federal authority over the land seized by the state. In fact, the law makes it a felony for any federal agent to enforce anything the state of Utah has deemed outside the scope of federal power. GO UTAH!
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
1 Apr 10
I love it when states stand up for their rights. This should be interesting. Even if Utah loses in court, the key is getting the word out. Telling people to put the breaks on the federal government! So many people have no idea how badly the federal government has behaved for a long time.
@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
1 Apr 10
I don't think a court case is going to mean anything to Utah if they lose, it is state law now and has to be enforced. Utah is one of two states that have taken the next step in standing up for their authority in actually criminalizing constitutional vioolations by the federal government. This is where the battleground is going to begin. THis is the example that should be followed by the rest of the states, court cases are going to be nothing but a symbolic step, the real key is going to be in open defiance like this.
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@laglen (19782)
• United States
1 Apr 10
Well here we go! I hope more states stand up. My state (Colorado) make the laws but wont enforce them. They are just for looks. However, this year may make a big difference. The democrats we do have will most likely get the boot. Betsy Markey, Mike Bennet, have both refused to listen to their people. A state that depends on oil and agriculture? Come on, it just won't work! I know my district (markey), weld county, is the #3 for ag in the country! dont mess with the hick farmers, they get MAD!
• United States
3 Apr 10
the local tribes should file for that land too. 60%..wow.i hadn't realized til i saw it on the news today the feds locked down that much of it.that has to be more than any other state.they might free up some,but i doubt they'll hand back all of it.some of that land's probably already contaminated by now anyway.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
3 Apr 10
If you look at a map where that majority of federal land is, you will see the richest in mineral areas. Whats wrong with this picture?
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• United States
3 Apr 10
aha.yup,that's crystal. keeping the goodies for themselves.
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@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
4 Apr 10
Scarlet, you make bring up a pretty good point. I would love to see the tribes start standing up using the same methods the states are, simple nummification and land rezeizure. In todays climate, many would likely find the states siding with them. The Lakota Soux have really gone the extra mile in this manner and have even taken it several steps further than even the boldest states today.
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