(KCPW News) The Utah House of Representatives will soon consider three bills allowing Utah to take back federal land using eminent domain, the same process the state uses to force private property owners to surrender land for public use. like new roads and trails. The concept has the unanimous support of a House committee, but lawmakers’ plans to use $3 million from a school trust fund to pay for the anticipated Supreme Court battle is proving to be more controversial. KCPW’s Elizabeth Ziegler has the story from the Capitol.
Representative Chris Herrod believes using eminent domain to take back federal land in Utah could add $50 billion to the Utah school trust fund, if it’s used to gain access to coal beds near the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
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