Utah Uses Eminent Domain to Seize Land of … Uncle Sam

Medical Marijuana isn’t the only issue which has states challenging federal power. ABC News reports:

Photo: Donar Reiskoffer (CC)

Photo: Donar Reiskoffer (CC)

Utah is itching for a land fight. A battle with Washington over territorial rights and state sovereignty. It wants to spark a revolt in which Western states attempt to wrest control of federal lands within their borders.

The Beehive State might just get its way, too. In March, Gov. Gary Herbert (R) signed a controversial law authorizing the use of eminent domain to capture some of the millions of acres that the federal government owns here.

The law was tailor-made to provoke a lawsuit, possibly reaching the US Supreme Court, and to inspire other Western states to enact similar legislation.

While it’s unusual for eminent domain to involve the taking of federal lands, this law is a byproduct of many Utahns’ frustrations: The US government owns more than 60 percent of the state, thus dictating whether land has been set aside for preservation or can be accessed for mineral deposits.

[Read more at ABC News]

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Oooo…yeah…that evil ole federal govt standing between the noble developers of Utah and the untouched National Parks that have only survived this long because doucheturds weren’t allowed to build parking lots over them.

    Trust a red state in financial distress to search for new revenue streams not by actually taxing people at a rate that matches state expenditures, but by selling off parcels of legendary pristine parkland to miners, oilmen and real estate hawks.

    Fuck Utah…Fuck Utah in their face.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Oooo…yeah…that evil ole federal govt standing between the noble developers of Utah and the untouched National Parks that have only survived this long because doucheturds weren't allowed to build parking lots over them.

    Trust a red state in financial distress to search for new revenue streams not by actually taxing people at a rate that matches state expenditures, but by selling off parcels of legendary pristine parkland to miners, oilmen and real estate hawks.

    Fuck Utah…Fuck Utah in their face.