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H.B. 380





Chief Sponsor: Fred C. Cox

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions relating to the regulation of state lands.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    defines terms;
             13          .    prohibits the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands from materially changing
             14      the management of or selling certain sovereign lands; and
             15          .    makes technical corrections.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          65A-1-1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 344
             23          65A-10-1, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1994, Chapter 294
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 65A-1-1 is amended to read:
             27           65A-1-1. Definitions.

             28          As used in this title:
             29          (1) "Advisory council" or "council" means the Forestry, Fire, and State Lands Advisory
             30      Council.
             31          (2) "Division" means the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands.
             32          (3) "Multiple use" means the management of various surface and subsurface resources
             33      in a manner that will best meet the present and future needs of the people of this state.
             34          (4) "Public trust assets" means those lands and resources, including sovereign lands,
             35      administered by the division.
             36          (5) (a) "Sovereign lands" means those lands:
             37          (i) lying below the ordinary high water mark of navigable bodies of water at the date of
             38      statehood; and
             39          (ii) owned by the state by virtue of its sovereignty, including land previously claimed
             40      by the federal government and claimed by the state through judgment, decree, purchase,
             41      compact, exchange, gift, other conveyance, the United States Constitution, or other law.
             42          (b) "Sovereign lands" does not include property owned by the federal government in
             43      accordance with the United States Constitution Article I, Section 8, Clause 17.
             44          (6) "State lands" means all lands administered by the division.
             45          (7) "Sustained yield" means the achievement and maintenance of high level annual or
             46      periodic output of the various renewable resources of land without impairment of the
             47      productivity of the land.
             48          Section 2. Section 65A-10-1 is amended to read:
             49           65A-10-1. Authority of division to manage sovereign lands.
             50          (1) The division is the management authority for sovereign lands, and may, except as
             51      provided in Subsection (3), exchange, sell, or lease sovereign lands but only in the quantities
             52      and for the purposes as serve the public interest and do not interfere with the public trust.
             53          (2) Nothing in this section shall be construed as asserting state ownership of the beds
             54      of nonnavigable lakes, bays, rivers, or streams.
             55          (3) For the following if sovereign lands, the division may not materially change the
             56      management policies from the management policies as of January 1, 2011, or sell:
             57          (a) Arches National Park;
             58          (b) Bryce Canyon National Park;

             59          (c) Canyonlands National Park;
             60          (d) Capitol Reef National Park; and
             61          (e) Zion National Park.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-22-11 12:23 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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