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H.B. 148 Enrolled

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TRANSFER OF PUBLIC LANDS ACT AND RELATED

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STUDY

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2012 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Ken Ivory

             6     
Senate Sponsor: Wayne L. Niederhauser

             7      Cosponsors:
             8      Johnny Anderson
             9      Stewart Barlow
             10      Roger E. Barrus
             11      Jim Bird
             12      Derek E. Brown
             13      Melvin R. Brown
             14      David G. Butterfield
             15      LaVar Christensen
             16      Bradley M. Daw
             17      Brad L. Dee
             18      John Dougall
             19      Jack R. Draxler
             20      Susan Duckworth
             21      James A. Dunnigan
             22      Rebecca P. Edwards
             23      Steve Eliason
             24      Craig A. Frank
             25      Gage Froerer
             26      Brad J. GalvezFrancis D. Gibson
Richard A. Greenwood
Keith Grover
Stephen G. Handy
Wayne A. Harper
Neal B. Hendrickson
Christopher N. Herrod
Gregory H. Hughes
Eric K. Hutchings
Don L. Ipson
Todd E. Kiser
Bradley G. Last
Rebecca D. Lockhart
John G. Mathis
Daniel McCay
Ronda Rudd Menlove
Michael T. Morley
Merlynn T. Newbold
Jim Nielson
Michael E. NoelCurtis Oda
Patrick Painter
Lee B. Perry
Jeremy A. Peterson
Val L. Peterson
Dixon M. Pitcher
Kraig Powell
Paul Ray
Douglas Sagers
Stephen E. Sandstrom
Dean Sanpei
V. Lowry Snow
Kenneth W. Sumsion
Evan J. Vickers
Christine F. Watkins
R. Curt Webb
Ryan D. Wilcox
Brad R. Wilson
Bill Wright              27     
             28      LONG TITLE


             29      General Description:
             30          This bill addresses issues related to public lands, including the transfer of title to public
             31      lands to the state and requiring the Constitutional Defense Council to study or draft
             32      proposed legislation on certain issues related to public lands.
             33      Highlighted Provisions:
             34          This bill:
             35          .    enacts the Transfer of Public Lands Act;
             36          .    defines terms;
             37          .    requires the United States to extinguish title to public lands and transfer title to
             38      those public lands to the state on or before December 31, 2014;
             39          .    provides that if the state transfers title to public lands with respect to which the state
             40      receives title to the public lands under the Transfer of Public Lands Act, the state
             41      shall retain 5% of the net proceeds the state receives, and pay 95% of the net
             42      proceeds the state receives to the United States;
             43          .    provides that the 5% of the net proceeds of those sales of public lands shall be
             44      deposited into the permanent State School Fund;
             45          .    provides a severability clause;
             46          .    requires the Constitutional Defense Council to study or draft legislation on certain
             47      issues related to the transfer, management, and taxation of public lands, including:
             48              .    drafting proposed legislation creating a public lands commission; and
             49              .    establishing actions that shall be taken to secure, preserve, and protect the state's
             50      rights and benefits related to the United States' duty to have extinguished title to
             51      public lands and transferred title to those public lands to the state; and
             52          .    makes technical and conforming changes.
             53      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             54          None
             55      Other Special Clauses:
             56          This bill provides an immediate effective date.


             57      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             58      ENACTS:
             59          63L-6-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             60          63L-6-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             61          63L-6-103, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             62          63L-6-104, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             63      Uncodified Material Affected:
             64      ENACTS UNCODIFIED MATERIAL
             65     
             66      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             67          Section 1. Section 63L-6-101 is enacted to read:
             68     
CHAPTER 6. TRANSFER OF PUBLIC LANDS ACT

             69          63L-6-101. Title.
             70          This chapter is known as the "Transfer of Public Lands Act."
             71          Section 2. Section 63L-6-102 is enacted to read:
             72          63L-6-102. Definitions.
             73          As used in this chapter:
             74          (1) "Governmental entity" is as defined in Section 59-2-511 .
             75          (2) "Net proceeds" means the proceeds from the sale of public lands, after subtracting
             76      expenses incident to the sale of the public lands.
             77          (3) "Public lands" means lands within the exterior boundaries of this state except:
             78          (a) lands to which title is held by a person who is not a governmental entity;
             79          (b) lands owned or held in trust by this state, a political subdivision of this state, or an
             80      independent entity;
             81          (c) lands reserved for use by the state system of public education as described in Utah
             82      Constitution Article X, Section 2, or a state institution of higher education listed in Section
             83      53B-1-102 ;
             84          (d) school and institutional trust lands as defined in Section 53C-1-103 ;


             85          (e) lands within the exterior boundaries as of January 1, 2012, of the following that are
             86      designated as national parks:
             87          (i) Arches National Park;
             88          (ii) Bryce Canyon National Park;
             89          (iii) Canyonlands National Park;
             90          (iv) Capitol Reef National Park; and
             91          (v) Zion National Park;
             92          (f) lands within the exterior boundaries as of January 1, 2012, of the following national
             93      monuments managed by the National Park Service as of January 1, 2012:
             94          (i) Cedar Breaks National Monument;
             95          (ii) Dinosaur National Monument;
             96          (iii) Hovenweep National Monument;
             97          (iv) Natural Bridges National Monument;
             98          (v) Rainbow Bridge National Monument; and
             99          (vi) Timpanogos Cave National Monument;
             100          (g) lands within the exterior boundaries as of January 1, 2012, of the Golden Spike
             101      National Historic Site;
             102          (h) lands within the exterior boundaries as of January 1, 2012, of the following
             103      wilderness areas located in the state that, as of January 1, 2012, are designated as part of the
             104      National Wilderness Preservation System under the Wilderness Act of 1964, 16 U.S.C. 1131
             105      et seq.:
             106          (i) Ashdown Gorge Wilderness;
             107          (ii) Beartrap Canyon Wilderness;
             108          (iii) Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness;
             109          (iv) Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness;
             110          (v) Blackridge Wilderness;
             111          (vi) Box-Death Hollow Wilderness;
             112          (vii) Canaan Mountain Wilderness;


             113          (viii) Cedar Mountain Wilderness;
             114          (ix) Cottonwood Canyon Wilderness;
             115          (x) Cottonwood Forest Wilderness;
             116          (xi) Cougar Canyon Wilderness;
             117          (xii) Dark Canyon Wilderness;
             118          (xiii) Deep Creek Wilderness;
             119          (xiv) Deep Creek North Wilderness;
             120          (xv) Deseret Peak Wilderness;
             121          (xvi) Doc's Pass Wilderness;
             122          (xvii) Goose Creek Wilderness;
             123          (xviii) High Uintas Wilderness;
             124          (xix) LaVerkin Creek Wilderness;
             125          (xx) Lone Peak Wilderness;
             126          (xxi) Mount Naomi Wilderness;
             127          (xxii) Mount Nebo Wilderness;
             128          (xxiii) Mount Olympus Wilderness;
             129          (xxiv) Mount Timpanogos Wilderness;
             130          (xxv) Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness;
             131          (xxvi) Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness;
             132          (xxvii) Red Butte Wilderness;
             133          (xxviii) Red Mountain Wilderness;
             134          (xxix) Slaughter Creek Wilderness;
             135          (xxx) Taylor Creek Wilderness;
             136          (xxxi) Twin Peaks Wilderness;
             137          (xxxii) Wellsville Mountain Wilderness; and
             138          (xxxiii) Zion Wilderness;
             139          (i) lands with respect to which the jurisdiction is ceded to the United States as provided
             140      in Section 63L-1-201 or 63L-1-203 ;


             141          (j) real property or tangible personal property owned by the United States if the
             142      property is within the boundaries of a municipality; or
             143          (k) lands, including water rights, belonging to an Indian or Indian tribe, band, or
             144      community that is held in trust by the United States or is subject to a restriction against
             145      alienation imposed by the United States.
             146          Section 3. Section 63L-6-103 is enacted to read:
             147          63L-6-103. Transfer of public lands.
             148          (1) On or before December 31, 2014, the United States shall:
             149          (a) extinguish title to public lands; and
             150          (b) transfer title to public lands to the state.
             151          (2) If the state transfers title to any public lands with respect to which the state receives
             152      title under Subsection (1)(b), the state shall:
             153          (a) retain 5% of the net proceeds the state receives from the transfer of title; and
             154          (b) pay 95% of the net proceeds the state receives from the transfer of title to the
             155      United States.
             156          (3) In accordance with Utah Constitution Article X, Section 5, the amounts the state
             157      retains in accordance with Subsection (2)(a) shall be deposited into the permanent State School
             158      Fund.
             159          Section 4. Section 63L-6-104 is enacted to read:
             160          63L-6-104. Severability clause.
             161          If any provision of this chapter or the application of any provision to any person or
             162      circumstance is held invalid by a final decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, the
             163      remainder of this chapter shall be given effect without the invalid provision or application. The
             164      provisions of this chapter are severable.
             165          Section 5. Constitutional Defense Council study.
             166          (1) During the 2012 interim, the Constitutional Defense Council created in Section
             167      63C-4-101 shall prepare proposed legislation:
             168          (a) creating a public lands commission to:


             169          (i) administer the transfer of title of public lands to the state; and
             170          (ii) address the management of public lands and the management of multiple uses of
             171      public lands, including addressing managing open space, access to public lands, local planning,
             172      and the sustainable yield of natural resources on public lands;
             173          (b) to establish actions that shall be taken to secure, preserve, and protect the state's
             174      rights and benefits related to the United States' duty to have extinguished title to public lands,
             175      in the event that the United States does not meet the requirements of Title 63L, Chapter 6,
             176      Transfer of Public Lands Act;
             177          (c) making any necessary modifications to the definition of "public lands" in Section
             178      63L-6-102 , including any necessary modifications to a list provided in Subsections
             179      63L-6-102 (3)(e) through (h);
             180          (d) making a determination of or a process for determining interests, rights, or uses
             181      related to:
             182          (i) easements;
             183          (ii) geothermal resources;
             184          (iii) grazing;
             185          (iv) mining;
             186          (v) natural gas;
             187          (vi) oil;
             188          (vii) recreation;
             189          (viii) rights of entry;
             190          (ix) special uses;
             191          (x) timber;
             192          (xi) water; or
             193          (xii) other natural resources or other resources; and
             194          (e) determining what constitutes "expenses incident to the sale of public lands"
             195      described in Subsection 63L-6-102 (2).
             196          (2) During the 2012 interim, the Constitutional Defense Council created in Section


             197      63C-4-101 shall study and determine whether to prepare proposed legislation:
             198          (a) to administer the process for:
             199          (i) the United States to extinguish title to public lands;
             200          (ii) the state to receive title to public lands from the United States; or
             201          (iii) the state to transfer title to any public lands the state receives in accordance with
             202      Title 63L, Chapter 6, Transfer of Public Lands Act;
             203          (b) establishing a prioritized list of management actions for the state and the political
             204      subdivisions of the state to perform on public lands:
             205          (i) before and after the United States extinguishes title to public lands; and
             206          (ii) to preserve and promote the state's interest in:
             207          (A) protecting public health and safety;
             208          (B) preventing catastrophic wild fire and forest insect infestation;
             209          (C) preserving watersheds;
             210          (D) preserving and enhancing energy and the production of minerals;
             211          (E) preserving and improving range conditions; and
             212          (F) increasing plant diversity and reducing invasive weeds on range and woodland
             213      portions of the public lands;
             214          (c) establishing procedures and requirements for subjecting public lands to property
             215      taxation;
             216          (d) establishing other requirements related to national forests, national recreation areas,
             217      or other public lands administered by the United States; and
             218          (e) addressing the indemnification of a political subdivision of the state for actions
             219      taken in furtherance of Title 63L, Chapter 6, Transfer of Public Lands Act.
             220          (3) The Constitutional Defense Council may study any other issue related to public
             221      lands as determined by the Constitutional Defense Council.
             222          (4) The Constitutional Defense Council shall:
             223          (a) make a preliminary report on its study and preparation of proposed legislation to the
             224      Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee and the Education


             225      Interim Committee:
             226          (i) on or before the June 2012 interim meeting; and
             227          (ii) on or before the September 2012 interim meeting; and
             228          (b) report on its findings, recommendations, and proposed legislation to the Natural
             229      Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee and the Education Interim
             230      Committee on or before the November 2012 interim meeting.
             231          Section 6. Effective date.
             232          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             233      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             234      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             235      the date of veto override.


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