7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill declares policy and establishes procedures for the sale of state land.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ establishes a preference for leasing state land over selling state land; and
13 ▸ establishes approval requirements for the sale of state land.
14 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
16 Other Special Clauses:
18 Utah Code Sections Affected:
20 63L-9-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
21 63L-9-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
23 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24 Section 1. Section 63L-9-101 is enacted to read:
27 63L-9-101. Title and policy.
28 (1) This chapter is known as the "Sale of State Land Act."
29 (2) The Legislature declares that it is the policy of the state that:
30 (a) state land may not be sold except as consistent with this chapter; and
31 (b) the leasing of state land is preferred over the sale of state land.
32 Section 2. Section 63L-9-201 is enacted to read:
34 63L-9-201. Sale of state land.
35 (1) As used in this chapter:
36 (a) "Agency" means the same as that term is defined in Section 63G-4-103.
37 (b) (i) "State land" means land owned by the state, including the state's:
38 (A) legislative and judicial branches;
39 (B) departments, divisions, agencies, boards, commissions, councils, and committees;
41 (C) institutions of higher education as defined under Section 53B-3-102.
42 (ii) "State land" does not mean:
43 (A) land owned by a political subdivision of the state;
44 (B) land owned by a school district;
45 (C) private land; or
46 (D) school and institutional trust lands as defined in Section 53C-1-103.
47 (2) (a) Before legally binding the state by executing an agreement to sell or transfer 300
48 or more acres of state land, an agency shall:
49 (i) make findings that:
50 (A) the sale or transfer of state land is in the public interest; and
51 (B) a lease of the state land in question, as described in the policy outlined in
52 Subsection 63L-9-101(2)(b), would not be as beneficial to the public interest as the sale or
53 transfer of the state land; and
54 (ii) submit the agreement or proposal along with the findings described in Subsection
56 (A) to the Legislature for approval or rejection; or
57 (B) in the interim, to the Legislative Management Committee for review of the
58 agreement or proposal.
59 (b) The Legislative Management Committee may:
60 (i) recommend that the agency execute the agreement or proposal;
61 (ii) recommend that the agency reject the agreement or proposal; or
62 (iii) recommend to the governor that the governor call a special session of the
63 Legislature to review and approve or reject the agreement or proposal.
64 (3) Before legally binding the state by executing an agreement to sell or transfer fewer
65 than 300 acres of any state land, the state shall notify the Legislative Management Committee.
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