Federal

Public Land Transfers

Short Summary

A provision in a rules package approved by the US House of Representatives will make it easier to hand over large areas of federal land to state and local authorities, on the grounds that they will be more responsive to the concerns of local residents.

General Description

“The House’s rule change alone doesn’t make the transfer of federal lands possible. It’s still not allowed under the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA), which governs the way that public lands are managed, including how they can be transferred. Rather, the new rule change would make the transfer of federal lands transference easier if FLPMA were to be amended by the Republican-controlled Congress and inked into law by incoming President Donald Trump.” [Press Release, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, 01/18/17]

Sponsor(s)

Rep. Rob Bishop (UT)

Detailed Summary 

As part of a rules package approved by the House by a vote of 233 to 190, the provision changes the way Congress calculates the cost of transferring federal lands to the states and other entities, a move that will make it easier for members of the new Congress to cede federal control of public lands. [Juliet Eilperin, “House GOP rules change will make it easier to sell off federal land, Washington Post, Jan. 3, 2017]

Current Status

  • Passed on January 3, 2017. 

[Juliet Eilperin, “House GOP rules change will make it easier to sell off federal land, Washington Post, Jan. 3, 2017]

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