Kerry White

Summary

Kerry White is a member of the Montana House of Representatives. He has held that office since 2013. Kerry White called the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) “a total waste of money” and supports transferring federal public land to states. In 2017, White sponsored legislation impacting public lands management in Montana.

Notable Activities and Statements on Public Lands Policy

Kerry White called the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) “a total waste of money.”

When Kerry White was a director of Citizens for Balanced Use, he said LWCF was a “total waste of money.” “At Citizens for Balanced Use, director Kerry White said he was trying to track where the Land and Water Conservation Fund authorization would be inserted. The bill uses up to $900 million in annual oil and gas royalty payments to underwrite wildlife and open lands protection. CBU opposes it. ‘They’re trying to tuck that away in the farm bill to get that rammed through,’ White said. ‘At a time when our country is completely broke, it’s a total waste of money. We haven’t seen any projects on that that really benefit the people, so we’re opposed to any more funding going to that.’” [Missoulian, 06/19/12]

Kerry White supports the transfer of federal public lands to states.

Kerry White is “active” with the land transfer advocacy group American Lands Council. He sponsored a bill to study federal land transfers. “Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a Bozeman Republican’s bill Monday that would have established a task force to study the management of state and federal lands in Montana. … The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Kerry White of Bozeman, is a proponent of transferring federal lands to state control. He has been active with the Utah-based Americans Land Council, which has backed land-transfer proposals in several Western states.” [Bozeman Daily Chronicle, 05/04/15]

In 2017, Kerry White sponsored legislation impacting public lands management in Montana.

Kerry White sponsored a bill to move the Montana State Parks and Recreation board into the Commerce Department. Kerry White sponsored HB 454, a bill that would “move the state parks and recreation board to be located “within the department of commerce.” [Montana State Legislature, accessed 11/21/18]

Kerry White sponsored a resolution supporting the release of 663,000 acres from Wilderness Study Areas. Kerry White sponsored HJ 9, a resolution which called for releasing 663,000 acres of Montana land from “possible federal wilderness consideration.” [Great Falls Tribune, 02/28/17]