WASHINGTON D.C. — Senator Mike Lee, R-Utah, has reintroduced the Protecting Utah’s Rural Economy, or PURE, Act that would prohibit presidents from creating a new National Park or monument in Utah unless they get approval from Congress or the State Legislature.
Senator Mitt Romney, also R-Utah, is a co-sponsor of the bill.
Lee thinks the bill would give local communities and ranchers a voice in land management policies.
“Unfortunately, what was once [The Antiquities Act] a narrowly targeted tool for preventing looting on federal lands has become a weapon urban elites use against hard working rural Americans,” Lee said in a statement.
Alaska and Wyoming have similar exemptions from the Antiquities Act.
Environmental groups have opposed the bill in the past because they fear it would open land up to development or mining.
Utah lawmakers protested the creation of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by President Bill Clinton and Bears Ears National Monument by President Barack Obama. President Donald Trump traveled to Utah to announce a reduction in the size of both monuments, in a move that was protested by environmentalists and some tribal authorities but applauded by local leaders, both in southern Utah and in Salt Lake City.
Today’s Top Stories
- Investigators make major drug busts on I-80 in Utah
- Utah’s Gail Miller is America’s 14th richest self-made woman
- Chad Daybell in court, prosecution offers new details
- Southeast Utah Health Department – The Hope Squad of Carbon and Emery Counties
- Home prices increase in Salt Lake City during the pandemic
- Passenger says they asked boat driver to stop drinking before deadly Lake Powell crash
- Justin Gordon, Utah County Sheriff’s Office
- New dress guidelines announced for male missionaries — in some areas
- Trouble with Teams? Microsoft reports problems with “multiple 365 services.”
- Chip Hayes – South Summit Middle School