Hatch, Bishop pledge support for Utah lands fight

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers seeking to seize millions of acres of federal land are receiving the backing of two of the state’s congressional delegation. Republican U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch says Tuesday the federal government is taking money out of Utah schools by refusing to allow the state to manage most of the public lands in the state. Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop says the state would be a better steward for the public lands than the federal government. Hatch and Bishop say they are working on legislation that will help facilitate that state control of lands. Earlier this month, Utah lawmakers passed a package of bills that require the federal government to relinquish control of about 30 million acres of land in the state by 2014.

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