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Transfer of Federal Lands

HBO209 Transfer of Federal Lands: the sleeping giant in the 63rd Wyoming legislature.

Passing this Bill will set Wyoming free.

I am very much in support of HB0209 Transfer of Federal Lands. Those legislators who are supporting it and I are asking for your emails to all legislators encouraging them to pass this bill. You can find all legislator’s email addresses and contact information at: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/lsoweb/LegInfo.aspx

Never mind the details of the title, this is a landmark watershed bill for Wyoming. If this bill is passed into Statute, Wyoming will finally be able to reach its full potential and much better able to control and direct its destiny. This wealth will further reduce the tax and fee burden on the people.

Let’s dispel the common myths. When Wyoming controls these lands, public access will increase greatly. Hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and other recreational activities will be much more available to the public.

On the economic front, capturing 100% of our mineral royalties will put Wyoming on a very sound financial footing. Remember, we are only about 560,000 people blessed with one of the richest natural resource bases in the entire world. With this wealth Wyoming can manage very well. The increase in production realized by allowing the thousands of permits now in limbo in the Federal permitting process will greatly outshine any “boom” Wyoming has experienced. 

The opportunity to harvest and make use of the beetle killed forests will have a two-fold advantage; first  harvesting this timber will allow the many small niche forest produce operators to return to the business; second, environmentally devastating wildfires and subsequent floods will be avoided and healthy forests returned for the future.
The fire service roads and foresting roads will open up the lands to the people.

Has this been done by other States? YES IT HAS!

Many other states whose constitutions for statehood read the same as Wyoming’s have realized this and have taken possession of their unreserved lands once held in trust by the Federal Government. Some of the states that were at one time 90% Federally controlled include Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas. Louisiana, and Florida, among others. In 1959, Hawaii refused to be admitted without ownership and control of all its public lands.

The ordinance of 1787 decrees that all states admitted to the Union are admitted on equal footing with the original 13. It was these original 13 colonies becoming states that formed the Federal Government. They were very careful to limit the Federal Government’s power because they had just thrown off a tyrant and did not dare to risk setting up another one. Thus the Articles of Confederation is the document first creating the compact that the United States maintained state sovereignty and this principle was carried forward in the Constitution for the United States, which became the grand law of the land upon ratification.

The property ownership allowed to the Federal Government by the Constitution for the United States is specified in Article I Section 8 Clause 17. It reads as follows; “To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases what so ever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States and by acceptance of Congress become the seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the same shall be, for the erection of Forts, Magazines Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings.”

This is written in plain English and means exactly what it says. The Federal Government cannot own any property within the boundaries of any state without the purchase of that property at the consent of the state. The sole uses of said purchased property is also specified. Therefore the Federal government is only a trustee at best. These trust lands should be ceded to the state once it achieves statehood.

Again please e-mail  all the legislators to pass this bill. Email addresses can be found at this link: http://legisweb.state.wy.us/lsoweb/LegInfo.aspx

GOD be with us all!



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