by Tim Brown, Freedom Outpost:
On Friday, lawmakers from 9 western states gathered in Utah to have joint talks about taking control of federal lands within their borders. More than 50 political leaders, including lawmakers and county commissioners convened to speak about a common goal: wresting control of lands within their states, rich with oil, timber and minerals from the federal government.
The move comes in the shadow of the Bureau of Land Management’s standoff in Nevada against Cliven Bundy. However, the summit was planned long before what took place in the past couple of weeks.
“What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart (R-Provo) said.
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