House of Representatives Vote in Favor of Emery County Public Lands Bill


The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Emery County Public Lands Bill on Tuesday. The bill, which is a part of a package involving more than 100 public lands, natural resources and water bills, received the favorable vote, 363-62.

The favorable vote comes after the Senate voted in favor of the bill, 92-8, on Feb. 12. Next up, the bill will head to the White House, where President Donald Trump is expected to sign it.

For Emery County, the lands package would increase wilderness designation in the area with aims in preventing more restrictive conservation area designation.

The bill also consolidates about 100,000 acres of Utah trust lands to be more easily developed to raise money for public schools.

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