Yesterday, in a series of tweets (where all quality legislation gets its start), Senator Mike Lee of Utah laid out a plan for bills to sell off America’s public land.
His three planned bills include:
1. Virtually eliminating public lands altogether by transferring them to individual states, in the hopes that western states would look more like “Missouri or Illinois”.
2. Allowing individuals, companies, or local officials to “petition” to “use” public land for virtually any reason, from building housing to “research” (on what, he is unclear).
3. Abolishing the Antiquities Act, the legislation that has protected national lands, many of which have become National Parks, in the state of Utah by requiring immense red tape for new protections of existing public lands.