Mission: To Shift Control of Federal Lands to State Governments
NEVADA BELONGS TO NEVADANS POLICY PROPOSALS
- Take advantage of the current Administration which is more supportive of taking public lands out of federal control than prior administrations.
- Enforce SJR1 enacted by the Nevada Legislature in 2015 which requests a transfer of lands to state control according to a planning schedule developed by the Nevada Management Task Force.
- Pursue Nevada’s legal remedy to sue if Congress fails to comply with SJR1.
- Resurrect and revise H.R. 1484, a former Congressional bill known as the Honor the Nevada Enabling Act of 1864 sponsored by US Rep Mark Amodei, R-Nev. which would reduce the percentage of Nevada land owned by the federal government from about 85% to about 75%.
- Research a detailed analysis of the benefits to Nevada of having more control over public lands in the form of increased tax revenues, increased mining and drilling revenues, and more jobs.
- Address opponents’ concerns about maintaining access to hunting and recreation land, maintaining wildlife corridors, and state management of fires.
- Currently, the federal government owns 84.5% of the land in Nevada.
- Federal land control negates the “equal footing” clause and doctrine of the 1864 Enabling Act which declared that Nevada “shall be admitted into the Union upon an equal footing with the original states, in all respects whatsoever.”
- If Nevada could gain access to its own land, it could generate massive public revenues through the sale and lease of these lands.