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Bill by Rep. Mark Amodei would transfer millions of acres from feds to state
The House Committee on Natural Resources will get a sneak-peek at a bill that would transfer millions of acres of federal land to the state of Nevada.
The committee scheduled a hearing Tuesday on H.R. 1484, the Honor the Nevada Enabling Act of 1864.
The bill by Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, is controversial because conservation groups say it would undermine important federal oversight on land throughout the state.
Proponents say it would provide state and local officials more control over public land. Currently the federal government owns about 85 percent of land in Nevada, among the highest percentage of any state.
The first phase of Amodei’s bill would cover about 7.2 million acres and shrink the federal share to 75 percent.
Designated wilderness, conservation areas, national monuments, wildlife refuges, land managed by the defense and energy departments and American Indian reservation land would be exempt.
Subsequent phases could transfer millions more acres. A summary of the bill calls for non-exempt lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and Bureau of Reclamation to be, “conveyed upon request by the state or local governments.”