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Wilderness Society #conservation Legal arguments for state takeover of public lands are losers in the courts

Wilderness Society #conservation Legal arguments for state takeover of public lands are losers in the courts

As reported in an AP story today, a report recently adopted by the Public Lands Subcommittee of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) shows there is little legal basis for claims being made by those pushing a land seizure movement suggesting the United States is legally obligated to transfer public lands to the states. The report analyzed the legal arguments often used by those who argue against federal management of US public lands, including the Property and Enclave Clauses of the U.S. Constitution and rulings by the Supreme Court. Among the findings: · The report contradicts the conclusion made by the land seizure proponents that "legitimate legal theories exist" to support efforts to gain ownership or control of U.S. public lands. · The report cites pertinent Supreme Court decisions going back a century or more, which have consistently held that the U.S. h...

Full article: http://wilderness.org/press-release/legal-arguments-state...

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