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Land Exchange Bill Squeaks By

February 26, 2014 Grand Teton National Park, State of Wyoming No Comments
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The Wyoming Senate debated the Grand Teton National Park Land Exchange Bill for over an hour before passing it on a split vote of 18 to 12.  Among the issues being discussed was an amendment placed on the bill Monday that Teton County Senator Leland Christensen says endangered the deal. He called that amendment “a poison pill amendment” which he adds was added in just minutes before the bill came up for a vote allowing no time for the original bill’s sponsors to review it.  All-in-all, Christensen says, “It was a challenging last few days.” By the end of debate Tuesday, he says the amendment was further amended to only include a provision for certified appraisers and certified mineral appraisers to be involved in evaluating the land that would be traded for the national park parcels.  Christensen credits a fair amount of help behind the scenes for ultimately winning the day. The bill now heads to House for concurrence to the changes and then to Governor Mead’s desk to be signed into law.

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