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Park Land Sale To The Senate

The “Transfer of State Lands” bill authorizing completion of the sale of state land inside Grand Teton National Park to the federal government cleared the Wyoming House Friday with a vote of 46 to 11 and is on its way to the Senate.  The bill’s sponsor, Representative Ruth Ann Petroff says what opposition initially existed in the house had to be overcome with personal visits to educate those legislators about the circumstances of the bill. Legislative authorization was necessary since the sale had been conducted without putting the land out to the highest bidder. In the end, Representative Keith Gingery says opposition heard on the floor was more a venting of frustration with the federal government over a variety of issues than it was opposition to the bill itself. Petroff says she is optimistic forthe bill’s future in the Senate since by the end of debate, legislators began to see the advantage to the schools and the state’s children over their distain for the federal government.

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