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Park Land Sale Passed

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House Bill 156 to authorize the sale of 1400 acres of state land inside Grand Teton National Park to the Interior Department passed on third reading  in the Senate today despite the efforts of one senator to derail it in its final reading.  However, Senator Cale Case of Fremont County was quick to point out that the bill addresses both the obligations the state leaders have to the state and the national constitutions with an arrangement he said would probably never come again. Case went on that the measure allows the state to put away money for the trust beneficiaries in state education while at the same time preserving the land for the American public.  Senator Leland Christiansen pointed out that the $107-million dollar sale price would result in nearly $5-million dollars annually for education.  The bill now goes back to the House for concurrence on minor amendments made in a Senate Committee.

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