State Trust Lands:
military preservation; land exchanges
Our Position: support
SCR1001 military bases; land exchanges (Nelson, Landrum Taylor, S. Pierce, et al.) refers to the ballot a constitutional amendment that authorizes land exchanges between the State Land Department and the Federal Government. The land exchanges can be for two purposes including to provide for to improve the management of the state lands for the purpose of sale or lease or conversion to public use or for the protection of military facilities. Exchanges must be referred to the ballot by the Legislature and approved by the voters in order to be consummated.
Bill Number: SCR1001
Sponsor: Nelson, Gowan, Landrum Taylor, et al.
Legislative Session: 2012 Legislative Session
All exchanges must have two appraisals and an analysis as well as be vetted at two public meetings. Full disclosure of all of the parcels involved is also required up front. We have opposed most of the past land exchange measures exchange proposals have been on the ballot seven times and defeated by the voters seven times but we support this proposal because it includes the kind of transparency and accountability that is necessary to ensure that land exchanges are in the best interest of the trust and the larger public and in the case may be able to help facilitate protection of key state trust land parcels.
SB1001 is the companion statutory language for SCR1001. It has been signed by the Governor.
To thank senators who voted yes, click on Thank you on SCR1001.
To review the bill and see and detailed status, click on SCR1001 status . To read the bill, click on SCR1001.
To see how your representatives voted, click on SCR1001 House Vote.
To see how your senator voted, click on SCR1001 Senate Vote.
This measure provides a way to exchange state trust land for federal lands that includes accountability and transparency. The exchange process will have an open and public process, which identifies all lands that will be exchanged up front; requires two land appraisals; includes an analysis of the impacts; and requires two public meetings. All of this must happen prior to any exchange moving forward. This helps limit backroom deals that have been a problem with some past exchanges.
Each land exchange must also go to the voters, so the voters have the final say and provide a screen for ensuring that an exchange is truly in the publics interests. This will also help to limit the number of exchange proposals.
Exchanges can only be for two purposes including providing for the sale or lease or conversion to public use of state lands or for the protection of military facilities.
The Sierra Club has opposed most of the past land exchange measures, but we are supporting this proposal because it includes the kind of transparency and accountability that is necessary to ensure that land exchanges are in the best interest of the trust and the larger public.