POLITICS + GOVERNMENT

Senators Lee and Romney reintroduce PURE Act, aimed at protecting Utah land

Jan 26, 2021, 11:49 AM

Cleanup is underway at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument after many barrels worth of crud...

A view of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument from Spencer Flat on Sunday, July 9, 2017. Cleanup is underway at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument after crude oil spilled from a nearby facility nearly a month ago. (PHOTO: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

(PHOTO: Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –Senators Mike Lee and Mitt Romney are joining forces to reintroduce a bill, which they say would better protect Utah’s rural lands.

Senators join forces, reintroduce land protection bill

The two have introduced the Protect Utah’s Rural Economy (PURE) Act. In a written statement, Senator Lee claims their bill would protect Utah from presidential Antiquities Act abuse. The Antiquities Act of 1906 was the first law in the United State to provide general protection of cultural or natural resources. It also was the first national historic preservation policy in America. 

“Rural Americans want what all Americans want: a dignified decent-paying job, a family to love and support, and a healthy community whose future is determined by local residents – not their self-styled better thousands of miles away,” said Lee.

Specifically, the bill would prohibit the president from establishing or expanding a national monument in Utah unless the proposed monument has been authorized by an act of Congress and the state legislature.

In his own statement, Senator Romney remarked that federal government overreach has gone too far in terms of controlling rural Utah land.

“Roughly two-thirds of Utah is owned by the federal government, putting our state at a disadvantage when it comes to decisions on the management of our public lands,” he explained. 

The announcement comes on the heels of news that President Biden is ordering a review to the boundaries of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in southern Utah. If President Biden were to expand the boundaries this year, it would come roughly four years after former President Trump slashed the overall size of both monuments.

“National monuments in particular have become a political football that gets tossed back and forth as presidential administrations change,” says Romney. “Given the recent executive order to review Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante, it’s even more important that we work together to end the political back and forth. The legislative process is the best way to achieve this, and I will continue seeking opportunities to work with our federal, state and local elected leaders to come to a permanent solution.”

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Politics + Government

the state capitol is pictured, the utah supreme court is seeking more information about a redistric...

Adam Small

Utah lawmakers pass two school security bills

The Utah Legislature passed two school security bills. One of them deals with concealed carry incentives for teachers.

5 hours ago

A State of Utah emblem is displayed in the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024....

Adam Small

Lawmakers pass two bills that could give people big tax breaks

Tax cuts could be on the way for Utahns. Lawmakers passed two bills this week that are now on their way to the governor's desk.

6 hours ago

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) heads to the floor of the Senate for a vote on Capito...

Clare Foran, Morgan Rimmer and Ted Barrett, CNN

Mitch McConnell to step down from GOP leadership position in the Senate

Mitch McConnell will step down as GOP leader in November, the Kentucky Republican announced on the Senate floor Wednesday.

8 hours ago

A photo taken on the Saratoga Springs shore of Utah Lake on August 21, 2021. State lawmakers are co...

Tammy Kikuchi

A bill could improve Utah Lake and get more water into Great Salt Lake

State lawmakers say the goal of SB270 is to improve Utah Lake and direct more water into Great Salt Lake.

17 hours ago

DEARBORN, MICHIGAN - FEBRUARY 27: A sign for Republican presidential candidate former President Don...

Marshall Cohen, CNN

Illinois judge removes Trump from ballot, cites ‘insurrectionist ban’

Wednesday’s unexpected decision comes as a similar challenge from Colorado is pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

21 hours ago

FILE: Citizens crowd in classrooms at Mt. Logan Middle School in Logan, Utah a Republican caucus me...

Peter Johnston

Utah Republican and Democratic caucuses are coming up. Here’s how they work

One Utah party will hold a caucus next week to determine a presidential preference, another will meet, but ultimately decide by mail.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Senators Lee and Romney reintroduce PURE Act, aimed at protecting Utah land