From the office of United States Senator Mike Lee
Sep 15 2016
WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the Utah National Monument Parity Act, Tuesday, a bill that would extend the same Antiquities Act protections Wyoming now enjoys to Utah.
Unfortunately the Antiquities Act has since become the preferred vehicle for imposing executive branch vanity projects on unsupportive local communities. In 1950, after President Franklin Roosevelt created the Jackson Hole National Monument, Congress enacted a law prohibiting future Antiquities Act designations in Wyoming. The people of Utah are only asking that those same protections be extended to their state.
Our national parks and wilderness areas are national treasures. But those land use designations came through the compromise and collaboration with local communities that are necessary in a democratic process. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) has gone through that process and written a bill, that Public Lands Initiative, that would protect the natural and historic treasures of southeast Utah. A unilateral Antiquities Act designation by the White House would only shut off debate and circumvent that democratic process.