Reports The Washington Times:
The Utah bill, which passed the Senate on Wednesday, establishes a timetable for a federal transfer of lands to the state, with December 2014 as the deadline. Excluded from the transfer would be national monuments, national parks and congressionally designated wilderness areas.
Environmentalists have come out in opposition to the idea, arguing that the states have more incentive to develop the land than preserve it. The proposals have the support of some education groups, including the Utah Parent-Teacher Association, but the teachers union is withholding its endorsement.