115th CONGRESS; 1st Session; H. R. 622
January 24, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after reintroducing two bills dealing with the 67 percent of the State of Utah that is under federal ownership.
“It’s time to get rid of the BLM and US Forest Service police. If there is a problem your local sheriff is the first and best line of defense. By restoring local control in law enforcement, we enable federal agencies and county sheriffs to each focus on their respective core missions.
“The long overdue disposal of excess federal lands will free up resources for the federal government while providing much-needed opportunities for economic development in struggling rural communities.”
H.R. 622, Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act, first introduced last year, removes the law enforcement function from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service. Instead, the bill calls for deputizing local law enforcement, combined with block grant funding, to empower existing duly elected law enforcement offices to carry out these responsibilities. The bill, jointly sponsored by Utah’s Rep. Mia Love and Rep. Chris Stewart, also establishes a formula to reimburse local law enforcement based on the percentage of public land in each state.
Termination Of The Department Of Education
Congressman Jason Chaffetz has stated that he opposes an Article V Convention of the States to amend the Constitution. In all of the years that Congressman Chaffetz has represented Utah in the United States Congress he has been a champion of states’ rights.
Congressman Chaffetz is a co-sponsor on a bill in the United States Congress to eliminate the Department of Education. The bill is only one sentence long and says:
“The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018,”
The Congressman said, “The Department of Education is not needed at the federal level. “The one-size-fits-all cookie cutter approach to education has failed, Utah has some of the greatest teachers and administrators in the country. We need to get out of their way and let them innovate.”
Congressman Chaffetz went on to say, “Those who have the greatest stake in a student’s success — parents, teachers, administrators — will always be more invested in that child’s success than a federal bureaucrat thousands of miles away.”
We have great congressmen from Utah joining with congressmen from other states to fight against Federal intrusion and working to protect state’s rights. We must not have a Constitutional Convention that will propose multiple amendments that could re-write the Constitution risking the loss of many of our precious Constitutional protections.
After passing in the Utah House of Representatives, HJR 3, a Joint Resolution Calling for a Convention to Amend the Constitution of the United States, is in the Utah Senate for a vote. It will be in Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivision Standing Committee tomorrow at 8:00 am. Please contact all of the Republican members of the Committee first and then all the rest of the Republican Senators. If you have already emailed the Senators please find at least 3 of your friends to send emails.
Be sure to put Please Vote No on HJR 3 in the subject line as they usually do not have time to open all of their emails, but they to read the subject line and they COUNT THEM.
Senate Government Operations and Political Subdivision Standing Committee
Don L. Ipson, Chair
Senator Stuart Adams
Senator Margaret Dayton
Senator Peter Knudson
Senator David Hinkins
Senator Daniel Thatcher