Anti-public lands bill introduced
Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, has introduced his
long-rumored bill – HF 332 – that would make it illegal for the
state to own any more land than it currently owns.
The salient part of the bill reads like this: “The state
shall not acquire fee title to any land unless the state declares
an equal amount of state-owned land surplus and sells the surplus
This bill’s bottom line: If the state wants to acquire an acre of
new land, it must sell another acre of land somewhere else.
Drazkowski has been beating the public land drum since he was
elected in 2007. In 2008, he hoped to sell state land to fund
transportation, an effort that didn’t gain much headway.
There are 15 co-authors on the bill, including northern Democrats
David Dill and Tom Rukavina. No surprise there. Eight of the
co-authors are first-term Republicans.
Rep. Denny McNamara, R-Hastings, who chairs the Environment, Energy
and Natural Resources Policy and Finance Committee, has said the
bill will be up for discussion in his committee. Will it go
anywhere? Who knows, though I’m quite certain the concept isn’t one
We’ll keep our eyes on it.