ISSUE 4 - JANUARY 28, 2011

Federal Patent Easements

HB 2009 (disclaimer of federal patent easements), sponsored by Rep. Jack Harper (R-Surprise), would make changes to the process by which municipalities abandon their interests in General Land Office (GLO) patent easements. The bill requires a city or town to obtain written release from all affected parties before disclaiming such an interest and further prohibits any municipality from allowing or approving any permanent structure on a GLO patent easement. In addition to limiting local control over public lands and possibly infringing upon personal property rights, the bill contains undefined terms and would have a direct negative impact on the development and improvement of property for a number of municipalities.

The League registered its opposition to this bill at a January 25 hearing of the House Government Committee, as did representatives from the utility and homebuilding communities. The chief proponent of the bill, a private landowner, was permitted to speak at length. Upon the conclusion of the presentation, the bill was held indefinitely. The League will continue to monitor and oppose this bill should it appear again in the legislative process.



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Issue 4 - January 28, 2011
Issue 4 - January 28, 2011
Issue 4 - January 28, 2011
Issue 4 - January 28, 2011
Issue 4 - January 28, 2011
Issue 4 - January 28, 2011