Rep. Yvette Herrell’s (R) HB 102, “Creating the Transfer of Public Lands Task Force” is straight out of the ALEC handbook for rookie legislators.
HB102 recommends a task force to study the transfer of federal public lands to the state and designates appointment authority to the task force to ensure a Republican super-majority of members in a state with a majority Democratic registration and Democratic-controlled legislature.
Here’s the ALEC DNA from ALEC Model Legislation: “Disposal and taxation of public lands act”
2) During the 2012 interim, the [Appropriate Legislative Committee] shall study and determine whether to prepare proposed legislation:
(a) to administer the process for:
(i) the United States to extinguish title to public lands;
(ii) the state to receive title to public lands from the United States; or
(iii) the state to sell public lands the state receives in accordance with this Disposal and Taxation of Public Lands Act;
(b) establishing procedures and requirements for subjecting public lands to property taxation as required by Subsection 2(4),including the creation of a lien and the seizure and sale of the public lands;
Rep. Yvette Herrell’s 2014 HB102, “Creating the Transfer of Public Lands Task Force”
G. During the 2014 and 2015 interims, the task force shall study and determine whether to prepare proposed legislation to be introduced in the second session of the fifty-second legislature in 2016 regarding:
(1) the transfer of federal lands to the state;
(2) the transfer of state and federal lands to the Indian nations, tribes and pueblos of the state;
(3) the transfer of state and federal lands to the state’s land grants; and
(4) possible land exchanges between the state and the federal government…
H. When undertaking its study pursuant to Subsection G of this section, the task force shall consider:
(4) opportunities to address problems concerning land access; and
… J. The task force may study any other issue related to public lands as determined by the task force.
New Mexico ALEC members including Rep. Nate Gentry, Rep. Alonzo Baldonado and Rep. Yvette Herrell, serve on New Mexico’s House Health, Government and Indian Affairs Committee which is slated to hear the bill Tuesday February 3 at 8:30 am.