Amy Joi O’Donoghue – Deseret News
The Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands moved the needle forward on the state’s commitment to wrest control of certain federal property within its borders, voting to approve a bid for outside legal analysis on the effort.
In the Monday vote, commission members agreed to allow the request for proposals to be issued by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel for legal services and relations for a two-year period.
Under the terms of the proposal, the selected law firm will research legal theories the state could use to obtain ownership and control of public lands, identify potential witnesses in support of that premise, have demonstrated experience or know of a firm that has brought an original action before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The state has the option to cancel the contract with certain notice, and commission leadership agreed that quarterly reports will be given updating the progress of the selected law firm preparing the draft legal brief.
A vendor is slated to be selected by June after a review of the bids. (…)