At 67% a majority of Wyomingites, according to a poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, are opposed to the efforts to seize and sell public lands. However, many attempts are being made to transfer federal lands over to the state. HB 228 passed in 2013, “Creating a task force to investigate possible legal recourses to compel the federal government to relinquish ownership and management of federal lands.” Wyoming’s legislative committee is pushing a bill to conduct a $100,000 study on transfer of public lands to the state for 2015. Also in 2015, Gov. Matt Mead is taking a unique approach by suggesting a pilot project where the state manages a piece of federal land for set number of years.
Wyoming’s Constitution states “The people inhabiting this state do agree and declare that they forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated public lands lying within the boundaries thereof.”
2015 Public Lands Legislation