Monday, April 17, 2006

Reverse Legislation on Trails Acquisition?

Recent story in the DesNews about the latest in the ongoing saga between Dr. Gibby and Mapleton City for acquisition of a right-of-way for the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. This dispute was the reason a bill passed in the last legislative session taking away from state and local government the ability to acquire land for trails and recreational pathways.

The ironic fact is that the passage of the bill will have no effect on this particular situation, because it cannot be applied retroactively. So a change was made in the state code for one particular situation, which the bill won't do anything to help with, anyway.

So the question now becomes, should an attempt be mounted to get the law changed back in the next legislative session? No doubt, there is substantial sentiment to do so. Stay tuned, we'll see what happens.

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