Nevada Pushing Legislation to take back State land from the Federal Government

Nevada State Assemblywoman Michele Fiore is pushing State bill AB 408, a piece of legislation that will force the federal government to seek state permission before using land in Nevada. The bill will allow county commissions to parcel out state land for commercial use, including land claimed by the U.S. government.

The bill is in part a response to the Federal Government’s illegal raid on the Bundy Ranch last year, where the U.S. Bureau of Land Management suspended the First Amendment on Public Land, closed off 600,000 acres of land to the public, and sent armed government snipers and cattle thieves to seize cattle from the Bundy Ranch.

Nevada Militia facing off against BLM
Nevada Militia and Citizens confronting the Federal Government near the Bundy Ranch in 2014 after the Bureau of Land Management sent in snipers to take aim at innocent protestors.

Opponents of the bill say the legislation will damage the state’s hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation; but supporters point out how the federal government has already closed hundreds of thousands of acres of public land to outdoorsmen throughout the State. In fact, during the government shutdown in 2013 the Federal government closed over 1.5 million acres of land to the public and even removed off-griders from their homes.

In 2014 the federal government tried to ban the public from accessing over 3 million acres of Nevada Land, claiming outdoor activities like hiking, hunting and fishing where a danger to the environment.

Supporters of the bill flooded Carson City Nevada with signs reading, “It is simple: the land belongs to the people.”

The bill follows a similar effort by neighboring Utah, which enacted a law in 2012 calling for U.S. public lands there to be transferred to state control. Similar legislation has been proposed in eleven western states, where the federal government claims ownership of most of the state’s land.

In Nevada, as seen in the chart below, the Federal Government claims ownership of over 84% of the State’s land.


Federal Government Land Map Claims

how much land the Federal Government has claimed ownership of


  1. Travis
    April 1, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    “The bill will allow county commissions to parcel out state land for commercial use”
    What a joke! The land belongs to the people, = what we really mean is the land belongs to whatever company will pay way over market value then charge the people to have access to it.

    Sounds like trading one ruler for another to me.

    • Phil
      April 2, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      The “ruler” closest to the people is where the greatest power should be invested. We, the people have a much greater chance of preserving liberty when we have access to the government that we elect. The greatest power should be in the Counties, followed by the State, and least in the Federal Government.

  2. deb harvey
    April 2, 2015 at 4:37 am

    i’m afraid that travis is right.
    the states each need to declare their lands to be sovereign.
    however, i did not envision a land grab by the legislatures for ‘commercial’ purposes.
    i suppose this means the wildernesses will be raped, the streams polluted, and the taxpayers left to clean up the mess, if it can be cleaned.
    that bill needs to be killed.
    it is not the bill the people need.

  3. Ray Sellers
    April 5, 2015 at 5:23 am

    Travis and Deb have good points, The bill AB408 Sounds greedy and has to many loose ends where the Commercialization of land only leads to trouble. Its a good idea to fight our Government these days if you don’t they will assume your weak and will make demands with out your consent. But the Politicians in this case are thinking strictly profit at selling out to the highest bidder even when it means total destruction of our lands (We the people need to stand up a speak out to benefit our future and our children’s and so on…)

  4. Moman
    April 7, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I Agree with Travis and Deb, This actually would benefit Harry Reid to sell the land to the Chinese solar farm company that they where originally trying to do in the first place.

    it is a BACK DOOR to line his pockets at the expense of the public, and it is being heralded as a champion bill for the public. It is a ruse.

    and unfortunately the sheeple are falling for it.

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