President Donald Trump has signed S. 47, the Natural Resources Management Act, into the law. The package includes two bills sponsored by Representative Chris Stewart.
The included bills were the Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act and the Judgement Fund Transparency Act.
Rep. Stewart issued the following statement after the signing:
“This legislation prioritized local voices and made public land decisions the correct way. I’d like to thank Ranking Member Bishop and President Trump for listening to Utahns and including two of my priorities. One bill provides increased transparency to the American people. The other will increase funding for Utah’s public education system. Two wins I think everyone can agree on.”
Rep. Chris Stewart, R – Utah
Included below is a description of the two bills from Rep. Stewart’s office.
More about The Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act:
This legislation allows Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) to acquire certain Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land within limited portions of the Pony Express Resource Management Plan area for the benefit of Utah’s public education institutions. SITLA would be permitted to acquire these lands, which have already been identified by BLM as available for disposal, by using outstanding land credits granted by the Utah Enabling Act.
More about The Judgment Fund Transparency Act:
This bill increases government transparency by requiring the Treasury Department to publicly disclose the following information about Judgement Fund Settlements: names of government agencies involved in the lawsuit, names of plaintiffs and counsels, the amounts awarded in the settlements, and a brief description of the facts of the claim. If payments are made to foreign governments, the Treasury Department must also publicly disclose: the method of payment, currency denominations used, and the name and location of each financial institution that is controlling the payment.