New Rep. Love bill will bring funds to Utah schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Mia Love has introduced the Funding Local Schools Act (H.R. 6180), a bill that would help to bring additional funding to Utah’s schools.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Pony Express resource management plan (RMP) identifies select parcels of land within the plan’s area as available for disposal. Congresswoman Love’s Funding Local Schools Act would clarify that these lands may be granted to the state, and state agencies, through a selection process. This would enable Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA) to acquire pre-identified lands within the RMP area for the benefit of state public institutions.

Nearly two decades ago, SITLA selected lands within District 4 for the benefit of Utah State University.  But the selection process has been stalled by a legal technicality, which the Funding Local Schools Act would resolve.  Ultimately, revenue generated from selected lands will benefit Utah State University and its students.

“I’m proud to sponsor a bill that will help give our schools the resources our students need,” Rep. Love said.  “While I’ve been in Congress, I have worked hard for Utah schools and students, and will continue to search for ways to support them.”

SITLA Director David Ure said:  “These lands will provide millions of dollars in revenue to Utah State University in upcoming years.  We would like to thank Representative Love for her willingness to help fix a situation that has prevented SITLA from fully supporting our USU beneficiary.”