Issues of state sovereignty are a perennial concern at the Utah State Legislature, so one can imagine lawmakers greeting with enthusiasm a recent resolution by first-to-secede-from-the-union-South Carolina that endorsed Utah’s fight to take control of public lands.
TO EXPRESS SUPPORT TO THE WESTERN STATES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE FEDERAL TRANSFER OF PUBLIC LANDS TO THE WESTERN STATES, AND TO URGE THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO ENGAGE IN GOOD FAITH COMMUNICATION AND COOPERATION TO COORDINATE THE TRANSFER OF TITLE TO THE WESTERN STATES.
You can read the full resolution on the Utah Senate’s website.
Of course, the relationship between Utah and the American South isn’t without its peculiar affinities. Historians have argued that Utah’s Mormon settlers were some of the original secessionists. And then there’s also our deep, if confusing, appreciation for the word Dixie.
Its been suggested that we should ask one of the northern states to pass a resolution that is opposed to the land transfer. Any takers?