Bill in Alaska Legislature seeks transfer of federal lands to state control

JUNEAU -- House Speaker Mike Chenault has introduced legislation calling for the federal government to transfer to the state title to lands it controls in Alaska by Jan. 1, 2017.

The proposal would not apply to lands that as of the start of this year were part of national parks, monuments or historic sites. It wouldn't apply to land used for military purposes, land within a municipality or land held in trust by the state, local government or another entity.

Proceeds from the sale of any such lands by the state would be split with the federal government. The feds also could get a cut of mineral lease rentals and royalties, subject to appropriation.

Chenault, according to a news release, drew from a law passed in Utah in 2012.