The United States House of Representatives has once again approved the bill allowing BYU to purchase Y Mountain.

On a vote of 397-1 legislation was approved Monday evening that would allow BYU to buy the land that contains the concrete letter that oversees Provo and the BYU campus. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Michigan, was the sole nay vote.

"It sailed through the House last congress and it did the same this time," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chief sponsor of the legislation. "We have some BYU graduates in both sides of the aisles in the House and they have been there and seen it, they really helped get this through."

Under the bill BYU would have to pay for an appraisal of the land and the price that results from that evaluation. The school would also have to guarantee public access to the mountain.

The bill now moves forward to be considered by the Senate. The House passed similar legislation last year only to have it fail to have a vote in the Senate before the last Congress adjourned. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is shepherding the bill through the upper chamber.

Chaffetz, a former kicker for BYU's football team, joked that he hopes the Senate takes up the bill before the Cougars play the University of Nevada in November. He joked the result of the game might make Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, a little upset and that Reid will think twice about allowing the bill to have a vote.

BYU owns the lower half of the mountain that the Y sits on. The bill would allow the school to own the whole trail leading up the Y and give the school the responsibility to maintain the trail. The Y first appeared on the mountain in 1906.

-- Billy Hesterman covers the Utah State Legislature and local politics for the Daily Herald. You can follow him on Twitter at: @billyhesterman
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