Utah House OKs federal restrictions on land

2013-03-04T15:12:00Z 2013-05-13T12:56:20Z Utah House OKs federal restrictions on landThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 04, 2013 3:12 pm  • 

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House has advanced a bill that bars certain federal officers from enforcing local laws, such as a traffic violation.

The bill from Kanab Republican Rep. Michael Noel says law enforcement officers with agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service cannot enforce local laws except in the case of an emergency.

Noel says federal officials pulling someone over for an infraction such as speeding are a violating the state's sovereignty.

He also says many of the officers are not trained to enforce those laws.

Officers that attempt to enforce state or local laws would be charged with a misdemeanor count of impersonating a peace officer.

The House approved the bill on a 61-8 vote Monday and moves to the Senate for consideration.

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