- A number of bills, memorials, and joint memorials regarding the transfer of public lands to the state were introduced in the legislative session in 2013 (SB 404 to transfer public lands to the state, HB 292 to transfer public lands to the state, SM 93 to study the transfer of public lands, SJM 53 to study the transfer of public lands, SJM 56 to study the transfer of public lands).
- Three additional bills were introduced in 2014 (HB 102 to create a public lands transfer task force, SB 256 to study transfer of public lands, and SM 47 to study transfer of public lands). They would have cost state taxpayers between $75,000 and $500,000. None of these bills ever made it out of committee.
- No land seizure bills passed out of the state legislature in 2015 or 2016.
- New Mexico’s Enabling Act states “That the people inhabiting said proposed state do agree and declare that they forever disclaim all right and title to the unappropriated and ungranted public lands lying within the boundaries thereof.”
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