Utah to Feds: Stop Enforcing Our Laws

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SALT LAKE CITY — Federal officers and rangers have no right to enforce driving and other common laws on national forest, federal range lands and national parks, the Utah Attorney General’s Office asserts.

The state is defending an effort to limit the police powers of federal officers in the latest flashpoint between Utah and U.S. government officials. The debate has often centered on control or development of federal lands, but it is now extending to police activities by federal officers.

The Utah Legislature approved a law earlier this year that prohibits federal officers — at risk of arrest and prosecution — from trying to enforce state or local laws anywhere in Utah. Gov. Gary Herbert signed the law.

The federal government sued, however, and a judge slapped an injunction on the law the day it was to take effect, May 13.

State lawyers filed papers June 4 to defend the new law and ask the judge to lift the injunction.

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