Basically it sounds like Iron County officials want to commit to the ideals of Posse Comitatus, meaning where local authority holds jurisdiction over federal law. This is not the first time this has happened in the US in reaction to BLM mishandling a situation. A quick search on the internet will pull up several instances in the Western US where counties have been at odds with the Federal Government – more specifically the BLM. Neither those of us on the side of the wild horses or on the side of cattle are happy with the way the Bureau of Land Management has done their job over the years. However, our goals are NOT the same. The wild horses of Utah are in danger if local authorities rule is allowed to stand. These are the ranchers who see their private cattle concerns as holding more sway than the existence of the wild horses. How our government handles this situation should be watched closely. ~ HfH
IRON COUNTY – In a meeting Friday, the Iron County Commission passed a resolution reiterating its displeasure with the federal government, the federal government’s perceived overreach and its general mismanagement in matters negatively affecting the county and its citizens. The resolution states that federal laws and mandates violating the Constitution will not be recognized by the county and are counted as “invalid.”
Something “heavy hitting” for Washington, D.C.
The resolution, called the “Constitutional Jurisdiction Resolution,” lays out what the County Commission sees as failures and mismanagement on the part of the federal government. Specifically, the resolution lists ongoing disputes related to the management of prairie dogs, wild horses and burros, backcountry roads and area forests.
“We’ve individually pointed out these issues for a long time,” said Commissioner David Miller, chairman of the Iron County Commission. County commissioners from Iron County and other Utah counties will be visiting Washington, D.C., next week to meet with federal officials and the state’s congressional delegations, Miller said. The group wanted to present something in writing that was “very heavy hitting,” and so the resolution was created.
Portions of the resolution state:
The Iron County Board of Commissioners declares that any federal act, law, order, executive order, rule or regulation which violate the rights of Iron County citizens as set forth in clear language in the Constitution of the State of Utah, including but not limited to any attempt to enforce said actions is invalid in this county, shall not be recognized by this county, is specifically rejected by this county, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this county.
Be it further resolved that all State, civil and criminal law enforcement in Iron County is the jurisdiction of the local law enforcement agencies and any attempt by federal agencies to administer police powers or attempt to enforce law within Iron County, outside the authority granted by the federal constitution and state law is invalid.