It’s tough to get a straight answer from a lawyer. In February, the Alaska Legislature managed it.
“The bill is unconstitutional,” wrote Alpheus Bullard, legislative counsel for the state.
On Monday, the Alaska House of Representatives passed House Bill 115 anyway.
HB 115, written by House Speaker Mike Chenault, R-Nikiski, would require the federal government to hand over more than 100 million acres of land to the state — basically everything but military bases and national parks.