November 09, 2018

SB 50: California sets a course to keep public lands public

Lisa Belenky and Kim Delfino

After the 2016 election, the Trump administration made it clear that radical changes were coming for federal public lands management, including the widespread sale of federal public lands to private interests. In response, the California legislature took steps to ensure that the state itself, through the California State Lands Commission (SLC), would be given notice of any proposed sales from the purchaser or other interested party and receive either the right of first refusal or the right to arrange for transfer of those public lands to another entity before any land transfer was recorded or filed. See Senate Bill (SB) 50 (codified at Cal. Pub. Res. Code §§ 8560-8561 and Cal. Gov’t Code §§ 6223, 27338 (as amended 2018)).  

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