Wyoming governor signs budget bill with anti-BLM amendment

By Scott Streater | 03/25/2024 01:32 PM EDT

The provision links Interior’s purchase of state-owned lands in Grand Teton National Park to the fate of a contentious federal resource plan.

A view across land the state of Wyoming owns inside Grand Teton National Park.

A view from inside the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Mead Gruver/AP

Wyoming Republican Gov. Mark Gordon declined to veto an amendment in the state’s budget bill that now ties the Interior Department’s efforts to purchase a state-owned parcel in Grand Teton National Park to the fate of a hotly contested federal resource plan.

The amendment pushed by House Republicans directs the governor to reject the sale of the so-called Kelly Parcel to the federal government if the Bureau of Land Management approves the proposal to add conservation designations covering 1.8 million acres as part of a draft Rock Springs resource management plan update in southwest Wyoming.

The governor has the power of line-item veto, meaning he could have removed the amendment from the bill before signing it into law.


But Gordon on Friday signed the $10.6 billion biennial spending bill into law with the BLM amendment in place.