Bills could chip away at personal property rights

Bills could chip away at personal property rights

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah House Speaker Dave Clark says the recently concluded legislative session was not a good one for personal property rights.

Several bills passed during the 45-day session could chip away at the rights of Utahns, while a few other measures that passed could help property owners.

Among bills that passed was a measure to require business owners to allow guns in their parking lots if they are kept in a car and another to broaden the rights of mining companies to explore on their own properties as well as beneath the surface of another person's property, as long as they acquire mineral rights.

One bill that failed would have restricted public access to riverbeds and streambeds on private property. A Utah Supreme Court ruling last year declared all streambeds publicly accessible.


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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