Angelisa Belden is communications and development director for the Iowa Environmental Council. -promoted by Laura Belin
Iowans were up in arms this week in reaction to two bad bills aimed at restricting acquisition or expansion of public lands. House File 542, introduced by Republican State Representative David Seick, and Senate Study Bill 1221, introduced by GOP State Senator Ken Rozenboom, would severely limit the ability for state agencies, cities and counties, and private citizens to acquire or donate land for public projects.
In a state with just 2 percent of land in public holding, these bills were a drastic overreach to answer a problem that doesn’t exist.