States could operate federal recreational lands under new legislation. Rep. Don Young (R-AK) introduced the State-Run Federal Lands Act (H.R. 3294), which became public online on Thursday, Oct. 17. You can read it at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.3294:.
States could petition for cooperative agreements and would have to share the costs of running the land and show they can put up the money. The feds would get 90 days to respond to petitions. If the department denies a petition, it would have to explain why. A state could then amend and resubmit the petition.
States would also have to agree to share the costs of fixing damage caused by natural disasters.
The law would take effect 30 days after enactment.
The bill picked up no initial cosponsors. It was referred to the committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture.