9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of BLM
Nevada is interested in a land transfer and gaining more autonomy and control over land in Nevada. Although the Federal government does allocate a percentage of money generated from land management to the state government, they closely regulate how that money is spent. Additionally, despite the fact that the Federal government attempts to compensate the state through Payment in Lieu of Taxes program, the state government still feels constricted by the Federal Government (Whaley 2015).
In fact in January of 2016 the federal government, yet again, made decisions for the state of Nevada that diminished the autonomy of the state government (Sonner 2014). “Siding with the government in a decades‐old battle over grazing rights, a federal appeals court overturned a lower‐court ruling in favor of a Nevada rancher and strongly admonished a judge in Reno for abusing his power and exhibiting personal bias against U.S. land managers” (Sonner 2016).