- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Senate has approved a bill that would authorize the trade of state lands within Grand Teton National Park to the federal government for unspecified lands elsewhere.

The Senate on Tuesday voted 18-to-12 to send a bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Leland Christensen of Alta to the House.

The State Board of Land Commissioners recently endorsed the prospect of transferring ownership of 1,280 acres of state school trust land in Grand Teton National Park to the federal government.

The prospect of a land transfer grew out of the federal government’s failure to meet a Jan. 5 deadline to buy one of the sections for $45 million as specified in a previous agreement.

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