- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Gov. Gary Herbert is calling on lawmakers to pass a resolution opposing a new national monument in the state, a move he says would be “absolutely irresponsible” for President Barack Obama to consider without input from residents.

The Republican governor issued a statement Wednesday calling lawmakers into a special session May 18 to pass the resolution. They’re also expected to restore money cut from education programs.

Herbert and legislative leaders announced the upcoming session earlier this week after reaching a deal on the education programs.

The push declaring opposition to a new monument gained new urgency this week when Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced plans to visit Utah.

Utah Republicans oppose a proposed 1.9 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument, but American Indian tribes and conservation groups say the land is threatened by off-road vehicles and looting.

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