- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution asking President Donald Trump to repeal the newly named Bears Ears National Monument.

The measure passed along mostly along party lines Tuesday, with Republicans voting in support.

As lawmakers voted, about two dozen protesters standing outside the House chamber chanted, “Hands off our monument!”

The House also passed another resolution asking Utah’s congressional delegation to support shrinking southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The resolutions do not change the monuments but serve as official requests from the Legislature. Both must be approved by Utah’s Senate and Gov. Gary Herbert.

President Barack Obama declared the Bears Ears monument in December, covering 1.35 million acres around a sacred tribal site with enhanced federal protections.

Utah’s GOP and rural residents say it’s too restrictive and adds another layer of unnecessary federal control.

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