Governor signs resolution calling for repeal of monument

February 4, 2017 GMT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a resolution approved by the Legislature to urge President Donald Trump to repeal the newly named Bears Ears National Monument.

The governor acted on the resolution late Friday, just hours after the Senate completed legislation on the measure approved Tuesday by the House.

It was approved mostly along party lines, with Republicans voting in support.

The resolution serves as an official requests from the Legislature.

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.