Nolan: BWCA Land Swap Unlikely to Advance

Created: 11/09/2012 2:52 PM KSTP.com By: Cassie Hart

Congressman-elect Rick Nolan says a bill to swap state-owned land in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for federal land is probably dead, and will need revisiting in the next Congress.

Passing the bill in the House was one of the main accomplishments of GOP Rep. Chip Cravaack, who Nolan defeated Tuesday. The idea is to trade strictly protected state-owned land inside the BWCA for federal land the state could use to generate revenue for its school trust fund.

Nolan tells The Associated Press he doesn't believe the bill will advance in the lame duck session because it lacks enough bipartisan support and companion legislation in the Senate.

He says a high priority for him will be putting together a proposal all sides can support.

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