Cliven Bundy, supporters gather for federal lands hearing

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Southern Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and scores of supporters are gathering in Carson City to support a bill seeking to reclaim land from the federal government.

Bundy’s son Ammon Bundy said one bus from Phoenix and another from Las Vegas brought more than 100 people to attend a hearing for AB408, which is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and would require the federal government to obtain permission to use land within the state’s borders. The proposal also strips the federal government of state water rights and would allow county commissions to parcel out state land for commercial use.

Bundy’s conflict with the federal government and Bureau of Land Management over unpaid grazing fees drew national attention to Nevada last spring.

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