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Bill would let landowners acquire state land without having to buy it

Rep. Jimmie Smith, R-Lecanto, has filed a bill that would allow adjacent landowners to obtain state land in return for a conservation easement on their private land. File photo by Ana Goni-Lessan.

A bill that would allow private landowners to acquire state land without having to pay for it is raising concerns among some environmental groups.

HB 33 by Rep. Jimmie T. Smith, R-Lecanto, would allow an individual or corporate landowner to acquire state land in exchange for providing a conservation easement over their adjacent private land.

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