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Washington, D.C. – The town of Frannie, Wyo., would become the proud owner of land that now includes a town park and public parking if a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., is successful.

Enzi's bill, S. 101, would require the owner of the land, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to transfer ownership to the town of Frannie.

Under a special use permit from the BOR the town has managed the land for 14 years. The permit allows it to build and maintain a Wyoming Centennial Garden on one section of the property. The other section holds the Frannie American Legion Hall, which was deeded to the city by the members of the Frannie American Legion.

While the land is currently owned by the BOR, all BOR land not used for reclamation projects are administered and disposed of by the BLM.

"I am a strong believer in management by people closest to the issue. The people of Frannie would clearly be better managers of this land than bureaucrats in offices miles and miles away. This is a very small parcel of land, less than 1 acre, located within town limits. I agreed to help area officials acquire this land. Thankfully the BLM and BOR support this bill," Enzi stated.

The Senate passed an identical bill introduced by Enzi in the 108th Congress but the House did not act on the bill before the 108th Congress concluded. Enzi is hopeful this bill will pass with little if any opposition this Congress.