SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary Herbert is asking lawmakers to consider repealing a new law that aims to limit the police powers of certain federal officers and rangers on public lands.
The federal government has sued the state over the law and a judge issued an injunction to stop it from taking effect.
Herbert, who signed the law, is now asking legislators to reconsider the law while meeting Wednesday for a special session to make changes to a committee investigating Attorney General John Swallow.
The governor's deputy chief of staff, Ally Isom, told The Associated Press on Monday that the request to repeal came from the bill's sponsor, Rep. Mike Noel.
Isom said Noel "would like to reconsider the issue and wipe the slate clean, given the controversy."
The Kanab Republican did not return messages Monday afternoon.
The law prohibits federal officers from trying to enforce state or local laws anywhere in Utah. It states that officers violating the law could be arrested and prosecuted.
The Utah attorney general's office defended the law, asserting in court documents that federal officers and rangers don't have the right to enforce driving and other common laws on national forest or federal range lands or in national parks.
Paul Murphy, a spokesman for the attorney general's office, said the office hadn't had a chance to review the decision and was not in a position to comment on it.
The federal lawsuit says Utah doesn't have the right to arrest or prosecute Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management rangers who enforce laws on federal lands.
The U.S. Department of Justice told The Associated Press in June that federal officers can issue speeding tickets and enforce Utah gun laws and hunting and fishing regulations on federal lands. Justice Department officials said federal officers enforcing state or local laws are acting under federal authority. They also said they can pursue a suspect onto state, local or private lands.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Utah did not return messages Monday about the governor's request.