Governor Bill Ritter plans to sign a bill designed to impede the U.S. Army's plans for expanding its PiÃ±on Canyon Maneuver Site in southeast Colorado, according to theÂ Pueblo Chieftain , which reports that the so-called "Landowner and School Protection Act," sponsored by state Representatives Sal Pace and Wes McKinley, both southern Colorado Democrats, and Senator Ken Kester, a Las Animas County Republican, bars the leasing of certain state lands to the Army. Joined by former Congressman Scott McInnis, a potential GOP candidate for governor, Colorado Springs politicos, who fear Fort Carson will shrink if PiÃ±on Canyon isn't allowed to grow, had lobbied Ritter to reject the measure (viaÂ 5280 ). Late last week,Â The Denver Post , citing unnamed congressional and military sources, reported that the Army dropped efforts to acquire an additional 100,000 acres for the maneuver site--at least for this year. The Army instead took $17 million that would have gone to land acquisitions in the region for 2010 and used it to fund military construction at Fort Polk in Louisiana. Meanwhile,Â Face The State Â provides an audio report on the latest developments and opinions.