Arizona House OKs bill to demand US public lands
Published: April 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm
Arizona may join Utah in demanding that the federal government surrender control of millions of acres of public land to the state.
Arizona legislation that appeared dead a month ago was approved Monday by the state House.
Supporters of the Arizona legislation say the state would be a better manager of resources such as timber and minerals, while critics say supporters of the legislation should just try to have the state secede from the union.
The House’s 35-15 vote sends the bill to the Senate. That chamber already approved an earlier version of the bill.
Utah’s governor has signed similar legislation into law.