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Ariz. Senate rejects states’ rights ballot measure

The Arizona Senate has rejected a proposed ballot measure to declare that the state has sovereignty over the air, water and other natural resources within its boundaries.

The measure had already been approved by the state House but the proposed constitutional amendment failed on a Senate vote of 14-14 Monday.

Republican Sen. Alvin Melvin of Tucson said the proposal would position Arizona to fight alongside other states in West to take control of forests and other resources. He says federal regulation restricts economic development.

Democratic Sen. David Schapira of Tempe called the proposal a waste of time and said supporters should just propose that Arizona secede from the union.

The Arizona House on Monday approved a bill demanding that the federal government surrender control of public lands to the state.

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