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Senate OKs bill on seizing federal property

The Arizona Senate has approved a bill to give the state legal authority to go to court to take ownership of land owned by the federal government.

The Senate’s 20-9 vote Monday sends the bill to the House.

Sponsored by Republican Sen. Al Melvin of Tucson, the bill is one of many states’ rights measures being considered by the Republican-led Legislature.

Under the bill, the state could use the power of eminent domain to acquire federal property unless it was acquired by the federal government with the Legislature’s consent.

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