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Bills are dangerous attacks on public lands

The Arizona Game and Fish Department gets most of its operating budget from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, permits, tags and stamps, including tags to hunt elk. (Arizona Game and Fish Department Photo)

Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, recently introduced two bills designed to facilitate the transfer of Arizona’s public lands to state ownership. HB 2547 and HB 2557 represent a dangerous attack on our state’s public estate. As a lifelong hunter and Arizonan who relies on public lands, I ask that you condemn these bills and write your representatives to ask that they do the same.

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Eighth try a charm for Proposition 119 (access required)

After seven failed attempts during the past two decades, Arizonans voted heavily in favor of Proposition 119, a ballot measure that will allow the state to swap state land for federal trust land in order to protect military bases from encroachment, as well as preserve sensitive land areas, such as the San Pedro River, in the process.

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