✦ AZ HB 2700,AN ACT AMENDING TITLE 37, CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE 17, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, BY ADDING SECTION 37-620.03; RELATING TO PUBLIC LANDS.
✦ "Sec 2: Findings The legislature finds, determines and declares that:
1. A large percentage of lands in this state are currently held by the federal government. This is an attack on the sovereignty of this state and has a negative impact on the taxing ability of the counties, cities and towns located in this state.The negative impact on the counties, cities and towns located in this state becomes even greater as the federal government reduces its payment in lieu of taxes to local governments. The amount of federal land in this state must be reduced, and the federal government should not be able to increase the amount of land it controls in this state.
2. The Third and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution of the United States establish essential constitutional rights and protections of property. Contrary to the Enabling Act of 1912, the federal withholding of over fifty per cent of the sovereign lands in this state is further exacerbated by the taking of hundreds of thousands of additional acres under the Antiquities Act of 1906 (34 Stat. 225; 16 United States Code section 431) in stark contradiction to the defined limitations of the Antiquities Act that state "of land, the limits of which in all cases shall be confined to the smallest area." In direct violation of article 1, section 8, clause 17 of the Constitution of the United States, state lands have been taken for nonenumerated federal purposes, without legislative approval and without the constitutionally required just compensation paid to the state land trust for the education of Arizona children as required by the Enabling Act. The unique, coveted nature of these lands indicates that these lands are far more valuable than typical lands, and so the state must receive higher than normal just compensation for these lands, whether in a purchase price or by means of an exchange for significantly more federally controlled lands located within this state.
Sec. 3. Transmittal of this act
The Secretary of State of the State of Arizona shall transmit a copy of this act to the President of the United States and each Member of Congress from this state.
✦ FULL TEXT: http://legiscan.com/AZ/text/HB2700/id/954034
VOTE: Three Republicans, Bob Worsley, Steve Pierce and John McComish join all of the Democrats to defeat the Land Use Bill.
Senate third reading FAILED voting: Date Yea Nay NV Abs
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