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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-24-12 05:27 AM
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Arizona House votes to demand return of federally-owned lands
Edited on Tue Apr-24-12 05:33 AM by No Elephants
("FAT" is my acronym/mnemonic for the three states from where many odd stories seem to emanate. Oh, sure, other states are contenders. Just giving my personal impression.)

Arizona House votes to demand return of federally owned lands

By David Schwartz

PHOENIX | Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:10pm EDT

(Reuters) - Arizona lawmakers on Monday passed legislation demanding the U.S. government relinquish to the state millions of acres of federal territory, in the latest rekindling of a "sagebrush rebellion" over control of public lands in the West.

Without debate, the Republican-dominated Arizona House of Representatives easily passed a measure seeking the return of roughly 48,000 square miles of government-owned acreage in the Grand Canyon state by 2015.

The bill, approved on a 35-15 vote, now goes to the state Senate for final passage. Republican Governor Jan Brewer would then have five days once the bill reaches her desk to sign or veto it. Otherwise, the measure becomes law automatically.

Arizona would be the second state in the nation to enact such legislation. Last month, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill seeking to reclaim some 30 million acres of federally owned land in his state, shrugging off warnings from state attorneys that the measure was likely unconstitutional and would lead to a protracted yet futile legal battle.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/24/us-usa-arizon...

Oh, look. Cato suggested this back in 1997. http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-276.html

Me, I am a lot more concerned about private profit being made from lands supposedly owned by all the people of the United States. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_land#United_States

For instance, some of the very first national parks were created at the behest of railroad moguls, to give people a reason to ride the new-fangles railroads.
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-24-12 11:46 AM
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1. If unconstitutional ideas are to be pushed, how about revoking AZ's admission as a state?
After all, Arizona Territory was originally all federal lands when the U.S. got finished stealing them from Mexico (well, and buying some from Mexico in the Gadsden Purchase).
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 03:01 AM
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2. I'm on board!
As long as no one wants to reinstate slavery, secession by certain states is seeming more and more like a good idea.

Of course, I always have to stop and think of good Democrats in those states.
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-25-12 10:33 AM
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3. Even the railroad barons were to the left of these nutcases
Some of them wanted lands set aside for scenic tourism purposes.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-26-12 05:54 AM
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4. ? Do you make zee ghoke?
their only motive was money for their railroads. They were to the right of John D. Rockefeller, who at least threw dimes to the peons, when he wasn't having cops bludgeon them into obedience--to him.
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