An Arizona Lawmaker Still Wants the State to Take Over Federal Lands

On its face, Arizona State Representative Mark Finchem’s bill to nudge federal lands into state management is not about transferring ownership.

Critics detect a ruse.

HB 2547, a Republican-backed measure that would create a new state agency to manage federal public lands, cleared the House last week along party lines. It now sits in the Senate, where it has been assigned to committee. It appears to avoid the contentious issue of land transfers, which has prompted governors and voters to rebuff similar, previous measures.

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