Lawmakers want Arizona to consider taking control of public lands from feds

Thousands of people gathered on the front steps of the Utah State Capitol to protest the proposed reductions to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Utah /Photo- Yvette Cruz, KSL.com

By Brandon Loomis | The Republic

Some Arizona lawmakers are renewing an attack on federal ownership of millions of acres across the Grand Canyon State with a bill that would direct the attorney general to consider joining a lawsuit for state control.

Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Tucson, and 30 colleagues proposed House Bill 2210, a measure that would mandate legal analysis of a case Utah has prepared to challenge for public lands in that state. If the attorney general determines the case has merit, the bill authorizes Arizona to join the lawsuit this fall.

The House Land, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee plans a hearing of the bill at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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