Several bills concerning the transfer of federal lands to the state have already been introduced, with some of them passing. SB 1332 passed in 2012, demanding that Congress turn all public lands over to the state or it would begin taxing them in 2015. It was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer, who stated that it was unconstitutional and would cost the state about $1m per acre to maintain. Proposition 120 ran in November 2012 to turn public lands over to Arizona. It was defeated 68% to 32%. County Supervisors voted in October 2014 to “develop a comprehensive report on the options to transfer public lands to private hands instead of receiving Payment in Lieu of Taxes to the county.” Proposition 122 passed in November 2014, allowing the state to opt out of federal laws that voters or the state legislature deem unconstitutional. Governor Doug Ducey supported proposition 122.

“We should do everything we can to get our land back from the federal government.”     –  Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich

“[…]effect of allowing the state to restrict the state and all local governments from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with a federal action or program that is not consistent with the Constitution of the United States.”      – Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett

2015 Public Lands Legislation