Say NO to the Arizona Legislature’s Public Land Grab – Vote NO On Proposition 120!
Prop 120 is before you, the voters of Arizona, because our state Legislature has gone too far. They are asking you, the voters of this great state, to tell the rest of the nation that federal public lands in Arizona are solely Arizonans’. They want you to say, “Sorry my fellow Americans, lands that you have enjoyed since before Arizona was even a state are now ours, and ours alone.” How preposterous is this?
As if this request were not ridiculous enough, the state Legislature also wants to declare its sovereign and exclusive authority and jurisdiction over the air, water, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources of this state. If actually implemented, this would put federal environmental protections – laws like the Clean Air Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Water Act – in serious jeopardy!
This proposition is clearly unconstitutional. When Arizona became a state 100 years ago, we made a contractual obligation with the rest of the nation regarding these lands and resources. How far does our Legislature want to go to undo the conditions we accepted when we became a state?
These public lands of national importance – forests, parks, monuments, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges and more – fuel our economy, support our wildlife heritage, and sustain our quality of life.
It’s ludicrous to think that our state could properly manage these vast public lands. For years now, the state has been slashing funding for state parks; would they close the Grand Canyon when times got tough?
We urge you to VOTE NO on Proposition 120 – Stop this Legislature’s Land Grab!