Arizona State Trust Land Amendment, Proposition 119 (2012)
|Referred by:||Arizona State Legislature|
|Status:||On the ballot|
Text of the measure
The summary of the measure reads as follows:
|“||A Concurrent Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Arizona; Amending Article X, Constitution of Arizona, by adding Section 12; Relating to state trust lands.||”|
The following is information obtained from the supporting side of the measure:
- State Senator John Nelson is a supporter of the measure.
- League of Arizona Cities and Towns are also supporters.
- Sandy Bahr, director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club, stated, "The bottom line is the voters have the last say on these land exchanges. This isn't open-ended, broad authority for the state Land Department to go out and do a deal.”
The following is an argument submitted to the Arizona Secretary of State in favor of the measure:
- "This would authorize land exchanges between the State Land Department and the Federal Government. The land exchanges can be for two purposes: improving the management of the state lands for the purpose of sale or lease or conversion to public use or for the protecting military facilities. Any exchange will have to be referred to the ballot by the legislature and approved by the voters in order to be consummated. All exchanges must have two appraisals, an analysis, and be vetted at two public meetings. Full and up-front disclosure of the parcels involved is also required, so there will be no surprises regarding which lands are involved. Voters have been skeptical of past land exchange measures that gave broad open-ended exchange authority to the State Land Department. This measure reigns in that authority and says there must be public involvement and review as well as public support via a vote prior to any exchange. This will help address checkerboard land ownership that hinders protection of wildlife habitat and will help protect state trust lands that are adjacent to some military facilities."
Path to the ballot
A majority vote is required in the Arizona State Legislature to send a constitutional amendment to the ballot. Arizona is one of ten states that allow a referred amendment to go on the ballot after a majority vote in one session of the state's legislature.
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- Arizona Legislature, "SCR 1001", Retrieved May 14, 2012
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Ballot Measures", September 17, 2012
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- East Valley Tribune, "Prop 119: Public lands ballot measure returns, with support", September 15, 2012
- Phoenix, "Election 2012: Arizona Proposition 119", September 15, 2012