In light of the situation in Nevada in which the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took over public lands in Nevada and then tried to force Cliven Bundy to pay onerous grazing fees, which he refused to pay, it is time for all of us to email and call our Arizona Senators to strongly encourage them to vote YES to this bill, and stand up for all Arizona citizens and self-rule.
HB2700 was sponsored by Rep. Bob Thorpe (LD6), who has traveled to Nevada with several other Arizona legislators. A video of his speech at the Arizona Legislature follows this post.
HERE is a link to the Fact Sheet for HB2700.
You can find the email addresses and phone numbers of all Senators HERE. You are probably wasting your time to email Democrats. Every Demcrat in the House voted NO, and I would be surprised if the Democrats in the Senate would step out of line.
If you would like to see the Vote Detail on how the Legislators have voted previously on HB2700, in various Committees and the House, click HERE.
This bill is a good first step. We also must join other Western states to take our lands back from the federal government. See American Lands Council, as well as an Op-Ed written by Shirley Dye titled "Tying Statehood and Educational Funding Together."
This is a presentation that Ken Ivory gave on 10/1/2013 in Arizona. Do we possess the knowledge and courage to fight for our lands? Federal control has had a serious negative effect on the money we have for education. Federal control has created massive wildfires in Arizona and the Southwest.