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Lawmaker Continues Effort to Allow Arizona to Buffer Bases with State Land Trust

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  • December 5, 2011
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An Arizona lawmaker is counting on streamlined language and a grassroots campaign to convince voters to approve a constitutional amendment allowing the state to swap land for parcels that would protect military installations from encroachment.

Before voters will get to weigh in on the measure, though, the Arizona legislature will need to approve state Rep. John Nelson’s resolution proposed for the 2012 ballot. And then he will need to overcome the resistance that doomed similar measures seven times previously, reported the Arizona Business Gazette.

The constitutional amendment would create an exception to the Arizona constitution’s requirement for the state to sell property in its land trust only to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to public schools. The change would restrict trades to parcels that protect open space around military installations, training ranges and testing operations.

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