Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
The House passed HCR 2004 on a 38-20 vote, sending the resolution to the Secretary of State. The resolution refers to the ballot a constitutional amendment declaring state sovereignty over lands, air, water, minerals, wildlife and the state's other natural resources based on the argument of "equal footing."
So this November Arizonans will suffer the national embarrassment of having to vote on whether to secede from the United States. Of course, it is unconstitutional and entirely unenforceable.
Why not just secede? It's a fair question to ask, now that state lawmakers have passed Sen. Al Melvin's law demanding the U.S. government give up title to nearly all public lands in Arizona.
We strongly encourage Gov. Jan Brewer to veto this pointless piece of legislation, which once again sets the state at odds with the federal government, and once again is a distraction from real issues like education funding, job growth and foreclosure assistance.
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[Cap'n Al] Melvin's SB 1332 demands that the federal government give up most of its nearly 48,000 square miles of land in Arizona, which is about 42 percent of the state. The bill makes an exception for about 5,800 square miles of military bases and 4,000 square miles of national parks.
It does, however, demand national monuments and wilderness areas be turned over to the state.
The state would also keep 5 percent of the sale of any of these federal lands.
Melvin concedes that his bill is pointless. He acknowledges that he does not expect the federal government to deed over millions of acres to Arizona. He simply wants to build momentum for a multi-state lawsuit.
Of course, the Star editors stop well short of my call for "Voters [to] reject this unconstitutional and un-American [bill], but more importantly, voters should throw out of office every one of the treasonous Neoconfederate Tea-Publican insurrectionists who violated their oath of office and voted in favor of secession from the United States."