Governor Signs Thorpe National Monuments Bill

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Rep. Bob Thorpe’s bill, HB2585, has been signed by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey today. The bill requires Arizona State Land Department to “determine whether the limits of a parcel comprising a national monument” in Arizona “are confined to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected by the national monument.”

Arizona State Representative Bob Thorpe stated, “Just like the other western states and unlike the eastern states, Arizona has enormous Federal land holdings, including the greatest number of created National Monuments of the 50 states. National Monuments in the eastern U.S. typically average between 50-100 acres, whereas western National Monuments average 175,000 acres. My bill, HB2585 that the Sierra Club fought against empowers Arizona’s State Land Dept. and our Attorney General to challenge these huge unconstitutional Federal land grabs (takings), by holding the Federal Government to the restrictive language contained within the very law that Obama uses to create National Monuments. We have already lost 100,000 acres of State Trust land, harming education and our schools, and countless sums of private property to National Monuments creation. If Obama is not stopped from creating the 1.7 million acre Grand Canyon Watershed National Monuments, we’ll lose another 30,000 acres of State Trust land and 7,000 acres of private property. Even the AZ Game and Fish Commission has come out against the creation of more National Monuments.”

Under the law, the Department must notify the Attorney General if the Department “determines that the limits of a parcel comprising a national monument in this state are not confined to the smallest area compatible with the proper care and management of the objects to be protected by the national monument.”

Should the Department find that the parcel is not the smallest area, the bill allows the Attorney General to take legal “action to confine the limits of the parcel.

7 Comments on "Governor Signs Thorpe National Monuments Bill"

  1. Finally !

    Thank God !

  2. Dwight Kadar | May 18, 2016 at 6:18 am |

    Thank you Rep. Thorpe, Rep. Barton, Sen. Allen, and Gov. Ducey for protecting Arizona from federal government overreach!

  3. Peggy Pavlich | May 18, 2016 at 8:11 am |

    This is great news. The State of Arizona suffers enormously from federal overreach. Vigilant support of Arizona’s resources, the lifestyles and cultural traditions of its people, and the flora and fauna of its lands is critical.

  4. I hope this is enough of a bump-in-the-road to stop the misuse of the Antiquities Act.
    Sedona is a beautiful place and is well taken care of by residents and visitors alike. National Monument status would only restrict local efforts to protect the land and likely degrade one of Arizona’s treasures.

    Thank you Rep. Bob Thorpe!

  5. Harry Danilevics | May 18, 2016 at 12:03 pm |

    Thank you Representative Thorpe for serving the people of Arizona and not bowing to larger corporate & non-local interests trying to acquire more land.

  6. Dale Casey | May 18, 2016 at 6:48 pm |

    Thank you Rep. Thorpe, for writing this bill and moving it forward, putting the best interests of the citizens of Arizona before those of special interests, some of which don’t even live in Arizona.
    Also, thank you Governor Ducey for signing this important bill into law.

  7. Carol Rizzi | May 19, 2016 at 8:00 pm |

    Thank you Rep. Bob Thorpe – we appreciate your tireless efforts. In addition, thanks to Brenda Barton, Sylvia Allen and Gov. Ducey. We must still be vigilant and continue to fight against government overreach and the proposed National Monument – the other side is still pushing for it. Thanks to all who fight against it.

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