The Associated Press May 3, 2012, 11:15AM ET

Ariz. House passes state sovereignty proposal

The Arizona House has passed a proposed ballot measure intended to grant the state control over air, water and other natural resources within its boundaries -- despite some calling the idea unrealistic.

Lawmakers' 38-20 vote Wednesday propels the resolution of sovereignty to the November ballot. The initiative had failed originally in the Senate but passed with some changes.

Republican Rep. Chester Crandell of Heber says this measure will let states manage land without deferring to a federal agency.

Democratic Rep. Tom Chabin of Flagstaff says this bid for sovereignty goes against being a state of the union.

Some legal experts have questioned legislative proposals aimed at the federal government, calling them more symbolic gestures that have little practical impact.

The amendment would not apply to Indian reservations.


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