Arizona

Aug 18, 2013 8:48 PM by Associated Press

Ariz. voters to decide state sovereignty proposal

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona voters will be asked next year whether they'll approve a proposal that would let voters decide if they want to ignore some federal laws.

The Arizona Republic reports that if voters approve the measure, it would allow lawmakers, or the voters directly, to decide on a case-by-case basis if the state should withhold staffing or other resources needed to carry out a federal policy.

Topics could include air-pollution issues and federal efforts to close roads in national forests.

The proposal by Republican Sen. Chester Crandell of Heber was put on the ballot by the Legislature.

The measure differs from a proposal rejected last year by voters that would have declared the state sovereign over all land, air, water, wildlife, minerals and natural resources within its boundaries.

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