Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Bill That Aimed to Seize All Federal Lands in the State

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Image: Channel 8 (KAET-TV) debate video
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed Arizona to seize federal lands.

Every now and then, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer raises her lips from the conservative feeding trough and spits something out.

Last year, she halted the passage of a bill that would have required presidential candidates to prove they were eligible for the post before their names would have been placed on the ballot. The bill allowed candidates to display their circumcision certificate, if they had one, to Arizona officials as one of the pieces of evidence that they were qualified to lead the nation. She also zapped a gun bill that would have let folks pack heat on "public pathways" near schools.

She vetoed another gun bill last month, to accolades from liberals, that would have allowed people to visit police stations, city halls and other government buildings while fully armed.

Yesterday she threw another elbow jab at her right-wing peers, vetoing a zany piece of legislation that aimed to seize Arizona's federal lands.

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Arizona State Senator Al Melvin-R, Tucson

The bill had zero chance of actually acquiring federal lands, but that didn't stop State Senator Al Melvin from sponsoring it. Melvin and other supporters seem to have felt that, at the least, the bill would whip up support from income-tax-evading militia members and other target voters.

Brewer told Reuters news agency that the law did not "identify an enforceable cause of action to force federal lands to be transferred to the state."

In other words, it had less teeth than you'd find at the Mesa Senior Center.

She added: "I am also concerned about the lack of certainty this legislation could create for individuals holding existing leases on federal lands. Given the difficult economic times, I do not believe this is the time to add to that uncertainty."

Xanterra employees can now rest easy.

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Arizona Eagletarian
Arizona Eagletarian

But by golly, ol' Captain Al Melvin has been tweeting up a storm bitching about all the jobs that Jan killed with this veto. He, of course, was dreaming big time on that one.


the lunatic fringe of the right (tea party) should be concerned when even jan drinkwine says they're full of shit.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Mrs. Brewer apparently was properly directed on this bill, and she likely had no way of benefiting financially from it, as she might with private prison bills or such.....

Not to mention that the intent of the bill itself was unconstitutional...

Not Surprised
Not Surprised

Another moment of lucidity-sobriety .. what's this make now, three times?

But we all know what this means.  It means tomorrow she'll sign an even more stupid and illegal bill into law, and that's scarey because it doesn't get much stupider than this one.

Shame on the legislators that voted for this bill!

Waste of time, waste of taxpayer resources over a blatently unconstitutional bill.


Phoenix New Times needs to interview Chuckie and ask him the real reasons he didn't like these bills and why he chose to veto them.


True that...much as we'd all like to believe the old bag actually has a functioning, reasonable brain cell or two, more likely she is just doing the bidding of puppetmaster Chuckie. Give the devil his due for not wanting Arizona to go down in history as the state that started the Second Civil War by picking an completely unwinnable fight with the Feds...we've got enough court fights and enough nationally humiliating laws and politicians already. Let's not make it any worse.  

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