Arizona voters have approved a referendum allowing swaps of state trust land under certain conditions.
Proposition 119 enables the exchange of trust land with other public land in Arizona to protect military installations from encroaching development or to convert trust land to public use. [Read the full proposition]
All exchanges must have two appraisals, an analysis, and be vetted at two public meetings. Full and up-front disclosure of the parcels involved is also required, so there will be no surprises regarding which lands are involved.
"The referendum will allow the Arizona State Land Department to help in preserving military bases and facilities by providing land for those uses, while, at the same time, earning money for public schools and other institutions, which own those lands in Trust," Arizona State Land Commissioner Maria Baier said.
Supporters said it will provide an important tool to support our national security, preserve our military bases as important economic engines, and achieve important land and water conservation objectives by securing healthy buffers around Arizona's military bases and ranges.
Proposition 119 will amend Article X, of the Arizona Constitution.
There were no filed arguments against the referendum.
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