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Brewer vetoes bill to demand public lands from US

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Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed legislation that would have had Arizona demand that the federal government surrender control of millions of acres of public land to each state.

Supporters of the legislation argued that the states would be a better manager of resources such as timber and minerals on land managed by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Critics called the legislation an embarrassment and said it could open the door to ease environmental protections for public land.

Supporters of the Arizona bill acknowledged during legislative debate that there's little chance that Washington would actually surrender any land to the state.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed similar legislation in March despite warnings from legislative attorneys that the law was probably unconstitutional.

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