In Arizona, transfer legislation threatens 20 river runs, 776 climbing areas, and over 1125 miles of mountain biking trails. The map below shows some of the most important recreational resources that could be disposed of, transferred, or sold.
Despite the veto of an earlier bill, a law forming a committee to study the transfer of public lands to the state was signed by the Governor. Additionally, other related bills have made it out of committee, including one to band together with Utah in a state compact to pursue this idea. In 2016, the state has introduced three new bills (at the top of the list below), including a new approach to land takeovers, called "Catastrophic Public Nuisance" bills. These bills, crafted by the private interest American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), would enable "executives," including state governors and even county sheriffs, to seize public land if they deem necessary because of any number of conditions, including insects, air quality, or a need for vegetation for lifestock. The following bills have been introduced in the Arizona statehouse:
- House Bill 2024: "Sovereign authority; federal actions."
- House Bill 2051: "Catastrophic public nuisance."
- House Bill 2644: "Transfer of public lands."
- House Bill 2321: "Public lands; conveyance and taxation"
- House Bill 2318: "Transfer of public lands compact"
- House Bill 2658: "Federal lands; transfer; study committee"
- House Concurrent Memorial 2005: "Federal lands; devolution to Arizona"
- House Bill 2176: "Federal land relinquishment; payments"