State of Arizona
House of Representatives
First Regular Session
HOUSE BILL 2271
amending title 1, chapter 3, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 1-318: relating to holidays.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Title 1, chapter 3, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 1-318, to read:
1-318. Public lands day
A. The first Saturday in April, in each year, shall be observed as public lands day.
Sec. 2. Legislative findings
The legislature finds that:
1. Arizona contains a variety of public lands, including parks, monuments, preserves, national forests, rangelands, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas.
2. Arizona's public lands are open and accessible to all persons, no matter their place of residence, their race or their ethnicity or whether they are rich or poor.
3. Arizona's public lands enrich the state's quality of life by supporting the vitality of communities and providing traditional cultural land‑use values that represent Arizona's common heritage.
4. Arizona's public lands include snow-capped peaks, mile‑deep canyons, rushing rivers, grassy plains, desert landscapes and tree-lined mountain valleys.
5. Arizona's public lands provide many benefits to residents and visitors and support a wide variety of activities, from recreational pursuits to natural resource development and uses.
6. Arizona's public lands have a substantial impact on economic development and jobs through hunting, fishing, mineral extraction, timber sales, ranching, tourism and outdoor recreational activities.
7. Arizona's public lands contribute to the state's clean air and water and are a vital repository of precious and limited water sources.
8. The resources of these public lands, including water, minerals, grass for livestock, timber and the native fish and wildlife belong to all Americans and the sovereign nations that reside on these lands.
9. Arizona citizens of all races, ethnicities, occupations and lifestyles continue to derive multiple benefits from the traditional, long-standing multiple-use management philosophy of public lands under the stewardship of federal and state land management agencies.
10. There is public support for policies incorporating a judicious balance between aesthetic, recreational and economic values.
11. The prudent stewardship, conservation and tempered uses of all public natural resources are worthy goals of all governing bodies.
APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR APRIL 30, 2019.
FILED IN THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE APRIL 30, 2019.