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ARIZONA STATE SENATE

Fifty-Sixth Legislature, Second Regular Session

 

FACT SHEET FOR S.B. 1079

 

state land auctions; electronic means

Purpose

Allows the Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) to accept bids offered through electronic means during a public auction.

Background

ASLD is the trustee of Arizona's trust land and administers the state trust land and its resources. Statute prescribes a process and requirements for the sale of state trust land at auction. A person adversely affected by a decision to terminate a sale based on information received by the State Land Commissioner (Commissioner) which indicates a change in the circumstances regarding the benefits of the trust, may appeal the decision to the ASLD Board of Appeals. The appeal must be taken by giving notice in writing to the Commissioner within 30 days from the date notice of the decision is mailed to the last known post office address of the appellant by the Commissioner (A.R.S. 37-215, 37-236 and 37-238).

Notice of sales of state lands must be made by advertisement for at least 10 successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation published regularly at the State Capitol and in a newspaper of like circulation regularly published nearest the location of the lands to be sold. The notice must include the time, place and terms of the sale and a full description of the land (A.R.S. 37-237).

There is no anticipated fiscal impact to the state General Fund associated with this legislation.

Provisions

1.   Allows ASLD to accept bids offered through electronic means during a public auction.

2.   Stipulates that, if ASLD accepts bids offered through electronic means, ASLD is not liable for the failure of the electronic means that prevents a person from participating in the public auction.

3.   Prohibits a person adversely affected by a decision to terminate a sale from appealing the decision to the ASLD Board of Appeals on the basis of an electronic means failure.

4.   Requires, if ASLD accepts bids on land through electronic means, ASLD to include in the public notice of sale a link or other instructions to access the electronic means through which a person can offer bids during the auction.

5.   Allows ASLD to prescribe the procedure, method and means for the sale of state lands, rather than requiring ASLD to fulfill prescribed attendance and procedural requirements to facilitate the bidding process.

6.   Requires ASLD to post a written report of the sale on its website.

7.   Makes technical and conforming changes.

8.   Becomes effective on the general effective date.

Prepared by Senate Research

January 22, 2024

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