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Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 3:13 pm | Updated: 3:20 pm, Tue May 1, 2012.

Arizona voters are going to get the chance to decide if they want to claim the right over just about everything within the state’s borders.

The Senate on Monday voted to put a question on the November ballot to declare that the state “declares its sovereign and exclusive authority and jurisdiction over the air, water, public lands, minerals, wildlife and other natural resources within its boundaries.” The only exceptions would be for lands the federal government is allowed to have, like military bases, as well as Indian reservations.

A similar version of HCR 2004 already has been approved by the House.

Proponents acknowledge the measure, if approved, is likely to result in litigation if the state seeks to take possession of other federal lands or seeks to override federal regulations with its own rules. But they said it could form the basis for a fight before the U.S. Supreme Court over the role of the federal government similar to the battle about federal health care reform.

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