Overview: HB 2536 appropriates $20 million for wildfire mitigation on state lands.
League Position:SUPPORT - The League supports the bill because it provides needed attention and resources to natural resource management, specifically the reduction of wildfires in Arizona.
Summary: HB 2536 requires the state land commissioner and the state forester develop and implement best land management practices for the reduction of wildfire risks on state lands and appropriates $20 million to the Best Land Management Practices Fund to carry out these responsibilities.
02/10/14: HB 2536 passed out of the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee on an 8-0 vote. The League signed in, supporting the bill, which was amended to stipulate that not more than 10% of the fund be used for administrative purposes, authorize the forester and commissioner to work with natural resource conservation districts and authorize the commissioner to enter into intergovernmental agreements with political subdivisions share the costs of implementing these practices. The bill now proceeds to the House Appropriations Committee.