Top Arizona lawmakers vow lawsuit over new Grand Canyon monument

President Biden’s designation of nearly 1 million acres of federal land was a “dictator-style land grab,” says Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen.

Bob Christie
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX — Arizona Senate President Warren Petersen announced Monday that the Legislature plans to sue the Biden Administration over the president’s declaration of a vast new national monument surrounding much of the Grand Canyon National Park.House Speaker Ben Toma said he and Petersen agreed to join together to hire attorneys to prepare the lawsuit against the monument designation, which Petersen called a “dictator-style land grab’’ and Biden’s “tyrannic desires’’ to block mining and agriculture. Both are Republicans.Democratic President Joe Biden designated about 1,462 square miles — nearly 1 million acres — of federal land, in three tracts to the south, northeast, and northwest of the national park as a national monument on Aug. 8.

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