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Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes federal overrule bill

PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would allow cities and towns to enter restricted federal land without permission in emergencies.

Brewer vetoed House Bill 2541 on Thursday, saying it had constitutionality problems.

Republican bill sponsor Rep. Kelly Townsend of Mesa said she was inspired by the battle between the city of Tombstone and the federal government over access to repair its water supply system in the Coronado National Forest. She said local authorities should have the right to go in where needed without being granted approval first in cases of emergency.

The House of Representatives voted down the bill but later passed it when it was brought back for reconsideration. House attorneys have also said it is likely unconstitutional.

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