Republicans lament water basin bill that didn't find Hobbs' desk

Some Republican lawmakers have expressed disappointment with the fact that a water basin management bill did not make its way to Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs' desk this session, which finished last month.

Senate Bill 1221 would have stopped “new groundwater pumping” in the Gila Bend, Wilcox and Hualapai basins as well as cut back on current usage of the water by 10-15% over the course of the next two decades, according to a news release. The bill passed the Senate in February, but absences from the Republican side and united votes against the bill on the Democratic slide led the bill to die in June:

The Joint Legislative Ad Hoc Committee on Water Security hearing on last Friday reflected on the state of the legislation with Republican leaders saying work will continue to find a solution.

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