Hobbs vetoes proposal to resume Scottsdale water services to Rio Verde
About 750 households in an unincorporated community near Scottsdale will continue a months-long challenge of not having water after Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a bill to temporarily resolve the issue.
Lawmakers consider two potential Rio Verde water solutions
A potential solution to get water to the Rio Verde Foothills passed through the Legislature on Monday, but even though the residents like it, a different proposal might have a better chance of becoming law.
Groups pushing local groundwater bill
Advocacy groups are making efforts to revive rural groundwater legislation that’s languished in the Legislature this session – the same fate it has suffered for several years running.
Insiders predict several experienced politicians could replace ousted Harris in House
Insiders are predicting several experienced politicians are potential replacements for Liz Harris after the Arizona House of Representatives voted 46-13 to expel the Chandler Republican from the Legislature because she allowed a guest speaker to make “defamatory” criminal allegations against elected officials at a February legislative hearing.
Cities, businesses, activists launch tree-planting measures, legislature slow to act
Arizona cities, environmental advocates and businesses are teaming up to combat extreme heat by launching a variety of tree-planting initiatives, while the state Legislature has been slow to act on this issue.
Partial fix for build-to-rent loophole in the works, but more groundwater legislation stalled
Lawmakers are advancing bills that would tighten up some aspects of groundwater management in the state, but more ambitious groundwater proposals have stalled in the legislature so far this year.
Water augmentation tested as Colorado River dwindles
While the lack of groundwater regulation plagues rural Arizona, there are proposed ways to create a larger supply in the region without depending on dwindling amounts from the Colorado River and groundwater.
Bill would allow chickens in some residential areas
Got chickens? Wish you did? State lawmakers are trying to make sure you have that opportunity -- but only if you live in a single-family detached home -- and one that isn't located in a homeowner association.
Lawmakers back Rio Verde in water dispute
State legislators are prepared to intervene in a conflict between Scottsdale and Rio Verde over dwindling water supply that Scottsdale says it is not required to share with the community.
Hobbs pivots water focus to conservation
Gov. Katie Hobbs wants to expand groundwater conservation efforts in Arizona’s rural areas.
SOS threatens Cochise with lawsuit over hand count proposal
The Secretary of State’s office is warning the Cochise County Board of Supervisors that it will sue the county if it tries to do a full hand count of all ballots in the November general election.
SRP, partners clearing forests to prevent wildfires
The Salt River Project is funding a new healthy fuels initiative north of Payson to prevent catastrophic wildfires and build water resiliency amidst the worst drought in state history.