Rio Verde, Hobbs, Griffin, veto, Scottsdale
May 22, 2023

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.  

Rio Verde, Scottsdale, Griffin, Senate, House, legislation, Kolodin
May 16, 2023

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.

water, groundwater, Kerr, Griffin, AMAs,
May 5, 2023

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. 

Senate President Steve Yarbrough (R-Chandler) (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Apr 13, 2023

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. 

American Express, tree planting, Legislature, Mesa, Chandler, Phoenix
Apr 10, 2023

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.

water, groundwater, Kerr, Senate bill
Mar 30, 2023

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.

groundwater, Colorado River, Lake Mead, AMA, Phoenix, Tucson, drought, Griffin, Kolodin
Feb 24, 2023

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.  

chickens, bill, legislation, poultry, eggs
Feb 14, 2023

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.

Rio Verde, water, Scottsdale, Cook, Colorado River, drought, groundwater, David Ortega, Maricopa County, Chaplik, Reigning Grace Ranch, Griffin, Kolodin, Hobbs, EPCOR, Mesa, Gilbert
Jan 27, 2023

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.  

water, Hobbs, drought, Rio Verde Foothills, Scottsdale, water supply, potable water, toilets, Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega, Maricopa County Supervisor Thomas Galvin
Jan 13, 2023

Hobbs pivots water focus to conservation

Gov. Katie Hobbs wants to expand groundwater conservation efforts in Arizona’s rural areas. 

lawsuit, Pima County, apartment, fatal shooting
Oct 21, 2022

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.

Jun 24, 2022

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.