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Updated May 30, 2013 - 7:10 am

Arizona legislative water panel to meet in Yuma

YUMA, Ariz. — A special state House panel is beginning a series of
meetings across the state on water issues, including the possible establishment
of authorities to buy and sell water.

According to the Yuma Sun, the committee will meet
Friday in Yuma and later in Sierra Vista, Flagstaff, Prescott and Payson. Then
the committee will meet in Phoenix to consider what the members have heard.

House Speaker Andy Tobin formed the committee after his bill on water
authorities was derailed.

Tobin’s bill ran into opposition from ranchers and Yuma-area farmers. They
worried it targeted their water and that there wouldn’t be oversight of the
proposed authorities.

Republican Rep. Brenda Barton of Payson said the special committee is an
attempt to develop legislation that will benefit all of Arizona’s diverse water
interests.

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