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Where We Stand On The Issues

Smart water policy and careful planning, investment, and management have enabled AMWUA’s members to build robust, reliable water supplies that support our communities and economy. It is imperative that we continue to address the issues in front of us to ensure the future viability of those supplies. Learn more about some of the issues we are working on:

Where We Stand on Legislation

2017 – Fifty-third Legislature – First Regular Session

Arizona Senate

SB1124: Arizona water protect fund; appropriation

In Brief: Would appropriate $500,000 for FY18 from the state general fund for the Arizona Water Protection Fund.

Sponsor(s): Griffin

Last Action: 2/22/17 – Passed the Senate; 5/01/17 – Passed the House Rules Committee

Description: This bill appropriates $500,000 for fiscal year 2018 from the state general fund for the Arizona Water Protection Fund. The Arizona Water Protection Fund is a state-run program that funds projects to protect and enhance water quality and quantity in Arizona's rivers, streams, and riparian areas. Some of these efforts include revegitation, erosion control, channel stabilization, research, and water conservation. As a result of the benefits of the program to Arizona's water supplies, AMWUA staff recommends supporting the bill.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/68871

SB1280: Groundwater; extinguishment credits; Pinal AMA

In Brief: Would increase groundwater mining in the Pinal AMA

Sponsor(s): Smith and four others

Last Action: 2/13/17 – Failed in the Senate Natural Resources, Energy, and Water Committee

Description: This bill would prevent the Director of ADWR from adopting or implementing any rule in the Pinal AMA that would reduce the amount or quantity of credits for the extinguishment of irrigation grandfathered rights to less than the full amount of the right. The bill would be retroactive. This bill would increase groundwater mining in the Pinal AMA. AMWUA opposed an identical version of this bill last legislative session.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/69073

Arizona House

HB2231: Desalination; study committee

In Brief: Would create a desalination study committee to look into possible desalination opportunities in Arizona.

Sponsor(s): Shooter

Last Action: Assigned to the House Rules Committee

Description: This bill establishes a nine-member desalination study committee comprising members of the Legislature and subject matter experts. The committee would collect information on desalination within Arizona, review data from desalting plants in operation, and study opportunities for desalination projects in Arizona. Some have expressed the concern that this bill potentially dilutes the efforts and purpose of the Governor's Water Augmentation Council.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/68740

HB2112: Multi-county water district; directors; elections

In Brief: Would prevent a CAP employee or a CAP employee’s spouse from serving on the CAWCD Board of Directors.

Sponsor(s): Finchem and 8 others

Last Action: 4/26/17 – Passed the Senate as amended; 5/8/17 – Passed the House; 5/10/17 – Signed by the Governor

Description: This bill changes the requirements for a person to serve on the board of directors for multi-county water districts such as the Central Arizona Project. This bill would essentially prevent a CAP employee or the spouse of a CAP employee from serving on the Board of Directors. On March 13th, this bill was amended in committee to remove a requirement that would have required candidates for the CAP Board to have their party designation denoted on the ballot for elections.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/68586

HB2330: Water augmentation systems; tax credit

In Brief: Would create a tax credit for the installation of a residential rainwater harvesting system or a residential graywater system.

Sponsor(s): Campbell and two others

Last Action: 2/15/17 – Passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee

Description: This bill introduces a tax credit for the installation of a "Residential Water Augmentation System," which is defined as either a rainwater harvesting system or a residential graywater system. The tax credit is equal to 25 percent of the cost of the system up to a maximum of $1,000. The tax credit would be available from December 31, 2017 through January 1, 2026. The bill limits the annual amount for the tax credit that the state can allow to $250,000. A similar tax credit for graywater systems was effective for tax years 2007 through 2011, although some have questioned how effective it was at incentivizing graywater use. AMWUA staff recommends supporting this bill as a means of encouraging efforts to reuse and conserve water.

Link: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/68912

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