In slap to lawmakers, Ducey vetoes ‘bad’ water bills

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

Gov. Doug Ducey today vetoed two measures that could ease water-supply requirement for developers.

“We’re not going to allow bills that get in the way of the 1980 Groundwater Management Act or take away from the work of the people that have come before I came into office in protecting Arizona’s water,” Ducey said.

The decision is a slap at the three lawmakers who represent Cochise County who had pushed for the changes. It also marks a defeat for a developer who had hoped to make an end-run around its legal problems that have so far thwarted its efforts to construct a 7,000-home development in Sierra Vista.

But Ducey called the two measures “some bad bills.”

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