Rep. Rivero blocks private border wall bill

Rep. Tony Rivero, R-Peoria. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

By Laura Gómez | Arizona Mirror

Peoria Republican Tony Rivero cast the deciding vote Thursday, joining with Democrats to defeat a measure spearheaded by a GOP leader that sought to ease construction of a private border wall in Arizona.

Lawmakers in the Arizona House of Representatives, where Republicans hold the majority by a single vote, were voting on whether to send House Bill 2084 to the Senate. 

The vote split 30-30, with Rivero siding with the 29 House Democrats against the proposal, which is sponsored by House Majority Leader Warren Petersen, a Gilbert Republican.

But the bill isn’t dead: Minutes after the vote, Rivero made a motion for the House to reconsider HB2084. The parliamentary move allows the chamber to re-vote the bill before Feb. 13.

Rivero couldn’t be reached for comment.

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