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.