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Arizona House backs down on bill to opt out of water supply rules

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PHOENIX (AP) - The House debated then chose to withhold a proposal that could clear the way for a Sierra Vista developer to build a new subdivision regardless of it having an adequate water supply.
    
The measure would allow some cities in Cochise and Yuma counties to opt out of a program that requires new developments to have at least 100 years' worth of water.
    
The legislation could help a developer get around a lawsuit that's holding up the construction of nearly 7,000 homes in Sierra Vista.
    
But opponents on both sides of the aisle said Thursday it could also unravel Arizona's carefully developed water policy.
    
The stiff resistance led Rep. Brenda Barton who carried Senate Bill 1268 for sponsor Sen. Gail Griffin to withhold the measure before a vote could take place.

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