T.J. Shope

T.J. Shope speaks at the LD8 candidate forum last year.

PHOENIX — The Arizona House of Representatives Thursday passed a bill harnessing smart water management to drive economic development and housing availability in Pinal County.

This follows passage of the bill by the Senate on Wednesday.

A product of several years of discussions, the bill sponsored by Sen. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, implements locally driven solutions to encourage smart and efficient residential development.

“I am proud to sponsor this bill as it is critical to Pinal County’s economy,” said Shope in a statement. “This will conserve water while protecting the county’s continued growth, and it allows people in cities and towns great flexibility to protect their community.”

“This legislation is the product of a lot of hard work on the part of many local, county and state leaders,” said Representative Frank Pratt. “I strongly support it and am pleased that we’re able to help continue the responsible growth underway in Pinal County and, potentially, other areas of the State.”

With strong bipartisan support, the bill is now headed to the Governor for his signature.

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