House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding touts bipartisan budget, water deal, among biggest accomplishments 

House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding, D-Laveen, is pleased that what he called the “first true bipartisan budget since Governor Napolitano” was passed by state lawmakers last session. He also is happy that a historic water deal was approved, along with tribal gaming and a special session was held on wildfires during his last two years as House minority leader.

the first true bipartisan budget since Governor Napolitano. We passed a historic water deal, tribal gaming was something that also happened during this time … there was a special session on wildfires, and we were able to negotiate $90 million in ARPA funding to provide direct assistance to Arizona nonprofit organizations to support the community. 

Activists, lawmakers divided on officers’ response to protests 

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers fired tear gas at pro-abortion protestors at the Capitol after some in the crowd attempted to enter the Senate, drawing praise from some legislators and criticism from protestors and civil rights advocates. 

Money, conservation slows water authority bill 

For most of this session, lawmakers have been working with stakeholders of various interests to cobble together legislation that addresses Arizona’s water woes, but concerns over conservation and money have slowed progress.