Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Governor signs bill containing Otondo’s forest management provision

Governor signs bill containing Otondo’s  
forest management provision

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Gov. Jan Brewer today signed a bill including a provision proposed by Rep. Lisa Otondo, D-Yuma (District 4), that will help protect Arizona forests and firefighters while creating jobs.

Brewer signed HB 2343, a bill introduced by a Republican member of the House of Representatives which was amended to include portions of Otondo’s bill, HB 2536. Otondo’s contribution to this legislation provides opportunities for public-private partnerships to remove vegetation which can create dangerous wildfire conditions in Arizona forests.

“After the tragic loss of life in the Yarnell Hill Fire, we cannot afford to sit on our hands while we watch our communities and our firefighters be put in jeopardy. This is a step in the right direction for Arizona,” Otondo said. “I am thankful for the bipartisan support that this bill received in the Legislature, and I am grateful that the governor signed this bill.”

The law will go into effect this summer.





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