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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

 3:24 PM 

Fitzgerald: Senate likely to take up its version of high-capacity well bill

The Senate is likely to take up its version of the high-capacity well bill, meaning the legislation is unlikely to make it into law this session.

Under the legislation, the owner of a high-capacity well would not need a new permit to repair, maintain, replace or reconstruct a high-capacity well, which can pump more than 100,000 gallons of water a day.

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said members had concerns over the Assembly version of the bill and there seemed to be more support in his caucus for the Senate bill. Both houses have to sign off on the same version of any bill before it could go to the guv's desk, and Fitzgerald acknowledged there's almost no chance the Assembly will come back.

"It's the one thing we could do to send the message to the ag community this is an important issue," Fitzgerald said.


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