The Hill – A bill to fix an Arizona state fence is moving through the state’s legislative process.
The bill was filed by state Rep. Bill Rucker (R-Mesa) and state Sen. Mike Kelly (R.I.).
Rucker and Kelly filed the bill on Feb. 21.
It’s sponsored by state Sen, Barbara Baca (D-Phoenix).
“There’s a lot of problems in Arizona right now, and I think this is the perfect opportunity to make Arizona the safest place to live in the United States,” Rucker said in a press release.
The state has more than a million miles of state-fenced land.
It has more police officers, police and fire personnel, and nearly 3,000 miles of fencing.
The Arizona Department of Transportation, however, has said that the state could potentially increase fencing by at least 50 percent by 2030.
Kelly said he’s looking for a compromise to protect residents who live on the fence.
“We want to make sure we protect residents and businesses and keep them safe,” Kelly said.
“We have a lot more fence that we need to build.”
The bill also provides that residents can have the fence removed within 72 hours.
The bill would set up a task force to develop and propose a plan to ensure that residents and others can return to their homes, Kelly said in the press release.(AP Photo/Arizona Department of Natural Resources)The Arizona legislation was introduced last year.
The state’s Legislature approved the bill in February and the state House of Representatives approved it last week.
Rucker, Kelly and the other legislators have said they want to reduce the number of people who die on state-controlled land, including on the Arizona state border.