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► Western states are agreeing to voluntary reductions in use from the Colorado River…except for California, that is. From The Associated Press:
Six western states that rely on water from the Colorado River have agreed on a model to dramatically cut their use, months after the federal government called for action and an initial deadline passed.
California — with the largest allocation of water from the river — is the lone holdout.
The Colorado River and its tributaries pass through seven states and into Mexico, serving 40 million people and a $5 billion-a-year agricultural industry. Some of the largest cities in the country, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver and Las Vegas, two Mexican states, Native American tribes and others depend on the river that’s been severely stressed by drought, demand and overuse.
As The Washington Post adds:
California has so far offered to reduce just 400,000 acre feet. An acre foot is 326,000 gallons, or enough to cover an acre in water one foot deep. JB Hamby, chair of the Colorado River Board of California, told the Associated Press in a statement that the state “remains focused on practical solutions that can be implemented now to protect volumes of water in storage without driving conflict and litigation” and will submit its own plan.
Officials say serious action is needed to prevent the Colorado River from running out of river.
► Here’s a look at what’s happening at the state legislature this week:
♦ Democratic lawmakers want a better picture of how much money Uber and Lyft drivers are actually making for their efforts. This is part of a broader effort to better regulate ride-sharing and food-delivery companies that benefit from local labor.
♦ Lawmakers are considering a bill to make all auto thefts in Colorado a felony, regardless of the value of the vehicle.
♦ Marianne Goodland looks at gun safety proposals in a story for the publication formerly known as the Colorado Statesman.
♦ Denver7 reports on legislation to give physician assistants more leeway in treating patients directly.
♦ Democrats want to make it easier for concertgoers to find tickets to their favorite shows without having to fight the automated bots that snap up the best seats as soon as tickets become available.
► The Congressman who claims to be named “George Santos” is stepping aside from his House committee assignments
in order to focus on inventing a new story about himself as he deals with numerous ethical issues. From The Associated Press:
Santos told GOP colleagues Tuesday he is temporarily stepping down from his two congressional committees, a move that comes amid a host of ethics issues and a day after he met with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Santos has faced numerous calls for his resignation and is facing multiple investigations by prosecutors over his personal and campaign finances and lies about his resume and family background.
Santos was assigned to two fairly low-profile panels, the House Committee on Small Business and to the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
The latest problem for Santos, as Mother Jones reports, is that many of his top campaign donors don’t appear to be real people:
► Check out the latest episode of the Get More Smarter Podcast, featuring an interview with former Republican operative (and now journalist) Tim Miller:
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— Tim Miller (@Timodc) January 30, 2023
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