ALERT -- Household-well issue a priority despite House inaction

The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee has declined to vote on the key Senate bill that aimed to fix the state’s household-well crisis — but the issue remains front and center for this year’s Legislature. For more information, click here.

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