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Bills for Boone’s ETJ, Water Intake Die Today; Soucek’s and Jordan’s Opponents in November Election Speak Out

By Jesse Wood July 3, 2012. As the General Assembly wraps up its Regular Session of the 2011-2012 biennium today, local bills that affect the Town of Boone were pushed to the wayside and left to die in committee. Those bills in question include Sen. Dan Soucek’s sponsored Senate Bill 949, which would strip Boone’s ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction) rights and Rep. Jonathan Jordan’s sponsored House Bill 1227, which would null and void the state’s water reclassification needed for Boone to construct its four million-gallons-per-day raw water intake facility on the New River. The Regular Session of the 2012-13 biennium won’t won’t meet until January 30, 2013 – a few months after the General Election, which could decide if these two bills make their way back into the General Assembly. Both Jordan and Soucek are running for re-election. Soucek told High Country Press yesterday that he vowed to take a “leadership role” regarding ETJs across the High Country and the state in the future – no matter what happens this session. Jordan could not be reached for comment.  Opponents of both Jordan and Soucek in November’s General Election have been vocal about both of these issues affecting Boone.  In November, Soucek is running against Roy J. …

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