From The Greeley Tribune:
Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, right, said had the bill passed, it would have hurt farmers along the South Platte River. The bill, introduced by Rep. Sal Pace, D-Pueblo, was defeated by a 40-21 vote. “If this bill passes you just as well paint a big red target on the back of farmers in eastern Colorado,” Sonnenberg argued during the debate last Friday. “Anytime you add more hurdles when trying to move Colorado’s water, you make it more difficult and cities will take the path of least resistance to obtain their needs. That path is ag water,” Sonnenberg said in a press release.
More 2010 Colorado legislation coverage here.