Townsend’s Salt River Wild Horse Bill Wins Bipartisan Support

On Monday, the Arizona Senate passed in a nearly unanimous bipartisan vote Rep. Kelly Townsend’s Salt River wild horse bill, HB2340, during the floor session. The bill also received the support of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group.

HB2340 codifies a cooperative approach for the humane management of the wild horses and criminalizes harassing, shooting, or killing of a Salt River wild horse and also affirms that they are not stray livestock, according to a statement from Simone Netherlands, president of the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group.

Rep. Kelly Townsend worked tirelessly with the various interests groups trying to find consensus among them. “This is a great success. I am grateful that we were able to work through the many issues related to wild horse management over the last many months,” said Townsend. “This took a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, yet we managed to find a consensus with all parties involved. Despite all of the obstacles and acrimony we still got through it and are one step away from finishing the work. That feels really good. This problem is bigger than the personalities.”

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Lupe ContrerasYAndrea DalessandroYJeff DialY
Susan DonahueYAdam DriggsYSteve FarleyY
David C. FarnsworthYGail GriffinYKatie HobbsY
John KavanaghYDebbie LeskoYBarbara McGuireY
Robert MezaYCatherine MirandaYLynne PancraziN
Steve PierceNMartin QuezadaNVAndrew C. SherwoodY
Don ShooterYSteve SmithYBob WorsleyY
Steve YarbroughYKimberly YeeYAndy BiggsY
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