(Asheville Citizen-Times) The state Senate gave final approval Monday to a bill to take the Asheville water system out of the city’s hands on a vote of 31-16.
The bill, which would give the system to the Metropolitian Sewerage District, now goes to the state House for consideration of changes made by the Senate. The Senate had tentatively approved the measure Thursday.
Senate bill manager Sen. Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, was not present for the debate Monday, apparently because of his father’s death. Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, asked the Senate to go ahead and approve the bill.
He did not debate the measure other than to say, “We had a good, thorough debate on this bill the other day. Sen. Apodaca would like you to go ahead and pass the bill.”
No one else spoke in favor. Sen. Martin Nesbitt, D-Buncombe, urged its defeat after his motion to delay the vote by a week because of Apodaca’s absence failed.
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