Water Bill

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. House leaders propose water legislation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Legislative leaders are pushing forward with a new 50-year water plan for Oklahoma, even though two Native American tribes have sued the state over water rights in southeast Oklahoma.

House Speaker Kris Steele and other House leaders unveiled some of the proposal during a briefing with reporters on Monday.

Several bills being introduced this session will encourage more water conservation and reuse, require increased water monitoring, establish regional water planning groups, and increase funding to improve the state's water infrastructure.

Steele says he hopes the water lawsuit can be settled outside of court. But he says he supports the attorney general's decision to ask the state Supreme Court to decide the rights of the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations to water in major streams in southeast Oklahoma.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.