DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
OFFICE OF THE SOLICITOR
WASHINGTON 25, D. C.
December 30, 1963
To: The Secretary
From: Acting Legislative Counsel
Subject: Handling of Central Arizona Project
In considering how to handle the State of Arizona's interest in obtaining early and separate authorization for the Central Arizona Project, it should be kept in mind that we have been asked by the Senate Committee for a report on Senator Hayden's bill, S. 1658. This means that our report on the bill is available to us as a separate vehicle for expressing our views on the Central Arizona Project in addition to our proposal on PSWP.
Thus, for example, if we were to decide to leave up to Congress the question of whether to authorize Central Arizona separately or as a part of Pacific Southwest, we could express this by reporting separately and favorably on S. 1658 with a mere cross-reference to PSWP as an alternative. If, however, we decide to go for Central Arizona as a part of PSWP, then in our report on S. 1658 we would recommend the PSWP bill as a substitute bill. Another choice, of course, is not to report on S. 1658 at all.
Incidentally, we are in a similar position on Dixie and Southern Nevada. Our status on the three projects is the following:
Project Bill No. Report Bill No. Report
Central Arizona S. 1658 Requested H. R. 6796, Not yet
6797, 6798 requested.
Dixie S. 26, S. 26 passed H. R. 3279 Requested
S. 655 Senate Oct. 30; H. R. 4178
Southern Nevada S. 2388 Requested H. R. 9505 Not yet requested.
Richard K. Pelz