Hugo asks federal judge to lift ban on water sales

HUGO, Okla. (AP) - City leaders in Hugo are asking a federal judge to rule that Oklahoma's ban on out-of-state water sales violates the U.S. Constitution.

Attorneys for the city on Tuesday filed a motion in federal court asking a judge to rule on the issue without the necessity of a trial.

The city argues the state's moratorium on out-of-state water sales infringes on the city's rights under the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

Hugo City Manager David Rawls said the state-imposed moratorium laws are "ill conceived."

Rawls says billions of gallons of quality water flow out of the state every year without any benefit to the state that instead could be sold to cities in northern Texas thirsty for new water supplies.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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