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Bill Detail: SB20-048

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Title Study Strengthening Water Anti-speculation Law
Status Governor Signed (03/11/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Water
House Sponsors M. Catlin (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House Committee Rural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/08/2020

Water Resources Review Committee. Current law specifies that
an appropriation of water cannot be based on speculation, as evidenced
by either of the following:
  • The applicant does not have either a legally vested interest
or a reasonable expectation of procuring such an interest in
the lands or facilities to be served by the appropriation,

unless the appropriator is a governmental agency or an
agent in fact for the persons proposed to be benefited by
the appropriation; or
  • The applicant does not have a specific plan and intent to
divert, store, or otherwise capture, possess, and control a
specific quantity of water for specific beneficial uses.
The bill requires the executive director of the department of
natural resources to convene a work group to explore ways to strengthen
current anti-speculation law and to report to the water resources review
committee by August 15, 2021, regarding any recommended changes.

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