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Legislative Year: 2020 Change
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Bill Detail: SB20-008

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Title Enhance Penalties Water Quality Criminal Violations
Status House Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (05/28/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors D. Jackson (D)
E. Hooton (D)
Senate Sponsors F. Winter (D)
M. Foote (D)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/08/2020
Description

Current law specifies that a person who commits criminal
pollution of state waters that is committed:
  • With criminal negligence or recklessly is subject to a
maximum daily fine of $12,500; and
  • Knowingly or intentionally is subject to a maximum daily
fine of $25,000.

Section 1 of the bill makes a:
  • Criminally negligent or reckless violation a misdemeanor
and increases the penalty to $25,000, imprisonment of up
to one year, or both; and
  • Knowing or intentional violation a class 5 felony and
increases the penalty to $50,000, imprisonment of up to 3
years, or both.
Current law specifies that a person who knowingly makes any
false representation in a required record or who knowingly renders
inaccurate any required water quality monitoring device or method is
guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to a fine of not more than $10,000,
imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 6 months, or both.
Section 2 makes these violations a class 5 felony and specifies that if 2
separate offenses occur in 2 separate occurrences during a period of 2
years, the maximum fine and imprisonment for the second offense are
double the default amounts.

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