2020 House Bills

Utah Legislative Sessions ,

HB 28 - Legislative Water Development Commission Sunset Amendments

Sponsor: Keven J. Stratton

Addresses the Legislative Water Development Commission:

  • Extends the sunset date of the commission
  • Addresses appointments of nonvoting members
  • Addresses duties of the commission
  • Other technical changes
RWAU Stance: Tracking
Legislative Action: Passed

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HB 40S01 - Water Loss Accounting Act

Sponsor: Melissa G. Ballard

Addresses data relating to water including water losses:

  • Addresses a sunset provision;

Enacts the Water Loss Accounting Act, including:

  • Defining terms;
  • Grant rulemaking authority;
  • Providing for the technical advisory committee;
  • Requiring water loss accounting reports; and
  • Providing for technical assistance; and
  • Makes technical amendments
RWAU Stance: Support
Legislative Action: Passed

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HB 41 - State Water Policy Amendments

Sponsor: Keven J. Stratton

Outlines the water policies of the state:

  • Encourages state agencies to follow the state policy
  • Addresses suits referencing the state policy;
  • Requires an annual review of the policy.
RWAU Stance: Support
Legislative Action: Passed

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HB 68S01 - Apprenticeship and Work-based Learning

Sponsor: Francis D. Gibson

Provides funding for the Talent Ready Utah Center. This is where RWAU has received some funding for the apprenticeship program.

RWAU Stance: Support
Legislative Action: Passed

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HB 88S01 - School and Child Care Center Water Testing Requirements

Sponsor: Stephen G. Handy

This bill addresses water quality for schools and child care centers.

  • Defines terms;
  • Requires testing drinking water for lead at schools and child care centers;
  • Requires action if lead test results are above a certain level;
  • Requires records to be kept and made public

RWAU Stance: Support

Legislative Action: Failed

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HB 94 - Water Applications Amendments

Sponsor: Timothy D. Hawkes

This bill Allows the state engineer to issue a certificate meeting certain requirements before evaluating a claim in a general adjudication.

RWAU Stance: Support
Legislative Action: Passed

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HB 95 - General Adjudication Water Amendments

Sponsor: Timothy D. Hawkes

Addresses adjudication of claims to water:

  • Addresses objections to state engineer determinations;
  • Prohibits claims after completion of a final summons;
  • Makes technical changes.
RWAU Stance: Support
Legislative Action: Passed

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HB 96 - Water Forfeiture Amendments

Sponsor: Timothy D. Hawkes

Addresses issues relating to forfeiture of water:

  • Modifies exemption related to a lease;
  • Modifies exemption for a water right in a surface reservoir if storage is limited by safety, regulatory, or engineering restrains;
  • Addresses the requirement that a public water supplier meets the reasonable future water requirement;
  • Requires rule made by the state engineer;
  • Make technical changes.
RWAU Stance: Support
Legislative Action: Passed

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HB 105 - Water Facilities Amendments

Sponsor: Logan Wilde

Addresses water facilities:

  • Defines terms;
  • Outlines prohibited acts relating to water facilities;
  • Addresses civil action;
  • Creates an exception from liability;
  • Addresses obstruction or changes related to water facilities and right of way;
  • Makes technical and conforming changes.
RWAU Stance: Support
Legislative Action: Passed

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HB 130 - Water Use Amendments

Sponsor: Timothy D. Hawkes

Addresses the state engineer’s actions related to split season or other potentially
complicated changes.

RWAU Stance: Support
Legislative Action: Passed

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HB 156 - Water Amendments and Educational Entities

Sponsor: Stephen G. Handy

This bill amends definitions related to public entities.

RWAU Stance: Support
Legislative Action: Failed

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HB 166 - Watershed Councils

Sponsor: Timothy D. Hawkes

This bill enacts the Watershed Council Act:

  • Defines terms
  • Outlines watersheds
  • Provides for the creation of the Utah Watershed Council
  • Establishes the role of Watershed Councils
RWAU Stance: Support as Written
Legislative Action: Passed

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HB 168S01 - Public Water Supplier Relocation Amendments

Sponsor: Timothy D. Hawkes

This bill amends provisions related to reimbursement of costs by the Department of
Transportation for the relocation of a utility to accommodate the construction of a state highway
project.

RWAU Stance: Support
Legislative Action: Passed

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HB 245 - Dogs in Watershed Areas

Sponsor: Cheryl K. Acton

Addresses the ability to have a dog in a motor vehicle within a watershed area.

RWAU Stance: Track
Legislative Action: Failed

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HB 331S02 - Water Infrastructure Safety and Maintenance

Sponsor: Kim F. Coleman

This bill addresses a large water provider maintaining its water infrastructure. Imposes reporting requirements on large water providers.

RWAU Stance: 
Legislative Action: Failed

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HB 480 - Water Source Protection Amendments

Sponsor: Steve Waldrip

This bill addresses the processes related to water source protection zones and related ordinances.

RWAU Stance: Track
Legislative Action: Failed

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HJR 3 - Proposal to Amend Utah Constitution-Water Resources of Municipalities

Sponsor: Keven J. Stratton

Proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to modify a provision relating to municipal water rights and new sources of water supply:

  • Rewrite provision relating to municipal water rights and sources of water supply;
  • Eliminate references to municipal waterworks;
  • Specify the circumstances under which a municipality may supply water outside its boundary or commit to supply water outside its water service area.
RWAU Stance: Support
Legislative Action: Passed

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