Agriculture, Environment & Water Committee
54th Legislature - 1st Regular Session, 2019 Wednesday, Jan 23 2019 3:35 PM
Bill Summaries
H2004: NUCLEAR MANAGEMENT FUND; APPROPRIATION; ASSESSMENT

Assesses $2.55 million in FY2019-20 and $2.58 million in FY2020-21, plus any applicable interest, against each consortium of public service corporations and municipal corporations engaged in constructing or operating a commercial nuclear generating station in Arizona. Appropriates $2.55 million in FY2019-20 and $2.58 million in FY2020-21 from the Nuclear Emergency Management Fund to the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, Department of Health Services, and Department of Agriculture in specified amounts and for specified purposes, including for distribution to departments and agencies of Maricopa County the the Town of Buckeye that are assigned responsibilities under the off-site nuclear emergency response plan. Emergency clause.

First sponsor: Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23)


 
H2004: NUCLEAR MANAGEMENT FUND; APPROPRIATION; ASSESSMENT 1/23 House appro do pass; report awaited.
H2009: NAVIGABLE STREAM ADJUDICATION COMMISSION; EXTENSION

The statutory termination date of the Arizona Navigable Stream Adjudication Commission is extended four years to June 30, 2024.

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)
Others: Rep. Barto (R - Dist 15), Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Rep. Kern (R - Dist 20), Rep. Nutt (R - Dist 14), Rep. Petersen (R - Dist 12), Rep. Rivero (R - Dist 21), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22), Rep. Townsend (R - Dist 16), Rep. Udall (R - Dist 25)


 
H2009: NAVIGABLE STREAM ADJUDICATION COMMISSION; EXTENSION 1/23 from House nat res-energy-water do pass.
H2013: APPROP; AZ WATER PROTECTION FUND

Appropriates $1 million from the general fund in FY2019-20 to the Arizona Water Protection Fund.

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)
Others: Rep. Townsend (R - Dist 16)


 
H2013: APPROP; AZ WATER PROTECTION FUND 1/23 House appro held.
H2056: FEDERAL LAND; MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT; COMMITTEE

Establishes the Arizona Department of Federal Land Management to provide for federal land management and facilitate the transfer of federal public lands to Arizona. The Governor is required to appoint a Director of the Dept, and powers and duties of the Director and of the Dept are listed. The Dept is required to manage each parcel of public land in Arizona to promote a list of specified issues. The Director is authorized to establish by rule applications and fees for permits and leases related to public land uses, and monies are deposited in the newly established Federal Public Land Management Fund. The Dept terminates on July 1, 2026. Also establishes an 8-member Joint Legislative Committee on Federal Land Management to study and make recommendations on the transfer of federally controlled public land to Arizona. The Committee is required to report to specified Legislative committees by November 30 of each year, and self-repeals July 1, 2027. Conditionally enacted on the Governor entering into a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Department of the Interior relating to the transfer or management of federal public lands by Arizona, on or before December 31, 2023.

First sponsor: Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11)
Others: Rep. Roberts (R - Dist 11)


 
H2060: PHARMACISTS; PROVIDERS; DRUG THERAPY; REFILLS

Repeals statute allowing pharmacists to dispense a one-time emergency refill for a prescription of a non-controlled medication used to treat an ongoing medical condition under certain conditions.

First sponsor: Rep. Barto (R - Dist 15)


 
H2060: PHARMACISTS; PROVIDERS; DRUG THERAPY; REFILLS 1/22 referred to House hel-hu ser.
H2063: VEHICLE INSURANCE CARDS; ASSIGNED NUMBERS

The number that the Department of Transportation assigns to a vehicle insurer is required to be included on the insurance identification cards issued to the insured, instead of included on all documentary evidence issued by the insurer or an authorized agent of the insurer.

First sponsor: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)


 
H2143: WATER; WEST BASIN ADVISORY COUNCILS

Establishes the Mohave County West Basin Water Users Advisory Council and the La Paz County West Basin Water Users Advisory Council, each consisting of 10 members. The Councils are required to analyze groundwater withdrawal data and make recommendations to the Department of Water Resources on sound groundwater management programs and policies for the basins. The Councils are each required to submit a report of its recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by December 31, 2022. The Councils terminate on July 1, 2027.

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)


 
H2405: REGULATED WATER COMPANY; VIOLATIONS; ENFORCEMENT

For a wastewater treatment facility or system or public water system that is regulated as a public service corporation by the Corporation Commission, the Department of Environmental Quality is required to make a written request to the Commission to appoint an interim operator or interim manager within 30 calendar days after the Dept either determines that the facility or system is out of compliance with an administrative order issued by the Dept for a violation, files a civil action against the owner or operator of the facility or system for a violation, and/or determines that an emergency exists with respect to the facility or system, and the Dept determines that appointment of an interim operator or interim manager would expedite the public water system's return to compliance.

First sponsor: Rep. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 
H2434: COLORADO RIVER TRANSFER; LIMITATION

An irrigation and water conservation district located in a county that has formed a county water authority is prohibited from transferring fourth priority Colorado River water that is subject to the Boulder Canyon Project Act to a location outside the counties in Arizona that border the Colorado River.

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5)


 
H2437: MINING; DEFINITION

For the purpose of statutes regulating the operation of mines, the definition of "mining" is modified to include activities conducted to explore a mine, storing materials, and activities on off-site infrastructure such as power, water, fiber-optic and other communications services, and construction facilities activities.

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 
H2448: UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS; NONCORRECTIVE ACTIONS

The maximum amount that an owner or operator of an underground storage tank (UST) may request from the UST Revolving Fund to take specified noncorrective actions for tank site improvement is increased to $200,000 per site, from $100,000 per site.

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 
H2449: ADEQUATE WATER SUPPLY; COUNTY REVIEW

For a county that is not in an Active Management Area, the county board of supervisors is required to review the provision for adequate water supply for a subdivision and after review may by unanimous vote at a public meeting not to readopt the provision. The review is required to occur not more than 5 years after the effective date of this legislation and every 5 to 10 years thereafter. If the board does not vote unanimously not to readopt the provision, the provision remains in effect. If the board votes unanimously not to readopt the provision, the provision has no further force if a list of specified conditions apply at the time of the vote. The board is required to give written notice of any vote not to readopt the provision to the Director of the Department of Water Resources, the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality and the State Real Estate Commissioner.

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 
H2464: WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE; MUNICIPAL APPROVAL

The requirement for a municipality to submit to the voters the question of whether to enter and perform a loan repayment agreement to repay financial assistance from the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority applies to municipalities with a population of more than 150,000 persons, increased from 50,000 persons.

First sponsor: Rep. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 
H2467: WEST BASIN WATER USERS; COMMITTEE

Establishes a 20-member Mohave County La Paz County West Basin Water Users Study Committee to analyze groundwater withdrawal data and make recommendations to the Department of Water Resources on programs and policies for the basins. The Committee is required to submit a report of its recommendations to the Dept, the Governor and the Legislature by December 31, 2021. The Committee self-repeals on July 1, 2022.

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)


 
H2468: COLORADO RIVER TRANSFERS; EMERGENCY RULEMAKING

The Department of Water Resources is required to adopt an emergency rule to implement policies to provide for the review and advice of the Director on any negotiation or contract that affects the allocation and use of main stream Colorado River water or the allocation and use of Colorado River water delivered through the Central Arizona Project. Provisions that must be included in the rule are specified. Emergency clause.

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)


 
H2475: WATER USE; CRIMINAL PENALTY; WELLS

Water taken through a registered well, including the subflow of a river or stream, is not considered using water to which another is entitled without authority, a class 2 (mid-level) misdemeanor.

First sponsor: Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25)


 
H2476: SURFACE WATER FORFEITURE; REPEAL

Repeals statutes governing future water rights acquired through appropriation and forfeiture or reversion of water rights due to nonuse.

First sponsor: Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25)


 
H2477: ADJUDICATION STATUTES; UNCONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS; REPEAL

Repeals and deletes various provisions of statute relating to water rights.

First sponsor: Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25)


 
H2484: IRRIGATION GRANDFATHERED RIGHT; CONTAINERIZED PLANTS

The use of groundwater to water plants in containers on or above the surface of the ground is a non-irrigation use in an Active Management Area (AMA). In an initial AMA, a person who holds a certificate of irrigation grandfathered right is permitted to withdraw groundwater and use it to water plants in containers on or above the surface of the "certificated acres" (defined) if the plants are grown for sale or human consumption or for use as feed for livestock, range livestock or poultry. Establishes requirements for the use of groundwater under these conditions.

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 
S1078: FACILITIES INCOME TAX CREDITS; REPEAL

Repeals the individual and corporate income tax credits for construction costs of qualified environmental technology facilities and for qualifying investment and employment in expanding or locating a qualified facility in Arizona. The repeal of these income tax credits does not affect the continuing validity of any amount of the credit carried forward from previous taxable years for application against subsequent tax liabilities as allowed by prior law. Due to a potential increase in state revenue, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage, and becomes effective on signature of the Governor.

First sponsor: Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11)


 
S1078: FACILITIES INCOME TAX CREDITS; REPEAL 1/16 referred to Senate fin.