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5 AN ACT RELATING TO FISH AND GAME AND REVENUE AND TAXATION; CREATING
6 THE SPECIES PROTECTION ACCOUNT AND SPECIFYING USES OF ACCOUNT
7 MONIES; CREATING A TAX ON WATER DISTRIBUTED BY PUBLIC WATER
8 SYSTEMS; CREATING A ROYALTY ON UNPROCESSED BRINE SHRIMP EGGS;
9 DIRECTING REVENUE TO BE DEPOSITED IN THE SPECIES PROTECTION ACCOUNT;
10 AUTHORIZING THE STATE TAX COMMISSION TO MAKE RULES; PROVIDING FOR
11 CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND THE REVOCATION OF A CERTIFICATE OF
12 REGISTRATION; AND RESTRICTING THE TYPES OF FEES THAT MAY BE IMPOSED
13 TO HARVEST BRINE SHRIMP EGGS.
14 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
16 23-19-9, as last amended by Chapters 63 and 211, Laws of Utah 1995
18 23-19-45, Utah Code Annotated 1953
19 59-22-1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
20 59-22-2, Utah Code Annotated 1953
21 59-22-3, Utah Code Annotated 1953
22 59-22-4, Utah Code Annotated 1953
23 59-22-5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
24 59-22-6, Utah Code Annotated 1953
25 59-23-1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
26 59-23-2, Utah Code Annotated 1953
27 59-23-3, Utah Code Annotated 1953
1 59-23-4, Utah Code Annotated 1953
2 59-23-5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
3 59-23-6, Utah Code Annotated 1953
4 63-34-13, Utah Code Annotated 1953
5 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
6 Section 1. Section 23-19-9 is amended to read:
7 23-19-9. Revocation of license -- Grounds -- Notice -- Restriction on obtaining new
9 (1) A license, permit, tag, or certificate of registration shall be revoked by a hearing officer
10 appointed by the division director:
11 (a) if the hearing officer determines that a person flagrantly and knowingly:
12 (i) violates or countenances the violation of:
13 (A) this title; or
14 (B) any rule, proclamation, or order of the Wildlife Board; or
15 (ii) while engaged in an activity regulated under this title:
16 (A) kills or injures domestic livestock; or
17 (B) violates Section 76-10-508; or
18 (b) upon receiving notice from another state's wildlife agency that a person has:
19 (i) failed to comply with the terms of a wildlife citation; or
20 (ii) been convicted of a violation that would warrant an action taken under Subsection
22 (2) A hearing officer may revoke or suspend the certificate of registration of a person who
23 fails to comply with the terms of a certificate of registration.
24 (3) All certificates of registration for the harvesting of brine shrimp eggs, as defined in
25 Section 59-23-3 shall be revoked by a hearing officer appointed by the division if the hearing
26 officer determines the holder of the certificates of registration has violated Section 59-23-5.
28 adjudicative functions provided in this section. The director may not appoint a division employee
29 who investigates or enforces wildlife violations.
31 of registration if:
1 (i) the person was not charged with a violation in Subsection (1) or (3);
2 (ii) the charges were dismissed; or
3 (iii) the person was found not guilty of the violation in a court of law.
4 (b) For purposes of this section, the following shall not be construed as a finding of not
6 (i) a plea of guilty;
7 (ii) a plea of no contest; or
8 (iii) the entry of a plea in abeyance.
10 court concerning revocation before issuing a revocation order.
12 (a) given written notice of an action the division intends to take; and
13 (b) provided with an opportunity for a hearing.
15 tag, or certificate of registration of the same type for a period of up to five years.
17 registration of the same type while under an order of revocation.
18 (b) A violation of Subsection (9)(a) is a class B misdemeanor and a hearing officer shall
19 prohibit the person from obtaining a license, permit, tag, or certificate of registration of the same
20 type for up to an additional five years.
22 the revocation period as a flagrant violation and may prohibit the person from obtaining a new
23 license, permit, tag, or certificate of registration for up to an additional five years.
25 registration revoked under Subsection (1)(b)(i) upon receiving a report that the person has
26 complied with the citation.
29 (b) The Wildlife Board shall review the hearing officer's findings and conclusions and any
30 written documentation submitted at the hearing. The Wildlife Board may:
31 (i) take no action;
1 (ii) vacate or remand the decision; or
2 (iii) amend the [
4 with Title 63, Chapter 46b, Administrative Procedures Act.
5 Section 2. Section 23-19-45 is enacted to read:
6 23-19-45. Fees to harvest brine shrimp eggs.
7 The Wildlife Board may not impose fees to harvest brine shrimp eggs other than certificate
8 of registration fees.
9 Section 3. Section 59-22-1 is enacted to read:
11 59-22-1. Title.
12 This chapter shall be known as the "Water Tax Act."
13 Section 4. Section 59-22-2 is enacted to read:
14 59-22-2. Definition.
15 As used in this chapter "public water system" has the meaning provided in Section
17 Section 5. Section 59-22-3 is enacted to read:
18 59-22-3. Water tax -- Tax rate -- Deposit of tax revenue.
19 (1) (a) A water tax of $.05 per 1,000 gallons is imposed on water delivered by a public
20 water system to a retail customer.
21 (b) The tax imposed in Subsection (1)(a) does not apply to water delivered through
22 secondary water systems.
23 (2) The revenue generated by the water tax shall be deposited in the Species Protection
24 Account created in Section 63-34-13.
25 (3) If the amount of money in the Species Protection Account on June 30 of any year is
26 in excess of $17,000,000, the imposition of the water tax shall be held in abeyance until the
27 amount of money in the account is less than $5,000,000 on June 30 of any year.
28 Section 6. Section 59-22-4 is enacted to read:
29 59-22-4. Payment of water tax.
30 (1) Each public water system shall file an annual report with the State Tax Commission
31 reporting the amount of water delivered to retail customers in the previous year.
1 (2) (a) The commission shall send an annual invoice to each public water system for the
2 water tax.
3 (b) The tax due shall be $.05 for every 1,000 gallons delivered to retail customers in the
4 previous year.
5 (c) The invoices shall be mailed by August 1.
6 (3) Water taxes shall be paid by November 30.
7 (4) The commission shall prescribe rules as necessary for the payment and collection of
8 water taxes.
9 Section 7. Section 59-22-5 is enacted to read:
10 59-22-5. Collection of water taxes from customers -- Notice of water tax on statement
11 -- Interest on collections.
12 A public water system may:
13 (1) collect water taxes from customers in any manner considered appropriate by its
14 governing board;
15 (2) include on any statement sent to customers notice of the water tax required by law; and
16 (3) retain any interest earned on any water tax collected until the tax is submitted to the
17 State Tax Commission.
18 Section 8. Section 59-22-6 is enacted to read:
19 59-22-6. Penalties and interest for failure to pay tax.
20 The penalties and interest for failure to pay water tax are the same as the penalties and
21 interest for failure to pay tax as specified in Sections 59-1-401 and 59-1-402.
22 Section 9. Section 59-23-1 is enacted to read:
24 59-23-1. Title.
25 This chapter shall be known as the "Brine Shrimp Royalty Act."
26 Section 10. Section 59-23-2 is enacted to read:
27 59-23-2. Intent statement.
28 It is the policy of the state that when its natural resources are used, a royalty should be paid
29 to compensate the state for the use of the natural resource. The state receives royalties on minerals
30 extracted from the Great Salt Lake. A market has developed for brine shrimp eggs; therefore, the
31 state should be compensated for the use of this natural resource.
1 Section 11. Section 59-23-3 is enacted to read:
2 59-23-3. Definition.
3 As used in this chapter "brine shrimp eggs" means dormant, early stage brine shrimp
4 embryos encapsulated as cysts that are harvested from the waters of the state.
5 Section 12. Section 59-23-4 is enacted to read:
6 59-23-4. Brine shrimp royalty -- Royalty rate -- Commission to prescribe valuation
7 methodology -- Deposit of revenue.
8 (1) There is levied a brine shrimp royalty of .035 of the value of unprocessed brine shrimp
10 (2) The commission shall annually determine the value of unprocessed brine shrimp eggs
11 in accordance with a valuation methodology established by the commission in rule.
12 (3) All revenue generated by the brine shrimp royalty shall be deposited in the Species
13 Protection Account created in Section 63-34-13.
14 Section 13. Section 59-23-5 is enacted to read:
15 59-23-5. Payment of the brine shrimp royalty -- Rules.
16 (1) The brine shrimp royalty shall be paid by the person who harvests the brine shrimp
18 (2) The royalty is due 30 days after the end of the annual brine shrimp season.
19 (3) The commission shall prescribe rules for the payment and collection of the brine
20 shrimp royalty.
21 Section 14. Section 59-23-6 is enacted to read:
22 59-23-6. Penalties and interest for failure to pay royalty.
23 The penalties and interest for failure to pay the brine shrimp royalty are the same as the
24 penalties and interest for failure to pay tax as specified in Sections 59-1-401 and 59-1-402.
25 Section 15. Section 63-34-13 is enacted to read:
26 63-34-13. Species Protection Account.
27 (1) As used in this section, "species protection" means an action to protect any plant or
28 animal species identified as sensitive by the state or as threatened or endangered under the
29 Endangered Species Act of 1973, U.S.C. 16 Sec. 1531 et seq.
30 (2) There is created within the General Fund a restricted account known as the Species
31 Protection Account.
1 (3) The account shall consist of:
2 (a) revenue generated by the water tax provided for in Title 59, Chapter 22, Water Tax
4 (b) revenue generated by the brine shrimp tax provided for in Title 59, Chapter 23, Brine
5 Shrimp Royalty Act; and
6 (c) interest earned on monies in the account.
7 (4) Monies in the account may be appropriated by the Legislature for the following
9 (a) to develop and implement species status assessments and species protection measures;
10 (b) to obtain biological opinions of proposed species protection measures;
11 (c) to conduct studies, investigations, and research into the effects of proposed species
12 protection measures;
13 (d) to contest species protection proposals that are not based on valid biological data;
14 (e) to pay for the state's voluntary contributions to the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and
15 Conservation Account under the Central Utah Project Completion Act, Pub. L. No. 102-575, titles
16 II-VI, 106 stat, 4605-4655; and
17 (f) to pay for expenses of the State Tax Commission under Title 59, Chapter 22, Water Tax
18 Act, and Title 59, Chapter 23, Brine Shrimp Royalty Act.
19 (5) The purposes specified in Subsections (3)(a) through (3)(d) may be accomplished by
20 the state or, in an appropriation act, the Legislature may authorize the Department of Natural
21 Resources to award grants to political subdivisions of the state to accomplish those purposes.
22 (6) Monies in the account may not be used to develop or implement a habitat conservation
23 plan required under federal law unless the federal government pays for at least 1/3 of the habitat
24 conservation plan costs.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-21-97 3:06 PM
A limited legal review of this bill raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
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