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First Substitute H.B. 203

Representative Patrick Painter proposes the following substitute bill:





Chief Sponsor: Patrick Painter

Senate Sponsor: Kevin T. VanTassell

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends provisions relating to the judicial review of a state engineer decision.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    grants jurisdiction to the Supreme Court to review a state engineer's order resulting
             14      from a formal adjudicative proceeding;
             15          .    requires a person seeking judicial review to:
             16              .    name the state engineer, and in some cases the person who is the subject of the
             17      proceeding, as a respondent; and
             18              .    give notice to a person who protested during the adjudicative proceeding; and
             19          .    makes technical changes.
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:

             26          73-3-14, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1987, Chapter 161
             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 73-3-14 is amended to read:
             30           73-3-14. Judicial review of state engineer order.
             31          (1) (a) [Any] A person aggrieved by an order of the state engineer may obtain judicial
             32      review [by following the procedures and requirements of] in accordance with Title 63, Chapter
             33      46b, Administrative Procedures Act, and this section.
             34          (b) Venue for judicial review of an informal adjudicative [proceedings shall be]
             35      proceeding is in the county in which the [stream or] water source[, or some part of it,] or a
             36      portion of the water source is located.
             37          (c) The Supreme Court has jurisdiction to review a state engineer's order resulting from
             38      a formal adjudicative proceeding.
             39          (2) The state engineer shall be joined as a [defendant] respondent in [all suits] a
             40      petition to review [his decisions] the state engineer's decision, but no judgment for costs or
             41      expenses of the litigation may be rendered against [him] the state engineer.
             42          (3) A person who files a petition for judicial review as authorized in this section shall:
             43          (a) name the state engineer as a respondent; and
             44          (b) provide written notice in accordance with Subsection (5) to each person who filed a
             45      protest in accordance with Section 73-3-7 of:
             46          (i) the filing of the petition for judicial review; and
             47          (ii) the opportunity to intervene in accordance with Utah Rules of Civil Procedure,
             48      Rule 24.
             49          (4) In addition to the requirements of Subsection (3), a protestant in the adjudicative
             50      proceeding who files a petition for judicial review shall also name as a respondent the person:
             51          (a) who requested the adjudicative proceeding; or
             52          (b) against whom the state engineer brought the adjudicative proceeding.
             53          (5) The written notice required by this section shall:
             54          (a) be mailed:
             55          (i) within the time provided for by Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 4(b); and
             56          (ii) to the address on record with the state engineer's office at the time the order is

             57      issued; and
             58          (b) include:
             59          (i) a copy of the petition; and
             60          (ii) the address of the court in which the petition is pending.
             61          (6) If a person who files a petition for judicial review fails to provide notice as required
             62      by this section, the court shall dismiss the petition without prejudice upon:
             63          (a) the motion of a party;
             64          (b) the special appearance of a person who:
             65          (i) participated in the adjudicative proceeding; and
             66          (ii) is not a party; or
             67          (c) the court's own motion.
             68          (7) A person who files a petition for judicial review is not required to:
             69          (a) notwithstanding Subsection 63-46b-14 (3)(b), name a respondent that is not required
             70      by this section; and
             71          (b) notwithstanding Subsection 63-46b-15 (2)(a)(iv), identify all parties to the
             72      adjudicative proceeding.

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