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H.B. 226






Chief Sponsor: Patrick Painter

Senate Sponsor: David P. Hinkins

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill addresses requirements for well drillers.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    defines "well drilling" to include installation or repair of a pump in a well;
             14          .    allows pump installation or repair without a license, but with registration, in certain
             15      circumstances on a person's own property;
             16          .    subjects a person installing or repairing a pump in a well for compensation to well
             17      driller licensing requirements;    
             18          .    requires the state engineer to create a registration system for well drilling without a
             19      license; and
             20          .    makes technical changes.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      AMENDS:
             27          73-3-25, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapters 282 and 382

             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 73-3-25 is amended to read:
             31           73-3-25. Well driller's license -- Enforcement.
             32          (1) As used in this section:
             33          (a) "Well" means an open or cased excavation or borehole for diverting, using, or
             34      monitoring underground water made by any construction method.
             35          (b) "Well driller" means a person with a license to engage in well drilling for
             36      compensation or otherwise.
             37          (c) "Well drilling" means the act of:
             38          (i) drilling, constructing, repairing, renovating, deepening, cleaning, developing, or
             39      abandoning a well[.]; or
             40          (ii) installing or repairing a pump in a well.
             41          (2) (a) Notwithstanding Subsection (3), a person who installs or repairs a pump in a
             42      well on the person's own property for the person's own use:
             43          (i) is not required to obtain a license under this section; and
             44          (ii) shall register with the state engineer in accordance with Subsection (2)(c).
             45          (b) A person who installs or repairs a pump in a well for compensation:
             46          (i) shall obtain a license as required by Subsection (3); and
             47          (ii) is subject to all of this section's provisions.
             48          (c) The state engineer shall establish a process for a person who installs or repairs a
             49      pump in accordance with Subsection (2)(a) to register.
             50          [(2)] (3) (a) (i) A person shall obtain a license as provided in this section before
             51      engaging in well drilling.
             52          (ii) The state engineer may enforce Subsection [(2)] (3)(a)(i) in accordance with
             53      Sections 73-2-25 and 73-2-26 .
             54          (b) A person applying for a well driller license shall file a well driller bond:
             55          (i) with the state engineer; and
             56          (ii) payable to the Division of Water Rights.
             57          (c) (i) Compliance with this section and the rules authorized by this section is required
             58      to obtain or renew a well driller license.

             59          (ii) The state engineer may refuse to issue a license if it appears an applicant [violated]
             60      violates a rule authorized by this section.
             61          (d) A well driller license is not transferable.
             62          [(3)] (4) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking
             63      Act, the state engineer may make rules establishing:
             64          (a) the amount, form, and general administrative requirements of a well driller bond;
             65          (b) the amount of a well driller fine;
             66          (c) minimum well drilling standards;
             67          (d) well driller reporting requirements;
             68          (e) the requirements for obtaining a well driller license, including:
             69          (i) a well driller license application form;
             70          (ii) the license expiration date; and
             71          (iii) the license renewal cycle; and
             72          (f) a procedure to enforce a well drilling standard or other well drilling requirement.
             73          [(4)] (5) (a) A well driller shall submit a report to the state engineer:
             74          (i) containing data relating to each well;
             75          (ii) within 30 days after the completion or abandonment of the well drilling;
             76          (iii) on forms furnished by the state engineer; and
             77          (iv) containing information required by the state engineer.
             78          (b) In accordance with Sections 73-2-25 and 73-2-26 , the state engineer may
             79      commence an enforcement action against a person who fails to submit a report required by
             80      Subsection [(4)] (5)(a) within 90 days of the day on which the well driller license lapses.
             81          [(5)] (6) (a) A well driller shall comply with the rules authorized by this section.
             82          (b) If the state engineer determines that a well driller has failed to comply with a rule,
             83      the state engineer may, in accordance with the procedures established in rule:
             84          (i) (A) order that a well driller pay a fine; or
             85          (B) revoke or suspend the well driller's license; and
             86          (ii) exact the bond.
             87          [(6)] (7) (a) The state engineer shall retain the money from a fine or exacting a bond as
             88      a dedicated credit.
             89          (b) The state engineer may expend:

             90          (i) money retained from a fine for:
             91          (A) well drilling inspection;
             92          (B) well drilling enforcement; or
             93          (C) well driller education; and
             94          (ii) money retained from exacting a bond to investigate or correct a deficiency by a
             95      well driller that could adversely affect the public interest resulting from noncompliance with a
             96      rule authorized by this section.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-1-09 2:44 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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