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S.B. 254

This document includes Senate 2nd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM by kcallred. -->             

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Senate 2nd Reading Amendments 3-8-2013 kc/tjn



Chief Sponsor: Wayne A. Harper

House Sponsor: John R. Westwood


             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill enacts provisions that require the state engineer to impose a civil fine under
             10      certain circumstances.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    enacts provisions that require the state engineer to impose a civil fine on a person
             14      who takes certain actions without holding a well drilling license.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      ENACTS:
             21          73-3-26.1, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 73-3-26.1 is enacted to read:
             25          73-3-26.1. Violations -- Civil fine.
             26          (1) (a) In addition to the criminal penalty described in Subsection 73-3-26 (1), the state
             27      engineer S. [ shall ] may .S impose a civil fine of $500 for each day that a person is in violation
             27a      of

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     Subsection 73-3-26 (1).
             29          (b) The state engineer may collect an unpaid civil fine described in Subsection (1)(a)
             30      by bringing an action in district court for the district where the violation occurred.
             31          (2) The state engineer shall impose the fine described in Subsection (1)(a) by issuing a
             32      written notice of violation to the person described in Subsection (1)(a) that:
             33          (a) clearly describes the nature of the alleged violation;
             34          (b) includes a reference to this section;
             35          (c) explains that the person shall notify the state engineer within 20 days after the day
             36      on which the person receives the notice of violation if the person seeks to contest the fine at a
             37      hearing conducted in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 4, Administrative Procedures Act;
             38          (d) explains the consequences of failing to contest or pay the fine; and
             39          (e) is served by the state engineer in accordance with the Utah Rules of Civil
             40      Procedure.
             41          (3) (a) If a person who is served with a notice of violation under Subsection (2) fails to
             42      request a hearing to contest the fine within 20 calendar days after the day on which the notice
             43      of violation is served, the fine becomes the final order of the state engineer and is not subject to
             44      further agency review.
             45          (b) The state engineer may extend, for cause, the period to contest the fine.
             46          (4) If a fine becomes final, the state engineer may:
             47          (a) refuse to issue a well drilling license under Section 73-3-25 to the person;
             48          (b) refuse to renew the well drilling license of the person;
             49          (c) revoke the well drilling license of the person; or
             50          (d) place the person's well drilling license on probation.
             51          (5) The state engineer may not impose a fine under this section if more than six months
             52      have passed since the day on which the violation last occurred.
             53          (6) The state engineer shall deposit into the General Fund any fine collected under this
             54      section.

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Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-27-13 11:33 AM

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