Chief Sponsor: Keven J. Stratton

Senate Sponsor: Ralph Okerlund


9     Committee Note:
10          The Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee
11     recommended this bill.
12               Legislative Vote:     13 voting for     0 voting against     6 absent
13     General Description:
14          This bill addresses the Legislative Water Development Commission.
15     Highlighted Provisions:
16          This bill:
17          ▸     extends the sunset date of the Legislative Water Development Commission;
18          ▸     corrects references to the name of the commission to be the Legislative Water
19     Development Commission;
20          ▸     addresses appointment of nonvoting members of the commission;
21          ▸     addresses duties of the commission;
22          ▸     repeals reference to river districts and a 2016 report; and
23          ▸     makes technical and conforming changes.
24     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
25          None
26     Other Special Clauses:
27          None

28     Utah Code Sections Affected:
29     AMENDS:
30          63I-1-273, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2019, Chapters 96 and 246
31          73-10g-105, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2019, Chapter 246
32          73-27-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2017, Chapter 477
33          73-27-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 418
34     REPEALS:
35          73-27-101, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2000, Chapter 124

37     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
38          Section 1. Section 63I-1-273 is amended to read:
39          63I-1-273. Repeal dates, Title 73.
40          In relation to the Legislative Water Development Commission, on January 1, [2021]
41     2031:
42          (1) in Subsection 73-10g-105(3), the language that states "and in consultation with the
43     [State] Legislative Water Development Commission created in Section 73-27-102" is repealed;
44          (2) Subsection 73-10g-203(4)(a) is repealed; and
45          (3) Title 73, Chapter 27, [State] Legislative Water Development Commission, is
46     repealed.
47          Section 2. Section 73-10g-105 is amended to read:
48          73-10g-105. Loans -- Rulemaking.
49          (1) (a) The division and the board shall make rules, in accordance with Title 63G,
50     Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, in preparation to make loans from available
51     funds to repair, replace, or improve underfunded federal water infrastructure projects.
52          (b) Subject to Chapter 26, Bear River Development Act, and Chapter 28, Lake Powell
53     Pipeline Development Act, the division and the board shall make rules, in accordance with
54     Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, in preparation to make loans from
55     available funds to develop the state's undeveloped share of the Bear and Colorado rivers.
56          (2) The rules described in Subsection (1) shall:
57          (a) specify the amount of money that may be loaned;
58          (b) specify the criteria the division and the board shall consider in prioritizing and

59     awarding loans;
60          (c) specify the minimum qualifications for [an individual who, or entity that, receives]
61     a person to receive a loan, including the amount of cost-sharing to be the responsibility of the
62     [individual or entity] person applying for a loan;
63          (d) specify the terms of the loan, including the terms of repayment; and
64          (e) require [all applicants] an applicant for a loan to apply on forms provided by the
65     division and in a manner required by the division.
66          (3) The division and the board shall, in making the rules described in Subsection (1)
67     and in consultation with the [State] Legislative Water Development Commission created in
68     Section 73-27-102:
69          (a) establish criteria for better water data and data reporting;
70          (b) establish new conservation targets based on the data described in Subsection (3)(a);
71          (c) institute a process for the independent verification of the data described in
72     Subsection (3)(a);
73          (d) establish a plan for an independent review of:
74          (i) the proposed construction plan for an applicant's qualifying water infrastructure
75     project; and
76          (ii) the applicant's plan to repay the loan for the construction of the proposed water
77     infrastructure project;
78          (e) invite and recommend public involvement; and
79          (f) set appropriate financing and repayment terms.
80          (4) The division and the board shall provide regular updates to the Legislative
81     Management Committee on the progress made under this section, including whether the
82     division and board intend to issue a request for proposals.
83          Section 3. Section 73-27-102 is amended to read:
84          73-27-102. Legislative Water Development Commission created.
85          (1) The Legislative Water Development Commission is created to determine the state's
86     role in the protection, conservation, and development of the state's water resources.
87          (2) (a) The commission membership shall include:
88          [(a)] (i) five members of the Senate, appointed by the president of the Senate, no more
89     than four of whom may be from the same political party;

90          [(b)] (ii) eight members of the House of Representatives, appointed by the speaker of
91     the House of Representatives, no more than six of whom may be from the same political party;
92     and
93          [(c)] (iii) subject to Subsections (2)(b) and (c), nonvoting members, appointed by the
94     Legislative Management Committee, [upon recommendation] from a list recommended by the
95     cochairs of the commission described in Subsection (5).
96          (b) If the Legislative Management Committee chooses to not appoint an individual on
97     the list described in Subsection (2)(a)(iii), the Legislative Management Committee may ask the
98     cochairs of the commission to submit an additional list of recommendations.
99          (c) The Legislative Management Committee may not appoint an individual who is not
100     recommended by the cochairs of the commission.
101          (3) (a) The members appointed by the Legislative Management Committee under
102     Subsection (2)[(c)](a)(iii) shall be appointed or reappointed to a two-year term.
103          (b) When a vacancy occurs in the membership for any reason, the Legislative
104     Management Committee, in consultation with the cochairs of the commission, shall appoint a
105     replacement for the unexpired term.
106          (4) The president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives shall,
107     to the extent possible, appoint members under Subsections (2)(a)(i) and [(b)] (ii) that represent
108     both rural and urban areas of the state.
109          (5) (a) The president of the Senate shall designate a member of the Senate appointed
110     under Subsection (2)(a)(i) as a cochair of the commission.
111          (b) The speaker of the House of Representatives shall designate a member of the House
112     of Representatives appointed under Subsection (2)[(b)](a)(ii) as a cochair of the commission.
113          (6) Attendance by at least 50% of one legislative house and more than 50% of the other
114     legislative house constitutes a quorum.
115          (7) (a) Compensation and expenses of a member of the commission who is a legislator
116     are governed by Section 36-2-2 and Legislative Joint Rules, Title 5, Legislative Compensation
117     and Expenses.
118          (b) Commission members who are employees of the state shall receive no additional
119     compensation.
120          (c) Other commission members shall receive no compensation or expenses for their

121     service on the commission.
122          (8) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall provide staff support
123     to the commission.
124          Section 4. Section 73-27-103 is amended to read:
125          73-27-103. Duties of commission.
126          (1) The commission shall consider and make recommendations to the Legislature and
127     governor on the following issues:
128          (a) how the water needs of the state's growing agricultural, municipal, and industrial
129     sectors will be met;
130          (b) what the impact of federal regulations and legislation will be on the ability of the
131     state to manage and develop its compacted water rights;
132          (c) how the state will fund water projects;
133          (d) whether the state should become an owner and operator of water projects;
134          (e) how the state will encourage the implementation of water conservation programs;
135     and
136          (f) other water issues of statewide importance.
137          (2) The commission shall[: (a)] consult with the Division of Water Resources and the
138     Board of Water Resources regarding:
139          [(i)] (a) recommendations for rules, criteria, targets, processes, and plans described in
140     Subsection 73-10g-105(3); and
141          [(ii)] (b) the scope of any request for proposals that may be issued by the Division of
142     Water Resources and Board of Water Resources to assist in creating the rules, criteria, targets,
143     processes, and plans described in Subsection 73-10g-105(3)[; and] .
144          [(b) report the recommendations described in Subsection (2)(a) to the Natural
145     Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee and the Legislative Management
146     Committee by October 30, 2016.]
147          (3) The commission may:
148          (a) form one or more working groups from the membership of the commission to
149     consider and study the issues described in this section; and
150          (b) meet up to six times per calendar year without approval from the Legislative
151     Management Committee.

152          Section 5. Repealer.
153          This bill repeals:
154          Section 73-27-101, River districts.