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State Engineer Statutes Cleanup

Concerning requirements governing implementation of the state engineer's functions, and, in connection therewith, restructuring the fee that the state engineer may charge for rating certain types of water infrastructure, repealing certain requirements, and updating language in the statutes regarding the division of water resources.
2017 Regular Session
Bill Summary

Water Resources Review Committee.

Section 8 of the bill restructures the fee that the state engineer may charge for rating certain types of water infrastructure from $25 per day plus actual expenses incurred in determining the rating to a flat fee of $75.

Section 1 specifies the location of the state engineer's office as within the capitol complex.

Section 2 permits the state engineer to use new technology that can accomplish the same functions as satellite or telemetry-based monitoring systems and is more cost effective.

The bill repeals certain requirements as follows:

  • In sections 1, 4, and 11 , the requirement that certain officials take an oath and post bond;
  • In section 8, certain fee requirements; and
  • In section 14 , the requirement that the state engineer survey, lay out, and locate a ditch or canal along the Arkansas river.

Section 16 increases the amount of time for filing comments on a substitute water supply plan from 30 days after the state engineer mails the notice to 35 days after mailing the notice.

The bill updates language within the statutes related to the state engineer and the division of water resources.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. J. Sonnenberg
Rep. J. Arndt



Sen. L. Crowder, Sen. K. Donovan
Rep. P. Rosenthal

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details