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Study Strengthening Water Anti-speculation Law

Concerning a study to consider the strengthening of the prohibition on speculative appropriations of water.
2020 Regular Session
Bill Summary

Current law specifies that an appropriation of water cannot be based on speculation. Speculation may be evidenced by either of the following:

  • The applicant for an appropriation of water does not have either a legally vested interest or a reasonable expectation of procuring such an interest in the lands or facilities to be served by the appropriation, unless the appropriator is a governmental agency or an agent in fact for the persons proposed to be benefitted by the appropriation; or
  • The applicant does not have a specific plan and intent to divert, store, or otherwise capture, possess, and control a specific quantity of water for specific beneficial uses.

The act requires the executive director of the department of natural resources to convene a work group to explore ways to strengthen current anti-speculation law and to report to the water resources review committee by August 15, 2021, regarding any recommended changes.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    03/11/2020 Signed Act PDF
    03/04/2020 Final Act PDF
    02/27/2020 Rerevised PDF
    02/24/2020 Revised PDF
    01/29/2020 Reengrossed PDF
    01/28/2020 Engrossed PDF
    01/08/2020 Introduced PDF

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