H.R. 3189: Water Rights Protection Act

Sep 26, 2013
Passed House
3% chance of being enacted
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Scott Tipton
Representative for Colorado's 3rd congressional district
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Last Updated
Mar 24, 2014
4 pages
Related Bills
S. 1630 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Oct 31, 2013

H.Res. 515 (rule)

Agreed To (Simple Resolution)
Mar 13, 2014


This bill passed in the House on March 13, 2014 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Introduced Sep 26, 2013
Referred to Committee Sep 26, 2013
Reported by Committee Nov 14, 2013
Passed House Mar 13, 2014
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...

3% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To prohibit the conditioning of any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.


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Mar 13, 2014 5:41 p.m.
Passed 238/174

15 cosponsors (13R, 2D) (show)

House Agriculture

Conservation, Energy, and Forestry

House Natural Resources

Water and Power

Senate Energy and Natural Resources

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3/13/2014--Passed House amended.
Water Rights Protection Act - Prohibits the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) from:
(1) conditioning the issuance, renewal, amendment, or extension of any permit, approval, license, lease, allotment, easement, right-of-way, or other land use or occupancy agreement on the transfer of any water right (including joint or sole ownership) directly to the United States, or any impairment in title, in whole or in part, granted or recognized under state law, by federal or state adjudication, decree, or other judgment, or pursuant to any interstate water compact; and
(2) requiring any water user (including any federally recognized Indian tribe) to apply for a water right in the name of the United States under state law as a condition of such a land use or occupancy agreement.
States that nothing in this Act shall:
(1) limit or expand any existing authority of the Secretaries to condition any permit, approval, license, lease, allotment, easement, right-of-way, or other land use or occupancy agreement on federal lands subject to their respective jurisdictions;
(2) interfere with existing or future Bureau of Reclamation contracts;
(3) affect the implementation of the Endangered Species Act of 1973;
(4) limit or expand any existing federal reserved water rights on lands administered by the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture;
(5) limit or expand certain authorities under the Federal Power Act; and
(6) limit or expand any existing reserved water right or treaty right of any federally recognized Indian tribe.

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