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H.R. 3189 (113th): Water Rights Protection Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 4, 2014 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 278

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3189

[Report No. 113–372, Part I]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 26, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Bishop of Utah, Mr. McClintock, Mr. Amodei, and Mr. Polis) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

March 4, 2014

Additional sponsors: Mr. Coffman, Mrs. Lummis, Mr. Simpson, Mr. Pearce, Mr. Matheson, Mr. Stewart, Mr. Chaffetz, Mr. Gosar, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Poe of Texas, and Mr. Gardner

March 4, 2014

Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources with amendments

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

March 4, 2014

The Committee on Agriculture discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on September 26, 2013


A BILL

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


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Water Rights Protection Act .

2.

Treatment of water rights

The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture

(1)

shall not condition 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 directly to the United States, or any impairment of title, in whole or in part, granted or otherwise recognized under State law, by Federal or State adjudication, decree, or other judgment, or pursuant to any interstate water compact; and

(2)

shall not require any water user to apply for or acquire a water right in the name of the United States under State law as a condition of the issuance, renewal, amendment, or extension of any permit, approval, license, lease, allotment, easement, right-of-way, or other land use or occupancy agreement.

3.

Definition

For purposes of this Act, the term water right means any surface, groundwater, or storage use filed, permitted, certificated, confirmed, decreed, adjudicated, or otherwise recognized by a judicial proceeding or by the State in which the user acquires possession of the water or puts it to beneficial use.

4.

Impact on existing authority

Nothing in this Act limits or expands 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.

Amend the title so as to read: A bill 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..

March 4, 2014

Reported from the Committee on Natural Resources with amendments

March 4, 2014

The Committee on Agriculture discharged; committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union and ordered to be printed