SB 814
Modifies provisions relating to state land survey duties
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Last Action:
4/3/2012 - Voted Do Pass S Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2012

Current Bill Summary

SB 814 - Under current law, $1 of a $4 fee collected by county recorders is remitted to the state for purposes of administering state land survey duties by the Department of Natural Resources. The act creates the Missouri Land Survey Fund and directs the fee revenue into this fund.

The act changes the name of the state land survey authority to the land survey program and updates statutory references in numerous places.

The act modifies several of the land survey duties of the Department of Natural Resources. It directs the department to provide the framework for all geodetic positioning activities in the state. Under current law, the department's regulations for land surveyors are advisory in nature. The act removes the advisory nature of the department's regulations, making the department's regulations enforceable.

The act changes the name of the Land Survey Advisory Committee to the Land Survey Commission and increases the membership on the Commission from 5 to 7. It limits members to three consecutive terms. The act adds a few additional duties to the Commission: providing recommendations on the operation of the land survey program and the selection of the state land surveyor. It also requires the Attorney General to advise the Commission upon its request and represent the Commission in legal proceedings.

The act allows revenue from sales of the department's surveying information to be deposited in the Department of Natural Resources Revolving Services Fund and expands what the Fund may be used for, which includes computer hardware and software and personnel related to retail services provided by the land survey program to the public.

The act is similar to TAT/SS/SCS/HB 1251 (2012) and HCS/HB 1395 (2012).