HB 1713 Modifies provisions relating to regulation of water systems
Sponsor: Emery
LR Number: 5243S.04T Fiscal Notes
Committee: Commerce, Consumer Protection, Energy and the Environment
Last Action: 9/14/2016 - Legislature voted to override Governor's veto Journal Page: H43
Title: SCS HCS HB 1713 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: Emergency clause
House Handler: Remole

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SCS/HCS/HB 1713 - This act modifies provisions relating to the regulation of water systems.

DESIGN-BUILD CONTRACTS(Section 67.5070) - This act authorizes any political subdivision to use a design-build contractor for wastewater and water treatment projects. The Department of Economic Development is required to consider design-build wastewater or water treatment projects when disbursing grants under the Community Development Block Grant program.

The Department of Natural Resources is prohibited from precluding design-build contracts from being considered for funding from the Water and Wastewater Loan Fund.

This provision is substantially similar to the perfected SCS/SB 781 (2016) and SB 398 (2015), and is similar to SB 789 (2016) and HB 1894 (2016).

MULTIPURPOSE WATER RESOURCES (Sections 256.437-256.447) - This act adds several provisions relating to multipurpose water resources. Under this act, the term "water resource project" shall mean a project containing planning, design, construction, or renovation of public water supply, flood control storage, or treatment or transmission facilities for public water supply. This act changes the name of the "Water Resource Program" to the "Multipurpose Water Resource Program", and changes the name of the "Multipurpose Water Resource Program Renewable Water Program Fund" to the "Multipurpose Water Resource Program Fund". Further, this act requires the Department of Natural Resources to establish rules by which water resource project sponsors can remit contributions to the Multipurpose Water Resource Program Fund who are awarded financial assistance from the Fund, and requires that any plan submitted to the Director of the Department of Natural Resources for the construction of a water resource project shall include a schedule, proposed by the sponsor, to remit contributions back to the Fund. Such contributions shall be used to administer the Fund, and to provide financial assistance under the Multipurpose Water Resource Act.

This provision is identical to provisions contained in HCS/SS/SCS/SB 704 (2016) and HCS/SS/SB 937 (2017), is substantially similar to a provision contained in the perfected SS#2/HCS/HB 1717 (2016), and is similar to SB 1120 (2016).

WATER FLUORIDATION (Section 640.136) - This act requires any public water system or public water supply district to notify the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Health and Senior Services, and their customers if they intend to modify fluoridation levels of its water supply. The notification shall be in a time and manner as set forth in this act. If notification requirements are not observed by the system or district, they shall return fluoridation to its previous level until proper notification is provided. If the water system is investor-owned, the entity seeking to modify fluoridation is required to meet the requirements set forth in this act.

This provision is identical to SS#2/HCS/HB 1717 (2016), is substantially similar to HCS/SS/SB 476 (2015) and HCS/HB 119 (2015), and is similar to SCS/HCS/SB 1078 (2014).

CLEAN WATER COMMISSION (Section 644.021) - Currently, the Clean Water Commission is composed of 7 members, with 2 such members, but not more than 2, knowledgeable in agriculture, industry or mining, and no more than 4 members shall represent the public. Under this act, at least 2 members shall be knowledgeable in agriculture, industry or mining, and no more than 4 members shall represent the public.

This provision is identical to a provision contained in HCS/SS/SCS/SB 704 (2016) and HCS/SS/SB 937 (2016).

WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS (Section 644.200) - This act requires the Department of Natural Resources to provide municipalities served by a wastewater treatment system with information regarding system upgrade options to meet any new or existing discharge requirements. Further, the municipality may conduct an analysis of available options to meet any new or existing discharge requirements, with such analysis including an examination of the feasibility and the costs associated with each option. If upgrading or expanding the existing wastewater treatment system is feasible, cost effective, and will meet discharge requirements, the Department of Natural Resources shall allow the municipality to implement such option.

This provision contains an emergency clause.

This provision is identical to a provision contained in SS#2/HCS/HB 1717 (2016).

KAYLA HAHN