Agriculture Environment & Water
55th Legislature - 2nd Regular Session, 2022 Sunday, Sep 25 2022 12:09 AM
Bill Summaries
H2037: COUNTIES; POWERS; WATER SUPPLY PROJECTS (EXPENDITURES; AUTHORITY; WATER; WASTEWATER)

County boards of supervisors are authorized to enter into agreements with federal, state, and local governments for the acceptance, management, and distribution of federal funds related to projects to increase water supply and availability to a municipal water provider, an irrigation district for agricultural use within the county, and/or a county flood control district for aquifer recharge within the county. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8)
Others: Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2037: COUNTIES; POWERS; WATER SUPPLY PROJECTS 4/22 signed by governor. Chap. 164, Laws 2022. message
H2042: BIOMASS; FORESTRY AND FIRE MANAGEMENT

The Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management is required to regulate "biomass" (defined elsewhere in statute) energy providers in a manner determined by the State Forester by rule. Biomass energy providers are not public service corporations and are not subject to regulation by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

First sponsor: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2042: BIOMASS; FORESTRY AND FIRE MANAGEMENT 1/12 referred to House nat res-energy-water.
H2053: DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; CONTINUATION

The statutory life of the Department of Environmental Quality is extended eight years to July 1, 2030. Retroactive to July 1, 2022. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- AEW support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

H2053: DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY; CONTINUATION 3/25 signed by governor. Chap. 62, Laws 2022. message
H2054: WATER QUALITY APPEALS BOARD; CONTINUATION

The statutory life of the Water Quality Appeals Board is extended eight years to July 1, 2030. Retroactive to July 1, 2022. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2054: WATER QUALITY APPEALS BOARD; CONTINUATION 4/13 signed by governor. Chap. 121, Laws 2022. message
H2055: HARQUAHALA NON-EXPANSION AREA; GROUNDWATER TRANSPORTATION

A public service corporation that is regulated by the Corporation Commission, that holds a certificate of convenience and necessity for water service in an initial active management area, and that owns land eligible to be irrigated in the Harquahala irrigation non-expansion area, as well as this state and a political subdivision of this state, are eligible to transport groundwater away from the Harquahala irrigation non-expansion area for transportation to an initial active management area for its own use or use by the Arizona Water Banking Authority if a list of specified conditions are met. AS PASSED HOUSE

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)
Others: Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- AEW support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

Mirror - S1147

H2055: HARQUAHALA NON-EXPANSION AREA; GROUNDWATER TRANSPORTATION 3/22 from Senate rules okay.
H2056: FIFTH MANAGEMENT PERIOD; EXTENSION

The end of the fifth management period for active management areas is extended ten years to 2035. The deadline for all persons notified pursuant to statute to comply with the applicable irrigation water duty or conservation requirements for the fifth management period is also extended ten years to January 1, 2035.

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25), Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- AEW support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

Dead

H2056: FIFTH MANAGEMENT PERIOD; EXTENSION 1/12 referred to House nat res-energy-water.
H2057: WATER SUPPLY DEVELOPMENT FUND; REVISIONS

Monies in the Water Supply Development Revolving Fund may be used for providing technical assistance to water providers for water supply development projects. Increases the maximum amount of a single Water Infrastructure Finance Authority grant to water providers for water supply development projects to $250,000, from $100,000. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)
Others: Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2057: WATER SUPPLY DEVELOPMENT FUND; REVISIONS 3/25 signed by governor. Chap. 63, Laws 2022. message
H2101: ELECTRIC ENERGY; RELIABILITY; PUBLIC POLICY

Statutes regulating electric power competition are repealed and replaced, and the chapter heading is changed to "electric energy reliability." "Public power entities" (defined) are required to establish an ombudsman office to investigate retail electric service complaints and adopt rules and procedures to protect the public against deceptive, unfair, and abusive business practices. Public power entities are prohibited from releasing customer-specific information without specific prior written customer authorization, with some exceptions. By January 1, 2024, a public power entity that is an agricultural improvement district is required to offer a "buy-through" (defined) program that meets specified conditions. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)
Others: Rep. Abraham (D - Dist 10), Sen. Barto (R - Dist 15), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25), Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1), Rep. Cano (D - Dist 3), Rep. Chavez (D - Dist 29), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2), Rep. Diaz (R - Dist 14), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. Espinoza (D - Dist 19), Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Rep. Grantham (R - Dist 12), Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Rep. John (R - Dist 4), Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23), Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Rep. Liguori (D - Dist 28), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Rep. Longdon (D - Dist 24), Rep. Martinez (R - Dist 11), Rep. Meza (D - Dist 30), Rep. Nguyen (R - Dist 1), Sen. Petersen (R - Dist 12), Rep. Pingerelli (R - Dist 21), Rep. Quiñonez (D - Dist 27), Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27), Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8), Rep. Sierra (D - Dist 19), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22), Sen. Townsend (R - Dist 16), Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17), Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

substituted in Senate for identical bill 1631. FAILED Senate 14-13.

***possible reconsideration, check back to see status

H2101: ELECTRIC ENERGY; RELIABILITY; PUBLIC POLICY 4/26 signed by governor. Chap. 191, Laws 2022. message
H2126: HAZARDOUS WASTE PROGRAM FEES

Department of Environmental Quality rules establishing various fees for the hazardous waste program are no longer required to be reviewed by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. Deletes the prohibition on those fees increasing without specific statutory authority for the increase. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)
Others: Rep. Burges (R - Dist 1)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2126: HAZARDOUS WASTE PROGRAM FEES 3/30 signed by governor.Chap. 87, Laws 2022. message
H2127: FIRE SUPPRESSION; ASSISTANCE; PRIVATE LANDOWNERS

Modifies the requirements for private landowners to qualify for financial assistance from the FY2020-21 appropriation to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management for wildfire emergency response, to allow a landowner to provide information to the Dept that the landowner does not qualify for other reimbursement. Also requires the Dept to prioritize distributions of financial assistance to private landowners.

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2127: FIRE SUPPRESSION; ASSISTANCE; PRIVATE LANDOWNERS 2/3 House COW approved. Substituted in House for identical bill 1146.
H2182: LIVESTOCK ASSISTANCE PROGRAM; INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS

Establishes a Livestock Operator Fire and Flood Assistance Grant Program is established under the Arizona Department of Agriculture (AZDA) to provide grant monies to landowners and lessees of a livestock operation for "infrastructure" (defined) projects that are required as a result of a wildfire and associated flooding and that are either not eligible for funding from another federal or state program or are partially funded by another federal or state program. AZDA is required to develop guidelines and criteria to implement the program, including an application process and reporting requirements for grant recipients. Establishes the Livestock Operator Fire and Flood Assistance Fund and authorizes AZDA to use up to five percent of the monies appropriated to the Fund in any fiscal year to administer the Program. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8)
Others: Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2182: LIVESTOCK ASSISTANCE PROGRAM; INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS 6/13 signed by governor. Chap. 292, Laws 2022. message
H2231: UNIVERSITIES; WATER RIGHTS ADJUDICATION

To the extent permitted by court rule, a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents is authorized to offer pro bono assistance to claimants who are small landowners in the general stream adjudication of water rights who are not represented by counsel. Any university that offers such assistance is required to cooperate and coordinate with the faculty of a cooperative extension in Arizona that has a program to support the economic vitality of rural communities and the use of natural resources in those communities. By November 15 of each year, a university that offers such assistance is required to submit a written report of assistance activities to the Governor and the Legislature. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

H2231: UNIVERSITIES; WATER RIGHTS ADJUDICATION 4/18 signed by governor. Chap. 152, Laws 2022. message
H2232: NONPROFIT GENERATION AND TRANSMISSION COOPERATIVES

Statute governing how public service corporations are regulated by the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) applies to a generation and transmission cooperative that is regulated by the ACC but does not apply to the cooperative's gross intrastate revenues that are derived from sales of electricity to another cooperative electric utility that is both regulated by the ACC and subject to the ACC's annual assessment. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2232: NONPROFIT GENERATION AND TRANSMISSION COOPERATIVES 3/30 signed by governor. Chap. 96, Laws 2022. message
H2255: FIREWORKS; PERMISSIBLE USE; DIWALI

The dates that counties with a population of more than 500,000 persons and municipalities within those counties cannot prohibit the sale of permissible consumer fireworks is expanded to include two days before the first day of Diwali through the third day of Diwali, and the dates that those counties and municipalities cannot prohibit the use of permissible consumer fireworks is expanded to include the second and third days of Diwali. Prohibits local governing bodies from regulating the use of permissible consumer fireworks if the fireworks are being used as part of a religious ceremony. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2255: FIREWORKS; PERMISSIBLE USE; DIWALI 7/6 signed by governor. Chap. 372, Laws 2022. message
H2256: ASSURED WATER SUPPLY; SERVICE AREA

For the purposes of determining the physical availability of groundwater to be withdrawn through future wells for all assured water supply determinations, the Director of the Department of Water Resources is required to assume that the service area of a water provider that is a municipality is coterminous with the municipality boundaries, the service area of a water provider that is an improvement district is coterminous with its district boundaries, and that the service area of a water provider that is a private water company regulated by the Corporation Commission is coterminous with its certificate of convenience and necessity boundaries.

First sponsor: Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- concept support, wait for Griffin package of 2256, 2258, 2331

H2256: ASSURED WATER SUPPLY; SERVICE AREA 2/3 withdrawn from House nat res-energy-water and further referred to House mil-pub safety.
H2257: JURISDICTION; NAVIGABLE WATERS; NO CONNECTION

This state has exclusive jurisdiction over water features within Arizona that do not have a permanent surface connection with and that may contribute only a minor amount of surface water to navigable waters.

First sponsor: Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2257: JURISDICTION; NAVIGABLE WATERS; NO CONNECTION 1/24 referred to House nat res-energy-water.
H2258: ASSURED WATER; SUPPLY; NONLOCAL WATER

For an application for a certificate of assured water supply that proposes to use a water supply other than groundwater withdrawn from within the active management area in which the proposed development is located, the proposed source must be deemed consistent with the goal of the active management area. If the proposed source is stored water recovered within the area of impact, the proposed source must be deemed physically available and the Department of Water Resources is prohibited from reviewing the physical availability of other sources of water. If a municipal provider proposes to use a source of water in the same water system with Central Arizona Project water, surface water, effluent or groundwater, the proposed source does not affect the continuous, legal and physical availability of the proposed source, without regard to the continuous, legal and physical availability of other supplies within the same municipal provider's water system.

First sponsor: Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- concept support, wait for Griffin package of 2256, 2258, 2331

H2258: ASSURED WATER; SUPPLY; NONLOCAL WATER 1/24 referred to House nat res-energy-water.
H2327: DROUGHT MITIGATION REVOLVING FUND; APPROPRIATION

Appropriates an unspecified number (blank in original) of billion dollars from the general fund in FY2022-23 to the Drought Mitigation Revolving Fund.

First sponsor: Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25)
Others: Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2327: DROUGHT MITIGATION REVOLVING FUND; APPROPRIATION 1/20 referred to House nat res-energy-water, appro.
H2331: AREA OF IMPACT; STORED WATER

For the purpose of statute governing underground water storage, the definition of "area of impact" means the area within one mile of an existing or proposed underground storage facility where the water is or will be stored, the area within one mile of the groundwater replenishment district boundaries that has a permit for a groundwater savings facility where the water is or will be stored, or any other area shown to have been positively impacted by the storage of the water to be recovered.

First sponsor: Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- concept support, wait for Griffin package of 2256, 2258, 2331

H2331: AREA OF IMPACT; STORED WATER 1/24 referred to House nat res-energy-water.
H2400: TPT; EXEMPTION; AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT

The list of exemptions from the retail classification of transaction privilege taxes is expanded to include any machinery and equipment used for commercial production of agricultural crops in Arizona, instead of only new machinery and equipment, and to add agricultural "off-highway vehicles" (defined) used for commercial production of agricultural crops in Arizona. Applies to taxable period beginning on or after the first day of the month following the effective date of this legislation.

First sponsor: Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22), Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. John (R - Dist 4), Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15), Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2400: TPT; EXEMPTION; AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT 3/16 from Senate fin do pass.
H2406: WATER QUALITY FEE FUND

Monies in the Water Quality Fee Fund must be used for activities required to implement specified water quality statutes, instead of for a list of specified activities. The Department of Water Resources is required to adopt by rule fees to pay the expenses of implementing the Aquifer Protection Permit Program, and statute restricting those fees to specified maximums is deleted. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2406: WATER QUALITY FEE FUND 4/29 signed by governor. Chap. 204, Laws 2022. message
H2409: MULTI-COUNTY WATER DISTRICTS; STORAGE TAX

The maximum tax levy for water storage of $0.04 per $100 of assessed valuation in a multi-county water conservation district is extended through December 31, 2029, after which the maximum tax levy is reduced to $0.03 per $100 of assess valuation. The delayed repeal of statute authorizing the tax levy is extended five years to January 2, 2035. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

H2409: MULTI-COUNTY WATER DISTRICTS; STORAGE TAX 4/18 signed by governor. Chap. 154, Laws 2022. message
H2410: ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS; AMENDMENTS

Various changes to statutes regulating environmental programs. Repeals the article of statute regulating dry wells, including dry well registration and license to drill. Repeals the dust-free developments program. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is allowed, instead of required, to adopt rules for air pollution emission standards for off-road vehicles. Repeals session law requiring ADEQ to establish a daily visibility index to be used in evaluating and reporting current visibility conditions and progress toward visibility improvement goals in area A. An underground injection is prohibited if the injection is into a well that is subject to a drinking water protected use classification. The requirement for a property owner that has elected to leave contamination on the property that exceeds the applicable residential standard for the property to record with the county recorder a restrictive covenant labeled “declaration of environmental use restriction” applies only at a site remediated under programs, settlements, or orders administered by ADEQ under Title 49 (The Environment). The deadline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to approve proposed modifications to the gasoline fuel formulation requirements as part of the State Implementation Plan for air quality is extended two years, to July 1, 2024. Session law directs clear title of a specified square mile of real property in Maricopa County to be conveyed from ADEQ to the Department of Administration. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2410: ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS; AMENDMENTS 4/25 signed by governor. Chap. 177, Laws 2022. message
H2411: COAL COMBUSTION RESIDUALS PROGRAM

Adds a new article to Title 49 (The Environment) allowing the Director of the Department of Environmental Quality to adopt rules to establish and operate a Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Program equivalent to or at least as protective as the federal CCR Program for the purpose of obtaining approval to operate the federal CCR Program. Federal CCR regulations may be adopted by reference. The rules are required to provide requirements for issuing, denying, suspending, or modifying individual CCR permits, and must include a list of specified provisions. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

H2411: COAL COMBUSTION RESIDUALS PROGRAM 4/25 signed by governor. Chap. 178, Laws 2022. message
H2510: RURAL MANAGEMENT AREAS

A county board of supervisors in a county outside of an active management area and that contains or is bordered by the Colorado River may designate by resolution one or more groundwater basins or subbasins in the county as a rural management area if the board finds that one or more of a list of specified conditions exist. A process for the board to adopt the resolution is established, including public notice, public meetings and a majority vote. The resolution is required to provide for the formation of a 5-member rural management area advisory council to establish management goals for the rural management area and identify best management practices to achieve the goals. The advisory council is required to submit a proposed management plan to the Department of Water Resources (DWR), and DWR is required to take action on the plan within 30 days after receipt. On approval by DWR, the plan applies in the rural management area. Of the monies remining in the State Lottery Fund each fiscal year after appropriations and other statutory deposits, $50 million is deposited in the newly established DWR Heritage Fund and spent to implement and support rural management areas.

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2511: SUBSEQUENT IRRIGATION NON-EXPANSION AREAS; PROCEDURES

The circumstances that must exist for the Director of the Department of Water Resources to designate an area that is not included in an active management area as a subsequent irrigation non-expansion area are modified to include that there is insufficient groundwater to provide a "reasonably safe supply for irrigation" (defined) of the cultivated lands in the area at the reasonable projected rates of withdrawal, instead of at the current rates of withdrawal. In making the determination, the Director is allowed to consider credible evidence that indicates likely future changes to rates of withdrawal. Also modifies the procedure for the designation of a subsequent irrigation non-expansion area initiated by petition.

First sponsor: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2512: COLORADO RIVER WATER; LOCAL COMMUNITIES

A person with a claim for rights to use any amount of the 164,652 acre-feet of fourth priority Colorado River water that is subject to the Boulder Canyon Project Act and that is available to water users in Arizona for use on federal, state or privately owned lands in Arizona is prohibited from transferring or otherwise conveying that claim for use of that water to any location or use other than an agricultural, municipal, domestic, commercial or industrial use in a Colorado River community.

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2538: WATER PROTECTION FUND; APPROPRIATION

Appropriates $1 million from the general fund in FY2022-23 to the Arizona Water Protection Fund.

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2538: WATER PROTECTION FUND; APPROPRIATION 3/16 from Senate appro do pass.
H2549: STORED WATER; CERTIFICATES; IMPACT; ACCOUNTING

Various changes to statutes relating to groundwater and assured water supply. For an application for a certificate of assured water supply that proposes to use a water supply other than groundwater withdrawn from within the active management area in which the proposed development is located, the proposed source must be deemed consistent with the goal of the active management area. If the proposed source is stored water recovered within the area of impact, the proposed source must be deemed physically available and the Department of Water Resources is prohibited from reviewing the physical availability of other sources of water. If a municipal provider proposes to use a source of water in the same water system with Central Arizona Project water, surface water, effluent or groundwater, the proposed source does not affect the continuous, legal and physical availability of the proposed source, without regard to the continuous, legal and physical availability of other supplies within the same municipal provider's water system. More.

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2549: STORED WATER; CERTIFICATES; IMPACT; ACCOUNTING 2/24 retained on House COW calendar.
H2556: WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE; SUNSET REPEAL

Repeals the statutory termination date of July 1, 2022 for the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority. Retroactive to July 1, 2022. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2556: WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE; SUNSET REPEAL 3/25 signed by governor. Chap. 68, Laws 2022. message
H2586: ELECTRIC CHARGING PROVIDERS

Services engaged by companies to charge batteries for electric vehicles does not qualify "electric charging providers" (defined) as public service corporations. In addition to the fee assessed for the quantity of electrical energy sold, fees may be assessed for other services and may be based on time measurement or a fixed fee or both. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

H2586: ELECTRIC CHARGING PROVIDERS 4/6 signed by governor. Chap. 109, Laws 2022. message
H2661: RURAL MANAGEMENT AREAS; WATER

Of the monies remaining in the State Lottery Fund each fiscal year after other statutory appropriations and deposits, $50 million must be deposited in the newly established Department of Water Resources Heritage Fund. The Director of the Department of Water Resources (DWR) is required to administer the Fund, and is authorized to spend monies in the Fund only to implement and support rural management areas and for funding voluntary, compensated land and water conservation plans approved as part of rural management area plans and petitions. A county board of supervisors in a county with lands that are outside of an active management area may designate by resolution one or more groundwater basins or subbasins in the county as a rural management area if the board finds that one or more of a list of specified conditions exist. A process for the board to adopt the resolution is established, including public notice, public meetings and a majority vote. The resolution is required to provide for the formation of a 5-member rural management area advisory council to establish management goals for the rural management area and identify best management practices to achieve the goals. The advisory council is required to submit a proposed management plan to DWR, and DWR is required to take action on the plan within 30 days after receipt. On approval by DWR, the plan applies in the rural management area.

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)


 

General Comments (all lists):

AEW 2-8-22 monitor for now (oppose if necessary)

H2671: APPROPRIATION; WQARF; TREATED RECYCLED WASTEWATER

By June 30, 2024, the Department of Environmental Quality is required to adopt all necessary rules, including permitting standards and the application process, for the direct potable use of treated recycled wastewater. Appropriates $250,000 from the general fund in each of FY2022-23 and FY2023-24 to the Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund.

First sponsor: Rep. Osborne (R - Dist 13)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13)


 

General Comments (all lists):

AEW 2-8-22 monitor

H2671: APPROPRIATION; WQARF; TREATED RECYCLED WASTEWATER 2/3 referred to House nat res-energy-water, appro.
H2725: ARIZONA WATER AUTHORITY

Establishes an Arizona Water Authority, to be governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. Appropriates an unspecified amount (blank in original) from the general fund in FY2022-23 to the Water Supply Development Revolving Fund.

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)
Others: Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25)


 

General Comments (all lists):

AEW 2-8-22 monitor, revisit

H2725: ARIZONA WATER AUTHORITY 2/9 referred to House nat res-energy-water.
S1067: WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE AUTHORITY; CITIES

The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) is prohibited from providing funds to a municipality, and from refinancing any loan, bond, or other financing arrangement used by a municipality, to condemn or acquire through eminent domain any assets of a public service corporation regulated by the Corporation Commission without a written statement from the public service corporation certifying that it is a wiling seller and consenting to the provision of funding. During FY2022-23 through FY2026-27, all counties and municipalities, regardless of population, a sanitary district with a population of fewer than 50,000 persons, and a domestic water or wastewater improvement district, regardless of population, are authorized to enter info a financial assistance loan repayment agreement with WIFA without voter approval. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor, revisit

S1067: WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE AUTHORITY; CITIES 4/13 signed by governor. Chap. 133, Laws 2022. message
S1147: PEST MANAGEMENT; CERTIFIED APPLICATOR; FINGERPRINTING (HARQUAHALA NON-EXPANSION AREA; GROUNDWATER TRANSPORTATION)

An applicant for certification as a new pesticide applicator or a new qualified pesticide applicator is allowed to meet the fingerprint requirement by submitting a current, unexpired fingerprint clearance card. Session law requires the Pest Management Division to approve or deny an application for certification as a new applicator within 120 days after the application is received. The approval timeframe requirement self-repeals July 1, 2023. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- support

1/28/22 PA- SUPPORT

Mirror - H2055

S/E certified applicators; fingerprinting requirement

no position on striker

S1147: PEST MANAGEMENT; CERTIFIED APPLICATOR; FINGERPRINTING 3/23 signed by governor. Chap. 32, Laws 2022. message
S1197: WIFA PROJECTS; IRRIGATION DISTRICTS (TPT; EXEMPTION; AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT.)

An irrigation or water conservation district is authorized to design, construct, acquire, rehabilitate, or improve water or wastewater infrastructure, related property, or a nonpoint source project with monies borrowed from or financial assistance provided by the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona. Modifies the definition of “service area of an irrigation district” to prohibit the addition of additional areas containing an operating system of canals, flumes, ditches, and other works owned or operated by the irrigation district after December 31, 2027. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)
Others: Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13)


 

General Comments (all lists):

1/19/22- monitor

S1197: WIFA PROJECTS; IRRIGATION DISTRICTS 5/2 signed by governor. Chap. 213, Laws 2022.
S1238: STATE LANDS; APPRAISALS; LEASES; RIGHTS-OF-WAY

The State Land Department is required to reappraise property if the Board of Appeals' approval of the lease or sale occurred more than 240 days, increased from 180 days, before an auction. Approval of a lease for commercial purposes from the Board of Appeals is required only if the lease is for a term longer than ten years. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13)


 

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S1238: STATE LANDS; APPRAISALS; LEASES; RIGHTS-OF-WAY 3/18 signed by governor. Chap. 14, Laws 2022.
S1443: SOLID WASTE; LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

Municipalities cannot prohibit or unreasonably restrain a private enterprise from delivering recycling or solid waste management services to "long-term care facility properties" (defined) in the municipality.

First sponsor: Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25)


 

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S1443: SOLID WASTE; LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES 1/26 referred to Senate nat res-energy-water.
S1462: ELECTRICAL GRID RESILIENCE; STANDARDS; COMMISSION

Establishes an 11-member Arizona Grid Security Commission within the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA). DEMA and the Commission are required to select contractors with proven expertise to identify critical systems and components of the electrical grid that are vulnerable to electromagnetic threats. The Commission is required to submit a plan for protecting the electrical grid from a catastrophic loss of power to the Governor and the Legislature by January 1, 2023. Provisions that must be included in the plan are listed. The Commission is required to submit a report on the progress of implementing electromagnetic hazards resilience standards to the Governor and the Legislature by January 1, 2024.

First sponsor: Sen. Rogers (R - Dist 6)


 

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S1462: ELECTRICAL GRID RESILIENCE; STANDARDS; COMMISSION 1/27 referred to Senate nat res-energy-water.
S1564: ON-FARM IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY; FUND (DOMESTIC WATER DISTRICTS; WASTEWATER; ANNEXATION)

Establishes the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Pilot Program to provide grants and collect data for on-farm irrigation efficiency systems to reduce on-farm use of groundwater, surface water, mainstream Colorado River water, or water delivered through the Central Arizona Project while minimizing or eliminating the use of flood irrigation or fallowing to reduce on-farm use. Establishes the On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency Fund, to be administered by the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension (UACE). Establishes requirements for grants from the Fund, including that the applicant must certify the installation of a new on-farm irrigation efficiency system, agree to use the new system for three years, and report on the individual fields that receive the benefit of the monies in order to demonstrate water delivery reductions. The UACE is required to annually report to the Legislature on the Program and expenditures from the Fund, and information that must be included in the report is listed. The Program self-repeals on January 1, 2027. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

First sponsor: Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 

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S1564: ON-FARM IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY; FUND 6/30 signed by governor. Chap. 332, Laws 2022. message
S1595: IRRIGATION DISTRICTS; USES; DRAINAGE PERMIT

An industrial user or a municipal water provider are allowed to obtain groundwater delivery service from an irrigation district that qualifies for an exemption from irrigation water duties if the irrigation district holds a drainage water withdrawal permit and meets all of a list of specified conditions. If the industrial use for which service from the irrigation district is sought is located within a municipality, the industrial user must first request service from that municipality or a private water company servicing the location of the proposed use.

First sponsor: Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13)


 

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S1595: IRRIGATION DISTRICTS; USES; DRAINAGE PERMIT 2/1 referred to Senate nat res-energy-water.
S1600: WATER RECHARGE; DIRECT USE

For the purpose of statute governing underground water storage, the definition of "water that cannot reasonably be used directly" is expanded to include the amount of Central Arizona Project water stored underground during the calendar year by a municipal provider in an active management area that does not have a management goal of achieving or maintaining a safe yield condition, in the active management area in which the municipal provider's service area is located.

First sponsor: Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 

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S1600: WATER RECHARGE; DIRECT USE 2/1 referred to Senate nat res-energy-water.
S1611: ARIZONA WATER AUTHORITY

Establishes an Arizona Water Authority, to be governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. Appropriates an unspecified amount (blank in original) from the general fund in FY2022-23 to the Water Supply Development Revolving Fund.

First sponsor: Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13)


 

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S1611: ARIZONA WATER AUTHORITY 2/1 referred to Senate nat res-energy-water.
S1631: ELECTRIC ENERGY; PUBLIC POLICY; RELIABILITY

Statutes regulating electric power competition are repealed and replaced, and the chapter heading is changed to "electric energy reliability." Impossible to determine new provisions without a line by line comparison.

First sponsor: Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13)
Others: Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1), Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27), Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 

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S1631: ELECTRIC ENERGY; PUBLIC POLICY; RELIABILITY 3/8 see identical bill 2101.
S1656: WATER AND ENERGY; IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

Adds a new article to Title 48 (Special Taxing Districts) establishing and regulating water conservation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and resiliency improvement districts. The governing body of a local government is authorized to adopt a resolution or ordinance establishing a "program" (defined). Local program authorities are authorized to enter into special assessment agreements with property owners to secure special assessment financing for improvements that will result in improvements to energy efficiency, water conservation, or renewable energy. Establishes requirements for financing agreements and special assessments.

First sponsor: Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25)
Others: Rep. Abraham (D - Dist 10), Rep. Liguori (D - Dist 28), Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8), Rep. Sierra (D - Dist 19)


 

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S1656: WATER AND ENERGY; IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT 2/2 referred to Senate nat res-energy-water.