Wednesday, March 10, 2010

2010 Legislature: Substituted Stream Access Bill Passes

Representative McIff's stream access bill (HB 141) was substituted yesterday. The substituted bill is quite different from Representative McIff's original bill or first substitute.

The second substituted bill recognizes a "limited recreational floating right." The bill affirms the right to float that was granted by the Utah Supreme Court in JJNP Co. v. State, but limits the broader recreational access granted by the Utah Supreme Court in Conatser v. Johnson. Essentially, a person has the right to float down a stream (if the stream is capable of being floated on) across private property and can fish while floating, but may not stop on the private property. Incidental touching and portaging are allowed. If a person wants the broader recreational access (i.e., being able to stand on the private streambed to fish), public recreational access will have to be established by showing open, notorious, and adverse recreational use for at least 10 years.

To read the full text of the second substitute bill, click here.

Yesterday, the second substitute bill passed the Senate by a vote of 19 in favor and 10 against. Click here to see how each senator voted.

Today, the second substitute bill passed the House by a vote of 43 in favor, 28 against, and 4 absent or not voting. Click here to see how each representative voted.

The second substitute bill will now be enrolled and sent to Governor Herbert for his signature.

(For an update on this bill, click here.)

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