Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2013 Legislature: Public Trust Obligations and Constitutional Protections

Representative Kay McIff has introduced House Bill 68 (H.B. 68), entitled "Public Trust Obligations and Constitutional Protections."  This bill seeks to define the scope and limits of the public trust doctrine in Utah. The bill also clarifies that a water right is a property right that is protected by the Utah Constitution, and cannot be taken for public use without just compensation.

This bill may face some oppoition from the angling community (see, for example, this letter to the editor published in the Salt Lake Tribune), so it will be interesting to watch this bill.

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

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