Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 Legislative Preview: Shareholder Change Applications

Representative Kay L. McIff has introduced House Bill 43 (HB 43), entitled "Water Rights - Change Application Amendments."  This bill seeks to change the procedures for shareholders of a mutual water company requesting the filing of a change application. It requires mediation if the company refuses to file the change application or if the shareholder and mutual water company cannot agree to conditions of the change application. It also allows the shareholder to advance the change application to the State Engineer for administrative review regardless of the mutual water company decision. If the mutual water company declines the change application request, the company is required to state the reasons why.

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

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