HB17-1030 - Update 1921 Irrigation District Law

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning updates to the 1921 law governing irrigation districts.

Water Resources Review Committee.

This bill amends the 1921 irrigation district law to:


  • Remove inconsistencies and update antiquated provisions;
  • Clarify the definition of landowners entitled to receive water, vote in district elections, and serve on the board of directors;
  • Update dollar figures and, in subsequent years, adjust for inflation;
  • Define 'agricultural land';
  • Update election procedures;
  • Clarify how irrigation district assessments are collected and held; and
  • Modernize procedures for selling surplus property.

The bill also clarifies that water acquired in excess of an irrigation district's own needs can be leased for all beneficial purposes, rather than only for domestic, agricultural, and power and mechanical purposes, and that the provisions of the 1921 irrigation district law are in addition to powers conferred on irrigation districts in other statutes.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: March 8, 2017
03/08/2017 - Governor Signed
03/02/2017 - Sent to the Governor
03/02/2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
02/28/2017 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
02/23/2017 - House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
02/14/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/13/2017 - Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/09/2017 - Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
01/31/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
01/31/2017 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
01/26/2017 - House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
01/23/2017 - House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
01/11/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources