SS SCS HB 617 -- WATERSHED DISTRICTS
This bill eliminates provisions allowing for the licensing of
septic system maintenance providers within a watershed district
and requires the Department of Health and Senior Services to
investigate only sewage complaints received from an aggrieved
party or adjacent landowner and not those received from any two
residents of the county.
The governing body of any county included in the Upper White
River Basin Watershed Improvement District is allowed to
designate groundwater depletion areas within its county and may
require well-volume monitoring of the areas. The bill allows any
county which is a member of the improvement district to opt out
of the district by:
(1) Submitting a proposal to the qualified voters within the
district upon the filing of a petition signed by at least 20% of
the qualified voters of the county; or
(2) Submitting a proposal to the qualified voters within the
district upon the issuance of an order by the county commission.
Once the proposal is brought before the voters, a simple majority
is needed for the county to successfully opt out. A county may
seek re-inclusion in the same manner.