2016 Regular Session
|At the request of:|
|Chief Sponsors:||Senator Bates|
|Regular Sponsors:||(Presession filed.)|
|Bill Title:||Relating to mining; declaring an emergency.|
Requires certain state agencies to consult with certain federal agencies to determine whether state and federal mining programs can be better coordinated.
Excludes nonaggregate upland placer mining from moratorium on mining using motorized equipment. Modifies area where moratorium applies. Requires, until January 1, 2017, motorized equipment used for nonaggregate upland placer mining to be operated only during certain hours. Requires certain nonaggregate upland placer mining to hold operating permit. Becomes operative January 1, 2017. Exempts certain mining operations from exclusion certificate requirements. Allows State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries to condition operating permits to protect cultural resources.] Establishes permitting requirements for motorized in-stream placer mining. Requires Director of Department of State Lands and Director of Department of Environmental Quality to enter memorandum of understanding allowing Department of Environmental Quality to issue removal fill permits required under motorized in-stream placer mining permitting provisions. Authorizes Department of Environmental Quality to issue consolidated water quality and removal fill permits for motorized in-stream placer mining. Places certain restrictions on motorized in-stream placer mining. Becomes operative January 2, 2021. Punishes motorized in-stream placer mining without permit coverage by maximum of $2,000 fine. Requires motorized equipment used for motorized in-stream placer mining to be inspected at aquatic invasive species check stations. Allows State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, Department of State Lands and Environmental Quality Commission to take actions necessary prior to operative dates to develop permitting provisions. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
|Fiscal Impact:||Has Minimal Fiscal Impact|
|Revenue Impact:||Revenue Impact Issued|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|
|Current Location:||In Senate Committee|
|Current Committee:||Joint Committee On Ways and Means|