HB17-1285 - Refinance Water Pollution Control Program

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning the financing of the water pollution control program, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations.

Current law finances the state's water quality program with a mix of general fund money and fees that are paid by sources that discharge pollutants into the state's waters. Section 2 of the bill raises the fees and establishes goals for future adjustments of the ratio of revenue from fees and the general fund as follows:


  • Commerce and industry sector: 50% general fund and 50% cash funds;
  • Construction sector: 20% general fund and 80% cash funds;
  • Municipal separate storm sewer: 50% general fund and 50% cash funds;
  • Pesticides sector: 94% general fund and 6% cash funds;
  • Public and private utilities sector: 50% general fund and 50% cash funds; and
  • Water quality certifications sector: 5% general fund and 95% cash funds.

Section 3 adjusts the reporting by the department of public health and environment on the uses of these funds. Section 5 transfers $809,107 from the water quality improvement fund to the general fund and further allocates that money to the commerce and industry, municipal separate storm sewer, and public and private utilities sector funds. Sections 6 through 13 make a variety of appropriations and adjustments to the 2017 long bill. Section 14 makes the fee increases take effect July 1, 2018.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: June 5, 2017
06/05/2017 - Governor Signed
05/24/2017 - Sent to the Governor
05/24/2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
05/22/2017 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/09/2017 - House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/09/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/08/2017 - Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/05/2017 - Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/02/2017 - Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/27/2017 - Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Finance
04/26/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
04/26/2017 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/25/2017 - House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/25/2017 - House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/03/2017 - House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
03/28/2017 - House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to Finance
03/21/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment