HB 1329 Agricultural Stewardship Act; created.
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Agricultural Stewardship Act. Creates a program to address water quality problems caused by agricultural activities. Beginning April 1, 1997, any person may submit a complaint to the Commissioner that an agricultural operation is creating pollution. The complaint will be investigated by the local soil and water conservation district or the Commissioner. As part of the investigation, the Commissioner or district may, after reasonable notice and under reasonable circumstances, enter the property on which the agricultural activity is occurring. If the investigation confirms that the operation is creating or will create pollution, then the owner or operator must within 60 days formulate a plan containing measures which will prevent or cease the pollution. The owner or operator has six months to begin implementing the plan and 18 months to completely implement the plan. If the owner or operator fails to implement the plan, the Commissioner must issue, after a hearing, a corrective order requiring the owner or operator to implement specified measures to correct the pollution. An emergency corrective order may be issued without a prior hearing if an agricultural activity is causing an imminent or substantial danger. If an owner or operator fails to obey a corrective order, the Commissioner can obtain a court order requiring the owner or operator to implement the measures contained in the order. If the owner or operator does not obey the court order, the Commissioner can enter the land and implement the measures. The penalty for violating a corrective order or court order is $5,000 per violation per day. The penalties are to be placed in a fund to be used for financial assistance for implementing best management practices. Localities are authorized to enact programs similar to the state program created by this bill, except that a locality may not impose penalties or issue orders.

Full text:
01/22/96  House: Presented & ordered printed 965529202  pdf
02/07/96  House: Committee substitute printed 965573202-H1  pdf
02/10/96  House: Printed as engrossed 965573202-EH1  pdf
02/29/96  Senate: Committee substitute printed 965582202-S1  pdf
03/21/96  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1329ER)  pdf
04/16/96  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0773)  pdf

House amendments
Senate amendments

01/22/96  House: Presented & ordered printed 965529202
01/22/96  House: Referred to Committee on Conservation and Natural Resources
01/31/96  House: Assigned to C. N. R. sub-committee: 1
02/07/96  House: Reported from Cons. & Nat. Res. w/sub. (22-Y 0-N)
02/07/96  House: Committee substitute printed 965573202-H1
02/08/96  House: Read first time
02/09/96  House: Passed by for the day
02/10/96  House: Read second time
02/10/96  House: Committee substitute agreed to 965573202-H1
02/10/96  House: Amendments by Mr. Deeds agreed to
02/10/96  House: Engrossed by House - com. sub. w/amds. 965573202-EH1
02/10/96  House: Printed as engrossed 965573202-EH1
02/12/96  House: Read third time and passed House (100-Y 0-N)
02/12/96  House: VOTE: PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/12/96  House: Communicated to Senate
02/13/96  Senate: Read first time
02/13/96  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/19/96  Senate: Assigned ACNR sub:
02/29/96  Senate: Reported from A. C. & N. R. w/sub. (14-Y 0-N)
02/29/96  Senate: Committee substitute printed 965582202-S1
03/01/96  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
03/01/96  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (39-Y 0-N)
03/04/96  Senate: Read third time
03/04/96  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
03/04/96  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 965582202-S1
03/04/96  Senate: Reading of amendment waived
03/04/96  Senate: Amendment by Mr. Marye agreed to
03/04/96  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - comm. sub. w/amd. 965582202-ES1
03/04/96  Senate: Passed Senate with sub. w/amd. (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/96  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (40-Y 0-N)
03/05/96  House: Placed on Calendar
03/06/96  House: Senate sub. w/amd. agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
03/06/96  House: VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N)
03/21/96  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1329ER)
03/26/96  House: Enrolled
03/27/96  House: Signed by Speaker
03/29/96  Senate: Signed by President
04/06/96  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 773 (effective 7/1/96)
04/16/96  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0773)