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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1660         FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 778

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Alice Hanlon Peisch

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act to protect the rights of municipalities and districts.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Alice Hanlon Peisch

14th Norfolk

Todd M. Smola

1st Hampden

Michael Barrett

Third Middlesex

James Arciero

2nd Middlesex

Elizabeth A. Poirier

14th Bristol

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

16th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1660        FILED ON: 1/17/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 778

By Ms. Peisch of Wellesley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 778) of Alice Hanlon Peisch and others relative to the Massachusetts Water Management Act.  Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 2020 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act to protect the rights of municipalities and districts.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1.               Section 2, of Chapter 21G of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting at the end of the definition of “Permit” the following sentence:-

              The permit program is intended to assist the department in the comprehensive management of the commonwealth’s water resources within its river basins in a manner that ensures an appropriate balance among competing water withdrawals and uses, as well as preservation of the water resource itself.

              SECTION 2.              Said Section 2, of said Chapter 21G of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby further amended by inserting at the end of the definition of “Registration statement” the following sentence:-

              The registration statement is intended to enable the department to document baseline water use in the commonwealth.

              SECTION 3.              Section 5, of said Chapter 21G of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following paragraph:-

              All properly filed water management act renewal registration statements shall entitle the registrants to their registered water use volumes without conditions excepting that the department may require proper metering or other means to accurately measure the volume of water withdrawn under a renewal registration statement. No regulations may be promulgated that would allow the imposition of any such conditions other than withdrawal volume measurement.

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