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2010 House Bill 6443: Establish that no tax be imposed for well water withdrawal
  1. Introduced by Rep. Mary Valentine (D) on September 15, 2010, to prohibit the imposition of a tax on the use of well water. See also House Bill 5319, which potentially opens the door to some kind of fees by repealing the “riparian rights” legal doctrine that gives a property owner a right to the reasonable use of groundwater, to the extent this does not diminish the ability of neighbors to obtain water. Instead, an owner would have to get permission from the state to use well water, which is called a “public trust” legal doctrine.
    • Referred to the House Great Lakes and Environment Committee on September 15, 2010.

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