UPDATE: House Bill 1028 passed in both chambers and has been sent to the governor. 

House Bill 1028 undermines a key principle of American democracy: a person’s right to speak to their government about issues of public interest.

We oppose House Bill 1028 because it violates the First Amendment rights of citizens to petition the issuance of a water right permit. This bill limits people who have the ability to attend a hearing for a water permit application before the water management board to people with "unique injury upon approval of the application." It does so without defining what a unique injury would be. This bill could have a profound effecton our Indigenous communities.

Sponsors

The Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources at the request of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Status

Passed both chambers

Session

2021

Bill number

Position

Oppose