Bill Text: AZ SCR1015 | 2011 | Fiftieth Legislature 1st Regular | Engrossed
Arizona Senate Concurrent Resolution 1015 (Prior Session Legislation)
Bill Title: Jurisdiction over intrastate waters [Track Bill]
Status: 2011-03-02 - Transmit to Senate [SCR1015 Detail]
State of Arizona
First Regular Session
SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 1015
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Arizona; amending article XVII, Constitution of Arizona, by adding section 3; relating to waters.
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Whereas, the purpose of this proposition is to protect and secure this state's jurisdiction over all waters of this state, including ephemeral and intermittent waterways by:
(a) Declaring the primary responsibility and the right to regulate such waters in this state.
(b) Protecting all existing rights to the use of any of the waters in this state for all useful or beneficial purposes.
Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Arizona, the House of Representatives concurring:
1. Article XVII, Constitution of Arizona, is proposed to be amended by adding section 3 as follows if approved by the voters and on proclamation of the Governor:
Jurisdiction over intrastate waters3.
Section 3. A. All intrastate waters are regulated by the laws of this state. No foreign or domestic government, other than the state of Arizona, may claim primary responsibility or exclusive right to prevent, reduce or eliminate pollution, to plan the development and use, including restoration, preservation and enhancement of this state's water resources.
B. This section does not apply to a federally recognized tribe, nation, band or community of Indians in this state, to any portion of a river or water of this state that is upstream of tribal land and that flows through tribal land or to standing agreements in which tribal governments have compacts for the use of water for sacred ceremonies in lands that are not tribal lands.
2. The Secretary of State shall submit this proposition to the voters at the next general election as provided by article XXI, Constitution of Arizona.