February 15th – 2013 Regular Legislative Session Day 33

We’re hearing three bills in the Local Government Committee today. House Bill 1599 authorizes locally-adopted shoreline master programs to include provisions for siting or prohibiting the siting of marine aquaculture net pen facilities and specifies that local governments may not prohibit the use and operation of marine aquaculture net pen facilities that are in conformity with applicable requirements as of July 28, 2013.

House Bill 1717 authorizes local governments to recover reasonable expenses incurred in the preparation of nonproject environmental impact statements (EIS) for infill actions that are categorically exempt from requirements of the State Environmental Policy Act, and for development or redevelopment actions that qualify as "planned actions”; establishes requirements governing recovery fee assessments and related appeals, including requiring the fees to be enacted through ordinances, and to be reasonable and proportionate to the total expenses incurred by the local government in preparation of the EIS; and modifies provisions governing the contracting with real estate owners for the construction of water or sewer facilities by making the contracts mandatory and by allowing municipalities to collect associated fees.

House Bill 1738 authorizes political subdivisions of the State to purchase electronic data processing and telecommunication equipment, software, and services from the federal government without calling for bids.

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