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H.R.3189: Water Rights Protection Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about water resources development
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Sponsor Scott Tipton, R-Colo.
Total Cosponsors 15 (2 Democrats, 13 Republicans)
Introduced Sept. 26, 2013
Latest Major Action March 24, 2014
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  • Bill signed into law

Bill Summary

Water Rights Protection Act - Prohibits the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) from: (1) conditioning the issuance, renewal, amendment, or extension of any permit, approval, license, lease, allotment, easement, right-of-way, or other land use or occupancy agreement on the transfer of any water right (including joint or sole ownership) directly to the United States, or any impairment in title, in whole or in part, granted or recognized under state law, by federal or state adjudication, decree, or other judgment, or pursuant to any interstate water compact; and (2) requiring any water user (including any federally recognized Indian tribe) to apply for a water right in the name of the United States under state law as a condition of such a land use or occupancy agreement.

States that nothing in this Act shall: (1) limit or expand any existing authority of the Secretaries to condition any permit, approval, license, lease, allotment, easement, righ...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 24, 2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
March 13, 2014 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
March 13, 2014 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
March 13, 2014

On passage Passed by recorded vote: 238 - 174 (Roll no. 132).

March 13, 2014

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 183 - 227 (Roll no. 131). (consideration: CR H2407)

March 13, 2014 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H2407)
March 13, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kirkpatrick motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment to clarify that nothing in the underlying legislation may prohibit the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture from (1) protecting Tribal treaty rights; (2) preserving recreational fishing; (3) mitigating drought conditions in an area covered by an emergency drought declaration; or (4) facilitating fire suppression.
March 13, 2014 Mrs. Kirkpatrick moved to recommit with instructions to Natural Resources. (consideration: CR H2406-2407; text: CR H2406)
March 13, 2014 The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR H2395-2396)
March 13, 2014 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 3189.
March 13, 2014 UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of an amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
March 13, 2014 The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
March 13, 2014 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H2405-2408)
March 13, 2014 Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 3189 as unfinished business.
March 13, 2014 On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
March 13, 2014 Mr. Hastings (WA) moved that the Committee rise.
March 13, 2014 POSTPONED PROCEEDINS - At the conclusion of debate on the Polis Part A substitute amendment No. 3, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
March 13, 2014 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 515, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Polis Part A amendment no. 3.
March 13, 2014 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 515, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mullin Part A amendment no. 2.
March 13, 2014 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 515, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tipton Part A amendment no. 1.
March 13, 2014 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 3189.
March 13, 2014 The Speaker designated the Honorable Virginia Foxx to act as Chairwoman of the Committee.
March 13, 2014 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 515 and Rule XVIII.
March 13, 2014 The resolution provides for one hour of debate on H.R. 3189. The rule makes in order as original text for the purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill and provides that it shall be considered as read. The rule provides for a closed rule for H.R. 4015 with one hour of debate on the bill.
March 13, 2014 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 515. (consideration: CR H2385-2401)
March 12, 2014 Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 515 Reported to House. The resolution provides for one hour of debate on H.R. 3189. The rule makes in order as original text for the purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources now printed in the bill and provides that it shall be considered as read. The rule provides for a closed rule for H.R. 4015 with one hour of debate on the bill.
March 4, 2014 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 278.
March 4, 2014 Committee on Agriculture discharged.
March 4, 2014 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-372, Part I.
Nov. 14, 2013 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 19 - 14.
Nov. 14, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Nov. 14, 2013 Subcommittee on Water and Power Discharged.
Oct. 10, 2013 Subcommittee Hearings Held.
Oct. 4, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry.
Oct. 2, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Water and Power.
Sept. 26, 2013 Referred to House Agriculture
Sept. 26, 2013 Referred to House Natural Resources