HOUSE BILL NO. 4122

February 05, 2019, Introduced by Reps. Hammoud, Hoadley, Manoogian, Camilleri, Gay-Dagnogo and Neeley and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation.

A bill to require all state departments and agencies to establish certain water affordability criteria; and to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state governmental officers and entities.

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "accessible and affordable water act".

Sec. 2. (1) Each individual has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes.

(2) All state departments and agencies shall employ all reasonable means to implement this section. All state departments and agencies shall revise, adopt, or establish policies, regulations, and grant criteria to further this section by establishing water affordability criteria as appropriate, to the extent that those actions do not affect eligibility for federal funds.

(3) This section does not expand any obligation of this state to provide water or to require the expenditure of additional resources to develop water infrastructure beyond the obligations that may exist under subsection (2).

(4) This section applies to water supplies for individuals and not for new development in this state.

(5) The implementation of this section does not infringe on the rights or responsibilities of any public water system in this state.