Enrolled House Bill (H)

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Sewage fees and municipal sanitary sewer. Provides that if a wastewater utility charges different rates for different classes of property based at least partially on consumption, the utility must charge a rental unit community a rate based at least partially on consumption. Provides that, despite a contrary administrative rule, a person who uses a wastewater management vehicle to remove wastewater from a customer's sewage disposal system need not show on the invoice provided to the customer: (1) the date on which the wastewater was removed; or (2) the amount of wastewater removed; if the sewage disposal system is a chemical Sewage fees and municipal sanitary sewer. Provides that if a wastewater utility charges different rates for different classes of property based at least partially on consumption, the utility must charge a rental unit community a rate based at least partially on consumption. Provides that, despite a contrary administrative rule, a person who uses a wastewater management vehicle to remove wastewater from a customer's sewage disposal system need not show on the invoice provided to the customer: (1) the date on which the wastewater was removed; or (2) the amount of wastewater removed; if the sewage disposal system is a chemical toilet. Exempts a property owner from being required to connect to a municipality's sewer system and discontinue the use of the property owner's own sewage disposal system if: (1) the property is located outside the boundaries of the municipality; (2) the property owner's sewage disposal system is a septic tank soil absorption system or a constructed wetland septic system that was new at the time of installation and was approved in writing by the local health department; and (3) the property owner obtains a written determination from the local health department that the owner's sewage disposal system is not failing. Establishes a procedure and deadlines for applying for the exemption. Provides that the exemption is for 10 years beginning on the date on which the property owner's sewage disposal system was installed. Provides that an initial 10 year exemption may be renewed for not more than two additional five year periods as long as the conditions for the exemption continue to be met. Specifies that the total exemption period may not exceed 20 years. Provides that if ownership of the property is transferred during an exemption period, the exemption continues to apply to the property for the remainder of the exemption period and the transferee may apply for any exemption renewals for which the previous property owner would have been entitled to apply. Limits the amount that a property owner may be required to pay for connecting to the municipality's sewer system if the property owner, during an exemption period, consents to the connection. Provides that a person who gives a false report concerning a septic tank soil absorption system or constructed wetland septic system in order to qualify for the exemption, knowing the report to be false, commits false informing, a Class B misdemeanor. ... View more