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Introduced House Bill (H)

Authored by

DIGEST

Wind power devices. Provides that a county official or a relative of a county official who has entered into an agreement for a lease, an easement, or another agreement with a developer (a person that seeks to obtain a right to locate a wind power device on real property or a person that seeks to locate a wind power device on real property in which the person owns an interest) concerning a wind power device shall recuse himself or herself from any matter that involves the ownership, operation, construction, or location of a wind power device in the county. Prohibits Wind power devices. Provides that a county official or a relative of a county official who has entered into an agreement for a lease, an easement, or another agreement with a developer (a person that seeks to obtain a right to locate a wind power device on real property or a person that seeks to locate a wind power device on real property in which the person owns an interest) concerning a wind power device shall recuse himself or herself from any matter that involves the ownership, operation, construction, or location of a wind power device in the county. Prohibits a county official or a relative of a county official who is subject to this recusal requirement from participating in a meeting in another county where a proposed wind power device is the subject of discussion. Establishes criteria that a developer must meet to record a lease, an easement, or another agreement for a wind power device. Requires the county recorder to: (1) publish and mail to each owner whose real property is located within two miles of the real property that is the proposed location of a proposed wind power device, notice that includes: (A) a copy of the county's wind energy conversion system ordinance, if applicable; (B) a copy of the developer's registration statement, if any; and (C) the name and contact information of a county official to contact with questions about the proposed wind farm development; and (2) send an invoice to the developer of the county recorder's costs to comply with the notification requirements. Provides that a developer shall reimburse the county recorder for the county recorder's costs to comply with the notification requirements. Requires a developer to file with the circuit court clerk a registration statement that provides: (1) contact information for the developer; (2) contact information for any agent, representative, or employee that is working or will work for the developer; (3) the identity of each county official the developer has contacted or plans to contact; and (4) a list of proceedings held by the county at which the developer has participated or plans to participate. Imposes a penalty on a developer if the developer fails to file a registration statement with the clerk. ... View more