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Utah Legislature: Canal safety measure passes House

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah canals that pose potential safety hazards— like one in Logan that failed last summer, killing a mother and two children — would be subject to new safety requirements under a proposal that passed the House on Tuesday.

HB60, sponsored by Rep. Fred Hunsaker, R-Logan, would require an emergency management plan from any company that operates a canal or water conveyance that could pose a threat to residents. Failure to assemble such a plan could result in forfeiture of any state money the company might qualify for.

Hunsaker said only a small portion of the approximately 6,600 miles of canals operated in the state have the potential to cause harm in the event of a catastrophe.

HB60 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

The bill may be read online at

— Arthur Raymond