Klippert bill on irrigation leases clears House

A bill that would allow irrigation districts to determine the length of leases for their property has passed unanimously in the state House of Representatives.

Rep. Brad Klippert, R-Kennewick, who sponsored the bill, said it would not change irrigation districts' authority to lease land they own. It just eliminates a provision in state law that limits irrigation district boards to granting annual leases.

"Allowing boards to lease property for more than one year at a time would improve efficiency, value and productivity of the properties," Klippert said in a news release.

The bill, House Bill 1392, has not had any opposition. Reps. Larry Haler, R-Richland, and Susan Fagan, R-Pullman, also support it.

It was referred to the Senate committee on Agriculture and Rural Development for consideration Tuesday.