A. Subject to legislative appropriation, the state mine inspector shall establish a program to locate, inventory, classify and eliminate public safety hazards at abandoned mines as defined in section 27-301. The state mine inspector shall spend state appropriated monies to locate, inventory, classify and eliminate public safety hazards at abandoned mines on state land first and thereafter any public safety hazards at abandoned mines on land not owned by this state.
Terms Used In Arizona Laws 27-129
- Action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Arizona Laws 1-215
- Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
- Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
- Donor: The person who makes a gift.
- including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
- Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
- Writing: includes printing. See Arizona Laws 1-215
B. Using reasonable efforts, the state mine inspector shall attempt to notify in writing the owner, or other responsible party, of an abandoned mine at which a public safety hazard exists of the requirements of section 27-318 with respect to abandoned mines.
C. The state mine inspector may establish public education programs to recognize and avoid public safety hazards at abandoned mine sites.
D. To accomplish the purposes of this section, the state mine inspector may accept monies for deposit in the state general fund received from any source, including restricted or unrestricted federal funds, gifts and contributions from other governmental agencies, individuals, corporations or other organizations. The state shall separately account for monies that are received pursuant to this subsection and that are deposited in the state general fund.
E. The state mine inspector may enter into intergovernmental agreements with Indian tribes in the state to extend the abandoned mine program onto tribal lands.
F. The state mine inspector may accept in-kind donations of material, equipment or services to eliminate public safety hazards at an abandoned mine from any person, public entity or other legal entity.
G. A person, public entity or other legal entity who makes donations pursuant to this section or section 27-131 shall not be liable for damages in any civil action for any injury or death related to the elimination of public safety hazards at an abandoned mine unless the injury or death is a direct result of the intentional misconduct or gross negligence of the donor.