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B5692CB068D9832C87258ACB00613DAF Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For HB24-1117

HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, WATER & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date Feb 22, 2024      
Location HCR 0107



HB24-1117 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


10:42:10 AM  
Representative McCormick,
bill co-prime sponsor, introduced House Bill 24-1117. The bill adds rare
plants and invertebrates to the species that can be studied and conserved
by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) in the Department of Natural Resources
under the “Nongame, Endangered, or Threatened Species Conservation Act,”
which is renamed to be the “Nongame, Endangered, or Threatened Wildlife
and Rare Plant Conservation Act.” The bill allows for CPW to conduct investigations
and surveys of rare plants and invertebrates to determine any necessary
conservation and management measures, and to undertake programs designed
to conserve, protect, and perpetuate rare plants and invertebrates.
10:48:21 AM  
Representative Soper,
bill co-prime sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
10:50:35 AM  
Bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
10:52:43 AM  
Dianna Orf, representing
Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified in opposition to
the bill. Ms. Kathleen Curry, representing Ute Water Conservancy District
and the Grand Valley Water Users Association, testified to amend the bill.
The witnesses responded to questions from the committee.
11:17:17 AM  
The previous panel continued to respond to questions from the committee.
11:17:49 AM  
Dr. Megan Blanchard, representing themself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Patrick Tennyson, representing Butterfly Pavilion, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Steve Armstead, representing Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, testified in support of the bill. Dr. Adrian Carper, representing themself, testified in support of the bill. The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
11:39:49 AM  
Jennifer Burbey, representing Colorado Outfitters Association, testified to amend the bill. Jim McGannon, representing Trout Unlimited, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Brad Klafehn, representing Colorado Native Plant Society, testified in support of the bill. The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
12:07:13 PM  
Mr. David Anderson,
representing Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Colorado State University,
testified in support of the bill. Reid DeWalt, representing CPW, testified
in support of the bill. David Klute, representing CPW, responded to questions
from the committee.    
12:07:14 PM  
Submitted written testimony can be found in Attachment A.
12:16:12 PM  
The committee took
a brief recess.
12:33:32 PM  
The committee resumed.
12:33:38 PM  
Jery Payne, Office of Legislative Legal Services, answered questions from the committee.
12:36:27 PM  
Representative McCormick
made comments on amendment L.001 (Attachment B).
12:36:40 PM  
The bill sponsors
responded to questions regarding amendment L.001.


12:38:47 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved McCormick
Seconded Titone
Holtorf
Lindsay
Lukens
Lynch
Martinez
Marvin
McLachlan
Story
Titone
Velasco
Winter T.
Catlin
McCormick
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
12:39:00 PM  
Representative Soper
discussed amendment L.002 (Attachment C).



12:39:48 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved McCormick
Seconded Catlin
Holtorf
Lindsay
Lukens
Lynch
Martinez
Marvin
McLachlan
Story
Titone
Velasco
Winter T.
Catlin
McCormick
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
12:40:13 PM  
The committee discussed
amendment L.003 (Attachment D).


12:40:46 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved McCormick
Seconded Catlin
Holtorf
Lindsay
Lukens
Lynch
Martinez
Marvin
McLachlan
Story
Titone
Velasco
Winter T.
Catlin
McCormick
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
12:40:47 PM  
Representative McCormick and Representative Soper provided closing comments on the bill.
12:42:36 PM  
Committee members made final comments on the bill.


12:56:23 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 24-1117, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved McCormick
Seconded McLachlan
Holtorf Excused
Lindsay Yes
Lukens Yes
Lynch No
Martinez Yes
Marvin Yes
McLachlan Yes
Story Yes
Titone Yes
Velasco Yes
Winter T. No
Catlin No
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 3   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details