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h_agr_2017a_2017-02-27t13:31:34z1 Hearing Summary

Date: 02/27/2017

Location: HCR 0107

Final

BILL SUMMARY for SB17-050



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & NATURAL RESOURCES


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Refer Senate Bill 17-050 to the Committee of the W PASS







01:46 PM -- SB 17-050



Representative KC Becker and Representative Arndt, cosponsors presented Senate Bill 17-050, concerning the consolidation of grant programs relating to forest management. The reengrossed bill consolidates existing state grant programs related to forest management under the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and gives it the authority to spend unencumbered balances in certain cash funds. Representative Arndt read a letter of support from the Mountain Studies Institute into the record.



01:54 PM --
Madeline West, Department of Natural Resources, spoke in support of the bill and distributed a handout regarding state funding for forest restoration and wildfire risk mitigation (Attachment A). She also identified funding history for the Forest Health Restoration Grant and the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant. She stated that the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and the Timber Association support the bill.



170227 AttachA.pdf170227 AttachA.pdf



01:58 PM --
Mike Lester, State Forester, CSFS, spoke in support of the bill and discussed projects funded by Forest Health Restoration Grant and the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant. Mr. Lester responded to questions from the committee regarding the health of the state's forests. Mr. Lester discussed community fire protection plans and responded to further questions from the committee regarding the acreage of state forest land and the timbering industry.



02:11 PM --
Scott Segerstrom, Executive Director, Colorado Youth Corps Association, spoke in support of the bill.



02:14 PM --
Mike Morgan, Director, Colorado Division of Fire Protection and Control, spoke in support of the bill.



02:17 PM --
Megan Davis, Boulder County Commissioners Office, spoke in support of the bill.



02:20 PM -- Brett Wolk, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, spoke in support of the bill.



02:25 PM



Representative Mitsch Bush closed public testimony, and Representatives Becker and Arndt made closing comments on the bill.


BILL: SB17-050
TIME: 02:26:31 PM
MOVED: Arndt
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-050 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 13-0.
SECONDED: Valdez
VOTE
Becker J.
Yes
Buck
Yes
Danielson
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Hansen
Yes
Lebsock
Yes
Lewis
Yes
McKean
Yes
Saine
Yes
Valdez
Yes
Willett
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Arndt
Yes
Final YES: 13 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS














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