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H_RAA_2019A 04/26/2019 02:46:03 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RURAL AFFAIRS & AGRICULTURE
Date 04/26/2019
Attendance
Buck X
Buentello X
Catlin *
McCluskie X
McLachlan X
Mullica X
Pelton X
Titone X
Will *
Arndt X
Roberts X
Time 02:46:03 PM to 05:06:59 PM
Place HCR 0107
This Meeting was called to order by Representative Roberts
This Report was prepared by Jimmy Reed
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB19-040 Referred to House Appropriations
SB19-107 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB19-158 Referred to House Appropriations
SB19-186 Referred to House Finance
SB19-240 Referred to the Committee of the Whole

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
02:46:06 PM
Representative Roberts called the meeting
to order.



SB19-040 - Referred to House Appropriations


02:46:20 PM  

Representatives Carver and Roberts, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-040.  The bill creates the Colorado Fire Commission in the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Prevention and Control.  

02:48:31 PM  
Representatives Carver and Roberts responded
to committee questions.
02:57:37 PM  
Vaughn Jones, representing the Colorado
Department of Public Safety, testified in support of the bill.
03:00:12 PM  
Gini Pingenot, representing Colorado Counties,
Inc. and Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill.
03:04:21 PM  
Liz Peetz, representing the Colorado Association
of Realtors, testified on the bill and distributed a handout [Attachment
A].
03:11:53 PM  

The panel responded to committee questions.

 

03:11:54 PM  
Representatives Carver and Roberts made concluding remarks.
 Committee members commented on the bill.


03:15:00 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-040 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Roberts
Seconded Buck
Buck Yes
Buentello Excused
Catlin Yes
McCluskie Yes
McLachlan Yes
Mullica Yes
Pelton Excused
Titone Yes
Will Yes
Arndt Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-107 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

03:17:06 PM  

Representative Roberts, prime bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-107.  The bill creates certain procedures for the use of electric utility easements for broadband infrastructure.

03:18:02 PM  

Mark Wironowski, representing Comcast, testified in support of the bill and responded to committee questions.

03:35:14 PM  

Pete Kirchhof, representing the Colorado Technology Association, testified in support of the bill.

03:35:51 PM  
Jeff Weist, representing the Colorado Cable Telecom Association, testified in support of the bill.
03:36:22 PM  
Eric Bergman, representing Colorado Counties,
Inc., testified in support of the bill and distributed a handout [Attachment
B].
03:37:38 PM  
The panel responded to committee questions.
03:39:18 PM  

Virginia Harman, representing Elevate Fiber, testified in support of the bill.

03:40:46 PM  

Jack Johnston, representing Southwest Colorado Power, testified in support of the bill.

03:43:56 PM  
Geoff Hier, representing the Colorado Rural Electric Association, testified in support of the bill.
03:47:44 PM  

Jeffrey Hurd, representing Delta Montrose Electric Association, came to the table to respond to committee questions.

03:51:02 PM  
The panel responded to committee questions.
03:57:22 PM  
Representative Roberts distributed and discussed amendments L.003, L.004, and L.005 to the committee [Attachments C, D, and E].


04:03:47 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 [Attachment C].
Moved Roberts
Seconded Buck
Buck
Buentello Excused
Catlin
McCluskie
McLachlan
Mullica
Pelton
Titone
Will
Arndt
Roberts
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:04:06 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 [Attachment D].
Moved Roberts
Seconded McLachlan
Buck
Buentello Excused
Catlin
McCluskie
McLachlan
Mullica
Pelton
Titone
Will
Arndt
Roberts
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:04:39 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 [Attachment E].
Moved Roberts
Seconded Arndt
Buck
Buentello Excused
Catlin
McCluskie
McLachlan
Mullica
Pelton
Titone
Will
Arndt
Roberts
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:04:40 PM  

Representative Roberts made concluding remarks.  Committee members commented on the bill.



04:08:31 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-107, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Roberts
Seconded Catlin
Buck Yes
Buentello Excused
Catlin Yes
McCluskie Yes
McLachlan Yes
Mullica Yes
Pelton No
Titone Yes
Will Yes
Arndt Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-158 - Referred to House Appropriations


04:08:50 PM  

Representative Froelich, prime bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-158. The bill continues the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act in the Department of Agriculture.

04:10:46 PM  
Katie Wolf, representing the Colorado Federation
of Animal Welfare Association, testified in support of the bill.
04:12:10 PM  

Janet Stephens, representing the Colorado Federation of Dog Club Owners, testified in support of the bill.

04:13:40 PM  
Nick Fisher, representing the Colorado Department of Agriculture, testified in support of the bill.
04:17:11 PM  

Hollis Glenn, representing the Colorado Department of Agriculture, testified in support of the bill.

04:17:52 PM  
The panel responded to committee questions.
04:18:05 PM  
Representative Froelich made concluding remarks.


04:22:00 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-158 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Buck
Seconded Titone
Buck Yes
Buentello Excused
Catlin Yes
McCluskie Yes
McLachlan Yes
Mullica Excused
Pelton Yes
Titone Yes
Will Yes
Arndt Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-186 - Referred to House Finance


04:22:16 PM  

Representatives Arndt and Catlin, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-186.  The bill expands the Commissioner of Agriculture's responsibility to prevent or remedy the introduction of agricultural chemicals into groundwater to include protection of all state waters.

04:23:50 PM  
Representatives Arndt and Catlin responded to committee questions.
04:29:09 PM  
Rob Wawrzynski, representing the Colorado Department of Agriculture, testified in support of the bill.
04:32:28 PM  
Doug Vilsack, representing the Colorado Department of Agriculture, responded to committee questions.
04:33:04 PM  
Becky Brooks, representing the Colorado Corn Growers Association, testified in support of the bill.
04:34:24 PM  
The panel responded to committee questions.
04:36:00 PM  
Representatives Arndt and Catlin made concluding remarks.


04:40:42 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-186 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Arndt
Seconded Catlin
Buck Yes
Buentello Yes
Catlin Yes
McCluskie Yes
McLachlan Yes
Mullica Excused
Pelton Yes
Titone Yes
Will Yes
Arndt Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-240 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


04:40:54 PM  

Representatives McLachlan and Saine, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-240.  The bill requires a wholesale food manufacturer that produces an industrial hemp product to pay a registration fee of $300, regardless of its gross annual sales.  The bill authorizes local governments to license and regulate the business activities of industrial hemp processing in a manner that does not conflict with state law.  

04:43:36 PM  
Representatives Saine and McLachlan responded to committee questions.
04:47:29 PM  
Hunter Buffington, representing Green Cherry Organics, testified in support of the bill.
04:48:50 PM  
Kevin Bommer, representing the Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill.
04:50:08 PM  
Mara Brosy-Wiwcher, representing the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, testified in support of the bill.
04:52:10 PM  
The panel responded to committee questions.
04:54:30 PM  
Dianna Orf, representing the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
05:02:42 PM  
Representatives McLachlan and Saine made concluding remarks. Committee members commented on the bill.


05:06:45 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-240 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved McCluskie
Seconded Pelton
Buck Excused
Buentello Yes
Catlin Yes
McCluskie Yes
McLachlan Yes
Mullica Yes
Pelton Yes
Titone Yes
Will Yes
Arndt Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


05:06:59 PM   The committee adjourned.