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H_RAA_2020A 02/10/2020 01:32:13 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RURAL AFFAIRS & AGRICULTURE
Date 02/10/2020
Attendance
Arndt *
Buentello X
Catlin X
Holtorf X
Neville X
Pelton X
Titone X
Woodrow X
Young X
Valdez D. X
Roberts X
Time 01:32:13 PM to 04:07:43 PM
Place LSB A
This Meeting was called to order by Representative Roberts
This Report was prepared by Jimmy Reed
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB20-1146 Postponed Indefinitely
HB20-1159 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB20-1057 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
01:32:14 PM
Representative Roberts called the meeting to order.



HB20-1146 - Postponed Indefinitely


01:32:41 PM  

Minority Leader Neville, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 20-1146 to the committee.  The bill modifies the process for donating a conservation easement and requires the creation of a publically accessible map and database of conservation easements.  Representative Neville responded to committee questions.

01:48:24 PM  
Jillane Hixson, representing herself, testified
remotely from Lamar, in support of the bill.  Belinda Groner, representing
herself, testified remotely from Lamar, in support of the bill.  Ms.
Hixson and Ms. Groner responded to committee questions.
02:04:47 PM  
Jim Guire, representing himself, testified remotely from Grand Junction, in support of the bill and responded to committee questions.
02:12:29 PM  

Erik Glenn, representing the HB 1264 working group, testified in opposition to the bill.  Melissa Daruna, representing Keep it Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.  Alan Gentz, representing the HB 1264 working group, testified on the bill.  The panel responded to committee questions.

02:36:09 PM  

Mack Louden, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.  Emily Ibach, representing the Colorado Farm Bureau, testified in opposition to the bill.  The panel responded to committee questions.

02:41:30 PM  

Minority Leader Neville made final remarks on the bill.  Committee members commented on the bill.



02:52:09 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1146 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Neville
Seconded Valdez D.
Arndt No
Buentello No
Catlin Yes
Holtorf Yes
Neville Yes
Pelton Yes
Titone No
Woodrow No
Young No
Valdez D. No
Roberts No
YES: 4   NO: 7   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


02:52:55 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 20-1146 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Valdez D.
Seconded Roberts
Arndt Yes
Buentello Yes
Catlin No
Holtorf No
Neville No
Pelton No
Titone Yes
Woodrow Yes
Young Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1159 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:53:19 PM  

Representatives Roberts and Catlin, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 20-1159.  The bill requires that when a claim of water use that predates an instream flow appropriation is made, the State Engineer confirm the extent of the claimed use.

02:56:41 PM  

Zane Kessler, representing the Colorado River District, testified in support of the bill.  Terry Fankhauser, representing the Colorado Cattlemen's Association, testified in support of the bill.  Kathleen Curry, representing the Grand Valley Water Users Association, testified in support of the bill.  The panel responded to committee questions.

03:07:48 PM  

Kevin Rein, State Engineer, testified on the bill and responded to committee questions.  Jordan Beezley, representing the Department of Agriculture, testified in support of the bill.

03:17:07 PM  

Representatives Roberts and Catlin made final remarks on the bill.  Committee members commented on the bill.



03:20:12 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1159 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Roberts
Seconded Catlin
Arndt Yes
Buentello Yes
Catlin Yes
Holtorf Yes
Neville Yes
Pelton Yes
Titone Yes
Woodrow Yes
Young Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1057 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

03:21:28 PM  

Representatives McCluskie and Carver, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 20-1057 to the committee.  The bill modifies the Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation Grant Program by allowing more grant funding to projects located in areas with fewer economic resources; expanding the list of eligible recipients; and extending the repeal date.  Representatives McCluskie and Carver responded to committee questions and distributed handouts (Attachments A and B).

03:41:38 PM  

David Wolf, representing Estes Valley Fire, testified in support of the bill.  Susan Matthews, representing the Colorado State Forest Service, testified on the bill.  Chris Piper, representing Denver Water, testified in support of the bill.

03:41:39 PM  

Representative Carver distributed and discussed Amendments L.004 and L.005 (Attachments C and D).



04:01:20 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment C).
Moved Carver
Seconded Holtorf
Arndt
Buentello
Carver
Catlin
Holtorf
Pelton
Titone
Woodrow
Young
Valdez D.
Roberts
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:02:26 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment D).
Moved Carver
Seconded Valdez D.
Arndt
Buentello
Carver
Catlin
Holtorf
Pelton
Titone
Woodrow
Young
Valdez D.
Roberts
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:02:27 PM  
Representatives McCluskie and Carver made final remarks. Committee members commented on the bill.


04:07:20 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1057, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Carver
Seconded Valdez D.
Arndt Yes
Buentello Yes
Carver Yes
Catlin Yes
Holtorf Yes
Pelton Yes
Titone Yes
Woodrow Yes
Young Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:07:43 PM   The committee adjourned.