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H_RAA_2020A 03/02/2020 01:32:14 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RURAL AFFAIRS & AGRICULTURE
Date 03/02/2020
Attendance
Arndt X
Buentello X
Catlin X
Holtorf X
Pelton X
Titone *
Will X
Woodrow *
Young X
Valdez D. X
Roberts *
Time 01:32:14 PM to 03:11:30 PM
Place LSB A
This Meeting was called to order by Representative Valdez D.
This Report was prepared by Jimmy Reed
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB20-1172 Postponed Indefinitely
HB20-1171 Referred to House Appropriations

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
01:32:16 PM
Representative D. Valdez called the meeting
to order.  



HB20-1172 - Postponed Indefinitely


01:32:36 PM  

Representative Arndt, prime bill sponsor, presented House Bill 20-1172 to the committee. The bill establishes that a reduction in water usage due to an efficiency project does not constitute abandonment of a water right.  Representative Arndt responded to committee questions.

01:35:44 PM  
Drew Peternell, representing Trout Unlimited, testified on the bill.
01:40:46 PM  

Paul Bruchez, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.  Zane Kessler, representing the Colorado River District, testified in opposition to the bill.  Chris Piper, representing Denver Water, testified in opposition to the bill.  The panel responded to committee questions.

01:53:45 PM  

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



01:58:35 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 20-1172 indefinitely.
Moved Arndt
Seconded Pelton
Arndt Yes
Buentello Yes
Catlin Yes
Holtorf Yes
Pelton Yes
Titone Excused
Will Yes
Woodrow Yes
Young Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Roberts Excused
Final YES: 9   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1171 - Referred to House Appropriations


01:58:54 PM  

Representatives Catlin and McLachlan, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 20-1171 to the committee.  The bill directs the Department of Public Safety to conduct a pilot program using remote cameras to detect wildfires in the wildlian-urban interface. Representatives Catlin and McLachlan responded to committee questions.

02:12:59 PM  

Mike Morgan, representing the Division of Fire Prevention and Control within the Colorado Department of Public Safety, testified in opposition of the bill.  Mr. Morgan responded to committee questions.

02:24:25 PM  

Kathleen Curry, representing the Ute Water Conservancy District, testified in support of the bill.  Jordan Moon, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.  Becky Brooks, representing Alert Wildfire, testified in support of the bill and distributed two handouts (Attachments A & B).  The panel responded to committee questions.

02:51:55 PM  
Representatives Catlin and McLachlan made concluding remarks. Committee members commented on the bill.


03:11:12 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1171 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Catlin
Seconded Buentello
Arndt No
Buentello Yes
Catlin Yes
Holtorf Yes
Pelton Yes
Titone Yes
Will Yes
Woodrow Yes
Young Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:11:30 PM   The committee adjourned.