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H_TRA_2016A 04/13/2016 01:38:00 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY

Date: 04/13/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:38 PM to 06:51 PM
Brown
X
Buck
X
Place: RM 271
Coram
X
Esgar
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Kraft-Tharp
X
Representative Tyler
Melton
X
Moreno
*
This Report was prepared by
Neville P.
X
Matt Kiszka
Nordberg
X
Willett
X
Winter
X
Mitsch Bush
X
Tyler
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
HB16-1430

HB16-1315

HB16-1304
Amended, Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Postponed Indefinitely

Amended, Referred to Appropriations





01:39 PM -- HB 16-1430



Representative Lebsock, prime sponsor, came to the table to present House Bill 16-1430. This bill requires that an oil and gas operator register with both the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), and with the local governments in whose jurisdiction the operator has either an approved state drilling permit, or an application for a new well. The operator may register with the local government either by complying with a locally established registration process, or by delivering a current copy of the operator's COGCC registration and designation-of-agent forms.



The bill also allows a local government to request:



• a good-faith estimate of the number of wells the operator intends to drill in the next five years within the local government's jurisdiction; and



• a map showing the location of existing well sites and production facilities, approved well sites or sites for which an application is pending, and sites the operator has identified for development on its current drilling schedule, but for which it has not yet submitted an application for COGCC approval.

















Three documents on the bill and the COGCC were distributed to the committee (Attachments A, B, and C).



160413 AttachA.pdf160413 AttachA.pdf160413 AttachB.pdf160413 AttachB.pdf160413 AttachC.pdf160413 AttachC.pdf



01:51 PM



Representative Lebsock responded to questions from the committee.



02:05 PM



Committee questioning of and discussion with Representative Lebsock continued.




02:10 PM --
Commissioner Chaz Tedesco, representing Adams County, testified in support of the bill. Commissioner Tedesco responded to questions from the committee. Discussion ensued.



02:29 PM --
Dr. Stew Nyholm and Christine Nyholm, representing Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability Now (ACCDAN), testified in support of the bill.



02:35 PM --
Jennifer Gamble, representing ACCDAN, testified in support of the bill.



02:40 PM --
Dona Olivier, representing Wadley Farms Homeowners Association, testified in support of the bill.



02:42 PM --
Sara Loflin, representing the League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans (LOGIC), testified in support of the bill. Ms. Loflin responded to a question from the committee.



02:46 PM --
Tracee Bently and Dave Neslin, representing the Colorado Petroleum Council and the American Petroleum Institute, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Bently and Mr. Neslin responded to questions from the committee and discussion ensued.



03:18 PM --
Stan Dempsey, representing the Colorado Petroleum Association, testified in opposition to the bill.



03:22 PM --
Dan O'Connell, representing the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, testified in opposition to the bill.



03:27 PM --
Jamie Jost, representing the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, testified in opposition to the bill. Ms. Jost responded to questions from the committee.



03:40 PM --
Kathleen Staks, representing the Department of Natural Resources, testified neutrally on the bill.



03:45 PM



The committee took a brief recess.















04:02 PM



The committee returned to order. Representative Lebsock explained amendment L.001 (Attachment B).

BILL: HB16-1430
TIME: 04:05:38 PM
MOVED: Melton
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B). The motion passed on a vote of 7-6.
SECONDED: Kraft-Tharp
VOTE
Brown
No
Buck
No
Coram
No
Esgar
Yes
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
Yes
Moreno
Yes
Neville P.
No
Nordberg
No
Willett
No
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Tyler
Yes
YES: 7 NO: 6 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





04:06 PM



Representative Lebsock explained amendment L.002 (Attachment C).

BILL: HB16-1430
TIME: 04:08:02 PM
MOVED: Melton
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment C). The motion passed on a vote of 8-5.
SECONDED: Moreno
VOTE
Brown
No
Buck
No
Coram
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
Yes
Moreno
Yes
Neville P.
No
Nordberg
No
Willett
No
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Tyler
Yes
YES: 8 NO: 5 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



04:08 PM



Representative Lebsock explained amendment L.003 (Attachment D). The amendment was withdrawn.



160413 AttachD.pdf160413 AttachD.pdf





04:12 PM



Representative Lebsock made his closing comments on the bill. Discussion ensued.

BILL: HB16-1430
TIME: 04:25:15 PM
MOVED: Melton
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1430, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 7-6.
SECONDED: Moreno
VOTE
Brown
No
Buck
No
Coram
No
Esgar
Yes
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
Yes
Moreno
Yes
Neville P.
No
Nordberg
No
Willett
No
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Tyler
Yes
Final YES: 7 NO: 6 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



04:26 PM -- HB 16-1315



Representative Melton, prime sponsor, came to the table to present House Bill 16-1315. The bill includes seaplanes within the statutory definition of a "vessel" and prohibits the Parks and Wildlife Commission, municipalities, and special districts from arbitrarily excluding seaplanes from state park waters that are open to the operation of motorboats. The bill also exempts seaplanes, which are to be registered and numbered pursuant to federal law, from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) boat registration program in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Two letters from the Colorado Pilots Association were distributed to the committee (Attachment E).



160413 AttachE.pdf160413 AttachE.pdf



04:30 PM --
Gaspar Perricone and Margaret Taylor, representing the DNR, testified in opposition to the bill. Three handouts on the bill were distributed to the committee (Attachment F). Mr. Perricone and Ms. Taylor responded to questions from the committee.



160413 AttachF.pdf160413 AttachF.pdf







04:46 PM



Amendment L.001 (Attachment G) was distributed to the committee and explained by Representative Melton. Mr. Perricone responded to questions on the amendment and discussion ensued.



160413 AttachG.pdf160413 AttachG.pdf



04:52 PM --
Kellen Friedlander, representing the Colorado Marine Dealers Association, testified in opposition to the bill.



05:05 PM --
Tom Elliot, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill. Mr. Elliot responded to questions from the committee.



05:09 PM --
Julie McKenna, representing Northern Water and Greeley Water, testified in opposition to the bill.



05:10 PM --
Mark Caughlan, representing Larimer County DNR, testified in opposition to the bill.

05:13 PM --
Dianna Orf, representing the Colorado Water Congress, testified in opposition to the bill.



05:14 PM --
Gerald Eberhard, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Eberhard responded to questions from the committee.



05:17 PM --
Ray Hawkins, representing the Seaplane Pilots Association, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Hawkins responded to questions from the committee.



05:38 PM --
Lynn French, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

05:46 PM --
John Wright, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



05:49 PM --
Gary Tobey, representing the Colorado Pilots Association, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Tobey responded to a question from the committee.





05:56 PM



Amendment L.002 (Attachment H) was distributed to the committee. Representative Melton explained amendment L.002.



160413 AttachH.pdf160413 AttachH.pdf

BILL: HB16-1315
TIME: 05:58:10 PM
MOVED: Melton
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment H). The motion passed on a vote of 10-3.
SECONDED: Nordberg
VOTE
Brown
Yes
Buck
Yes
Coram
Yes
Esgar
No
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
Yes
Moreno
Yes
Neville P.
Yes
Nordberg
Yes
Willett
Yes
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
No
Tyler
No
YES: 10 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





05:58 PM



Representative Melton made his closing comments and the committee discussed the merits of the bill.

BILL: HB16-1315
TIME: 06:09:21 PM
MOVED: Melton
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1315, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion failed on a vote of 5-8.
SECONDED: Neville P.
VOTE
Brown
No
Buck
No
Coram
No
Esgar
No
Kraft-Tharp
No
Melton
Yes
Moreno
Yes
Neville P.
Yes
Nordberg
Yes
Willett
Yes
Winter
No
Mitsch Bush
No
Tyler
No
YES: 5 NO: 8 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL
BILL: HB16-1315
TIME: 06:10:19 PM
MOVED: Coram
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 16-1315 indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 8-5.
SECONDED: Brown
VOTE
Brown
Yes
Buck
Yes
Coram
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
No
Moreno
No
Neville P.
No
Nordberg
No
Willett
No
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Tyler
Yes
Final YES: 8 NO: 5 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



06:11 PM -- HB 16-1304



Representative Tyler, prime sponsor, came to the table to present House Bill 16-1304. The bill requires the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to hold at least one community meeting about transportation planning and funding in each of the 15 Transportation Planning Regions (TPRs) by October 1, 2016. The Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is to assist CDOT in providing extensive public notice in advance of each community meeting.



The bill specifies meeting protocol, including a requirement that public testimony, including remote public testimony, be available. Each meeting must include representation from the transportation commissioners whose districts fall within the region, the area CDOT regional transportation director's office, and any overlapping economic development district. Other specified government officials must also be invited.



No later than November 1, 2016, the TPR representative who convened the meeting is required to develop and submit to CDOT's executive director a report ranking their region's top transportation priorities and the preferred means of raising revenue to fund those priorities. CDOT's executive director must compile the regional reports into a statewide report, ranking top transportation priorities and preferred funding mechanisms, and present that report during CDOT's 2017 SMART Act hearing. The bill repeals on July 1, 2017.



Amendment L.001 was distributed to the committee (Attachment I).



160413 AttachI.pdf160413 AttachI.pdf











06:19 PM --
Commissioner Norm Steen, representing Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in opposition to the bill. Commissioner Steen responded to questions from the committee.



06:39 PM --
Andy Karsian, representing CDOT, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Karsian responded to questions from the committee.



06:42 PM



Representative Mitsch Bush explained amendment L.001.

BILL: HB16-1304
TIME: 06:45:03 PM
MOVED: Mitsch Bush
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment I). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Coram
VOTE
Brown
Buck
Coram
Esgar
Kraft-Tharp
Melton
Moreno
Neville P.
Nordberg
Willett
Winter
Mitsch Bush
Tyler
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection





06:47 PM



Representative Tyler made his closing comments on the bill.

BILL: HB16-1304
TIME: 06:49:51 PM
MOVED: Tyler
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1304, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 10-3.
SECONDED: Coram
VOTE
Brown
Yes
Buck
No
Coram
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
Yes
Moreno
Yes
Neville P.
No
Nordberg
No
Willett
Yes
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Tyler
Yes
Final YES: 10 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



06:50 PM



The committee was adjourned.