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S_AGR_2019A 03/07/2019 01:34:00 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 03/07/2019
Attendance
Coram X
Ginal X
Sonnenberg X
Danielson X
Donovan X
Time 01:34:00 PM to 03:36:31 PM
Place SCR 354
This Meeting was called to order by Donovan
This Report was prepared by Matt Becker
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 19-Water Resources And Power Development Authority — Colorado Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 19-Rocky Mountain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Board Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Presentation from Colorado State Forest Service Committee Discussion Only
HB19-1113 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB19-160 Amended, referred to Senate Finance
SB19-162 Referred to Senate Appropriations
SB19-147 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB19-148 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Conf 19-Water Resources And Power Development Authority — Colorado - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:37:05 PM  
Michael Brod, Executive Director of the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (CWRPDA), introduced Christopher Treese and Robert Wolff, appointees to the CWRPDA Board. Mr. Treese and Mr. Wolff explained their qualifications to serve on the board.


01:40:30 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Christopher Treese and the reappointment of Robert Wolff to the Colorado Water Resources And Power Development Authority to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Danielson
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 19-Rocky Mountain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Board - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar




01:44:26 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Jennifer Opila to the Rocky Mountain Low-Level Radioactive Waste Board to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Danielson
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Presentation from Colorado State Forest Service - Committee Discussion Only

01:44:34 PM  

Mike Lester, State Forester, Colorado State Forest Service, presented an update to the committee (Attachment A).

01:56:31 PM  
Jacque Buchanan, U.S. Forest Service, provided an update to the committee and distributed a copy of her testimony (Attachment B). Mr. Lester and Ms. Buchanan responded to committee questions.
02:10:34 PM  
Molly Pitts, Eric Howell, and Mr. Treese, all representing the Colorado Forest and Water Alliance, provided an update to the committee.



HB19-1113 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:21:22 PM  

Senator Donovan presented House Bill 19-1113, which changes how water quality treatment is addressed in mine reclamation plans and how mining operators can provide proof of financial responsibility. Senator Coram distributed amendments L.002, L.003, and L.004 (Attachments C, D, and E).

02:26:53 PM  

Bill Skewes, representing the Colorado Chamber of commerce, testified on the bill.

02:30:52 PM  
Chris Treese, representing the Colorado River District, Colorado Water Congress, and the Upper Gunnison Water Conservation District, testified in support of the bill.
02:31:26 PM  

Jeff Parsons, representing Western Mining, testified on the bill and distributed a packet of support letters to the committee (Attachment F).

02:37:34 PM  
Mr. Parsons responded to committee questions.
02:40:55 PM  

Julie Westendorff, La Plata County Commissioner, testified in support of the bill.

02:41:47 PM  

Ginny Brannon, representing the Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety, testified in support of the bill and responded to committee questions.

02:53:51 PM  

Brandy DeLange, representing the Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill.

02:55:40 PM  
Stan Dempsey, representing the Colorado Mining Association, testified on the bill.
03:03:15 PM  

Scott Hardt, representing the Numont Mining Corporation, testified in opposition to the bill.



03:13:40 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Coram
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal No
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson No
Donovan No
YES: 2   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


03:14:21 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003
Moved Coram
Seconded
Coram
Ginal
Sonnenberg
Danielson
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:15:22 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004
Moved Coram
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal No
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson No
Donovan No
YES: 2   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


03:19:13 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1113, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg No
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-160 - Amended, referred to Senate Finance


03:19:38 PM  

Senator Winter, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-160, which continues the River Outfitter Licensing Program.

03:21:50 PM  

Grant Brown, representing Colorado Parks and Wildlife, testified in support of the bill.

03:22:26 PM  

David Costlow, representing the Colorado River Outfitters Association, testified in support of the bill.  Senator Winter distributed amendment L.001 (Attachment G).



03:24:41 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Danielson
Seconded
Coram
Ginal
Sonnenberg
Danielson
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:26:02 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-160, as amended, to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Danielson
Seconded
Coram No
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg No
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-162 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


03:26:28 PM  

Senator Coram, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-162, which continues the River Outfitter Advisory Committee.  Mr. Costlow testified in support of the bill.



03:27:54 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-162 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Coram
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-147 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


03:28:20 PM  

Senators Sonnenberg and Hisey, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-147, which continues the Colorado Seed Potato Act.

03:30:18 PM  

Bob Mattive, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

03:30:32 PM  

Jim Ehrlich, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

03:30:46 PM  

Cheryl Smith, representing the Colorado Department of Agriculture, testified in support of the bill.



03:33:59 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-147 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-148 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


03:34:28 PM  

Senators Hisey and Sonnenberg, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-148, which continues the Seed Potato Advisory Committee.

03:34:50 PM  

Ms. Smith testified in support of the bill.



03:36:11 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-148 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:36:31 PM   The committee adjourned.