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S_AGR_2019A 04/18/2019 01:42:37 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 04/18/2019
Attendance
Coram X
Ginal X
Sonnenberg X
Danielson *
Donovan X
Time 01:42:37 PM to 04:42:04 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Donovan
This Report was prepared by Matt Becker
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 19-Agricultural Commission — State Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
SB19-240 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB19-1202 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB19-1037 Amended, Referred to Senate Transportation & Energy
HB19-1247 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB19-1259 Referred to Senate Appropriations

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call

Conf 19-Agricultural Commission — State - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:43:15 PM  
Kate Greenberg, Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, introduced Brant Harrison, Segundo Diaz, Kathryn Bedell, George Whitten, and Colleen Peppler, appointees to the State Agricultural Commission. The appointees introduced themselves and discussed their qualifications to serve on the commission.


01:55:04 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of Brant Harrison, Segundo Diaz, Kathryn Bedell, George Whitten, Colleen Peppler to the State Agricultural Commission 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



SB19-240 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


01:57:38 PM  
Senators Fenberg and Marble, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 19-240, which requires a wholesale food manufacturer that produces an industrial hemp product to pay a registration fee of $300, regardless of its gross annual sales. Senator Marble discussed amendments L.001 and L.002 (Attachments A and B).
02:06:55 PM  
Veronica Carpi, representing Grow Hemp Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.
02:09:11 PM  
Alan Lewis, representing Natural Grocers, testified in support of the bill.
02:09:30 PM  
Dr. Sean Callan, representing Ellipse Analytics, testified on the bill.
02:13:25 PM  
Kevin Bommer, representing the Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill.
02:14:48 PM  
Eric Bergman, representing Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in support of the bill.
02:17:00 PM  
Hunter Buffington, representing the Hemp Feed Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
02:17:22 PM  
Mara Brosy-Wiwchar, representing the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment, testified in support of the
bill.
02:21:09 PM  
Cindy Sovine, representing several industry groups, testified in support of the bill.
02:22:46 PM  
Ms. Brosy-Wiwchar and Jeff Lawrence, CDPHE,
responded to committee questions.  Hollis Glenn, representing the
Colorado Department of Agriculture, responded to committee questions.

02:24:50 PM  
Duane Stjernholm, representing the Colorado
Hemp Processing Cooperative, testified against the bill.

02:43:37 PM  
Das Ellis, representing Hemp Producers,
Inc., testified on the bill.
02:46:33 PM  
Mr. Lawrence responded to committee questions.


03:01:47 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A).
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Coram Excused
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg No
Danielson Excused
Donovan Yes
YES: 2   NO: 1   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:02:05 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B).
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Coram Excused
Ginal
Sonnenberg
Danielson Excused
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:06:14 PM  
Senators Fenberg and Marble provided closing comments on the bill.


03:07:02 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-240, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg No
Danielson Excused
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1202 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


03:07:27 PM  
Senators Ginal and Priola, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 19-1202, which moves the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council from the Department of Agriculture to Colorado State University and modifies its membership, purpose, and duties.
03:12:06 PM  
Wendy Moschetti, representing LiveWell Colorado, testified in support of the bill and distributed a letter to the committee (Attachment C).
03:14:57 PM  
Nick Levendofsky, representing Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, testified in support of the bill.
03:17:54 PM  
Senators Priola and Ginal provided closing comments on the bill.


03:18:36 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1202 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Excused
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1037 - Amended, Referred to Senate Transportation & Energy

03:19:02 PM  
Senator Donovan, co-prime sponsor, presented House Bill 19-1037, which allows a utility to apply to the Public Utilities Commission for a financing order authorizing it to issue securitized utility ratepayer-backed bonds when closing an electric generating facility.
03:24:29 PM  
Harriet Moyer Aptekar, representing herself,
testified on the bill and responded to committee questions.
03:27:40 PM  
Stephen Pomerance, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill and distributed a copy of his testimony (Attachment D).
03:33:04 PM  
Dianna Orf, representing the Colorado Mining Association, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:33:41 PM  
Richard Orf, representing the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:37:49 PM  
Mr. Pomerance, Ms. Orf, and Mr. Orf responded to committee questions.
03:45:20 PM  
Bill Levis, representing AARP, testified in opposition to the bill and distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment E).
03:46:33 PM  
Britton Naas, representing the Coalition of Ratepayers, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:49:46 PM  
Leslie Glustrom, representing herself,
testified in opposition to the bill and distributed a handout to the committee
(Attachment F).
03:51:08 PM  
Lisa Tormoeu Hicky, representing the Interwest
Energy Alliance, testified in support of the bill and distributed a statement
of support from the Colorado Independent Energy Association (Attachment
G).
03:54:08 PM  
Emily Gedeow, representing the Sierra Club, testified in support of the bill.
03:57:47 PM  
Elizabeth Smith, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:58:29 PM  
Sam Gilchrist, representing the Natural Resources Defense Council, testified in support of the bill.
04:00:58 PM  
Ms. Tormoeu Hicky responded to committee questions.
04:03:34 PM  
Michelle King, representing Colorado Energy Consumers, testified in support of the bill.
04:04:08 PM  

Matt Larson, representing Xcel Energy, testified on the bill.

04:07:40 PM  
Jason Hopfer, representing Pueblo County, testified on the bill and responded to committee questions.


04:13:17 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.015 (Attachment H).
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram
Ginal
Sonnenberg
Danielson
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:14:32 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1037, as amended, to the Committee on Transportation & Energy.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram No
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg No
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1247 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


04:15:45 PM  
Senators Coram and Donovan, co-prime sponsors, presented
House Bill 19-1247, which authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture to
appoint and convene an advisory group to study potential applications for
blockchain technology in agricultural operations.
04:31:34 PM  
Senators Coram and Donovan responded to committee questions.
04:32:29 PM  
James Foy, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.


04:35:17 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1247 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg Excused
Danielson Excused
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1259 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


04:35:43 PM  
Senator Donovan, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 19-1259,
which authorizes expenditures for the Department of Natural Resources for
a designated list of projects to conserve native species.
04:36:38 PM  
Doug Vilsack, representing the Department of Natural Resources, testified in support of the bill.
04:38:50 PM  
Dianna Orf, representing Colorado Water Congress, testified in support in the bill.
04:39:15 PM  
Mr. Vilsack responded to committee questions.


04:41:44 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1259 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Excused
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:42:04 PM   The committee adjourned.