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S_AGR_2022A 02/17/2022 03:11:26 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 02/17/2022
Attendance
Coram X
Fields X
Sonnenberg X
Jaquez Lewis X
Donovan X
Time 03:11:26 PM to 04:24:43 PM
Place Old Supreme Court
This Meeting was called to order by Donovan
This Report was prepared by Julia Jackson
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 22-Mined Land Reclamation Board Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 22-Coal Mine Board Of Examiners Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
SB22-134 Referred to Senate Appropriations
SB22-114 Committee Discussion Only

Conf 22-Mined Land Reclamation Board - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


03:12:51 PM  
Ginny Brannon, Division Director, Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, Department of Natural Resources, introduced the Mined Land Reclamation Board and appointee Jill Nelson. Ms. Nelson discussed her background and experience in the mining industry.
03:15:40 PM  
Ms. Brannon introduced board appointee Patrick Ortiz. Mr. Ortiz discussed his background and interest in serving on the board.
03:20:48 PM  
The appointees responded to questions from committee members.


03:25:25 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Jill Nelson and Patrick Ortiz to the Conf 22-Mined Land Reclamation Board to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 22-Coal Mine Board Of Examiners - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


03:25:48 PM  
Ms. Brannon introduced the Coal Mine Board of Examiners and appointee Michael McFarland. Mr. McFarland discussed his experience and interest in the board.
03:27:52 PM  
Mr. McFarland responded to questions from the committee.


03:35:51 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Michael McFarland to the Conf 22-Coal Mine Board Of Examiners to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-134 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


03:37:03 PM  

Senator Coram, co-prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 22-134 to the committee. The bill transfers $14.0 million from the General Fund to the Colorado State Fair Authority Cash Fund to provide funding for the implementation of the 2021 Colorado State Fair Master Plan.

03:39:31 PM  
Mrs. Garin Vorthmann, representing Colorado Farm Bureau, testified in support of the bill.
03:40:40 PM  
Senator Coram wrapped up his presentation of the bill.


03:42:35 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-134 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Coram
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-114 - Committee Discussion Only


03:43:09 PM  
The committee recessed.
03:45:45 PM  
The committee reconvened.
03:45:53 PM  
Senators Hisey and
Story, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-114 to the committee.
 The bill allows a board of county commissioners to apply to the State
Engineer to have certain ponds designated as fire suppression ponds. Senator
Donovan noted that the bill would be heard but laid over for action.
03:46:38 PM  
Senator Hisey distributed amendments L.001 and L.002 (Attachments A and B).
03:53:49 PM  
Daphne Gervais, representing Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI), testified in support of the bill. Commissioner Richard Elsner, representing Park County & CCI, testified in support of the bill. Commissioner Greg Felt, representing Chaffee County & CCI, testified in support of the bill.
04:10:20 PM  
Commissioner Marsha Porter-Norton, representing La Plata County & CCI, testified in support of the bill. Julie McKenna, representing Northern Water, testified in support of the bill with amendments. Richard Vidmar, representing Aurora Water, testified in support of the bill.
04:18:43 PM  
Mrs. Garin Vorthmann, representing Southwestern Water Conservation District, testified in support of the bill.
04:20:28 PM  
Senators Story and Hisey wrapped up their presentation of the bill and noted that there would be additional amendments forthcoming. Committee members commented on the bill. The chair laid the bill over for action only.


04:24:43 PM   The committee adjourned.






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