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h_agr_2017a_2017-01-23t13:30:00z0 Hearing Summary

Date: 01/23/2017

Location: HCR 0107

Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB17-1030



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & NATURAL RESOURCES


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Adopt amendment L.001. The motion passed without o

Refer House Bill 17-1030, as amended, to the Commi
Pass Without Objection

PASS







01:31 PM -- HB 17-1030



Representative Arndt, sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1030, concerning updates to the 1921 law concerning irrigation districts. The bill, recommended by the Water Resources Review Committee, updates the 1921 Irrgation District Act by increasing the compensation for board members and election judges from $10 to $100 per day; clarifying the definitions of agricultural land and landowner; allowing an irrigation district to lease its surplus water for all beneficial uses; clarifying how irrigation district assessments are to be collected and held by district treasurers; and eliminating the bonding requirement for district board members, among other updates. The bill also increases the amount of a contract or an eminent domain proceeding that requires voter ratification in a district election from $20,000 to $500,000. Representative Arndt distributed amendment L.001 (Attachment A) to the committee.



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01:34 PM -- Mark Hermundstad, Orchard Mesa Irrigation, spoke in support of the bill.



01:37 PM -- Kent Holsinger, Henrylyn Irrigation District, spoke in support of the bill and gave a brief description of the Henrylyn Irrigation District. Mr. Holsinger also discussed the background of the bill and the provisions that are updated under the bill.



01:40 PM -- Max Schmidt, Orchard Mesa Irrigation District, spoke in support of the bill.



01:42 PM



Mr. Hermunstead responded to questions from the committee regarding the bill and discussed specific updates that the bill makes. Mr. Hermunstead also discussed proposed amendment L.001. Mr. Holsinger responded to questions from the committee concerning the dollar amount of a repair for which the irrigation district would require a vote and the ability of irrigation districts to complete damage repairs.



01:51 PM -- Dianna Orf, Colorado Water Congress, spoke in support of the bill.



01:52 PM



The chair closed testimony, and Representative Arndt discussed Amendment L.001.

BILL: HB17-1030
TIME: 01:54:30 PM
MOVED: Arndt
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Danielson
VOTE
Becker J.
Buck
Danielson
Esgar
Hansen
Lebsock
Lewis
McKean
Saine
Valdez
Willett
Mitsch Bush
Arndt
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection





01:55 PM



The committee recessed



02:00 PM



The committee came back to order, and Representative Arndt concluded her comments on the bill.

BILL: HB17-1030
TIME: 02:01:19 PM
MOVED: Becker J.
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1030, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 13-0.
SECONDED: Arndt
VOTE
Becker J.
Yes
Buck
Yes
Danielson
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Hansen
Yes
Lebsock
Yes
Lewis
Yes
McKean
Yes
Saine
Yes
Valdez
Yes
Willett
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Arndt
Yes
Final YES: 13 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
















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