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h_agr_2017a_2017-01-30t13:30:05z0 Hearing Summary

Date: 01/30/2017

Location: HCR 0107

Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB17-1076



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & NATURAL RESOURCES


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Adopt amendment L.001. The motion failed on a vote

Refer House Bill 17-1076 to the Committee of the W
FAIL

PASS







01:30 PM -- HB 17-1076



Representative Arndt, sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1076, concerning rule-making by the state engineer regarding permits for the use of water artificially recharged into nontributary groundwater aquifers. Under current law, the State Engineer in the Division of Water Resources is required to promulgate rules for the permitting and use of waters artificially recharged into the Dawson, Denver, Arapahoe, and Laramie-Fox Hills aquifers. The bill adds the requirement that the State Engineer promulgate rules for the permitting and use of waters artificially recharged into a nontributary groundwater aquifer by July 1, 2018.



01:35 PM --
Kevin Rein, Deputy State Engineer, Division of Water Resources, spoke in support of the bill. Mr. Rein discussed the difficulty of storing water in a tributary formation and the history of the rule-making authority of the State Engineer's office concerning the Denver Basin bedrock aquifers. Mr. Rein responded to questions from the committee concerning the measurement of nontributary aquifers, the rule-making authority of the State Engineer, the process for recharging an aquifer and how the aquifer reacts to changes in levels of the aquifer.



01:51 PM --
Pat Ratliff, South Metro Water Supply Authority (SMWSA), stated that the SMWSA was not taking a formal position on the bill; however, SMWSA is approves of the bill as drafted.



01:54 PM
-- Dianna Orf, Colorado Water Congress, spoke in support of the bill.



01:57 PM



Representative Saine distributed Amendment L.001 to the bill (Attachment A). The amendment requires the State Engineer to receive approval of any new or amended rule from the House and Senate committees on agriculture. Committee discussion ensued regarding the amendment.



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BILL: HB17-1076
TIME: 02:06:53 PM
MOVED: Saine
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001. The motion failed on a vote of 4-9.
SECONDED: Becker J.
VOTE
Becker J.
Yes
Buck
Yes
Danielson
No
Esgar
No
Hansen
No
Lebsock
No
Lewis
Yes
McKean
No
Saine
Yes
Valdez
No
Willett
No
Mitsch Bush
No
Arndt
No
YES: 4 NO: 9 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL





02:07 PM



Representative Arndt concluded her comments on the bill.


BILL: HB17-1076
TIME: 02:08:01 PM
MOVED: Arndt
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1076 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 12-1.
SECONDED: Hansen
VOTE
Becker J.
Yes
Buck
Yes
Danielson
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Hansen
Yes
Lebsock
Yes
Lewis
Yes
McKean
Yes
Saine
No
Valdez
Yes
Willett
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Arndt
Yes
Final YES: 12 NO: 1 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS














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