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s_agr_2017a_2017-02-09t13:32:40z2 Hearing Summary

Date: 02/09/2017

Location: SCR 357

Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB17-1030



SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, & ENERGY


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Adopt amendment L.002. The motion passed without o

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

PASS







03:26 PM -- HB 17-1030



The committee came back to order. Senator Sonnenberg and Senator Baumgardner, Co-Prime Sponsors, described the provisions of House Bill 17-1030 concerning the 1921 irrigation district act and distributed Amendment L.002 (Attachment D). This bill, recommended by the Interim Water Resources Review Committee, addresses compensation for board members and election judges; clarifies the definition of agricultural land; allows an irrigation district to lease its surplus water for all beneficial uses; clarifies how irrigation district assessments are to be collected and held by district treasurers; eliminates the bonding requirement for district board members; and modernizes election procedures and procedures for selling surplus property. The bill also increases from $20,000 to $500,000, the amount of a contract or an eminent domain proceeding that requires voter ratification in a district election.



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The following persons testified on the bill:



03:30 PM --
Tom Sauter, representing himself, spoke in opposition to the bill.



03:32 PM --
Andy Jones, Lost Creek Groundwater Management District, spoke in opposition to the bill and expressed concern about the transfer of agricultural water rights.



03:36 PM --
Mark Hermundstad, Overland Mesa Irrigation District, spoke in support of the bill.



03:38 PM --
Kent Holsinger, Henrylyn Irrigation District, spoke in support of the bill and responded to prior testimony on the bill.



03:41 PM --
Chris Treese, Colorado River Water Conservation District, spoke in support of the bill.



03:43 PM --
Max Schmidt, Orchard Mesa Irrigation District, spoke in support of the bill.



03:44 PM --
Dianna Orf, Colorado Water Congress, spoke in support of the bill.



03:45 PM --
Emily Ibach, Colorado Farm Bureau, spoke in support of the bill.



03:46 PM



The chair closed testimony on the bill, and Senator Sonnenberg closed his remarks.


BILL: HB17-1030
TIME: 03:47:13 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.002. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Cooke
Coram
Donovan
Fenberg
Fields
Garcia
Jones
Marble
Scott
Baumgardner
Sonnenberg
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: HB17-1030
TIME: 03:47:54 PM
MOVED: Sonnenberg
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1030, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 10-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Cooke
Yes
Coram
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Fenberg
Yes
Fields
Yes
Garcia
Yes
Jones
Yes
Marble
Excused
Scott
Yes
Baumgardner
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Final YES: 10 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS












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