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S_AGR_2020A 01/23/2020 01:37:01 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 01/23/2020
Attendance
Coram X
Rodriguez X
Sonnenberg X
Danielson X
Donovan X
Time 01:37:01 PM to 03:30:43 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 20-Water Quality Control Commission Favorably Refer to Full Senate
Conf 20-Stock Inspection Commissioners — State Board Of Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 20-Tourism Office Board Of Directors — Colorado Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
SB20-003 Referred to Senate Finance
SB20-025 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB20-048 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB20-002 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

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

Conf 20-Water Quality Control Commission - Favorably Refer to Full Senate


01:37:12 PM  
Trish Oeth, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), introduced Kevin Greer, April Long, and Paul Frohardt, appointees to the Water Quality Control Commission. Mr. Greer, Ms. Long, and Mr. Frohardt introduced themselves to the committee and explained their qualifications to serve on the commission.


01:51:00 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of Kevin Greer, April Long, Paul Frohardt to the Water Quality Control Commission to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation.
Moved Danielson
Seconded
Coram No
Rodriguez Yes
Sonnenberg No
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 20-Stock Inspection Commissioners — State Board Of - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:51:39 PM  
Chris Whitney, Brand Board, introduced
Kory Kessinger, appointee to the State Board of of Stock Inspection Commissioners.
 Mr. Whitney also explained the qualifications of David Mendenhall
to serve on the board.  Mr. Mendenhall was unable to attend the hearing.
 Mr. Kessinger also explained his qualifications to serve on the board.


01:56:25 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of Kory Kessinger and David Mendenhall to the State Board of Stock Inspection Commissioners 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
Rodriguez Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 20-Tourism Office Board Of Directors — Colorado - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:57:34 PM  
Cathy Ritter, Colorado Tourism Office, introduced Robert Stinchcomb, Sonia Riggs, Peter Piccolo, and Tammie Thompson-Booker, appointees to the Colorado Tourism Office Board of Directors. Ms. Ritter also explained the qualifications of Wanda James to serve on the board. Ms. James was unable to attend the hearing. Mr. Stinchcomb, Ms. Riggs, Mr. Piccolo, and Ms. Thompson-Booker introduced themselves to the committee and explained their qualifications to serve on the board.


02:04:47 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of Wanda James, Robert Stinchcomb, Sonia Riggs, Peter Piccolo, and Tammie Thompson-Booker to the Tourism Office Board Of Directors 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
Rodriguez Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-003 - Referred to Senate Finance


02:05:18 PM  
President Garcia and Senator Hisey, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 20-003, which appropriates $10.0 million to the Department of Natural Resources to open a new state park and improve infrastructure and amenities at existing state parks.
02:12:34 PM  
Dan Gibbs, Executive Director, Department of Natural Resources, and Doug Vilsack, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, testified in support of the bill. Director Gibbs and Mr. Vilsack responded to committee questions. Senator Donovan discussed a packet of letters of support that was distributed to the committee (Attachment A).
02:20:18 PM  
Phillip Rico, Mayor of Trinidad, testified
in support of the bill.  Luis Lopez, Felix Lopez, and Tony Hass, Las
Animas County Commissioners, testified in support of the bill.
02:31:25 PM  
Scott Segerstrom, Colorado Youth Corps Association, testified in support of the bill.
02:35:36 PM  
Jack Reis, Fishpond, testified in support
of the bill.
02:35:53 PM  
Jan Douglas, Colorado Sierra Club, testified in support of the bill.
02:39:22 PM  
Beau Kiklis, Conservation Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:44:41 PM  
Gina Cimino, Trinidad Redevelopment Group, testified in support of the bill.
02:48:23 PM  
President Garcia and Senator Hisey provided closing comments on the bill.


02:50:57 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-003 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Sonnenberg No
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-025 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:51:16 PM  
President Garcia, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 20-025, which gives flood control conservancy districts the authority to participate in artistic and beautification projects on waterways, and deems such projects to be current expenses of the district.
02:54:27 PM  
Don Banner, Pueblo Conservancy District, testified in support of the bill.
03:00:39 PM  
President Garcia provided closing comments on the bill.


03:01:48 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-025 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-048 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


03:02:10 PM  
Senators Donovan and Coram, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 20-048, which requires the Executive Director of the Department of Natural Resources to convene a work group during the 2020 interim to explore ways to strengthen water anti-speculation law.


03:08:08 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-048 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-002 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


03:08:22 PM  
Senator Donovan, co-prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 20-002, which codifies the Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant Program in the Department of Local Affairs. Senator Donovan discussed amendment L.001 (Attachment B). Senator Donovan responded to committee questions.
03:19:17 PM  
Elizabeth Marsh, SCAPE, testified in support
of the bill.
03:19:23 PM  
Emily Ibach, Colorado Farm Bureau, testified
in support of the bill.
03:21:04 PM  
Richard Orf, Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:24:46 PM  
Senator Donovan provided closing comments on the bill and responded to committee questions.


03:29:23 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B).
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram
Rodriguez
Sonnenberg
Danielson
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:30:28 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-002, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:30:43 PM   The committee adjourned.