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S_AGR_2020A 02/06/2020 01:32:25 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 02/06/2020
Attendance
Coram X
Rodriguez *
Sonnenberg X
Danielson X
Donovan X
Time 01:32:25 PM to 04:00:53 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-Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
SB20-054 Postponed Indefinitely
SB20-130 Referred to Senate Appropriations
SB20-101 Lay Over
SB20-008 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

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

Conf 20-Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:32:49 PM  
Dan Prenzlow, Department of Natural Resources, introduced Thomas Brossia, Ashley Rust, Brett Ackerman, and Priya Nanjappa, appointees to the Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee. The appointees explained their qualifications to serve on the committee.


01:39:40 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of Thomas Brossia, Ashely Rust, Brett Ackerman, and Priya Nanjappa to the Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee 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



SB20-054 - Postponed Indefinitely


01:40:13 PM  
Senator Coram discussed Senate Bill 20-054,
which creates a rural development grant program to be administered by the
Office of Economic Development and International Trade.  The bill
was laid over for action only on January 30, 2020.


01:42:31 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-054 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Coram
Seconded
Coram Yes
Rodriguez No
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson No
Donovan No
YES: 2   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


01:43:01 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 20-054 indefinitely.
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



SB20-130 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


01:46:04 PM  
Senators Donovan and Rankin, co-prime sponsors,
presented Senate Bill 20-130, which directs the Department of Natural Resources
to study the challenges related to backcountry search and rescue, and to
conduct outreach and training on physical and psychological impacts.
01:56:34 PM  
Dan Gibbs, Executive Director, Department
of Natural Resources, testified in support of the bill and responded to
committee questions.  Brett Schroetlin, Grand County Sheriff, testified
in support of the bill.  Jennifer Stanfer, representing herself, testified
in support of the bill.  Drew Hildner, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group,
testified in support of the bill.  Jeff Sparhawk, Search and Rescue
Association, testified in support of the bill and responded to committee
questions.  
02:25:19 PM  
Lt. Col. William Robinson, Civil Air Patrol,
testified in support of the bill.  John Rhoades, Civil Air Patrol,
testified in support of the bill.  Mike McDonald, representing himself,
testified in support of the bill.  Col. Gary Tobey, Civil Air Patrol,
testified in support of the bill.
02:38:42 PM  
Senators Donovan and Rankin provided closing comments about the bill.


02:47:03 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-130 to the Committee on Appropriations.
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



SB20-101 - Lay Over


02:47:25 PM  
Senator Sonnenberg, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 20-101, which requires that pesticide applicators be notified about complaints against them with 24 hours of receipt of the complaint by the Department of Agriculture. Senator Sonnenberg also discussed amendments L.001 and L.002 (Attachments A and B) and responded to committee questions.
02:58:12 PM  
Wondirad Gebru and John Scott, both representing the Colorado Department of Agriculture, testified on the bill. Mr. Scott responded to committee questions. Emily Ibach, Colorado Farm Bureau, testified in support of the bill. Matt Reck and Sam Rogge, Colorado Agricultural Aviation Association, testified in support of the bill and responded to committee questions. The panelists responded to committee questions.
03:31:12 PM  
Brett Moore, Colorado Weed Management Association,
testified in support of the bill.


03:32:55 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A).
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Coram
Rodriguez
Sonnenberg
Danielson
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:33:10 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B).
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Coram
Rodriguez
Sonnenberg
Danielson
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:33:17 PM  
Senator Donovan laid the bill over for action at a later date.



SB20-008 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


03:41:26 PM  
Senator Winter, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 20-008, which increases criminal penalties for polluting state waters and gives jurisdiction to district attorneys and the Attorney General.
03:47:02 PM  
Jason King, Department of Law, testified in support of the bill. Allison Connaughty, Department of Law, responded to committee questions.


03:52:23 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C),.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram
Rodriguez
Sonnenberg
Danielson
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:00:37 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-008, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram No
Rodriguez Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:00:53 PM   The committee adjourned.