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S_AGR_2020A 02/27/2020 05:19:12 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 02/27/2020
Attendance
Coram X
Rodriguez X
Sonnenberg E
Danielson X
Donovan X
Time 05:19:12 PM to 05:53:57 PM
Place SCR 354
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Donovan
This Report was prepared by Matt Becker
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 20-Water Conservation Board — Colorado Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
HB20-1057 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB20-1159 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB20-1157 Referred to the Committee of the Whole

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

Conf 20-Water Conservation Board — Colorado - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


05:20:00 PM  
Alice Cosgrove, Department of Natural Resources, discussed the appointments of Celene Hawkins, Heather Dutton, and Gregory Felt to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.


05:21:59 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of Celene Hawkins, Heather Dutton, and Gregory Felt to the Colorado Water Conservation Board 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 Excused
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1057 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


05:22:51 PM  
Senators Coram and Fenberg, co-prime sponsors,
presented House Bill 20-1057, which
modifies
the Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation Grant Program
.
05:23:16 PM  
Mike Lester, Colorado State Forest Service, testified on the bill.


05:26:50 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1057 to the Committee of the Wholeand with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Coram
Seconded
Coram Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Sonnenberg Excused
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1159 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


05:27:30 PM  
Senators Donovan and Coram, co-prime sponsors,
presented House Bill 20-1159, which
requires
that when a claim of water use that predates an instream flow appropriation
is made, the State Engineer confirm the extent of the claimed use.

05:28:33 PM  
Zane Kessler, Colorado River District and
Colorado Water Congress, testified in support of the bill.  Emily
Ibach, Colorado Farm Bureau, testified in support of the bill.  Kathleen
Curry, Grand Valley Water Users Association, testified in support of the
bill.  Aaron Citron, The Nature Conservancy, testified on the bill.



05:36:25 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1159 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 Excused
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1157 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


05:37:05 PM  
Senator Donovan presented House Bill 20-1157, which modifies the state's instream flow loan program.
05:40:34 PM  
Aaron Citron, The Nature Conservancy and
Colorado Water Congress, testified in support of the bill.  Kathleen
Curry, Grand Valley Water Users Association, testified in support of the
bill.  Zane Kessler, Colorado River Water Conservation District, testified
in support of the bill.  Abby Burk, Audubon Rockies, testified in
support of the bill.  Jen Boulton, Trout Unlimited, testified in support
of the bill.


05:53:31 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1157 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram Yes
Rodriguez Yes
Sonnenberg Excused
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


05:53:57 PM   The committee adjourned.