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S_AGR_2022A 02/10/2022 01:40:27 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 02/10/2022
Attendance
Coram *
Fields *
Sonnenberg X
Jaquez Lewis X
Donovan X
Time 01:40:27 PM to 03:49:33 PM
Place Old Supreme Court
This Meeting was called to order by Donovan
This Report was prepared by Julia Jackson
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 22-Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 22-Stock Inspection Commissioners — State Board Of Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
SB22-080 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB22-028 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
SJR22-002 Referred to the Senate for final action
SB22-030 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Conf 22-Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:41:38 PM  
Dan Gibbs, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, introduced the Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee and discussed the habitat stamp program. Brett Ackerman, Southeast Regional Director, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, introduced the five appointees to the committee.
01:44:38 PM  

Travis Black, ex officio representative of Colorado Parks and Wildlife to the Habitat Stamp Committee, introduced himself to the committee. The following appointees also introduced themselves: David Gottenborg, David Warsh, Erica Elvove, and Lauren McCain.

01:49:23 PM  

The appointees responded to questions from the committee.



02:04:26 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of David Gottenborg, David Warsh, Erica Elvove, Lauren McClain, and James Travis Black to the Conf 22-Wildlife Habitat Stamp Committee to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that they be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 22-Stock Inspection Commissioners — State Board Of - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


02:05:08 PM  
Chris Whitney, Brand
Commissioner, Colorado Department of Agriculture, introduced the State
Board of Stock Inspection Commissioners ("Brand Board"). He introduced
the two board appointees, Lorene Bonds and Margrit Parker.
02:08:12 PM  
Lorene Bonds, appointee, introduced herself to the committee. Margrit Parker, appointee, introduced herself to the committee.
02:08:44 PM  
Committee members
questioned Mr. Whitney and the appointees.


02:17:49 PM
Motion Refer the appointments of Lorene Bonds and Margrit Parker to the Conf 22-Stock Inspection Commissioners — State Board Of to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that they be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Excused
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-080 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:19:23 PM  

Senator Donovan, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 22-080 to the committee. The bill requires that the Division of Fire Prevention and Control in the Department of Public Safety investigate the causes of wildland fires. Senator Donovan also presented amendment L.001 (Attachment A).

02:23:12 PM  
Mike Morgan, Director, Division of Fire Prevention and Control, testified on the bill in a technical capacity. He responded to questions from the committee.
02:30:17 PM  
Chris Burnett, Division of Fire Prevention and Control, testified on the bill.


02:34:19 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram
Fields Excused
Sonnenberg
Jaquez Lewis
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:34:57 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-080, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Excused
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-028 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:35:15 PM  

Senators Simpson and Sonnenberg, sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-028 to the committee. The bill creates the Groundwater Compact Compliance and Sustainability Fund for groundwater compact compliance and groundwater resource sustainability and conservation purposes. The fund will be administered by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) in the Department of Natural Resources and is subject to annual appropriation. Funds may include appropriations or transfers by the General Assembly; funds from federal sources; and gifts, grants, and donations. The CWCB will disburse funds based on recommendations from the board of directors of either the Rio Grande Water Conservancy District (RGWCD) or the Republican River Water Conservation District (RRWCD), after approval by the State Engineer.

02:40:19 PM  
Committee members questioned the bill sponsors.
02:40:33 PM  

David Robbins, representing the RRWCD and the RGWCD, testified in support of the bill. Aaron Sprague, representing the RRWCD, testified in support of the bill. Marisa Fricke, representing the RGWCD, testified in support of the bill. The panel responded to committee member questions.

03:08:38 PM  
Mr. Richard Brown, representing Colorado Water Congress, testified in support of the bill.
03:08:49 PM  
Mr. Timothy Coleman, representing Colorado Rural Electric Association, testified in support of the bill.
Kelly Romero-Heaney, representing the Department of Natural Resources, testified in support of the bill.
Aaron Citron, representing The Nature Conservancy, testified in support of the bill.
Ms. Romero-Heaney responded to questions from the committee.
03:19:04 PM  
Committee members discussed the bill with the sponsors.


03:33:01 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-028 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Excused
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SJR22-002 - Referred to the Senate for final action


03:34:50 PM  
Senator Donovan, sponsor, presented Senate Joint Resolution 22-002. The resolution approves water project revolving fund eligibility lists administered by the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority.
03:37:45 PM  
Mr.  Keith McLaughlin,
representing Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority,
testified in support of the bill. He responded to questions from the committee.
03:41:50 PM  
Dianna Orf, representing Colorado Water Congress, testified in support of the bill.
03:42:38 PM  
Heather Stauffer, representing the Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill.
03:45:29 PM  
Michael Valdez, representing Special District Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:46:35 PM  
Senator Donovan wrapped up her presentation of the resolution.


03:47:53 PM
Motion Referred to Full Senate for final action.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Excused
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-030 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar




03:48:59 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-030 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Excused
Sonnenberg Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:49:33 PM   The committee adjourned.






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