MINUTES OF THE

SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT

STANDING COMMITTEE

Room 415, Utah State Capitol

January 27, 2016

 

Members Present: Sen. Scott K. Jenkins, Chair

Sen. Allen M. Christensen

Sen. Margaret Dayton

Sen. Jani Iwamoto

Sen. Peter C. Knudson

Sen. Brian E. Shiozawa

Sen. Evan J. Vickers

 

Staff Present: Brian Allred, Policy Analyst

Kelly Pettit, Committee Secretary

 

NOTE: A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

 

Chair Jenkins called the meeting to order at 2:05 p.m.

 

S.B. 80 Infrastructure Funding Amendments (Sen. J. S. Adams)

 

Sen. Adams explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill: Mr. Richard Bay, General Manager, Jordan Valley Water Conservation

District

Mr. Tage Flint, General Manager, Weber Conservation District

Mr. Sterling Brown. VP Public Policy, Utah Farm Bureau

 

Spoke against the bill: Mr. Zachary Frankel, Utah Rivers Council

Mr. Hans Ehrman. Emeritus U of U Professor

Mr. Matthew Weinstein, Voice of Utah Children

Ms. Jamie Butler, citizen

Mr. Steve Erickson, Great Basin Water Network

Ms. Lola Britton. League of Women Voters

 

Spoke to: Mr. Carlos Braceras, Executive Director, Utah Department of

Transportation

MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed with Sen. Iwamoto and Sen. Knudson voting in opposition.

 

S.B. 72 School and Institutional Trust Lands Management Act Amendments (Sen. M. Dayton))

 

Sen. Dayton explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill: Mr. Kim Christy, Deputy Director, SITLA

Mr. Jim Tracy, Utah County Sheriff

Mr. Tim Donaldson, State Board of Education, USOE

 

MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Vickers absent for the vote.

 

S.B. 75 Water Rights Adjudication Amendments (Sen. M. Dayton)

 

Sen. Dayton explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill: Mr. Ben Jensen, Attorney General's Office

Mr. Blake Bingham, Division of Water Resources

Mr. Mike Styler, Executive Director, Department of Natural Resources

 

MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Shiozawa and Sen. Vickers absent for the vote.

 

S.B. 49 Statute of Limitations on Environmental Code Violations (Sen. L. Escamilla)

 

Sen. Escamilla explained the bill to the committee.

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Spoke for the bill: Ms. Ashley Soltysiak, Heal Utah, Senior Policy Associate

Ms. Ingrid Griffie, Civic Engagement, Utah Mothers for Clean Air

Spoke to the bill: Mr. LeGrand Bitter, Executive Director, Utah Association of

Special District

Mr. Bryce Bird, Director of Environmental Quality

Mr. Todd Bingham, President, Utah Manufactures Association

 

Spoke against the bill: Mr. Lee Peacock, Utah Petroleum Association

MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to amend the bill as follows:

I.                    Page 1, Line 15:


15 Code is {five} three years; and


 

2.         Page 2, Line 49:


49 An action may be brought within {five} three years upon a statute in Title 19, Environmental

 

The motion passed with Sen. Jenkins voting in opposition and Sen. Vickers absent for the vote.

 

MOTION: Sen. Iwamoto moved to pass the bill out as amended. The motion failed with Sen. Iwamoto, Sen. Shiozawa, and Sen. Vickers voting in favor of the motion.

 

S.B. 66 Environmental Code Fines (Sen. L. Escamilla)

 

Sen. Escamilla explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill: Mr. Michael Shae, Policy Associate, Heal Utah

Ms. Ingrid Griffie, Civic Engagement, Utah Mothers for Clean Air

Spoke to the bill: Mr. Bryce Bird, Director of Environmental Quality

 

Spoke against the bill: Mr. Dave Jorgenson

 

MOTION: Sen. Iwamoto moved to pass the bill out favorably.

 

SUBSTITUTE MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to go to the next item on the agenda.

The motion passed unanimously

 

S.B. 49 Statute of Limitations on Environment Code Violations (Sen. L. Escamilla)

 

MOTION: Sen. Iwamoto moved to amend S.B. 49 as follows:

I.                    Page 1, Line 15:


15 Code is {five} two years; and


 

2.         Page 2, Line 49:


49 An action may be brought within {five} two years upon a statute in Title 19, Environmental

 

The motion passed with Sen. Christensen voting in opposition.

 

MOTION: Sen. Iwamoto moved to pass the amended bill out favorably. The motion passed with Sen. Dayton voting in opposition.

 

S.C.R. 4 Concurrent Resolution Old Spanish Trail Designation (Sen. Okerlund)

 

Spoke for the bill: Mr. David Ogden, Mayor of Richfield City

 

MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

 

 

MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously.

 

Chair Jenkins adjourned the meeting at 5:00 p.m.

 

 

 

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Sen. Scott K. Jenkins, Chair