MINUTES OF THE

SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT

STANDING COMMITTEE

Room 415, Utah State Capitol

February 25, 2016

 

Members Present:†††† Sen. Scott K. Jenkins, Chair

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Allen M. Christensen

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Margaret Dayton

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Jani Iwamoto

††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Sen. Peter C. Knudson

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Evan J. Vickers

 

Staff Present: ††††††††††† Brian Allred, Policy Analyst

††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Lorna Wells, 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 8:02 a.m.

 

MOTION:††††† Sen. Dayton moved to approve the minutes for February 23, 2016.The motion passed unanimously.

 

H.B. 52†† Office of Outdoor Recreation Amendments (Rep P. Arent)†††††

 

Rep. Arent explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill: ††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Brad Peterson, citizen

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Jeff Edwards, President, Economic Development Fund of Utah

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Keith Brady, Emery County Commissioner

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Todd Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Val Hale, Executive Director, Utah Governorís Office

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† of Economic Development

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Brandon Smith, Utah League of Cities and Towns

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Michael Palmer, Utah Chamber of Commerce

 

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

 

S.B. 200 †† Compensatory Mitigation Program for Sage Grouse (Sen. K. Van Tassell)

 

MOTION:††††† Sen. Christensen moved to replace SB 200 and replace it with 1st Sub. S.B. 200.The motion passed unanimously.

 

Sen. Van Tassell explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill: ††††† Mr. Mike Styler, Director, Utah Department of Natural Resources

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Alan Clark, Utah Department of Natural Resources

 

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

 

S.B. 212 †† Wildland Fire Suppression Fund (Sen. E. Vickers)††††

 

MOTION:†† Sen. Vickers moved to adopt the amendment shown below.

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†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 44††††††††† (ii)deposit all interest or other earnings derived from the account into the Mineral

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 45†† Bonus Account.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 46††††††††† (e)The Division of Finance shall, beginning on July 1, 2017, annually deposit 30% of

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 47†† mineral lease bonus payments from the previous fiscal year, up to $2,000,000,into the

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Wildland Fire Suppression Fund created in Section 65A-8-204,but not to

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 48†† exceed 20% of the amount expended in the previous fiscal year from the Wildland Fire

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 49†† Suppression Fund ††{created in Section 65A-8-204}.

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 50††††††††† (2) (a)There is created a restricted account within the General Fund known as the

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 51†† "Mineral Lease Account."

 

The motion passed unanimously.

 

Sen. Vickers explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill: ††††† Mr. Brian Cottam, State Forester

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Arte Vandegranff, Utah Association of Counties

 

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

 

1st Sub. H.B. 126 ††† Unmanned Aircraft Revisions (Rep. K. Powell)††

 

Rep. Powell explained the bill to the committee.

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Spoke for the bill:†††††† Mr. Jason Curry, Investigator, Utah Forestry and State Lands

 

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

 

H.B. 244†††††† †† Independent Energy Produce Amendments (Rep. F. Gibson)

 

Rep. Gibson explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill:†††††††††††††††††† Mr. Dan Black, Associate General Counsel, Vivint Solar

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Steve Woodman, President, International Brotherhood of

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† Electrical Workers

 

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

 

H.C.R.8 ††† Concurrent Resolution on the Bonneville Salt Flats International Speedway (Rep. S. Handy)††††††

 

Rep. Handy explained the bill to the committee.

 

Spoke for the bill:†††††† Mr. Dennis Sullivan, Chairman, Utah Save the Salt

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Larry Volk, Founder Save the Salt, Utah Salt Flat Association

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Ms. Allison Volk Dean, Office Manager, Bonneville 200 MPH Club

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Mr. Ron Christensen, Announcer, Bonneville Salt Flats

††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mr. Lloyd Parry, Ogden City

 

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

 

 

MOTION:††††† Sen. Daytonmoved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Shiozawa absent for the vote.

 

Chair Jenkins adjourned the meeting at 4:20 p.m.

 

 

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Sen. Scott K. Jenkins, Chair