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NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, & ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
Members Present: Rep. Craig W. Butters, Chair
Rep. Darin G. Peterson, Vice Chair
Rep. Eli H. Anderson
Rep. Roger E. Barrus
Rep. Jackie Biskupski
Rep. David N. Cox
Rep. Margaret Dayton
Rep. Glenn A. Donnelson Rep. James R. Gowans
Rep. Bradley T. Johnson
Rep. Michael E. Noel
Rep. Michael R. Styler
Rep. David Ure
Rep. Stephen H. Urquhart
Staff Present: Brian Allred, Policy Analyst
Sylvia Newton, Committee Secretary
Visitors List: List filed with Committee Minutes
Rep. Peterson called the meeting to order at 8:10 a.m.
MOTION: Rep. Dayton moved to approve the minutes of January 30, 2003. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Biskupski, Rep. Cox, Rep. Donnelson, Rep. Johnson, and Rep. Noel absent for the vote.
H.J.R. 12 Resolution Providing Management of Wolves in Utah (M. Styler)
Rep. Styler introduced H.J.R. 12 and explained it to the committee. He was assisted by Kevin Conway, Director, Division of Wildlife Resources, who read a statement outlining the Division's policy in regard to the resolution.
MOTION: Rep. Styler moved to amend the resolution as follows:
1. Page 3, Line 64: After "Wildlife Service regulations" insert "and other Utah species management plans"
2. Page 3, Line 67: After "Resources" delete " ' Endangered Species Mitigation Fund" and insert " , within the department's Species Protection Line
The motion to amend the resolution passed unanimously with Rep. Cox absent for the vote.
Spoke in favor of the bill: Wes Quinton, Utah Farm Bureau
Debbie Goodman, Audubon Council
Don Peay, Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife
Ernie Perkins, Northern Region Advisory Council
Spoke to the bill: Clark Willis, Utah Wool Growers Association
MOTION: Rep. Ure moved to pass the resolution as amended out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.
H.B. 221 Extending the Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Pollution Control Facilities (D. Ure)
Rep. Ure introduced H.B. 221 and explained it to the committee.
Spoke in favor of the bill: Tom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association
Kevin Boardman, Utah Power Pacific Corporation
Greg Fredde, Utah Mining Association
Lee Peacock, Utah Petroleum Association
Ron Casper, National Federation of Independent Business
MOTION: Rep. Urquhart moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Johnson and Rep. Styler absent for the vote.
H.B. 91 Enforcement Procedure Amendments of Well Drillers (D. Peterson)
Rep. Peterson introduced H.B. 91 and explained it to the committee. He was assisted by Jerry Olds, Utah Division of Water Rights and State Engineer.
MOTION: Rep. Peterson moved to amend the bill as follows:
Page 1, Line 2: Before WELL insert WATER
Page 1, Line 7: After to insert water
Page 3, Line 84: After to insert water, after licenses, insert water, and after permits, insert water
Page 3, Line 85: After registration, or insert water
The motion to amend the bill passed unanimously with Rep. Johnson and Rep. Styler absent for the vote.
MOTION: Rep. Dayton moved to pass the bill as amended out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Johnson and Rep. Styler absent for the vote.
H.J.R. 14 Joint Resolution Supporting Action Plan for Public Lands and Education (S. Urquhart)
Rep. Urquhart introduced H.J.R. 14 and explained it to the committee.
Spoke in favor of the bill: Sarah Meier, Utah School Boards Association
MOTION: Rep. Peterson moved to pass the resolution out favorably and recommend that it be placed at the top of the Third Reading Calendar. The motion passed with Rep. Biskupski voting in opposition to the motion. Rep. Johnson, Rep. Styler, and Rep. Ure were absent for the vote.
MOTION: Rep. Cox moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 a.m.
Rep. Craig W. Buttars, Chair