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Room W125, West Office Building, State Capitol Complex

February 15, 2005

Members Present:    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair
    Rep. Michael E. Noel, Vice Chair
    Rep. Craig W. Buttars
    Rep. David N. Cox
    Rep. Margaret Dayton
    Rep. Carl W. Duckworth
    Rep. James R. Gowans     Rep. Bradley T. Johnson
    Rep. John G. Mathis
    Rep. Patrick L. Painter
    Rep. David Ure
    Rep. Mark W. Walker
    Rep. Mark A. Wheatley
    Rep. Richard Wheeler

Members Absent:    Rep. Jackie Biskupski
Staff Present:    Brian Allred, Policy Analyst
            Cindy Baker, Committee Secretary
Visitors List:        List filed with Committee Minutes

Rep. Barrus called the meeting to order at 4:05 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Noel moved to approve the minutes of February 10, 2005. The motion
        passed unanimously with Representatives Cox, Dayton, Gowans, Johnson and
        and Ure absent for the vote.

H.B, 152    County Option Sales and Use Tax for Agricultural Land, Open Land and         Recreational Facilities Act (C. Buttars)

Rep. Buttars explained that the bill modifies the Revenue and Taxation title to enact the County Option Sales and Use Tax for Agriculture Land, Open Land and Recreational Facilities Act.

MOTION:    Rep. Butters moved to delete in title and body H.B. 152 and adopt H.B. 152 2nd
        Substitute. The motion passed unanimously with Representatives Cox, Gowans,
        Johnson and Ure absent for the vote.

The following spoke in favor of the bill:
Dave Rayfield, Cache Trails, RMEF, Cache Land Preservation
Ray Winn, Mayor-Smithfield
Evan Olsen, Cache Farmers, past Representative
Jack Green, Quality Utah Air, Educator and Mayor Winn's neighbor
Todd Bingham, Farm Bureau
Joe Ferhriman, Cache County Agriculture Advisory Board

The following spoke against the bill:
Jim Olsen, Utah Retail Merchants

MOTION:    Rep. Johnson moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed
        with Representatives Dayton, Painter, Walker and Noel voting in opposition and
        Representative Ure absent for the vote.

H.B. 264    State Land Use Management Plans Amendments (M. Noel)

MOTION:    Rep. Noel moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 4, Lines 102 through 108 :    

             102          (c) assist city, county, metropolitan, and regional planning agencies in performing
             103      local, metropolitan, and regional planning, provided that the state planning coordinator and his
             104      agents and designees:
             105          (i)
  whenever possible,       comply with and uphold the plans, policies, programs, processes, and desired

             106      outcomes of each planning agency; and
             107          (ii) do not
{   interfere with,   } undermine      {   ,   } or disrupt      {   , in any way,   } the plans, policies,

             108      programs, processes, or desired outcomes of each planning agency.

2.    Page 4, Lines 112 through 114 :    

             112          (a) recognize, uphold, and promote, to the maximum extent
{   permitted under   }        consistent with       state and

             113      federal law, the plans, policies, programs, processes, and desired outcomes of the counties
             114      where the federal lands or natural resources are located;

3.    Page 4, Lines 115 through 118 :    

             115          (b) develop, research, and use [of] factual information, legal analysis, and statements of
             116      desired future condition for the state, or subregion of the state, as [are] necessary to support the
             117      plans, policies, programs, processes, [or policies] and desired outcomes of
  the state and       counties where the

             118      federal lands or natural resources are located;

4.    Page 5, Lines 146 through 149 :    

             146          (b) The state planning coordinator and any state planning agent shall
  , to the maximum extent consistent with state and federal law,       ensure that any

             147      policies, plans, programs, processes, or desired outcomes developed under Subsection (5)(a)
             148      are consistent with the policies, plans, programs, processes, and desired outcomes of the
             149      political subdivisions.

5.    Page 6, Lines 154 through 157 :    

             154          (a) (i) the citizens of the state are best served by [the application of] applying
             155      multiple-use and sustained-yield principles
{   [when making decisions concerning the

             156      management and use of the] to all lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and
             157      the U.S. Forest Service  
  in public land use planning and management       ;

6.    Page 6, Lines 163 through 168 :    

             163          (B) support valid existing transportation, mineral, and grazing rights at historic levels
  or higher       ;

             164          (C) support the specific plans, programs, processes, and policies of state agencies and
             165      local governments [and which are];
             166          (D) are designed to produce and provide the watersheds, food, fiber, livestock forage,
  wildlife forage,      

             167      and minerals that are necessary to meet present needs and future economic growth [needs,] and
             168      community expansion[,]; and

7.    Page 6, Lines 172 through 176 :    

             172          (b)
{   (i)   } managing public lands for "wilderness characteristics"        circumvents the statutory wilderness process and       is inconsistent with the

             173      multiple-use and sustained-yield management standard that applies to all public lands that are
             174      not wilderness areas or wilderness study areas;
{   (ii) the state does not support use of the term "wilderness characteristics management"

             176      as a euphemism for an attempt to circumvent the statutory wilderness process;  

8.    Page 6, Line 182 through Page 7, Line 183 :    

             182          (d) the state has the right to develop and use its entitlement to interstate rivers
{   without

             183      interference from the federal government  

9.    Page 7, Line 213 through Page 8, Line 227 :    

             213      favor of conservation
{   use   }        , wildlife, and other uses       ;       

    (iii) (A) the state favors practices that are jointly sponsored by cattlemen's, sportsmen's, and wildlife management groups such as chaining, seeding, burning, and other direct soil and vegetation prescriptions that are scientifically demonstrated to restore rangeland health, increase forage, and improve watersheds in grazing districts and allotments for the mutual benefit of domestic livestock and wildlife;
    (B) when practices described in Subsection (6)(m)(iii)(A) increase a grazing allotment's forage beyond the total permitted forage use that was allocated to that allotment in the last federal land use plan or allotment management plan still in existence as of January 1, 2005, a reasonable and fair portion of the increase in forage beyond the previously allocated total permitted use should be allocated to wildlife as recommended by a joint, evenly-balanced committee of livestock and wildlife representatives that is appointed and constituted by the governor for that purpose;  

{   (iii)   }        (iv)       the state opposes as irrational, the transfer of grazing animal unit months to

             215      wildlife for supposed reasons of rangeland health;

{   (iv)   }        (v)       reductions in domestic livestock animal unit months must be temporary and

             217      scientifically based upon rangeland conditions;
{   (v)   }        (vi)       policies, plans, programs, initiatives, resource management plans, and forest plans

             219      may not allow the placement of grazing animal unit months in a suspended use category unless
             220      there is a rational and scientific determination that the condition of the rangeland allotment or
             221      district in question will not sustain the animal unit months sought to be placed in suspended
             222      use;
{   (vi)   }        (vii)       any grazing animal unit months that are placed in a suspended use category should

             224      be returned to active use when range conditions improve;
{   (vii)   }        (viii)       policies, plans, programs, and initiatives related to vegetation management should

             226      recognize and uphold the preference for domestic grazing over alternate forage uses in
             227      established grazing districts
{   and should uphold the improvement of   }        while upholding management practices that optimize and expand forage for grazing and wildlife in conjunction with state wildlife management plans and programs in order to provide maximum available       forage for all uses; and

10.    Page 8, Line 228 :    

{   (viii)   }        (ix)       in established grazing districts, animal unit months that have been reduced due to

11.    Page 12, Lines 354 through 355 :    

             354          (h) the state opposes
{   the creation of   }        any additional evaluation of national forest service lands as       "roadless" or "unroaded"      {   areas on forest lands   }        beyond the forest service's second roadless area review evaluation       and

             355      opposes efforts by agencies to specially manage those areas in a way that:
The motion passed unanimously with Representative Ure absent for the vote.

Rep. Noel explained that this bill modifies the duties of the state planning coordinator. He was

assisted by Mark Ward, Assistant Attorney General, Public Land, Natural Resources Office

The following spoke in favor of the bill:
Don Peay, Various Sporting and Hunting Organizations
David Litvin, President, Utah Mining
Brent Tanner, Vice President, Utah Cattlemen's Association
Mark Walsh, Counties in Uintah Basin
Randy Parker, Utah Farm Bureau Federation
Mike Peterson, Utah Ural Electric Association
Clark Willis, Utah Wool Growers
Arie Van de Graaff, Utah Association of Counties

MOTION:    Rep. Buttars moved to pass the bill out favorably as amended. The motion passed
        unanimously with Representatives Duckworth and Wheeler absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Cox moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously with         Representatives Duckworth and Wheeler absent for the vote.

Rep. Barrus adjourned the meeting at 5:16 p.m.         

Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair