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Room W125, West Office Building, State Capitol Complex

January 31, 2008

Members Present:    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair
    Rep. Kerry Gibson, Vice Chair
    Rep.     Sylvia Andersen
    Rep. Mel Brown
    Rep. Glenn Donnelson
    Rep. Jack Draxler
    Rep. Carl Duckworth     Rep. James Gowans
    Rep. Neal Hendrickson
    Rep. John Mathis
    Rep. Mike Noel
    Rep. Patrick Painter
    Rep. Phil Riesen
    Rep. Steve Sandstrom
    Rep. Richard Winn     
Staff Present:    Brian Allred, Policy Analyst
            Carrie Griffith, Committee Secretary
Note:        List of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes

Rep. Barrus called the meeting to order at 8:06 a.m.

H.B. 51    Water Right Forfeiture Protection (Rep. P. Painter)

MOTION:    Rep. Painter moved to delete in title and body H.B. 51 and replace it with 2nd Sub. H.B. 51. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Brown, Rep. Donnelson and Rep. Sandstrom absent for the vote.

Declaring a conflict of interest, Rep. Painter explained the bill to the committee. (handouts)

Spoke against the bill:    Rep. Ben Ferry
            Rep. Mike Styler, Director of Natural Resources
            Norman Johnson, Assistant Attorney General
            Dennis Strong, Director Utah Division of Water Resources
            Dean Baker, Rancher Snake Valley, Western Utah and Eastern Nevada Dave Ure, former Representative and farmer

            Todd Bingham, Utah Farm Bureau
            Randy Crozier, President Utah Water Users Association
            Kelly Bird, Moon Lake Water Users Association
            Lynn Burton, Lake Fork and Uintah Rivers Associated Water Users
            Peter Greathouse, Millard County farmer and rancher

Spoke for the bill:    Steven Clyde, Central Utah Water Conservancy District

MOTION:    Rep. Draxler moved to pass 2nd Sub. H.B. 51 out favorably.

MOTION:    Rep. Gibson moved to delete in title and body 2nd Sub. H.B. 51 and replace it with 1st Sub. H.B. 51.

Rep. Brown moved to cut off debate on the substitute motion to adopt 1st Sub. H.B. 51. The motion to cut off debate passed.

The substitute motion to adopt 1st Sub. H.B. 51 failed with Rep. Gibson voting in the affirmative.

The original motion to pass out favorably 2nd Sub. H.B. 51 passed with Rep. Barrus, Rep. Gibson and Rep. Winn voting in opposition.

MOTION:    Rep. Noel moved to adjourn.

Rep. Barrus adjourned the meeting at 9:59 a.m.


    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair