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NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, & ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
Members Present: Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair
Rep. Mel Brown
Rep. Glenn Donnelson
Rep. Carl Duckworth Rep. James Gowans
Rep. Neal Hendrickson
Rep. John Mathis
Rep. Patrick Painter
Rep. Phil Riesen
Rep. Steve Sandstrom
Rep. Richard Winn
Members Absent: Rep. Sylvia Andersen
Rep. Jack Draxler
Rep. Mike Noel
Members Excused: Rep. Kerry Gibson, Vice Chair
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 8:32 a.m.
MOTION: Rep. Donnelson moved to approve the minutes of the February 6, 2008 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Painter and Rep. Sandstrom absent for the vote.
1st Sub. S.B. 110 Foreign Business Entities and Tribal Law (Sen. K. VanTassell) (Rep. D. Bowman)
Sen. VanTassell explained the bill to the committee.
MOTION: Rep. Gowans moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.
H.C.R. 5 Concurrent Resolution Urging Congressional Approval of R.s. 2477 Rights- of-way Recognition Act (Rep. M. Brown)
Rep. Brown explained the bill to the committee.
Spoke to the bill: Gayle McKeachnie, Governor's Office
Spoke for the bill: Ken Brown, Western Counties Alliance
Kevin Carter, School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration
Margaret Bird, Utah State Board of Education
David Litvin, President Utah Mining Association
Michael Swenson, Utah Shared Access Alliance
Todd Bingham, Utah Farm Bureau
Spoke against the bill: Stephen Bloch, Attorney Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
MOTION: Rep. Donnelson moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.
H.B. 362 Motor Fuel Tax - Off-highway Vehicle Refund Amendments (Rep. B. Ferry)
Rep. Ferry explained the bill to the committee. (handout)
Spoke to the bill: Arie VanDeGraaff, Utah Association of Counties
Spoke for the bill: Mary Tullius, Director State Parks and Recreation
Jennifer Johnson, Utah Snowmobile Association
Michael Swensen, Utah Shared Access Alliance
MOTION: Rep. Riesen moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.
Rep. Barrus distributed a letter written to the Project Manager of the Pinedale Anticline Project Area (PAPA) regarding Alternative "D" of the revised Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (RDSEIS). Rep. Barrus encouraged committee members to voice support of Alternative "D" and send a signed copy of their recommendation to the Project Manager.
MOTION: Rep. Painter moved to adopt the letter and mail it to the PAPA RDSEIS Project Manager, under the names of the Chairs. The motion passed unanimously.
Note: A signed copy of the letter is attached to these minutes. The letter was sent February 11, 2008
MOTION: Rep. Hendrickson moved to adjourn.
The meeting adjourned at 9:30 a.m.