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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE

NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, & ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE

Room C445, State Capitol, State Capitol Complex

February 22, 2008


Members Present:    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair
    Rep. Kerry Gibson, Vice Chair
    Rep. Mel Brown
    Rep. Glenn Donnelson
    Rep. Jack Draxler
    Rep. James Gowans
    Rep. Neal Hendrickson
    Rep. Mike Noel
    Rep. Patrick Painter
    Rep. Steve Sandstrom

Members Absent:    Rep.     Sylvia Andersen
    Rep. John Mathis
     Rep. Phil Riesen
    Rep. Brad Winn

Members Excused:    Rep. Carl Duckworth
    
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.Gibson called the meeting to order at 4:31 p..m.

H.B. 208    Livestock Watering Rights (Rep. M. Noel)

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

1.    Page 4, Line 93 :    

             93          (b) (i) The Department of Agriculture and Food shall
  :

    (A) file as a lien holder on a grazing permit with the agency responsible for managing the public land; and
    (B)  
hold the livestock watering right

    The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Donnelson absent for the vote.

Rep. Noel explained the bill to the committee.



Spoke to the bill:    Jerry Olds, State Engineer
            Jim Karpowitz, Director Division of Wildlife Resources

Spoke for the bill:    Leonard Black, Commissioner Department of Agriculture and Food
            Brent Tanner, Utah Cattlemen's Association
            Todd Bingham, Utah Farm Bureau            

MOTION:    Rep. Gowans moved to pass the bill out favorably as amended. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Donnelson and Rep. Sandstrom absent for the vote.

1st Sub. S.B. 59    Wildlife Amendments (Sen. A. Christensen) (Rep. S. Sandstrom)

Sen. Christensen explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke to the bill:    Todd Bingham, Utah Farm Bureau     

Spoke for the bill:    Don Peay, Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife
            Jim Karpowitz, Director Division of Wildlife Resources
            Rick Woodard, Wildlife Board
    
Spoke against the bill:    Brent Tanner, Utah Cattlemen's Association

MOTION:    Rep. Noel moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed with Rep. Brown, Rep. Gowans and Rep. Painter voting in opposition. Rep. Sandstrom was absent for the vote.

1st Sub. S.B. 89    Mitigation of Invasive Species (Sen. D. Stowell) (Rep. D. Clark)

Sen. Stowell explained the bill to the committee. (handout)

Spoke to the bill:    Bill Rigby, Utah Association of Conservation Districts
            LeGrand Bitta, Utah Association of Special Districts

MOTION:    Rep. Barrus moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Sandstrom absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Brown moved to adjourn.

The meeting adjourned at 5:28 p.m.


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    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair