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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE

NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, & ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE

Room C445, State Capitol, State Capitol Complex

February 26, 2008


Members Present:    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair
    Rep.     Sylvia Andersen
    Rep. Mel Brown
    Rep. Jack Draxler
    Rep. James Gowans
    Rep. Neal Hendrickson
    Rep. John Mathis
    Rep. Mike Noel
    Rep. Patrick Painter
    Rep. Steve Sandstrom

Members Absent:    Rep. Kerry Gibson, Vice Chair
    Rep. Glenn Donnelson
    Rep. Carl Duckworth
    Rep. Phil Riesen
    Rep. Brad 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 8:08 a.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Painter moved to approve the minutes of the February 20, 2008 and the February 22, 2008 meetings. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Hendrickson absent for the vote.


H.B. 222    Water Quality Board Amendments (Rep. P. Painter) (handout)

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

1.    Page 1, Line 19 :    

             19          
{   None   }        This bill coordinates with S.B. 111, Revisor's Statute, by providing that certain technical amendments in this bill supersede certain technical amendments in S.B. 111.      


2.    Page 3, Line 89 through Page 4, Line 90 :    
    (1) The board
{   [   } has the following powers and duties[      {   ]   } , but the board shall give priority to

             90      pollution that results in hazards to the public health]
{   may   } :


3.    Page 7, Line 204 :    

             204      employment history and references as required by the board.
 

    Section 3. Coordinating H.B. 222 with S.B. 111 --Superseding technical amendments.
        If this H.B. 222 and S.B. 111, Revisor's Statute, both pass, it is the intent of the Legislature that the amendments to Section 19-5-103 in this bill supersede the amendments to Section 19-5-103 in S.B. 111, when the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel prepares the Utah Code database for publication.  


    The motion passed with Rep. Hendrickson absent for the vote.

Rep. Painter explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke for the bill:     Walt Baker, Division of Water Quality
             Kathy Froerer, Exec. Director Utah Assoc. of Local Health Departments
            Leland Myers, Water Quality Board

MOTION:    Rep. Noel moved to pass the bill out favorably as amended. The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:    Rep. Painter moved to place the bill on the consent calendar. The motion passed unanimously.

H.B. 385    Road and Rights-of-way Amendments (Rep. M. Noel)

MOTION:    Rep. Noel moved to delete H.B. 385 and replace it with 1st Sub. H.B. 385. The motion passed unanimously

Rep. Noel, assisted by Charles Livsey, explained the bill to the committee. (handout)

Spoke for the bill:    Charles Livsey, Attorney for the estate of JoAnne L. Schrontz
            Bob Pruitt, Attorney and property owner in Albion Basin

Spoke to the bill:    Linda Holt, Utah Department of Transportation


Spoke against the bill:    Tom Polland, Mayor Town of Alta
            Rich Mrazik, Lawyer, Town of Alta
            Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns
            Onno Wieringa, Alta ski area
            Sen. Walker

MOTION:    Rep. Mathis moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed with Rep. Andersen and Rep. Barrus voting in opposition. Rep. Hendrickson was absent for the vote.

H.B. 227    Revoking Federal Authority to Use State Lands as a Bird Refuge (Rep. B. Ferry)

Rep. Ferry explained the bill to the committee.

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

MOTION:    Rep. Brown moved to adjourn.    

Rep. Barrus adjourned the meeting at 8:55 a.m.


    
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    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair