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MINUTES OF THE
SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, AND ENVIRONMENT
STANDING COMMITTEE
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Utah State Capitol Complex, West Office Building, Suite W015


Members Present:        Sen. Darin Peterson, Chair        
                Sen. Allen Christensen
                Sen. Gene Davis
                Sen. Margaret Dayton
                Sen. Fred Fife
                Sen. Dennis Stowell
                Sen. Michael Waddoups

Staff Present:            J Brian Allred, Policy Analyst
                 Emily Brown , Associate General Counsel        
                Saundra Maeser, Secretary

Public Speakers Present:    Mike Lee, General Counsel, Allied Waste
                Craig Hall, General Counsel, several public land fills
                Robert Wall, Attorney, City of South Jordan
                Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns
                LeGrand Bitter, Executive Director, Utah Association of Special Districts
                Charlie Luke, Metro Waste
                Mark Forbes, Director, Utah State Parks and Recreation
                Gene Bareschmidt, Executive Director, Humane Society of Utah
                Robin Thomas, Legislative Liaison, Wildlife Resources
                        

A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.


Committee Chair Peterson called the meeting to order at 8:35 a.m.

1. S.B. 46 Anti-flow Control Amendments (Sen. D. Eastman)

    Sen. Eastman introduced the bill. Mike Lee, General Counsel, Allied Waste, assisted in the presentation.

     MOTION: Sen. Davis moved to replace S.B. 46 with 1st Sub. S.B. 46, Anti-flow Control Amendments (Sen. D. Eastman). The motion passed unanimously.

    Craig Hall, General Counsel, several public land fills, spoke in opposition to the bill and had a handout distributed. Robert Wall, Attorney, City of South Jordan; Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns; and LeGrand Bitter, Executive Director, Utah Association of Special Districts, also spoke in opposition to the bill.

    Mike Lee responded to opposition comments.

    Charlie Luke, Metro Waste, spoke in support of the bill.


     MOTION: Sen. Waddoups moved to go to the next item on the agenda.

    Sen. Christensen assumed the chair.

     SUBSTITUTE MOTION: Sen. Peterson moved to pass 1st Sub. S.B. 46, Anti-flow Control Amendments, out favorably. The motion failed with Sen. Peterson, Sen. Davis and Sen. Fife voting in support and Sen. Christensen, Sen. Dayton, Sen. Stowell and Sen. Waddoups voting in opposition.

    Sen. Peterson assumed the chair.

    The original motion passed unanimously.

2. S.B. 76 State Parks and Recreation Amendments (Sen. B. Goodfellow)

    Sen. Goodfellow introduced the bill.

    MOTION: Sen. Fife moved to adopt the following amendment:

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             93          (1) (a) A [$2] fee set by the board in accordance with Section 63-38-3.2 shall be added
             94      to the registration fee required to register an off-highway vehicle under Section 41-22-8 to help
             95      fund the off-highway vehicle safety and education program.
             96          (b) The division may also collect a fee [not to exceed $10] set by the board in
             97      accordance with Section 63-38-3.2 from each person who:
             98          (i) receives the training and takes the knowledge and skills test[, or a fee not to exceed
             99      $5 from each person who] for off-highway vehicle use; or
             100          (ii) takes the knowledge and skills test for off-highway vehicle use.
    (c) If the board modifies the fee under Subsection (1)(a), the modification shall take effect on the first day of the calendar quarter after 90 days from the day on which the board provides the State Tax Commission:
    (i) notice from the board stating that the board will modify the fee; and
    (ii) a copy of the fee modification.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Mark Forbes, Deputy Director, Utah State Parks and Recreation, assisted in the presentation.
    


    Shannon Halverson, Legislative Research, clarified questions on the bill.
    
     MOTION: Sen. Fife moved to pass S.B. 76, State Parks and Recreation Amendments, out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Davis absent for the vote.

3. S.B. 164 Computer Assisted Remote Hunting Prohibited (Sen. M. Waddoups)

     Sen. Waddoups introduced the bill.

    Gene Bareschmidt, Executive Director, Humane Society of Utah, and Robin Thomas, Legislative Liaison, Wildlife Resources, spoke in support of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass S.B. 164, Computer Assisted Remote Hunting Prohibited,
    out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Davis moved to place S.B. 164 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously.

    Chair Peterson adjourned the meeting at 9:50 a.m.

    Minutes reported by Saundra Maeser, Secretary




                 ______________________________
                 Darin G. Peterson, Committee Chair