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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE

NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, & ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE

Room C445, State Capitol, State Capitol Complex

February 5, 2009


Members Present:    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair
    Rep. John Mathis, Vice Chair
        Rep. Mel Brown
    Rep. Jack Draxler
    Rep. Kerry Gibson
    Rep. James Gowans
    Rep. Neal Hendrickson
    Rep. Mike Noel
    Rep. Patrick Painter
    Rep. Phil Riesen
    Rep. Christine Watkins
    Rep. Ryan D. Wilcox
    Rep. Brad Winn

Members Absent:    Rep. Brad Dee

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 8:05 a.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Draxler moved to approve the minutes of the February 3, 2009 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Brown, Rep. Gibson, Rep. Gowans, Rep. Watkins and Rep. Wilcox absent for the vote.

H.J.R. 12    Joint Resolution Supporting Hydrogen Power from Advanced Coal and Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technology (Rep. P. Painter) (handout)

Rep. Painter, accompanied by Alan Walker, Director USTAR Technology Eastern, Jenifer Hedrick, Southern California Edison Program Manager and Dr. Brian McPherson EGI, University of Utah, explained the bill to the committee. A power point presentation was shown.

Rep. Barrus recognized and welcomed to the meeting Dianne Nielson, Governor's Energy Policy Advisor and Ron Daniels, Energy Policy Coordinator.

Spoke for the bill:    Robin Riggs, Vice President Salt Lake Chamber


MOTION:    Rep. Riesen moved to pass the resolution out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

H.B. 240    Wanton Destruction of Livestock (Rep. R. Menlove)

Rep. Menlove explained the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Mathis moved to delete H.B. 240 and replace it with 1st Sub. H.B. 240. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Painter absent for the vote.

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

1.    Page 4, Line 91 :    

             91          (ii)
{   direct   }        authorize       the division in writing or through electronic means to take possession of the


2.    Page 7, Line 191 :    

             191          (2) Unless authorized by Sections 4-25-4 , 4-25-5 ,
{   and   } 4-25-14 ,        4-39-401, or 18-1-3,       a person is guilty of


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

Spoke for the bill:    Martin Anderson, rancher

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

1.    Page 7, Line 193 :    

             193          (a) injures,
  physically alters,       releases, or causes the death of livestock; and


The motion passed unanimously.

Spoke for the bill:    Jim Karpowitz, Director Division of Wildlife Resources
            Todd Bingham, Utah Farm Bureau

MOTION:    Rep. Winn moved to pass the bill out favorably as amended. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Noel absent for the vote.

H.C.R. 6    Concurrent Resolution Expressing Opposition to Congressional Efforts to Expand the Jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (Rep. M. Brown)



Rep. Brown, assisted by Mark Walsh, Western Counties Alliance, explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke for the bill:    Todd Bingham, Utah Farm Bureau

MOTION:    Rep. Wilcox moved to pass the resolution out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Noel absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Hendrickson moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Noel absent for the vote.

Rep. Barrus adjourned the meeting at 9:38 a.m.




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    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair