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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE

NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, & ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE

Room C445, State Capitol, State Capitol Complex

February 18, 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. Mathis called the meeting to order at 8:04 a.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Gibson moved to approve the minutes of the February 13, 2009 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep Brown, Rep. Draxler, Rep. Gowans, Rep. Painter and Rep. Wilcox absent for the vote.

H.B. 283    Illegal Use of Off-highway Vehicles (Rep. M. Noel)

MOTION:    Rep. Noel moved that H.B. 283 be replaced with 1st Sub. H.B. 283 "Illegal Use of Motor Vehicles." The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Brown, Rep. Draxler, Rep. Gowans and Rep. Wilcox absent for the vote.

Rep. Noel explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke for the bill:    Mark Habbeshaw, Kane County Commissioner
            Mike Swenson, Utah Shared Access Alliance


MOTION:    Rep. Barrus moved to pass 1st Sub. H.B. 283 out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Wilcox absent for the vote.

S.B. 99    Renewable Energy Certificate Revisions (Sen. C. Bramble) (Rep. W. Harper)

Sen. Bramble explained the bill to the committee.

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

MOTION:    Rep. Barrus moved to place the bill on the consent calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Painter and Rep. Wilcox absent for the vote.

1st Sub. H.B. 120    Snake Valley Aquifer Research Team and Advisory Council (Rep. B. Winn)

MOTION:    Rep. Winn moved to replace 1st Sub. H.B. 120 with 2nd Sub. H.B. 120. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Dee, Rep. Painter and Rep. Wilcox absent for the vote.

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

1.    Page 3, Lines 60 through 61 :    

             60          (ii) one
{   member   }        elected representative       of      {   the   } Salt Lake County      {   Council   }        government,       from individuals recommended by an

             61      organization that represents counties in the state;
The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Wilcox absent for the vote.

Rep. Winn explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke for the bill:    Daron Smith, Millard County Commissioner
            Cecil Garland, Rancher from Callao, Juab County
            Peter Caroon, Salt Lake County Mayor
            Mark Ward, Utah Association of Counties

MOTION:    Rep. Gowans moved to pass 2nd Sub. H.B. 120 out favorably as amended. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Gowans absent for the vote.


H.B. 393    Air Quality Amendments (Rep. R. Barrus)
(handout)

Rep. Barrus explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke for the bill:    James Behunin, Mayor West Bountiful
            Cheryl Heying, Director Utah Department of Air Quality
            Cecille Price-Huish, Davis County Community Coalition
            
Spoke against the bill:    Tom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association
            Lee Peacock, Utah Petroleum Association        

MOTION:    Rep. Riesen moved to pass the bill out favorably.

SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:    Rep. Gibson moved to adjourn. The motion passed with Rep. Draxler and Rep. Riesen voting in opposition. Rep. Gowans, Rep. Noel and Rep. Painter were absent for the vote.

Rep. Mathis adjourned the meeting at 9:55 a.m.


    

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    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair