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NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, & ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
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 Excused: 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 8:11 a.m.
MOTION: Rep. Hendrickson moved to approve the minutes of the January 20, 2009 and January 24, 2009 meetings. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Brown, Rep. Gibson, Rep. Gowans, Rep. Noel and Rep. Winn absent for the vote.
H.J.R. 16 Resolution Amending Provision on Municipal Water Rights (Rep. K. McIff)
MOTION: Rep. Painter moved to amend the resolution as follows:
1. Page 1, Line 1 :
JOINT RESOLUTION AMENDING PROVISION ON
The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Brown, Rep. Gibson, Rep. Gowans, Rep. Noel and Rep. Winn absent for the vote.
Rep. McIff explained the resolution to the committee.
Spoke for the bill: Fred Finlinson, Utah Water Coalition
Spoke to the bill: Todd Bingham, Utah Farm Bureau
MOTION: Rep. Riesen moved to pass the bill out favorably as amended. The motion passed with Rep. Draxler and Rep. Barrus voting in opposition. Rep. Gowans and Rep. Hendrickson were absent for the vote.
S.J.R. 17 Hydraulic Fracturing Joint Resolution (Sen. D. Hinkins) (Rep. M. Noel)
Rep. Hinkins, assisted by Lee Peacock, Utah Petroleum Association, explained the resolution to the committee.
Spoke for the bill: John Baza, Director, Utah Division Oil, Gas and Mining
Rey Butcher, Questar Gas Corp.
MOTION: Rep. Mathis moved to pass the resolution out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Gowans absent for the vote.
MOTION: Rep. Draxler moved to place the resolution on the consent calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Gowans absent for the vote.
H.B. 420 Carbon Emission Reduction Provisions Amendments (Rep. C. Watkins)
Rep. Watkins explained the bill to the committee.
MOTION: Rep. Hendrickson moved to hold the bill in committee, in the possession of the Chair, and work with leadership to place it in Interim Study. The motion passed unanimously.
H.B. 183 National Animal Identification System (Rep. M. Brown)
Rep. Brown explained the bill to the committee.
MOTION: Rep. Brown moved to amend the bill as follows:
1. Page 2, Lines 37 through 39 :
37 (a) require a person to participate in
the national animal identification system
(ii) a system
that requires livestock premise registration, identification, or
2. Page 2, Line 50 :
50 identification system
or any other similar system
that regulates livestock or
The motion passed unanimously.
Spoke for the bill: Terry Menlove, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
Todd Bingham, Utah Farm Bureau
Grant Kohler, Dairy Farmers of Utah
MOTION: Rep. Gowans moved to pass the bill out favorably as amended. The motion passed unanimously.
S.B. 38 Severance Tax Amendments (Sen. J. Valentine) (Rep. J. Dougall)
At the request of the sponsor, this bill was not heard.
Rep. Painter informed committee members that he's been working with the State Engineer on H.B. 389, "Applications For a Small Amount of Water," which will be coming to the Natural Resources Standing Committee next week. He invited anyone to contact him if there are questions or concerns.
Rep. Gowans asked that H.B. 383, "Water Rights Adjudication Amendments" be put on the Monday, March 2, 2009 agenda.
MOTION: Rep. Wilcox moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Mathis absent for the vote.
Rep. Barrus adjourned the meeting at 9:14 a.m.