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MINUTES OF THE SENATE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS &

POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS STANDING COMMITTEE

MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2009, 8:00 A.M.

ROOM 415 STATE CAPITOL



Members Present:        Sen. Peter C. Knudson, Chair
                Sen. Greg Bell
                Sen. Jon Greiner
                Sen. Scott K. Jenkins
                Sen. Dan Liljenquist
                Sen. Scott D. McCoy
                Sen. Luz Robles


Staff Present:             Rich North, Policy Analyst
                 Jean Butler, Committee Secretary

Public Speakers Present:    Carlton Christensen, Chair, Salt Lake City Council
                Lincoln Shurtz, League of Cities and Towns
                Bruce Jones, Citizen
                Royce VanTassell, Utah Tax payers Association
                Steve Erickson, Citizen
                Gerald McDonough, Arthur and Researcher
                Dr. Ben Bramwell, Utah Naturopathic Association
                Dr. Matthew Barnett, Utah Naturopathic Association
                Mary Ann Christensen
                Mark Bear, M.D. and Pharmacist, Utah Medical Association
                Beth Young, Ph.D., Utah Health System Pharmacy
                Lloyd Sellenite, Citizen
                Jason Yokom, Citizen
                Michael Sanchez, Citizen
                

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

Committee Chair Knudson called the meeting to order at 8:05 a.m.

     Approval of Minutes

    
Chair Knudson asked for a motion on the minutes.

     MOTION: Sen. Liljenquist moved the Minutes of February 26 be approved.

    The motion passed 5 - 0 - 2 with Sens. Greiner and Jenkins absent.



1.     SB0248 Tax Amendments (B. Bell)

    Sen. Bell presented the bill. He requested Carlton Christenson, Salt Lake City          Councilman, to provide move detail on the bill.
    
     The following individual spoke in support of the bill:

    Lincoln Shurtz, League of Cities and Towns
    Bruce Jones, General Council

    Individuals from the audience speaking against the bill:

    Royce VanTassell, Tax Payers Association
    Jim Olson, President of the Utah Merchants Association

     MOTION: Sen. McCoy moved the bill be passed out favorably.

    The motion passed 4 - 2 - 1 with Sens. Knudson and Jenkins voting against the bill.
    Senator Greiner was absent for the vote.

2.     SB0223 City and County Carbon Credits for Sequestration of Waste Stream
    Material
(R. Romero)

    Sen. Romero introduced an amendment to SB0223.

     MOTION: Sen. Robles moved to adopt Amendment One under Senator Romero's
    name.

    The motion passed 6 - 0 - 1 with Sen. Greiner absent for the vote.

    Sen. Romero presented the amendment as follows::


1.    Page 2, Lines 31 through 33 :    

             31          A municipality providing waste and garbage collection and disposal services that
             32      converts material to charcoal or biochar
  and sequesters the charcoal or biochar as fertilizer       as part of the waste and garbage collection and

             33      disposal services may seek and sell or trade carbon credits on any market
  or exchange       for carbon credits.


2.    Page 4, Lines 91 through 93 :    

             91          (6) A county providing waste and garbage collection and disposal services that
             92      converts material to charcoal or biochar
  and sequesters the charcoal or biochar as

fertilizer       as part of the waste and garbage collection and


             93      disposal services may seek and sell or trade carbon credits on any market
  or exchange       for carbon credits.

    The following individuals from the audience spoke for the new bill:

    Steve Erickson
    Gerald McDonough, Author and Researcher

    Sen. Jenkins spoke against the bill.

    MOTION: Sen. McCoy moved the bill be passed out favorably as amended.

    The motion passed 4 - 2 - 1 with Sens. Knudson and Jenkins voting against the bill.
    Sen Liljenquist was absent for the vote.

3.     HB0108 Hormone Restoration Amendments (Rep. Aagard)

    Rep. Aagard presented the bill to the committee.

    The following individuals from the audience spoke in favor of the bill.

    Ben Bramwell, Utah Association of Naturopathic Physicians
    Matthew Barnett, Utah Naturopathic Physicians
    Mary Ann Christensen, Citizen
    Lloyd Sellenite, Citizen

    The following individuals spoke against the bill:

    Mark Bear, M.D. and Pharmacist, Utah Medical Association
    Beth Young, Ph.D. of Pharmacy, Utah Health System Pharmacies
    Lloyd Sellenite, Patient

    MOTION: Sen. Robles moved to pass the bill out with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed 3 - 2 - 2 with Sens. Knudson and Bell voting against the bill. Sens.
    Greiner and Jenkins were absent for the vote.

4.     HB0197 Reauthorization of Administrative Rules (B. Ferry)

    Rep. Ferry gave an overview of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. McCoy moved to pass the bill our with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed 5 - 0 - 2 with Sens. Greiner and Jenkins absent for the vote.



     MOTION: Sen. McCoy moved the bill be placed on the Consent Calendar.

    The motion passed 5 - 0 - 2 with Sens. Greiner and Jenkins absent for the vote.

5.     HB012601 Voter Identification for Election (B. Daw)

    Rep. Daw gave an overview of the bill.

    Scott Logansen, Chief Deputy Clerk Auditor, further explained HBO12601

    Jason Yocom, Chief Deputy Clerk for Salt Lake County, spoke against the bill.    

    Michael Sanchez, Precinct Chair, spoke for the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Liljenquist moved the bill be passed out with a favorable recommen-
    dation.

    The motion passed 4 - 2 - 1 with Sens. McCoy and Robles voted against the bill.
    Sen. Greiner was absent for the vote.

6.     HB0375 Local Government Records Amendments (R. Wilcox)

    Rep. Wilcox gave an overview of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Jenkins moved the bill be passed out with a favorable recommend-
    ation.

    The motion passed 6 - 0 - 1 with Sen. Greiner absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen Liljenquist moved the bill be placed on the Consent Calendar.

    The motion passed 6 - 0 - 1 with Sen. Greiner absent for the vote.

     MOTION: Sen. Jenkins moved the meeting be adjourned.

    The motion passed 6 - 0 - 1 with Sen. Greiner absent for the vote.

    Chair Knudson adjourned the meeting at 9:40 a.m.     

    
The minutes were prepared by Jean Butler, Committee Secretary.



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             Sen. P. Knudson, Committee Chairman