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MINUTES OF THE
SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, AND ENVIRONMENT
STANDING COMMITTEE
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
415 State Capitol, Utah State Capitol Complex


Members Present:        Sen. Dennis Stowell, Chair    
                Sen. Allen Christensen                
                Sen. Margaret Dayton
                Sen. Karen Morgan
                Sen. Ralph Okerlund    

Member Absent:        Sen. Gene Davis            

Staff Present:            J Brian Allred, Policy Analyst        
                Saundra Maeser, Secretary
    
Public Speakers Present:    Mark Ward, Policy Analyst, Utah Association of Counties
                Steve Erickson, Great Basin Water Network
                Craig Peterson, Consultant, CAP Consulting
                Peter Corroon, Mayor, Salt Lake County
                Don Peay, Consultant, Sportsmen for Wildlife
                Jack Ray, Attorney, Utah Waterfowl Association
                Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns
                Robin Thomas, Legislative Liaison, Division of Wildlife Resources
                Carlos Braceras, Deputy Director, Department of Transportation
                Sam Klemm, Wasatch Front Regional Council
                Scott Sabey, Attorney, Ducks Unlimited
                Adam Tripp, Utah Association of Counties
                
A list of visitors is filed with the committee minutes.


Committee Chair Stowell called the meeting to order at 8:10 a.m.

1.    Approval of Minutes

     MOTION: Sen. Morgan moved to approve the minutes of February 25, 2009.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Dayton absent for the vote.

2.     2nd Sub. H.B. 120 Snake Valley Aquifer Research Team and Advisory Council (Rep. B. Winn) (Sen. D. Stowell)
    
    Rep. Winn introduced the bill. Mark Ward, Utah Association of Counties, assisted in the presentation.



    Steve Erickson, Great Basin Water Network; Craig Peterson, CAP Consulting; and Peter Corroon, Mayor, Salt Lake County, spoke in support of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Okerlund moved to pass 2nd Sub. H.B. 120, Snake Valley Aquifer Research Team and Advisory Council, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Dayton absent for the vote.

3.    1st Sub. H.B. 164 Migratory Bird Production Areas (Rep. C. Oda) (Sen. M. Dayton)

    Rep. Oda introduced the bill. Jack Ray, Utah Waterfowl Association, assisted in the presentation.

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to adopt the following amendment:
        
    1. Page 9, Lines 243 through 244:

             243          (a) remove land from a migratory bird production area
[[   , if removal of the land would

             244      not result in a migratory bird production area of less than 300 contiguous acres  
]]
; or

    2. Page 9, Lines 252 through 256:

             252          (c)
  if land is being added to the migratory bird production area,       an affidavit signed by the owner or owners      [[   :

             253          (i) indicating that the land is removed from the migratory bird production area; or
             254          (ii)  
]]
indicating that the land
[[   :

             255          (A) is added to the migratory bird production area; and
             256          (B)  
]]
meets the description provided in Subsection 23-28-201 (1)(b)(iii).

    3. Page 9, Line 259:

             259      migratory bird production area is located.
 

    (4) If removing land from a migratory bird production area results in a migratory bird production area of less than 300 contiguous acres:
    (a) the migratory bird production area ceases to exist; and
    (b) the landowner shall:
    (i) notify each landowner within the former migratory bird production area; and


    (ii) file the revision notice required by this section for the entire migratory bird production area.  


    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Dayton absent for the vote.

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

1.    Page 11, Line 322 :    

             322          Notwithstanding Title 78B, Chapter 6, Part 5, Eminent Domain
  and except as provided by Subsection (2)       , the state, a state


2.    Page 11, Line 325 :    

             325          
[[   (1)   ]]        (a)       the condemnation does not have an unreasonable adverse effect upon the migratory


3.    Page 11, Line 327 :    

             327          
[[   (2)   ]]        (b)       there is no reasonable and prudent alterative to the condemnation.

    
  (2) Real property within a migratory bird production area may be condemned in accordance with Title 78B, Chapter 6, Part 5, Eminent Domain, for an international airport:

    (a) located within a county of the first class; and
    (b) that has a United States customs office on its premises.  


    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Dayton absent for the vote.

    Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns; Carlos Braceras, Department of Transportation; Peter Corroon, Mayor, Salt Lake County; and Sam Klemm, Wasatch Front Regional Council, spoke to the bill.

    Robin Thomas, Division of Wildlife Resources; Don Peay, Consultant, Sportsmen for Wildlife; and Scott Sabey, Ducks Unlimited, spoke in support of the bill.

    Adam Tripp, Utah Association of Counties spoke in opposition to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Morgan moved to pass 1st Sub. H.B. 164, Migratory Bird Production     Areas, out of committee with a favorable recommendation as amended, with the request that     the sponsor work through the concerns expressed before the bill reaches the Floor.


    The motion passed unanimously.

4.    H.B. 322 Tire Recycling Fee Modifications (Rep. N. Hendrickson) (Sen. K. Van     Tassell)

    Rep. Hendrickson introduced the bill.

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

    1. Page 1, Lines 16 through 17
     House Committee Amendments
     2-17-2009

                              16      Other Special Clauses:
          17
[[   None   ]]        This bill takes effect on July 1, 2009.      


    2. Page 2, Line 34:    
     34 (b) 22.5 inches to and including 24.5 inches is $2.
     Section 2. Effective date.
         This bill takes effect on July 1, 2009.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to pass H.B. 322, Tire Recycling Fee Modifications, out of committee with a favorable recommendation as amended.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Dayton moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Chair Stowell adjourned the meeting at 9:00 a.m.

    Minutes reported by Saundra Maeser, Secretary


    
                     ______________________________
                      Dennis E. Stowell, Committee Chair