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MINUTES OF THE SENATE
TRANSPORTATION & PUBLIC UTILITIES & TECHNOLOGY
STANDING COMMITTEE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009, 2:00 P.M.
ROOM 215, SENATE BUILDING, STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX

Members Present:     Sen. Steve Urquhart, Chair
            Sen. Kevin VanTassell
            Sen. Brent Goodfellow
            Sen. Karen Mayne

Members Excused:     Sen. Sheldon Killpack
            Sen. Peter Knudson

Members Absent:        Sen. David Hinkins    

Staff Present:        Leif Elder, Policy Analyst
            Cami Deavila, Secretary
            
Public Speakers Present:     Rich Walje, Rocky Mountain Power
            Lane Beattie, President, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
            Barry McKay, Questar Gas
            Leanord Wojcik, Utah General Aviation Association
            Dave Haymond, President, Utah General Aviation Association
            Jodi Hart, Government Affairs, Delta Airlines
            Ryan Mellor, Firefighter

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

Committee Chair Urquhart called the meeting to order at 8:17 a.m.

Approval of Minutes

    MOTION:
Sen. Goodfellow moved to approve the minutes of February 17, 2009, meeting.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Sen. Mayne assumed the chair.

1.    SB0075, Utility Amendments (S. Urquhart)

    Sen. Urquhart introduced the bill.

    Mr. Walje, Mr. Beattie, and Mr. McKay spoke for the bill

     MOTION: Sen. Goodfellow moved to pass S.B. 75, Utility Amendments, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

     MOTION: Sen. Urquhart moved to place S.B. 75, Utility Amendments, on the consent

calendar.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Sen. Urquhart resumed the chair.

2.    SB0076, Energy Amendments (C. Bramble)

    S.B. 76, Energy Amendments, was not considered.


3.    HB0261, Aviation Amendments (W. Harper)

    Rep. Harper introduced the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to amend H.B. 261, Aviation Amendments, as follows:


1.    Page 1, Lines 24 through 25
    House Floor Amendments
    2-17-2009 :
    

             24          .    provides that H. until July 1, 2014 .H the Department of Transportation may
             24a      H. not .H use funds in the Aeronautics
             25      Restricted Account to purchase H. [and operate] .H aircraft for

{   statewide aviation   }        certain       purposes;


2.    Page 6, Lines 169 through 169b
    House Floor Amendments
    2-17-2009 :
    

             169      the duty of regulating and supervising aeronautics in this state
  ; and

    (f) the support of aerial search and rescue operations  
.

             169a          H. (5)
  (a)       Until July 1, 2014, monies in the account may not be used by the department for

             169b      the purchase [or operation] of aircraft for
{   statewide purposes   }        purposes other than those described in Subsections (4)(a) through (f)       . .H

    
  (b) Until July 1, 2014, monies in the account may not be used to provide or subsidize direct operating costs of travel for purposes other than those described in Subsections (4)(a) through (f).      

    
    The motion passed with Sen. Goodfellow absent for the vote.

    Ms. Hart, Mr. Haymond and Mr. Wojcik spoke for the bill.


     MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to pass H.B. 261, Aviation Amendments, as amended, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

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

     MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to place H.B. 261, Aviation Amendments, as amended, on the consent calendar.

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

4.    HB0050, Firefighter Special Group License Plate Amendments (R. Menlove)

    Rep. Menlove introduced the bill.

    Mr. Mellor spoke for the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Mayne moved to pass H.B. 50, Firefighter Special Group License Plate Amendments, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Goodfellow absent for the vote.
    
     MOTION: Sen. Van Tassell moved to place H.B. 50, Firefighter Special Group License Plate Amendments, on the consent calendar.

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

     MOTION: Sen. Mayne moved to adjourn.

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

    Sen. Urquhart adjourned the meeting at 8:53 a.m.

    Minutes reported by Cami Deavila, Secretary.

    





Sen. Steve Urquhart, Committee Chair