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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE

NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, & ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE

Room C445, State Capitol, State Capitol Complex

February 2, 2010


Members Present:    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair
    Rep. John Mathis, Vice Chair
    Rep. Mel Brown
    Rep. Brad Dee
    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. Bill Wright     
Staff Present:    Brian Allred, Policy Analyst
            Dora Soto, Committee Secretary
    
Note:        List of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes

Rep. Barrus called the meeting to order at 2:15 p.m.


S.J.R. 1    Escalante Heritage Hole-in-the-rock Center Joint Resolution (Sen. D. Stowell)

Sen. Stowell distributed a handout and explained the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Gibson moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Dee, Rep. Wright, and Rep. Mathis absent for the vote.


H.C.R. 6    Stockton Bar Geologic Formation Concurrent Resolution (Rep. R. Menlove)

Rep. Menlove explained the bill to the committee, assisted by Dr. Marjorie Chan, Professor of Geology, University of Utah, and Kendall Thomas, Town of Stockton Council.


The following individuals spoke in favor of the bill:
    Mike Mower, Governor's Office of Planning and Budget
    Jerry Worsencroft, Tooele Hawks Hang Gliding Club
    Mark Wooley, Resident of Stockton
    Chris Willis, Resident of Stockton             

MOTION:    Rep. Gowans moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation.
        
SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:
    Rep. Noel moved to hold the bill. The motion failed with. Rep. Mathis, Rep. Brown, Rep. Dee, Rep. Gibson, Rep. Noel, Rep. Wilcox, and Rep. Wright voted in favor of the motion.

The original motion to pass the bill out favorably failed with Rep. Barrus, Rep. Draxler, Rep Gowans, Rep. Hendrickson, Rep. Painter, Rep. Riesen, and Rep Watkins voting in favor of the motion.


H.B. 192    Renewable Energy - Methane Gas (Rep. C. Watkins)

Rep. Watkins distributed a handout and explained the bill to the committee assisted by Aaron Olsen, DTE Energy Consultant.

Todd Bingham, President of Utah Manufactures Association, spoke to the bill.


MOTION:    Rep. Gibson moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep . Wilcox absent for the vote.                     


H.J.R. 12    Climate Change Joint Resolution (Rep. K. Gibson)

This bill was not considered.

MOTION:    Rep. Hendrickson moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously and the Chair adjourned the meeting at 3:24 p.m.




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    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair