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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE

NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, & ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE

Room C445, State Capitol, State Capitol Complex

February 17, 2010


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. Bill Wright

Members Absent:    Rep. Brad Dee

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 8:04 a.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Barrus moved to approve the minutes of the February 12, 2010 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Brown, Rep. Gowans, Rep. Noel, Rep. Painter and Rep. Wright absent for the vote.


H.B. 231    Water Rights Priorities in Times of Shortage (Rep. K. Gibson)

Rep. Gibson explained the bill to the committee, assisted by Kent Jones, State Engineer, Division of Water Rights.

Spoke in favor of the bill: Kent Jones, State Engineer, Division of Water Rights
                Todd Bingham, President, Utah Mining Association
                Jody Hoffman, Policy Analyst, The League of Cities and Towns
                Vern Steel, Chief Financial Officer, Utah Rural Water Association
                
MOTION:     Rep. Gibson moved to amend the bill as follows:


0.    Page 2, Line 52 :    

             52          (3) A person using water preferentially during a temporary water
{   storage   }        shortage       emergency


The motion to amend the bill passed unanimously with Rep. Noel and Rep. Painter absent for the vote. The motion passed unanimously.

S.B. 19 Vehicle Safety Flags on Off-highway Vehicles (Sen. B. Goodfellow) (Rep. L. Wiley)
Rep. Goodfellow explained the bill to the committee.

MOTION: Rep. Gowans moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Dee, and Rep. Painter absent for the vote.     
S.B. 104 Renewable Energy Modifications (Sen. S. Urquhart) (Rep. D. Ipson)
Rep. Urquhart explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke to the bill: Nathan Hansen, Citizen     
James O'Neal, Citizen

MOTION: Rep. Noel moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Painter absent for the vote.         
H.B. 107 Animal Shelter Amendments (Rep. J. Seelig)
Rep. Seelig explained the bill to the committee, assisted by Thomas Vaughn, Office of Legislative Research and General Council.

Spoke in favor of the bill: Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns
David Patten, Department Director, UDOTs
Spoke to the bill: Daniel Alex. Citizen

MOTION: Rep, Mathis moved to amend the bill as follows:


1.    Page 1, Lines 20 through 24 :    

             20              .    the animal shelter has made
{   a   }        every       reasonable effort to find the rightful owner of the

             21      animal
{   or   }        and       to make it available to others;        and      

             22          
{   .    when an animal is voluntarily surrendered to an animal shelter, prohibits the

             23      provision of the animal for research or educational purposes if the owner signs a


             24      document prohibiting that action; and  
}


2.    Page 2, Line 38 :    

             38          [The] (1) Subject to
{   Subsections (2) and (4)   }        Subsection (2)       , the governing body of the county or


3.    Page 2, Line 52 through Page 3, Line 67 :    

             52          (c) the establishment has made
{   a   }        every       reasonable effort to:

             53          (i) find the rightful owner of [such] the animal
{   [   } ,      {   ]   }        including checking if the animal has a tag or microchip       ; and

             54          (ii) if the owner is not found, [shall make a reasonable effort to] make the animal
             55      available to others during the impound period.
{   [   } Owners of animals who voluntarily provide

             56      their animals to an establishment may, by signature, determine whether or not the animal may
             57      be provided to an institution or used for research or educational purposes.
{   ]   }

             58          
{   (3) If the owner of an animal voluntarily provides the animal to an establishment, the

             59      establishment shall:
             60          (a) notify the owner that the owner may sign a document that prohibits the animal from
             61      being:
             62          (i) provided to an institution; or
             63          (ii) used for research or educational purposes; and
             64          (b) upon request, provide the document described in Subsection (3)(a) to the owner.
             65          (4) An animal may not be provided to an institution or used for research or educational
             66      purposes if permission for that provision or use is prohibited in accordance with Subsection
             67      (3).  
}


MOTION: Rep. Gibson moved to pass the bill as amended with a favorable recommendation.


SUBSTITUTE
MOTION: Rep. Noel moved to amend the bill as follows and pass the bill with a favorable recommendation:

1.    Page 1, Lines 21 through 24 :    


             21      animal
{   or   }        and       to make it available to others;        and      

             22          
{   .    when an animal is voluntarily surrendered to an animal shelter, prohibits the

             23      provision of the animal for research or educational purposes if the owner signs a
             24      document prohibiting that action; and  
}


2.    Page 2, Line 38 :    

             38          [The] (1) Subject to
{   Subsections (2) and (4)   }        Subsection (2)       , the governing body of the county or


3.    Page 2, Line 53 through Page 3, Line 67 :    


             53          (i) find the rightful owner of [such] the animal
{   [   } ,      {   ]   }        including checking if the animal has a tag or microchip       ; and

             54          (ii) if the owner is not found, [shall make a reasonable effort to] make the animal
             55      available to others during the impound period.
{   [   } Owners of animals who voluntarily provide

             56      their animals to an establishment may, by signature, determine whether or not the animal may
             57      be provided to an institution or used for research or educational purposes.
{   ]   }

             58          
{   (3) If the owner of an animal voluntarily provides the animal to an establishment, the

             59      establishment shall:
             60          (a) notify the owner that the owner may sign a document that prohibits the animal from
             61      being:
             62          (i) provided to an institution; or


             63          (ii) used for research or educational purposes; and
             64          (b) upon request, provide the document described in Subsection (3)(a) to the owner.
             65          (4) An animal may not be provided to an institution or used for research or educational
             66      purposes if permission for that provision or use is prohibited in accordance with Subsection
             67      (3).  
}


The motion to amend the bill and pass the bill with a favorable recommendation passed unanimously with Rep. Painter absent for the vote.
        
H.B. 102 Agriculture Sustainability Act (Rep. J. Draxler)

Rep. Draxler explained the bill to the committee, assisted by Leonard Blackman, Commissioner, Utah Department of Agriculture and Jody Hoffman, Policy Analyst, Utah Cities and Towns

MOTION: Rep. Mathis moved to adjourn. The motion passed with Rep. Draxler, Rep. Gibson and Rep. Hendrickson voting in opposition to the motion.

Rep. Barrus adjourned the meeting at 9:55 a.m.


    
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    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair