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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE
PUBLIC UTILITIES & TECHNOLOGY STANDING COMMITTEE
Room WO20, House Building, State Capitol Complex
February 22, 2010



Members Present:    Rep. Michael Noel, Chair
            Rep. Chris Herrod, Vice Chair
            Rep. Roger Barrus
            Rep. Mel Brown
            Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck            
            Rep. Lynn Hemingway
            Rep. Fred Hunsaker
            Rep. Ryan Wilcox
            Rep. Bill Wright

Members Absent:    Rep. Lorie Fowlke
            Rep. Jim Gowans

Staff Present:    
Richard North, Policy Analyst
            Becky Lawyer, Committee Secretary

Note: A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.
                                        
Rep. Noel called the meeting to order at 4:40

MOTION: Rep. Wilcox moved to approve the minutes of February 19, 2010. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Barrus, Rep. Fowlke, Rep. Gowans, and Rep. Herrod absent for the vote.

H.B. 121    Emergency Medical Services Act Transport Amendments (Rep. G. Hughes)

MOTION: Rep. Wilcox moved to accept HB121 1st Sub. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Barrus and Rep. Herrod absent for the vote.

Rep. Hughes introduced and explained HB121 1st Sub to the committee. Questions from the committee were discussed.

MOTION: Rep. Brown moved to hold the bill. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Barrus, Rep. Wilcox, and Rep. Herrod absent for the vote.

H.B. 335    Utility Related Exemptions (Rep. G. Hughes)

Rep. Hughes introduced the bill to the committee, assisted by Bob Reeder, Attorney for Kennecott. Questions from the committee were discussed.


Mark Monch, General Counsel for Rocky Mountain Power and CitiCorp spoke for the bill.

MOTION: Rep. Wright moved to hold the bill. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Barrus absent for the vote.

H.B. 456    Amendments to Department of Environmental Quality (Rep. R. Edwards)

Rep. Edwards introduced and explained the bill to the committee. Questions from the committee were discussed.

Tom Bingham, representing Utah Manufacturer's Association, spoke against the bill.

Doug Haderlie, Deputy Director Wasatch Regional Council, spoke to the bill.

Cathy Froerer, Executive Director, Utah Association of Public Health Departments, spoke for the bill.

MOTION: Rep. Hunsaker moved to amend HB456 as follows:

Line 14 After "adds", delete "one member" and insert " two members"

The motion passed with Rep. Noel against and Rep. Barrus absent for the vote.

MOTION: Rep. Wright moved to amend HB456 as follows:

Line 84 After "from the" insert "private sector"
Line 86 After "interests" reinstate "." and delete ";and"
Delete Line 87

SUBSTITUTE MOTION: Rep. Chavez-Houck moved to hold the bill. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Herrod absent for the vote.

H.B. 411    Public Utility Modifications (Rep. J. Anderson)

Rep. Anderson introduced and explained the bill to the committee, assisted by Dirk Burton, representing Able Electric. Questions from the committee were discussed.

Brad Stevens, Board Member of Independent Electric Contractors, spoke for the bill.

Ken Short, Director of Capital Investment, Rocky Mountain Power, spoke to the bill.


MOTION: Rep. Wright moved to hold the bill for interim study. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Wilcox and Rep. Herrod absent for the vote.

MOTION: Rep. Brown moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Rep. Wilcox and Rep. Herrod absent for the vote.

Rep. Noel adjourned the meeting at 6:16 p.m.



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                    Rep. Michael Noel, Chair