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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE
PUBLIC UTILITIES & TECHNOLOGY STANDING COMMITTEE
Room WO20, House Building, State Capitol Complex
February 24, 2010



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


Staff Present:    Richard North, Policy Analyst
            Dora Soto, 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 4:22

MOTION:    Rep. Hunsaker moved to approve the minutes of February 22, 2010 meeting.
        The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Chavez-Houck, Rep. Gowans, Rep. Wilcox and Rep. Herrod absent for the vote.

        
H.J.R. 33    Marking of Underground Utilities Joint Resolution (Rep. M. Brown)

Rep. Hughes explained the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Brown moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 2, Lines 29 through 30 :    

             29          WHEREAS, these incidents result in millions of dollars in line repair
{  and   }       ,       lost

             30      commerce
  , personal injury, and death       :





        
The motion to amend the bill passed unanimously with Rep. Chavez-Houck,
         Rep. Gowans and Rep. Herrod absent for the vote
        
MOTION:     Rep. Wilcox moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:    Rep. Brown moved to place the bill on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously.          


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

Rep. Edwards explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill: Todd Bingham, President, Utah Mining Association

MOTION:    
Rep. Hemingway moved to amend the bill as follows:


1.    Page 1, Line 14 :    

             14          .    
{   adds one member to   }        changes membership of the       the Air Quality Board;


2.    Page 3, Lines 73 through 89 :    

             73          (1) The board comprises [11]
{   13   }        12       members, one of whom shall be the executive director

             74      and [10]
{   12   }        11       of whom shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate.

             75          (2) The members shall be knowledgeable of air pollution matters and shall be:
             76          (a) a practicing
  environmental or public health       physician      {   and surgeon   } licensed in the state not connected with industry;

             77          (b) a registered professional engineer who is not from industry;
             78          (c) a representative from municipal government;
             79          (d) a representative from county government;
             80          (e) a representative from agriculture;
             81          (f) a representative from the mining industry;
             82          (g) a representative from manufacturing;
             83          (h) a representative from the fuel industry;
{   [   } and      {   ]   }


             84
         (i) a representative from
{   the   } transportation      {   industry   }        planning       ;

             85          [(i)] (j) two representatives of the public not representing or connected with industry, at
             86      least one of whom represents organized environmental interests
{   [   } .      {   ]   }      {   ; and

             87          (k) a representative from a local health department.  
}

             88          (3) No more than [five] six of the appointed members shall belong to the same political
             89      party.


        
The motion to amend the bill passed unanimously.

MOTION:     Rep. Chavez-Houck moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation.

SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:    Rep. Brown moved to return the bill to rules for interim study. The motion failed with Rep. Barrus, Rep. Chavez-Houck, Rep.Fowlke, Rep. Hemingway,
     Rep. Hunsaker, and Rep. Wright voting in opposition.

        The original motion to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation passed with Rep. Brown, Rep. Gowans, Rep. Herrod, and Rep. Noel voting in opposition.

Rep. Noel relinquished the chair to Rep. Herrod

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

MOTION:
    Rep. Noel moved to replace H.B. 335 with 1st Substitute H.B. 335
        The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Fowlke and Rep. Gowans absent for the vote.

Rep. Noel explained the bill to the committee assisted with Bob Reeden, Attorney, Kennocott

Spoke in favor of the bill: Ted Boyer, Utah Public Service Commission

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



1st Sub. H.B. 121    Emergency Medical Services Act Transport Amendments (Rep. G. Hughes)


This bill was not considered.

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

Rep. Noel adjourned the meeting at 5:12 p.m.

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                    Rep. Michael Noel, Chair