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MINUTES OF THE SENATE BUSINESS & LABOR STANDING COMMITTEE

         THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2010
ROOM 215, SENATE BUILDING

STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX



Members Present:    Sen. John Valentine, Chair
        Sen. Gene Davis
        Sen. Dan Liljenquist
        Sen. Karen Mayne
        Sen. Wayne Niederhauser
        Sen. Steve Urquhart
        Sen. Kevin VanTassell     
Staff Present:    Bryant R. Howe, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
        Karen Allred, Committee Secretary
        
Public Speakers Present:     Steve Clyde, Attorney, Central Utah Water Conservancy District
        Darin Peterson, Shareholder
        David Ure, President, Washington Irrigation Commission
        Fred Finlinson, Attorney, Chairman, Central Utah Water Coalition
        Chris Finlinson, Central Utah Water Coalition
        Maryann Christensen, Secretary/Treasurer, Little Cottonwood Brown          Ditch Company
        Sterling Brown, Vice President, Public Policy, Utah Farm Bureau
        John Maybe, Attorney
        Mike Kohler, Utah Quality Growth Commission
        Greg Greathouse, Attorney, DMADC Companies, Millard County
        Bill Starks, Utah Director, Department of Workforce Services
        Tom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association
        Robin Riggs, Vice President and General Manager, Salt Lake          Chamber of Commerce
        Melissa Smith, Policy Analyst, Utah Community Action Program
        Allison Rowland, Research and Budget Director, Utah Children

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

Committee Chair Valentine called the meeting to order at 8:40 a.m.

Approval of Minutes

    MOTION:
Sen. Davis moved to approve the minutes of February 9, 2010.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Davis, Liljenquist and Niederhauser absent for     the vote.



Sen. VanTassell assumed the Committee Chair.

1.     S.B. 99 Water Companies and Water Right Change Requests (Valentine)

    Sen. Valentine introduced the bill and 2nd Sub. S.B. 99 was distributed.

     MOTION: Sen. Valentine moved to adopt 2nd Sub. S.B. 99.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sens. Liljenquist and Niederhauser absent for the vote.

    Sen. Valentine further explained the bill.

    Steve Clyde, Attorney, Central Utah Water Conservancy District; Darin Peterson,     Shareholder; David Ure, President, Washington Irrigation Commission; Fred Finlinson,     Attorney, Chairman, Central Utah Water Coalition and Chris Finlinson, Central Utah Water     Coalition spoke in support of the bill.

    Maryann Christensen, Secretary/Treasurer, Little Cottonwood Brown Ditch Company;     Sterling Brown, Vice President, Public Policy, Utah Farm Bureau; John Maybe, Attorney;     Mike Kohler, Utah Quality Growth Commission and Greg Greathouse, Attorney, DMADC     Companies, Millard County spoke in opposition to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Valentine moved to amend 2nd Sub. S.B. 99 as follows:


144    (d) The water company
{   shall approve   }        may not withhold approval of       the change request, including a change that if

             145      made would result in changing the place of use to a location outside of the historic service area
             146      of the water company, unless the water company reasonably believes that:

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Sen. Valentine further explained the bill and answered questions from the committee.

    Sen. Valentine declared a conflict of interest.

     MOTION: Sen. Davis moved to transmit 2nd Sub. S.B. 99 as amended with a favorable     recommendation.

    The motion passed with Sen. VanTassell voting in opposition.

Sen. Valentine resumed the Committee Chair.


2.    H.B. 18 Unemployment Insurance Amendments (S. Mascaro)

    
Rep. Mascaro explained the bill and answered questions from the committee.

    Bill Starks, Utah Director, Department of Workforce Services; Tom Bingham, Utah     Manufacturers Association; Melissa Smith, Policy Analyst, Utah Community Action     Program; Allison Rowland, Research and Budget Director, Utah Children, spoke in     support of the bill.

    Robin Riggs, Vice President and General Counsel, Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce     spoke to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Mayne moved to transmit H.B. 18 with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed with Sen. Urquhart voting in opposition.

3.    S.B. 115 Unemployment Insurance Revisions (L. Robles)

    
Sen. Robles explained the bill.

MOTION: Sen. Davis moved to amend S.B. 115 as follows:

1.    Page 2, Lines 37 through 42 :    

             37          (c) the individual is able to work and is available for full-time work during each and
             38      every week for which the individual made a claim for benefits under this chapter, except the
             39      division may not deny benefits to an individual solely on the fact that the individual is seeking
             40      only part-time work, so long as a majority of the weeks
  of work       in the individual's base period consists

             41      of part-time work;
             42          (d) the individual has been unemployed for a waiting period of one week for each
        
    The motion passed unanimously.

    Sen. Robles further clarified the bill.

    Tom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers spoke in opposition to the bill.

    Melissa Smith, Policy Analyst, Utah Community Action Program spoke in support of the bill.



     MOTION: Sen. Mayne moved to transmit S.B. 115 as amended with a favorable     recommendation.

     The motion failed with Sens. Davis and Mayne voting in favor of the bill and Sens.     Valentine, Liljenquist, Niederhauser, Urquhart and VanTassell voting in opposition.
    
     MOTION: Sen. Davis moved to adjourn.
    
    The motion passed unanimously.

    Chair Valentine adjourned the meeting at 9:58 a.m.

    

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Sen. John Valentine, Committee Chair