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MINUTES OF THE
SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, AND ENVIRONMENT
STANDING COMMITTEE
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
415 State Capitol, Utah State Capitol Complex

Members Present:        Sen. Dennis Stowell, Chair    
                Sen. Allen Christensen                
                Sen. Karen Morgan
                Sen. Ralph Okerlund

Members Absent:        Sen. Dayton
                Sen. Davis                    

Staff Present:            J Brian Allred, Policy Analyst        
                Ernest Hayes, Secretary
    
Public Speakers Present:    Don Peay, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife
                Robin Thomas, Division of Wildlife Resources
                Sterling Brown, Utah Farm Bureau
                Rep. M. Brown, Bill Sponsor
                Dick Buehler, Director, Forestry, Fire and State Lands
                Rep. M. Noel, Bill Sponsor
                Dr. Ned Weinshenker, Utah State University
                Kevin Carter, Director of Trust Lands Administration
                Tom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association
                Fred Finlinson, Chairman, Utah Water Coalition
                Kent Jones, State Engineer, Water Rights
                Todd Bingham, President, Utah Mining Association

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

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

1.     Welcome

    Chair Stowell welcomed the committee and visitors

2.    S.B. 51 Bioprospecting (Sen. Lyle Hillyard)
    
    Sen. Hillyard introduced the bill. Dr. Ned Weinshanker assisted with the presentation.

    Dick Buehler, Director of Forestry Fire and State Lands, spoke in favor of the bill. Tom Bingham, Utah Manufacturers Association spoke to the bill. Kevin Carter, Director SITLA, spoke in favor of the bill. Robin Thomas, Division of Wildlife Resources, spoke to the bill. Sterling Brown, Utah Farm Bureau, spoke to the bill.


     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to continue onto next item.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Dayton and Sen. Davis absent from the vote.

3.    H.B. 32 Livestock Damage Compensation Amendments (M. Brown)

    Rep. M. Brown introduced the bill.

    Sterling Brown, Farm Bureau, spoke in favor of the bill. Robin Thomas, Division of Wildlife Resources, spoke in favor of the bill. Don Peay, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, spoke in favor of the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass H.B. 32 out of committee with a favorable     recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Okerlund, Sen. Dayton, and Sen. Davis absent from the vote.

4.    H.B. 33 Groundwater Recharge and Recovery Act Amendments (M. Noel)

    Rep. Noel introduced the bill.

    Fred Finlinson, Utah Water Coalition, spoke in favor of the bill. Todd Bingham, Utah Mining Association, spoke in favor of the bill. Kent Jones, State Engineer, spoke in favor of the bill.

        MOTION : Sen Morgan moved to pass out H.B. 33 with a favorable recommendation.

        The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Davis and Sen. Dayton absent from the vote.

MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to adjourn.

The motion passed unanimously.

Chair Stowell adjourned the meeting at 9:23 a.m.

Minutes reported by Ernest Hayes, Secretary    




                 ______________________________
                 Dennis E. Stowell, Committee Chair