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MINUTES OF THE
SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, AND ENVIRONMENT
STANDING COMMITTEE
Friday, February 19, 2010
415 State Capitol, Utah State Capitol Complex

Members Present:        Sen. Dennis Stowell, Chair    
                Sen. Allen Christensen
                Sen. Ralph Okerlund
                Sen. Margaret Dayton
                Sen. Gene Davis
                Sen. Karen Morgan    

Staff Present:            J Brian Allred, Policy Analyst        
                Ernest Hayes, Secretary
    
Public Speakers Present:    Sen. J. S. Adams
                Charles Thronson, attorney with Parsons, Behle and Latimer
                David Williams, attorney with Snow, Christensen and Martineau
                Rep. Gibson
                Sterling Brown, V.P. of Public Policy for the Utah Farm Bureau
                Kimball Rasmussen, C.E.O. and President of Deseret Power
                Bliss Tew, Regional Field Director with the John Birch Society
                Barry Bickmore, Associate Professor at BYU
                Andrew Jorgenson, lecturer at the University of Utah
                James W. Bunger, science researcher at the University of Utah
                Rocky Anderson, Executive Director of High Road for Human                 Rights Advocacy Project
                Rep. Michael E. Noel
                John Sparano, architect
                Drew Thompson, citizen
                Mila Peterson, Executive Director of the Utah Electric Association
                Jason Gardner, citizen
                Derek Snarr, student at the University of Utah
                Gail Hanson, citizen
                Jillian Edmunds, student at Westminister College
                Bob Ferguson, President of the Science and Public Policy Institute
                



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

Chair Stowell called the meeting to order at 8:00 a.m.

1.     Welcome

    Committee Chair Stowell welcomed the committee and visitors .

    Sen. Dayton assumed the chair.

    Acting Chair Dayton announced that overflow seating would be available in Room 220 of the Senate Building for all those wishing to hear the proceedings from there.

2.    S.B. 145 Medical Malpractice Amendments (J.S. Adams)
    
    Sen. J.S. Adams introduced the bill.
    
         MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to adopt 1st Substitute S.B. 145.

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

    Charles Thronson, attorney with Parsons, Behle and Latimer, spoke in favor of the bill.

    David Williams, attorney with Snow, Christensen and Martineau, spoke in favor of the bill.

         MOTION: Sen. Christiansen moved to pass out 1st Sub. SB 145 with a favorable recommendation.

        The motion passed with Sen. Morgan voting in opposition.

3.    H.J.R. 12 Climate Change Joint Resolution (K. Gibson)
    
    Rep. Gibson introduced the bill.
    
    Sterling Brown, V.P. of Public Policy for the Utah Farm Bureau, assisted in the presentation.


    Kimball Rasmussen, C.E.O. and President of Deseret Power, assisted in the presentation.
    Bliss Tew, Regional Field Director with the John Birch Society, spoke in favor of the bill.

    Barry Bickmore, Associate Professor of Geology at BYU, spoke against the bill.

    Andrew Jorgenson, Professor of Sociology at the University of Utah, spoke against the bill.

    James W. Bunger, former science researcher at the University of Utah, spoke against the bill.

    Rocky Anderson, Executive Director of High Road for Human Rights Advocacy Project, spoke against the bill.

    Rep. Michael E. Noel spoke in favor of the bill.

    John Sparano, architect, spoke to the bill.

    Drew Thompson, citizen, spoke against the bill.

    Mila Peterson, Executive Director of the Utah Electric Association, spoke to the bill.

    Jason Gardner, citizen, spoke against the bill.

    Derek Snarr, student at the University of Utah, spoke against the bill.

    Gail Hanson, citizen, spoke against the bill.

    Jillian Edmunds, student at Westminister College, spoke against the bill.

    Bob Ferguson, President of the Science and Public Policy Institute, spoke in favor of the bill.

         MOTION: Sen. Christiansen moved to pass H.J.R. 12 out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

        The motion passed with Sen. Davis and Sen. Morgan voting in opposition.


MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to adjourn.

The motion passed unanimously.

Acting Chair Dayton adjourned the meeting at 10:00 a.m.

Minutes reported by Ernest Hayes, Secretary    




                 ______________________________
                 Dennis E. Stowell, Committee Chair