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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE

NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, & ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE

Room C445, State Capitol, State Capitol Complex

                        
February 8, 2011


Members Present:    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair
    Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, Vice Chair
    Rep. Joel Briscoe
    Rep. Mel Brown
    Rep. Jack Draxler
    Rep. Brad Galvez
    Rep. Neal Hendrickson
    Rep. John Mathis
    Rep. Mike Noel
    Rep. Patrick Painter
    Rep. Doug Sagers
    Rep. Christine Watkins
    
Members Absent:    Rep. Brad Dee
    Rep. Ryan Wilcox

Staff Present:    J Brian Allred, Policy Analyst
            Joanna MacKay, Committee Secretary
    
Note:    A List of visitors and handouts are filed with committee minutes

Rep. Barrus called the meeting to order at 2:04 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Painter moved to approve the minutes of the February 2, 2011 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Noel, Rep. Sagers, Rep. Sandstrom and Rep. Watkins absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Painter moved to approve the minutes of the February 4, 2011 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Noel, Rep. Sagers, Rep. Sandstrom and Rep. Watkins absent for the vote.

H.B. 246    Repeal of Phosphorus Limit in Dishwashing Detergent (Rep. S. Sandstrom)

Rep. Sandstrom provided additional comments on the bill to his explanation in the previous meeting on February 4, 2011, and distributed a handout.

Spoke in favor of the bill: Karen Clark, Utah Eagle Forum




Spoke in opposition to the bill: Lynn de Freitas, Citizen
             Steve Earley, Citizen
             Nicole Anderson, Citizen
             Zach Frankel, Director, Utah Rivers Council

Spoke to the bill: Kathy Van Dame, Wasatch Clean Air Coalition
         Walt Baker, Director, Utah Division of Water Quality (handout)
         David Naftz, U.S. Geological Survey

MOTION:    Rep. Briscoe moved to table the bill.

SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:
    Rep. Brown moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion failed with Rep. Brown, Rep. Hendrickson, Rep. Mathis, Rep. Noel, Rep. Painter and Rep. Sandstrom voting in favor. Rep. Barrus, Rep. Briscoe, Rep. Draxler, Rep. Galvez, Rep. Sagers and Rep. Watkins voted in opposition to the motion.

        The original motion to table the bill failed with Rep. Briscoe, Rep. Draxler, Rep. Galvez, Rep. Sagers and Rep. Watkins voting in favor of the motion.

H.B. 88    Agriculture Sustainability Task Force (Rep. J. Draxler)

Rep. Draxler explained the bill to the committee, assisted by Leonard Blackham, Commissioner, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.

Spoke in favor of the bill: Bill Rigby, Utah Association of Conservation Districts

MOTION:    Rep. Watkins moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.

Rep. Barrus relinquished the chair to Rep. Sandstrom

H.J.R. 19    Joint Resolution Opposing the Environmental Protection Agency's Regulation of Greenhouse Gases (Rep. R. Barrus)

Rep. Barrus explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill: Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland Institute
             Mike Peterson, Utah Rural Electric Association




MOTION:    Rep. Hendrickson moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Briscoe, Rep. Brown, Rep. Draxler and Rep. Galvez absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Painter moved to adjourn.

Rep. Sandstrom adjourned the meeting at 3:46 p.m.




    






    
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    Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair