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NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, & ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
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.
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.