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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE

NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, & ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE

Room C445, State Capitol, State Capitol Complex

                        
February 22, 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. Doug Sagers
    Rep. Christine Watkins
    Rep. Ryan Wilcox
    
Members Absent:    Rep. Brad Dee
    Rep. Patrick Painter

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

Rep. Barrus called the meeting to order at 8:02 a.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Galvez moved to approve the minutes of the February 15, 2011 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Watkins absent for the vote.

2nd Sub. S.B. 108    Joint Use of a Canal or Ditch (Sen. D. Stowell) (Rep. M. Brown)

Sen. Stowell introduced the bill to the committee, assisted by Mike Legge, Treasurer/Secretary, East Wanship Irrigation Co.

Spoke in favor of the bill: Fred Finlinson, Utah Water Coalition
             David Hartvigsen, Attorney, Smith Hartvigsen
             Sterling Brown, Utah Farm Bureau

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

S.C.R. 15    Delisting of Wolves Concurrent Resolution (Sen. A. Christensen) (Rep. M. Noel)


Sen. Christensen introduced the resolution to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill: Sterling Brown, Utah Farm Bureau
             Jim Karpowitz, Director, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

MOTION:    Rep. Noel moved to pass the resolution with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Briscoe voting in opposition. Rep. Brown and Rep. Watkins were absent for the vote.

H.B. 399    Environmental Litigation Bond (Rep. M. Noel)

Rep. Noel explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill: Kevin Carter, Director, School and Institutional Trust Lands Admin.
             Mike Peterson, Executive Director, Utah Rural Electric Assoc.
             Jeff Hartley, various energy producers

Spoke to the bill: Amanda Smith, Executive Director, Department of Environmental Quality

Spoke in opposition to the bill: James O'Neal, Citizen
             Jeff Hicks, Citizen
             Matt Pacenza, Policy Director, HEAL Utah
             Marilyn O'Dell, President, Utah League of Women Voters
             Ed Firmage, Citizen
             Claire Geddes, Citizen
             Sue Corth, Citizen
             Linda Johnson, Co-President, Salt Lake League of Women              Voters

MOTION:    Rep. Sandstrom moved to pass the bill with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Briscoe voting in opposition. Rep. Brown was absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Hendrickson moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Brown absent for the vote.

Rep. Barrus adjourned the meeting at 9:33 a.m.
            
            

    
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     Rep. Roger E. Barrus, Chair