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MINUTES OF THE HOUSE
PUBLIC UTILITIES & TECHNOLOGY STANDING COMMITTEE
Room W20, House Building, State Capitol Complex

March 2, 2011


Members Present:    Rep. Michael Noel, Chair
            Rep. Steve Handy, Vice Chair
            Rep. Roger Barrus
            Rep. Fred C. Cox
Rep. John Dougall
            Rep. Lynn Hemingway            
            Rep. Neal Hendrickson            
            Rep. Ken Ivory
            Rep. Ryan Wilcox
            Rep. Brad Wilson

Members Absent:    Rep. Chris Herrod    

Staff Present:    Richard North, Policy Analyst
            Tamara Schaff, Committee Secretary

Note: A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.
                                        
Rep. Noel called the meeting to order at 4:25 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Hemingway moved to approve the minutes of March 1, 2011. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Wilson absent for the vote.


H.B. 477    Government Records Amendments (Rep. J. Dougall)

Rep. Dougall explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke in opposition to the bill:    Jeff Hunt, Utah Media Coalition
                    Con Psarras, Vice President of KSL News
                    Tim Fitzpatrick, Salt Lake Tribune
                    Richard Shaw, Sun Advocate
                    Renai Bodley, Vice President of Fox 13 News
                    Linda Petersen, Utah Foundation for Open Government
                    Jennifer Dahl, Director of News and Operations
                    Sherilyn Bennion, League of Women Voters
                    Joel Campbell, Utah Media Coalition
                    Jeff Salt, Great Salt Lake Keeper
                    Randy Wright, Daily Herald



MOTION:    Rep. Hendrickson moved to pass H.B. 477 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.                    


H.B. 428    Water Issues Task Force (Rep. P. Painter)

Rep. Painter distributed a handout and explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Fred Finlinson, Utah Water Coalition

Spoke in opposition of the bill:    Troy Rindlisbacher, Utah Irrigators Alliance
                    Sterling Brown, Utah Farm Bureau

MOTION:    Rep. Handy moved to pass H.B. 428 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed with Rep. Wilcox voting in opposition. Rep. Dougall was absent for the vote.


H.B. 420    Water Quality Board Powers and Duties (Rep. Julie Fisher)

Rep. Fisher distributed a handout to the committee, assisted by Walt Becker.

MOTION :    Rep. Hendrickson moved to substitute H.B. 420 with 1st substitute H.B. 420. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Dougall absent for the vote.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Fred Finlinson, Utah Water Coalition
                Leland Myers, Central Davis Sewer District

Rep. Barrus moved to amend the bill as follows:

1. Page 1, Line 22:        Change "$5,000,000" to "$10,000,000"

The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Dougall absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Wilson moved to pass H.B. 420 1st Substitute with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Dougall absent for the vote.


H.B. 476 Procurement Code Amendments (Rep. B. Last)

Rep. Last explained the bill to the committee.


MOTION:    Rep. Wilcox moved to substitute H.B. 476 with 1st substitute H.B. 476. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Dougall and Rep. Ivory absent for the vote.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Kent Beers, Director of Purchasing

MOTION:    Rep. Wilcox moved to pass H.B. 476 1st Substitute with a favorable recommendation.. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Dougall absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Wilcox moved to place H.B. 476 1st Substitute on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Dougall absent for the vote.
    

S.B. 250    Electronic Transmissions and Directors Actions (Sen. B. McAdams) (Rep. D. Brown)

Sen. McAdams explained the bill to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Hemingway moved to pass S.B. 250 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Dougall absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Barrus moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Dougall absent for the vote. Rep. Noel adjourned the meeting at 6:24 p.m.
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                    Rep. Michael Noel, Chair