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MINUTES OF THE

HOUSE REVENUE AND TAXATION

STANDING COMMITTEE

Room 445 - State Capitol, State Capitol Complex



                     February 15, 2011


MEMBERS PRESENT:     Rep. Patrick Painter, Chair
                Rep. Carl Wimmer, Vice Chair
                Rep. Joel Briscoe                 
                 Rep. David Butterfield                      
                 Rep. David Clark
                Rep. Tim Cosgrove                              
                Rep. Susan Duckworth
                Rep. Julie Fisher                  
                Rep. Gage Froerer                               
                 Rep. Eric Hutchings                         
                Rep. Brian King
                Rep. Merlynn Newbold
                Rep. Jim Nielson


MEMBERS EXCUSED:    Rep. Mel Brown
                Rep. John Dougall
                 Rep. Wayne Harper     


STAFF PRESENT:        Phil Dean, Policy Analyst
                Tamara Schaff, Secretary

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

Rep. Painter called the meeting to order at 4:08 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Nielson moved to approve the minutes of the February 14, 2011 meeting. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Clark, Rep. Duckworth, Rep. Froerer, Rep. Hutchings, Rep. King and Rep. Newbold absent for the vote.


H.B. 156    Property Tax Assessment (Rep. D. Pitcher)

This bill was not considered.



H.B. 82    Procedures for Claiming a Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Certain Lodging Related Purchases (Rep. T. Kiser)

MOTION:    Rep. Fisher moved to substitute H.B. 82 with 1st Sub. H.B. 82. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Clark, Rep. Hutchings and Rep. Newbold absent for the vote.

Rep. Kiser explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke to the bill: Bruce Johnson, Utah State Tax Commission
            
Spoke in favor of the bill: Michael Johnson, Executive Director of Utah Hotel and Lodging              Association

MOTION:    Rep. Fisher moved to pass H.B. 82 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously, with Rep. Clark and Rep. Hutchings absent for the vote.


H.B. 112    Severance Tax Code Revisions (Rep. B. King)

Rep. King explained the bill to the committee, assisted by Dr. Gabriel Lozada and Michael Hogue.

Spoke to the bill:    Bruce Johnson, Utah State Tax Commission
            Eric Dille, Government Relations Director at EOG Resources

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Michael Hogue, Bureau of Economic and Business Research at University of Utah
                Dr. Gabriel Lozada, Associate Professor, Economics Department at
                University of Utah
                Steve Erickson, Crossroads Urban Center

Spoke in opposition to the bill:    Lee Peacock, President of Utah Petroleum Association
                    Benjamin Soholt, citizen
                    Royce Van Tassel, Vice President of Utah Taxpayers     
                    Association
                    Jeff Hartley, Various energy producers

MOTION:    Rep. King moved to pass H.B. 112 with a favorable recommendation.

SUBSTITUTE
MOTION:    Rep. Wimmer moved to table H.B. 112.

Rep. Froerer called for previous question. The motion failed to obtain a 2/3 vote with Rep. Briscoe,

Rep. Butterfield, Rep. Cosgrove, Rep. Duckworth and Rep. King voting in opposition.

After committee discussion, the substitute motion to table H.B. 112 passed with Rep. Briscoe, Rep. Cosgrove, Rep. Duckworth and Rep. King voting in opposition.

MOTION:    Rep. Wimmer moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously. Rep. Painter adjourned the meeting at 5:56 p.m.



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                            Rep. Patrick Painter, Chair