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MINUTES OF THE SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, AND ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
415 State Capitol, Utah State Capitol Complex
February 13, 2012

Members Present:        Sen, Ralph Okerlund, Chair
                Sen. Casey Anderson
                Sen. Allen M. Christensen
                Sen. Gene Davis
                Sen. Margaret Dayton
                            
Member Absent:        Sen. David Hinkins            

Staff Present:            Mr. J Brian Allred, Policy Analyst        
                Ms. Lorna Wells, Secretary

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

Chair Okerlund called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION:    Sen. Anderson moved to approve the minutes of the February 8, 2012 meeting. The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:     Sen. Anderson moved to replace S.C.R. 8 with 1st Sub. S.C.R. 8. The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. Davis and Sen. Dayton absent for the vote.

S.C.R. 8    Concurrent Resolution Supporting New Technologies and Facilities That Enhance the Production and Value of Uintah Black Wax (Sen. K. Van Tassell)

Spoke for the bill:    Michael Zumwalt , Thrace Energy
                Jeff Hartley, Responsible Energy Developers

MOTION:      Sen. Christensen moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:    Sen. Christensen moved to place the bill on the consent calendar. The motion passed unanimously.

S.B. 86    Agriculture Protection Amendments (Sen. C. Bramble)


MOTION:    Sen. Davis moved to amend the bill with Amendment #1 as follows:


1.    Page 6, Line 165 :    

             165          Section 4. Section 17-41-405 is amended to read:



2.    Page 6, Line 172 :    

             172          (2) [Any] (a) A
[[   condemnor   ]]        political subdivision       wishing to condemn property within an agriculture


3.    Page 7, Lines 193 through 199 :    

             193          (4) At the hearing required in Subsection (3), the legislative body shall:
             194          (a) receive testimony, evidence, and recommendations from:
             195          (i) the
[[   condemnor   ]]        political subdivision       ;

             196          (ii) the landowner; and
             197          (iii) the public; and
             198          (b) consider a report submitted by an advisory board in accordance with Subsection
             199      (2)(b)(iv).

4.    Page 8, Lines 218 through 220 :    

             218          [(6) The] (7) (a) Subject to Subsection (7)(b), the applicable legislative body [or the
             219      advisory board] may request the county or municipal attorney to bring an action to enjoin [any]
             220      a
[[   condemnor   ]]        political subdivision       from violating any provisions of this section.


The motion carried unanimously.

Sen. Bramble presented and explained this bill.

MOTION:    Sen. Christensen moved to amend the bill with Amendment #2 as follows:

1.    Page 5, Line 122 :    

             122          (i) the land
[[   is no longer being used for an agricultural purpose   ]]        no longer qualifies under Title 59, Chapter 2, Part 5, Farmland Assessment Act       ;


2.    Page 7, Line 212 through Page 8, Line 218 :    

             212          [(5)] (6)
[[   (a)   ]] Within 60 days after receipt of the notice of condemnation, the applicable

             213      legislative body [and the advisory board] shall approve or reject the proposed condemnation.
             214          
[[   (b) If the applicable legislative body [and the advisory board fail] fails to act within the

             215      60 days or such further time as the applicable legislative body establishes, [the

condemnation
             216      shall be considered rejected] the political subdivision may proceed with the condemnation
             217      action.  
]]

             218          [(6) The] (7) (a) Subject to Subsection (7)(b), the applicable legislative body [or the

The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:
    Sen. Dayton moved to amend the bill with Amendment #3 as follows:


1.    Page 8, Line 230 :    

             230          (b) The district court shall review the appeal

[[   de novo   ]] .


The motion passed unanimously.

Spoke for the bill:    Ms. Chris Finlinson, Central Utah Water Conservancy District

Spoke against the bill:    Mr. Allen C. Christensen, Christensen Farms
                Mr. Wayne A. Christensen, Christensen Farms
                Ms. Elaine Schofield, Manager, Clinger Family L.C.
        
Spoke to the bill:     Sterling Brown, Utah Farm Bureau
                Mr. Michael Jensen, Chairman of the Board,
                Utah Water Conservancy District, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce

MOTION:    Sen. Davis moved to pass the bill out favorably.
                
SUBSTITUTE MOTION:    Sen. Dayton moved to the next item on the agenda. The motion passed unanimously.

S.B. 84    Water Skiing Amendments (Sen. C. Anderson)

Sen. Anderson presented and explained this bill.


MOTION:    Sen. Anderson moved to amend the bill with Amendment #1 and #2 as follows:

1.    Page 1, Line 18 :    

             18          .    states that an observer
[[   is   ]]        and flag are       not required during water skiing if the vessel is:


2.    Page 2, Line 52 :    

             52      tournament slalom course, an observer
[[   is   ]]        and flag are       not required if the vessel is:



1.    Page 1, Line 13 :    

             13          .    permits a person to wear a non-Coast Guard approved
[[   life vest   ]]        personal floatation device       if the person is:


2.    Page 2, Line 46 :    

             46     
[[   life vest   ]]        personal floatation device       if the person        is on an American Water Ski Association regulation tournament slalom course and       is:



The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Dayton absent for the vote.

Spoke for the bill:    Mr. Henry Cobb, VP Membership, Utah Waterski Club

Spoke to the bill:    Mr. Eric Stucki, Utah State Park Legislative Liaison

MOTION:    Sen. Anderson moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed, with Sen. Dayton absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Sen. Davis moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously. Chair Okerlund adjourned the meeting at 5:10 p.m.

Minutes were reported by Lorna Wells, Secretary




______________________________
Sen. Ralph Okerlund, Committee Chair