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MINUTES OF THE SENATE NATURAL RESOURCES, AGRICULTURE, AND ENVIRONMENT STANDING COMMITTEE
415 State Capitol, Utah State Capitol Complex
February 22, 2012

Members Present:        Sen, Ralph Okerlund, Chair
                Sen. Casey Anderson
                Sen. Allen M. Christensen
                Sen. Gene Davis
                Sen. Margaret Dayton
                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 4:25 p.m.

Approval of Minutes

MOTION:    Sen. Anderson moved to approve the minutes of the February 15, 2012 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Christensen, Sen. Davis, and Sen. Dayton absent for the vote.

H.C.R. 9    Concurrent Resolution Recognizing 75th Anniversary of Ducks Unlimited (C. Oda)

Rep. Oda presented and explained this bill.

Spoke for the bill:    Mr. Barry Crose, Regional Director, Ducks Unlimited
                Mr. Scott Sabey, Chairman, Southvalley Chapter, Ducks Unlimited
                Ms. Robin Thomas, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

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

H.B. 86    Posting of Trespass (J. Mathis)

Rep. Mathis presented and explained this bill.

Spoke for the bill:    Ms. Robin Thomas, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

MOTION:    Sen. Hinkins moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. Davis absent for the vote.

H.B. 485 S01    Change Application Amendments (R. Wilcox)

Rep. Wilcox presented and explained this bill.



Spoke for the bill:        Mr. Boyd Clayton. Deputy State Engineer,
                        Utah Division of Water Rights
                    Mr. Keith Denos, General Manager,
                        Provo River Water Users Association
                    Mr. Mark Anderson, Assistant General Manger,
                        Weber Basin Water Conservancy District

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

MOTION:    Sen. Christensen moved to place the bill on the consent calendar . The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. Davis absent for the vote.

MOTION:
    Sen. Christensen moved to place H.C.R. 9 which was discussed earlier, on the consent calendar. The motion passed unanimously.

H.B. 195    Petroleum and Underground Storage Tank Fees (G. Hughes)

Sen. Hillyard presented and explained this bill.

Spoke for the bill:        Ms. Tani Downing, Director of Risk Management

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

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

S.B. 87    Predator Control Funding (D. Hinkins)

MOTION:    Sen. Hinkins moved to replace S.B. 87 with 1st Sub. S.B. 87. The motion passed unanimously.

Sen. Hinkins presented and explained this bill.

Spoke to the bill:        Mr. Jim Karpowitz, Director, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Spoke for the bill        Ms. Gerald Haycock, Historian, Sons of Utah Pioneers
                    Mr. Ryan Benson, Big Game Forever
                    Mr. Leland Pollock, Garfield County Commissioner
                    Mr. Sterling Brown, Vice President of Public Policy, Utah Farm Bureau

Spoke against the bill:    Mr. Bob Rooster, Utah Environmental Congress    

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



Sen. Okerlund relinquished the chair to Sen. Dayton.

S.J.R. 16    Joint Resolution Recognizing the Hole-in-the-rock San Juan Mission Historic Trail (R. Okerlund)

MOTION:    Sen. Okerlund moved to replace S.J.R. 16 with 1st Sub. S.J.R. 16. The motion passed unanimously, with Sen. Christensen absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Sen. Okerlund moved to amend S.J.R. 16 as follows:

1.    Page 5, Lines 125 through 128 :    

             125          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah urges the Board
             126      of State Parks and Recreation to designate additional trails within the state of Utah as state
             127      historic
  , scenic, or recreational       trails, if the trails are determined by the board to be of statewide significance and to

             128      meet other criteria as defined by the board.

The motion passed unanimously.

Sen. Okerlund presented and explained this bill.

Spoke for the bill:    Mr. Dell LeFever, Garfield County Commissioner
                Mr. Gerald Haycock, Historian, Sons of Utah Pioneers

Sen. Dayton relinquished the chair to Sen. Hinkins.

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

MOTION:    Sen. Davis moved to adjourn. The motion passed unanimously. Chair Okerlund adjourned the meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Minutes were reported by Lorna Wells, Secretary




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Sen. Ralph Okerlund, Committee Chair