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Room 445, State Capitol

February 27, 2014

Members Present:         Rep. Ryan Wilcox, Chair
                Rep. Jim Nielson, Vice Chair
                Rep. Jake Anderegg    
                Rep. Joel Briscoe
                 Rep. Tim Cosgrove     
                Rep. Steve Eliason                          
                Rep. Gage Froerer
                Rep. Francis Gibson
                 Rep. Eric Hutchings                         
                Rep. Brian King
                Rep. John Knotwell
                Rep. Kay McIff
                Rep. Doug Sagers
                Rep. Jon Stanard
                Rep. Earl Tanner     

Members Absent:         Rep. Mel Brown

Staff Present:        Mr. Leif G. Elder, Policy Analyst
                Ms. An Bradshaw, Secretary
NOTE:    A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

Chair Wilcox called the meeting to order at 8:16 a.m.

H.B. 364    Eminent Domain and Public Recreation (Rep. M. Roberts)

Rep. Roberts explained the bill to the committee.

MOTION:     Rep. Anderegg moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 1, Line 24 through Page 3, Line 85 :    

  (1)       Subject to the provisions of this part, the right of eminent domain may be exercised on

             25      behalf of the following public uses:
{   (1)   }        (a)       all public uses authorized by the federal government;

{   (2)   }        (b)       public buildings and grounds for the use of the state, and all other public uses

     authorized by the Legislature;
{   (3) (a)   }        (c)(i)       public buildings and grounds for the use of any county, city, town, or board of

             30      education;
{   (b)   }        (ii)       reservoirs, canals, aqueducts, flumes, ditches, or pipes for conducting water or

             32      sewage, including to or from a development, for the use of the inhabitants of any county, city,
             33      or town, or for the draining of any county, city, or town;
{   (c)   }        (iii)       the raising of the banks of streams, removing obstructions from streams, and

             35      widening, deepening, or straightening their channels;
{   (d)   }        (iv)       bicycle paths and sidewalks adjacent to paved roads;

{   (e)   }        (v)       roads, byroads, streets, and alleys for public vehicular use, including for access to a

             38      development, excluding trails, paths, or other ways for walking, hiking, bicycling, equestrian
             39      use, or other recreational uses, or whose primary purpose is as a foot path, equestrian trail,
             40      bicycle path, or walkway; and
{   (f)   }        (vi)       all other public uses for the benefit of any county, city, or town, or its inhabitants;

{   (4)   }        (d)       wharves, docks, piers, chutes, booms, ferries, bridges, toll roads, byroads, plank

             43      and turnpike roads, roads for transportation by traction engines or road locomotives, roads for
             44      logging or lumbering purposes, and railroads and street railways for public transportation;
{   (5)   }        (e)       reservoirs, dams, watergates, canals, ditches, flumes, tunnels, aqueducts and pipes

             46      for the supplying of persons, mines, mills, smelters or other works for the reduction of ores,
             47      with water for domestic or other uses, or for irrigation purposes, or for the draining and
             48      reclaiming of lands, or for the floating of logs and lumber on streams not navigable, or for solar
             49      evaporation ponds and other facilities for the recovery of minerals in solution;

{   (6) (a)   }        (f)(i)       roads, railroads, tramways, tunnels, ditches, flumes, pipes, and dumping places

             51      to access or facilitate the milling, smelting, or other reduction of ores, or the working of mines,
             52      quarries, coal mines, or mineral deposits including oil, gas, and minerals in solution;
{   (b)   }        (ii)       outlets, natural or otherwise, for the deposit or conduct of tailings, refuse or water

             54      from mills, smelters or other works for the reduction of ores, or from mines, quarries, coal
             55      mines or mineral deposits including minerals in solution;
{   (c)   }        (iii)       mill dams;

{   (d)   }        (iv)       gas, oil or coal pipelines, tanks or reservoirs, including any subsurface stratum or

             58      formation in any land for the underground storage of natural gas, and in connection with that,
             59      any other interests in property which may be required to adequately examine, prepare,
             60      maintain, and operate underground natural gas storage facilities;
{   (e)   }        (v)       solar evaporation ponds and other facilities for the recovery of minerals in solution;

             62      and
{   (f)   }        (vi)       any occupancy in common by the owners or possessors of different mines, quarries,

             64      coal mines, mineral deposits, mills, smelters, or other places for the reduction of ores, or any
             65      place for the flow, deposit or conduct of tailings or refuse matter;
{   (7)   }        (g)       byroads leading from a highway to:

{   (a)   }        (i)       a residence; or

{   (b)   }        (ii)       a farm;

{   (8)   }        (h)       telegraph, telephone, electric light and electric power lines, and sites for electric

             70      light and power plants;
{   (9)   }        (i)       sewage service for:

{   (a)   }        (i)       a city, a town, or any settlement of not fewer than 10 families;

{   (b)   }        (ii)       a public building belonging to the state; or

{   (c)   }        (iii)       a college or university;

{   (10)   }        (j)       canals, reservoirs, dams, ditches, flumes, aqueducts, and pipes

for supplying and

             76      storing water for the operation of machinery for the purpose of generating and transmitting
             77      electricity for power, light or heat;
{   (11)   }        (k)       cemeteries and public parks, except for a park whose primary use is:

{   (a)   }        (i)       as a trail, path, or other way for walking, hiking, bicycling, or equestrian use; [or]

{   (b)   }        (ii)       to connect other trails, paths, or other ways for walking, hiking, bicycling, or

             81      equestrian use; or
{   (c)   }        (iii) except as provided in Subsection (2),       as a golf course;

{   (12)   }        (l)       pipelines for the purpose of conducting any and all liquids connected with the

             84      manufacture of beet sugar; and
{   (13)   }        (m)       sites for mills, smelters or other works for the reduction of ores and necessary to

2.    Page 4, Line 97 :    

             97      reduction of ores.
  (2) Subsection (1)(k)(iii) does not apply to an exercise of eminent domain by the Department of Transportation to acquire property intended, in whole or in part, for use as a golf course if the property acquired by eminent domain is needed:

    (a)(i) to exchange for other real property that is devoted to or held for public use; and
    (ii) for a state transportation purpose; or
    (b) to mitigate the impacts of a public transportation project.  

The motion to amend passed unanimously with Rep. Briscoe, Rep. Cosgrove, Rep. Froerer, Rep. Gibson, Rep. Hutchings, and Rep. McIff absent for the vote.

Spoke for the bill:    Sterling Brown, Utah Farm Bureau

Spoke to the bill:    Lincoln Shurtz, Utah League of Cities and Towns

MOTION:    Rep. King moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Froerer and Rep. McIff absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Gibson moved to place HB364 on the Consent Calendar. The motion failed on a voice vote.

H.B. 381    Local Government Interfund Loans (Rep. J. Knotwell)

Rep. Knotwell explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke for the bill:    John Dougall, State Auditor

Spoke to the bill:    Arie Van De Graaff, Utah Association of Counties

MOTION:    Rep. Anderegg moved to pass the bill out favorably. The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:    Rep. Nielson moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed with Rep. Anderegg voting in opposition.

Chair Wilcox adjourned the meeting at 8:50 a.m.

Ryan D. Wilcox, chair