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H_AGR_2017A 02/27/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & NATURAL RESOURCES

Date: 02/27/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:31 PM to 03:40 PM
Becker J.
X
Buck
X
Place: HCR 0107
Danielson
X
Esgar
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Hansen
X
Representative Arndt
Lebsock
X
Lewis
X
This Report was prepared by
McKean
X
Meghan O'Connor
Saine
X
Valdez
X
Willett
X
Mitsch Bush
X
Arndt
*
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
SB17-030

SB17-050

SB17-090
Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Referred to the Committee of the Whole





01:31 PM -- SB17-030



Representative Esgar, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-030, concerning the exemption from the schedules of controlled substances any anabolic steroid that is administered through injection into nonhuman species. The reengrossed bill allows for the administration of human chorionic gonadotropin licensed for animal use only, to cattle or other nonhuman species through implants or injections. Human chorionic gonadotropin is used to treat cows for cystic ovaries.



01:34 PM --
Dr. Leo Boyle, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), spoke in support of the bill.



01:37 PM --
Dr. Allison Flynn, Merk Animal Health, spoke in support of the bill. Dr. Flynn discussed the classification of the anabolic steroid and how that drug is administered. Dr. Flynn responded to questions from the committee regarding the fertilization of cattle after they have been treated with chorionic gonadotropin, whether the substance effects dairy products from the cattle.







01:43 PM



Representative Mitsch Bush closed public testimony, and Representative Esgar made closing comments on the bill.

BILL: SB17-030
TIME: 01:45:07 PM
MOVED: Esgar
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-030 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 13-0.
SECONDED: Saine
VOTE
Becker J.
Yes
Buck
Yes
Danielson
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Hansen
Yes
Lebsock
Yes
Lewis
Yes
McKean
Yes
Saine
Yes
Valdez
Yes
Willett
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Arndt
Yes
Final YES: 13 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



01:46 PM -- SB 17-050



Representative KC Becker and Representative Arndt, cosponsors presented Senate Bill 17-050, concerning the consolidation of grant programs relating to forest management. The reengrossed bill consolidates existing state grant programs related to forest management under the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and gives it the authority to spend unencumbered balances in certain cash funds. Representative Arndt read a letter of support from the Mountain Studies Institute into the record.



01:54 PM --
Madeline West, Department of Natural Resources, spoke in support of the bill and distributed a handout regarding state funding for forest restoration and wildfire risk mitigation (Attachment A). She also identified funding history for the Forest Health Restoration Grant and the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant. She stated that the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District and the Timber Association support the bill.



170227 AttachA.pdf170227 AttachA.pdf

















01:58 PM --
Mike Lester, State Forester, CSFS, spoke in support of the bill and discussed projects funded by Forest Health Restoration Grant and the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant. Mr. Lester responded to questions from the committee regarding the health of the state's forests. Mr. Lester discussed community fire protection plans and responded to further questions from the committee regarding the acreage of state forest land and the timbering industry.



02:11 PM --
Scott Segerstrom, Executive Director, Colorado Youth Corps Association, spoke in support of the bill.



02:14 PM --
Mike Morgan, Director, Colorado Division of Fire Protection and Control, spoke in support of the bill.



02:17 PM --
Megan Davis, Boulder County Commissioners Office, spoke in support of the bill.



02:20 PM -- Brett Wolk, Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, spoke in support of the bill.



02:25 PM



Representative Mitsch Bush closed public testimony, and Representatives Becker and Arndt made closing comments on the bill.

BILL: SB17-050
TIME: 02:26:31 PM
MOVED: Arndt
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-050 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 13-0.
SECONDED: Valdez
VOTE
Becker J.
Yes
Buck
Yes
Danielson
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Hansen
Yes
Lebsock
Yes
Lewis
Yes
McKean
Yes
Saine
Yes
Valdez
Yes
Willett
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Arndt
Yes
Final YES: 13 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







02:28 PM -- SB 17-090



Representative Mtsch Bush, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-090, concerning how to measure the level of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in industrial hemp. The reengrossed bill requires the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) to determine the level of THC in industrial hemp by measuring the combined concentration of THC and its precursor, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THC-A). The Colorado Constitution requires that industrial hemp contain a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.



02:33 PM --
Mitch Yergert, CDA, spoke in support of the bill and distributed a handout displaying the chemical makeup of THC and THC-A (Attachment B). Mr. Yergert responded to questions from the committee.



170227 AttachB.pdf170227 AttachB.pdf



02:38 PM --
Das Ellis, representing himself, spoke in opposition to the bill and distributed a copy of his comments to the committee (Attachment C). Mr. Ellis responded to questions from the committee.



170227 AttachC.pdf170227 AttachC.pdf



02:59 PM --
Robert Chase, Colorado Coalition on Patient Care, spoke in opposition to the bill.



03:06 PM --
Timothy Tipton, Rocky Mountain Caregivers, spoke in opposition to the bill.



03:12 PM



Mr. Yergert responded to questions from the committee regarding the difference between THC and THC-A, as well as the different methodologies used by CDA in testing for the presence of THC and THC-A.



03:16 PM



Duane Gall, Office of Legislative Legal Service, responded to questions from the committee concerning the constitutionality of the bill.





03:18 PM --
Jessica LeReux, representing herself, spoke in opposition of the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



03:36 PM --
Mark Angerhofer, representing himself, responded to questions from the committee.







03:38 PM



Representative Arndt closed public testimony, and Representative Mitsch Bush closed her comments on the bill.

BILL: SB17-090
TIME: 03:39:03 PM
MOVED: Mitsch Bush
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-090 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 12-0.
SECONDED: Esgar
VOTE
Becker J.
Yes
Buck
Yes
Danielson
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Hansen
Yes
Lebsock
Yes
Lewis
Excused
McKean
Yes
Saine
Yes
Valdez
Yes
Willett
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Arndt
Yes
Final YES: 12 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



03:39 PM



Representative Arndt announced that Senate Bill 17-109 would be laid over until March 6, 2017.



03:40 PM



The committee adjourned.




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