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H_ALW_2022A 02/28/2022 01:34:01 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & WATER
Date 02/28/2022
Attendance
Holtorf X
Lindsay X
Lontine *
McLachlan X
Pelton X
Roberts X
Titone X
Valdez D. X
Will X
Catlin X
McCormick X
Time 01:34:01 PM to 03:39:59 PM
Place HCR 0107
This Meeting was called to order by McCormick
This Report was prepared by Alexa Kelly
Hearing Items Action Taken
SJR22-002 Committee Discussion Only
HB22-1151 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
HB22-1148 Amended, referred to House Appropriations

SJR22-002 - Committee Discussion Only


01:34:50 PM  
Representative McCormick, bill co-prime
sponsor, introduced SJR22-002.  The resolution is concerning the approval
of water project revolving eligibility lists administered by the Colorado
Water Resources and Power Development Authority.
01:36:14 PM  
Representative Catlin, bill co-prime sponsor,
gave opening comments on the bill.
01:37:13 PM  
Mr. Keith McLaughlin, representing Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, testified in support of the bill. Heather Stauffer, representing Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill.
01:40:32 PM  
Representative McCormick gave final comments on the bill.


01:44:35 PM
Motion To the full House
Moved McCormick
Seconded Valdez D.
Holtorf Yes
Lindsay Yes
Lontine Yes
McLachlan Yes
Pelton Yes
Roberts Yes
Titone Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Will Yes
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1151 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


01:45:04 PM  
Representative Catlin, bill co-prime sponsor,
introduced HB22-1151. Before July 1, 2023, the bill requires the Colorado
Water Conservation Board (CWCB) in the Department of Natural Resources
(DNR) to develop a turf replacement program to incentivize the voluntary
replacement of nonessential irrigated turf on residential, commercial,
institutional or industrial properties.

A local government, special district, Native American tribe or nonprofit
organization that already administers or plans to administer a turf replacement
program may apply for matching funds from the state program.

The CWCB must create rules for the program, including application forms
and deadlines for eligible entities, and the responsibilities of any third
party contractors. The bill creates the Turf Replacement Fund in the Treasury
for administration by CWCB.
01:52:29 PM  
Representative Roberts, bill co-prime sponsor,
gave opening comments on the bill.  He distributed a handout to the
committee (Attachment A).
01:53:00 PM  
Committee members asked questions about the bill.
02:04:39 PM  
Questions continued.
02:04:57 PM  
Ms. Laura Belanger, representing Western Resource Advocates, testified in support of the bill. Mrs. Kate Larson, representing Resource Central, testified in support of the bill. Lauren Ris, representing Colorado Water Conservation Board, testified in a neutral position on the bill. The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
02:15:31 PM  
Ms. Dena Egenhoff, representing City of
Greeley Water and Sewer Department, testified in support of the bill. Mr.
Zane Kessler, representing Colorado River Water Conservation District,
testified in support of the bill. The panelists responded to questions
from the committee.
02:28:31 PM  
Mr. Terry Fankhauser, representing Colorado Cattlemen's Association, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Brian Morrison, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Heather Stauffer, representing Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Don Ireland, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
02:38:20 PM  
Representative Roberts
spoke about amendments L.001 (Attachment B) and L.002 (Attachment C).  



02:41:28 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Roberts
Seconded Holtorf
Holtorf
Lindsay
Lontine
McLachlan
Pelton
Roberts
Titone
Valdez D.
Will
Catlin
McCormick
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:42:25 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Roberts
Seconded Lontine
Holtorf
Lindsay
Lontine
McLachlan
Pelton
Roberts
Titone
Valdez D.
Will
Catlin
McCormick
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:42:26 PM  
Representative Roberts and Representative Catlin gave final comments on the bill. Committee members made comments on the bill.


02:52:02 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1151, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Catlin
Seconded Roberts
Holtorf Yes
Lindsay Yes
Lontine Yes
McLachlan Yes
Pelton Yes
Roberts Yes
Titone Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Will Yes
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1148 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


02:52:12 PM  
The committee took a brief recess.
02:52:13 PM  

The committee came back to order.

02:53:05 PM  
Representative Roberts, bill co-prime sponsor,
introduced HB22-1148. The bill requires that the Colorado Water Conservation
Board (CWCB) implement one or more pilot programs using remote camera technology
to detect, identify, or confirm the existence of wildfires in the wildland-urban
interface. It specifies parameters for the pilot program, and further directs
agencies of state and local governments to provide information, assistance,
and site access as necessary for the program’s implementation. The CWCB
must implement the pilot program by April 2023, and annually report on
the program(s) to the Wildfire Matters Review Committee beginning in August
2023. The pilot program repeals on September 1, 2026 following a sunset
review by the Department of Regulatory Agencies.
03:02:50 PM  
Representative Catlin, bill co-prime sponsor,
made opening comments on the bill.
03:03:10 PM  
Bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
03:05:48 PM  
Dr. Neal Driscoll,
representing Scripps Institute of Oceanography and ALERT Wildfire, testified
in support of the bill.  Mr. Dennis Eulberg, representing Colorado
Professional Fire Fighters, testified in support of the bill.  Dr.
Driscoll responded to questions from the committee.  
03:21:00 PM  
Dr. Driscoll continued to respond to questions.
03:21:35 PM  
Alice Horgan, representing
the Department of Natural Resources, testified to amend the bill.  Mike
Morgan, representing the Department of Public Safety, testified to amend
the bill.  Director Ben Miller, representing Center of Excellence
and the Division of Fire Prevention and Control, was available to answer
committee questions.  The panelists responded to questions from the
committee.
03:28:38 PM  
Mrs. Becky Brooks,
representing ALERT Wildfire Cameras, testified in support of the bill.
03:33:33 PM  

Representative Roberts spoke about amendment L.002 (Attachment D).



03:34:21 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Roberts
Seconded Catlin
Holtorf
Lindsay
Lontine
McLachlan
Pelton
Roberts
Titone
Valdez D.
Will
Catlin
McCormick
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:35:43 PM  
Representative Roberts and Representative Catlin gave final comments on the bill.
03:35:57 PM  
Committee members made final comments on the bill.


03:39:49 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1148, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Roberts
Seconded Catlin
Holtorf Yes
Lindsay Yes
Lontine Yes
McLachlan Yes
Pelton Yes
Roberts Yes
Titone Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Will Excused
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:39:59 PM   The committee adjourned.






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