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H_ALW_2022A 04/11/2022 01:33:42 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & WATER
Date 04/11/2022
Attendance
Exum X
Holtorf *
Lindsay X
Lontine X
Pelton X
Roberts X
Titone X
Valdez D. X
Will *
Catlin *
McCormick X
Time 01:33:42 PM to 04:18:53 PM
Place HCR 0107
This Meeting was called to order by McCormick
This Report was prepared by Alexa Kelly
Hearing Items Action Taken
Presentation on Sustainable Agriculture Committee Discussion Only
SB22-114 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
SB22-158 Referred to House Appropriations

Presentation on Sustainable Agriculture - Committee Discussion Only


01:34:02 PM  
Dr. Peter Newton, Associate Professor, University
of Colorado Boulder, introduced himself and his presentation about evidence-based
sustainable food systems (Attachment A).
01:37:45 PM  

Dr. Newton discussed greenhouse gas emissions across the supply chain from various types of agricultural products and the environmental impact of local food systems.

01:39:29 PM  

Dr. Newton told the committee about the environmental impacts of organic agriculture and the benefits and trade-offs of practicing organic farming.

01:41:50 PM  

Dr. Newton spoke about genetically engineered crops and how these can increase yields and decrease insecticide use and increase farmer profits.

01:43:05 PM  
Dr. Newton responded
to questions from the committee about how to feed a growing population,
and about his research.  
01:57:54 PM  
Dr. Newton continued to respond to questions.
02:01:18 PM  
Ms. Lisa Blecker,
Colorado State University (CSU), introduced herself and her presentation
on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (Attachment B).
02:03:30 PM  
Ms. Blecker spoke about her background and qualifications on the topic.
02:08:21 PM  
Ms. Blecker gave the committee the definition of IPM and spoke how IPM is used and implemented.
02:09:54 PM  
Ms. Blecker told the committee about the guiding principles of IPM and the different stages of prevention and intervention.
02:13:52 PM  
Ms. Blecker discussed CSU Extension's approach to IPM recommendations and how pesticides fit into an IPM program.
02:16:07 PM  
Ms. Blecker gave
the committee a definition of pesticides and spoke about the federal laws
that governs pesticide use.  
02:19:28 PM  
Ms. Blecker told the committee about the mission and values of CSU's IPM Center and how they work to educate about pesticide use and management.
02:24:54 PM  
Ms. Blecker responded to questions about pesticide education.
02:32:49 PM  
Ms. Blecker answered a question from the committee about biological control and how it has evolved.



SB22-114 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


02:35:46 PM  
The committee took a brief recess.
02:41:43 PM  
The committee came back to order.
02:41:52 PM  
Representative Roberts, bill co-prime sponsor, introduced SB22-114. The bill allows a board of county commissioners to apply to the State Engineer in the Division of Water Resources in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the designation of a pond within the county as a fire suppression pond. Fire suppression ponds must be inspected annually by the county and fire protection district.
02:44:24 PM  
Representative Catlin, bill co-prime sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
02:48:06 PM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
02:48:17 PM  
Joan Green Turner, representing The Water Rights Association of the South Platte, testified to amend the bill. Tracy Kosloff, representing Division of Water Resources, testified in a neutral position on the bill. The panelists answered questions from the committee.
03:17:08 PM  
Questions for the previous panel continued.
03:20:35 PM  
Commissioner Greg Felt, representing Chaffee County, testified in support of the bill.
03:26:03 PM  
Commissioner Dick
Elsner, representing Park County and Colorado Counties, Incorporated (CCI),
testified in support of the bill.  La Plata Commissioner Marsha  Porter-Norton,
representing CCI, testified in support of the bill.  Daphne Gervais,
representing CCI, testified in support of the bill.  The panelists
responded to questions from the committee.  
03:41:31 PM  

Ms. Kathy Kitzmann, representing Aurora Water, testified in support of the bill.  Mr. Ralph Scanga, representing Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, testified against the bill. Peggy Montano, representing Northern Water, testified in support of the bill.

03:51:17 PM  

Representative Roberts introduced and spoke about amendment L.011 (Attachment C).



03:52:07 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.011
Moved Roberts
Seconded Catlin
Exum
Holtorf
Lindsay
Lontine
Pelton
Roberts
Titone
Valdez D.
Will
Catlin
McCormick
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:52:18 PM  
Representative Catlin and Representative Roberts gave final comments on the bill.
03:55:40 PM  
Committee members made final comments on the bill.


03:58:25 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-114, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Catlin
Seconded Roberts
Exum Yes
Holtorf No
Lindsay Yes
Lontine Yes
Pelton No
Roberts Yes
Titone Excused
Valdez D. Yes
Will Yes
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 2   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-158 - Referred to House Appropriations


03:58:34 PM  
The committee took a brief recess.
04:02:58 PM  
The committee came back to order.
04:03:08 PM  
Representative McCormick, bill co-prime
sponsor, introduced SB22-158. The bill appropriates $6.0 million from the
Species Conservation Trust Fund for programs submitted by the Director
of the Department of Natural Resources. The programs are designed to conserve
native species that are threatened or endangered under state or federal
law, or are likely to become candidate species as determined by the United
States Fish and Wildlife Service. The funds appropriated are available
in FY 2022-23 and remain available for the designated purposes until they
are fully spent.
04:04:17 PM  
Representative Will, bill co-prime sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
04:06:29 PM  
Alice Horgan, representing DNR, testified in support of the bill. Dianna Orf, representing Colorado Water Congress, testified in support of the bill. The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
04:15:31 PM  
Representative McCormick and Representative Will gave final comments on the bill.


04:18:38 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-158 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved McCormick
Seconded Will
Exum Yes
Holtorf Yes
Lindsay Yes
Lontine Yes
Pelton Yes
Roberts Yes
Titone Excused
Valdez D. Yes
Will Yes
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:18:53 PM   The committee adjourned.






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