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H_ALW_2022A 04/18/2022 01:33:40 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & WATER
Date 04/18/2022
Attendance
Exum X
Holtorf X
Lindsay X
Lynch X
McLachlan X
Roberts X
Titone X
Valdez D. X
Will X
Catlin X
McCormick X
Time 01:33:40 PM to 03:53:26 PM
Place HCR 0107
This Meeting was called to order by McCormick
This Report was prepared by Alexa Kelly
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB22-167 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB22-1364 Referred to House Appropriations
SB22-166 Referred to House Finance

01:33:46 PM
Representative McLachlan
introduced two visiting guests.



SB22-167 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


01:34:13 PM  
Representative Duran, bill sponsor, introduced SB22-167. Under current law, breeders of racing greyhounds not intended to be companion pets are exempt from the requirements of the Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act. The bill repeals this exemption. The bill sponsor responded to questions from the committee.
01:40:43 PM  
Mr. Roland Halpern,
representing Colorado Voters For Animals, testified in support of the bill.
 Mrs. Ali Mickelson, representing Dumb Friends League, testified in
support of the bill.  Ms. Judy Calhoun, representing Animal Welfare
Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.  Mr. Halpern
responded to questions from the committee.
01:46:04 PM  
Fran Maes, representing self, testified in support of the bill.
01:53:06 PM  
Mr. Nick Fisher,
representing the Colorado Department of Agriculture, answered committee
questions.

Submitted written testimony can be found in Attachment A.
01:53:26 PM  
Representative Duran gave final comments on the bill.
01:56:12 PM  
Committee members made final comments on the bill.


01:59:36 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-167 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved McCormick
Seconded McLachlan
Exum Yes
Holtorf Yes
Lindsay Yes
Lynch Yes
McLachlan Yes
Roberts Yes
Titone Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Will No
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB22-1364 - Referred to House Appropriations


01:59:49 PM  
Representative Cutter,
bill co-prime sponsor, introduced HB22-1364.
Under
current law, the food pantry assistance grant program in the Department
of Human Services is set to repeal on June 30, 2023. The bill extends the
grant program through July 1, 2028.  The bill expands the scope of
the grant program in three ways. First, it makes hunger-relief charitable
organizations eligible to receive grants. Second, it allows $100,000 to
be awarded annually to a nonprofit entity to provide technical assistance
to a grant recipient for training food pantries and assisting in locating
and purchasing Colorado agricultural products. Finally, it broadens the
kinds of agricultural products that may be purchased with grant money,
to include: products sold by indigenous people in Colorado and neighboring
states; products that hold cultural significance for indigenous people;
and locally or regionally produced products grown, raised, or processed
less than 400 miles away from where the grant recipient is located.
 
 
02:02:31 PM  
Representative Soper,
bill co-prime sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
02:02:46 PM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from committee members.
02:15:39 PM  
Questions about the
bill continued.




A handout was distributed to the committee from Hunger Free Colorado (Attachment
B)
.
02:22:27 PM  
Ms. Ashley Wheeland,
representing Hunger Free Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Ms.
Veronica Perez, representing Growing Home, testified in support of the
bill.  Maya McDowell, representing Growing Home, testified in support
of the bill.  Justina Potter, representing self, testified in support
of the bill.  Ms. Wheeland responded to questions from the committee.
02:39:55 PM  
Mr. Alexander Hernandez-Ball, representing Sister Carmen Community Center, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Roberto Meza, representing self, testified in support of the bill. Meighen Lovelace, representing Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger, testified in support of the bill. Mrs. Trudie Biggers, representing Life Inter-Faith Team on Unemployment and Poverty, testified in support of the bill. The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
03:08:42 PM  
Questions for the previous panel continued.
03:09:00 PM  
Mr. James Gillespie,
representing Servicios de La Raza, testified in support of the bill.  Larry
Martinez, representing Denver Inner City Parish, testified in support of
the bill.  Mr. Gillespie answered questions from the committee.  


Submitted written testimony can be found in Attachment C.
03:19:16 PM  
Representative Soper and Representative Cutter gave closing comments on the bill.
03:26:24 PM  
Committee members made final comments on the bill.


03:31:05 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1364 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved McCormick
Seconded Valdez D.
Exum Yes
Holtorf No
Lindsay Yes
Lynch No
McLachlan Yes
Roberts Yes
Titone Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Will Yes
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB22-166 - Referred to House Finance


03:31:15 PM  
The committee took
a recess.
03:33:19 PM  
The committee reconvened.
03:36:11 PM  
Representative Will, bill co-prime sponsor, introduced SB22-166. This bill reauthorizes the voluntary contribution designation (income tax checkoff) benefitting the Colorado Nongame Conservation and Wildlife Restoration Fund and extends the voluntary contribution indefinitely. Money in the fund is used to support wildlife rehabilitation and preservation of threatened and endangered species in the state through Colorado Parks and Wildlife programs. Under current law, the income tax checkoff will be available through tax year 2021.
03:37:04 PM  
Representative McCormick, bill co-prime sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.


03:52:57 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-166 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved McCormick
Seconded Will
Exum Yes
Holtorf Yes
Lindsay Yes
Lynch Yes
McLachlan 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


03:53:26 PM   The committee adjourned.






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