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H_ALW_2022A 04/21/2022 02:53:51 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & WATER
Date 04/21/2022
Attendance
Holtorf *
Lindsay X
Lontine X
McLachlan X
Pelton X
Roberts X
Titone X
Valdez D. X
Will *
Catlin *
McCormick X
Time 02:53:51 PM to 04:58:12 PM
Place HCR 0107
This Meeting was called to order by McCormick
This Report was prepared by Alexa Kelly
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB22-1382 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
HB22-1379 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
SB22-028 Amended, referred to House Appropriations

HB22-1382 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


02:54:44 PM  

Representative McCluskie, bill sponsor, introduced HB22-1382. The bill creates the Colorado Dark Sky Designation Technical Assistance Grant Program in the Colorado Tourism Office to provide technical assistance grants to applicants applying to the International Dark-Sky Association to have a community or place designated as an International Dark Sky Place. It transfers and continuously appropriates $35,000 from the General Fund to the Colorado Travel and Tourism Additional Source Fund to implement the bill.

02:57:58 PM  
The bill sponsor responded to questions from the committee.
02:58:08 PM  

Mr. Aaron Watson, representing Colorado Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Debra Stueber, representing West End Dark Sky Alliance, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Andrew Grossmann, representing Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade, was available to answer committee questions.

03:12:36 PM  

The panelists responded to questions from the committee.

Submitted written testimony can be found in Attachment A.

03:19:29 PM  
Representative McCluskie
introduced L.001 (Attachment B).  Committee members asked questions
about the amendment.  


03:20:14 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Titone
Seconded Valdez D.
Holtorf
Lindsay
Lontine
McLachlan
Pelton
Roberts
Titone
Valdez D.
Will Excused
Catlin
McCormick
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:20:15 PM  
Representative McCluskie gave final comments on the bill.
03:20:37 PM  
Committee members made final comments on the bill.


03:29:43 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1382, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved McLachlan
Seconded Valdez D.
Holtorf No
Lindsay Yes
Lontine Yes
McLachlan Yes
Pelton No
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



HB22-1379 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


03:29:51 PM  

The committee took a brief recess.

03:29:52 PM  

The committee came back to order.

03:32:02 PM  

Representative McCormick, bill co-prime sponsor, introduced HB22-1379. The bill makes the following transfers totaling $20.0 million from the Economic Recovery and Relief Cash Fund:

  • $3.0 million to the Healthy Forests and Vibrant Communities Fund in the Colorado State Forest Service to support wildfire risk mitigation and watershed resilience;
  • $2.0 million to the Wildfire Mitigation Capacity Development Fund in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for wildfire mitigation and fuel reduction projects; and
  • $15.0 million to the Colorado Water Conservation Board Construction Fund in the DNR for watershed restoration and flood mitigation project grants, administering the grant program, and to provide grants and assistance in applying for grants to local governments.

Expenditures from the funds must adhere to the relevant compliance, reporting, record-keeping, and program evaluation requirements established by the Office of State Planning and Budgeting and the State Controller.

03:35:40 PM  
Scott Sergerstrom,
representing Colorado Youth Corps Association, testified in support of
the bill. Mr. Josh Kuhn, representing Conservation Colorado, testified
in support of the bill.  Ben Tisdel, representing Counties and Commissioners
Acting Together (CCAT), testified in a neutral position on the bill.  Mr.
Matt Jones, representing CCAT and Boulder County, testified in support
of the bill.  The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
03:53:42 PM  
Kelly Romero-Heaney, representing Department of Natural Resources, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Esther Vincent, representing Northern Water, testified to amend the bill. Commissioner Richard Cimino, representing Grand County, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Sean Chambers, representing City of Greeley and Cameron Peak Wildfire Recovery Collaborators, testified in support of the bill. Commissioner Cimino and Ms. Romero-Heaney responded to questions from the committee.
04:15:59 PM  

Representative McCormick introduced and discussed amendment L.001 (Attachment C).



04:16:33 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved McCormick
Seconded Valdez D.
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
04:16:34 PM  
Representative McCormick and Representative Catlin gave final comments on the bill.


04:20:41 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1379, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Catlin
Seconded McCormick
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



SB22-028 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


04:20:49 PM  
Representative Catlin,
bill co-prime sponsor, introduced SB22-028.
This
bill creates the Groundwater Compact Compliance and Sustainability Fund
for groundwater compact compliance and groundwater resource sustainability
and conservation purposes. The fund will be administered by the Colorado
Water Conservation Board (CWCB) in the Department of Natural Resources
(DNR) and is subject to annual appropriation. Funds may include appropriations
or transfers by the General Assembly; funds from federal sources; and gifts,
grants, and donations.
 
04:21:49 PM  
Representative Roberts, bill co-prime sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
04:24:55 PM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
04:26:36 PM  
Kelly Romero-Heaney, representing DNR, testified
in support of the bill.  Marisa Fricke, representing Rio Grande Water
Conservation District, testified in support of the bill.  Aaron Sprague,
representing Republican River Water Conservation District, testified in
support of the bill.  The panelists responded to questions from the
committee.
04:39:23 PM  
David Robbins, representing
Hill and Robbins, answered questions from the committee.
04:44:13 PM  
Representative Roberts introduced and spoke
about amendment L.002 (Attachment D) and amendment L.001 (Attachment E).
 Committee members asked questions about the amendments.


04:48:14 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


04:48:48 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 as amended
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
04:49:02 PM  
Representative Catlin and Representative Roberts gave final comments on the bill.
04:52:04 PM  
Committee members made final comments on the bill.


04:58:02 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-028, 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 Yes
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


04:58:12 PM   The committee adjourned.






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