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H_AWN_2023A 04/17/2023 03:41:59 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, WATER & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 04/17/2023
Attendance
Holtorf X
Lindsay X
Lukens X
Lynch X
Martinez *
McLachlan X
Parenti X
Story X
Titone X
Velasco *
Winter T. X
Catlin X
McCormick X
Time 03:41:59 PM to 05:24:58 PM
Place HCR 0107
This Meeting was called to order by McCormick
This Report was prepared by Alexa Kelly
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB23-044 Referred to House Appropriations
SB23-177 Referred to House Appropriations
SB23-204 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB23-059 Referred to House Finance
SB23-005 Referred to House Appropriations

SB23-044 - Referred to House Appropriations


03:42:24 PM  
Representative McCormick, bill co-prime sponsor, introduced and gave opening comments on Senate Bill 23-044. The bill requires the state treasurer to transfer $540,000 from the General Fund to the Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Fund on September 1, 2023.
03:44:59 PM  
Representative Winter, bill co-prime sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
03:47:30 PM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
03:47:50 PM  
Dean Susan VandeWoude,
representing Colorado State University, testified in support of the bill.
 




Tyler Garrett,
representing Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, testified in support of the
bill.  




Dr. Will French,
representing Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, testified in support
of the bill.  




Dr. Kayla Henderson,
representing Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, testified in support
of the bill.  




The panel responded
to questions from the committee.
03:58:57 PM  
Mike Feeley, representing
Colorado State University, answered questions from the committee.  




Ali Mickelson,
representing ASPCA, testified in support of the bill.  




Dr. Callie Kuntz,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




The panelists
responded to questions from the committee.
04:05:47 PM  
Representative McCormick
read the testimony for Dr. Kelly Austin.    
04:09:18 PM  
Representative McCormick and Representative Winter gave closing comments.


04:12:30 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-044 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved McCormick
Seconded Winter T.
Holtorf Yes
Lindsay Yes
Lukens Yes
Lynch Yes
Martinez Excused
McLachlan Yes
Parenti Yes
Story Yes
Titone Yes
Velasco Yes
Winter T. Yes
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 12   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB23-177 - Referred to House Appropriations


04:15:47 PM  
Representative McCormick,
bill co-prime sponsor, introduced and gave opening comments on Senate Bill
23-177.  The bill appropriates a total of $69,830,000 from the Colorado
Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Construction Fund in the Department of
Natural Resources to the CWCB and the Division of Water Resources for specified
water-related projects. The bill also appropriates $25.2 million from the
Water Plan Implementation Cash Fund to the DNR. On July 1, 2023, the bill
transfers $54.0 million from the Severance Tax Perpetual Base Fund to the
CWCB Construction Fund.  
04:18:09 PM  
Representative Catlin,
bill co-prime sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
04:18:19 PM  
Daphne Gervais, representing
Colorado Department of Natural Resources, testified in support of the bill.
 




Mr. Richard Brown,
representing Pikes Peak Regional Water Authority, Upper Arkansas Water
Conservation District, and Colorado Water Congress, testified in support
of the bill.  




Mr. Lee Miller,
representing Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District, testified
in support of the bill.



04:26:08 PM  
Representative McCormick and Representative Catlin gave closing comments on the bill.


04:29:33 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-177 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved McCormick
Seconded Catlin
Holtorf Yes
Lindsay Yes
Lukens Yes
Lynch Yes
Martinez Excused
McLachlan Yes
Parenti Yes
Story Excused
Titone Yes
Velasco Yes
Winter T. Yes
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB23-204 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


04:30:24 PM  
Representative Pugliese,
bill sponsor, introduced and gave opening comments on Senate Bill 23-204.
 The bill corrects the end date for the property tax exemption for
agricultural equipment used in a controlled environment agricultural facility.
04:31:47 PM  
Representative Pugliese
gave closing comments on the bill.


04:33:21 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-204 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Titone
Seconded Story
Holtorf Yes
Lindsay Yes
Lukens Yes
Lynch Yes
Martinez Excused
McLachlan Yes
Parenti Excused
Story Yes
Titone Yes
Velasco Yes
Winter T. Yes
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB23-059 - Referred to House Finance


04:33:41 PM  
Representative McLachlan,
bill co-prime sponsor, introduced and gave opening comments on Senate bill
23-059.  The bill permits local governments to request that Colorado
Parks and Wildlife (CPW) charge up to a $2 fee, charged on a daily vehicle
pass, at a state park within the boundaries of the local government requesting
the fee beginning January 1, 2025. Annual or lifetime state park pass holders
would not be charged this fee. In addition, CPW must perform an annual
analysis of the net incremental cost of the collection and administration
of the fee. CPW must transfer the funds earned from charging to the fee
to the local government that requested the fee, minus the amount required
to perform the annual analysis.  
04:38:40 PM  
Representative Catlin,
bill co-prime sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
04:38:44 PM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
04:42:52 PM  
Daphne Gervais, representing
Colorado Department of Natural Resources, testified in a neutral position
on the bill.




Commissioner Amy
Mitchell, representing Park County, testified in support of the bill.  




Mr. Erik Stone,
representing Teller County, testified in support of the bill.




Commissioner Keith
Baker, representing Chaffee County, testified in support of the bill.  




Mr. Darrel Evig,
representing Park County Public Works, testified in support of the bill.
 




Archuleta County
Commissioner Warren Brown, representing themself, testified in support
of the bill.
05:00:13 PM  
Representative McLachlan
and Representative Catlin gave closing comments on the bill.


05:05:04 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-059 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved McLachlan
Seconded Catlin
Holtorf Excused
Lindsay Yes
Lukens Yes
Lynch Yes
Martinez Yes
McLachlan Yes
Parenti Excused
Story Yes
Titone Yes
Velasco Yes
Winter T. Yes
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB23-005 - Referred to House Appropriations


05:05:13 PM  
Representative Snyder, bill co-prime sponsor, introduced and gave opening comments on Senate Bill 23-005. The bill creates and expands timber, forest health, and wildfire mitigation workforce development and education programs.
05:09:30 PM  
Minority Leader Lynch, bill co-prime sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
05:09:53 PM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
05:12:42 PM  
Larimer County Commissioner
Jody Shadduck-McNally, representing Forest Health Council and Counties
& Commissioners Acting Together, testified in support of the bill.
 




Travis Smith,
representing Colorado Water Congress, testified in support of the bill.

05:21:18 PM  
Minority Leader Lynch
and Representative Snyder gave closing comments on the bill.


05:24:50 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-005 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Lynch
Seconded McLachlan
Holtorf Excused
Lindsay Yes
Lukens Yes
Lynch Yes
Martinez Yes
McLachlan Yes
Parenti Excused
Story Yes
Titone Yes
Velasco Yes
Winter T. Yes
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


05:24:58 PM   The committee adjourned.






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