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H_AGR_2018A 04/02/2018 01:32:06 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 04/02/2018
Attendance
Becker J. X
Buck X
Catlin X
Danielson X
Hansen X
Jackson X
Lewis E
McKean X
Roberts X
Saine X
Valdez X
Esgar X
Arndt *
Time 01:32:06 PM to 03:58:28 PM
Place HCR 0107
This Meeting was called to order by Arndt
This Report was prepared by Meghan MacKillop
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB18-1301 Referred to House Finance
SB18-188 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB18-187 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB18-1295 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole

HB18-1301 - Referred to House Finance

01:33:06 PM  

Representatives Roberts and McLachlan, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 18-1301, concerning the protection of water quality from adverse impacts caused by mineral mining. Representatives McLachlan and Roberts distributed a letter in support of the bill from the San Juan Board of County Commissioners [Attachment A], a list of organizations supporting the bill [Attachment B], a letter in support of the bill from the Gunnison County Board of Commissioners [Attachment C], and a letter in support of the bill from the La Plata County Board of Commissioners [Attachment D]. Additionally, a resolution in support of the bill from the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners was emailed to committee members prior to the meeting [Attachment E].

01:41:40 PM  
Under current law, mining operators must adopt and execute a reclamation plan for the land affected by mining operations. The bill requires that mining operators include additional information in annual reclamation plans submitted to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and that all reclamation bonds contain financial assurances sufficient to ensure water quality protection, treatment, and monitoring. Representatives Roberts and McLachlan responded to questions from the committee.
01:45:20 PM  
The following persons testified remotely on the bill:
01:45:39 PM  
Cindy Medina, Alamosa Riverkeeper, testified in support of the bill.
01:48:59 PM  
Bennet Boeschenstein, representing himself, testified in support of the bill and discussed his experience as the former planning director for the City of Grand Junction.
01:51:44 PM  

Erin Riccio, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

01:54:26 PM  
Jennifer Mueller, Yurstead Farm, testified in support of the bill.
01:57:34 PM  
Joe Heflin, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
01:59:06 PM  
Mark Waltermire, Thistle Whistle Farms,
testified in support of the bill.
02:01:29 PM  
Luke Danielson, Sustainable Development Strategies Group, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Danielson responded to questions from the committee regarding the Summit Mill mining spill and the use of bonds to remediate capped mines.
02:09:15 PM  
Ben Bloodworth, representing himself, read a letter in support of the bill from Ned Meyers.
02:10:48 PM  
Dick White, City of Durango, testified in support of the bill.
02:14:49 PM  
James Wilkes, Mountain Waters Rafting and Adventure Company, testified in support of the bill.
02:17:52 PM  
Julie Westendorff, La Plata County, testified in support of the bill.
02:21:56 PM  
Liane Jollon, San Juan Basin Public Health, testified in support of the bill.
02:25:20 PM  
Peter McKay, San Juan County, testified in support of the bill.
02:26:47 PM  
Travis Stills, Energy and Conservation Law, testified in support of the bill.
02:30:42 PM  
Scott Fetchenhier, San Juan County, testified in support of the bill.
02:33:43 PM  
Dean Brookie, City of Durango, testified in support of the bill.
02:36:14 PM  

The following persons testified at the committee hearing:

02:37:29 PM  
Tony Waldron, Division of Mine Reclamation and Safety, stated that DRMS has not taken a position on the bill and responded to questions regarding reclamation bonds.
02:42:59 PM  
Bill Skewes, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, testified in opposition to the bill.
02:44:36 PM  
Dianna Orf, Colorado Mining Assocation and Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified in opposition to the bill.
02:47:42 PM  
Stan Dempsey, Colorado Mining Association, testified in opposition to the bill.
02:50:01 PM  
Mr. Skewes responded to questions from the committee regarding how many mining companies are represented by CACI. Mr. Dempsey also responded to questions from the committee regarding the bill.
02:53:10 PM  

Chris Treese, Colorado River District, testified on the bill.

02:55:21 PM  
Rebecca Meyers, Earthworks, testified in support of the bill.
02:58:18 PM  
Jeff Parsons, Western Mining Action Project, testified in support of the bill.
03:00:04 PM  
Mr. Parsons responded to questions from the committee regarding the bonding requirements for reclamation and water treatment.
03:05:28 PM  
Representatives Roberts and McLachlan made concluding comments regarding the bill.


03:11:36 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1301 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Roberts
Seconded Jackson
Becker J. No
Buck No
Catlin Excused
Danielson Yes
Hansen Yes
Jackson Yes
Lewis Excused
McKean No
Roberts Yes
Saine No
Valdez Yes
Esgar Yes
Arndt Yes
Final YES: 7   NO: 4   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-188 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


03:12:40 PM  
Representatives J. Becker and Arndt, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 18-188, concerning the addition of millet to the definition of agriculture commodity in the Colorado Agricultural Marketing Act. Representatives Becker and Arndt responded to questions from the committee.


03:17:06 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-188 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Saine
Seconded McKean
Becker J. Yes
Buck Yes
Catlin Excused
Danielson Yes
Hansen Yes
Jackson Yes
Lewis Excused
McKean Yes
Roberts Yes
Saine Yes
Valdez Yes
Esgar Yes
Arndt Yes
YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:17:27 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-188 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Saine
Seconded McKean
Becker J. Yes
Buck Yes
Catlin Excused
Danielson Yes
Hansen Yes
Jackson Yes
Lewis Excused
McKean Yes
Roberts Yes
Saine Yes
Valdez Yes
Esgar Yes
Arndt Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-187 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole




03:19:52 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-187 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Jackson
Seconded Becker J.
Becker J. Yes
Buck Yes
Catlin Excused
Danielson Yes
Hansen Yes
Jackson Yes
Lewis Excused
McKean Yes
Roberts Yes
Saine Yes
Valdez Yes
Esgar Yes
Arndt Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1295 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


03:20:06 PM  
The committee recessed.
03:20:37 PM  
The committee came back to order.
03:23:41 PM  
Representative Salazar, sponsor, presented House Bill 18-1295, concerning modifications to the Colorado Food and Drug Act to allow products containing industrial hemp and establishing that products containing industrial hemp are not adulterated or misbranded by virtue of containing industrial hemp. The bill modifies the act to establish that food and cosmetics are not adulterated because they contain industrial hemp, which codifies a current policy of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). It also removes the term "cannabis" from the list of substances whose inclusion in a drug or device is deemed misbranded. Representative Salazar responded to questions from the committee.
03:32:39 PM  
Jeff Lawrence, CDPHE, testified in a neutral position on the bill and discussed a possible amendment to the bill.
03:33:20 PM  
Hunter Ruffington, Colorado Hemp Association, testified in a neutral position to the bill and discussed her concerns with the bill.
03:36:16 PM  
Tim Gordon, Colorado Hemp Association, testified in support of the bill.
03:36:47 PM  
Samantha Walso, Colorado Hemp Round Table, testified in support of the bill.
03:37:10 PM  

Grant Orvis, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

03:39:08 PM  

Garrett Graff, representing himself, testified in a neutral position to the bill.

03:42:06 PM  
Mr. Graff responded to questions from the committee.
03:42:24 PM  

Representative Salazar distributed Amendment L.001 [Attachment F].

03:43:34 PM  
Mr. Graff continued to respond to questions from the committee.
03:44:29 PM  
Veronica Carpio, Grow Hemp Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:46:30 PM  
Luke Johnson, Cloud CO Farms, testified in support of the bill.
03:47:42 PM  
Dawn Greene, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:49:11 PM  
Erik Johnson, Cloud CO Farms, testified in support of the bill.
03:50:24 PM  
Craig Brand, Follium Biosciences, testified in support of the bill.
03:54:17 PM  
Representative discussed Amendment L.001.


03:55:24 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Esgar
Seconded McKean
Becker J.
Buck
Catlin
Danielson
Hansen
Jackson
Lewis Excused
McKean
Roberts
Saine
Valdez
Esgar
Arndt
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:55:25 PM  
Representative Salazar made concluding comments regarding the bill.


03:57:52 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1295, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Esgar
Seconded Saine
Becker J. Yes
Buck Yes
Catlin Yes
Danielson Yes
Hansen Yes
Jackson Yes
Lewis Excused
McKean Yes
Roberts Yes
Saine Yes
Valdez Yes
Esgar Yes
Arndt Yes
Final YES: 12   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:58:28 PM   Committee Adjourned






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