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H_AGR_2018A 04/23/2018 01:32:46 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 04/23/2018
Attendance
Becker J. X
Buck X
Catlin *
Danielson E
Hansen X
Jackson *
Lewis E
McKean E
Roberts X
Saine *
Valdez X
Esgar X
Arndt X
Time 01:32:46 PM to 02:05:12 PM
Place HCR 0107
This Meeting was called to order by Arndt
This Report was prepared by Meghan MacKillop
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB18-038 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
SB18-218 Referred to House Appropriations
SB18-205 Referred to the Committee of the Whole

SB18-038 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations

01:32:59 PM  

Representatives Willett and Esgar, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 18-038, concerning the expansion of the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater to include industrial hemp. This bill, recommended by the interim Water Resources Review Committee, codifies rules promulgated by the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) related to the allowable uses of reclaimed domestic wastewater, and expands allowable uses to include irrigation of industrial hemp.  In addition, the bill defines three categories of water quality standards.  The WQCC is required to promulgate new rules related to reclaimed wastewater no later than December 31, 2019.  Representative Esgar distributed and explained Amendments L.008 [Attachment A], L.009 [Attachment B], and L.010 [Attachment C].

01:38:27 PM  

Matt Becker, Legislative Council, responded to questions regarding the fiscal impact of the bill.

01:43:05 PM  

Dianna Orf, Colorado Water Congress, testified in support of the bill.



01:43:31 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.008
Moved Esgar
Seconded Valdez
Becker J.
Buck
Catlin Excused
Danielson Excused
Hansen
Jackson
Lewis Excused
McKean
Roberts
Saine
Valdez
Esgar
Arndt
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 3   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


01:43:50 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.009
Moved Esgar
Seconded Valdez
Becker J.
Buck
Catlin Excused
Danielson Excused
Hansen
Jackson
Lewis Excused
McKean
Roberts
Saine
Valdez
Esgar
Arndt
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 3   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


01:44:13 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.010
Moved Esgar
Seconded Valdez
Becker J.
Buck
Catlin Excused
Danielson Excused
Hansen
Jackson
Lewis Excused
McKean
Roberts
Saine
Valdez
Esgar
Arndt
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 3   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
01:44:14 PM  
Representatives Willett and Esgar made concluding comments on the bill.


01:45:47 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-038, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Esgar
Seconded Buck
Becker J. Yes
Buck Yes
Catlin Excused
Danielson Excused
Hansen Yes
Jackson Yes
Lewis Excused
McKean Excused
Roberts Yes
Saine Yes
Valdez Yes
Esgar Yes
Arndt Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 0   EXC: 4   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-218 - Referred to House Appropriations


01:46:41 PM  

Representative Arndt presented Senate Bill 18-218, concerning the funding of Colorado Water Conservation Board Projects.  The bill appropriates funds from the Colorado Water Conservation Board Construction Fund in the Department of Natural Resources for specific water-related projects in FY 2018-19 and makes several cash fund transfers. Appropriations are for FY 2018-19 only, but funds for most projects are available until fully expended.

01:48:07 PM  

Lauren Ris, Deputy Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), testified in support of the bill and discussed the projects mentioned in the bill.

01:50:39 PM  
Dianna Orf, Colorado Water Congress, testified in support of the bill.
01:51:19 PM  

Ms. Ris responded to questions from the committee regarding funding allocated for the dredging of existing reservoirs. Ms. Ris discussed grant funding that has been distributed from the CWCB construction fund.

01:54:49 PM  
Representative Arndt responded to questions from the committee regarding funding allocated for aquifer recharge projects in the South Platte River Basin.
01:56:02 PM  

Ms. Ris responded to questions regarding funding allocated for recreation and environmental projects, including a ditch diversion modification program and invasive phreatophyte removal projects. Ms. Ris also responded to questions regarding the Weather Modification Program.

01:58:57 PM  

Representative Arndt made concluding comments on the bill.



02:00:49 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-218 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Arndt
Seconded Jackson
Becker J. Yes
Buck Yes
Catlin Excused
Danielson Excused
Hansen Yes
Jackson Yes
Lewis Excused
McKean Excused
Roberts Yes
Saine No
Valdez Yes
Esgar Yes
Arndt Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 1   EXC: 4   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-205 - Committee Discussion Only


01:46:13 PM  
The chair laid the bill over until the end of the committee's agenda.



SB18-205 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:01:08 PM  
The committee recessed.
02:01:17 PM  
The committee came back to order.
02:02:42 PM  

Representatives Catlin and McClachlan presented Senate Bill 18-205, concerning concerning industrial hemp designation as an agricultural product.  This bill adds unprocessed industrial hemp seeds to the definition of a commodity, and industrial hemp to the definition of farm products.  A commodity handler for unprocessed industrial hemp seeds will be subject to licensing under the Commodity Handler Act.  A person acting as a dealer, small-volume dealer, or agent for industrial hemp stocks, leaves, clones, and flowers will be subject to licensing under the Farm Products Act.  Under current law, industrial hemp registration fees are based on the size and use of the land area on which the industrial hemp operations are conducted.  This bill authorizes the Commissioner of Agriculture to set fees sufficient to cover the direct and indirect costs of the Industrial Hemp Program.  There was no testimony on the bill.



02:04:22 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-205 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Catlin
Seconded Esgar
Becker J. Yes
Buck Yes
Catlin Yes
Danielson Excused
Hansen Yes
Jackson Excused
Lewis Excused
McKean Excused
Roberts Yes
Saine Yes
Valdez Yes
Esgar Yes
Arndt Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 0   EXC: 4   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


02:05:12 PM   Committee Adjourned






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