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H_RAA_2020A 02/24/2020 11:33:10 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON RURAL AFFAIRS & AGRICULTURE
Date 02/24/2020
Attendance
Arndt X
Buentello X
Catlin *
Holtorf *
Pelton X
Titone X
Will *
Woodrow *
Young X
Valdez D. X
Roberts X
Time 11:33:10 AM to 01:15:26 PM
Place LSB A
This Meeting was called to order by Representative Roberts
This Report was prepared by Jimmy Reed
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB20-1223 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
SB20-025 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB20-1208 Referred to House Appropriations
SB20-002 Referred to House Appropriations
HB20-1184 Amended, referred to House Finance
HB20-1211 Referred to House Finance

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
11:33:11 AM
Representative Roberts called the meeting
to order.



HB20-1223 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


11:33:28 AM  

Representative Esgar, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 20-1223 to the committee.  The bill creates a rural arts grant program within the Creative Industries Division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade.  Representative Esgar responded to committee questions.

11:39:51 AM  

Jay Seller, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.  Jena Dickey, representing Arts for Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Travis Berry, representing the Colorado Competitive Council, testified in support of the bill.  Morgan Cullen, representing the Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill.  The panel responded to committee questions.

11:51:22 AM  
Deborah Jordy, representing the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), testified in support of the bill and responded to committee questions.
11:54:38 AM  
Representative Esgar discussed and distributed Amendment L.001 (Attachment A).


11:56:21 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A).
Moved Arndt
Seconded Valdez D.
Arndt
Buentello
Catlin Excused
Holtorf
Pelton
Titone
Will
Woodrow
Young
Valdez D.
Roberts
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:56:22 AM  

Representative Esgar made concluding remarks.  Committee members commented on the bill.



12:03:01 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1223, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Valdez D.
Seconded Titone
Arndt Yes
Buentello Yes
Catlin Excused
Holtorf Yes
Pelton No
Titone Yes
Will Yes
Woodrow Yes
Young Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-025 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


12:03:10 PM  

Representatives Esgar and Buentello, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 20-025 to the committee.  The bill gives flood control conservancy districts the authority to participate in artistic and beautification projects on waterways, and deems such projects to be current expenses of the districts.

12:05:34 PM  

Bud O'Hara, representing the Pueblo Conservancy District, testified in support of the bill and distributed a handout (Attachment B).  Cynthia Ramu, representing the Pueblo Levee Mural Project, testified in support of the bill.  Bonnie Waugh, representing the Pueblo Levee Mural Project, testified in support of the bill.  The panel responded to committee questions.

12:21:20 PM  

Representatives Esgar and Buentello made concluding remarks.  Committee members commented on the bill.



12:22:45 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-025 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Buentello
Seconded Valdez D.
Arndt Yes
Buentello Yes
Catlin Excused
Holtorf Yes
Pelton Yes
Titone Yes
Will Yes
Woodrow Yes
Young Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1208 - Referred to House Appropriations


12:23:13 PM  

Representatives Roberts and Will, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 20-1208 to the committee.  The bill continues the Coal Mine Board of Examiners in the Department of Natural Resources, which is scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2020.  Representatives Roberts and Will responded to committee questions.

12:25:59 PM  
Representatives Roberts and Will made concluding
remarks.


12:28:30 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1208 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Roberts
Seconded Will
Arndt Yes
Buentello Yes
Catlin Excused
Holtorf Yes
Pelton Yes
Titone Yes
Will Yes
Woodrow Yes
Young Yes
Valdez D. Excused
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB20-002 - Referred to House Appropriations


12:28:54 PM  

Representative McLachlan, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 20-002 to the committee.  The bill codifies the Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant Program in the Department of Local Affairs.  Representative McLachlan distributed two handouts (Attachments C and D) and responded to committee questions.

12:38:54 PM  

Rachel Harlow-Schalk, representing the Department of Local Affairs, testified on the bill.  Dianna Orf, representing the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified in support of the bill.  The panel responded to questions from the committee.

12:53:16 PM  

Representative McLachlan made concluding remarks.  Committee members commented on the bill.



12:55:29 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 20-002 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Valdez D.
Seconded Catlin
Arndt Yes
Buentello Yes
Catlin Yes
Holtorf Yes
Pelton Yes
Titone Yes
Will Excused
Woodrow Yes
Young Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1184 - Amended, referred to House Finance


12:56:08 PM  
Representatives Pelton and Buentello, co-prime
bill sponsors, presented House Bill 20-1184 to the committee.  The
bill continues the Commissioner of Agriculture's regulation of the Colorado
Seed Act, which is scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2020.  Representative
Pelton discussed and distributed Amendment L.001 (Attachment E).
12:58:45 PM  

Brad Erker, representing the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers, testified in support of the bill.  Jordan Beezley, representing the Colorado Department of Agriculture, testified in support of the bill.  The panel responded to committee questions.



01:04:34 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment E).
Moved Pelton
Seconded Buentello
Arndt
Buentello
Catlin
Holtorf
Pelton
Titone
Will Excused
Woodrow
Young
Valdez D.
Roberts
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
01:04:34 PM  

Representatives Buentello and Pelton made concluding remarks.  Committee members commented on the bill.



01:09:08 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1184, as amended, to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Pelton
Seconded Buentello
Arndt Excused
Buentello Yes
Catlin Yes
Holtorf Yes
Pelton Yes
Titone Yes
Will Excused
Woodrow Yes
Young Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB20-1211 - Referred to House Finance


01:09:22 PM  

Representatives D. Valdez and Holtorf, co-prime bill sponsors, presented House Bill 20-1211 to the committee.  The bill continues the licensing of egg dealers in the Department of Agriculture, which is scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2020.  Representatives Holtorf and D. Valdez responded to committee questions.

01:12:19 PM  

Hollis Glenn, representing the Colorado Department of Agriculture, testified in support of the bill.  Bill Scebig, representing the Colorado Egg Producers, testified in support of the bill.

01:13:36 PM  

Representatives Holtorf and D. Valdez made closing comments.



01:15:09 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 20-1211 to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Valdez D.
Seconded Holtorf
Arndt Yes
Buentello Yes
Catlin Yes
Holtorf Yes
Pelton Yes
Titone Yes
Will Excused
Woodrow Yes
Young Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


01:15:26 PM   The committee adjourned.






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