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S_AGR_2016A 04/28/2016 01:33:16 PM Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, & ENERGY

Date: 04/28/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:33 PM to 04:04 PM
Baumgardner
X
Cooke
X
Place: RM 271
Donovan
*
Garcia
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Hodge
X
Senator Sonnenberg
Jones
*
Scott
*
This Report was prepared by
Roberts
X
Meghan O'Connor
Sonnenberg
*
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
Conf 16-Colorado Tourism Office Board Of Directors

Conf 16-Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund Board

Conf 16-Parks And Wildlife Commission

HB16-1310

HB16-1430
Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent

Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent

Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent

Postponed Indefinitely

Postponed Indefinitely



01:33 PM -- Confirmation of Colorado Tourism Office Board Of Directors



Cathy Ritter, Director, Colorado Tourism Office Board, introduced herself to the committee and presented the Governor's appointees for the Colorado Tourism Office Board of Directors.



01:36 PM



Sonia Riggs of Denver, a representative of the food, beverage, and restaurant industry, reappointed for a term expiring June 1, 2018, introduced herself to the committee and discussed her experience and interest in serving on the board (Attachment A).



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01:38 PM



Michael May of Parker, a representative of the hotel, motel, and lodging industry, appointed for a term expiring June 1, 2018, discussed his experience and interest in serving on the board (Attachment A).



01:39 PM



Kieran Cane, of Lafayette, to serve as an at-large member from tourism-based industries, and occasioned by the resignation of Robert Stinchcomb of Lafayette, Colorado, appointed for a term expiring June 1, 2018, discussed his experience and interest in serving on the board (Attachment A).









01:39 PM



Andrea Fulton, of Wheat Ridge, to serve as a representative of private travel attractions and casinos, and occasioned by the resignation of Michael Andrew Dudick of Breckenridge, Colorado,

appointed for a term expiring June 1, 2016, discussed her experience and interest in serving on the board (Attachment A).



01:40 PM



Matthew Skinner, of Telluride, to serve as a representative of tourism-related transportation industries, reappointed for a term expiring June 1, 2019, discussed his experience and interest in serving on the board (Attachment A).



01:41 PM



The appointees responded to questions from the committee.

BILL: Conf 16-Colorado Tourism Office Board Of Directors
TIME: 01:42:04 PM
MOVED: Baumgardner
MOTION: Refer the appointment of Michael May, Kieran Cain, and Andrea Fulton and the reappointment of Matthew Skinner and Sonia Riggs to the Colorado Tourism Office Board Of Directors to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 7-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Garcia
Yes
Hodge
Yes
Jones
Yes
Scott
Excused
Roberts
Yes
Sonnenberg
Excused
Final YES: 7 NO: 0 EXC: 2 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS











01:42 PM -- Confirmation of Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund Board



Katherine Anne Cattanach of Denver, to serve as a Republican from the First Congressional District, appointed for a term expiring April 15, 2019, introduced herself to the committee and discussed her experience and her interest in serving on the board (Attachment B).



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01:49 PM



Hollie Jean Velasquez Horvath of Denver, a Democrat and resident of the First Congressional District, and occasioned by the resignation of Peggy E. Montano of Denver, Colorado, appointed for a term expiring April 15, 2017, introduced herself to the committee and discussed her experience and her interest in serving on the board (Attachment B). Ms. Horvath responded to questions from the committee.

BILL: Conf 16-Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund Board
TIME: 01:51:30 PM
MOVED: Roberts
MOTION: Refer the appointment of Hollie Velasquez Horvath and Katie Cattanach to the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund Board to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 8-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Garcia
Yes
Hodge
Yes
Jones
Yes
Scott
Excused
Roberts
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Final YES: 8 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



01:52 PM -- Confirmation of Parks And Wildlife Commission



Gaspar Perricone, Department of Natural Resources, discussed the role of the Parks and Wildlife Commission and introduced the Governor's appointments to the board. Mr. Perricone explained that William G. Kane of Basalt, to serve as a representative of outdoor recreation and utilizes parks resources, reappointed for a term expiring July 1, 2019, was unable to be present for the hearing.





01:53 PM



Christopher James Castilian of Denver, to serve as a representative of outdoor recreation and utilizes parks resources, reappointed for a term expiring July 1, 2019, discussed his experience and interest in serving on the commission (Attachment C).



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01:54 PM



John Vincent Howard of Boulder, to serve as a representative of sports persons, reappointed for a term expiring July 1, 2019, discussed his experience and interest in serving on the commission (Attachment C).

BILL: Conf 16-Parks And Wildlife Commission
TIME: 01:56:54 PM
MOVED: Roberts
MOTION: Refer the reappointment of Christopher Castilian, William Kane, and John Howard to the Parks And Wildlife Commission to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 7-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Garcia
Excused
Hodge
Yes
Jones
Yes
Scott
Excused
Roberts
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Final YES: 7 NO: 0 EXC: 2 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



01:57 PM -- HB 16-1310



Senator Carroll, sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1310, concerning liability for the conduct of oil and gas operations. With regard to litigation or arbitration, current law requires that the owner of surface property rights demonstrate that an oil and gas operator's use of the surface land in mineral development "materially interfered" with the surface owner's use of the land. This bill amends this standard to allow the owner of surface rights to demonstrate that the operator's oil and gas operations harmed the surface owner's use of the land, caused bodily injury to the surface owner or any person residing on the property, or damaged the surface property.





The following persons testified on the bill:



02:00 PM --
Tracee Bentley, Executive Director, Colorado Petroleum Council and American Petroleum Institute, spoke in opposition to the bill.



02:03 PM --
Dave Neslin, Colorado Petroleum Council, spoke in opposition to the bill and distributed a chart regarding Colorado's underground injection program (Attachment D). Mr. Neslin responded to questions regarding the handout he distributed.



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02:09 PM -- Brett Moore, National Association of Royalty Owners-Colorado, spoke in opposition to the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



02:12 PM --
Dan O'Connell, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, spoke in opposition to the bill.



02:15 PM --
Lee Mickus, Colorado Civil Justice League, spoke in opposition to the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



02:19 PM --
Jennifer Jones, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, spoke in opposition to the bill.



02:22 PM --
Jamie Jost, Colorado Oil and Gas Association, spoke in opposition to the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



02:26 PM --
Brent Boydson, Colorado Farm Bureau, spoke in opposition to the bill.



02:29 PM --
Matt Lepore, Director, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the Department of Natural Resources, spoke in opposition to the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



02:36 PM --
Richard Orf, Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, spoke in opposition of the bill.



02:37 PM --
Stan Dempsey, President, Colorado Petroleum Association, spoke in opposition to the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



02:43 PM --
Rich Coolidge, Vital for Colorado, spoke in opposition to the bill and distributed a letter in opposition from the chairman of Vital for Colorado (Attachment E).



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02:46 PM --
Sara Loflin, League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans, spoke in support of the bill.



02:49 PM --
Becky Long, Conservation Colorado, spoke in support of the bill.



02:53 PM --
Wes Wilson, Be the Change, spoke in support of the bill.









02:56 PM --
Phillip Doe, Environmental Director, Be the Change, spoke in support of the bill.



03:01 PM --
Kristi Douglas, representing herself, spoke in support of the bill.



03:05 PM --
Jason Warf, representing himself, spoke in support of the bill.



03:09 PM --
Greg Duran, representing himself, spoke in support of the bill.



03:11 PM



The chair closed the testimony phase, and Senator Carroll made concluding comments on the bill.

BILL: HB16-1310
TIME: 03:24:56 PM
MOVED: Jones
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1310 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion failed on a vote of 1-8.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
No
Cooke
No
Donovan
No
Garcia
No
Hodge
No
Jones
Yes
Scott
No
Roberts
No
Sonnenberg
No
YES: 1 NO: 7 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL
BILL: HB16-1310
TIME: 03:25:10 PM
MOVED: Roberts
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 16-1310 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 8-1.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Garcia
Yes
Hodge
Yes
Jones
No
Scott
Yes
Roberts
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Final YES: 8 NO: 1 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





03:25 PM -- HB 16-1430



Senator Hodge, sponsor, presented House Bill 16-1430, concerning the implementation of a recommendation of the Oil and Gas Task Force.



03:27 PM --
Jennifer Gamble, Adams County Communities for Drilling Accountability Now, spoke in support of the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



03:31 PM --
Jamie Jost, Colorado Oil and Gas Association, spoke in opposition to the bill.



03:35 PM --
Tracee Bentley, Colorado Petroleum Council, spoke in opposition to the bill.



03:36 PM --
Dave Neslin, Colorado Petroleum Council, spoke in opposition to the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



03:41 PM --
Dan O'Connell, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, spoke in opposition to the bill.



03:43 PM --
Kevin Doran, Legislative Liaison Adams County, spoke in support of the bill.



03:45 PM --
Stew Nyholm, representing himself spoke in support of the bill.



03:48 PM --
Stan Dempsey, Colorado Petroleum Association, spoke in opposition to the bill.



03:51 PM --
Sara Loflin, Executive Director, LOGIC, spoke in support of the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



03:54 PM --
Nick Colglazier, Colorado Competitive Council and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, spoke in opposition to the bill.



03:56 PM --
Matt Lepore, Director, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, in the Department of Natural Resources, stated that the administration has a neutral position on the bill.



03:58 PM --
Gregory Duran, representing himself, spoke in support of the bill.





04:02 PM



The chair closed the testimony phase, and Senator Hodge made concluding comments on the bill.

BILL: HB16-1430
TIME: 04:02:42 PM
MOVED: Hodge
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1430 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion failed on a vote of 4-5.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
No
Cooke
No
Donovan
Yes
Garcia
Yes
Hodge
Yes
Jones
Yes
Scott
No
Roberts
No
Sonnenberg
No
YES: 4 NO: 5 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL
BILL: HB16-1430
TIME: 04:03:17 PM
MOVED: Baumgardner
MOTION: Postpone House Bill 16-1430 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely. The motion passed on a vote of 5-4.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Baumgardner
Yes
Cooke
Yes
Donovan
No
Garcia
No
Hodge
No
Jones
No
Scott
Yes
Roberts
Yes
Sonnenberg
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 4 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



04:04 PM



The committee adjourned.




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