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S_AGR_2021A 04/15/2021 01:31:32 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 04/15/2021
Attendance
Coram X
Fields X
Sonnenberg X
Danielson *
Donovan X
Time 01:31:32 PM to 05:57:03 PM
Place Old Supreme Court
This Meeting was called to order by Donovan
This Report was prepared by Vanessa Reilly
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 21-Water Resources And Power Development Authority — Colorado Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
HB21-1008 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB21-1045 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB21-1046 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB21-184 Postponed Indefinitely
HB21-1148 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Conf 21-Water Resources And Power Development Authority — Colorado - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:32:09 PM  
Eric Wilkinson and Patricia Wells, appointees to the Water Resources and Power Development Authority, appeared remotely. Mr. Wilkinson and Ms. Wells introduced themselves, and described their backgrounds and interest in serving on the Authority.


01:42:55 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Eric Wilkinson, Patricia Wells to the Conf 21-Water Resources And Power Development Authority — Colorado to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Fields
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Excused
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1008 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


01:43:22 PM  

Senators Cooke and Hansen presented House Bill 21-1008 to the committee.  The bill establishes a new form of intergovernmental agreement to finance forest health projects and extends the authorization for the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority to finance such projects. The bill sponsors responded to committee questions.

01:49:34 PM  

Robert Cole, representing Southwestern Wildfire Impact Fund, testified in support of the bill.  Dianna Orf, representing Colorado water congress, testified in support of the bill. The witness panel responded to committee questions.

01:56:12 PM  

Matt Scherr, representing Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in support of the bill. Commissioner Matt Jones, representing Counties & Commissioners Acting Together, testified in support of the bill.  Ben Tisdel, representing CCAT, testified in support of the bill. Dee Wisor, representing self, testified in support of the bill. Keith McLaughlin, representing Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, testified in support of the bill.

02:08:15 PM  

Evan Goulding, representing Special District Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Dean Brookie, representing City of Durango and Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill. Marc-Antoine Hanson, representing himself, testified in support of the bill. Mike Lester, representing Colorado State Forest Service, testified in a neutral position on the bill.



02:21:46 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1008 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-184 - Committee Discussion Only


02:22:08 PM  
Committee recessed.
02:23:52 PM  
Came back to order.



HB21-1045 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:25:09 PM  
Senator Fields presented
House Bill 21-1045 to the committee, along with amendment L.002 (Attachment
A).  This bill creates a new
cash
fund to support emergency measures to control pests and authorizes the
Agriculture Commissioner to participate in specific pest control measures.


02:28:09 PM  
Wondirad Gebru, representing Colorado Department of Agriculture, testified in support of the bill. Laura Pottorff, representing Colorado Department of Agriculture, testified in support of the bill. Commissioner Keith Baker, representing Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI), testified in support of the bill. Heather Stauffer, representing Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill. The witness panel responded to committee questions.


02:49:50 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Fields
Seconded
Coram
Fields
Sonnenberg
Danielson
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:49:55 PM  
Senator Fields gave closing comments on the bill.


02:53:00 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1045, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Fields
Seconded
Coram No
Fields Yes
Sonnenberg No
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1046 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:54:02 PM  
Senators Sonnenberg
and Fields presented House Bill 21-1046.  The bill establishes statutory
presumptions concerning the operations of mutual ditch corporations.

02:56:58 PM  
Andrew Jones, representing Consolidated Ditches, testified in support of the bill. Dianna Orf, representing Colorado water congress, testified in support of the bill.Mr. Daniel Brown, representing Cache La Poudre Water Users Association, testified in support of the bill.


03:08:07 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1046 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-184 - Postponed Indefinitely


03:08:44 PM  
Senators Story and
Danielson presented Senate Bill 21-184 to the committee.  The bill
updates the Ski Safety Act of 1979 and places new requirements on ski area
operators for safety planning, and injury and accident reporting.  Written
testimony on the bill is included as Attachment B.
03:30:22 PM  
Kim Hart, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:35:54 PM  
Danilda Polanco, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:36:15 PM  
Russ Rizzo, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
03:39:22 PM  
Stan Gale, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
03:43:31 PM  
Stefanie Stevenson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:50:38 PM  
Lynda Weston Taylor, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:59:03 PM  
Chris Arnis, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:00:33 PM  
Mark Stangl, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:09:15 PM  
Dan Vedra, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:09:22 PM  
Joe Craig, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:13:21 PM  
Dr. Dan Gregorie, representing SnowSport Safety Foundation, testified in support of the bill.
04:16:18 PM  
Sydney Ayers, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
04:25:48 PM  
Jack Rizzo, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:27:40 PM  
Kate Rizzo, representing self, testified in support of the bill.
04:32:25 PM  
John Langdon, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:32:44 PM  
Don Fisher, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:34:03 PM  
Lisa Case, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
04:37:02 PM  
Randy White, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:45:29 PM  
Pat Campbell , representing Vail Resorts, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:49:25 PM  
Rana Dershowitz, representing Aspen Skiing Company, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:52:45 PM  
Melanie Mills, representing Colorado Ski Country USA, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:02:45 PM  
Larisa Wilder, representing Parents for Safe Skiing, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:02:53 PM  
Chris Romer, representing Vail Valley Partnership, Tourism Industry Association of Colorado, Denver Metro Chamber, Colorado Chamber, Colorado Competitive Council, Colorado Housing and Lodging Association, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:06:42 PM  
Jordan Lipp, representing Colorado Civil Justice League, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:19:37 PM  
Mont Hubbard, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
05:21:08 PM  
Scott Streeb, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
05:26:37 PM  
Louise Ingalls, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
05:26:44 PM  
Evan Stafford, representing
himself, testified in support of the bill.
05:31:23 PM  
Ray Durkee, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
05:44:47 PM  
Senators Danielson and Story wrapped up their presentation to the committee.


05:52:30 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-184 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Danielson
Seconded
Coram No
Fields No
Sonnenberg No
Danielson Yes
Donovan No
YES: 1   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


05:52:45 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 21-184 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.
Moved Coram
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson No
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1148 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


05:52:57 PM  
Senator Fields presented
House Bill 21-1148.  This bill shifts the date for the submission
of the Colorado State Fair Authority’s annual report and expands the list
of recipients.


05:56:56 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1148 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Fields
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


05:57:03 PM   The committee adjourned.






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