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S_AGR_2021A 04/29/2021 01:32:04 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 04/29/2021
Attendance
Coram X
Fields X
Sonnenberg X
Danielson X
Donovan X
Time 01:32:04 PM to 05:15:05 PM
Place Old Supreme Court
This Meeting was called to order by Donovan
This Report was prepared by Vanessa Reilly
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB21-235 Committee Discussion Only
HB21-1181 Committee Discussion Only
SB21-240 Referred to Senate Appropriations
HB21-1226 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Conf 21-State Fair Authority Board Of Commissioners - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:32:22 PM  
The committee considered the appointments to the State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners, which include Erin Michalski and Nicole Weathers. Scott Stoller, Governor's Office, introduced the five appointees to the Board. The appointees appeared remotely and described their backgrounds and interest in serving on the Board.
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01:56:48 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Erin Michalski, Nicole Weathers to the Conf 21-State Fair Authority Board Of Commissioners 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 Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 21-State Fair Authority Board Of Commissioners - Committee Discussion Only




SB21-235 - Committee Discussion Only


01:59:40 PM  
Senator Jaquez Lewis,
bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 21-235. The bill transfers $3.0 million
from the General Fund to the Agriculture Value-Added Cash Fund to support
the Advancing Colorado’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program.
It also appropriates $2.0 million from the General Fund to the Conservation
Services Division within the Department of Agriculture for voluntary soil
health programs.
02:03:05 PM  

Les Owen, representing Colorado Department of Agriculture, testified in support of the bill.

02:26:11 PM  

Greg Vlaming, representing High Desert Conservation District, testified in support of the bill. Natalie Allio, representing Upper Arkansas Conservation District, testified in support of the bill. Simon Martinez, representing Ute Mountain Farm & Ranch Enterprise, testified in support of the bill.

02:36:15 PM  

Amendments L.001 and L.002 were distributed to the committee (Attachments A and B).

02:39:27 PM  
The chair laid the bill over for action at a later date.



HB21-1181 - Committee Discussion Only

02:40:56 PM  
Senator Simpson and
Senator Winter, bill sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1181. The bill creates
the Soil Health Program and the Soil Health Advisory Committee in the Department
of Agriculture.  Written testimony on the bill is included as Attachment
C.  
02:46:40 PM  
Richard Andrews, representing self, testified to amend the bill. State Conservationist Clint Evans, representing USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, testified in a neutral position on the bill. Mr. Evans responded to committee questions. JD Wright, representing Olney Boon Soil Conservation District and self, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:04:00 PM  
Dianna Orf, representing Colorado Water Congress, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Greg Vlaming, representing High Desert Conservation District, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Patrick O'Neill, representing Mosca-Hooper Conservation District, testified in support of the bill. The witness panel responded to committee questions.
03:18:48 PM  
Commissioner Terry Hofmeister, representing Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in support of the bill. Commissioner Kristine Borchers, representing Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in support of the bill. Commissioner Hilary Cooper, representing Colorado Counties, Inc. & CCAT, testified in support of the bill.
03:28:55 PM  
Joyce Kennedy, representing People & Pollinators Action Network, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Sheldon Rockey, representing self, testified in support of the bill. Sam Allen, representing self, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Megan Davey, representing National Young Farmers Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
03:42:06 PM  
Jordan Beezley, representing Colorado Department of Agriculture, was available to answer committee questions. Cindy Lair, representing Colorado Department of Agriculture, was available to answer committee questions. Committee discussion with the witness panel continued.
04:06:08 PM  
Amendments L.009
and L.010 were distributed (Attachments D and E). The committee discussed
the amendments.


04:12:11 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.009
Moved Danielson
Seconded
Coram
Fields
Sonnenberg
Danielson
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:12:27 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.010
Moved Danielson
Seconded
Coram
Fields
Sonnenberg
Danielson
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:12:29 PM  
The chair laid the bill over for action at a later date.



SB21-240 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


04:13:18 PM  
Senator Simpson and
Senator Danielson, bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 21-240. The bill
transfers $15.0 million from the General Fund to the Colorado Water Conservation
Board Construction Fund and appropriates the money for watershed restoration
and flood mitigation grants.



The bill sponsors responded to committee questions.
04:17:33 PM  
Mr. Edward Moyer, representing Grand County and Emergency Watershed Protection Program match funding, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Esther Vincent, representing Northern Water, testified to amend the bill. Mr. Sean Chambers, representing City of Greeley, testified to amend the bill. Mr. Matthew Zoccali, representing City of Fort Collins Utilities, Water Resources and Treatment, testified to amend the bill.
04:34:41 PM  
Heather Stauffer, representing Colorado Municipal League, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Josh Kuhn, representing Conservation Colorado, testified in support of the bill. The witness panel responded to committee questions. Mr. Kevin Houck, representing Colorado Water Conservation Board, was available to answer committee questions.
04:42:53 PM  
Ms. Rebecca Mitchell, representing Colorado Water Conservation Board, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Mitchell responded to committee questions.
04:52:09 PM  
Amendment L.002 was
distributed to the committee (Attachment F). The committee discussed the
amendment.


04:59:16 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Excused
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson No
Donovan No
YES: 2   NO: 2   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
04:59:18 PM  
The bill sponsors gave closing remarks on the bill.


05:00:37 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-240 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Danielson
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Excused
Sonnenberg No
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1226 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


05:00:48 PM  
Senator Coram and
Senator Donovan, bill sponsors, presented House Bill 21-1226. The bill
modifies operations of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) in the Department
of NaturalResources with regard to its duties to protect the state’s waters
from aquatic nuisance species.
05:03:29 PM  
Mr. Robert Walters, representing Colorado Parks and Wildlife, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Kelly Sloan, representing CO Seaplane Pilots Association, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Brandon Ransom, representing Denver Water, testified in support of the bill.
05:11:47 PM  
The bill sponsors gave closing remarks on the bill.


05:12:36 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1226 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Coram
Seconded
Coram Yes
Fields Excused
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


05:15:05 PM   The committee adjourned.






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