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S_AGR_2023A 04/12/2023 10:25:01 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 04/12/2023
Attendance
Marchman X
Pelton B. X
Pelton R. *
Priola *
Simpson *
Hinrichsen X
Roberts X
Time 10:25:01 AM to 01:14:13 PM
Place SCR 352
This Meeting was called to order by Roberts
This Report was prepared by Julia Jackson
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB23-267 Amended, referred to Senate Finance
SB23-273 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB23-262 Referred to Senate Appropriations

SB23-267 - Amended, referred to Senate Finance


10:25:38 AM  
Senator Cutter and Senator Van Winkle, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 23-267 to the committee. The bill institutes a fee for visitors to Chatfield State Park to support water quality efforts by the Chatfield Watershed Authority. Senator Van Winkle also presented amendment L.001 (Attachment A).
10:30:41 AM  
Commissioner Lesley
Dahlkemper, representing Jefferson County, testified in support of the
bill.  




Commissioner Lora
Thomas, representing Douglas County, testified in support of the bill.
 




Alan Leak, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill.  




The panelists
responded to questions from the committee.
10:43:34 AM  
Ms. Barbara Biggs,
representing Colorado Water Congress and Chatfield Watershed Authority
Technical Advisory Committee, testified in support of the bill.  




Brooke Fox, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill.  




Mark Marlow, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill.  




Mr. Marlow and
Ms. Biggs responded to questions from the committee.
10:57:11 AM  
Mr. Kris Wahlers, representing Colorado Parks and Wildlife, answered committee questions.


11:00:27 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Hinrichsen
Seconded
Marchman
Pelton B.
Pelton R.
Priola
Simpson
Hinrichsen
Roberts
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:00:52 AM  
Senator Van Winkle
wrapped up his presentation of the bill.  Committee members commented
on the bill.


11:02:59 AM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-267, as amended, to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Hinrichsen
Seconded
Marchman Yes
Pelton B. No
Pelton R. No
Priola Yes
Simpson No
Hinrichsen Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB23-273 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


11:04:45 AM  
Senator Marchman
and Senator B. Pelton, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 23-273.
The bill limits the inclusion of agricultural land within an urban renewal
area (URA). Current law allows agricultural land to be included in a URA
if the land was included prior to June 1, 2010. The bill specifies that
the land may only be included in a URA if it remains in the same URA in
which it was originally included, or modified to include it, prior to June
1, 2010. Thus, agricultural land that was included in an expiring URA prior
to June 1, 2010, is prohibited from being including in newly formed URAs.
11:09:55 AM  
Ms. Morgan Carroll,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.  




Dr. Steve Johnson,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.  




Larimer County
Commissioner Jody Shadduck-McNally, representing themself, testified in
support of the bill.  




A letter from
Larimer County Commissioner John Kefalas was read into the record.
11:21:22 AM  
Carolynne White,
representing Centerra South Development Inc., testified in opposition to
the bill.  




Rich  Werner,
representing Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance and Upstate Colorado
Economic Development, testified in opposition to the bill.  




Jaclyn Terwey,
representing Colorado Municipal League, testified in opposition to the
bill.  




Ms. White responded
to questions from the committee.
11:29:02 AM  
Ms. Nancy Rumfelt,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.  




Tyler Garrett,
representing Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, testified in support of the
bill.  




Senator Kevin
Lundberg, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.  




Mrs. Rosalind
Pistilli, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.  




Linda Rosa, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill.
11:40:14 AM  
Mindy McCloughlan,
representing Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance and Loveland Chamber
of Commerce, testified in opposition to the bill.  




Steve Olson, representing
Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance, testified in opposition to the
bill.  




Bill Becker, representing
Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance and the Loveland Chamber of Commerce,
testified in opposition to the bill.  




Troy McWhinney,
representing Centerra South Development Inc., testified in opposition to
the bill.  




The panelists
responded to questions from the committee.
11:56:21 AM  
Mr. George Garklavs,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.  




Mr. Bob Massaro,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.  




Loveland Mayor
Jacki Marsh, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.  




Mrs. Tam Paquette,
representing Together Colorado, testified in support of the bill.  




Mayor Marsh responded
to questions from the committee.
12:10:24 PM  
Charles Hubbard,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.  




Mark Ruzzin, representing
Boulder County, testified in support of the bill.  




Mr. Bill Jensen,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.
12:16:39 PM  
Senators Marchman
and B. Pelton presented amendment L.001 (Attachment B).




Additional written
testimony is included as Attachment C.
12:19:05 PM  
The committee recessed.
12:19:19 PM  
The committee reconvened.


12:21:55 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001
Moved Marchman
Seconded
Marchman Yes
Pelton B. Yes
Pelton R. No
Priola No
Simpson Yes
Hinrichsen Yes
Roberts Yes
YES: 5   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
12:22:42 PM  
David Hansen, Legislative Council Staff, responded to questions from the committee.
12:24:44 PM  
Senators Marchman and B. Pelton wrapped up their presentation of the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.


12:27:26 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-273, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Pelton B.
Seconded
Marchman Yes
Pelton B. Yes
Pelton R. No
Priola Yes
Simpson Yes
Hinrichsen Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB23-262 - Referred to Senate Appropriations


12:27:35 PM  
Senator Priola, sponsor,
presented Senate Bill 23-262. The bill requires the Colorado Water Conservation
Board to conduct a literature review of existing research on desalination.
Senator Priola responded to questions from the committee.
12:42:35 PM  
Jason Moses, representing
Colorado Jewish Climate Action, testified in support of the bill.  




Joan Green Turner,
representing Water Rights Association of the South Platte, testified in
support of the bill.  




Bill Wombacher,
representing Legacy Water, testified in support of the bill.
12:56:32 PM  
Senator Priola wrapped up his presentation of the bill.
12:56:51 PM  
The committee recessed.
12:57:52 PM  
The committee reconvened.
12:58:54 PM  
Committee members commented on the bill. The committee recessed again.
01:13:01 PM  
The committee reconvened.


01:13:57 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-262 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Priola
Seconded
Marchman Yes
Pelton B. No
Pelton R. No
Priola Yes
Simpson No
Hinrichsen Yes
Roberts Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


01:14:13 PM   The committee adjourned.






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