HOUSE COMMITTEE ON

AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

 

 

March 11, 2003   Hearing Room HR D

1:00  Tape  39

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Jeff Kropf, Chair

Rep. George Gilman, Vice-Chair

Rep. Kelley Wirth, Vice-Chair

Rep. Terry Beyer

Rep. Dave Hunt

Rep. Donna Nelson

Rep. Patti Smith

 

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Ray Kelly, Committee Administrator

David Peffley, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURE HEARD:                     HB 2344 – Public Hearing

                                               

 

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 39, A

003

Chair Kropf

Calls the meeting to order at 1:10 PM and opens a public hearing on HB 2188.

HB 2344 – PUBLIC HEARING

022

Ray Kelly

Summarizes HB 2344.

036

Bill Kluthing

Western Council of Industrial Workers.  Urges the committee to adopt HB 2344 in order to harvest fire-burned timber.

070

Rep. Nelson

States concern for HB 2344.  Asks why we would have the Department of Administrative Services (DAS) involved in making decisions regarding forest practices.

083

Kluthing

States that he will try to get back with Rep. Nelson with an answer.

087

Chair Kropf

Addresses Rep. Nelson’s concern and the reasons for not putting timelines into the bill.   Also notes that flexibility was a concern in the drafting of the bill.

116

Rep. Nelson

Suggests that we get the salvage out of the forest immediately.  Asserts that this bill lacks a sense of urgency and that it needs an oversight agency, but not DAS. 

145

Chair Kropf

Asks if Rep. Nelson would be comfortable with another oversight agency, but not DAS.

149

Rep. Nelson

States that she would be find that acceptable.

153

Chair Kropf

States that this legislation will go into effect after a fire. 

171

David Peltier

States concern.with HB 2344.  Urges the committee to consider restoration as well as harvesting programs.  Urges funding for long-term research.  States that he’s not opposed to harvesting, but urges the legislature to be careful and balanced.

321

Chair Kropf

Hopes to move this forward on Thursday.  Adjourns the meeting at 1:34.

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

No Exhibits