BILL SUMMARY for SB10-072
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & NATURAL RESOURCES
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|Moved to refer Senate Bill 09-10-072 to the Commit||PASS|
05:05 PM -- Senate Bill 10-072
Representative Vigil, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 10-072. The bill creates the Colorado Seed Potato Act which requires potato growers who plant one or more acres of potatoes to use certified seed potatoes, with some exceptions. Colorado State University is the certifying authority for Colorado grown seed potatoes. Seed potatoes grown outside of Colorado must be certified by the certifying authority of the state, territory, or country of origin. The bill also creates the commissioner-appointed 9-member Seed Potato Advisory Committee, and specifies their duties.
05:09 PM -- Byron Kunugi, commercial potato grower, spoke in support of the bill.
05:11 PM -- Bob Mattive, Colorado Certified Potato Growers Association, spoke in support of the bill. He explained that most other states have seed laws and discussed why it is important for Colorado to also have seed laws.
05:16 PM -- Jim Ehrlich, Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, spoke in support of the bill. He discussed the Seed Potato Advisory Committee created by the bill.
05:21 PM -- Mitch Yergert, Colorado Department of Agriculture, answered questions from the committee concerning the department's position about adding a continuous appropriations clause to the bill.
05:25 PM -- Mr. Ehrlich, returned to the table to discuss the effect of adding a continuous appropriations clause to the bill.
|TIME: || 05:26:20 PM|
|MOTION:||Moved to refer Senate Bill 09-10-072 to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 12-0.|
Final YES: 12 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
The committee adjourned.