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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 16 – Environment/energy/technology comm


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HCR016.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
Legislature and authorizing the Legislative Council to appoint a committee
to undertake and complete a study of environment, energy and technology
related issues.
02/16    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/17    Rpt prt - to Env
02/25    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg
02/28    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/04    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - 65-0-5
      AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Barraclough, Barrett, Bastian, Bayer,
      Bedke, Bell, Bilbao, Block, Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Cannon, Chadderdon,
      Clark, Collins, Crow, Denney, Edmunson, Ellsworth, Eskridge,
      Field(18), Field(23), Garrett, Hart, Harwood, Henbest, Henderson,
      Jaquet, Jones, Kemp, Lake, LeFavour, Martinez, Mathews, McGeachin,
      McKague, Miller, Mitchell, Moyle, Nielsen, Nonini, Pasley-Stuart,
      Pence, Raybould, Ringo, Roberts, Rusche, Rydalch, Sali, Sayler,
      Schaefer, Shepherd(2), Shepherd(8), Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30),
      Smith(24), Smylie, Snodgrass, Stevenson, Trail, Wills, Wood
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Black, Deal, Loertscher, Ring, Mr. Speaker
    Floor Sponsor - Eskridge
    Title apvd - To Senate
03/07    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff
03/30    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
03/31    10th Ord - ADOPTED - 32-0-3
      AYES -- Brandt, Broadsword, Bunderson, Burkett, Burtenshaw, Cameron,
      Coiner, Compton, Corder, Davis, Fulcher, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde,
      Hill, Jorgenson, Kelly, Keough, Langhorst, Little, Lodge, Malepeai,
      Marley, McGee, McKenzie, Richardson, Schroeder, Stegner, Stennett,
      Sweet, Werk, Williams
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Andreason, Darrington, Pearce
    Floor Sponsor - Hill
    Title apvd - to House
03/31    To enrol - Rpt enrol - Sp signed
04/01    Pres signed - To Secretary of State

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2005
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                             HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 16
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  4    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  5        WHEREAS,  there  were  numerous  bills  introduced  in  Congress from 1996
  6    through 2004 which would have provided for the restructuring of  the  electric
  7    utility  and energy industries in this country; and
  8        WHEREAS, Idaho currently enjoys low electric rates compared to the rest of
  9    the nation, mainly because of our hydropower base; and
 10        WHEREAS,  while there may be some benefits to a competitive electric util-
 11    ity industry, there have  been  some  large  unintended  consequences  to  the
 12    ratepayers  and  the  citizens of the state given the California energy crisis
 13    and the Enron collapse; and
 14        WHEREAS, on July  31,  2002,  the  Federal  Energy  Regulatory  Commission
 15    announced  a  series  of broad proposals to reform the wholesale power genera-
 16    tion, trading and transmission markets known as Standard Market Design; and
 17        WHEREAS, the Standard Market Design proposal has been  repudiated  and  is
 18    opposed  in  most  southern and western states and fails to recognize the dis-
 19    tinct nature of the Northwest  electricity  grid,  including  the  significant
 20    reliance  on coordinated hydro operations that are subject to various nonpower
 21    obligations; and
 22        WHEREAS, Idaho's water rights system is a complex  system  of  management,
 23    and  electric  utility restructuring or the Standard Market Design rules could
 24    affect demand loads and river flows and  have  some  large  unintended  conse-
 25    quences if not managed properly.
 26        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
 27    of  the  Fifty-eighth  Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and the
 28    Senate concurring therein, that  the  Legislative  Council  is  authorized  to
 29    appoint  a  Committee to undertake and complete a study of environment, energy
 30    and technology related issues from both  the  statewide  perspective  and  the
 31    national  perspective. The Committee is directed to involve representatives of
 32    industry, agricultural groups, small businesses, consumers of electricity  and
 33    conservation  interests.  The  Committee is also authorized to retain the ser-
 34    vices of a consultant, within appropriated moneys, who is  familiar  with  the
 35    energy and technology industry and who can provide necessary economic or other
 36    research  that  can  assist  the  Committee  and  the Legislature in making an
 37    informed decision on this most important topic.
 38        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Committee shall make a progress report  to
 39    the  Second  Regular  Session  of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature and shall
 40    make a report detailing its findings, recommendations  and  proposed  legisla-
 41    tion,  if  any, to the First Regular Session of the Fifty-ninth Idaho Legisla-
 42    ture.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                            RS 14969

The purpose of this legislation is to allow the Legislative
Council to appoint a committee to study the subjects of energy,
environment and technology.  The committee would be authorized to
meet until November 30,2006.

                          FISCAL IMPACT

The cost of the meetings for the committee would be expected not
to exceed $10,000.

Name:  Rep. George Eskridge 
Phone: 332-1270
Name:  Sen. Brent Hill
Phone: 332-1374