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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 27 – Woody biomass issues, study


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HCR027.....................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
WOODY BIOMASS - STUDY - Stating findings of the Legislature and authorizing
the Legislative Council to appoint an interim committee to study specific
issues related to woody biomass and incentives to make woody biomass
available to be processed into value added products.
02/27    House intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/28    Rpt prt - to 2nd rdg
03/01    2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg
03/02    3rd rdg - ADOPTED - 68-0-2
      AYES -- Anderson, Andrus, Barrett, Bayer, Bedke, Bell, Bilbao, Black,
      Block, Bock, Bolz, Brackett, Bradford, Chadderdon, Chavez, Chew,
      Clark, Collins, Crane, Durst, Edmunson, Eskridge, Hagedorn, Hart,
      Harwood, Henbest, Jaquet, Killen, King, Kren, Labrador, Lake,
      LeFavour, Loertscher, Luker, Marriott, Mathews, McGeachin, Mortimer,
      Moyle, Nielsen, Nonini, Pasley-Stuart, Patrick, Pence, Raybould,
      Ring, Ringo, Roberts, Ruchti, Rusche, Sayler, Schaefer, Shepherd(2),
      Shepherd(8), Shirley, Shively, Smith(30), Smith(24), Snodgrass,
      Stevenson, Thayn, Trail, Vander Woude, Wills, Wood(27), Wood(35), Mr.
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Boe, Henderson
    Floor Sponsor - Edmunson
    Title apvd - To Senate
03/05    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to St Aff
03/21    Rpt out - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
03/22    10th Ord - ADOPTED - 33-0-2
      AYES -- Andreason, Bair, Bastian, Bilyeu, Broadsword, Burkett,
      Coiner, Corder, Darrington, Davis, Fulcher, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde,
      Hammond, Heinrich, Hill, Jorgenson, Kelly, Keough, Langhorst, Lodge,
      Malepeai, McGee, McKague, McKenzie, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder,
      Siddoway, Stegner, Stennett, Werk
      NAYS -- None
      Absent and excused -- Cameron, Little
    Floor Sponsor - President Pro Tempore Geddes
    Title apvd - to House
03/22    To enrol - Rpt enrol - Sp signed
03/23    Pres signed
03/26    To Secretary of State

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-ninth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2007
                              IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
                             HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 27
                                 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
  1                               A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
  6    Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
  7        WHEREAS, forest management agencies are spending record  amounts  on  fire
  8    suppression,  and  forest health and fire mitigation issues make it imperative
  9    that woody biomass in the forests of Idaho be removed; and
 10        WHEREAS, the United States Forest Service  is  beginning  to  require  the
 11    removal of woody biomass that meets certain size requirements; and
 12        WHEREAS, removal of woody biomass targeted in areas of insects and disease
 13    would  help  alleviate forest health issues and protect lands adjacent to for-
 14    ests; and
 15        WHEREAS, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is formulating  new
 16    regulations  related to air quality which will make it more difficult for for-
 17    est land owners to dispose of woody biomass in traditional ways such as  slash
 18    burning; and
 19        WHEREAS, efficient methods for the removal of woody biomass have been cre-
 20    ated  and  it  has  been demonstrated that woody biomass can be converted into
 21    value added products such as bark,  mulch,  wood  pellets,  posts  and  poles,
 22    flooring and other products; and
 23        WHEREAS,  the  rural  areas  of  Idaho  that  are  agriculture and natural
 24    resource dependent could benefit from the creation of  jobs  relating  to  the
 25    removal and utilization of woody biomass; and
 26        WHEREAS,  there  is  a  need  to formulate strategies to stimulate harvest
 27    operators and value added entrepreneurs to plan for the removal and processing
 28    of woody biomass and incentives are needed to develop and assist operators and
 29    processors who want to remove and process woody biomass; and
 30        WHEREAS, it is critical that the state of Idaho create a supportive  busi-
 31    ness climate so that woody biomass harvest operators and processors can thrive
 32    in  Idaho  by  taking advantage of opportunities for tax and investment incen-
 33    tives and create economic and employment opportunities for Idaho citizens.
 34        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the First Regular Session
 35    of the Fifty-ninth Idaho Legislature, the House  of  Representatives  and  the
 36    Senate  concurring  therein,  that  the  Legislative  Council is authorized to
 37    appoint an interim committee to study specific issues related to woody biomass
 38    and incentives to make woody biomass available  to  be  processed  into  value
 39    added  products.  The  Legislative Council shall determine the membership from
 40    the House of Representatives and the Senate appointed to the interim committee
 41    and shall authorize the interim committee to receive input, advice and  assis-
 42    tance from interested and affected parties who are not members of the Legisla-
 43    ture.  As much as practicable, the interim committee shall work in cooperation
 44    and coordination with the state of Idaho, representatives from state and  fed-
  1    eral  forests,  industry representatives, elected officials, university forest
  2    policy experts, county officials and others to assist  in  making  recommenda-
  3    tions relating to the removal and utilization of woody biomass.
  4        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that nonlegislative members of the
  5    interim  committee  may  be appointed by the cochairs of the interim committee
  6    who are appointed by the Legislative Council. Nonlegislative  members  of  the
  7    interim committee shall not be reimbursed from legislative funds for per diem,
  8    mileage or other expenses and shall not have voting privileges.
  9        NOW,  THEREFORE,  BE  IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the committee shall report
 10    its findings, recommendations and proposed legislation, if any, to the  Second
 11    Regular Session of the Fifty-ninth Idaho Legislature.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

                            RS 17109

This resolution would authorize the Legislative Council to
establish the Idaho Legislative Interim Committee on Utilization
of Woody Biomass which will be set up to investigate the
feasibility of making large amounts of woody biomass available to
be processed into value added products and develop incentives for
this to occur on State, federal and private forest lands thus
reducing the risk of catastrophic fire events, while improving
forest health.

                          FISCAL NOTE
If this resolution is adopted by the Legislature and Legislative
Council continues the committee, any necessary legislator travel
and per diem expense would be paid from the existing legislative
appropriation to the Senate and the House of Representatives. 
Funding for staff support and expenses would be provided from the
existing appropriation to the Legislative Council for the
Legislative Services Office.  

Contact 332-1000
Speaker Lawerence Denney
Rep. Mike Moyle
Rep. Scott Bedke
Rep. Ken Roberts
Rep. Clete Edmunson 
Rep. Paul Shepherd
Rep. Mary Lou Shepherd

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE                         HCR 27