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Minutes for HB2279 - Committee on Water

Short Title

Requiring groundwater management districts to submit annual written reports to the legislature and to submit water conservation and stabilization plans to the chief engineer.

Minutes Content for Thu, Feb 9, 2023

Chairperson Minnix opened the hearing for HB 2279 and Chris Waggoner, Revisor of Statues provided a bill brief.



Chairperson Minnix asked for oral testimony.

Proponents Oral

Rex Buchanan, Director Emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey testified as a proponent (Attachment 1).

Katie Durham, Groundwater Management District No. 1 testified as a proponent (Attachment 2).

Shannon Kenyon, Groundwater Management District No. 4 testified as a proponent (Attachment 3).

David Barfield, Kansas Water Resources Consulting, testified as a proponent, (Attachment 4).

Kent Askern, Public Policy Director, Kansas Farm Bureau, testified as a proponent (Attachment 5).

Aaron Popelka, Kansas Livestock Association, testified as a proponent, (Attachment 6).


Opponents Oral

Mark Rude, Groundwater Management District No. 3. testified as an opponent, (Attachment 7).



Neutral Oral

Tim Boese, Groundwater Management District No. 2. testified as a neutral (Attachment 8).

Tom Taylor, Groundwater Management District No. 5. testified as a neutral (Attachment 9). Orrin Ferrill, GMD 5 responded to questions from Representative Fairchild.

Randy Stookey, Kansas Agriculture Retailers Association, testified as a neutral (Attachment 10).

Jay Kablas, Director, Kansas Geological Survey, testified as a neutral (Attachment 11).


Written Only Proponents

Tom Jones, HY-Plains Feedyard, (Attachment 12).

David Pope, Licensed Professional Engineer (Attachment 13).

Brent Rogers, President, Kansas Corn Growers Association (Attachment 14).

Dr. Les Lampe, Professional Engineer (Attachment 15).





Written Only Opponents

Kirk Hieger, Board Member, Southwest Kansas Irrigation Association, (Attachment 16).