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Bill # Short TitleSponsorsBill SummaryCalendar NotificationMost Recent StatusNews LinksFiscal NoteComments
HB14-1002Water Infrastructure Natural Disaster Grant Fund YOUNG / JONES The bill creates a natural disaster grant fund and directs the division of administration in the department of public health and environment (division) to award grants from the fund to local governments, including local governments accepting grants on behalf of and in coordination with not-for-profit public water systems, under rules promulgated by the water quality control commission for the planning, design, construction, improvement, renovation, or reconstruction of domestic wastewater treatment works and public drinking water systems that have been impacted, damaged, or destroyed in connection with a natural disaster. The division may only award grants to be used in counties for which the governor has declared a disaster emergency by executive order or proclamation under section 24-33.5-704, C.R.S. The division is required to award grants for the 2014-15 fiscal year and, as needed, for the 2015-16 fiscal year, to eligible local governments that have domestic wastewater treatment works, public drinking water systems, or on-site wastewater treatment systems impacted, damaged, or destroyed in connection with the flood of September 2013. The bill appropriates $12,000,000 to the fund. On September 1, 2015, the state treasurer is directed to transfer any unencumbered moneys remaining in the fund to the nutrients grant fund. NOT ON CALENDAR05/17/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1005Relocate Ditch Headgate Without Change Case SONNENBERG / LUNDBERG A statute enacted in 1881 allows the owner of a ditch to relocate the ditch's headgate if changes to the stream prevent the headgate from effectuating the diversion. The "Water Right Determination and Administration Act of 1969" (1969 act) requires changes of water rights, including changes of points of diversion, to be adjudicated. The 1969 act does not exempt changes authorized by the 1881 act. The bill clarifies that a water right owner may relocate a ditch headgate pursuant to the 1881 act without filing for a change of water right under the 1969 act if the relocation does not physically interfere with the complete use or enjoyment of other water rights. NOT ON CALENDAR05/16/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1007Prohib Ag Burning Fire Danger & Restrict Fireworks HAMNER Wildfire Matters Review Committee. In connection with the existing statutory authority permitting county governments to ban open fires to reduce the danger of wildfires, the bill permits counties to prohibit or restrict the ability of agricultural producers to conduct burning on their own property during periods when red flag warnings or fire weather watches have been issued by the national weather service. In connection with the existing statutory authority permitting county governments to prohibit or restrict the sale, use, and possession of fireworks, the bill deletes existing statutory language limiting the use of such authority between May 31 and July 5 of each year in times of high fire danger. NOT ON CALENDAR03/28/2014 Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 5/8/2014 - No Amendments
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HB14-1021Highway Restriction Violation Penalties MITSCH BUSH Transportation Legislation Review Committee. The bill raises the fine for the operator of a commercial vehicle who violates a road closure or road restriction from $500 to $2,000, and, when the violation of a restriction (e.g., chains required) results in the closure of a travel lane, the fine is increased to $2,500. In addition, 2 license suspension points are imposed for each of these violations. NOT ON CALENDAR05/15/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1030Hydroelectric Generation Incentive CORAM / SCHWARTZ Water Resources Review Committee. In order to promote the construction and operation of hydroelectric energy facilities in Colorado, the bill provides the following incentives:
* Section 1 of the bill requires the state electrical board to approve the installation of a motor as a generator for a hydroelectric energy facility if the installation would be approved but for the fact that the motor is not being used in a manner commensurate with its nameplate;
* Section 2 authorizes the department of natural resources to serve as the coordinating state agency for obtaining and compiling state agency comments about an application for a license or license exemption from the federal energy regulatory commission; and
* Section 3 incorporates community hydroelectric energy facilities into the community solar garden statute, so that a group of community members may jointly subscribe to and receive electricity from a small hydroelectric energy facility located in or near the community. 
NOT ON CALENDAR05/31/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1034Wine Packaging Permits WILLIAMS / JAHN The bill creates a wine packaging permit under which a licensed winery, limited winery, or wholesaler may package wine produced by another manufacturer as long as the federal excise tax on the wine has already been paid. A winery, limited winery, or wholesaler that obtains a wine packaging permit must take possession of the tax-paid wine produced by another manufacturer, package it, then return it to the original manufacturer or to the manufacturer's licensed wholesaler. If the wholesaler that packages tax-paid wine is the original manufacturer's licensed wholesaler, the wholesaler is not required to return the packaged wine to the manufacturer. A winery or limited winery that packages tax-paid wine cannot sell or distribute the packaged wine to a licensed retailer or directly to a consumer. The bill authorizes the department of revenue, acting as the state licensing authority for alcohol beverage licenses, to issue wine packaging permits, set permit application fees, and assess annual permit fees. NOT ON CALENDAR05/09/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1052Ground Water Management Dist Enforcement Auth FISCHER / JONES Ground water management districts are currently authorized to enforce the terms of permits issued for small-capacity wells. The bill authorizes a district to:
* Enforce permits for all wells located within the district;
* Enforce the district's rules with regard to those wells;
* Issue orders requiring compliance with the rules and permits; and
* Apply to a district court to collect civil fines against a well owner who does not comply with an order. 
NOT ON CALENDAR03/21/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1119Tax Credit For Donating Food To Charitable Org MCLACHLAN / HODGE The bill creates an income tax credit for taxpayers who make food contributions to a hunger-relief charitable organization in an amount equal to either twenty-five percent, but not to exceed a maximum dollar amount, of the wholesale market price or twenty-five percent, but not to exceed a maximum dollar amount, of the most recent sale price of the food contributions for tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2014, but before January 1, 2019. NOT ON CALENDAR05/30/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1123Rule Review Bill LABUDA / BROPHY Committee on Legal Services. Based on the findings and recommendations of the committee on legal services, the bill extends all state agency rules and regulations that were adopted or amended on or after November 1, 2012, and before November 1, 2013, with the exception of the rules and regulations specifically listed in the bill. Those specified rules and regulations will expire as scheduled in the "State Administrative Procedure Act" on May 15, 2014, on the grounds that the rules and regulations either conflict with statute or lack or exceed statutory authority. The bill repeals, effective May 15, 2014, a rule of the medical services board of the department of health care policy and financing concerning medical assistance benefit coverage standards. NOT ON CALENDAR05/15/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1146Prohibit Greyhound Racing BECKER Under current law, greyhound racing is permitted in Colorado. The bill prohibits greyhound racing in Colorado but maintains the practice of wagering on greyhound races that are held at race tracks in other states and are simultaneously broadcast at race tracks in Colorado. NOT ON CALENDAR03/10/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1159Biogas System Components Sales & Use Tax Exemption YOUNG / SCHWARTZ The bill exempts from state sales and use tax components used in biogas production systems. Local governments that currently impose sales or use tax on such components may either continue to do so or may exempt them from their sales or use taxes. NOT ON CALENDAR05/17/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1160Divisible Load Overweight Vehicle Permits MITSCH BUSH / TODD Transportation Legislation Review Committee. The bill exempts sludge waste vehicles operated by a city, county, municipal utility, or special district from wheel and axle load restrictions. The bill also authorizes issuing an annual fleet permit for 2- or 3-axle group vehicles with divisible loads. The fee for the permit is $2,000 plus $35 per vehicle. NOT ON CALENDAR04/04/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1232Suppl Approp Dept Of Agriculture DURAN / STEADMAN Supplemental appropriations are made to the department of agriculture. NOT ON CALENDAR02/27/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1270Sunset Pet Animal Care Facilities LEBSOCK / TOCHTROP Sunset Process - House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee. The bill continues the licensure of pet animal facilities by the commissioner of agriculture (commissioner) for 5 years, until 2019 (sections 1 and 2). It also:
* Authorizes the commissioner to deny, revoke, or refuse to renew the license of any entity if any officer, principal owner, or other person in a position of control over the entity has been convicted of animal cruelty or animal fighting, and requires denial or revocation of a license after a second offense (sections 8 and 9);
* Directs the commissioner or the commissioner's designees to report to law enforcement agencies and the bureau of animal protection any instance of suspected animal abuse that is discovered in the course of an investigation, and grants qualified immunity for a report made in good faith section 7);
* Allows the commissioner to specify, by rule, written disclosures that must be given concerning rabies vaccinations and the origin and medical history of a dog, cat, ferret, or bird (section 6);
* Amends definitions related to small canine breeding operations to resolve potential conflicts (section 3);
* Repeals certain existing exemptions for nonhuman primates (section 5); and
* Increases the existing cap on license fees from $350 to $700 (section 4). 
NOT ON CALENDAR06/06/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1275Real Property Purchase Shooting Range DURAN / JAHN The bill authorizes the parks and wildlife commission to purchase property to build a multi-use shooting facility using appropriated funds, non-appropriated grant funds, or federal moneys. NOT ON CALENDAR05/31/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1280Agritourism Limited Civil Liablity DORE / SCHWARTZ Current law limits the civil liability of persons involved in "agricultural recreation activities". The bill changes the terminology to "agritourism" and specifies that a participant in agritourism assumes the risks inherent in such activity. In order to claim the limited liability, a person involved in agritourism must notify the participant of the risks inherent in the activity and of the limited liability. The bill authorizes the notice to be in the form of a signed statement by the participant or a sign posted on the property. NOT ON CALENDAR06/06/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1300GF Transfer To CO State Fair Authority Cash Fund GARCIA / STEADMAN The bill establishes a one-time general fund transfer in the 2014-15 state fiscal year to the Colorado state fair authority cash fund for the purpose of renovating and enhancing facilities and items used in the state fair's programs with the state's 4-H clubs and the Colorado association of the national future farmers of America organization. NOT ON CALENDAR05/14/2014 Governor Signed
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HB14-1304Palisade Peach State Fruit WILLIAMS / KING The bill designates the Palisade peach as the state fruit of Colorado. NOT ON CALENDAR04/16/2014 House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/09/2014 - No Amendments
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HB14-1320Increase Water Right Diligence From 6 To 10 Years VIGIL Current law requires the owner of a conditional water right to file for a finding of reasonable diligence with the water judge every 6 years until the water right has been decreed absolutely or abandoned. The bill increases the diligence period to 10 years. NOT ON CALENDAR04/10/2014 House Second Reading Special Order - Lost with Amendments - Committee
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HB14-1332South Platte River Basin Water Management FISCHER / HODGE In 2012, the Colorado water conservation board (board), in consultation with the state engineer and the Colorado water institute, conducted a study of historical hydrologic data and water administration in the South Platte river basin. Section 1 of the bill implements recommendations set forth in the final report on the study through:
* Implementation of a study of the movement of water in the South Platte alluvial aquifer;
* Investigation into:
* A reduction in the use of the administrative call on the South Platte river;
* Use of upstream, out-of-priority water storage;
* The development of aquifer management zones; and
* The feasibility of creating a basin-wide management entity and basin-wide management protocols;
* Coordination of the installation of a real-time monitoring well network;
* Production of detailed hydrogeological maps of the alluvial aquifer by funding and implementing a helicopter electromagnetic and magnetic survey;
* Oversight of the ongoing development and implementation of the South Platte decision support system;
* Development of plans for multiple benefit storage options; and
* Implementation of a South Platte aquifer management plan pilot program to test management strategies intended to mitigate damaging high groundwater levels. To further implement the recommendations set forth in the final report:
* Section 2 requires the state engineer and division engineer to review a water rights application or change in use application that requests approval of an alluvial aquifer recharge facility to determine the viability of the proposed location of the recharge facility and the likelihood that the proposed recharge activity will contribute to or create damaging high groundwater levels; and
* Section 3 requires the state engineer to promulgate rules for water division 1 to establish a framework for the voluntary movement of excess water supplies available for augmentation plan users and establish uniform and transparent reporting standards for augmentation plan accounting practices. 
NOT ON CALENDAR04/23/2014 House Second Reading Special Order - Lost with Amendments - Committee
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HB14-1352Update Waste Tire Management System TYLER / TODD The bill repeals and reenacts the state's waste tire laws, consolidating the laws in a new part of the solid waste statutes and all regulatory authority in the department of public health and environment. The department's existing solid waste enforcement authority applies to waste tires. The solid and hazardous waste commission will set the waste tire fee by rule in an amount not to exceed the current $1.50 fee. In addition to the existing application of the fee to automobile tires, the fee will also be collected on trailer, truck, motor home, and motorcycle tires. On and after January 1, 2018, the fee is set at 55 cents per tire. Until December 31, 2017, the fee will be distributed as follows: 30% to the waste tire administration, enforcement, and cleanup fund; 65% to the end users fund; and 5% to the waste tire market development fund. On January 1, 2018, the entire fee is credited to the waste tire administration, enforcement, and cleanup fund, and the end users fund and the waste tire market development fund are repealed. The commission will set the amount of the rebate payable from the end users fund, not to exceed $80 per ton in an amount that is: The same each month for each successive 12-month period; based on the monthly rolling average weight of waste tires submitted for a rebate during the previous 36-month period; and calculated to equalize, but not exceed, the amount of rebates paid with the anticipated income to the end users fund during each succeeding 12-month period. The department must pay rebates on a per-ton basis, and the commission's rules governing administration of the rebate must specify that:
* If the weight of waste tires submitted for a rebate in any one month multiplied by the amount of the rebate exceeds the balance of the end users fund, the department will pay a reduced per-ton rebate that month; and
* The department must quarterly notify end users of the date on which the balance of the end users fund is anticipated to be insufficient to pay all of the rebates applied for. Rebates can be made to end users, retailers who sell tire-derived product, and processors of Colorado waste tires who sell their tire-derived product to out-of-state end users. To avoid double payment of the rebate, once the department has paid a rebate on a particular quantity of tire-derived product, every part of that particular quantity of tire-derived product is no longer eligible for payment of the rebate. Waste tire haulers cannot have more than 1,000 waste tires on site or store a waste tire for more than 3 days. Waste tire generators cannot have more than 1,500 waste tires at any one time and must develop and maintain written criteria for distinguishing waste tires from used tires, clearly identify waste tires and used tires according to the criteria, and organize used tires for sale in a manner that allows the inspection of each individual tire. Waste tire collection facilities cannot have on site more than 7,500 waste tires at any one time. Waste tire processors cannot have on site at any one time more than the lesser of 100,000 waste tires, the amount of waste tires allowed under local requirements, or the amount of waste tires anticipated in the waste tire processor's financial assurance instrument. Mobile processors of waste tires must register with the department. Used tire sellers must distinguish waste tires from used tires, distinguish used tires being held for sale in Colorado from used tires being held for sale outside Colorado, and organize used tires for sale in a manner that allows the inspection of each individual tire. Waste tire monofills must:
* On an annual basis, for every one waste tire received, end use at least 2 waste tires, process at least 2 waste tires into tire-derived product; and
* Not place any waste tires into monofill storage after January 1, 2018, and close the waste tire monofill by July1, 2024. The waste tire advisory committee is repealed. 
NOT ON CALENDAR06/06/2014 Governor Signed
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HJR14-1014Colorado Agriculture Day SONNENBERG / BROPHY *** No bill summary available *** NOT ON CALENDAR04/30/2014 Signed by the Speaker of the House
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HJR14-1018Preserve Agricultural Water Supplies SAINE & BECKER / MARBLE *** No bill summary available *** NOT ON CALENDAR05/05/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
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SB14-009Disclose Separate Ownership Mineral Estate HODGE / MORENO The bill requires a seller to disclose in the sale of real property that a separate mineral estate may subject the property to oil, gas, or mineral extraction. This requirement does not include a duty to investigate. NOT ON CALENDAR03/27/2014 Governor Signed
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SB14-011Colorado Energy Research Authority HEATH / HULLINGHORST The bill changes the name of the Colorado renewable research authority to the Colorado energy research authority (authority) and makes the following changes to the authority:
* Names the chancellor of the university of Colorado at Boulder as an ex officio member, instead of the president of the university of Colorado;
* Makes 2 of the governor's appointments to the authority board mandatory, instead of permissive;
* Identifies the consortium that receives allocations from the authority as the Colorado energy research collaboratory (collaboratory);
* Permits the authority to undertake various promotional and educational activities, rather than requiring it to do so;
* Permits the authority to promote the collaboratory's activities in order to increase the federal energy research funding and energy-related research funding;
* Modifies the information to be included in the authority's annual report and requires the report to be delivered to the Colorado office of economic development (office) instead of legislative committees; and
* Substitutes "clean energy" for "renewable energy". The bill also creates the energy research cash fund. The state treasurer is required to transfer $2 million at the beginning of the next 5 fiscal years, and these transfers will be included in the annual general appropriation act for informational purposes. The moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated to the office for its administrative expenses and for the purpose of distributing moneys to the authority for use as state matching funds and for the authority's other permitted activities. The office may not distribute any moneys to the authority for use as state matching funds unless the office receives proof of the other matching funds. The authority may not use more than $100,000 per year for its other permitted activities. Following a fiscal year when the office distributed money to the authority, the office is required to submit a report to the legislative committees summarizing all of the distributions made during the preceding fiscal year. The report must include any information provided to the office by the authority in its report. 
NOT ON CALENDAR05/16/2014 Governor Signed
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SB14-017Limit Use Of Ag Water For Lawn Irrigation ROBERTS / VIGIL The bill prohibits a local government from approving an application for a development permit unless the local government has adopted an enforceable resolution or ordinance that limits, as a prerequisite for approval of the development permit, the amount of irrigated grass on residential lots in the development to no more than 15% of the total aggregate area of all residential lots in the development. "Irrigated" means supplied with water for lawn grass and does not include the use of raw water for irrigation. The 15% limit applies only if any part of the water supply for the development is changed from agricultural irrigation purposes to municipal or domestic use on or after January 1, 2016. NOT ON CALENDAR04/11/2014 Governor Signed
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SB14-023Transfer Water Efficiency Savings To Instream Use SCHWARTZ Section 1 of the bill defines "water efficiency savings" as that portion of a water right used solely for agricultural irrigation or stock watering purposes in water division 4, 5, 6, or 7 that is nonconsumptive under existing practices and that results from efficiency measures, determined as the difference between:
* The lesser of the decreed diversion amount and the maximum amount that had been historically diverted using the existing facilities for a beneficial use under reasonably efficient practices to accomplish without waste the purpose for which the appropriation was lawfully made; and
* The diverted amount needed to meet the decreed beneficial use after increased efficiency in the means of diversion, conveyance, storage, application, or use. Section 2 allows water efficiency savings to be changed or loaned, pursuant to existing water court and water loan statutes, only to the Colorado water conservation board, only for instream use, and only if:
* The application was filed within 2 years after the diversions were decreased due to efficiency measures;
* The change or loan will not materially injure decreed water rights; and
* The change or loan will not adversely affect Colorado's interstate compact entitlements or obligations. The change decree or loan approval must identify the amount of water efficiency savings and the stream reaches within which water efficiency savings, as changed or loaned, will be used. Water efficiency savings that have been changed or loaned are not subject to abandonment. The parties who enter into a change or loan of water efficiency savings may provide conditions by which the original decreed diversion rate may be preserved for a future use by the water right owner who implements the efficiency measures if use of the efficiency measures is discontinued. 
NOT ON CALENDAR06/05/2014 Governor Vetoed
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SB14-039Preveterinary Emergency Care For Dogs And Cats BALMER / MCCANN The bill allows an emergency medical service provider to provide preveterinary emergency care to dogs and cats to the extent the provider has received commensurate training and is authorized by the employer to SENATE Amended 2nd R eading February 5, 2014 provide the care. If an employer of emergency medical service providers opts to allow its employees to provide this care, the bill requires the employer to specify in the employer's policies the circumstances under which the care may be provided. NOT ON CALENDAR03/20/2014 Governor Signed
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SB14-043Greenhouses & Nurseries Other Ag Prop GRANTHAM Commencing January 1, 2015, the bill includes within the property tax category of "all other agricultural property"greenhouses, nurseries, or other horticultural or agricultural production areas used to grow food products or horticultural stock that originate above the ground. The bill directs the county assessor to assess such property using the market value of agricultural land by acre in the county in which the property is located. NOT ON CALENDAR03/20/2014 Governor Signed
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SB14-052Soil Erosion County Board Of Commissioners CROWDER / SONNENBERG Currently, a board of county commissioners may, after a complaint has been filed and the appropriate consultations made, determine that windblown soil from land in the county is harming neighboring property and the erosion constitutes an emergency. The county may mitigate the erosion and charge the benefitted land owner. But the charge cannot exceed the lesser of the actual cost or $15 per acre. Section 1 of the bill adds a range specialist or extension agent with expertise in soil conservation or soil science to the list of people the board may consult. Section 2 replaces the $15 cap on the treatment cost with a limit of the actual cost, but the cost may not exceed the maximum listed in the published market rates for the service. NOT ON CALENDAR03/20/2014 Governor Signed
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SB14-089Prohibit State Agreements Payment In Lieu Of Tax SCHWARTZ / FISCHER Capital Development Committee. The bill clarifies that the state is exempt from any requirement for a payment in lieu of property taxes for property that it owns or leases. The bill also specifies that neither the state nor any of its political subdivisions may agree to make any form of a payment in lieu of property taxes in connection with any property that it owns or leases. NOT ON CALENDAR03/28/2014 Governor Vetoed
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SB14-093Pipeline Right-of-Way JAHN / MAY Article 5 of title 38, Colorado Revised Statutes, governs rights-of-way for transmission companies and grants the right of eminent domain to any domestic or foreign electric light power, gas, or pipeline company authorized to do business in Colorado for the purpose of obtaining rights-of-way for wires, pipes, regulator stations, substations, and systems needed to conduct its business. The bill specifies that, subject to state constitutional and statutory provisions that require payment of just compensation and otherwise govern the exercise of the power of eminent domain, companies that operate pipelines that convey oil, gasoline, or other petroleum or hydrocarbon products are pipeline companies granted the right of eminent domain. A pipeline company must also comply with all applicable laws and regulations including, but not limited to, federal pipeline safety regulations. NOT ON CALENDAR04/02/2014 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over to 05/09/2014 - No Amendments
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SB14-115State Water Plan Public Review & GA Approval ROBERTS / FISCHER The bill requires the Colorado water conservation board to hold a hearing on a draft state water plan within each basin roundtable, update the plan based on public comments, and present the draft plan to the water resources review committee. The committee must vote on whether to introduce legislation that would approve the plan. The plan does not embody state water policy unless the general assembly, acting by bill, approves the plan. NOT ON CALENDAR05/15/2014 Governor Signed
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SB14-142Pesticide Inspection Water And Wastewater Systems SCHWARTZ / FISCHER The commissioner of agriculture regulates the use of agricultural chemicals in Colorado. As part of that duty, the commissioner inspects all facilities in Colorado that store pesticides, including public water systems and domestic wastewater treatment works; however, public water systems and domestic wastewater treatment works are also inspected by the water quality control division in the Colorado department of public health and environment to facilitate the water quality control commission's regulation of water quality throughout the state. The bill eliminates these facilities from the commissioner's regulation requirements. NOT ON CALENDAR03/27/2014 Governor Signed
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SB14-144Family Medicine Residency Programs In Rural Areas AGUILAR / GINAL The bill extends the commission on family medicine's (commission) support of the development of family medicine residency programs in rural and other underserved areas of the state and removes the 2016 repeal date for this commission duty. Further, the bill requires the commission to report annually to the office of state planning and budgeting and the department of health care policy and financing concerning its duty regarding family medicine residency programs and to present its report at the annual meeting of the joint budget committee. In addition, the bill requires the commission to complete a study, or to contract for the completion of a study, concerning family medicine residency programs in rural and other underserved areas of the state. The bill includes several issues that must be evaluated as part of the study, including issues relating to family medicine residency programs, specifically, and graduate medical education programs, in general. The study must also include an evaluation and recommendations concerning the use of medicaid graduate medical education funding to support family medicine residency programs in the state. The completed study must be submitted to certain committees of the general assembly. NOT ON CALENDAR05/31/2014 Governor Signed
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SB14-184Oversight of the Industrial Hemp Program SCHWARTZ / CORAM Current law limits a person who holds a registration to grow industrial hemp for research and development purposes to growth outdoors and on not more than 10 acres. The bill removes these limitations. The bill also changes the time period during which a person who wishes to grow industrial hemp may apply to the department of agriculture (department) from May first of the year in which the person wishes to grow hemp to prior to planting. The bill requires the department to test at least 80% of the hemp crop in the industrial hemp registration program. The bill allows the general assembly to make general fund appropriations to support the program. The bill exempts state-accredited research institutions that are engaged in research and development from the industrial hemp testing program. The bill allows a research and development registrant to use or destroy hemp that exceeds delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration limits established by the department in a manner approved and verified by the department. The bill requires the department to administer an industrial hemp grant program that is funded through registration fees and moneys from the medical marijuana cash fund. The grants allow state institutions of higher education to conduct the research. The bill creates the industrial hemp research grant program fund. The bill allows a person to process, sell, and distribute hemp cultivated by a registered person or to sell hemp products produced from the hemp. NOT ON CALENDAR05/31/2014 Governor Signed
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SB14-195South Platte River Post-flood Phreatophyte Study NICHOLSON / SINGER The bill directs the Colorado water conservation board to evaluate the growth and identification of phreatophytes, which are deep-rooted plants that absorb water from the water table or the layer of soil just above the water table, along the South Platte river in the aftermath of the September 2013 flood. The objectives of the study are to determine the relationship between high groundwater and nonbeneficial consumptive use by the phreatophytes and to develop a cost analysis for the removal of unwanted phreatophytes.  Wednesday, May 7 2014
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06/06/2014 Governor Signed
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SJM14-003Memorialize Former Senator Dave Wattenberg BAUMGARDNER / CORAM & MITSCH BUSH *** No bill summary available *** NOT ON CALENDAR04/25/2014 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
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SJR14-004Water Projects Revolving Fund Eligibility Lists SCHWARTZ / FISCHER *** No bill summary available *** NOT ON CALENDAR03/07/2014 Governor Signed
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