WEEK 6 ENDING FEBRUARY 16, 2024

⭐️ = CCLC Legislation Committee Championed
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HB24-1246 | Electric Grid Resilience Temporary Carbon Dioxide Regulation aka “The Don’t Look Up Bill” | Concerning emissions emanating from (extraterrestrial) power sources, and, in connection therewith, addressing electric generation and distribution resilience and suspending the regulation of carbon dioxide as an air pollutant. | Sponsor: Rep DeGraaf | Summary: The bill requires the public utilities commission (PUC) to develop a contingency plan to create electrical generation and grid resilience against geomagnetic storms. Standards are set for the plan. The commission shall promulgate rules requiring an electrical utility to… do a bunch of expensive stuff for a circumstance that can’t be averted, like: Incorporate the resiliency plan; isolate large power transformers and power generation from the grid; Mechanically isolate critical components if or when the coronal mass ejection is likely to cause geomagnetically induced currents; Restrict or close fuel pipeline valves to mitigate damage; Install automatic neutral ground blocking devices in large power transformers; Ensure computer equipment can be mechanically isolated from the grid and sheltered from geomagnetically induced surges; Require all networked systems that operate electrical generation and distribution to be electronically and physically separable from the outside networks; and Require cyber-certification of hardware and software that operate electrical generation and distribution. What’s the fiscal note on this, $10B? Current law sets carbon dioxide emission reduction goals for the years 2030 and 2050. The bill extends these goals to 2040 and 2060 and makes these goals a lower priority than the electrical generation and distribution resilience provisions of the bill. SIGH. The bill prohibits the classification of carbon dioxide as an air pollutant and establishes, notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, that state statute, executive agency rules, and any regulations of political subdivisions of the state must not include the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant. Any portion of an executive agency rule that treats carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant is voidNAUSEA. You see, it’s going to be an geomagnetic storm that kills us all, and we’ve been worried about climate change for nothin’. (How this bill doesn’t violate the single subject rule is beyond me.)

HB24-1249 | Tax Credit Agricultural Stewardship Practices | Concerning a state income tax credit for active agricultural stewardship practices. | Sponsors: Reps Winter/Martinez, Sens Pelton/Roberts (Bi-Partisan) | Summary: The bill establishes a state income tax credit for active qualified stewardship practices on a farm or ranch beginning January 1, 2026. There are 3 tiers of tax credits that may be earned by a qualified taxpayer: $75 per acre of land for one; $100/acre for actively practicing 2 qualified stewardship practices; for 3 or more up to $150 per acre. The aggregate amount of tax credits issued in one calendar year cannot exceed $10 million“Qualified stewardship practice” means rotational grazing, rotational crops, reduced/no till soil, cover cropping, interseeding, compost application, or any other practice that increases soil health, improves water efficiency, or creates more diverse and beneficial ecosystems while maintaining the productivity of the farm or ranch.

⭐️ HB24-1307 | HVAC Improvements for Public Schools | Concerning HVAC infrastructure improvement projects in schools. | Sponsors: Lieder/Hamrick, Sen Marchman | Summary: The bill requires schools to satisfy certain requirements concerning installation, inspection, and maintenance of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in schools if the school administrative entity undertakes HVAC infrastructure improvements using money made available by a federal government source or by a federal government source in combination with a state government source specifically for such purpose. The requirements established in the bill concern: Ventilation verification assessments, which include assessments of an HVAC system’s filtration, ventilation exhaust, economizers, demand control ventilation, air distribution and building pressurization, general maintenance requirements, operational controls, and carbon dioxide output; The review of HVAC assessment reports by mechanical engineers, who make recommendations regarding necessary repairs and improvements and estimate associated costs; HVAC adjustments, repairs, upgradesand replacements; The bill establishes mandatory criteria that an HVAC contractor must satisfy in order to perform work described in the bill. A school administrative entity that undertakes HVAC infrastructure improvements must do so using only contractors on the certified contractor list established by the department of labor and employment. The bill allows a school administrative entity to apply for grants to pay for HVAC infrastructure improvement projects and establishes requirements for school administrative entities that apply for grants from federal and state government sources. See the Fact Sheet below.

⭐️ SB24-159 | Mod to Energy & Carbon Management Processes aka “Phase Out and Clean Up” | Concerning modifications to processes to further protect public health in energy and carbon management. | Sponsors: Sens Jaquez Lewis/Priola, Reps Boesenecker/Marvin | Summary: On or before July 1, 2027, requires the energy and carbon management commission (ECMC) to cease issuing new oil and gas permits before January 1, 2030, which must include reduction to 660 permits in 2028 and 330 in 2029 with cessation of new permits by 2030.  The bill also prohibits high-emmisions activities like recompilations (refracking) for existing wells, but does not ban production from 48,000+ existing wells in operation. Also requires the commission to include as a condition in any permit issued after July 1, 2024, must be drilled on or before December 31, 2032, as to each oil and gas well included in the permit.  If the commission determines that mitigation of adverse environmental impacts is necessary as a result of oil and gas operations, current law requires the commission to issue an order requiring a responsible party to perform the mitigation. If the responsible party refuses to perform the mitigation or is identified after the state provides funds for the mitigation, the commission must sue the responsible party to recover the costs of the mitigationSection 3 changes current law by: Expanding mitigation to include mitigation of adverse environmental impacts as a result of any activily regulated by the ECMC (including geothermal, hydrogen, underground storage of carbon and methane, gravity storage etc.; Adding a prior owner or operator to the definition of “responsible party”; and Allowing a current or prior owner or operator to be held jointly and severally liable for the costs of any mitigationSection 4 requires the office of future of work to present recommendations as a result of the adoption of the permitting rules to the general assembly in January 2028. Here’s the Phase Out Fact Sheet. Here’s the  Liability Reform Fact Sheet.

BILL STATUS REPORT

Do you see a bill you feel some kind of way about? Email your legislatorBetter yet, testify!

  • HB24-1006 | Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant App | Hearing 02/22
  • HB24-1012 | Front Range Passenger Rail District Efficiency | PASSED HOUSE, Assigned to Senate T&E
  • HB24-1024 | Extend Outreach Campaigns Wildfire Risk Mitigation | Passed Ag, onto Appropriations
  • HB24-1030 | Railroad Safety Requirements | SUPPORT | Hearing 02/28
  • HB24-1173 | Electric Vehicle Charging System Permits | Hearing 02/22
  • HB24-1178 | Local Government Authority to Regulate Pesticides | Passed with clarifying amendments, onto Approps.
  • HB24-1246 | Electric Grid Resilience Temporary Carbon Dioxide Regulation
  • HB24-1249 | Tax Credit Agricultural Stewardship Practices
  • ⭐️HB24-1307 | HVAC Improvements for Public Schools
  • SB24-005 | Prohibit Landscaping Practices for Water Conservation | SUPPORT | PASSED SENATE; onto House Ag
  • SB24-009 | Local Government Disaster-Related Programs | Passed Ag Amended, onto Approps.
  • SB24-014 | Seal of Climate Literacy Diploma Endorsement | Passed Senate Ed with amendment to include blind and deaf, onto Approps
  • SB24-028 | Study Biochar in Wildfire Mitigation Efforts | Passed Ag Amended, onto Approps.
  • SB24-032 | Methods to Increase the Use of Transit | Passed Amended, onto Finance
  • SB24-036 | Vulnerable Road User Protection Enterprise | SUPPORT | Passed with significant amendments, onto Finance
  • SB24-037 | Study Green Infrastructure for Water Quality Mgmt | Hearing 02/29
  • SB24-038 | Authorize Conservancy District Water Management | No hearing scheduled yet
  • SB24-039 | Nuclear Energy as a Clean Energy Resource | OPPOSE | Failed! (Postponed Indefinitely)
  • SB24-085 | Sales & Use Tax Rebate for Digital Asset Purchases | No hearing scheduled yet | OPPOSE
  • SB24-092 | Cost Effective Energy Codes | Concerning cost effective energy codes. | Hearing 02/29
  • SB24-095 | Air Quality Ozone Levels | Concerning measures to address ozone levels in areas that do not meet federal ozone national ambient air quality standards. | No hearing scheduled yet
  • SB24-127 | Regulate Dredged & Fill Material State Waters | No hearing scheduled yet | OPPOSE
  • SB24-148 | Precipitation Harvesting Storm Water Detention | Hearing 2/21
  • SB24-152 | Regenerative Agriculture Tax Credit | SUPPORT | No hearing scheduled yet
  • ⭐️ SB24-159 | Mod to Energy & Carbon Management Processes aka “Phase Out and Clean Up” Fracking | No hearing scheduled yet

HEARING SCHEDULE

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Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources | Thu Feb 22, 2024 Upon Adjournment | HCR 0107

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
HB24-1117Invertebrates & Rare Plants Parks & Wildlife CommissionRep. K. McCormickRep. M. SoperSen. J. Marchman
HB24-1006Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant ApplicationRep. E. VelascoRep. M. SnyderSen. L. CutterSen. P. Will

Energy & Environment | Thu Feb 22, 1:30 pm | LSB A

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
HB24-1141Local Government Control over Burn Barrel RegulationRep. T. WinterSen. R. Pelton
HB24-1173Electric Vehicle Charging System PermitsRep. A. Valdez

Ag, Water & Natural Resources | Mon Feb 26, 1:30 pm | HCR 0107

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
SB24-005Prohibit Landscaping Practices for Water ConservationSen. D. RobertsSen. C. SimpsonRep. K. McCormickRep. B. McLachlan
SB24-031Local Authority Enforce Violation of Noxious Weed ActSen. D. RobertsRep. M. LukensRep. B. McLachlan
SB24-045Modifications to Sterilization Requirements for Cats & DogsSen. L. ListonRep. M. RutinelRep. R. Taggart
HB24-1272Sunset Colorado Fire CommissionRep. E. VelascoRep. M. SoperSen. T. Exum

Ag & Natural Resources | Wed Feb 28, Upon Adjournment | SCR 352

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
SB24-148Precipitation Harvesting Storm Water DetentionSen. K. Van Winkle

Transportation & Energy | Wed Feb 28, 1:30 pm | SCR 352

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
Community Access Enterprise : Bony
SB24-150Processing of Municipal Solid WasteSen. L. CutterRep. M. Froelich

Transportation, Housing & Local Government | Wed Feb  28, 1:30 pm | Old State Library (2nd Floor of the Capitol)

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
HB24-1030Railroad Safety RequirementsRep. J. MabreySen. L. CutterSen. T. Exum

Agriculture & Natural Resources | Thu Feb 29, 1:30 pm | SCR 352

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
Parks And Wildlife Commission : Skiba, Beaulieu, ‘Jack’ Murphy
SB24-037Study Green Infrastructure for Water Quality ManagementSen. C. SimpsonSen. J. BridgesRep. M. LynchRep. K. McCormick

Transportation & Energy | Mon March 04, 1:30 pm | SCR 352

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
HB24-1012Front Range Passenger Rail District EfficiencyRep. T. MauroRep. A. BoeseneckerSen. R. ZenzingerSen. C. Simpson

WEEK 5 ENDING FEBRUARY 9, 2024

SB24-085 | Sales & Use Tax Rebate for Digital Asset Purchases | Concerning a rebate of the state sales and use tax paid on new digital infrastructure assets purchased in connection with an eligible data center. Sponsors: Sens Priola/Buckner, Reps Parenti/Weinberg (Bi-partisan) | Summary: For the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2026, and for each state fiscal year thereafter through the state fiscal year beginning July 1, 2033, the bill allows a data center business or a data center operator (taxpayer) to claim a rebate for all state sales and use tax that the taxpayer paid for construction materials or data center equipment that is for the construction or operation of an eligible data center, including everything imaginable, plus software. An “eligible data center” is defined as a data center that creates at least 20 jobs, generates at least $100M of revenue, and requires a min of 3MW of power. The commission may issue certification for up to 3 data centers to claim a sales and use tax rebate in any fiscal year. No prohibition on crypto-mining

SB24-123 | Waste Tire Management Enterprise | Concerning the creation of an enterprise that is exempt from the requirements of section 20 of article X of the state constitution to administer a fee-based waste tire management program. | Sponsors: Sens Priola/Hansen, Reps Mauro/Froelich | Summary:  The bill creates the waste tire management enterprise (enterprise). Under current law, when a consumer buys new tires, the retailer charges the consumer a waste tire fee (fee) that is then collected by the department of public health and environment (CDPHE) and distributed into 2 separate cash funds: The waste tire administration, enforcement, market development, and cleanup fund; and The end users fund. The department uses the money in the end users fund to issue rebates to end users of waste tires.

🚨 SB24-127 | Regulate Dredged & Fill Material State Waters | Concerning the establishment of a dredge-and-fill permit program to regulate the discharge of pollutants into certain state waters in response to recent changes in federal law. | Sponsors: Sen Kirkmeyer, Rep Bird (Bi-Partisan) | Summary: The bill creates the stream and wetlands protection commission (commission) in the department of natural resources (DNR) and requires the commission to develop, adopt, and maintain a dredge-and-fill permit program for: Regulating the discharge of dredged or fill material into certain state waters; and Providing protections for state waters, which protections are no more restrictive than the protections provided under the federal “Clean Water Act” as it existed on May 24, 2023. The commission is required to promulgate rules as expeditiously as is prudent and feasible concerning the issuance of permits under the permit program. Until the division implements such rules, the bill prohibits the water quality control division in the department of public health and environment from taking any enforcement action against an activity that includes the discharge of dredged or fill material into state waters if the activity causing the discharge is conducted in a manner that provides for protection of state waters consistent with the protections that would have occurred through compliance with federal law prior to May 25, 2023. The bill directs the state treasurer to transfer $600,000 from the severance tax operational fund to the capital construction fund on July 1, 2024, for the implementation of the bill.

SB24-148 | Precipitation Harvesting Storm Water Detention | Concerning allowing certain facilities to use water detained in a storm water detention and infiltration facility for precipitation harvesting. | Sponsor: Sen Van Winkle | Summary: Under current law, an entity that owns, operates, or has oversight over a storm water detention and infiltration facility (facility) is not allowed to divert, store, or otherwise use water detained in the facility. For facilities that are also approved for use as a precipitation harvesting facility, either through a substitute water supply plan or an augmentation plan, the bill authorizes the use of water detained in the facility for precipitation harvesting.

SB24-150 | Processing of Municipal Solid Waste | Concerning requirements for the processing of municipal solid waste in the state. Sponsors: Sen Cutter, Rep Froelich | Summary: On and after July 1, 2024, section 2 of the bill prohibits a person from operating or expanding certain units that incinerate municipal solid waste (incineration unit). Section 3 changes current law to provide that synthetic gas produced by the pyrolysis of waste materials is not an eligible energy resource for the purpose of certain state-level renewable energy standards. Section 4 changes current law to specify that methane derived from the pyrolysis of municipal solid waste is not recovered methane that is a clean heat resource for the purpose of clean heat plans.

🚨SB24-152 | Regenerative Agriculture Tax Credit | Concerning an income tax credit for qualifying food and beverage retailers in the state that source ingredients from local producers practicing regenerative agriculture. | Sponsors: Sens Simpson/Roberts, Rep McCormick (Bi-Partisan) | Summary: The bill creates a tax incentive program equal to 25% of the total amount paid to be administered by the department of Ag to encourage local food and beverage retailers to purchase agricultural commodities from local producers practicing regenerative agriculture, for  purchasing produce and animal products from qualifying local producers. Fact Sheet here.

BILL STATUS REPORT

Do you see a bill you feel some kind of way about?Email your legislator! Better yet, testify!

  • HB24-1006 | Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant App | Hearing 02/22
  • HB24-1012 | Front Range Passenger Rail District Efficiency | On House Floor for 3rd reading 02/12
  • HB24-1024 | Extend Outreach Campaigns Wildfire Risk Mitigation | Passed Committee of Reference (Ag) hearing, onto Appropriations
  • HB24-1030 | Railroad Safety Requirements | SUPPORT | Hearing 02/28
  • HB24-1173 | Electric Vehicle Charging System Permits | No hearing scheduled yet
  • HB24-1178 | Local Government Authority to Regulate Pesticides | Hearing 02/15
  • SB24-005 | Prohibit Landscaping Practices for Water Conservation | SUPPORT | PASSED SENATE; onto House Ag
  • SB24-009 | Local Government Disaster-Related Programs | Passed Ag Amended, onto Approps.
  • SB24-014 | Seal of Climate Literacy Diploma Endorsement | Passed Senate Ed with amendment to include blind and deaf, onto Approps
  • SB24-028 | Study Biochar in Wildfire Mitigation Efforts | Passed Ag Amended, onto Approps.
  • SB24-032 | Methods to Increase the Use of Transit | Passed Amended, onto Finance
  • SB24-036 | Vulnerable Road User Protection Enterprise | SUPPORT |Passed with significant amendments, onto Finance
  • SB24-037 | Study Green Infrastructure for Water Quality Mgmt | No hearing scheduled yet
  • SB24-038 | Authorize Conservancy District Water Management | No hearing scheduled yet
  • SB24-039 | Nuclear Energy as a Clean Energy Resource | OPPOSE | Failed! (Postponed Indefinitely)
  • SB24-085 | Sales & Use Tax Rebate for Digital Asset Purchases | No hearing scheduled yet
  • SB24-092 | Cost Effective Energy Codes | Concerning cost effective energy codes. | Hearing 02/29 
  • SB24-095 | Air Quality Ozone Levels | Concerning measures to address ozone levels in areas that do not meet federal ozone national ambient air quality standards. | No hearing scheduled yet
  • SB24-127 | Regulate Dredged & Fill Material State Waters | No hearing scheduled yet
  • SB24-148 | Precipitation Harvesting Storm Water Detention | Hearing 2/21
  • SB24-152 | Regenerative Agriculture Tax Credit | No hearing scheduled yet

HEARING SCHEDULE

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Transportation & Energy | Wednesday Feb 14, 1:30 pm | SCR 352

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
Energy Research Authority — Colorado : Sirangelo, Toor

Energy & Environment (E&E) |  Thu Feb 15, 1:30 pm | LSB A

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
HB24-1178Local Government Authority to Regulate PesticidesRep. C. Kipp, Rep. M. Froelich, Sen. L. Cutter, Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis

Agriculture & Natural Resources | Wed Feb 21, Upon Adjournment | SCR 352

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
SB24-148Precipitation Harvesting Storm Water DetentionSen. K. Van Winkle

Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources | Thu Feb 22, 2024 Upon Adjournment | HCR 0107

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
HB24-1117Invertebrates & Rare Plants Parks & Wildlife CommissionRep. K. McCormick, Rep. M. Soper, Sen. J. Marchman
HB24-1006Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant ApplicationRep. E. Velasco, Rep. M. Snyder, Sen. L. Cutter, Sen. P. Will

Transportation, Housing & Local Government | Wed Feb  28, 1:30 pm | Old State Library (2nd Floor of the Capitol)

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
HB24-1030Railroad Safety RequirementsRep. J. Mabrey, Sen. L. Cutter, Sen. T. Exum

WEEK 4 ENDING FEBRUARY 2, 2024

New bills this week

HB24-1173 | Electric Vehicle Charging System Permits | Concerning expediting the process for permitting electric motor vehicle charging systems. | Sponsors: Rep Valdez, A. | Summary: The bill establishes an expedited permitting process for the approval of electric motor vehicle (EV) charging systems for counties and municipalities. A board of county commissioners or the governing body of a municipality must adopt an application procedure for an applicant to apply for an EV charger permit to install an EV charging system. The county permitting agency will review and approve, conditionally approve, or deny an EV charger permit: Within 30 days after the application is considered complete, for an application that proposes to build fewer than 13 charging stations on a parcel where the EV charging system is considered an accessory land use to the existing or primary land use on that parcel; or Within 60 days after the application is considered complete, for an application that proposes to build 13 or more charging stations. If county takes no action within the time period then the EV charger permit is granted to the applicant. The bill also instructs the Colorado energy office to develop a model code regarding the approval of EV charger permits and provide counties and municipalities technical assistance in developing and administering the expedited EV charger permitting process.

HB24-1178 | Local Government Authority to Regulate Pesticides | Concerning local government authority to regulate pesticides. | Sponsors: Reps Kipp/Froelich, Sens Cutter/Jaquez Lewis | Summary: Current law prohibits a local government from creating laws that regulate the use of pesticides by pesticide applicators regulated by state or federal law. The bill allows a local government to create and enforce laws regulating the sale or use of pesticides to protect the health and safety of the community with certain exceptions.

BILL STATUS REPORT

Do you see a bill you feel some kind of way about? Email your legislatorBetter yet, testify!

  • HB24-1006 | Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant App | Hearing 02/08
  • HB24-1012 | Front Range Passenger Rail District Efficiency | Hearing 02/06
  • HB24-1024 | Extend Outreach Campaigns Wildfire Risk Mitigation | Passed Committee of Reference (Ag) hearing, onto Appropriations
  • HB24-1030 | Railroad Safety Requirements | SUPPORT | Hearing 02/07
  • HB24-1173 | Electric Vehicle Charging System Permits |
  • HB24-1178 | Local Government Authority to Regulate Pesticides |
  • SB24-005 | Prohibit Landscaping Practices for Water Conservation | SUPPORT | PASSED SENATE; onto House Ag
  • SB24-009 | Local Government Disaster-Related Programs | Passed Ag Amended, onto Approps.
  • SB24-014 | Seal of Climate Literacy Diploma Endorsement | Passed Senate Ed with amendment to include blind and deaf, onto Approps
  • SB24-028 | Study Biochar in Wildfire Mitigation Efforts | Passed Ag Amended, onto Approps.
  • SB24-032 | Methods to Increase the Use of Transit | Hearing 02/05
  • SB24-036 | Vulnerable Road User Protection Enterprise | SUPPORT | Hearing 02/05
  • SB24-037 | Study Green Infrastructure for Water Quality Mgmt | 
  • SB24-038 | Authorize Conservancy District Water Management | 
  • SB24-039 | Nuclear Energy as a Clean Energy Resource | OPPOSE | Failed! (PI’d which is Postponed Indefinitely)
  • SB24-092 | Cost Effective Energy Codes | Concerning cost effective energy codes. | Hearing 02/29
  • SB24-095 | Air Quality Ozone Levels | Concerning measures to address ozone levels in areas that do not meet federal ozone national ambient air quality standards.

HEARING SCHEDULE

To testify on a bill, in person or remotely, or offer written testimony to the committee, click here!


Note I added a presentation on February 14 by the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory because they’re always fascinating, so if you want a peek into the future, be sure to come down to the Capitol – it’s the T&E Committee’s valentine gift to you!

Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources | Monday Feb 05, 1:30 pm | HCR 0107

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
HB24-1006Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant ApplicationRep. E. VelascoRep. M. SnyderSen. L. CutterSen. P. Will

Transportation & Energy | Monday Feb 05, 1:30 pm | SCR 352

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
SB24-032Methods to Increase the Use of TransitSen. K. PriolaSen. S. Jaquez LewisRep. S. Vigil
SB24-036Vulnerable Road User Protection EnterpriseSen. F. WinterSen. L. CutterRep. M. LindsayRep. W. Lindstedt

Transportation, Housing & Local Government | Tuesday Feb 06, 1:30 pm | LSB A (Across the Street at 1410 N Grant St, south side of capitol)

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
HB24-1051Towing Carrier RegulationRep. A. BoeseneckerRep. T. MauroSen. L. CutterSen. K. Priola
HB24-1012Front Range Passenger Rail District EfficiencyRep. T. MauroRep. A. BoeseneckerSen. R. Zenzinger

Transportation, Housing & Local Government | Wed Feb 07, 1:30 pm | LSB A

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
HB24-1030Railroad Safety RequirementsRep. J. MabreySen. L. CutterSen. T. Exum

Transportation & Energy | Wednesday Feb 14, 1:30 pm | SCR 352

HEARING ITEMSPONSORS
Energy Research Authority — Colorado : Sirangelo, Toor

Week 3 ending January 26, 2024

NEW BILLS THIS WEEK

SB24-092 | Cost Effective Energy Codes | Concerning cost effective energy codes. | Sponsors: Sen Pelton, Rep Pugliese | Summary: The bill requires any provision of any energy code adopted by a county or municipality on or after January 1, 2026, to be cost effective. “Cost effective” means, using the existing energy efficiency standards and requirements as a base of comparison, that the economic benefits of the proposed energy efficiency standards and requirements will exceed the economic costs of those standards and requirements based upon an incremental multi-year analysis that: Considers the perspective of a typical first-time home buyer; Considers benefits and costs over a 10-year period; Does not assume fuel price increases in excess of the assumed general rate of inflation; Ensures that the buyer of a home who would qualify to purchase the home before the addition of the energy efficiency standards will still qualify to purchase the same home after the additional cost of energy saving construction features; and Ensures that the costs of principal, interest, taxes, insurance, and utilities will not be greater after the inclusion of the proposed cost of the additional energy saving construction features required by the proposed energy efficiency rules than under the provisions of the existing energy efficiency rules. 

SB24-095 | Air Quality Ozone Levels | Concerning measures to address ozone levels in areas that do not meet federal ozone national ambient air quality standards. | Sponsors: Sen Kirkmeyer | Summary: Creates a high-emitter vehicle program for owners of motor vehicles that are not in compliance with emission standards and that have been issued a certification of emissions waiver (qualified vehicle). If the owner of a qualified vehicle resides in a nonattainment area for ozone and has unsuccessfully attempted to have the motor vehicle repaired to cure the noncompliance, the owner is eligible for a voucher of $850. Wait, coal-rollers get rewarded? The vouchers may be redeemed at qualified repair facilities that will bring the vehicle into compliance. Requires the air quality control commission (AQCC) to create a garden rebate program to increase the use of electric motors used for outdoor power equipment. The program must: Provide a point-of-purchase rebate of the lesser of $150 or one-third of the price for each piece of outdoor power equipment purchased by the end user in a nonattainment area for ozone; Establish a registration system for qualified retailers; Repeals the current tax credit for buying lawn and garden equipment with an electric motor. Expands the clean fleet enterprise program to include light-duty trucks; Authorize the clean fleet enterprise to provide grants of up to 80% of a local government’s cost of low-NOx; Requires the APCD (Air Pollution Control Division) to regularly perform, in the nonattainment area for ozone, photochemical modeling studies and data analysis designed to determine ambient air ozone levels and the effectiveness of policies for lowering ambient air ozone levels. Repealed when Colorado achieves attainment.

BILL STATUS REPORT

Do you see a bill you feel some kind of way about?Email your legislator! Better yet, testify!

  • HB24-1006 | Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant App | Hearing 02/08
  • HB24-1012 | Front Range Passenger Rail District Efficiency | Hearing 02/06
  • HB24-1024 | Extend Outreach Campaigns Wildfire Risk Mitigation | Passed Committee of Reference (Ag) hearing, onto Appropriations
  • HB24-1030 | Railroad Safety Requirements | SUPPORT | Hearing 02/07
  • SB24-005 | Prohibit Landscaping Practices for Water Conservation | SUPPORT | Passed Ag Amended, onto Senate Floor
  • SB24-009 | Local Government Disaster-Related Programs | Passed Ag Amended, onto Approps.
  • SB24-014 | Seal of Climate Literacy Diploma Endorsement | Hearing 01/29
  • SB24-028 | Study Biochar in Wildfire Mitigation Efforts | Passed Ag Amended, onto Approps.
  • SB24-032 | Methods to Increase the Use of Transit | Hearing 02/05
  • SB24-036 | Vulnerable Road User Protection Enterprise | SUPPORT |Hearing 02/05
  • SB24-037 | Study Green Infrastructure for Water Quality Mgmt | 
  • SB24-038 | Authorize Conservancy District Water Management | 
  • SB24-039 | Nuclear Energy as a Clean Energy Resource | OPPOSE | Failed! (Postponed Indefinitely)
  • SB24-092 | Cost Effective Energy Codes | Concerning cost effective energy codes. |
  • SB24-095 | Air Quality Ozone Levels | Concerning measures to address ozone levels in areas that do not meet federal ozone national ambient air quality standards.

HEARING SCHEDULE

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Education | Monday January 29, 1:30 pm | SCR 357

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
SB24-017Distribution of State Share of District Total ProgramSen. P. Lundeen, Sen. J. Bridges, Rep. B. McLachlan, Rep. R. Pugliese
SB24-014Seal of Climate Literacy Diploma EndorsementSen. C. Hansen, Rep. B. McLachlan
SB24-049Content of Material in LibrariesSen. L. Cutter, Sen. C. Kolker, Rep. J. Joseph, Rep. E. Hamrick
SB24-034Increase Access to School-Based Health CareSen. J. Marchman, Sen. C. Kolker, Rep. L. Garcia

Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources | Monday Feb 05, 1:30 pm | HCR 0107

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
HB24-1006Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant ApplicationRep. E. Velasco, Rep. M. Snyder, Sen. L. Cutter, Sen. P. Will

Transportation & Energy | Monday Feb 05, 1:30 pm | SCR 352

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
SB24-032Methods to Increase the Use of TransitSen. K. Priola, Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis, Rep. S. Vigil
SB24-036Vulnerable Road User Protection EnterpriseSen. F. Winter, Sen. L. Cutter, Rep. M. Lindsay, Rep. W. Lindstedt

Transportation, Housing & Local Government | Tuesday Feb 06, 

1:30 pm | LSB A (Across the Street at 1410 N Grant St, south side of capitol)

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
HB24-1051Towing Carrier RegulationRep. A. Boesenecker, Rep. T. Mauro, Sen. L. Cutter, Sen. K. Priola
HB24-1012Front Range Passenger Rail District EfficiencyRep. T. Mauro, Rep. A. Boesenecker, Sen. R. Zenzinger

Transportation, Housing & Local Government | Wed Feb 07, 1:30 pm | LSB A (Across the Street at 1410 N Grant St, south side of capitol)

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
HB24-1030Railroad Safety RequirementsRep. J. Mabrey, Sen. L. Cutter, Sen. T. Exum

WEEK 2 ENDING JANUARY 19, 2024

No New Bills This Week!
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BILL STATUS REPORT

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  • HB24-1006 | Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant App | Hearing 02/05
  • HB24-1012 | Front Range Passenger Rail District Efficiency | Hearing 02/06
  • HB24-1024 | Extend Outreach Campaigns Wildfire Risk Mitigation | Hearing 01/22
  • HB24-1030 | Railroad Safety Requirements | SUPPORT | Hearing 02/07
  • SB24-005 | Prohibit Landscaping Practices for Water Conservation | SUPPORT | Hearing 01/25
  • SB24-009 | Local Government Disaster-Related Programs | Hearing 01/25
  • SB24-014 | Seal of Climate Literacy Diploma Endorsement | Hearing 01/29
  • SB24-028 | Study Biochar in Wildfire Mitigation Efforts | Hearing 01/25
  • SB24-032 | Methods to Increase the Use of Transit | Hearing 02/05
  • SB24-036 | Vulnerable Road User Protection Enterprise | SUPPORT |Hearing 02/05
  • SB24-037 | Study Green Infrastructure for Water Quality Mgmt | 
  • SB24-038 | Authorize Conservancy District Water Management | 
  • SB24-039 | Nuclear Energy as a Clean Energy Resource | OPPOSE | Hearing 01/24

HEARING SCHEDULE

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Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources | Monday Jan 22, 1:30 pm | HCR 0107 (Basement level of the Capitol in the hallway between the elevators)

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
HB24-1032Extend Wild Horse Population Management TimelineRep. M. Lynch, Rep. M. Duran, Sen. J. Ginal, Sen. P. Will
HB24-1024Extend Outreach Campaigns Wildfire Risk MitigationRep. T. Story, Rep. E. Velasco, Sen. L. Cutter

Senate Transportation & Energy (T&E) | Wed Jan 24, 1:30 pm | SCR (Senate Committee Room) 352 — 3rd floor of capitol in the hallway between the elevators

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
SB24-039Nuclear Energy as a Clean Energy ResourceSen L Liston

Ag & Natural Resources | Thursday Jan 25, 1:30 pm | SCR 352

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
SJR24-004Water Projects Eligibility ListsSen. D. Roberts, Sen. C. Simpson, Rep. K. McCormick, Rep. M. Catlin
SB24-028Study Biochar in Wildfire Mitigation EffortsSen. L. Cutter, Sen. P. Will, Rep. E. Velasco
SB24-009Local Government Disaster-Related ProgramsSen. L. Cutter, Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis, Rep. M. Snyder
SB24-031Local Authority Enforce Violation of Noxious Weed ActSen. D. Roberts, Rep. M. Lukens, Rep. B. McLachlan
SB24-005Prohibit Landscaping Practices for Water ConservationSen. D. Roberts, Sen. C. Simpson, Rep. K. McCormick, Rep. B. McLachlan

Education | Monday January 29, 1:30 pm | SCR 357

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
SB24-017Distribution of State Share of District Total ProgramSen. P. Lundeen, Sen. J. Bridges, Rep. B. McLachlan, Rep. R. Pugliese
SB24-014Seal of Climate Literacy Diploma EndorsementSen. C. Hansen, Rep. B. McLachlan
SB24-049Content of Material in LibrariesSen. L. Cutter, Sen. C. Kolker, Rep. J. Joseph, Rep. E. Hamrick
SB24-034Increase Access to School-Based Health CareSen. J. Marchman, Sen. C. Kolker, Rep. L. Garcia

Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources | Monday Feb 05, 1:30 pm | HCR 0107 (Basement level between the elevators)

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
HB24-1006Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant ApplicationRep. E. Velasco, Rep. M. Snyder, Sen. L. Cutter, Sen. P. Will

Transportation & Energy | Monday Feb 05, 1:30 pm | SCR 352

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
SB24-032Methods to Increase the Use of TransitSen. K. Priola, Sen. S. Jaquez Lewis, Rep. S. Vigil
SB24-036Vulnerable Road User Protection EnterpriseSen. F. Winter, Sen. L. Cutter, Rep. M. Lindsay, Rep. W. Lindstedt

Transportation, Housing & Local Government | Tuesday Feb 06, 1:30 pm | LSB A (Across the Street at 1410 N Grant St, south side of capitol)

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
HB24-1051Towing Carrier RegulationRep. A. Boesenecker, Rep. T. Mauro, Sen. L. Cutter, Sen. K. Priola
HB24-1012Front Range Passenger Rail District EfficiencyRep. T. Mauro, Rep. A. Boesenecker, Sen. R. Zenzinger

Transportation, Housing & Local Government | Wed Feb 07, 1:30 pm | LSB A

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
HB24-1030Railroad Safety RequirementsRep. J. Mabrey, Sen. L. Cutter, Sen. T. Exum

WEEK 1 ENDING JANUARY 12, 2024

NEW BILLS THIS WEEK

Energy

SB24-039 | Nuclear Energy as a Clean Energy Resource | Concerning the inclusion of nuclear energy as a source of clean energy. | Sponsor: Sen Liston | Summary: The statutory definition of “clean energy” in current law determines which energy projects are eligible for clean energy project financing at the county and city and county level. The statutory definition of “clean energy resource” in current law determines which energy resources may be used by a qualifying retail utility to meet the 2050 clean energy target. The bill updates the statutory definitions to include nuclear energy. (The problem is with the bolded sentence: it’s too costly, the plant’s concrete/steel carbon footprint is too large, it takes too long to build to be useful for our 2050 goal, and of course there’s the problem with uranium mining and spent fuel.) | Recommendation: OPPOSE

Transportation

HB24-1012 | Front Range Passenger Rail District Efficiency | Concerning the operational efficiency of the front range passenger rail district.| Sponsors: Reps Mauro/Boesenecker, Sen Zenzinger | Summary: modifies FRPR Board administration stuff

HB24-1030 | Railroad Safety Requirements | Concerning railroad safety | Sponsors: Rep Mabrey, Sens Cutter/Exum | Summary: Limiting the maximum length of a train operating in the state, requiring certain railroads to use wayside detector systems, limiting the amount of time a train may obstruct public travel at certain crossings, authorizing a crew member’s designated union representative to investigate certain reported incidents, authorizing the public utilities commission to impose fines for certain violations, requiring fine revenue to be paid to the front range passenger rail district for the purposes of maintaining and improving the safety of a front range passenger rail system, and requiring certain railroads to carry insurance coverage in minimum amounts. | Recommendation: SUPPORT

SB24-032 | Methods to Increase the Use of Transit | Concerning methods to increase the use of transit. | Sponsors: Sens Priola/Jaquez Lewis, Rep Vigil | Summary: The bill creates the statewide transit pass exploratory committee within CDOT to produce a viable proposal for the creation, implementation, and administration of a statewide transit pass. The committee is required to meet as necessary to produce a viable proposal by July 1, 2026, with the goal of implementing a statewide transit pass by January 1, 2028.

SB24-036 | Vulnerable Road User Protection Enterprise | Concerning the creation of an enterprise to provide infrastructure improvements that protect vulnerable road users. | Sponsors: Sens Winter/Cutter, Reps Lindsay/Lindstedt | Summary: Provides funding for transportation system infrastructure improvements and other data-driven strategies identified in the federal highway administration-mandated vulnerable road user safety assessment, which CDOT is required to develop, that reduce the number of collisions with motor vehicles that result in death or serious injury to vulnerable road users. The enterprise is required to impose a vulnerable road user protection fee, which is imposed in tiered amounts that are calculated based on motor vehicle weight and configuration, on the registration of passenger cars and light trucks that are not commercial vehicles. Fee revenue is credited to a newly created vulnerable road user protection enterprise cash fund and continuously appropriated to the enterprise. | Recommendation: SUPPORT

GHG Pollution

SB24-028 | Study Biochar in Wildfire Mitigation Efforts | Concerning a comprehensive study on biochar, and, in connection therewith, studying the use of biochar in wildfire mitigation efforts. | Sponsors: Sens Cutter/Will, Rep Velasco (Bi-partisan) | Summary: directs the board of governors of the Colorado state university system (board) to conduct, or cause to be conducted, a comprehensive study on biochar, including its use in wildfire mitigation efforts. The board is required to submit a report on the findings of the study to specified committees of the general assembly by July 2026.

Climate Impacts

HB24-1006 | Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant App | Concerning assistance for rural communities to apply for wildfire-related grant money. | Sponsors: Reps Velasco/Snyder, Sens Cutter/Will (Bi-partisan) | Summary: Directs the rural opportunity office to assist rural communities with identifying and applying for state or federal grants for wildfire mitigation, prevention, response, or risk management efforts (wildfire-related grants) and to annually report back to the legislature

HB24-1024 | Extend Outreach Campaigns Wildfire Risk Mitigation | Concerning the continuation of public outreach campaigns relating to wildfire risk mitigation in the wildland-urban interface | Sponsors: Reps Story/Velasco, Sen Cutter | Summary: The bill requires the Colorado state forest service (forest service) to conduct enhanced wildfire awareness month outreach campaigns (campaigns) through 2027 and other outreach efforts through the 2026-27 state fiscal year that are expected to increase awareness of wildfire risk mitigation by residents in the wildland-urban interface. $300K from the general fund.

SB24-005 | Prohibit Landscaping Practices for Water Conservation | Concerning the conservation of water in the state through the prohibition of certain landscaping practices. | Sponsors: Sens Roberts/Simpson, Reps McCormick/McLachlan (Bi-partisan) | Summary: Prohibits local governments and HOAs from allowing the installation, planting, or placement of nonfunctional turf, artificial turf, or invasive plant species on commercial, institutional, or industrial property or a transportation corridor. | Recommendation: SUPPORT

SB24-009 | Local Government Disaster-Related Programs | Concerning assisting local governments in disaster-related programs. | Sponsors: Sens Cutter/Jaquez Lewis, Rep Snyder | Summary: Establishes the slash removal pilot program to support county efforts to efficiently and effectively remove slash.

SB24-014 | Seal of Climate Literacy Diploma Endorsement | Concerning authorization for granting a high school diploma endorsement related to climate literacy. | Sponsors: Sen Hansen, Rep McLachlan | Summary: The bill authorizes a local education provider to grant a high school diploma endorsement in climate literacy to graduating students who demonstrate mastery in climate literacy and attain green skills or technical green skills.

SB24-037 | Study Green Infrastructure for Water Quality Mgmt | Concerning alternative mechanisms for achieving compliance with water quality standards. | Sponsors: Sens Simpson/Bridges, Reps Lunch/McCormick (Bi-partisan) | Summary:  Conduct a feasibility study of the use of green infrastructure, as an alternative to traditional gray infrastructure, which refers to centralized water treatment facilities, and the use of green financing mechanisms for water quality management

SB24-038 | Authorize Conservancy District Water Management | Concerning authorizing a conservancy district to participate in a plan for augmentation; contract with water users outside the conservancy district for the provision of services; exercise certain powers regarding the control, delivery, use, and distribution of water; establish a water activity enterprise; and sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of the use of water or capacity in works by contract. | Sponsors: Sens Bridges/Simpson, Reps Martinez/McCormick (Bi-partisan) | Summary: Under current law, when certain conditions exist, a district court may establish conservancy districts for the conservation, development, utilization, and disposal of water for agricultural, municipal, and industrial uses. The bill allows conservancy districts to conserve, develop, utilize, or dispose of water for commercial uses as well. Allows a conservancy district to establish a water activity enterprise, which is a business that receives less than 10% of its annual revenues in grants from all Colorado state and local governments combined, is authorized to issue its own revenue bonds, and is excluded from the provisions of the “Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights” in the state constitution.

HEARING SCHEDULE

Sentate Transportation & Energy (T&E) | Wed Jan 24, 1:30 pm | SCR (senate Committee room) 352 — 3rd floor of capitol

HEARING ITEM
SPONSORS
SB23-062Nuclear Energy as a Clean Energy ResourceSen L Liston