Following is the 16th bill summary of the 2022 State Legislature for the week ending May 6: 

Last year we had 59 climate bills, this year we had 41.  

8 of those failed in Committee.  8 have passed.  25 ARE STILL IN PROGRESS! 

There are 226 bills still pending out of 657 total, so overall 34% of the potential laws are still waiting.  But on climate bills, 60% of the total await passage.

Good news? No bills died last week in Committees!

There is nothing left to do but watch and wait, assuming you’ve contacted your Representative and Senator (respectively to get the bills passed on the House/Senate Floor). Here are the 25 bills still sitting here on capitol hill:

  • HB22-1011 | Wildfire Mitigation Incentives For Local Governments – Passed House, on Senate Floor 05/09
  • HB22-1012 | Wildfire Mitigation And Recovery – Passed House, on Senate Floor 05/09
  • HB22-1013 | Microgrids | Passed House, Passed Senate Finance w rec for consent calendar
  • HB22-1026 | Alternative Transportation Options Tax Credit – Passed House, onto Senate Finance 05/09
  • HB22-1218 – EV Chargers in multi-unit Housing – Passed House, On Senate Floor
  • HB22-1244 – Air Toxics – many many amendments, but passed House.  In Senate State Affairs – Senate State Affairs 05/09 then must pass Senate and be reconciled with House version due to additional amendments. Editorial note: if this dies you will know that in Colorado, it’s profits over people!
  • HB22-1345 | PFAS Ban | Passed House, Senate Floor 05/09
  • HB22-1348 | Oversight of Fracking Chemicalspassed, onto Approps not scheduled
  • HB22-1355 | Recycling Producer Responsibility – Passed House, on Senate Floor 05/09 
  • HB22-1391 | Modifications To Severance Tax – Passed House, Hearing Senate Finance 05/09
  • HB22-1394 | Fund Just Transition Community And Worker Supports – Passed House, on Senate Floor 05/09
  • HB22-1361 | Oil And Gas Reporting – passed, onto Senate Approps not scheduled
  • HB22-1362 | Building GHGs – Passed House,  Senate Floor 05/09
  • HB22-1381 | Colorado Energy Office Geothermal Energy Grant Program — in Senate Approps, not scheduled. 
  • HB22-1391 | Modifications To Severance Tax – passed House, onto Senate Finance 05/09
  • HB22-1394 | Fund Just Transition Community And Worker Supports – On Senate floor
  • SB22-007 | Increase Wildfire Risk Mitigation Outreach Efforts – Passed Senate, on House Floor 05/09
  • SB22-051 – Reduce Building GHGs with Heat Pumps & lower-carbon building materials – on House Floor
  • SB22-118 | Encourage Geothermal Energy Use – Passed Senate, on House Floor 05/09
  • SB22-138 | Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Colorado – Passed House, passed Senate Finance, onto Senate Approps not scheduled
  • SB22-180 – Free RTD for 30 days during Ozone Season, on House Floor
  • SB22-193 | Air Quality Improvement Investments | On House Floor
  • SB22-198 | Orphaned Oil And Well Enterprise – passed Senate, passed House Finance, onto Floor
  • SB22-199 | Native Pollinating Insects Protection Study – Passed Senate, onto House Approps not scheduled
  • SB22-206 | Disaster Preparedness And Recovery Resources | Passed Senate, in House Approps not scheduled.

Energy

HB22-1361 | Oil And Gas Reporting | Concerning measures to enhance oversight of oil and gas operations within the state. | Sponsors: Rep Boesenecker | For a random sample and industry-wide figures, compares Production reported to COGCC against production reported to Dept of Revenue for tax purposes (they better match!); compares estimated emissions when filing for permit against actual emissions reported to CDPHE (to help inform future permitting decisions); reports on overall Enforcement implementation including reporting compliance, ops that might affect public health & safety (like well integrity testing) as well as fines levied for violations that did affect public health, the environment, or wildlife, like spills/accidents/etc. | Hearing House E&E 04/21 | ✅SUPPORT

SB22-198 | Orphaned Oil And Gas Wells Enterprise | Concerning measures to address orphaned wells in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, creating the orphaned wells mitigation enterprise. | Sponsors: Sens Fenberg/Scott; Reps Weissman/Will. | Codifies  the Orphaned Well Mitigation fund approved at the recent Financial Assurances Rulemaking. | Assigned to Senate Finance 04/20

HB22-1249 | Electric Grid Resilience And Reliability Roadmap | Concerning the creation of a roadmap for improving electric grids in the state. | Sponsors: Reps Bernett/Hooton | The bill requires the Colorado energy office (office), in collaboration with the department of local affairs (department) and the Colorado resiliency office (resiliency office), to develop a grid resilience and reliability roadmap (roadmap) for improving the resilience and reliability of electric grids in the state (grid), which roadmap must include guidance on how microgrids may be used to harden the grid, improve grid resilience and reliability, and help serve communities’ electricity needs independent of the grid. In developing the roadmap, the office, department, and resiliency office are required to engage interested persons throughout the state in stakeholder meetings and consider stakeholder input. | Passed House; onto Senate Approps 04/19 | ✅ SUPPORT

HB22-1140 | Green Hydrogen To Meet Pollution Reduction Goals | Concerning the use of green hydrogen to meet statewide greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals. | Sponsors: D. Valdez/Woog (Bi-p) | The bill includes green hydrogen as a renewable energy resource that retail electric service providers (over 40K customers) may use to meet standards requiring that a certain percentage of the provider’s electricity sales be from an eligible energy resource. The bill also requires the governor to update the Colorado greenhouse gas pollution reduction roadmap to expressly include green hydrogen as a renewable energy resource that providers may use to meet statewide greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals for the electric utility sector. | ✅ Support | Failed in House E&E due to concerns about ‘clean’ (bad) hydrogen and green (good) hydrogen.

SB22-118 | Encourage Geothermal Energy Use | Concerning the encouragement of the use of geothermal energy by providing similar treatment to solar energy. | Sponsors: Sen Woodward, Reps Holthorf/D. Valdez (Bi-p) | Looong Summary: Section 1 of the bill requires the Colorado energy office (office) to develop basic consumer education and guidance about leased or purchased geothermal installation, and requires inclusion in the Roadmap; Section 4 specifies that a “project” for purposes of the “County and Municipality Development Revenue Bond Act” includes capital improvements to existing single-family residential, multi-family residential, commercial, or industrial structures, to retrofit such structures for installation of geothermal improvements; Section 10 permits the Colorado Ag Dev board to use some of the money in the value-added cash fund for geothermal colocated with agricultural uses; Section 13 provides a property tax exemption. | ✅ Support | Passed Senate; onto House E&E 04/20 (For Action Only; no testimony)

SB22-073 | Alternative Energy Sources | Concerning a feasibility study for the use of small modular nuclear reactors as a source of carbon-free energy and for recycled energy for pumped hydroelectricity. | Sponsors Sen Rankin, Rep McKean | ❌ OPPOSE Postponed Indefinitely (PI’d) Senate State Affairs 3-2

HB22-1013 | Microgrids For Community Resilience Grant Program | Concerning the creation of a grant program to build community resilience regarding electric grid disruptions through the development of microgrids. | Sponsors: Reps Pelton/Snyder, Sens Hisey/Winter (Bi-p) | For co-ops and munis only, and for eligible remote towns only.  Eligible is defined as those at significant risk of severe weather or natural disaster events and in which there are one or more community anchor institutions (school/firehouse etc.) It’s an integral part of a smarter, safer, more reliable grid! | ✅ SUPPORT – Passed House E&E with a vote of 12-1 and with $5M appropriated via amendment; sitting in Approps

HB22-1018 | Electric And Gas Utility Customer Protections | Concerning a state regulated utility’s practices regarding a customer’s ability to pay the customer’s utility bill. | Sponsor: Rep Kennedy | Ensuring IOU’s can’t disconnect in the middle of the night, on weekends or holidays and ensures same day reinstatement. Sets new eligible income requirements for assistance. Passed House E&E 7-2; Passed House Finance 7-4; onto Approps

HB22-1020 | Customer Right To Use Energy | Concerning a guarantee of a customer’s right to use energy. | Sponsors: Rep Woog/Sen Kirkmeyer | Prohibits the limiting of the use of natural gas or propane. ❌ OPPOSE – House E&E Postponed Indefinitely (until next year…)

SB22-026 | Oil And Gas Operator Property Tax Procedures | Concerning an oil and gas operator’s sole ability to review and protest property tax. Sponsors: Sens Ginal/Kirkmeyer, Reps Boesenecker/Rich (Bi-p) | Signed into law

GHGs Pollution

HB22-1362 | Building GHGs Emissions | Concerning the reduction of building greenhouse gas emissions by updating Energy Codes | Sponsors: Reps Bernett/Valdez; Sens Hansen/Winter | The bill requires the Colorado energy office to identify by 2025 for adoption 3 sets of model code language: Model electric and solar ready code language; Model low energy and carbon code language; and Model green code language for implementation by 2030. The bill creates 2 primary grant programs: The building electrification for public buildings grant program to provide grants ($3M) for the installation of high-efficiency electric heating equipment; and The high-efficiency electric heating and appliances grant program ($10M) for the installation of high-efficiency electric heating equipment in multiple structures within a neighborhood, and $12 million to the clean air building investments fund for the creation, implementation, and administration of the high-efficiency electric heating and appliances grant program. | Passed House E&E; onto Approps | ✅ SUPPORT

SB22-193 | Air Quality Improvement Investments | Concerning measures to improve air quality in the state, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. | Sponsors: Sens Fenberg/Gonzales; Rep A. Valdez | Authorizes $25 million for the Clean Air Grant Program to lower industrial emissions; $65 million to replace diesel school buses with clean, electric buses;  $15 million to replace and/or electrify the dirtiest trucks on the road;  $12 million to increase access to e-bikes; $7 million to increase aerial and ground monitoring so we can catch leaks quickly and find egregious cases of pollution that must be addressed. This year’s signature Climate bill! | On Senate Floor for 3rd reading, then onto House.  | ✅ SUPPORT

SB22-180 | Programs To Reduce Ozone Through Increased Transit |Concerning programs to reduce ground level ozone through increased use of transit. | Sponsors: Sens Winter/Hinrichsen, Reps Gray/Bacon | The bill creates the ozone season transit grant program (program) in the Colorado energy office (office). The program provides grants to the regional transportation district (RTD) and transit associations in order to provide free transit services for at least 30 days during ozone season. A transit association receiving a grant may use the money to make grants to eligible transit agencies. The eligible transit agencies may use the money to provide at least 30 days of new or expanded free transit services during ozone season. The RTD may use grant money to cover up to 80% of the costs of providing free transit for at least 30 days on all services offered by the RTD during ozone season. Eligible transit agencies and the RTD can use the money to cover lost fare box revenues and to pay for other expenses necessary to implement the program, including expenses associated with an increase in ridership as a result of the program. The RTD and a transportation association receiving a grant are required to report to the office on the services offered and estimates of the change in ridership as a result of the program. The office is required to establish policies governing the program and to report to the house and senate transportation committees by December 31 of each year of the program. The program is repealed, effective July 1, 2024. The transit and rail division (division) in the department of transportation is required to create a 3-year pilot project to extend state-run transit services throughout the state with the goals of reducing ground level ozone, increasing ridership, and reducing vehicle miles traveled in the state. The division is required to report to the transportation legislation review committee on the pilot project. The pilot project is repealed, effective July 1, 2026. | Passed Senate T&E; onto Senate Floor  | ✅ SUPPORT

SB22-138 | Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions In Colorado | Concerning measures to promote reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in Colorado. | Sponsors: Sen Hansen/Rep A. Valdez | Section 1 defines “climate-risk assessment” as a determination of the economic and business risks that climate change poses to an investment. Section 2 requires the board of trustees of the public employees’ retirement association (PERA board) to prepare a similar annual report and post it on the PERA board’s website. Section 3 updates the statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals to add a 40% reduction goal for 2028 compared to 2005 GHG pollution levels and a 75% reduction goal for 2040 compared to 2005 GHG pollution levels. Section 11 establishes a state income tax credit in an amount equal to 30% of the purchase price for new, electric-powered, small off-road equipment for purchases made in income tax years 2023 through 2029. Section 6 gives the oil and gas conservation commission authority over class VI injection wells used for sequestration of GHG, including through the issuance and enforcement of permits. Section 7 requires the commissioner of agriculture or the commissioner’s designee, in consultation with the Colorado energy office and the air quality control commission, to conduct a study examining carbon reduction and sequestration opportunities in the agricultural sector in the state, including the potential development of certified carbon offset programs or credit instruments. In support of the use of agrivoltaics, which is the colocation of solar energy generation facilities on a parcel of land with agricultural activities, section 8 authorizes the Colorado agriculture value-added development board (board) to provide financing, including grants or loans, for agricultural research on the use of agrivoltaics. Section 9 also updates the statutory definition of “agrivoltaics” to list additional agricultural activities on the parcel of land on which solar panel generation facilities may be colocated, including animal husbandry, cover cropping for soil health, and carbon sequestration. Section 10 amends the statutory definition of “solar energy facility” used in determining the valuation of public utilities for property tax purposes to include agrivoltaics. | ✅ SUPPORT | Passed Senate Finance; onto Approps 04/19

HB22-1244 | Public Protections From Toxic Air Contaminants | Concerning measures to increase public protection from toxic air contaminants. | Sponsors: Reps Kennedy/Gonzales-Gutierrez; Sen Gonzales | The bill creates a new program to regulate a subset of air pollutants, referred to as “toxic air contaminants”, which are defined as hazardous air pollutants, covered air toxics, and all other air pollutants that the air quality control commission (commission) designates by rule as a toxic air contaminant based on its adverse health effects. In implementing the program, the commission has the authority to adopt rules that are more stringent than the corresponding requirements of the federal “Clean Air Act”. Beginning no later than January 1, 2024, the division will develop at least six long-term sites for monitoring program to determine the concentration of toxic air contaminants in the ambient air of the state. Beginning no later than July 1, 2027, the commission will identify by rule toxic air contaminants that may pose a risk of harm to public health in the state (high-risk toxic air contaminants) and adopt health-based standards and emissions limitations (airborne toxic control measures) for high-risk toxic air contaminants. On or before July 1, 2032, and at least every 5 years thereafter, the commission will review the health-based standards and airborne toxic control measures to determine if the commission should: Identify any additional high-risk toxic air contaminants; and Adjust the existing health-based standards and airborne toxic control measures. Beginning on July 1, 2027, when applying for a new or modified air pollution permit that is subject to the new source review requirements of the federal “Clean Air Act”, the owner or operator of a stationary source of pollution must submit an analysis of the impacts of the stationary source’s emissions of toxic air contaminants on concentrations of toxic air contaminants in the ambient air. The division may only approve the application if the division determines, based on the analysis, that the source’s emissions will not contribute to an increase in concentrations in the ambient air at or in excess of a health-based standard. Beginning on July 1, 2027, to protect public health and the environment, the division may reopen any existing air pollution permits and require the owner or operator of a stationary source of pollution to submit to the division an analysis of the impacts of the stationary source’s emissions of toxic air contaminants on concentrations of toxic air contaminants in the ambient air. If the division determines, based on the analysis, that the source’s emissions contribute to concentrations in the ambient air at or in excess of a health-based standard, the division may require a decrease or cessation in the applicable emissions over the shortest practicable time until the emissions no longer contribute to concentrations in the ambient air at or in excess of a health-based standard. The advisory board consists of 3 voting members appointed by the executive director of the department and a nonvoting member representing the department. | ✅ SUPPORT | Passed House E&E 8-4; onto Approps

HB22-1218 | Resource Efficiency Buildings Electric Vehicles | Concerning resource efficiency related to constructing a building for occupancy. | Sponsors: Rep A. Valdez | Requires commercial buildings and multifamily residences to include electric vehicle charging for at least 10% of the parking spaces if the building is 25,000 square feet or more or if the building is part of a project that is 40,000 square feet or more of floor space in more than one building, with a total of 25 or more sets of living quarters or commercial units among all the buildings. These buildings must also have: The space in the electrical facilities to increase electric vehicle charging to 50% of the parking spaces; and Conduit run to increase electric vehicle charging to 50% of the parking spaces. | Passed House E&E, onto Floor  | ✅ SUPPORT

HB22-1138 | Reduce Employee Single Occupancy Vehicle Trips | Concerning the creation of programs to reduce the number of sidle-occupancy vehicle commuter trips by improving access to alternative transportation options. | SPONSORS: Reps Gray/Herod, Sens Winter/Hansen | For income tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, but before January 1, 2030, the bill creates an income tax credit (tax credit) for any employer that: Creates a clean commuting plan to implement strategies to increase the use of alternative transportation options and reduce the number of measurable vehicle miles driven by its employees. PI’d in House Finance 9-1

HB22-1134 | Measures To Reduce Use Single-use Meal Accessories | Concerning measures to reduce the use of single-use meal accessories. | Sponsors:  Rep Titone, Sen Priola (Bi-p) | Starting next year, you have to opt-in to receive single-use food serviceware/condiments (doesn’t apply to napkins). Exempts a few logical spaces like self-serve/B&B etc.  Also eliminates the preemption clause for local governments from last year, so they can go back to enforcing stricter laws. Effective 1/1/23. | PI’d by sponsor in House State Affairs (not enough Aye votes)

SB22-051 | Policies To Reduce Emissions From Built Environment | Sponsor: Hansen | Specifies that air-source and ground-source heat pump systems are household furnishings exempt from the levy and collection of property tax. The bill exempts air-source and ground-source heat pump systems from the definition of “fixtures” for property tax purposes. ✅ SUPPORT | Passed Senate; Passed House E&E, onto Floor

SB22-082 | Geographical Area Hazardous Air Pollution Rule | Concerning addressing the geographical areas with the greatest concentration of air pollutants that affect human health. | Sponsor: Donovan | PI’d Health & Human Services 4-2 

HB22-1026 | Alternative Transportation Options Tax Credit | Concerning the replacement of the income tax deduction with an income tax credit of 50% for amounts spent by an employer for that purpose. | Sponsors: Reps Bird/Woog, Sens Hansen/Liston (Bi-p) | Passed House Finance 7-4, onto Approps

Climate Impacts

SB22-199 | Native Pollinating Insects Protection Study | Concerning a study regarding the protection of native pollinating insects in the state. | Sponsors: Sens Jaquez Lewis/Priola; Reps Kipp/Froelich | Since we can’t seem to get protections for pollinators passed, this bill will require DNR (Dept of Nat Resources) to study the challenges associated with native pollinating insect decline, their associated ecosystems, and their health and resilience in the state and submit a report to the Legislature and Governor summarizing the study and recommendations.  | Assigned to Senate State Affairs

HB22-1345 | PFAS Consumer Protection including bans in 2024 | Concerning measures to increase protections from perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals. |  Sponsors: Reps Cutter/Bradfield (Bi-p) | Section 1 of the bill enacts the “Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Chemicals Consumer Protection Act” to establish a regulatory scheme that collects information from product manufacturers regarding the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS chemicals) in their products and phases out the sale or distribution of products that contain intentionally added PFAS chemicals. Section 1 requires manufacturers of products that are sold or distributed in the state and that contain intentionally added PFAS chemicals to provide written notification to CDPHE. A manufacturer submitting the notification to the executive director must pay a fee established by the executive director. The fee will be credited to the perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances cash fund (fund). Bans PFAS starting 2024 on Carpets or rugs; Cookware; Cosmetics; Fabric treatments; Food packaging; Juvenile products; Oil and gas products; Textile furnishings; and Upholstered furniture. Regulates fire fighting foam.  | ✅ Support | Hearing House E&E 04/14 1:30p

HB22-1348 | Oversight of Chemicals Used in Fracking | Concerning enhanced oversight of the chemicals used in oil and gas production. | Sponsors: Reps Froelich/Caraveo, Sen Winter | The bill establishes a regulatory scheme that requires disclosure of certain chemical information for products used in downhole oil and gas operations (chemical disclosure information). On or before July 31, 2023, the oil and gas conservation commission (commission) is required to utilize or develop a chemical disclosure website to collect and share certain chemical disclosure information to the public (chemical disclosure website). On and after July 31, 2023, a manufacturer that sells or distributes a chemical product for use in underground oil and gas operations (downhole operations) in the state must disclose to the commission: The trade name of the chemical product; A list of the names of each chemical used in the chemical product; The estimated amount of each chemical used in the chemical product; and A description of the intended purpose of the chemical used in the chemical product. The manufacturer must also provide the commission with a declaration that the chemical product contains no intentionally added perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl chemicals.  

The commission will use the chemical disclosure information to create a chemical disclosure list. Prior to the commencement of downhole operations, the operator is required to disclose the chemical disclosure list to communities near where downhole operations will be conducted, local public water administrators, and, if there is a high-priority habitat near where downhole operations are being conducted, the division of parks and wildlife. No later than February 1, 2025, and no later than February 1 each year thereafter, the commission shall submit and present an annual report to the general assembly based on the chemical disclosure information. Fact Sheet  | ✅ Support | Passed House E&E; onto Approps

SB22-158 | Species Conservation Trust Fund Projects | Concerning support for species conservation trust fund projects, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. | Sponsor: Sen Donovan | Summary: The bill appropriates $6 million from the species conservation trust fund for programs submitted by the executive director of the department of natural resources that are designed to conserve native species that state or federal law list as threatened or endangered or that are candidate species or are likely to become candidate species as determined by the United States fish and wildlife service, allocated as follows:

  • $770,000 for native terrestrial wildlife conservation;
  • $2,230,000 for native aquatic wildlife conservation;
  • $1,900,000 for a Platte river recovery implementation program;
  • $800,000 for an upper Colorado river endangered fish recovery program and San Juan river basin recovery implementation program;
  • $250,000 for a 15-mile reach of Ruedi reservoir releases; and
  • $50,000 for selenium management, research, monitoring, evaluation, and control. | Senate T&E Passed Unanimously, onto Approps

HB22-1166 | Incentives Promote Colorado Timber Industry | Concerning the adoption of incentives to promote the timber industry in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, creating an internship program in the Colorado state forest service, extending an existing sales and use tax exemption to cover the sales, storage, and use of wood harvested in Colorado, and creating a state income tax credit for the purchase of qualifying items used in timber production. Creating an internship program is all well and good, but we don’t need to pay 50% of their salary, and we most definitely shouldn’t be giving them tax CREDIT of 20% for purchasing mechanized equipment! | Passed House  E&E Unanimously, onto Approps

HB22-1159 | Waste Diversion And Circular Economy Development Center | Concerning waste diversion, and, in connection therewith, creating the circular economy development center in the department of public health and environment, establishing the costs of operating the center as a permissible use of money from the front range waste diversion cash fund and the recycling resources economic opportunity fund, and extending and removing certain repeal dates associated with existing statutory waste diversion efforts. | Sponsors: Rep Cutter, Sen Priola (Bi-p) | Passed House, onto Senate Finance

SB22-131 | Protect Health Of Pollinators And People | Concerning measures to improve pollinator habitats for the protection of the environment. | Sponsors:  Sens Jaquez Lewis/Priola, Reps Kipp/Froelich (Bi-p) | The bill implements a number of measures to protect pollinators and people. It restricts the use of pesticides on the grounds of a school, preschool program, child care center, or children’s resident camp, studies how to address pollinator decline and increase pollinator health in the state. It creates a pilot grant program in the department of agriculture to provide financial grants to agricultural producers to test the use of non-coated seed-applied systemic insecticide on their crops, and requires rules designating as restricted-use certain pesticides that contain an active ingredient belonging to the neonicotinoid class of insecticides or the sulfoxomine class of insecticides, but allowing the use of such pesticides in pet care, personal care, wood preservatives, and indoor pest-control products and products used on golf courses. The commissioner’s rules will not affect the use of the restricted-use pesticides for agricultural purposes, but will authorize local governments to regulate pesticide use and remove certain preemptions regarding local government regulation of pesticide use. | PI’d Senate Ag/Nat Res 6-1

HB22-1225 | Sunset Continue Colorado Resiliency Office | Sponsors: Reps Hooton/Will (Bi-p) | Extends the Colorado resiliency office in the department of local affairs until 2036, and, in connection therewith, implementing recommendations contained in the 2021 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies. | Passed House; onto Senate Approps 04/19

HB22-1193 | Fund Just Transition Coal Workforce Programs | Concerning adjustments to expenditures from funds dedicated to assisting those impacted by the transition to a clean energy economy, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. | Sponsors: Reps Herod/McCluskie, Sens Hansen/Rankin (Bi-p) | The bill directs the state treasurer to transfer $2 million from the coal transition workforce assistance program account (account) to the just transition cash fund (fund), and $150K to School of Mines to expand the Carbon Ore, Rare Earth, and Critical Minerals Initiative for U.S. Basins (CORE-CM initiative). | Passed and Signed into Law!

SB22-090 | Severe Weather Notifications To Utility Customers | Concerning a requirement that energy utilities notify their customers of certain severe weather events. | Sen Story, Rep Hooton | The bill requires an electric or gas utility to determine if a forecasted severe weather event (event) warrants notification to its customers located in the path of the event. If the utility determines notification is warranted, the utility shall send notification to its customers to inform customers of the event, provide specific suggestions for how to conserve energy, alert customers to the potential electricity or fuel price increase resulting from the event, and provide customer service contact information for the utility. A utility shall send notification to customers by 2 or more types of immediate communication, including text messages or alerts, e-mails, or telephone calls. Additionally, the utility may issue a public service announcement on one or more television or radio stations. | Senate T&E hearing 04/19

HB22-1007 | Assistance Landowner Wildfire Mitigation | Concerning wildfire mitigation assistance for landowners. Sponsors: Reps D Valdez/Lynch, Sens Simpson/Lee (Bi-p) | Establishes the wildfire mitigation resources grant program in state Forest Svc., replaces last year’s tax credit for homeowner mitigation with a sliding scale credit based on income. | Passed House E&E 12-0; passed Finance, onto Approps

HB22-1011 | Wildfire Mitigation Incentives For Local Governments |Concerning the establishment of a state grant program that provides funding to local governments that dedicate resources for wildfire mitigation purposes. | Sponsors: Reps Cutter/Snyder, Sens Story/Lee | Passed House E&E 9-3; onto Approps


HB22-1012 | Wildfire Mitigation And Recovery | Concerning healthy forests, and, in connection therewith, creating the wildfire mitigation and recovery grant program. | Sponsors: Reps Cutter/D Valdez, Sens Ginal/Lee | A grant for forested counties, which shall ensure that biomass is removed from forests is recycled or disposed of in a manner that reduces the amount of carbon that enters the atmosphere. | Passed House E&E 11-1 Amended; onto Approps


SB22-007 | Increase Wildfire Risk Mitigation Outreach Efforts | Concerning outreach to the public relating to wildfire risk mitigation practices. Sponsors: Sens Lee/Story, Reps Cutter/Snyder. When combined with last year’s wildfire management/mitigation bills, we’re working hard to surround the problem with all the wildfire bills this year! Let’s make sure our fellow citizens know. Passed Senate Local Govt 3-2 Amended; onto Approps


SB22-029 | Investment Water Speculation | Concerning water speculation in the state. | Sponsors: Sens Coram/Donovan/Rep McCormick (Bi-p)  | Prohibits a purchaser of agricultural water rights that are represented by shares in a mutual ditch company from engaging in investment water speculation. Yay for protecting our water which hedge funds have been buying up, though farmers/ranchers ought to have the ability to do with their water rights what they will, so this might be a fight. | Senate Ag/Nat Res Hearing 04/21

Key: ✅ = the CCLC supports this bill
❌  = the CCLC opposed this bill
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By Jan Rose, Legislative Analyst and Spokesperson