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Legislative update for the week of Feb. 23

Janelle O'Dea

Proposed House bills

HB15-1157

Bill description: Concerning the creation of the rural economic development initiative grant program for highly distressed rural counties, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Committee: House Business Affairs and Labor, House Appropriations

Status: Introduced in House Jan. 29

House sponsor(s): Rep. Yeulin Willett, R-Grand Junction, Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver

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Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Rollie Heath, D-Denver, Sen. Michael Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs

HB15-1219

Bill description: Concerning the enterprise zone investment tax credit for renewable energy projects.

Committee: House Transportation and Energy, House Finance, House Appropriations

Status: Introduced in House Feb. 10

House sponsor(s): Rep. Beth McCann, D-Denver, Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton

HB15-1074

Bill description: Concerning the liability of an individual member of a board of county commissioners in a legal proceeding in which the board is found liable.

Committee: House Local Government

Status: Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments Feb. 20

House sponsor(s): Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Alamosa

Senate sponsor(s): None

HB15-1152

Bill description: The bill allows a person who legally possesses a handgun under state and federal law to carry a concealed handgun in Colorado.

Committee: House State, Veterans and Military Affairs

Status: Introduced in House Jan. 28

House sponsor(s): Rep. Dan Nordberg, R-Colorado Springs, Rep. Kevin Van Winkle, R-Highlands Ranch

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Chris Holbert, R-Parker

HB15-1069

Bill description: Concerning information required to be included in recorded written instruments filed with the county clerk and recorder to claim a homestead exemption.

Committee: House Local Government, House Finance

Status: Introduced In Senate, Assigned to Finance Committee Feb. 17

House sponsor(s): Rep. Su Ryden, D-Aurora

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Chris Holbert, R-Parker

HB15-1014

Bill description: Concerning setting a twenty-four-month registration interval for seasonal farm motor vehicles.

Committee: House Transportation and Energy, House Finance

Status: House Committee on Transportation and Energy Refer Unamended to Finance Feb. 4

House sponsor(s): Rep. Tim Dore, R-Elizabeth

Senate sponsor(s): None

HB15-1178

Bill description: Concerning the state engineer’s authority to allow well users to lower the water table in an area that the state engineer determines is experiencing damaging high groundwater levels.

Committee: House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources

Status: Introduced and assigned to committee Jan. 29

House sponsor(s): Rep. Lori Saine, R-Firestone, Rep. Stephen Humphrey, R-Severence

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins

HB15-1173

Bill description: Concerning a requirement that motor vehicles have certain traction equipment when driving on the Interstate 70 mountain corridor.

Committee: House Transportation and Energy

Status: House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole Feb. 18

House sponsor(s): Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Vicki Marble, R-Fort Collins

HB15-1208

Bill description: The bill repeals the existing academic standards for English language arts and mathematics and requires the state board to adopt new academic standards in these subjects.

Committee: House Education

Status: Introduced in House and assigned to committee Feb. 3

House sponsor(s): Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt, R-Colorado Springs

Senate sponsor(s): None

HB15-1138

Bill description: The bill allows a person to satisfy federal and state background check requirements for the transfer of a firearm by presenting a valid Colorado concealed handgun permit.

Committee: House State, Veterans and Military Affairs

Status: Introduced in House and assigned to committee Jan. 28

House sponsor(s): Rep. Kim Ransom, R-Littleton

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley

Proposed Senate bills

SB 15-008

Bill description: Concerning the promotion of water conservation in the land use planning process.

Committee: Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Energy

Status: Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments; Committee, Floor, Feb. 20

House sponsor(s): Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Alamosa

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango

SB 15-082

Bill description: Concerning the authority of counties to establish a county workforce development program.

Committee: Senate Local Government

Status: House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole Feb. 18

House sponsor(s): None

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. John Cooke, R-Denver

Contact Janelle O’Dea at 970-875-1795 or jodea@CraigDailyPress.com or follow her on Twitter @jayohday.

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