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Legislative update for the week of Feb. 9

Janelle O'Dea

Proposed House bills

HB15-1099

Bill description: Concerning the management of black bears by hunting.

Committee: House State, Veterans and Military Affairs

Status: Introduced in House

House sponsor(s): Rep. Yeulin Willett, R-Grand Junction, Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Durango

Senate sponsor(s):Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction

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HB15-1118

Bill description: Concerning the expansion of the types of hydroelectricity among the eligible energy resources under Colorado’s renewable energy standard

Committee: House State Veterans and Military Affairs

Status: Introduced in House

House sponsor(s): Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Durango

Senate sponsor(s): None

HB15-1132

Bill description: The bill creates a residential energy reduction income tax credit for any resident individual who makes qualified improvements to their home that result in improved energy efficiency, measured in millions of British thermal units (MMBTU).

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

Status: Introduced in House

House sponsor(s): Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, Rep. K.C. Becker, D-Boulder

Senate sponsor(s): None

Proposed Senate bills

SB15-055

Bill description: The bill permits a person to use a tail ditch to return variable amounts of water to a stream.

Committee: Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy

Status: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole Feb. 5

House sponsor(s): None

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton

SB15-022

Bill description: The bill directs the state treasurer to transfer $9.8 million from the general fund to the wildfire risk reduction fund.

Committee: Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

Status: Jan. 15 Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations

House sponsor(s): None

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

SB15-023

Bill description: The bill imports the snowmobile standards into the off-highway vehicle statutes. The bill also clarifies that a driver may cross a state highway if the driver complies with these standards.

Committee: Senate Transportation

Status: Feb. 6 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments

House sponsor(s): None

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa

SB 15-039

Bill description: The bill says the state retains a concurrent legislative jurisdiction with the United States under the laws of the state over all BLM lands within the state.

Committee: Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs

Status: Introduced in Senate

House sponsor(s): Rep. Steven Humphrey, R-Severance

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs

SB 15-119

Bill description: The bill implements the recommendations of the sunset review and report on the regulation of pesticide applicators by the department of agriculture.

Committee: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Refer Unamended to Finance Feb. 5

Status: Introduced in Senate

House sponsor(s): Rep. K.C. Becker, D-Boulder

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling

SB 15-120

Bill description: The bill requires all providers of retail electric service in Colorado, including municipal utilities and cooperative electric associations, to develop a grid modernization plan.

Committee: Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy

Status: Introduced In Senate

House sponsor(s): Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Matt Jones, D-Louisville

SB15-127

Bill description: The bill allows a private advertising or marketing agency to deduct from its federal taxable income for state income tax purposes an amount equal to 50% of the costs the agency incurs in donating advertising or marketing services to a local government with fewer than 120,000 residents.

Committee: Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy

Status: Introduced In Senate

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

Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo

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

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