Legislative update for the week of Feb. 16
Proposed House bills
Craig — HJR15-1006
Bill description: Concerning approval of water project revolving fund eligibility lists administered by the Colorado water resources and power development authority.
Committee: House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Status: Passed third reading in Senate, Feb. 9
House sponsor(s): Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Alamosa
Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling
Bill description: Concerning annual tier two transfers from the severance tax operational fund to an existing special account in the general fund established by the mined land reclamation board for the purpose of funding reclamation of lands that were obligated to be reclaimed under permits upon which financial warranties have been forfeited.
Committees: House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources, House Appropriations
Status: House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources, Referred Unamended to Appropriations Feb. 11
House sponsor(s): Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale; Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon; Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley
Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Kevin Grantham, R-Canon City; Sen. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs; Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver
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: Introduced In House, Assigned to Transportation and Energy Jan. 29
House sponsor(s): Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs; Rep. Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale
Senate sponsor(s): None
Proposed Senate bills
Bill description: Concerning restrictions on the ability of a county government to exercise its eminent domain powers for the acquisition of open space.
Committee: Senate Local Government
Status: Senate Committee on Local Government Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only on Feb. 10
House sponsor(s): None
Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa
Bill description: The bill requires the Colorado medical board to adopt rules regarding guidelines for physicians who make medical marijuana recommendations for patients suffering from severe pain.
Committee: Senate Health and Human Services
Status: Introduced In Senate and assigned to Health and Human Services on Jan. 7
House sponsor(s): Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont
Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver
Bill description: The bill takes the existing wind for schools grant program enacted in 2007 and broadens the program to include other types of electricity generated from eligible energy resources.
Committee: Senate Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Status: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy, Refer Amended to Senate Appropriations on Feb. 11
House sponsor(s): None
Senate sponsor(s): Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail