Legislative update for the week of Feb. 16 | CraigDailyPress.com

Legislative update for the week of Feb. 16

Janelle O'Dea

Proposed House bills


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

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

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