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2013 Legislation

Senate Bills

SJR13-18 – Colorado Renewable Energy Appreciation

The General Assembly recognizes the tremendous contribution renewable energy has made to Colorado. Colorado is a renewable energy leader, ranking in the top ten for both wind and solar development. These industries employ thousands of Coloradans and generate millions in property tax revenue.

SB13-019 – Concerning the Promotion of Water Conservation Measures

SB13-019 will provide an important tool for water rights owners in the Gunnison, Colorado, and Yampa/White River basins. The bill allows farmers, ranchers, and other diverters to conserve water five out of every ten years during drought without recorded loss to their historic consumptive use thereby protecting Coloradans’ water rights.

SB13-070 – Purchase of Vehicles that Operate on Alternative Fuels for the State Motor Vehicle Fleet System

The bill requires the director to purchase motor vehicles that operate on CNG or other alternative fuels, for the state’s motor vehicle fleet system if either the increased base cost of such vehicle or the increased life-cycle cost of such vehicle is not more than 10% over the cost of a comparable dedicated petroleum fuel vehicle.

  • Directs departments throughout state government to work toward converting their vehicle fleets to utilize alternative fuels.
  • Requires the state to develop a plan for putting in place the infrastructure necessary to support the use of alternative fuel vehicles in the state’s fleet.

SB13-169 Reintroduction of Black-footed Ferrets

This bill, supported by the Colorado Cattleman’s Association, creates a voluntary program on private lands to reintroduce the black-footed ferret in Colorado. By introducing the black-footed ferret, landowners can naturally manage the prairie dog population. The program qualifies under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Safe Harbor to protect landowners from liability for incidental taking of ferrets.

SB13-174 – Continuation of the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council

In 2010, the general assembly created the Colorado food systems advisory council to foster a healthy food supply available to all Colorado residents by making recommendations to the general assembly. The council was scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2013. This bill continues the council indefinitely.

SB13-175 – Wildlife Habitat Stamp Program

The bill continues the wildlife habitat stamp committee and program until 2027. The parks and wildlife commission is directed to use revenues from the wildlife habitat stamp to give sufficient priority to conserve and protect winter range and vital habitats. Since 2006, the program has conserved 173,864 acres of key wildlife habitat and secured 78,693 acres of new public access.

  • The majority of funding comes from GOCO along with federal funding and donated land value.
  • Habitat stamp sales only make up 17% of overall program funding.
  • Opened more than 25 miles of new fishing access
  • Protected over 100,000 acres of big game winter range and migration corridors.
  • A few success stories from this program in Senate District 5 include:
  • Chubb Park Ranch in Chaffee County
  • Miller Ranch in Gunnison County
  • Moyer 45 Bar Ranch in Lake County.

SB13-181 – Funding of Colorado Water Conservation Board Projects

SB 181 appropriates funding from the Colorado water conservation board (CWCB) construction fund for water construction projects. The fifteen water projects will put Coloradans back to work and provide over $70 million in statewide water projects.

SD5 Specific Info:

  • $500,000 for continuation of the Colorado floodplain map modernization  program.
  • $250,000 for continuation of the watershed restoration program.
  • $300,000 for restoration of the balance of the flood and drought response fund.
  • $215,000 for implementation of the Rio Grande forecasting development project.
  • $75,000 for continuation of the Colorado river basin study.
  • $250,000 for continuation of the Arkansas river decision support system.
  • $225,000 for continuation of the statewide water supply initiative.

SB13-188 – Landowner Preference Wildlife Hunting License  

The Department of Natural Resources’ Landowner Preference program allocates big game hunting licenses to agricultural landowners through a system of transferable vouchers. This program encourages landowners to view wildlife as an asset through tangible benefits and allows public access to private land specified under the program.

The bill replaces the current landowner preference programs for hunting licenses with a single program that does the following:

  • Allocates the number of licenses based upon the size of the land, from one license for the first 160 acres to a maximum of 19 licenses, in 600-acre increments;
  • Sets the percentage of hunting licenses in a restricted game management unit that are allocated to the program between 10% and 25%;
  • Releases unused licenses to the general public after making them available to other landowners with limits;
  • Authorizes an owner to transfer vouchers for the licenses to hunters but forbids brokering and restrictions on the vouchers that don’t concern access.

SB13-203 – Limitations on the use of certain public land for automotive service stations in order to limit government competition.

This bill passed the Senate, but failed to pass the House. It would have extended the current federal prohibition on the commercialization of the interstate rest areas. It prohibited certain public entities, including the Colorado department of transportation and political subdivisions, from retailing motor fuel, not including electricity, directly to the public but allows such public entities to enter into contracts with a private entity to retail motor fuel for public use.

SB13-212 – CPACE (Commercial Property-Assessed Clean Energy)

The Colorado new energy improvement district currently arranges for financing of energy saving improvements to commercial and multi-family real estate. This bill allows owners of commercial property to utilize low interest financing and increase efficiency and value for commercial properties.

SB13-214 – Best Program Oversight and Funding

The bill grants the Capital Development Committee limited oversight over the building excellent schools today (BEST) program and creates reporting requirements. This bill, which is recommended by the Capital Development Committee (CDC), requires the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board (assistance board) within the Colorado Department of Education to ensure that by June 30 of each year the balance of the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund (assistance fund) is equal to the total amount of the state share of annual lease payments for the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program.

SD5 Specific Info:

  • SD5 has received $58,917,833 toward matching grants in the BEST program.
  • The notable larger projects include Lake and Salida High School replacements.

SB13-241 – Industrial Hemp

Following the passing of the Amendment 64 ballot measure which specified that hemp may be grown as a crop in Colorado, this bill provides a basic regulatory framework for the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp. The passage of this bill will help position Colorado as a national leader in the hemp seed, oil, and natural foods markets.

SB13-252  – Renewable Energy Standard

Expands Colorado’s national clean energy leadership by increasing rural Coloradans’ access to renewable energy and promoting local distributed generation. The bill increases renewable energy standard for Tri-State and IREA from 10% to 20% by 2020. Also there is a requirement of  1% generation from local renewable resources. No utility bill can increase by more than 2% for the purposes of compliance.

  • Allows for methane capture efforts to count toward the 20% standard
  • Specifically the capture of methane gas from active and inactive coal mines
  • Facilitates local homegrown energy sources by requiring 1% distributed generation.
  • This means new, local projects such as small wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal in rural communities.

SB13-263 – Development of a master plan for the Capitol Complex

A recent audit conducted by the office of the state auditor in 2012 recommended that the state complete a master plan for the capitol complex. The goal is to have a coordinated plan for decision-making to maximize the efficient use of space and land within the capitol complex. The bill requires the department of personnel to develop a comprehensive master plan for the capitol complex, with final approval from the office of state planning and budgeting and the capital development committee.

SB13-272 – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Jobs Act

In Colorado, valuable clean energy programs being deployed to promote renewable energy generation and reducing consumption of both electricity and natural gas through efficiency. However, our state lacks specific incentives for behind-the-meter thermal renewables such as solar thermal, geothermal and biomass technologies, which generate useful thermal energy to displace over 40% of the fossil fuel consumption used to heat and cool our buildings.

The introduction of Senate Bill 13-272 was an effort to seek inclusion of these behind-the-meter renewable technologies by modifying the metric used to evaluate technologies in the gas demand side management program in order that thermal renewable technologies might qualify. In an effort to give this concept fuller consideration in the context of our state’s energy and economic development objectives, the bill was withdrawn to enable input and study from the Public Utility Commission and a number of stakeholders.

SB13-273 – Incentives for the Beneficial Use of Forest Biomass

The bill allows forest health projects to bond up to $50 million through the Colorado Water Resources Power Development Authority. The bill also supports the reduction of diseased timber in Colorado by encouraging forest biomass use for energy generation and material for forest industry development. This reduces wildfire risk, benefits our rural economy, and Colorado’s forest health.

 

House Bills

HJR-1007  – Approval of water project revolving fund eligibility lists administered by the Colorado water resources and power development authority

  • Allocates funding for water projects in the state from the water project revolving fund.
  • Town of Red Cliff, Water management facilities including, but not limited to, treatment plant, distribution, transmission, storage
  • Town of  Hotchkiss- Project change, adding meters, interconnection, source water protection, green infrastructure

HB13-1011 – The repeal of the fee for the branch-of-service identifier on cards issued by the department of revenue

The bill repeals the fee currently charged to a member of the armed services for the branch-of-service identifier on a Colorado driver’s license or state identification card.

HB13-1026 – The accounting of the equipment and renovation fee assessed as a part of the western interstate commission for higher education compact

Legislation was enacted in 2009 to simplify the approval process for capital construction projects initiated by a state institution of higher education if the project is funded from cash funds held by the institution. Existing statute related to the equipment and renovation fee assessed as a part of the western interstate commission for higher education compact still requires an appropriation to Colorado state university from such a fund.This bill continues that allocation of funds.

HB13-1029  – Concerning the Use of Authority Verbs in the Colorado Revised Statutes

The bill defines “must” to mean that a person or thing is required to meet a condition for a consequence to apply.  “Shall” means that a person has a duty.

  • This act is not intended to alter the interpretation of any statute enacted prior to the effective date of this act.
  • While this act creates definitions, the context in which they appear should still be considered

HB13-1035  – Concerning an Increase in the Number of Judges in Certain Judicial Districts

This bill increases the allocation for judicial districts five and nine by one district court judge each.  This will authorize six district court judgeships for the fifth judicial district and five judgeships in the ninth judicial district. Both districts will receive one new judge in order for these districts to better meet caseload growth and performance goals and timeliness. The Judicial Department plans to assign the new judge in the Fifth Judicial District to Eagle County.

SD5 Specific Info:

  • Fifth Judicial District includes Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, and Summit counties.
  • Ninth Judicial District includes Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco Counties.

HB13-1103 – Modifications to the public utility commission’s oversight of rail fixed guideway system safety

The public utilities commission currently is required to provide the executive director of the department of revenue with a list of the public utilities subject to its jurisdiction. The bill exempts certain rail fixed guideway systems from inclusion on the list. The bill authorizes the commission to establish the oversight program pursuant to the new federal “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act”.

HB13-1044  – Concerning the Authorization of the Use of Graywater

Greywater is an important water conservation measure for residences and multi-family buildings. This bill defines “greywater” as that portion of wastewater that, before being treated or combined with other wastewater, is collected from specific fixtures for the purpose of being put to beneficial indoor and outdoor uses authorized by the water quality control commission.  Sources of graywater may include discharges from bathroom and laundry room sinks, bathtubs, showers, and laundry machines, as well as water from other sources authorized by the commission. However, It does not include wastewater from toilets, urinals, kitchen sinks, non-laundry utility sinks, and dishwashers.

HB13-1105 – Architecture 2030

This is a mortgage incentive program in partnership with lenders, utilities, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). CEO currently administers the Colorado Energy Star mortgage incentive program. This bill redefines the program and provides interest rate buy-downs to persons taking out mortgages to finance purchases of new energy efficient homes or improvements that make existing homes more energy efficient.

HB13-1158 – Colorado Cottage Foods Act

The bill amends the “Colorado Cottage Foods Act” to exempt home kitchen food producers from regulation under the “Farm Products Act.” This bill allows egg producers to sell up to 250 dozen whole eggs per month without holding a dealer’s license. The labels on eggs sold at a farmers’ market or similar venue must include a statement that the eggs do not come from a government-approved source and clarifies that home kitchen food producers must take a food safety course. The bill amends the “Colorado Cottage Foods Act” to clarify the food handling and safety course requirement for producers.

HB13-1164 – Extension of Unwanted Horse Tax Checkoff

The bill extends by 5 years the period during which state income tax return forms include a line that allows an individual taxpayer to make a voluntary contribution to the unwanted horse fund. Donations from the Unwanted Horse Fund are transferred to the Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance, a registered Colorado nonprofit organization.

HB13-1168 – Recognize Unincorporated Acequia Ditches

Current law recognizes acequia ditch corporations, but limits that status to irrigation systems that supply irrigation water to long lots that are perpendicular to the stream or ditch to maximize the number of landowners who have access to water. The bill repeals that limitation, so that a ditch corporation may be organized as an acequia ditch even if the land served by the ditch is not divided into long lots, and also allows an unincorporated association to operate as an acequia ditch.

HB13-1186 – Special District Meetings Notices & Transparency

The bill requires a special district that provides domestic water or sanitary sewer services to hold a public meeting before fixing or increasing fees or other charges for its services. Notice of the meeting must be provided in a specified manner at least 10 days prior to the public meeting. Special districts are required to record a public disclosure document against all property within the district.

HB13-1191 – Nutrient Grant Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plant

This bill established the Nutrients Grant Fund from which the Department of Public Health and Environment will award $15 million in grants to upgrade water and wastewater treatment facilities in order to meet new state water quality standards. The grants will offset about two percent of the nutrient control costs and grants will average approximately $500,000

Treatment Plants in SD5 that are eligible:

  • Vail Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Avon Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Edwards Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Snowmass Water and Sanitation District Wastewater Treatment Facility

HB13-1205 – Investment Of State Moneys By The State Treasurer

The bill gives the state treasurer additional flexibility in investing state moneys by allowing the treasurer to:

  • Exchange or sell an investment at a loss of principal to the public school fund so long as the loss is offset by a gain in the fund within 12 months;
  • Invest in securities denominated in U.S. dollars, rather than only in “domestic securities”under current law; and
  • Invest in municipal bonds rated in one of the two highest ratings by a nationally recognized rating organization.

HB13-1234 – Lease-Purchase Authority for Department of Agriculture Consolidation

The bill authorizes the State Treasurer to enter into lease-purchase agreements on behalf of the Department of Agriculture for a period of up to 20 years to purchase a single office building to consolidate seven of the department’s eight divisions in the Denver Metro area.

HB13-1248 – Irrigation Water Leasing Municipal Pilot Projects

The practice of fallowing agricultural irrigation land and leasing the associated water rights for temporary municipal use is an opportunity to prevent permanent “buy and dry” water transfers. This bill authorizes the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to approve basin pilot programs consisting of up to three projects that can utilize this tool for three years within a ten-year period. The bill allows for projects up to 2,500 acre-feet of water per year.

HB13-1283 – Species Conservation Trust Fund

The bill appropriates money from the species conservation trust fund for programs submitted by the Department of Natural Resources. These programs aim to conserve native species that have been listed as threatened or endangered under state or federal law, or are candidate species or are likely to become candidate species as determined by the United States fish and wildlife service.


2013 Legislation

Senate Bills

SJR13-18 – Colorado Renewable Energy Appreciation

The General Assembly recognizes the tremendous contribution renewable energy has made to Colorado. Colorado is a renewable energy leader, ranking in the top ten for both wind and solar development. These industries employ thousands of Coloradans and generate millions in property tax revenue.

SB13-019 – Concerning the Promotion of Water Conservation Measures

SB13-019 will provide an important tool for water rights owners in the Gunnison, Colorado, and Yampa/White River basins. The bill allows farmers, ranchers, and other diverters to conserve water five out of every ten years during drought without recorded loss to their historic consumptive use thereby protecting Coloradans’ water rights.

SB13-070 – Purchase of Vehicles that Operate on Alternative Fuels for the State Motor Vehicle Fleet System

The bill requires the director to purchase motor vehicles that operate on CNG or other alternative fuels, for the state’s motor vehicle fleet system if either the increased base cost of such vehicle or the increased life-cycle cost of such vehicle is not more than 10% over the cost of a comparable dedicated petroleum fuel vehicle.

  • Directs departments throughout state government to work toward converting their vehicle fleets to utilize alternative fuels.
  • Requires the state to develop a plan for putting in place the infrastructure necessary to support the use of alternative fuel vehicles in the state’s fleet.

SB13-169 Reintroduction of Black-footed Ferrets

This bill, supported by the Colorado Cattleman’s Association, creates a voluntary program on private lands to reintroduce the black-footed ferret in Colorado. By introducing the black-footed ferret, landowners can naturally manage the prairie dog population. The program qualifies under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Safe Harbor to protect landowners from liability for incidental taking of ferrets.

SB13-174 – Continuation of the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council

In 2010, the general assembly created the Colorado food systems advisory council to foster a healthy food supply available to all Colorado residents by making recommendations to the general assembly. The council was scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2013. This bill continues the council indefinitely.

SB13-175 – Wildlife Habitat Stamp Program

The bill continues the wildlife habitat stamp committee and program until 2027. The parks and wildlife commission is directed to use revenues from the wildlife habitat stamp to give sufficient priority to conserve and protect winter range and vital habitats. Since 2006, the program has conserved 173,864 acres of key wildlife habitat and secured 78,693 acres of new public access.

  • The majority of funding comes from GOCO along with federal funding and donated land value.
  • Habitat stamp sales only make up 17% of overall program funding.
  • Opened more than 25 miles of new fishing access
  • Protected over 100,000 acres of big game winter range and migration corridors.
  • A few success stories from this program in Senate District 5 include:
  • Chubb Park Ranch in Chaffee County
  • Miller Ranch in Gunnison County
  • Moyer 45 Bar Ranch in Lake County.

SB13-181 – Funding of Colorado Water Conservation Board Projects

SB 181 appropriates funding from the Colorado water conservation board (CWCB) construction fund for water construction projects. The fifteen water projects will put Coloradans back to work and provide over $70 million in statewide water projects.

SD5 Specific Info:

  • $500,000 for continuation of the Colorado floodplain map modernization  program.
  • $250,000 for continuation of the watershed restoration program.
  • $300,000 for restoration of the balance of the flood and drought response fund.
  • $215,000 for implementation of the Rio Grande forecasting development project.
  • $75,000 for continuation of the Colorado river basin study.
  • $250,000 for continuation of the Arkansas river decision support system.
  • $225,000 for continuation of the statewide water supply initiative.

SB13-188 – Landowner Preference Wildlife Hunting License  

The Department of Natural Resources’ Landowner Preference program allocates big game hunting licenses to agricultural landowners through a system of transferable vouchers. This program encourages landowners to view wildlife as an asset through tangible benefits and allows public access to private land specified under the program.

The bill replaces the current landowner preference programs for hunting licenses with a single program that does the following:

  • Allocates the number of licenses based upon the size of the land, from one license for the first 160 acres to a maximum of 19 licenses, in 600-acre increments;
  • Sets the percentage of hunting licenses in a restricted game management unit that are allocated to the program between 10% and 25%;
  • Releases unused licenses to the general public after making them available to other landowners with limits;
  • Authorizes an owner to transfer vouchers for the licenses to hunters but forbids brokering and restrictions on the vouchers that don’t concern access.

SB13-203 – Limitations on the use of certain public land for automotive service stations in order to limit government competition.

This bill passed the Senate, but failed to pass the House. It would have extended the current federal prohibition on the commercialization of the interstate rest areas. It prohibited certain public entities, including the Colorado department of transportation and political subdivisions, from retailing motor fuel, not including electricity, directly to the public but allows such public entities to enter into contracts with a private entity to retail motor fuel for public use.

SB13-212 – CPACE (Commercial Property-Assessed Clean Energy)

The Colorado new energy improvement district currently arranges for financing of energy saving improvements to commercial and multi-family real estate. This bill allows owners of commercial property to utilize low interest financing and increase efficiency and value for commercial properties.

SB13-214 – Best Program Oversight and Funding

The bill grants the Capital Development Committee limited oversight over the building excellent schools today (BEST) program and creates reporting requirements. This bill, which is recommended by the Capital Development Committee (CDC), requires the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board (assistance board) within the Colorado Department of Education to ensure that by June 30 of each year the balance of the Public School Capital Construction Assistance Fund (assistance fund) is equal to the total amount of the state share of annual lease payments for the Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) program.

SD5 Specific Info:

  • SD5 has received $58,917,833 toward matching grants in the BEST program.
  • The notable larger projects include Lake and Salida High School replacements.

SB13-241 – Industrial Hemp

Following the passing of the Amendment 64 ballot measure which specified that hemp may be grown as a crop in Colorado, this bill provides a basic regulatory framework for the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp. The passage of this bill will help position Colorado as a national leader in the hemp seed, oil, and natural foods markets.

SB13-252  – Renewable Energy Standard

Expands Colorado’s national clean energy leadership by increasing rural Coloradans’ access to renewable energy and promoting local distributed generation. The bill increases renewable energy standard for Tri-State and IREA from 10% to 20% by 2020. Also there is a requirement of  1% generation from local renewable resources. No utility bill can increase by more than 2% for the purposes of compliance.

  • Allows for methane capture efforts to count toward the 20% standard
  • Specifically the capture of methane gas from active and inactive coal mines
  • Facilitates local homegrown energy sources by requiring 1% distributed generation.
  • This means new, local projects such as small wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal in rural communities.

SB13-263 – Development of a master plan for the Capitol Complex

A recent audit conducted by the office of the state auditor in 2012 recommended that the state complete a master plan for the capitol complex. The goal is to have a coordinated plan for decision-making to maximize the efficient use of space and land within the capitol complex. The bill requires the department of personnel to develop a comprehensive master plan for the capitol complex, with final approval from the office of state planning and budgeting and the capital development committee.

SB13-272 – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Jobs Act

In Colorado, valuable clean energy programs being deployed to promote renewable energy generation and reducing consumption of both electricity and natural gas through efficiency. However, our state lacks specific incentives for behind-the-meter thermal renewables such as solar thermal, geothermal and biomass technologies, which generate useful thermal energy to displace over 40% of the fossil fuel consumption used to heat and cool our buildings.

The introduction of Senate Bill 13-272 was an effort to seek inclusion of these behind-the-meter renewable technologies by modifying the metric used to evaluate technologies in the gas demand side management program in order that thermal renewable technologies might qualify. In an effort to give this concept fuller consideration in the context of our state’s energy and economic development objectives, the bill was withdrawn to enable input and study from the Public Utility Commission and a number of stakeholders.

SB13-273 – Incentives for the Beneficial Use of Forest Biomass

The bill allows forest health projects to bond up to $50 million through the Colorado Water Resources Power Development Authority. The bill also supports the reduction of diseased timber in Colorado by encouraging forest biomass use for energy generation and material for forest industry development. This reduces wildfire risk, benefits our rural economy, and Colorado’s forest health.

 

House Bills

HJR-1007  – Approval of water project revolving fund eligibility lists administered by the Colorado water resources and power development authority

  • Allocates funding for water projects in the state from the water project revolving fund.
  • Town of Red Cliff, Water management facilities including, but not limited to, treatment plant, distribution, transmission, storage
  • Town of  Hotchkiss- Project change, adding meters, interconnection, source water protection, green infrastructure

HB13-1011 – The repeal of the fee for the branch-of-service identifier on cards issued by the department of revenue

The bill repeals the fee currently charged to a member of the armed services for the branch-of-service identifier on a Colorado driver’s license or state identification card.

HB13-1026 – The accounting of the equipment and renovation fee assessed as a part of the western interstate commission for higher education compact

Legislation was enacted in 2009 to simplify the approval process for capital construction projects initiated by a state institution of higher education if the project is funded from cash funds held by the institution. Existing statute related to the equipment and renovation fee assessed as a part of the western interstate commission for higher education compact still requires an appropriation to Colorado state university from such a fund.This bill continues that allocation of funds.

HB13-1029  – Concerning the Use of Authority Verbs in the Colorado Revised Statutes

The bill defines “must” to mean that a person or thing is required to meet a condition for a consequence to apply.  “Shall” means that a person has a duty.

  • This act is not intended to alter the interpretation of any statute enacted prior to the effective date of this act.
  • While this act creates definitions, the context in which they appear should still be considered

HB13-1035  – Concerning an Increase in the Number of Judges in Certain Judicial Districts

This bill increases the allocation for judicial districts five and nine by one district court judge each.  This will authorize six district court judgeships for the fifth judicial district and five judgeships in the ninth judicial district. Both districts will receive one new judge in order for these districts to better meet caseload growth and performance goals and timeliness. The Judicial Department plans to assign the new judge in the Fifth Judicial District to Eagle County.

SD5 Specific Info:

  • Fifth Judicial District includes Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, and Summit counties.
  • Ninth Judicial District includes Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco Counties.

HB13-1103 – Modifications to the public utility commission’s oversight of rail fixed guideway system safety

The public utilities commission currently is required to provide the executive director of the department of revenue with a list of the public utilities subject to its jurisdiction. The bill exempts certain rail fixed guideway systems from inclusion on the list. The bill authorizes the commission to establish the oversight program pursuant to the new federal “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act”.

HB13-1044  – Concerning the Authorization of the Use of Graywater

Greywater is an important water conservation measure for residences and multi-family buildings. This bill defines “greywater” as that portion of wastewater that, before being treated or combined with other wastewater, is collected from specific fixtures for the purpose of being put to beneficial indoor and outdoor uses authorized by the water quality control commission.  Sources of graywater may include discharges from bathroom and laundry room sinks, bathtubs, showers, and laundry machines, as well as water from other sources authorized by the commission. However, It does not include wastewater from toilets, urinals, kitchen sinks, non-laundry utility sinks, and dishwashers.

HB13-1105 – Architecture 2030

This is a mortgage incentive program in partnership with lenders, utilities, the Colorado Energy Office (CEO). CEO currently administers the Colorado Energy Star mortgage incentive program. This bill redefines the program and provides interest rate buy-downs to persons taking out mortgages to finance purchases of new energy efficient homes or improvements that make existing homes more energy efficient.

HB13-1158 – Colorado Cottage Foods Act

The bill amends the “Colorado Cottage Foods Act” to exempt home kitchen food producers from regulation under the “Farm Products Act.” This bill allows egg producers to sell up to 250 dozen whole eggs per month without holding a dealer’s license. The labels on eggs sold at a farmers’ market or similar venue must include a statement that the eggs do not come from a government-approved source and clarifies that home kitchen food producers must take a food safety course. The bill amends the “Colorado Cottage Foods Act” to clarify the food handling and safety course requirement for producers.

HB13-1164 – Extension of Unwanted Horse Tax Checkoff

The bill extends by 5 years the period during which state income tax return forms include a line that allows an individual taxpayer to make a voluntary contribution to the unwanted horse fund. Donations from the Unwanted Horse Fund are transferred to the Colorado Unwanted Horse Alliance, a registered Colorado nonprofit organization.

HB13-1168 – Recognize Unincorporated Acequia Ditches

Current law recognizes acequia ditch corporations, but limits that status to irrigation systems that supply irrigation water to long lots that are perpendicular to the stream or ditch to maximize the number of landowners who have access to water. The bill repeals that limitation, so that a ditch corporation may be organized as an acequia ditch even if the land served by the ditch is not divided into long lots, and also allows an unincorporated association to operate as an acequia ditch.

HB13-1186 – Special District Meetings Notices & Transparency

The bill requires a special district that provides domestic water or sanitary sewer services to hold a public meeting before fixing or increasing fees or other charges for its services. Notice of the meeting must be provided in a specified manner at least 10 days prior to the public meeting. Special districts are required to record a public disclosure document against all property within the district.

HB13-1191 – Nutrient Grant Domestic Wastewater Treatment Plant

This bill established the Nutrients Grant Fund from which the Department of Public Health and Environment will award $15 million in grants to upgrade water and wastewater treatment facilities in order to meet new state water quality standards. The grants will offset about two percent of the nutrient control costs and grants will average approximately $500,000

Treatment Plants in SD5 that are eligible:

  • Vail Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Avon Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Edwards Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility
  • Snowmass Water and Sanitation District Wastewater Treatment Facility

HB13-1205 – Investment Of State Moneys By The State Treasurer

The bill gives the state treasurer additional flexibility in investing state moneys by allowing the treasurer to:

  • Exchange or sell an investment at a loss of principal to the public school fund so long as the loss is offset by a gain in the fund within 12 months;
  • Invest in securities denominated in U.S. dollars, rather than only in “domestic securities”under current law; and
  • Invest in municipal bonds rated in one of the two highest ratings by a nationally recognized rating organization.

HB13-1234 – Lease-Purchase Authority for Department of Agriculture Consolidation

The bill authorizes the State Treasurer to enter into lease-purchase agreements on behalf of the Department of Agriculture for a period of up to 20 years to purchase a single office building to consolidate seven of the department’s eight divisions in the Denver Metro area.

HB13-1248 – Irrigation Water Leasing Municipal Pilot Projects

The practice of fallowing agricultural irrigation land and leasing the associated water rights for temporary municipal use is an opportunity to prevent permanent “buy and dry” water transfers. This bill authorizes the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to approve basin pilot programs consisting of up to three projects that can utilize this tool for three years within a ten-year period. The bill allows for projects up to 2,500 acre-feet of water per year.

HB13-1283 – Species Conservation Trust Fund

The bill appropriates money from the species conservation trust fund for programs submitted by the Department of Natural Resources. These programs aim to conserve native species that have been listed as threatened or endangered under state or federal law, or are candidate species or are likely to become candidate species as determined by the United States fish and wildlife service.