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Legislative Update Week 1-26-2014

House Bill #

Sponsors

Bill Title

Bill Narrative 

 

History 

 

Position

HB14-1026

Fischer

Schwartz

Authorization of Flexible Water Markets

Water Resources Review Committee. Under the anti-speculation doctrine, current water court proceedings governing an application to change the beneficial use of an irrigation water right require the applicant to designate a specific alternative beneficial use identified at the time of the application. The bill creates a more flexible change-in-use system by allowing an applicant who seeks to implement fallowing, regulated deficit irrigation, reduced consumptive use cropping, or other alternatives to the permanent dry-up of irrigated lands to apply for a change in use to any

beneficial use, without designating the specific beneficial use to which the water will be applied.

01/08/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources

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HB14-1028

Sonnenberg

Roberts

 

 

Limitation on the United States Ability to Impose Conditions on a Water Right Owner in Exchange for Permission to Use Land

The bill specifies that if the United States obtains a water right as a result of a transfer or conveyance required as a condition to a special use permit or other authorization to enter upon or use federally owned land, the water right was originally appropriated by a person other than the United States, and the water right is not a federal reserved water right, the water right is presumed to be held by the United States for speculative purposes. Such a water right is not automatically abandoned but is forfeited by the United States and reverts to the prior owner for continued use under its original

priority.

01/08/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources

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HB14-1030

Coram & Mitsch Bush

Schwartz & Roberts

Establishments of Incentives for the Development of Hydroelectric Energy Systems

In order to promote the construction and operation of hydroelectric energy facilities in Colorado, the bill provides the several incentives. (See Bill)

 

01/08/2014 Introduced InHouse - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
 

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HB14-1052

Fischer

Jones

An Increase in the Enforcement Authority of Ground Water Management Districts

Ground water management districts are currently authorized to enforce the terms of permits issued for small-capacity wells. The bill authorizes a district to: Enforce permits for all wells located within the district; Enforce the district's rules with regard to those wells; Issue orders requiring compliance with the rules and

permits; and Apply to a district court to collect civil fines against a well owner who does not comply with an order.

01/08/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources

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HB14-1060

Mitsch Bush

Schwartz

The Authority of a Municipality to Compensate Members of a Municipal Planning Commission

The bill allows the members of a municipal planning commission to receive compensation for serving if it is authorized by ordinance.

01/08/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government

Support

HB14-1064

Sonnenberg

Brophy

The Distribution of Severance Tax Revenue to a Local Government That Limits Oil and Gas Extraction

The bill prohibits any local government that has a moratorium or a permanent prohibition on the extraction of oil and gas from receiving more direct distributions or grants and loans than the local government received in the fiscal year during which the moratorium or permanent prohibition was enacted.

01/08/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government + Appropriations
01/22/2014 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely

 

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HB14-1150

Rankin

Roberts

State and Local Government Coordination with Respect to Federal Land Decisions That Effect the Well-Being of the State

The bill creates the division of federal land coordination in the department of local affairs to address federal land decisions in Colorado that affect the state and local governments. The chief coordinator is the head of the division and is required to form a federal land coordination task force to study certain federal land decisions. The department of agriculture, the department of natural resources, the Colorado tourism office, the Colorado energy office, and the office of economic development are required to assist the division at the request of the chief coordinator. Based on task force findings, the chief coordinator may recommend that a local government receive a grant for research and analysis to form a coordinated response to a federal land decision.

 

01/16/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources + Appropriations
 

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Senate Bill #

Sponsors

Bill Title

Bill Narrative 

 

History 

 

Position

SB14-07

Lundberg & Jones

Foote & DelGrosso

Authority For a Board of County Commissioners to Transfer County General Fund Moneys to It’s County Road and Bridge Fund After a Declared Disaster in the County

The bill allows a board of county commissioners to transfer moneys from the county general fund to the

county road and bridge fund if the governor declares a disaster emergency in the applicable county.

01/08/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
01/21/2014 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
01/24/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed

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SB14-010

Kefalas

Fischer

Manufactured Home Communities

The bill makes several changes to the “Mobile Home Park Act”. See Bill

01/08/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
 

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SB14-011

Heath

Hullinghorst

The Colorado Energy Research Authority

The bill changes the name of the Colorado renewable research authority to the Colorado energy research authority (authority) and makes various changes to the authority. See Bill

01/08/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy

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SB14-017

Roberts  & Hodge

Vigil & Coram

A Limitation on the Approval of Real Estate Developments That Use Water Rights Decreed for Agricultural Purposes to Irrigate Lawn Grass

The bill prohibits a local government from approving an application for a development permit unless the local government has adopted an enforceable resolution or ordinance that limits, as a prerequisite for approval of the development permit, the amount of irrigated grass on residential lots in the development to no more than 15% of the total aggregate area of all residential lots in the development.

01/08/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy

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SB14-023

Schwartz

An Authorization of the Voluntary Transfer of Water  Efficiency Savings to the Colorado Water Conservation Board for Instream Use Purposes in Water Divisions That Include Lands West of the Continental Devide

The bill defines "water efficiency savings" as that portion of a water right used solely for agricultural irrigation or stock watering purposes in water division 4, 5, 6, or 7 that is nonconsumptive under existing practices and that results from efficiency measures; and  allows water efficiency savings to be changed or loaned, pursuant to existing water court and water loan statutes, only to the Colorado water conservation board, only for instream use. See Bill

01/08/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
 

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SB14-026

Hodge

Vigil

The Removal of Certain Statutory Printing Requirements for Information Provided by the Division of Water Resources

The bill updates statutes to remove printing requirements for the following written materials: The state engineer's annual report to the general assembly; Division engineers' tabulations of decreed and conditional water rights and; Decisions concerning substitute water supply plans

01/08/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
01/16/2014 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
01/23/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed
01/24/2014 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
01/24/2014 Senate Third Reading Passed

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SB14-028

Jones

Duran & Tyler

Expansion of Eligibility for the Receipt of Disbursements from the Electric Vehicle Grant Fund for the Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The bill expands the existing list of persons and entities that are eligible to receive moneys from the electric vehicle grant fund, administered by the Colorado energy office (CEO), by adding private businesses and nonprofits and allowing the CEO to consider the extent to which grant applicants' proposed charging locations serve existing vehicles or encourages the acquisition of new vehicles.

01/08/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
01/21/2014 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
01/24/2014 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments

 

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SB14-042

Scheffel

The Elimination of the Limit of the Term of a Businesses Incentive Agreement That Local Government Enters Into with a Tax Payer Who Pays Businesses Personal Property Tax

A county, municipality, or special district (local government) is currently authorized to negotiate an incentive payment or credit with a taxpayer that pays business personal property tax and that establishes a new business facility, expands an existing business facility, or if there is a substantial risk that the taxpayer will relocate an existing facility out of state. These payments or credits are included in agreements that are commonly known as business incentive agreements.  The bill eliminates a 10-year limit on the term of a business incentive agreement and grants the governing body of the local government the discretion to determine the term of the agreement.

01/08/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
 

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SB14-043

Grantham

The Inclusion of Certain Land Areas Used to Grow Products That Originate Above the Ground within the Classification of “All Other Agricultural Property” for Property Tax Purposes

Commencing January 1, 2015, the bill includes within the property tax category of "all other agricultural property" greenhouses, nurseries, or other horticultural or agricultural production areas used to grow food products or horticultural stock that originate above the ground. The bill directs the county assessor to assess such property using the market value of agricultural land by acre in the county in which the property is located.

01/08/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
 

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SB14-049

Heath

Priola

Endangering Public Utility Transmission

Tampering with a public transportation facility with the intent to cause damage, malfunction, or nonfunction is a crime. The bill amends the crime of endangering public transportation to include the intent to steal material or remove material from the public transportation facility as additional ways to commit the crime. The bill clarifies that endangering public transportation applies to both freight and passenger trains. The bill creates the crime of endangering utility transmission if someone tampers with a utility transmission facility with the intent to cause damage, malfunction, nonfunction, theft, or unauthorized removal of material. The crime is a class 3 felony.

01/09/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

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SB14-53

Rivera

Navarro

A Requirement That the Transportation Commission Prioritize for Completion of a Project to Functionally Update or Ensure the Safe Use of All Elements of the State System Located on Interstate 25 near Mile Marker 108

Unless prohibited by federal law or regulations, the bill requires the transportation commission to include in both the statewide transportation plan and the statewide transportation improvement program a project to functionally update or ensure the safe use of all elements of the state transportation system located on interstate 25 near mile marker 108.

01/10/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
01/23/2014 Senate Committee on Transportation Postpone Indefinitely

 

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SB14-084

Roberts

Coram & Labuda

The Election of a County Commissioner in a County with a Population of Less Than Seventy Thousand by the Voters Residing in the District From Which the Commissioner Runs for Election

In a county with a population of less than 70,000, the board of county commissioners currently consists of 3 members from 3 separate districts, with one commissioner elected from each district by the voters of the whole county. The bill allows the voters of a county to change the method of election so that a commissioner is elected only by voters residing in the district from which the commissioner runs for election. The change can be made either by the board of county commissioners referring a question to the voters or by the qualified electors filing a petition to have the question placed on the ballot. Terms of current commissioners are not affected and the change only affects newly elected commissioners.

01/14/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

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SB14-093

Jahn

May & Sonnenberg

Equivalent Authority for Pipeline Companies to Acquire Right-Of-Way

Article 5 of title 38, Colorado Revised Statutes, governs rights-of-way for transmission companies and grants the right of eminent domain to any domestic or foreign electric light power, gas, or pipeline company authorized to do business in Colorado for the purpose of obtaining rights-of-way for wires, pipes, regulator stations, substations, and systems needed to conduct its business. The bill specifies that, subject to state constitutional and statutory provisions that require payment of just compensation and otherwise govern the exercise of the power of eminent domain, companies that operate pipelines that convey oil, gasoline, or other petroleum or hydrocarbon products are pipeline companies granted the right of eminent domain. A pipeline company must also comply with all applicable laws and regulations including, but not limited to, federal pipeline safety regulations.

01/15/2014 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy

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