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Bill No. Title Bill SubjectHouse SponsorsOfficial SummaryCustom SummaryCommentCategoryPositionVotesBill SubjectCCW SummaryIntro DateSenate SponsorsHouse CommitteeCCW SummaryIntro DateHearing RoomHearing TimeHearing DateFiscal NotesFull TextLobbyistsStatusSenate CommitteeHearing RoomHearing TimeCustom SummaryPositionCategoryCommentOfficial SummaryHouse SponsorsSenate SponsorsHouse CommitteeHearing DateVotesFiscal NotesFull TextLobbyistsStatusSenate CommitteeCCW SummaryHouse SponsorsHouse CommitteeSenate SponsorsSenate CommitteePositionStatusHearing Date
HB15-1013 South Platte Aquifer Study Recommendations NoneD. Coram (R)

Water Resources Review Committee. Section 1 requires the
Colorado water conservation board, in consultation with the state
engineer, to administer 2 pilot projects in the areas of Gilcrest/LaSalle
and Sterling to evaluate 2 alterative methods of lowering the water table
in areas that are experiencing damaging high groundwater levels.
Section 2 of the bill authorizes the state engineer to review an
augmentation plan submitted to a water court if it includes the
construction of a recharge structure. The water court may approve the
augmentation plan only if the state engineer either approves the operation
and design of the proposed recharge structure after having determined
that the application is not likely to cause injury or proposes changes to the
operation and design of the proposed recharge structure as terms and
conditions of the application.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill requires the Colorado water conservation board to administer pilot projects near Gilcrest/LaSalle/Sterling to lower the water table.  The bill authorizes the state engineer to review and augmentation plan.

01/07/2015M. Hodge (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)
Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources

The bill requires the Colorado water conservation board to administer pilot projects near Gilcrest/LaSalle/Sterling to lower the water table.  The bill authorizes the state engineer to review and augmentation plan.

01/07/2015Fiscal Notes (09/15/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/29/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energyc

Water Resources Review Committee. Section 1 requires the
Colorado water conservation board, in consultation with the state
engineer, to administer 2 pilot projects in the areas of Gilcrest/LaSalle
and Sterling to evaluate 2 alterative methods of lowering the water table
in areas that are experiencing damaging high groundwater levels.
Section 2 of the bill authorizes the state engineer to review an
augmentation plan submitted to a water court if it includes the
construction of a recharge structure. The water court may approve the
augmentation plan only if the state engineer either approves the operation
and design of the proposed recharge structure after having determined
that the application is not likely to cause injury or proposes changes to the
operation and design of the proposed recharge structure as terms and
conditions of the application.

D. Coram (R)M. Hodge (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)
Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (09/15/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/29/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

The bill requires the Colorado water conservation board to administer pilot projects near Gilcrest/LaSalle/Sterling to lower the water table.  The bill authorizes the state engineer to review and augmentation plan.

D. Coram (R)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesM. Hodge (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)
Agriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergycGovernor Signed (05/29/2015)
HB15-1014 Biennial Registration Seasonal Farm Motor Vehicles NoneT. Dore (R)

The bill sets a 24-month registration interval for seasonal farm
motor vehicles if:
  • The vehicle is used primarily for agricultural production;
  • The land on which the motor vehicle is used is classified as
agricultural land for the purposes of levying and collecting
property tax; and
  • The vehicle is used no more than 6 months per year.
The owner pays the same taxes and fees per year as a person who
registers a vehicle annually.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill sets a 24-month registration interval for seasonal farm motor vehicles.

01/07/2015Transportation & Energy

The bill sets a 24-month registration interval for seasonal farm motor vehicles.

01/07/2015Fiscal Notes (05/27/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (04/02/2015)c

The bill sets a 24-month registration interval for seasonal farm
motor vehicles if:
  • The vehicle is used primarily for agricultural production;
  • The land on which the motor vehicle is used is classified as
agricultural land for the purposes of levying and collecting
property tax; and
  • The vehicle is used no more than 6 months per year.
The owner pays the same taxes and fees per year as a person who
registers a vehicle annually.

T. Dore (R)Transportation & EnergyVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (05/27/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (04/02/2015)

The bill sets a 24-month registration interval for seasonal farm motor vehicles.

T. Dore (R)Transportation & EnergycHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (04/02/2015)
HB15-1016 Promote Precipitation Harvesting Pilot Projects NoneD. Coram (R)

Water Resources Review Committee. In 2009, the general
assembly authorized up to 10 precipitation harvesting pilot projects for
new real estate developments of residential housing or mixed uses. Only
one project has been approved. To encourage more projects, the bill:
  • Includes the redevelopment of residential housing or mixed
uses and new or redeveloped multi-building nonresidential
property as potential pilot projects;
  • Directs the Colorado water conservation board to update its
approval criteria and guidelines, including regionally
applicable factors that sponsors can use for substitute water
supply and augmentation plans that specify the amount of
evapotranspiration of preexisting natural vegetative cover,
to which the state engineer and water judges must give
presumptive effect, subject to rebuttal;
  • Reduces the amount of water needed for a project's
temporary substitute water supply plan and permanent
augmentation plan by the amount of historic natural
depletion to the waters of the state, if any, caused by the
preexisting natural vegetative cover and evaporation on the
surface of the area that will be, or that has been, made
impermeable as part of the pilot project; and
  • Specifies that a project's temporary retention of storm water
for the purpose of improving water quality is not subject to
an order of the state or division engineers if the retention
complies with the board's criteria and guidelines and the
applicable requirements of the state's water quality laws.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill encourages the increase in authorization of precipitation harvesting pilot projects for new real estate development s of residential housing or mixed uses.

01/07/2015J. Sonnenberg (R)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources

The bill encourages the increase in authorization of precipitation harvesting pilot projects for new real estate development s of residential housing or mixed uses.

01/07/2015Fiscal Notes (09/04/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/29/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energyc

Water Resources Review Committee. In 2009, the general
assembly authorized up to 10 precipitation harvesting pilot projects for
new real estate developments of residential housing or mixed uses. Only
one project has been approved. To encourage more projects, the bill:
  • Includes the redevelopment of residential housing or mixed
uses and new or redeveloped multi-building nonresidential
property as potential pilot projects;
  • Directs the Colorado water conservation board to update its
approval criteria and guidelines, including regionally
applicable factors that sponsors can use for substitute water
supply and augmentation plans that specify the amount of
evapotranspiration of preexisting natural vegetative cover,
to which the state engineer and water judges must give
presumptive effect, subject to rebuttal;
  • Reduces the amount of water needed for a project's
temporary substitute water supply plan and permanent
augmentation plan by the amount of historic natural
depletion to the waters of the state, if any, caused by the
preexisting natural vegetative cover and evaporation on the
surface of the area that will be, or that has been, made
impermeable as part of the pilot project; and
  • Specifies that a project's temporary retention of storm water
for the purpose of improving water quality is not subject to
an order of the state or division engineers if the retention
complies with the board's criteria and guidelines and the
applicable requirements of the state's water quality laws.

D. Coram (R)J. Sonnenberg (R)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (09/04/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/29/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

The bill encourages the increase in authorization of precipitation harvesting pilot projects for new real estate development s of residential housing or mixed uses.

D. Coram (R)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesJ. Sonnenberg (R)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergycGovernor Signed (05/29/2015)
HB15-1038 Flexible Water Markets NoneJ. Arndt (D)

Currently, 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.
Section 1 of the bill defines flex use to mean an application of
the fully consumptive portion of water that has been subject to a water
right change-in-use proceeding to any beneficial use. It also redefines
appropriation to exclude flex use from the anti-speculation doctrine.
Section 2 describes the procedures for obtaining a flex use
change-in-use decree, and section 3 describes the procedures for
obtaining a flex use substitute water supply plan.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill creates a more flexible water rights 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.

01/07/2015M. Hodge (D)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources

The bill creates a more flexible water rights 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.

01/07/2015Fiscal Notes (07/02/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energyc

Currently, 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.
Section 1 of the bill defines flex use to mean an application of
the fully consumptive portion of water that has been subject to a water
right change-in-use proceeding to any beneficial use. It also redefines
appropriation to exclude flex use from the anti-speculation doctrine.
Section 2 describes the procedures for obtaining a flex use
change-in-use decree, and section 3 describes the procedures for
obtaining a flex use substitute water supply plan.

J. Arndt (D)M. Hodge (D)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (07/02/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

The bill creates a more flexible water rights 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.

J. Arndt (D)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesM. Hodge (D)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergycSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (03/05/2015)
HB15-1068 Motor Vehicle Impeding Traffic NoneJ. Wilson (R)

Currently, a driver may not impede the normal flow of traffic
except as required by law. The bill creates a presumption that a person is
impeding traffic if at least 4 motor vehicles are following immediately
behind and the person is traveling at least 5 miles per hour below the
speed limit. Vehicles with the slow-moving vehicle emblem are exempted
from the law against impeding traffic.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill creates a presumption that a person is impeding traffic if at least 4 motor vehicles are following immediately behind and the person is traveling at least 5 miles per hour below the speed limit.

01/09/2015Transportation & Energy

The bill creates a presumption that a person is impeding traffic if at least 4 motor vehicles are following immediately behind and the person is traveling at least 5 miles per hour below the speed limit.

01/09/2015Fiscal Notes (05/18/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsHouse Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (01/28/2015)c

Currently, a driver may not impede the normal flow of traffic
except as required by law. The bill creates a presumption that a person is
impeding traffic if at least 4 motor vehicles are following immediately
behind and the person is traveling at least 5 miles per hour below the
speed limit. Vehicles with the slow-moving vehicle emblem are exempted
from the law against impeding traffic.

J. Wilson (R)Transportation & EnergyVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (05/18/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsHouse Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (01/28/2015)

The bill creates a presumption that a person is impeding traffic if at least 4 motor vehicles are following immediately behind and the person is traveling at least 5 miles per hour below the speed limit.

J. Wilson (R)Transportation & EnergycHouse Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (01/28/2015)
HB15-1089 Register Title Kei Vehicle For Roadway NoneD. Primavera (D)

The bill authorizes a person to drive a kei vehicle on a roadway if
it is registered with the division of motor vehicles. A person must be
licensed to drive a kei vehicle. The registration costs $15, specific
ownership tax is $3, and the kei vehicle is issued a license plate. Kei
vehicles must follow the rules of the road and cannot be driven on
limited-access highways or roads with a speed limit that is greater than 55
miles per hour. Kei vehicles must have insurance. To be used on the road,
a kei vehicle must have, in good working order:
  • Brakes;
  • Headlamps and tail lights;
  • Turn signals;
  • A windshield and windshield wipers;
  • Rear-view mirrors; and
  • Seatbelts.
The bill also provides for titling kei vehicles as off-highway
vehicles.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill authorizes a person to drive a kei vehicle on a roadway if it is registered with the division of motor vehicles.

01/14/2015Transportation & Energy

The bill authorizes a person to drive a kei vehicle on a roadway if it is registered with the division of motor vehicles.

01/14/2015Fiscal Notes (05/29/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsHouse Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (04/22/2015)c

The bill authorizes a person to drive a kei vehicle on a roadway if
it is registered with the division of motor vehicles. A person must be
licensed to drive a kei vehicle. The registration costs $15, specific
ownership tax is $3, and the kei vehicle is issued a license plate. Kei
vehicles must follow the rules of the road and cannot be driven on
limited-access highways or roads with a speed limit that is greater than 55
miles per hour. Kei vehicles must have insurance. To be used on the road,
a kei vehicle must have, in good working order:
  • Brakes;
  • Headlamps and tail lights;
  • Turn signals;
  • A windshield and windshield wipers;
  • Rear-view mirrors; and
  • Seatbelts.
The bill also provides for titling kei vehicles as off-highway
vehicles.

D. Primavera (D)Transportation & EnergyVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (05/29/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsHouse Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (04/22/2015)

The bill authorizes a person to drive a kei vehicle on a roadway if it is registered with the division of motor vehicles.

D. Primavera (D)Transportation & EnergycHouse Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (04/22/2015)
HB15-1234 Income Tax Deduction For Leasing Out Ag Asset NoneD. Mitsch Bush (D)

The bill allows an income tax deduction for specified income tax
years if a qualified taxpayer enters into a qualified lease with an eligible
beginning farmer or rancher, in an amount specified in a deduction
certificate issued by the Colorado agricultural development authority that
is equal to 20% of the lease payments received from the eligible
beginning farmer or rancher as specified in the qualified lease, not to
exceed a specified amount per income tax year, for a maximum of 3
income tax years.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill allows an individual to take an income tax deduction for specified income tax years if the taxpayers enters into a qualified lease with an eligible beginning farmer or rancher.

02/19/2015J. Sonnenberg (R)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources

The bill allows an individual to take an income tax deduction for specified income tax years if the taxpayers enters into a qualified lease with an eligible beginning farmer or rancher.

02/19/2015Fiscal Notes (06/15/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (04/28/2015)Financec

The bill allows an income tax deduction for specified income tax
years if a qualified taxpayer enters into a qualified lease with an eligible
beginning farmer or rancher, in an amount specified in a deduction
certificate issued by the Colorado agricultural development authority that
is equal to 20% of the lease payments received from the eligible
beginning farmer or rancher as specified in the qualified lease, not to
exceed a specified amount per income tax year, for a maximum of 3
income tax years.

D. Mitsch Bush (D)J. Sonnenberg (R)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (06/15/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (04/28/2015)Finance

The bill allows an individual to take an income tax deduction for specified income tax years if the taxpayers enters into a qualified lease with an eligible beginning farmer or rancher.

D. Mitsch Bush (D)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesJ. Sonnenberg (R)FinancecSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (04/28/2015)
HB15-1249 Recodify Water Pollution Control Fees NoneK. Becker (D)

The bill amends the statutory fee schedule that the department of
public health and environment charges for the discharge of pollutants into
state waters. The bill recodifies the existing statutory fee structure and
does not change the amounts of the existing fees, but does reorganize the
existing fees into 5 new sectors. The bill introduces 3 new fees for
regulated activities associated with the application of pesticides, the costs
associated with reviewing requests for certifications under section 401 of
the Clean Water Act, and an application fee for new permits which will
be credited toward the annual permit fee. The bill also extends the
existing statutory expiration dates for permits associated with animal
feeding operations.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill amends the statutory fee schedule that the department of public health and environment charges for the discharge of pollutants into state waters.

02/27/2015M. Hodge (D)Finance

The bill amends the statutory fee schedule that the department of public health and environment charges for the discharge of pollutants into state waters.

02/27/2015Fiscal Notes (07/15/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (06/04/2015)Financec

The bill amends the statutory fee schedule that the department of
public health and environment charges for the discharge of pollutants into
state waters. The bill recodifies the existing statutory fee structure and
does not change the amounts of the existing fees, but does reorganize the
existing fees into 5 new sectors. The bill introduces 3 new fees for
regulated activities associated with the application of pesticides, the costs
associated with reviewing requests for certifications under section 401 of
the Clean Water Act, and an application fee for new permits which will
be credited toward the annual permit fee. The bill also extends the
existing statutory expiration dates for permits associated with animal
feeding operations.

K. Becker (D)M. Hodge (D)FinanceVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (07/15/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (06/04/2015)Finance

The bill amends the statutory fee schedule that the department of public health and environment charges for the discharge of pollutants into state waters.

K. Becker (D)FinanceM. Hodge (D)FinancecGovernor Signed (06/04/2015)
SB15-010 Repeal New Augmentation Standard Dawson Aquifer NoneD. Mitsch Bush (D)

Water Resources Review Committee. Current law specifies that,
beginning July 1, 2015, augmentation requirements for the withdrawal of
water from the Dawson aquifer must be based on actual aquifer
conditions. The bill repeals this requirement, thereby continuing current
law, which requires replacement of actual out-of-priority depletions to the
stream; except that the replacement of post-pumping depletions is
required only if necessary to compensate for injury.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill repeals the water withdrawal requirement on the Dawson aquifer, thereby continuing current law, which requires replacement of actual out-of-priority depletions to the stream

01/07/2015M. Hodge (D)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources

The bill repeals the water withdrawal requirement on the Dawson aquifer, thereby continuing current law, which requires replacement of actual out-of-priority depletions to the stream

01/07/2015Fiscal Notes (06/10/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (03/13/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energyc

Water Resources Review Committee. Current law specifies that,
beginning July 1, 2015, augmentation requirements for the withdrawal of
water from the Dawson aquifer must be based on actual aquifer
conditions. The bill repeals this requirement, thereby continuing current
law, which requires replacement of actual out-of-priority depletions to the
stream; except that the replacement of post-pumping depletions is
required only if necessary to compensate for injury.

D. Mitsch Bush (D)M. Hodge (D)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (06/10/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (03/13/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

The bill repeals the water withdrawal requirement on the Dawson aquifer, thereby continuing current law, which requires replacement of actual out-of-priority depletions to the stream

D. Mitsch Bush (D)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesM. Hodge (D)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergycGovernor Signed (03/13/2015)
SB15-021 Interstate Pest Control Compact Repeal NoneE. Vigil (D)

The bill repeals the interstate pest control compact, which was
adopted in Colorado in 2007 to coordinate and fund interstate pest control
efforts.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill repeals the interstate pest control compact, which was adopted in Colorado in 2007 to coordinate and fund interstate pest control efforts.

01/07/2015R. Baumgardner (R)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources

The bill repeals the interstate pest control compact, which was adopted in Colorado in 2007 to coordinate and fund interstate pest control efforts.

01/07/2015Fiscal Notes (06/10/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (03/13/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energyc

The bill repeals the interstate pest control compact, which was
adopted in Colorado in 2007 to coordinate and fund interstate pest control
efforts.

E. Vigil (D)R. Baumgardner (R)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (06/10/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (03/13/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

The bill repeals the interstate pest control compact, which was adopted in Colorado in 2007 to coordinate and fund interstate pest control efforts.

E. Vigil (D)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesR. Baumgardner (R)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergycGovernor Signed (03/13/2015)
SB15-042 Mandatory Reports Of Animal Abuse NoneJ. Becker (R)

The bill specifies persons who are required to report abandonment,
mistreatment, or neglect of an animal to the owner or law enforcement.
It creates a class 3 misdemeanor for such a person who:
  • Fails to report abandonment, mistreatment, or neglect of an
animal within 48 hours after seeing the incident; or
  • Knowingly files a false report of abandonment,
mistreatment, or neglect of an animal.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill specifies persons who are required to report abandonment, mistreatment, or neglect of an animal to the owner or law enforcement.

01/07/2015J. Sonnenberg (R)

The bill specifies persons who are required to report abandonment, mistreatment, or neglect of an animal to the owner or law enforcement.

01/07/2015Fiscal Notes (05/21/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/09/2015)Judiciaryc

The bill specifies persons who are required to report abandonment,
mistreatment, or neglect of an animal to the owner or law enforcement.
It creates a class 3 misdemeanor for such a person who:
  • Fails to report abandonment, mistreatment, or neglect of an
animal within 48 hours after seeing the incident; or
  • Knowingly files a false report of abandonment,
mistreatment, or neglect of an animal.

J. Becker (R)J. Sonnenberg (R)Votes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (05/21/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/09/2015)Judiciary

The bill specifies persons who are required to report abandonment, mistreatment, or neglect of an animal to the owner or law enforcement.

J. Becker (R)J. Sonnenberg (R)JudiciarycSenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/09/2015)
SB15-046 Renewable Energy Std Adjust REAs Distributed Gen NoneD. Moreno (D)

Under Colorado's renewable energy standard, by the year 2020,
cooperative electric associations and municipally owned electric utilities
will be required to obtain at least 10% and, in the case of a large
cooperative serving 100,000 or more customers, 20% of the electricity
they sell at retail from renewable sources. Renewable sources include
retail distributed generation, defined as a renewable energy resource
located on the site of the customer's facilities and interconnected on the
customer's side of the meter. Rooftop solar panels are the most common
form of retail distributed generation.
The bill allows these utilities to count each kilowatt-hour of
electricity obtained through retail distributed generation as 3
kilowatt-hours for purposes of meeting the 2020 standard. In addition, the
bill allows cooperative electric associations to use purchases from
community solar gardens to meet the retail distributed generation
component of the renewable energy standard.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill allows these utilities to count each kilowatt-hour of electricity obtained through retail distributed generation as 3 kilowatt-hours for purposes of meeting the 2020 standard.

01/07/2015K. Grantham (R)Transportation & Energy

The bill allows these utilities to count each kilowatt-hour of electricity obtained through retail distributed generation as 3 kilowatt-hours for purposes of meeting the 2020 standard.

01/07/2015Fiscal Notes (06/11/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/01/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energyc

Under Colorado's renewable energy standard, by the year 2020,
cooperative electric associations and municipally owned electric utilities
will be required to obtain at least 10% and, in the case of a large
cooperative serving 100,000 or more customers, 20% of the electricity
they sell at retail from renewable sources. Renewable sources include
retail distributed generation, defined as a renewable energy resource
located on the site of the customer's facilities and interconnected on the
customer's side of the meter. Rooftop solar panels are the most common
form of retail distributed generation.
The bill allows these utilities to count each kilowatt-hour of
electricity obtained through retail distributed generation as 3
kilowatt-hours for purposes of meeting the 2020 standard. In addition, the
bill allows cooperative electric associations to use purchases from
community solar gardens to meet the retail distributed generation
component of the renewable energy standard.

D. Moreno (D)K. Grantham (R)Transportation & EnergyVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (06/11/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/01/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

The bill allows these utilities to count each kilowatt-hour of electricity obtained through retail distributed generation as 3 kilowatt-hours for purposes of meeting the 2020 standard.

D. Moreno (D)Transportation & EnergyK. Grantham (R)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergycGovernor Signed (05/01/2015)
SB15-055 Return Of Water From Tail Ditch NoneJ. Becker (R)
J. Arndt (D)

The bill permits a person to use a tail ditch to return variable
amounts of water to a stream. The state engineer shall not require the
delivery of a minimum amount of water to the stream, except as required
by a court decree.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

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

01/12/2015M. Hodge (D)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources

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

01/12/2015Fiscal Notes (07/08/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (03/26/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energyc

The bill permits a person to use a tail ditch to return variable
amounts of water to a stream. The state engineer shall not require the
delivery of a minimum amount of water to the stream, except as required
by a court decree.

J. Becker (R)
J. Arndt (D)
M. Hodge (D)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (07/08/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (03/26/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

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

J. Becker (R)
J. Arndt (D)
Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesM. Hodge (D)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergycGovernor Signed (03/26/2015)
SB15-064 Application Of State Water Law To Federal Agencies NoneJ. Becker (R)

The bill states basic tenets of Colorado water law concerning water
as a transferable property right, acknowledges that the federal government
has maintained deference to state law with respect to water rights, and
prohibits the United States forest service (USFS) and the federal bureau
of land management (bureau) from placing conditions on special use
permits for, or rights-of-way on, federal land that:
  • Require the owner of a water right or a conditional water
right to assign the USFS or the bureau partial or joint
ownership of the water right;
  • Impose limitations on the alienability of the owner's water
right; or
  • Impose restrictions that give the USFS or the bureau full or
partial control over the use and operation of the water right.
The bill also prohibits the state and division engineers from cooperating
with the USFS or the bureau in enforcing or administering any such
conditions on special use permits for, or rights-of-way on, federal land or
from expending any public funds related to the enforcement or
administration of any such conditions.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill states basic tenets of Colorado water law concerning water as a transferable property right, acknowledges that the federal government has maintained deference to state law with respect to water rights, and prohibits the United States forest service and the federal bureau of land management from placing conditions on special use permits for, or rights-of-way on federal land.

01/14/2015J. Sonnenberg (R)State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

The bill states basic tenets of Colorado water law concerning water as a transferable property right, acknowledges that the federal government has maintained deference to state law with respect to water rights, and prohibits the United States forest service and the federal bureau of land management from placing conditions on special use permits for, or rights-of-way on federal land.

01/14/2015Fiscal Notes (09/14/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/16/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energyc

The bill states basic tenets of Colorado water law concerning water
as a transferable property right, acknowledges that the federal government
has maintained deference to state law with respect to water rights, and
prohibits the United States forest service (USFS) and the federal bureau
of land management (bureau) from placing conditions on special use
permits for, or rights-of-way on, federal land that:
  • Require the owner of a water right or a conditional water
right to assign the USFS or the bureau partial or joint
ownership of the water right;
  • Impose limitations on the alienability of the owner's water
right; or
  • Impose restrictions that give the USFS or the bureau full or
partial control over the use and operation of the water right.
The bill also prohibits the state and division engineers from cooperating
with the USFS or the bureau in enforcing or administering any such
conditions on special use permits for, or rights-of-way on, federal land or
from expending any public funds related to the enforcement or
administration of any such conditions.

J. Becker (R)J. Sonnenberg (R)State, Veterans, & Military AffairsVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (09/14/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/16/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

The bill states basic tenets of Colorado water law concerning water as a transferable property right, acknowledges that the federal government has maintained deference to state law with respect to water rights, and prohibits the United States forest service and the federal bureau of land management from placing conditions on special use permits for, or rights-of-way on federal land.

J. Becker (R)State, Veterans, & Military AffairsJ. Sonnenberg (R)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergycHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/16/2015)
SB15-075 Exempt Well Irrigate Up To 1 Acre Commercial Crops NoneP. Lundeen (R)

Current law exempts certain types of water wells from the prior
appropriation system, including the irrigation of not over one acre of
home gardens and lawns. The bill adds an exemption for water wells that
do not exceed 15 gallons per minute of production and are used for the
irrigation of not over one acre of commercial crops.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill adds an exemption from the prior appropriation system for water wells that do not exceed 15 gallons per minute of production and are used for the irrigation of not over one acre of commercial crops.

01/14/2015K. Grantham (R)

The bill adds an exemption from the prior appropriation system for water wells that do not exceed 15 gallons per minute of production and are used for the irrigation of not over one acre of commercial crops.

01/14/2015Fiscal Notes (05/21/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energyc

Current law exempts certain types of water wells from the prior
appropriation system, including the irrigation of not over one acre of
home gardens and lawns. The bill adds an exemption for water wells that
do not exceed 15 gallons per minute of production and are used for the
irrigation of not over one acre of commercial crops.

P. Lundeen (R)K. Grantham (R)Votes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (05/21/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

The bill adds an exemption from the prior appropriation system for water wells that do not exceed 15 gallons per minute of production and are used for the irrigation of not over one acre of commercial crops.

P. Lundeen (R)K. Grantham (R)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergycSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2015)
SB15-084 Water Right Partial Historical Consumptive Use None

A water right may be used on one or more parcels of land and may
be changed with regard to only some of the parcels. When a water judge
decrees a change of a previously unchanged portion of a water right, the
bill prohibits the water judge from reducing the actual historical
consumptive use of that portion of the water right based on previously
decreed changes of use involving another portion of the same water right
used on other parcels of land.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill prohibits a water judge from reducing the actual historical consumptive use of that portion of the water right based on previously decreed changes of use involving another portion of the same water right used on other parcels of land.

01/14/2015M. Hodge (D)

The bill prohibits a water judge from reducing the actual historical consumptive use of that portion of the water right based on previously decreed changes of use involving another portion of the same water right used on other parcels of land.

01/14/2015Fiscal Notes (09/14/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (02/11/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energyc

A water right may be used on one or more parcels of land and may
be changed with regard to only some of the parcels. When a water judge
decrees a change of a previously unchanged portion of a water right, the
bill prohibits the water judge from reducing the actual historical
consumptive use of that portion of the water right based on previously
decreed changes of use involving another portion of the same water right
used on other parcels of land.

M. Hodge (D)Votes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (09/14/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (02/11/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

The bill prohibits a water judge from reducing the actual historical consumptive use of that portion of the water right based on previously decreed changes of use involving another portion of the same water right used on other parcels of land.

M. Hodge (D)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergycSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (02/11/2015)
SB15-085 Small Business Cottage Foods Act NoneF. Winter (D)
P. Buck (R)

The bill increases the amount of net revenue a producer selling
under the Colorado Cottage Foods Act may earn per eligible product
from $5,000 to $20,000 each calendar year. The bill defines small
business and allows producers to sell products directly to small
businesses for resale.

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

The bill increases the amount of net revenue a producer selling under the Colorado Cottage Foods Act may earn per eligible product from $5,000 to $20,000 each calendar year.

01/14/2015B. Martinez Humenik (R)Business, Affairs & Labor

The bill increases the amount of net revenue a producer selling under the Colorado Cottage Foods Act may earn per eligible product from $5,000 to $20,000 each calendar year.

01/14/2015Fiscal Notes (09/14/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/01/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energyc

The bill increases the amount of net revenue a producer selling
under the Colorado Cottage Foods Act may earn per eligible product
from $5,000 to $20,000 each calendar year. The bill defines small
business and allows producers to sell products directly to small
businesses for resale.

F. Winter (D)
P. Buck (R)
B. Martinez Humenik (R)Business, Affairs & LaborVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (09/14/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/01/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

The bill increases the amount of net revenue a producer selling under the Colorado Cottage Foods Act may earn per eligible product from $5,000 to $20,000 each calendar year.

F. Winter (D)
P. Buck (R)
Business, Affairs & LaborB. Martinez Humenik (R)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergycGovernor Signed (05/01/2015)
SB15-119 Sunset Pesticide Applicators NoneK. Becker (D)

Sunset Process - Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and
Energy Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the
sunset review and report on the regulation of pesticide applicators by the
department of agriculture by:
  • Extending the repeal date of the regulatory program until
September 1, 2024 (sections 1 and 2 of the bill);
  • Adding a representative of the agricultural sector affected
by the federal pesticide worker protection standard and a
representative of organic farmers to the pesticide advisory
committee (section 3);
  • Reducing the period for which private applicators must
maintain records from 3 years to 2 years in keeping with
applicable federal requirements (section 4); and
  • Measuring the deadline for licensing applications by when
the application is received rather than by when it is
postmarked (sections 5 and 6).

cVotes all LegislatorsNone

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

01/26/2015J. Sonnenberg (R)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources

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

01/26/2015Fiscal Notes (07/09/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/19/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energyc

Sunset Process - Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and
Energy Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the
sunset review and report on the regulation of pesticide applicators by the
department of agriculture by:
  • Extending the repeal date of the regulatory program until
September 1, 2024 (sections 1 and 2 of the bill);
  • Adding a representative of the agricultural sector affected
by the federal pesticide worker protection standard and a
representative of organic farmers to the pesticide advisory
committee (section 3);
  • Reducing the period for which private applicators must
maintain records from 3 years to 2 years in keeping with
applicable federal requirements (section 4); and
  • Measuring the deadline for licensing applications by when
the application is received rather than by when it is
postmarked (sections 5 and 6).

K. Becker (D)J. Sonnenberg (R)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesVotes all LegislatorsFiscal Notes (07/09/2015)Full Text of BillLobbyistsGovernor Signed (05/19/2015)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy

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

K. Becker (D)Agriculture, Livestock and Natural ResourcesJ. Sonnenberg (R)Agriculture, Natural Resources, and EnergycGovernor Signed (05/19/2015)
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