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Bill No. Title House SponsorsSenate SponsorsCCW SummaryStatusPosition
HB15-1016 Promote Precipitation Harvesting Pilot Projects D. Coram (R)J. Sonnenberg (R)

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

Governor Signed: 05/29/2015c
HB15-1054 Off-Highway Vehicle Roadway Registration J. Brown (R)

The bill authorizes a person to drive an off-highway vehicle on a county roadway if the person has a driver's license and obeys the rules of the road.

House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely: 02/19/2015c
HB15-1057 The Statewide Initiative Process L. Court (D)
B. DelGrosso (R)
M. Hodge (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)

The bill requires the director to prepare an initial fiscal impact statement for each initiative submitted to the title board and to further summarize the abstract into a 2-sentence fiscal impact summary. 

Sent to the Governor: 05/18/2015e
HB15-1088 Interagency Farm-to-school Grant Program F. Winter (D)L. Crowder (R)

The bill creates the interagency farm-to-school grant program, established by the department of education and administered by the interagency farm-to-school coordination task force.

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 04/28/2015b
HB15-1099 Hunting & Taking Black Bears & Wildlife Commission Y. Willett (R)R. Scott (R)

The bills makes changes to black bear hunting season.

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 02/09/2015c
HB15-1102 CO Cottage Foods Act Expansion M. Hamner (D)
Y. Willett (R)
K. Donovan (D)
K. Grantham (R)

The bill expands the Colorado Cottage Foods Act's permitted foods to include fruit empanadas, tortillas, and pickled vegetables that have an equilibrium pH value of 4.6 or lower.

Governor Signed: 06/05/2015b
HB15-1118 Hydroelectric Power J. Brown (R)

The bill amends the definition of renewable energy resourcesthat can be used to meet the state's renewable energy standard to include hydroelectricity and pumped hydroelectricity.

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 02/18/2015e
HB15-1119 Local Government Fracking Ban Liable Royalties P. Buck (R)

The bill specifies that a local government that bans hydraulic fracturing of an oil and gas well is liable to the royalty owner for the value of the lost royalties.

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 02/25/2015e
HB15-1132 Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credit D. Coram (R)
K. Becker (D)
M. Hodge (D)
N. Todd (D)
R. Scott (R)

The bill creates a residential energy reduction income tax credit for any resident individual who makes qualified improvements to their home that result in improved energy efficiency, measured in millions of British thermal units (MMBTU).

Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely: 04/28/2015b
HB15-1144 Prohibit Plastic Microbeads Personal Care Products D. Primavera (D)N. Todd (D)

The bill prohibits the production, manufacture, or acceptance for sale of personal care products, including over-the-counter drugs, that contain synthetic plastic microbeads.

Governor Signed: 03/26/2015c
HB15-1145 Implement Federal Radioactive Materials Audit B. Rankin (R)M. Hodge (D)

The bill implements the requirements and recommendations of the nuclear regulatory commission audit report and updates the radiation control statutes.

Governor Signed: 04/08/2015b
HB15-1177 Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant Prog Y. Willett (R)
K. Becker (D)
K. Donovan (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)

The bill creates the rural economic development initiative grant program for the purpose of creating resiliency in and growing the economies of highly distressed rural counties.

Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely: 05/04/2015b
HB15-1210 GA Review Envtl Rules Required In Lieu Fed Law T. Dore (R)

The bill requires the air quality control commission, water quality control commission, and solid and hazardous waste commission to submit an annual report to the general assembly regarding all new and amended rules that are required by new or amended regulations proposed or adopted by the federal environmental protection agency (EPA).

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 03/16/2015c
HB15-1219 EZ Investment Tax Credit For Renewable Energy E. McCann (D)
J. Becker (R)
M. Hodge (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)

The bill allows a taxpayer who places a new renewable energy investment in service on or after January 1, 2015, that results in an investment tax credit to elect to receive a refund of 80% of the amount of the credit and forego the remaining 20% as a cost of the election.

Governor Signed: 06/05/2015c
HB15-1222 Water Efficiency Savings Instream Use Pilot K. Becker (D)J. Sonnenberg (R)

The bill authorizes the Colorado water conservation board to select the sponsors of up to 12 pilot projects for the board's acquisition of water efficiency savings for instream flow use without the need for a water court-decreed change of water right. 

Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely: 03/26/2015c
HB15-1225 Federal Land Coordination B. Rankin (R)
K. Becker (D)
E. Roberts (R)
K. Donovan (D)

The bill requires the governor, in cooperation with the executive director of the department of natural resources, the commissioner of agriculture, and the executive director of the department of local affairs, to make available to interested local governments technical support to aid local governments in certain circumstances.

Governor Signed: 05/13/2015b
HB15-1228 Special Fuel Tax On Liquefied Petroleum Gas D. Mitsch Bush (D)
J. Becker (R)
R. Scott (R)

The bill makes the following changes related to how the special fuel excise tax on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is imposed, collected, and administered in this state.

Governor Signed: 06/05/2015c
HB15-1236 Tax Credit For Improving Energy Efficiency F. Winter (D)B. Martinez Humenik (R)
K. Donovan (D)

The bill creates income tax credits for a limited number of years when an owner of an existing multi-family home makes energy efficiency improvements to the multi-family home that result in at least a 20% reduction in energy consumption.

Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely: 05/01/2015b
HB15-1249 Recodify Water Pollution Control Fees K. Becker (D)M. Hodge (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.

Governor Signed: 06/04/2015c
HB15-1259 Residential Precipitation Collection Rain Barrels J. Danielson (D)
D. Esgar (D)
M. Merrifield (D)

The bill allows collection of water from a residential rooftop under certain circumstances.

Senate Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over to 05/07/2015 - No Amendments: 05/05/2015c
HB15-1265 Gender Identification On Birth Certificates D. Moreno (D)J. Ulibarri (D)

The bill repeals the court order provision and creates new requirements for the issuance of birth certificates in cases of changes to gender designation.

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 04/15/2015c
HB15-1284 Expand Scope Shared Photovoltaic Facilities F. Winter (D)
C. Roupe (R)
K. Grantham (R)
M. Hodge (D)

The bill deletes population requirements for community solar gardens (CSG). It also increases the minimum number of subscribers in a CSG from the current minimum of 10 to at least 25 for installations larger than 500 kilowatts. 

Governor Signed: 05/08/2015b
HB15-1300 Local Government Minimum Wage J. Melton (D)
D. Moreno (D)
M. Merrifield (D)

The bill permits a unit of local government to enact laws with respect to the minimum wage within its jurisdiction.

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 04/15/2015c
HB15-1304 Bear Control Y. Willett (R)
S. Lebsock (D)
D. Balmer (R)
R. Scott (R)

The bill instructs the division of parks and wildlife to study the management of black bears to avoid bear-human conflicts and enhance public safety. 

Governor Signed: 05/08/2015b
HB15-1310 Div Parks & Wildlife Acquire Real Property B. Rankin (R)R. Baumgardner (R)

The bill grants the division of parks and wildlife the authority to acquire real property for their Garfield county administrative office and public service center in Garfield county.

Governor Signed: 06/05/2015c
HB15-1319 PUC Membership Geographic Representation D. Esgar (D)L. Garcia (D)

The bill increases the membership of the public utilities commission from 3 to 5, with 2 of the commissioners representing the state at large and 3 representing one district each. 

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 05/04/2015c
HB15-1329 Off-highway Vehicle Task Force J. Brown (R)
L. Court (D)
K. Donovan (D)
E. Roberts (R)

The bill creates the off-highway task force to study the issue of road use by off-highway vehicles. 

House Committee on Legislative Council Postpone Indefinitely: 04/24/2015c
HB15-1330 Social Cost Of Carbon In Certain Fiscal Notes M. Foote (D)

The bill requires legislative council staff (staff) to include the social cost of carbon in the fiscal note for an electricity generation measure, which is a bill or concurrent resolution that is expected to cause a significant increase or decrease in the generation of electricity from a renewable or nonrenewable source by or on behalf of a qualifying retail utility. 

House Committee on Legislative Council Postpone Indefinitely: 04/24/2015b
HB15-1332 Inc Tax Credit For Distributed Energy Resource Sys D. Pabon (D)L. Crowder (R)

The bill allows to any qualified taxpayer a one-time refundable income tax credit against the taxes due in an amount equal to the lesser of 30% of the taxpayer's total cost or $50,000 for purchasing and installing the equipment necessary to generate electricity using hydroelectricity, wind, or biomass resources. 

Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely: 05/05/2015c
HB15-1356 State Authority Immigration Enforcement J. Salazar (D)L. Guzman (D)

The bill prohibits a public safety agency from holding or detaining a person beyond the point that he or she is eligible for release based solely on an immigration detainer request or administrative warrant.

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 05/04/2015c
HB15-1364 Limited Scope Inspections Hydroelectric Projects D. Coram (R)
D. Mitsch Bush (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)
K. Donovan (D)

The bill clarifies the circumstances for small hydroelectric generation inspection based on specific standards.

Governor Signed: 05/29/2015c
HB15-1372 Raise The Public Utility Fee Cap M. Tyler (D)
J. Becker (R)
R. Heath (D)
D. Balmer (R)

The bill increases the cap for the public utility fee to 0.25.

Governor Signed: 05/29/2015c
HB15-1377 Shared Renewable Generation Facilities For REAs J. Becker (R)
D. Moreno (D)
K. Grantham (R)
K. Donovan (D)

The bill adopts a concept similar to that of community solar gardens, but allows any other type of retail distributed generation, including small wind, small hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass, to be used.

Governor Signed: 05/19/2015c
HB15-1380 State Fin Incentives Watershed Health E. Vigil (D)
K. Becker (D)
L. Crowder (R)

Subject to the bill's requirements, for any income tax year
commencing on or after January 1, 2015, but prior to January 1, 2018,
section 1 of the bill allows a taxpayer a state income tax credit in an
amount determined by the Colorado water conservation board (board) for
qualified expenditures the taxpayer has made for one or more watershed
health projects during the income tax year for which the taxpayer claims
the credit.

House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely: 04/29/2015c
HB15-1381 Office Of Consumer Counsel Continuation F. Winter (D)
D. Esgar (D)
L. Garcia (D)

The bill continues the office of consumer counsel for 11 years to
2026.

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 05/04/2015c
HB15-HCR1001 Colorado Constitution Minimum Wage J. Melton (D)
D. Moreno (D)
M. Merrifield (D)

The concurrent resolution incrementally increases the statewide minimum wage from the current amount of $8.23 to $12.50 from January 1, 2017, to January 1, 2020.

House Third Reading Lost - No Amendments: 03/31/2015c
SB15-009 Public Building Woody Biomass Energy Grant Program M. Hamner (D)M. Jones (D)

The bill promotes the use of woody biomass as a fuel source for public buildings by creating the woody biomass grant program.

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely: 01/15/2015c
SB15-023 Off-highway Vehicle State Highway E. Vigil (D)L. Crowder (R)

The bill imports the snowmobile standards into the off-highway vehicle statutes. The bill also clarifies that a driver may cross a state highway if the driver complies with these standards.

Governor Signed: 03/13/2015c
SB15-039 Concurrent Jurisdiction Over Federal Land S. Humphrey (R)
B. Rankin (R)
K. Lambert (R)

The bill says the state retains a concurrent legislative jurisdiction with the United States under the laws of the state over all BLM lands within the state.

House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely: 05/04/2015e
SB15-044 Electric Renewable Energy Standard Reduction D. Thurlow (R)R. Scott (R)

The bill reduces the minimum percentage of renewable energy required of investor-owned utilities from 20% to 15% for the years 2015 through 2019 and from 30% to 15% for the years 2020 and thereafter. The bill also reduces the minimum amounts for cooperative electric associations from 20% to 15% for the years 2020 and thereafter.

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 03/02/2015e
SB15-046 Renewable Energy Std Adjust REAs Distributed Gen D. Moreno (D)K. Grantham (R)

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.

Governor Signed: 05/01/2015b
SB15-055 Return Of Water From Tail Ditch J. Becker (R)
J. Arndt (D)
M. Hodge (D)

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

Governor Signed: 03/26/2015c
SB15-061 Disclosure Requirement Small Issue Committees J. Everett (R)C. Holbert (R)

The bill prohibits the application of the disclosure or reporting requirements specified in the FCPA to an issue committee unless and until the issue committee has accepted or made contributions or expenditures in excess of $5,000. 

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 03/25/2015c
SB15-063 Alternative Energy For Schools Grant Program K. Donovan (D)

The bill takes the existing wind for schools grant program enacted in 2007 and broadens the program to include other types of electricity generated from eligible energy resources.

Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely: 04/10/2015c
SB15-064 Application Of State Water Law To Federal Agencies J. Becker (R)J. Sonnenberg (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 and the federal bureau of land management from placing conditions on special use permits for, or rights-of-way on federal land.

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 03/16/2015c
SB15-069 Repeal Job Protection Civil Rights Enforcement Act K. Priola (R)L. Woods (R)

With the exception of the expansion of age-based discrimination claims to individuals who are 70 years of age or older, the bill repeals all components of the Job Protection and Civil Rights Act and restores the equitable relief remedies that were available to employment discrimination victims making claims under state law prior to the passage of the act.

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 04/20/2015e
SB15-084 Water Right Partial Historical Consumptive Use M. 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.

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely: 02/11/2015c
SB15-085 Small Business Cottage Foods Act F. Winter (D)
P. Buck (R)
B. Martinez Humenik (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.

Governor Signed: 05/01/2015b
SB15-092 Multi-agency Review Of State Carbon Emission Plan J. Cooke (R)

The bill requires the Colorado department of public health and environment to take its plans for regulating carbon emissions by electric utilities PUC to determine rate impacts.

Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 03/04/2015e
SB15-093 Compensate Owners Min Interests Extraction Regs J. Becker (R)J. Sonnenberg (R)

The bill allows the owner of mineral rights to obtain compensation from the local government for the full diminution in the fair market value of the owner's interest caused by the regulatory impairment of the local government when the impairment is at least 60 % of the right.

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 03/16/2015e
SB15-120 Electric Grid Modernization Plans F. Winter (D)M. Jones (D)

The bill requires all providers of retail electric service in Colorado, including municipal utilities and cooperative electric associations, to develop a grid modernization plan.

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely: 02/12/2015c
SB15-134 Energy Cost-savings Contracts For Vehicle Fleets M. Tyler (D)M. Jones (D)

The bill clarifies that moneys included in annual contract payments for a cost-savings contract on vehicle fleets do not include moneys that would otherwise be allocated for vehicle purchases and vehicle operation and maintenance costs for the applicable fiscal year. 

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely: 02/12/2015c
SB15-161 Suppl Approp Dept Revenue M. Hamner (D)K. Lambert (R)

Supplemental appropriations are made to the department of revenue.

Governor Signed: 04/03/2015c
SB15-177 HOA Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines B. DelGrosso (R)
J. Singer (D)
M. Scheffel (R)
J. Ulibarri (D)

The bill states that when the governing documents of a common interest community require mediation or arbitration of a construction defect claim and the requirement is later amended or removed, mediation or arbitration is still required for a construction defect claim. 

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 04/27/2015c
SB15-183 Quantify Water Rights Historical Consumptive Use J. Arndt (D)
J. Becker (R)
M. Hodge (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)

The bill describes the characteristics of consumptive use of water history to be included in a change of water right.

Governor Signed: 05/04/2015c
SB15-206 Implement Conservation Easement Audit Requirements A. Garnett (D)
J. Keyser (R)
M. Hodge (D)
E. Roberts (R)

The bill increases the amount of the conservation easement credit to 75% of the first $100,000 of the fair market value of the easement, and 50% of the fair market value above that amount. The cap is increased to $1.5 million.

Governor Signed: 06/04/2015c
SB15-212 Storm Water Facilities Not Injure Water Rights F. Winter (D)
T. Carver (R)
J. Sonnenberg (R)

The bill specifies that storm water detention and infiltration facilities and post-wildland fire facilities do not injure water rights.

Governor Signed: 05/29/2015c
SB15-232 CO Federal Land Mgmt Commission D. Coram (R)R. Baumgardner (R)
J. Sonnenberg (R)

The bill creates the Colorado federal land management commission consisting of 15 members.

Senate Second Reading Special Order - Lost with Amendments - Floor: 04/28/2015e
SB15-252 Energy Loans For School Energy Audits M. Johnston (D)

The bill authorizes a school district that receives a renewable energy and energy efficiency loan to also use the money received to conduct an energy audit for the purpose of establishing the amount of energy savings expected to result from such a project.

Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely: 04/16/2015b
SB15-254 Renewable Energy Std New Solar Extend Date P. Lee (D)K. Grantham (R)

The bill extends the deadline for electricity from solar generation for municipally owned utilities.

Governor Signed: 05/29/2015c
SB15-258 Coordinated Review CO2 Emission Reduction Measures T. Dore (R)J. Cooke (R)
J. Sonnenberg (R)

The bill describes the process by which the Colorado air quality control commission can adopt a state plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by Colorado electric utilities in accordance with federal regulations.

House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 05/04/2015e
SB15-261 Utility's Public Notice Of Schedule Changes D. Young (D)J. Sonnenberg (R)

The bill would permit a public utility to file a motion seeking an alternative method of providing additional public notice within an existing proceeding.

Governor Signed: 06/05/2015c
SB15-271 Continuation Of The Office Of Consumer Counsel J. Becker (R)J. Sonnenberg (R)

The bill implements the recommendations contained in the department of regulatory agencies' sunset report on the office of consumer counsel and the utility consumers' board.

Governor Signed: 06/05/2015c
SB15-SCR002 Ballot Procedure Citizen-initiated Amendments P. Steadman (D)
E. Roberts (R)
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely: 05/05/2015e
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