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Bill: HB20-1045
Title: Energy Efficiency Improvement Programs Funding
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StatusHouse Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (03/02/2020)
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Concerning the stabilization of state funding for energy efficiency improvement programs.

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/17/2020)
House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate Committee
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Bill: HB20-1047
Title: Develop A Statewide Organics Management Plan
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League supports HB 1047 to plan the management of organic material. This bill will include stakeholders (as amended) in the management of composted materials to reduce methane and sequester carbon on a massive scale. Besides being a human health threat, methane is a greenhouse gas that is many times stronger than carbon dioxide as a heat-trappping gas that contributes to global warming and climate change. The League believes in taking action to reduce the threat of global climate change and combat air pollution. League also believes that the state should provide technical support to local governments in matters of environmental planning and management. 

StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/13/2020)
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Concerning the development of a statewide organics management plan to promote compost use.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/07/2020)
House SponsorsM. Froelich (D)
L. Cutter (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate CommitteeAgriculture and Natural Resources
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Bill: HB20-1070
Title: Local Government Liable Fracking Ban Oil And Gas Moratorium
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The bill seeks compensation by oil and gas stakeholders for the costs, damages or losses of fair market value that take place during a moratorium of gas drilling. League opposed this bill last year and again this year. The bill conflicts with last year's SB19-181, because it prioritizes oil and gas profits over public health, safety, and welfare.

StatusHouse Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (01/27/2020)
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Concerning a requirement that a local government that interferes with oil and gas operations compensate persons damaged by the interference.

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/13/2020)
House SponsorsP. Buck (R)
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House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate Committee
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Bill: HB20-1126
Title: Local Control Approvals Oil And Gas Applications
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Last year, SB 19-181 made major changes in the COGCC's powers to grant drilling permits. The COGCC no longer "fosters" but "regulates" oil and gas based on the health and safety of locations for drilling operations. The "reasonable and necessary" concerns of the community have precedence in considerations. League supported SB 181 and therefore opposes this bill which tries to repeal the laws authority.

StatusHouse Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (03/02/2020)
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Concerning a requirement that the state approve an oil and gas permit to drill that has been approved by a local government.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/03/2020)
House SponsorsP. Buck (R)
L. Saine (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate Committee
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Bill: HB20-1143
Title: Environmental Justice And Projects Increase Environmental Fines
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The League of Women Voters celebrates: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. League supports this bill for the following reasons. HB 1143 would divert funds collected from fines for air and water quality violations ($47,357 per day) to remedy Colorado's increased number of ozone action days and the "dark pollution cloud" that has returned, with continuous monitoring. The EPA has downgraded the Front Range Air Quality from "moderate" to "serious". Since leaks occur at any number of sources, and go undetected, people who live near them are already unjustly vulnerable groups that include communities of color, tribal and indigenous communities, low income and rural communities, the marginalized poor, infants, children, the sick, the elderly, people with respiratory and lung disease, asthmatics and people with heart problems that live there. This bill would create an environmental justice advisory board with an ombudsperson that advocates for environmental justice communities. League believes everyone deserves clean air, water and freedom from toxic pollution that endangers our health, safety and welfare. League supports prevention inspection and monitoring, vigorous enforcement and substantial fines for noncompliance.

StatusGovernor Signed (07/02/2020)
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Concerning additional public health protections regarding alleged environmental violations, and, in connection therewith, raising the maximum fines for air quality and water quality violations and allocating the fines to environmental mitigation projects.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/04/2020)
House SponsorsD. Jackson (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate CommitteeFinance
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Bill: HB20-1155
Title: Higher Efficiency New Construction Residence
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Colorado is a state that will continue to grow with expanded new housing into the future. The bill requires home and condo builders to offer three options to prospective owners to increase access to solar: solar panels, prewiring and plumbing for solar, and a chase or conduit to do the wiring and plumbing. Current law allows only one option. The additional requirement to offer electric vehicle charging or wiring prep for EVs is needed as part of a clean energy transition. Last, the bill also requires an electric heating option. League supports this bill because it recognizes that switching to clean, renewable energy will keep emissions lower and is environmentally sustainable.

StatusGovernor Signed (06/30/2020)
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Concerning requirements that builders of new residences offer buyers options to accommodate higher efficiency devices.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/07/2020)
House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
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Bill: HB20-1162
Title: Prohibit Food Establishments' Use Of Polystyrene
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StatusHouse Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
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Concerning a prohibition against a retail food establishment's distribution of an expanded polystyrene product for use as a container for ready-to-eat food.

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/08/2020)
House SponsorsL. Cutter (D)
J. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
T. Story (D)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate Committee
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Bill: HB20-1163
Title: Management Of Single-use Products
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League supports this bill that is uniform in its requirements. It prohibits single use plastics at the point of sale, such as bags, stirrers, straws and any styrofoam containers. It also imposes a 10 cent charge on paper bag substiutes, beginning July of 2021. A $25 initial fine and $100 fine for violations will remind people to carry a cloth bag. Hospitals, health-care facilities, and independent living facilities are exempted as well as prepackaged foods like meat and fish. In addition, local governments are not allowed less stringent regulations. League supports policies to reduce the generation of this material to protect public health, air, water and land resources.

StatusHouse Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
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Concerning the management of single-use products.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/04/2020)
House SponsorsA. Valdez (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate Committee
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Bill: HB20-1180
Title: Protect Pollinators Through Pesticide Regulation
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This bill regulates the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and sulfoximine pesticides by reclassifying them as restricted use pesticides.  This bill would aid in reversing pollinator decline by partially restricting the use of neonicotinoid and sufoximine pesticides.  This falls under the League's positions on sustainable, regenerative agricultural production.

 

StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/28/2020)
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Concerning the protection of pollinators by restricting the use of certain pesticides.

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/04/2020)
House SponsorsC. Kipp (D)
S. Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
K. Priola (R)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate Committee
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Bill: HB20-1265
Title: Increase Public Protection Air Toxics Emissions
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This bill follows HB 1143 that we support as a Social Justice (DEI) bill. In addition, HB 1265, creates a new program to regulate emissions. It defines pollutants for monitoring and regulations to protect public health. It sets rules of monitoring, reporting, and repair for violations from covered facility's flare or pressure relief leaks that occur near disproportionately affected communities. It sets up an "alert system" plan and sets an annual emission fee of $191.13 per ton. Many leaks occur, such a recent benzene spike in Greely and a release of an unknown yellow dust that came without warning. League supports prevention programs for stationary sources and good air quality. It supports inspection, and monitoring, vigorous enforcement and substantial fines for noncompliance

StatusGovernor Signed (07/02/2020)
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Concerning increased public protections from emissions of air toxics.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/02/2020)
House SponsorsA. Benavidez (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate CommitteeFinance
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Bill: SB20-010
Title: Repeal Ban On Local Goverment Regulation Of Plastics
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The League supports removing the state's pre-emption that bars local communities from regulating disposable plastics. Communities have options for managing the costs and environmental impacts of these polluting products. Last year, however, League preferred a more uniform way to achieve this goal since a patchwork may not work as well.

StatusSenate Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2020)
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Concerning a repeal of the prohibition of local government regulation of plastics.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/29/2020)
House SponsorsM. Froelich (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
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Bill: SB20-012
Title: Transmit Renewable Energy Conservation Easements
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StatusSenate Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2020)
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Concerning the transmission of renewable energy through transmission lines that cross property subject to a conservation easement.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/24/2020)
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
J. Tate (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
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Bill: SB20-013
Title: Promote Innovative And Clean Energy Technologies
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StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/27/2020)
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Concerning measures to facilitate the use of innovative energy technologies by investor-owned public utilities, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the public utilities commission to review and approve investor-owned utilities' applications for low-emission dispatchable and innovative energy technologies based on meeting specified criteria.

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/30/2020)
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
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Bill: SB20-055
Title: Incentivize Development Recycling End Markets
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It is time to address the massive recycling issue and begin reducing and refusing or reusing materials.

During the interim in 2019, the legislature approved a Zero Waste and Recycling Interim Study Committee to address the poor compliance in Colorado to recycle.  There were many areas addressed and several bills put forward to help in addressing this issue. This bill to expand market mechanisms for recycling is the most complex.

The fiscal note reflects that a Recycling Market Development Center will be created at the Colorado School of Mines to serve as a resource and possible development of end-markets.  The cost projections for the first 2 years are over $2 million dollars and over 4.5 FTE. The use of property taxes will help defray some of these costs, but will be a factor.

This bill was heard in Sen Business, Labor & Technology Committee on Feb. 11 and passed unanimously to Sen. Appropriations. There was no opposition and testimony from recyclers in Colorado felt this would stimulate the market and expand percentage of material getting recycled.

StatusGovernor Signed (07/13/2020)
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Concerning the expansion of market mechanisms for the further development of recycling.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/05/2020)
House SponsorsL. Cutter (D)
J. Arndt (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
T. Story (D)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
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Bill: SB20-094
Title: Plug-in Electric Motor Vehicle Registration Fees
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StatusSenate Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (02/13/2020)
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Concerning the imposition of additional plug-in electric motor vehicle registration fees by the high-performance transportation enterprise, and, in connection therewith, making the total amount of registration fees imposed on such vehicles roughly equal to the combined amount of registration fees and motor fuel taxes imposed on vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/12/2020)
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
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Bill: SB20-121
Title: Manage Gray Wolves In Colorado
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StatusSenate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely (05/27/2020)
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Concerning the management of gray wolves in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the reintroduction of gray wolves.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/18/2020)
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeAgriculture and Natural Resources
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Bill: SB20-159
Title: Global Warming Potential For Public Project Materials
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The amount of carbon generated through manufacturing building materials, transporting materials to construction sites, and the actual construction process— the “embodied carbon of a building,” accounts for about one quarter of a building’s total lifecycle carbon emissions.  Globally, the embodied carbon of buildings account for about 11 percent of global emissions. [Architecture 2030]

The objective of this bill is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from construction of public projects by applying standards for maximum global warming potential for each of the following building materials: carbon steel rebar, flat glass, mineral wool board insulation, structural steel, concrete, and cement.  According to the sponsor, these categories were selected because there is good information already available and suppliers are responding to the need for improved products.

Witnesses representing professional associations of architects and contractors spoke in support.  Standards for addressing these sources of greenhouse emissions already exist in many sectors and “green” materials are becoming increasingly available. 

Amendments clarified the responsibilities of the Office of the State Architect, placed this responsibility for projects on the designers rather than the contractors by specifying materials standards in the bids submitted to the state.  The bill also includes emissions from transportation of materials. 

League supports this bill to address another significant source of greenhouse gas emissions in addition to reducing fossil fuels as energy sources and reducing emissions and air pollution from the transportation sector.

StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
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Concerning measures to limit the global warming potential for certain materials used in public projects.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/11/2020)
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
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Bill: SB20-201
Title: Species Conservation Trust Fund Projects
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Authorizes expenditures by the Dept Natural Resources for designated projects to conserve native species that are threatened or endangered or are candidate species.  The Species Conservation Trust Fund is funded by annual transfers from the Severance Tax Operational Fund.  No further appropriations are required. 

For this year, the largest project expenditure is $670K for Platte River Recovery program. 

The Platte River Recovery Implementation Program helps to provide Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance through management of land and water resources on the Platte River in Nebraska. The four target species that benefit from the Program include three endangered species (the whooping crane, the interior least tern, and the pallid sturgeon), and one threatened species (the piping plover).

Other projects include:  Continue work on controlling plague in prairie dog colonies. Monitor black-footed ferret release sites, treat for plague and develop oral vaccine.

Continue work on native cutthroat trout (creating and improving habitat and unraveling the complicated genetics) and improving brood stocks for native trout and whitefish.

Continue to improve knowledge on Southern Rocky Mountain Boreal Toad population (SRMP), found almost exclusively in Colorado, as a Distinct Population Segment.

The League supports decision-making for creation of a clean and healthy environment and in recognition that long-term ecological effects have greater importance than short-range problems. 

StatusGovernor Signed (06/29/2020)
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Concerning support for species conservation trust fund projects, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/28/2020)
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
M. Catlin (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeAgriculture and Natural Resources
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Bill: SB20-204
Title: Additional Resources To Protect Air Quality
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The bill that creates an air quality enterprise business for collecting fees to perform necessary monitoring to determine sources and amounts of ozone and pollution put into the atmosphere. The health issue affected by ozone is costly and paralyzing citizens' lives. Data collected will be sent to the Air Quality Control Commission at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Colorado's "serious" air quality ratiing must be improved with identifying areas to control and mitigate. League U.S. believes enforcement should be carried out at lower levels of government. Standards must be enforced in a timely and consistent manner for all violators. League supports the bill.

StatusGovernor Signed (06/30/2020)
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Concerning the provision of additional resources to protect air quality, and, in connection therewith, increasing fees and creating the air quality enterprise.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/08/2020)
House SponsorsY. Caraveo (D)
D. Jackson (D)
Senate SponsorsS. Fenberg (D)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
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