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LAC Lobbyist: Jeannette Hillery


Bill: HB22-1151
Title: Turf Replacement Program
Position
Custom Summary

This bill would require the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to develop a statewide program to provide financial incentives for voluntary replacement of irrigated turf with water wise landscaping.  As the state has been deemed to be in a megadrought situation, it needs to conserve as much water as possible, and to encourage any water wise conservation measures.  It is scheduled for a hearing in House Agriculture on 2/28.

UPDATE: 

This bill would require the CWCB to develop a program to provide financial incentives for voluntary replacement of irrigated turf with water wise landscaping.  The bill was heard on 2/28 in House Agriculture Committee and had 2 amendments, one adding language to create and maintain defensible spaces to reduce wildfire risk when replacement is considered and the second dealing with funding continues to the board created in the CWCB.  The bill passed unanimously and was sent to Appropriations.

StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (05/10/2022)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
DescriptionConcerning measures to incentivize water-wise landscapes, and, in connection therewith, creating a state program to finance the voluntary replacement of irrigated turf, and making an appropriation.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/05/2022)
House SponsorsM. Catlin (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
C. Simpson (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock, and Water
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
VotesVotes all Legislators
LobbyistsLobbyists
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Bill: SB22-029
Title: Investment Water Speculation
Position
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SB 29, Concerning Water Speculation in the State, is a bill originating from the Water Resources Review Interim Committee.  It sets out a process that prohibits a purchaser of agricultural water rights that are in a mutual ditch company from engaging in investment water speculation and from profiting from another person for nonuse of all or a portion of the water right.  The latter is described in Colorado Water law.  If water speculation is determined, it authorizes the attorney general to bring civil action against a complainant when the state engineer refers the matter.  In a time of extreme weather conditions and a need for all water to stay in the state for beneficial use, it is necessary to haves this legislation in the toolbox.  LWVCO supports this bill.

StatusSenate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Lay Over Amended (04/21/2022)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
DescriptionConcerning water speculation in the state.
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/24/2022)
House SponsorsK. McCormick (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeAgriculture and Natural Resources
VotesVotes all Legislators
LobbyistsLobbyists
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