‘North Dakota Can Take Care of Its Own Stuff’

April 25, 2018

(April 24) – Rep. Jeni Arndt’s bill to allow Colorado to stop being a dumping ground for other states’ radioactive materials won preliminary approval in the House tonight. Currently, Colorado’s lax laws on radioactive waste storage make it a destination of choice for North Dakota and other states looking to dump radioactive materials, either naturally

House Passes Climate Change Preparedness Bill

April 24, 2018

(April 24) – House Democrats passed a bill today to better prepare Colorado for the impacts of climate change. HB18-1297, sponsored by Reps. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, and Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, directs the Colorado Resiliency and Recovery Office to develop a toolkit to help Colorado communities and individuals to be less susceptible to wildfires, floods and

Long-Term Stability for CO Open Spaces Program

April 12, 2018

(April 12) – The House gave preliminary approval today to Rep. Jeni Arndt’s bill to create a stable funding stream for Colorado’s highly successful program to preserve and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities.  SB18-066, sponsored in the House by Reps. Arndt, D-Fort Collins, and Cole Wist, R-Centennial, extends the state lottery division through 2049. Lottery proceeds

Making Clean Water a Higher Priority

April 2, 2018

(April 2) – A bill to limit water pollution from future hardrock mining operations in Colorado debuted successfully today in the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee. Mining operations have polluted more than 1,600 miles of Colorado rivers and streams, and the state is one of just seven that allow “self-bonding,” which allows mines

Combating Climate Change and Its Impacts

March 22, 2018

(March 21) – A pair of bills to mitigate the effects of climate change in Colorado passed the House Transportation & Energy Committee today. HB18-1274, sponsored by Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, and Rep. Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, would commit the state to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions as called for in the Paris climate

House Passes Arndt’s Bill Implementing CO Water Plan

March 5, 2018

(March 5) – The House gave strongly bipartisan support today to Rep. Jeni Arndt’s bill to reuse water that isn’t quite ready for prime time. HB18-1093, sponsored by Rep. Arndt, D-Fort Collins, adds food crop irrigation as an allowable use for reclaimed water, which is defined as wastewater that has been treated for subsequent reuse.

House Dems Pass Climate Change Bill

March 3, 2018

(April 3) – Forging ahead with efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change in Colorado, the House passed a bill today setting a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the state by 80 percent from their 2005 levels. HB18-1274, sponsored by Majority Leader KC Becker, D-Boulder, and Rep. Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village, would

Duran Creates Select Committee on Climate Responsibility

February 15, 2018

(Feb. 15) – Speaker Crisanta Duran announced today that she has formed the House Select Committee on Climate Responsibility and named Rep. Chris Hansen, D-Denver, as its chairman.  “Climate change threatens our Colorado way of life and our state must continue to lead on climate action,” Speaker Duran said. “Colorado has a huge interest in

Bipartisan Bill to Help Prevent Wildfires Clears House

February 14, 2018

(Feb. 8 ) – The House today passed a bill sponsored by Rep. Millie Hamner, D- Dillon, to crack down on unattended campfires. “This legislation is an essential tool in the fight against devastating wildfires that cause significant property, economic and environmental damage to our beautiful forests,” said Rep. Hamner, who sponsored the bill with

Oil & Gas Safety Bill Advances

February 2, 2018

(Feb. 2) – Rep. Joe Salazar’s bill to make the protection of public health, safety and welfare the primary consideration in decisions relating to oil and gas development passed the House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee late Thursday night. HB18-1071 is a game-changing bill that recognizes the Colorado Court of Appeals’ 2017 ruling in Martinez

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