House Passes Climate Change Preparedness Bill

(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 other weather-related disasters.

“Climate change is perhaps the most consequential development we have ever faced as a state,” Rep. Winter said. “We have to help our communities be resilient and adaptable.”

“Warmer temperatures are changing our forests, our farms and the snowpack that supplies our precious water,” Rep. Pettersen said. “This bill is critical in supporting our local communities on how to prepare now to reduce the harm of climate change in the future.”

Still in denial, every House Republican voted to do nothing to address climate change in Colorado. A party-line 36-29 vote sent HB18-1297 to the Senate.


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