Long-Term Stability for CO Open Spaces Program

(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 are the sole source of funding for Great Outdoors Colorado, which since its inception in 1992 has committed more than $1.1 billion on more than 5,000 projects in all 64 Colorado counties to preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, playgrounds and open spaces.

“This bill provides long-term stability to one of the most successful programs in Colorado, and one which helps preserve the open spaces that are so critical to our Colorado way of life,” Rep. Arndt said. 

After a recorded vote, the bill will go to Gov. John Hickenlooper to be signed into law.

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