2013 Facilities

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HB13-1044Authorize Graywater Use FISCHER / SCHWARTZ Current law is unclear regarding whether, and under what conditions, graywater may be used. Section 1 of the bill declares the importance of water conservation to the economy of Colorado and the well-being of its citizens. Section 2 defines "graywater" as that portion of wastewater that, before being treated or combined with other wastewater, is collected from fixtures within residential, commercial, or industrial buildings or institutional facilities for the purpose of being put to beneficial uses authorized by the water quality control commission (commission) in the department of public health and environment. Sources of graywater may include discharges from bathroom and laundry room sinks, bathtubs, showers, and laundry machines, as well as water from other sources authorized by rules promulgated by the commission. Graywater does not include wastewater from toilets, urinals, kitchen sinks, nonlaundry utility sinks, and dishwashers. Graywater must be collected in a manner that minimizes household wastes, human excreta, animal or vegetable matter, and chemicals that are hazardous or toxic, as determined by the commission. Section 2 also defines "graywater treatment works". Section 3 authorizes the commission to establish minimum statewide requirements, standards, and prohibitions. Graywater may only be used:
* In accordance with the terms and conditions of applicable decrees or well permits for source water rights or source water and any return flows therefrom;
* In accordance with all federal, state, and local requirements; and
* If a local government adopts a resolution or ordinance authorizing its use. Sections 4 and 5 give counties and municipalities the discretion to authorize graywater use and the exclusive authority to enforce compliance with their graywater use resolutions and ordinances. Section 6 authorizes the board of any groundwater management district to adopt rules restricting the use of graywater treatment works. Section 6 also permits a person using a small capacity well within a designated basin to use graywater, subject to the limitations on use contained in the well permit. Sections 7, 8, and 10 authorize a person withdrawing water from a well to use graywater, subject to the limitations on use contained in the well permit or, if applicable, in an approved replacement plan or a decreed plan of augmentation. Section 9 concerns graywater use by water users served by a municipality's or water district's water supplies. The graywater must be used for purposes that are permissible under the municipality's or water district's water rights. Such use of graywater is not reuse and is deemed not to cause injury. 
05/16/2013 Governor action - signed
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SB13-028Track Utility Data High Performance State Building JONES / TYLER For all state-assisted facilities that complete the design process on or after July 1, 2013, each state agency is required to monitor, track, and verify utility vendor bill data pertaining to the state-assisted facility and annually report to the office of the state architect any necessary information used to ensure that the increased initial costs of the substantial renovation, design, or new construction, including the time value of money, to achieve the highest performance certification attainable are recouped. A state agency may use a commercial utility tracking software for this purpose. The annual report must include information related to building performance based on the state-assisted facility's utility consumption. State-assisted facilities that have achieved the highest performance certification attainable and completed the design process prior to July 1, 2013, are strongly encouraged to monitor, track, and verify utility vendor bill data pertaining to such state-assisted facility to ensure that the increased initial costs to achieve the highest performance certification attainable are recouped. 03/22/2013 Governor Action - Signed
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SB13-054Underage Person Alcohol Consumption Parent Consent BROPHY / PRIOLA Current law prohibits a person under 21 years of age (underage person) from possessing or consuming alcohol unless:
* The underage person is legally present on private property with the knowledge and consent of the property owner; and
* The parent or legal guardian of the underage person is present on the property and consents to the possession or consumption by the underage person. Additionally, an underage person may possess or consume alcohol for religious, educational, or medical purposes. The "Colorado Liquor Code" also prohibits a person from selling, serving, or delivering an alcohol beverage to an underage person. The bill permits a restaurant or other establishment licensed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption to serve, and an underage person to consume on the licensed premises, an alcohol beverage if the underage person's parent or legal guardian who is at least 21 years of age purchases the alcohol beverage for the underage person and accompanies the underage person while he or she is consuming the alcohol beverage. If the licensed establishment reasonably relies on documentation or other representation of the parent or legal guardian relationship, and the person purchasing the alcohol beverages is not, in fact, the parent or legal guardian of the underage person, that reliance and alcohol beverage sale is not grounds for revocation or suspension of the establishment's liquor license. 
01/30/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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