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BILL HB17-1008

Concerning an exemption from the water quality control commission's graywater control regulations for graywater used for the purpose of scientific research involving human exposure.

Short Title: Graywater Regulation Exemption For Scientific Research
Sponsors: J. Arndt / J. Sonnenberg

Water Resources Review Committee. The water quality control commission in the department of public health and environment (commission) is responsible for developing requirements, prohibitions, and standards that protect public health and water quality for the use of graywater for nondrinking purposes. Scientific research on graywater that might involve graywater uses and systems that do not strictly comply with the requirements, prohibitions, and standards developed by the commission would not be permitted under the control regulations.

To facilitate scientific research related to graywater uses and systems, the bill creates an exemption from the commission's graywater control regulations for scientific research whereby a water utility, an institution of higher education in Colorado, or a public or private entity that a water utility or an institution of higher education in Colorado contracts with to conduct graywater research may collect, treat, and use graywater for purposes of scientific research if the entity:

Only an institution of higher education or a person contracting with an institution of higher education may collect, treat, and use graywater for research involving human exposure.

The entity conducting the research is required to report to the water resources review committee on an annual basis the results of periodic monitoring conducted to assess the continued functioning of the graywater treatment works system used in the project and, if the scientific research involves human exposure, the project's compliance with federal rules concerning the protection of human research subjects.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
1/11/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
3/15/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/20/2017 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/21/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/23/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
4/6/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/11/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/12/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/21/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/25/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/26/2017 Sent to the Governor
5/8/2017 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL HB17-1030

Concerning updates to the 1921 law governing irrigation districts.

Short Title: Update 1921 Irrigation District Law
Sponsors: J. Arndt | J. Becker / J. Sonnenberg | R. Baumgardner

Water Resources Review Committee.

This bill amends the 1921 irrigation district law to:

The bill also clarifies that water acquired in excess of an irrigation district's own needs can be leased for all beneficial purposes, rather than only for domestic, agricultural, and power and mechanical purposes, and that the provisions of the 1921 irrigation district law are in addition to powers conferred on irrigation districts in other statutes.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
1/11/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
1/23/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
1/26/2017 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
1/31/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/31/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
2/9/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/13/2017 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/14/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/23/2017 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
2/28/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/2/2017 Sent to the Governor
3/2/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/8/2017 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL HB17-1033

Concerning an authorization for the Colorado water conservation board to finance South Platte river basin reservoir dredging projects.

Short Title: Colorado Water Conservation Board Grants Loans Dredge South Platte Basin Reservoirs
Sponsors: J. Becker / J. Sonnenberg

Water Resources Review Committee.

The bill appropriates $5 million from the Colorado water conservation board construction fund to the Colorado water conservation board to make loans and grants to enable the recipients to dredge existing reservoirs located in the South Platte river basin to restore the reservoirs' full decreed storage capacity.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)



Status
1/11/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources + Appropriations
3/13/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill


BILL HB17-1076

Concerning rule-making by the state engineer regarding permits for the use of water artificially recharged into nontributary groundwater aquifers.

Short Title: Artificial Recharge Nontributary Aquifer Rules
Sponsors: J. Arndt / S. Fenberg | D. Coram

Currently, the state engineer must promulgate rules for the permitting and use of waters artificially recharged into 4 named aquifers. The bill adds the requirement that the state engineer also promulgate rules for the permitting and use of waters artificially recharged into nontributary groundwater aquifers. The rules must be promulgated on or before July 1, 2018.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
1/17/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
1/30/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/2/2017 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/03/2017 - No Amendments
2/3/2017 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
3/9/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/14/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/15/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/21/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/22/2017 Sent to the Governor
3/22/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/30/2017 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill


BILL HB17-1100

Concerning the qualification of an elector for specified local government elections by virtue of a contract to purchase taxable property.

Short Title: Owner Tax Obligation For District Voter Eligibility
Sponsors: M. Gray

Currently, a person may qualify as an eligible elector in certain district elections if the person is an owner of taxable real (or, for some districts, personal) property situated within the boundaries of the district or the area to be included in the district. Further, a person is considered to be an owner for election purposes if the person is obligated to pay taxes under a contract to purchase such taxable property.

For a person qualifying as an eligible elector as an owner by virtue of a contract to purchase taxable property in elections in the following types of districts, the bill mandates that the tax obligation must require the person to pay taxes prior to the date of purchase:



Status
1/19/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
2/15/2017 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill


BILL HB17-1219

Concerning an extension of the agricultural water leasing pilot program administered by the Colorado water conservation board.

Short Title: Extend Colorado Water Conservation Board Fallowing And Leasing Pilot Program
Sponsors: J. Arndt | B. McLachlan / K. Donovan | L. Crowder

The Colorado water conservation board (board) administers a pilot program to demonstrate the practice of fallowing agricultural irrigation land and leasing the associated water rights for temporary municipal, agricultural, environmental, industrial, or recreational use. Under the current pilot program, the board, in consultation with the state engineer, may authorize up to 10 pilot projects, each of a duration up to 10 years. Of the 10 pilot projects that the board may authorize, no more than 3 pilot projects may be located in any one of the following major river basins: The South Platte river basin; the Arkansas river basin; the Rio Grande river basin; and the Colorado river basin. An applicant must apply on or before December 31, 2018, to sponsor a pilot project. The pilot program is scheduled to be completed in 2029, at which time the board, in consultation with the state engineer, is required to provide a final report to the water resources review committee, or its successor committee, on the results of the pilot projects authorized.

The bill extends the pilot program as follows:



Status
3/2/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
3/20/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/23/2017 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/28/2017 - No Amendments
3/28/2017 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/29/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/29/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
4/6/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/11/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/12/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/21/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/25/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/26/2017 Sent to the Governor
5/3/2017 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill


BILL HB17-1233

Concerning protection of the historical consumptive use analysis of a water right involved in a water conservation program.

Short Title: Protect Water Historical Consumptive Use Analysis
Sponsors: J. Arndt / L. Crowder

When a water right owner wishes to change a water right, the amount of water that can be changed is limited to the historical consumptive use of the water right. Current law provides that the reduced water usage that results from participation in a government-sponsored water conservation program will not be considered in analyzing the historical consumptive use of the water right, but only in water divisions 4, 5, or 6. The bill applies this rule statewide, includes water conservation pilot programs, and limits state agencies that can approve a water conservation program to only those that have explicit statutory jurisdiction over water conservation or water rights.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
3/7/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
3/20/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/23/2017 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/24/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/29/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
4/6/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/11/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/12/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/13/2017 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over to 04/17/2017
4/17/2017 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/26/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/27/2017 Sent to the Governor
4/27/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/3/2017 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL HB17-1248

Concerning the funding of Colorado water conservation board projects, and, in connection therewith, making appropriations.

Short Title: Colorado Water Conservation Board Construction Fund Project
Sponsors: J. Arndt / J. Sonnenberg | J. Cooke

The bill appropriates the following amounts from the Colorado water conservation board (CWCB) construction fund (fund) to the CWCB or the division of water resources for the following projects:

Section 10 appropriates $260,000 from the public and private utilities sector fund to the water quality control division in the Colorado department of public health and environment for updating regulations related to nonpotable water reuse and graywater usage.

Section 11 authorizes the CWCB to make loans in the amount of up to $90,000,000 from the fund for the Windy Gap firming project.

The bill directs the state treasurer to transfer the following amounts from the fund:

Section 21 transfers the following amounts from the severance tax perpetual base fund to the fund:

Section 21 also transfers, on July 1, 2017, $30,000,000 from the severance tax perpetual base fund to the loan guarantee fund, which fund is created in section 20 for use by the CWCB for the purpose of guaranteeing the repayment of loans for water projects with multiple participants; except that, if, on or before June 30, 2017, the CWCB informs the state treasurer that an amount less than $30,000,000 should be transferred from the severance tax perpetual base fund to the loan guarantee fund, the state treasurer is required to transfer that lesser amount on July 1, 2017.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
3/9/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
3/20/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/21/2017 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/25/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/26/2017 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/2/2017 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/5/2017 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/8/2017 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/9/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/9/2017 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/15/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/17/2017 Governor Signed
5/18/2017 Sent to the Governor
5/18/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL HB17-1273

Concerning a requirement that an applicant for a real estate development permit demonstrate water conservation measures that will be implemented in the development.

Short Title: Real Estate Development Demonstrate Water Conservation
Sponsors: H. McKean | C. Hansen / M. Jones | D. Coram

Current law's definition of a water supply that is 'adequate' for purposes of a local government's approval of a real estate development permit merely allows the inclusion of reasonable conservation measures and water demand management measures to account for hydrologic variability. The bill amends the definition to include reasonable conservation measures and water demand management measures to reduce water needs and account for hydrologic variability ( section 2 of the bill) and prohibits the local government from approving the permit application unless the applicant demonstrates that appropriate water conservation and demand management measures have been included in the water supply plan ( section 3 ).

Current law also requires an applicant for a real estate development permit to demonstrate to the local government issuing the permit:

Section 4 requires the applicant to demonstrate:



Status
3/17/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
4/3/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/6/2017 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/7/2017 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/10/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/24/2017 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL HB17-1289

Concerning a requirement that the state engineer promulgate rules that establish an optional streamlined approach to calculate the historical consumptive use of a water right.

Short Title: State Engineer Rules Historical Consumptive Use
Sponsors: D. Valdez | C. Hansen / L. Crowder | D. Coram

When a water right owner wishes to change a water right???whether a temporary loan or change approved by the state engineer or a permanent change approved by a water judge???the determination of the amount of water that can be loaned or changed relies on a calculation of the historical consumptive use of the water right. The bill directs the state engineer to promulgate rules that take into account local conditions that an applicant can use to calculate historical consumptive use. The results of the calculation carry no presumptive weight before the state engineer, water referee, or water judge.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
3/23/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
4/10/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
4/17/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/20/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/21/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/21/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
4/27/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
5/3/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/5/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/8/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/9/2017 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/19/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/19/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/22/2017 Governor Signed
5/22/2017 Sent to the Governor

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL HB17-1291

Concerning the ability to store water at an alternate place of storage if the historical consumptive use of the water right has already been quantified in a previous change of the water right.

Short Title: Alternate Storage Not Change If Already Quantified
Sponsors: J. Arndt | J. Becker / D. Coram

Current law allows water to be stored only at a location that has been specifically identified in a decree. The bill allows a water right for which the historical consumptive use was previously quantified to be stored in any reservoir, without the necessity of adjudicating an additional change of water right, if:



Status
3/24/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
4/17/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/21/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/24/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
4/27/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/2/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/17/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/18/2017 Sent to the Governor
5/18/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/5/2017 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL HJR17-1003

Concerning approval of water project revolving fund eligibility lists administered by the Colorado water resources and power development authority.

Short Title: Water Projects Eligibility Lists
Sponsors: J. Arndt / J. Sonnenberg

*** No bill summary available ***

Status
1/17/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
1/30/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/3/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/3/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
2/9/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/14/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/15/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
2/16/2017 Sent to the Governor
2/16/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
2/21/2017 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal note currently unavailable


BILL SB17-026

Concerning requirements governing implementation of the state engineer's functions, and, in connection therewith, restructuring the fee that the state engineer may charge for rating certain types of water infrastructure, repealing certain requirements, and updating language in the statutes regarding the division of water resources.

Short Title: State Engineer Statutes Cleanup
Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg / J. Arndt

Water Resources Review Committee.

Section 8 of the bill restructures the fee that the state engineer may charge for rating certain types of water infrastructure from $25 per day plus actual expenses incurred in determining the rating to a flat fee of $75.

Section 1 specifies the location of the state engineer's office as within the capitol complex.

Section 2 permits the state engineer to use new technology that can accomplish the same functions as satellite or telemetry-based monitoring systems and is more cost effective.

The bill repeals certain requirements as follows:

Section 16 increases the amount of time for filing comments on a substitute water supply plan from 30 days after the state engineer mails the notice to 35 days after mailing the notice.

The bill updates language within the statutes related to the state engineer and the division of water resources.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
0/0/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to Appropriations
1/11/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
1/19/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
1/24/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/25/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/26/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources + Appropriations
2/24/2017 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/28/2017 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/1/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/10/2017 Sent to the Governor
3/10/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/10/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/16/2017 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL SB17-036

concerning groundwater.

Short Title: Appellate Process Concerning Groundwater Decisions
Sponsors: R. Scott | D. Coram / J. Becker | J. Arndt

Under current law, the decisions or actions of the ground water commission (commission) or the state engineer regarding groundwater are appealed to a district court, and the evidence that the district court may consider is not limited to the evidence that was presented to the commission or state engineer. Therefore, unlike appeals from other state agencies' decisions or actions under the 'State Administrative Procedure Act', a party appealing a decision or action of the commission or state engineer may present new evidence on appeal that was never considered by the commission or state engineer.

The bill limits the evidence that a district court may consider, when reviewing a decision or action of the commission or state engineer on appeal, to the evidence presented to the commission or state engineer.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
1/11/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
2/9/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/13/2017 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
2/14/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/21/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/7/2017 House Committee on Judiciary Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
3/21/2017 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/24/2017 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/27/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/28/2017 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
3/29/2017 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
3/30/2017 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/30/2017 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Reconsider
4/5/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/6/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/13/2017 Sent to the Governor
4/18/2017 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL SB17-049

Concerning exemptions from designated groundwater requirements for certain drains.

Short Title: Exempt Drains Designated Groundwater Requirements
Sponsors: B. Gardner / P. Lundeen

To withdraw groundwater within a designated basin, current law requires a permit issued by the ground water commission, and typically a portion of the groundwater must be replaced. The bill exempts a drain from the permit and replacement obligations if the drain is for residential, commercial, or industrial development or utility lines installed to serve such development; the drain does not penetrate a confining layer; the removed groundwater is not put to any use other than collecting and removing groundwater from soils; and the removed groundwater is discharged essentially where the drain is located.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)



Status
1/11/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
2/2/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill


BILL SB17-117

Concerning confirmation that industrial hemp is a recognized agricultural product for which a person with a water right decreed for agricultural use may use the water subject to the water right for industrial hemp cultivation.

Short Title: Recognize Industrial Hemp Agricultural Product For Agricultural Water Right
Sponsors: D. Coram / D. Valdez | M. Catlin

In Colorado, water subject to a water right may be used for the purpose for which the water is decreed. The bill confirms that a person with an absolute or conditional water right decreed for agricultural use may use the water subject to the water right for the growth or cultivation of industrial hemp if the person is registered by the department of agriculture to grow industrial hemp for commercial or research and development purposes.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)



Status
1/27/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
3/15/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/20/2017 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/21/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/22/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/23/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
4/10/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
4/17/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/20/2017 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/21/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/1/2017 Sent to the Governor
5/1/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/21/2017 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL SB17-282

Concerning the dedication of reservoir releases for environmental purposes.

Short Title: Dedicate Reservoir Release Environmental Purposes
Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg / D. Esgar | H. McKean

The bill creates a process whereby an owner of a storage water right may obtain a decree that authorizes releases from storage to a downstream point of diversion or delivery for decreed beneficial uses to be dedicated to, and used by, the Colorado water conservation board in the intervening stream reach to preserve or improve the natural environment to a reasonable degree if specified conditions are satisfied.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)



Status
4/3/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
4/20/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill