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HB17-1033 Colorado Water Conservation Board Grants Loans Dredge South Platte Basin Reservoirs 
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Short Title: Colorado Water Conservation Board Grants Loans Dredge South Platte Basin Reservoirs
Sponsors: J. Becker / J. Sonnenberg
Summary:

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: 3/13/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely
Status History: Status History
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HB17-1066 Conservation Easement Tax Credit Landowner Relief 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Conservation Easement Tax Credit Landowner Relief
Sponsors: K. Lewis | J. Becker
Summary:

A state income tax credit is allowed for a portion of the value of a perpetual conservation easement that is granted by a taxpayer on real property located in Colorado. In the past, when the department of revenue disputed the validity or amount of one of these credits, a taxpayer could attempt to resolve the dispute using an administrative appeal process within the department. If the taxpayer was not satisfied with the final determination resulting from the administrative process, the taxpayer could appeal the final determination to a district court.

Starting in 2011, after a backlog of disputed conservation easement claims developed in the administrative process, the law was changed to allow taxpayers to elect to appeal directly to a district court and avoid the administrative appeal process. Unlike taxpayers who stayed in the administrative process, taxpayers who elected to appeal directly to district court were not required to provide a surety bond or other deposit in connection with their appeals, and additional interest and penalties ceased to accrue during their appeals. The bill provides that no surety bond or other deposit is required and no interest and penalties are to accrue for both the administrative appeal process and the district court appeal process.

The law currently allows a conservation easement to be terminated in the same manner as any other easement. The bill specifies that, in addition, a court may exercise its equitable jurisdiction to terminate a conservation easement for which a tax credit has been claimed in certain circumstances if the claim has been rejected.


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

Status: 2/1/2017 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Status History: Status History
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HB17-1118 Exempt State From Daylight Saving Time 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Exempt State From Daylight Saving Time
Sponsors: D. Pabon | P. Covarrubias
Summary:

Currently, 'United States Mountain Standard Time' (MST) is the standard time within Colorado, except during the period of daylight saving time (i.e., the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November) when time is advanced one hour. The bill exempts the state from observing daylight saving time, making MST the standard time year-round.


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

Status: 2/8/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely
Status History: Status History
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HB17-1189 Colorado Wine Development Board Term Limits 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Colorado Wine Development Board Term Limits
Sponsors: J. Danielson | D. Thurlow / R. Scott
Summary:

Currently, the members of the Colorado wine industry development board are limited to serving one 4-year term. The bill allows a member to serve 2 full 4-year terms. Members may also continue to serve after the expiration of their terms until the appointment of a successor.


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

Status: 4/28/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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HB17-1192 Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council
Sponsors: B. McLachlan | C. Duran / D. Coram | R. Fields
Summary:

The bill repeals the interagency farm-to-school coordination task force (task force) and ends the terms of current members of the Colorado food systems advisory council (council). The bill provides for the appointment of new members to the council.

The council's duties are to:

  • Collaborate and coordinate with producers, relevant state and federal agencies, and consumers regarding linking Colorado producers, particularly specialty crop producers, with food and nutrition assistance programs;
  • Collaborate with relevant state and federal agencies and other entities regarding the study, development, and recommendation of policies and methods to best implement the farm-to-school program;
  • Collaborate with producers, relevant government agencies, educational institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and consumers regarding support for the recommendations in the Colorado blueprint for food and agriculture, and ensure that the blueprint, or its successor, is updated as needed;
  • Conduct research regarding national best practices regarding food and nutrition assistance, direct and intermediated market development, and farm-to-school programs as well as other priorities determined by the council;
  • Collaborate with, serve as a resource to, and receive input from local and regional food policy councils in the state;
  • Explore methods of collecting and assessing statewide data relating to council activities and report the relevant information and data regarding council activities as required by current law; and
  • Collaborate with the department of agriculture in leveraging existing domestic marketing programs that benefit Colorado agriculture.

The bill extends the repeal of the council from September 1, 2018, to September 1, 2022.


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

Status: 5/4/2017 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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HB17-1197 Exclude Marijuana From Farm Products Definition 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Exclude Marijuana From Farm Products Definition
Sponsors: J. Ginal / D. Coram
Summary:

Under the 'Farm Products Act', the commissioner of agriculture or his or her designee licenses farm product dealers, small-volume dealers, and their agents. The bill excludes marijuana from the definition of 'farm products' under the act.


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

Status: 4/6/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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HB17-1219 Extend Colorado Water Conservation Board Fallowing And Leasing Pilot Program 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Extend Colorado Water Conservation Board Fallowing And Leasing Pilot Program
Sponsors: J. Arndt | B. McLachlan / K. Donovan | L. Crowder
Summary:

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:

  • The board, in consultation with the state engineer, may authorize up to 15 pilot projects;
  • No more than 5 pilot projects may be located in any one of the 4 major river basins listed above;
  • An applicant must apply on or before December 31, 2023, to sponsor a pilot project; and
  • The pilot program would be completed in 2034, at which time the board, in consultation with the state engineer, would provide a final report to the water resources review committee or its successor committee.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 5/3/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
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HB17-1226 Make Daylight Saving Time Year-round Standard Time 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Make Daylight Saving Time Year-round Standard Time
Sponsors: P. Covarrubias | D. Pabon
Summary:

Currently, 'United States Mountain Standard Time' (MST) is the standard time within Colorado, except during the annual period of 'daylight saving time' (the second Sunday in March through the first Sunday in November), during which MST is advanced one hour. The bill makes daylight saving time the year-round standard time within the state, but takes effect only:

  • If approved by Colorado voters in the November 2018 general election; and
  • When the other states wholly or partially in the Mountain time zone also adopt permanent daylight saving time for the states or portions thereof within that time zone.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/13/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely
Status History: Status History
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HB17-1228 Pet Animal Care Technology Platform Regulation 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Pet Animal Care Technology Platform Regulation
Sponsors: D. Pabon | L. Landgraf / K. Priola
Summary:

The bill clarifies that the 'Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act' (PACFA) does not apply to the boarding or pet handling of 3 or less pet animals. The bill further clarifies that a pet animal care technology platform is not a 'pet animal facility' as defined in PACFA and thus exempts those businesses from the licensing requirements for pet animal care facilities.


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

Status: 6/5/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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HB17-1234 Beef Country Of Origin Retail Placard 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Beef Country Of Origin Retail Placard
Sponsors: K. Lewis / V. Marble
Summary:

The bill requires a retailer to indicate the country of origin for beef sold to the public.


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

Status: 4/3/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee Vote - Final Action Failed
Status History: Status History
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HB17-1274 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Compounding Animal Patient 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Veterinary Pharmaceutical Compounding Animal Patient
Sponsors: J. Ginal / R. Baumgardner
Summary:

House Bill 16-1324 allowed a veterinarian to maintain an office stock of compounded drugs, which are drugs that are combined, mixed, or otherwise altered to create a specific drug or formulation, for later distribution or administration to animal patients. The bill defines 'food animal' and sets forth the limited circumstances under which a veterinarian may administer or dispense a compounded drug obtained from a prescription drug outlet for a food animal. The bill further clarifies that references to 'patient' set forth in House Bill 16-1324 refer to an 'animal patient'.


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

Status: 6/6/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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HB17-1282 Rural Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Rural Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program
Sponsors: J. Ginal / J. Sonnenberg
Summary:

The bill creates the state veterinary education loan repayment council (council), which consists of 5 directors appointed by the governor. The council administers the veterinary education loan repayment program (program) by use of funds from the veterinary education loan repayment fund (fund), which program and fund are also created in the bill. Through the program, the council provides veterinary education loan repayments from the fund to eligible veterinarians who:

  • Have graduated from an accredited doctor of veterinary medicine school;
  • Currently live in Colorado or, at some point, have lived in Colorado for at least 3 years; and
  • Agree to practice veterinary medicine for up to 4 years in a rural area of the state that is experiencing a shortage of veterinarians that the council designates for participation in the program.

To implement the program, the council enters into a contract with an eligible veterinarian and the rural area of the state in which the veterinarian will practice veterinary medicine.


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

Status: 6/5/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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HJR17-1003 Water Projects Eligibility Lists 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Water Projects Eligibility Lists
Sponsors: J. Arndt / J. Sonnenberg
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 2/21/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
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HJR17-1004 Funding Prevent Aquatic Nuisance Species 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Funding Prevent Aquatic Nuisance Species
Sponsors: D. Mitsch Bush / R. Baumgardner
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 2/6/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
Status History: Status History
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SB17-030 Exempt Injectable Anabolic Steroids For Cattle 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Exempt Injectable Anabolic Steroids For Cattle
Sponsors: R. Baumgardner / D. Esgar
Summary:

For the purposes of the schedules of controlled substances, the bill exempts from the definition of 'anabolic steroid' human chorionic gonadotropin licensed for animal use only if it is expressly intended for administration through implants or injection into cattle or other nonhuman species and has been approved by the secretary of health and human services for such administration.


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

Status: 3/16/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB17-090 Measuring Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol In Industrial Hemp 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Measuring Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol In Industrial Hemp
Sponsors: R. Baumgardner / D. Mitsch Bush
Summary:

The bill requires the commissioner of agriculture to determine the level of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol in industrial hemp by measuring the combined concentration of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol and its precursor tetrahydrocannabinolic acid.


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

Status: 3/16/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB17-109 Industrial Hemp Animal Feed 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Industrial Hemp Animal Feed
Sponsors: K. Donovan / J. Arndt
Summary:

The bill creates a group under the commissioner of agriculture to study the feasability of including hemp products in animal feed. The group includes a hemp producer, a hemp processor, a legal expert, a person from an institution of higher education who has studied hemp policy, a veterinarian, a livestock producer, and any other person the commissioner determines would facilitate understanding the legal, practical, or business considerations. The group will make recommendations by December 31, 2017.


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

Status: 3/20/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB17-117 Recognize Industrial Hemp Agricultural Product For Agricultural Water Right 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Recognize Industrial Hemp Agricultural Product For Agricultural Water Right
Sponsors: D. Coram / D. Valdez | M. Catlin
Summary:

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: 5/21/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB17-135 Remove Medical Release Requirement For Animal Chiropractic 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: When Colorado’s legislature passed a birth-control bill without being political
Short Title: Remove Medical Release Requirement For Animal Chiropractic
Sponsors: V. Marble / K. Lewis
Summary:

Under current law, a licensed chiropractor, whether or not he or she is registered with the state board of chiropractic examiners to perform animal chiropractic, must obtain a veterinary medical clearance from a licensed veterinarian before performing an act that falls within the chiropractor's scope of practice on an animal patient. The bill removes the veterinary medical clearance requirement for chiropractors who are registered with the state board as animal chiropractors. A licensed chiropractor who is registered as an animal chiropractor and performs animal chiropractic on an animal patient is encouraged, in a timely manner, to consult with a veterinarian treating the animal patient.


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

Status: 3/13/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB17-140 Torrens Title Registration System 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Torrens Title Registration System
Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg / J. Becker | J. Arndt
Summary:

Beginning January 1, 2018, the bill closes the Torrens title registration system to new applications to register land title in this state.


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

Status: 5/18/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB17-202 Species Conservation Trust Fund Projects 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Species Conservation Trust Fund Projects
Sponsors: D. Coram / D. Esgar
Summary:

The bill appropriates $1.5 million from the species conservation trust fund for programs submitted by the executive director of the department of natural resources that are designed to conserve native species that state or federal law list as threatened or endangered or that are candidate species or are likely to become candidate species as determined by the United States fish and wildlife service as follows:

  • Native terrestrial wildlife conservation, $375,000;
  • Native aquatic wildlife conservation, $375,000;
  • Platte river recovery implementation program, $600,000; and
  • Nonnative fish control, $150,000.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 6/2/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB17-225 Relocate Title 12 Farm Products And Warehouses 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Relocate Title 12 Farm Products And Warehouses
Sponsors: J. Cooke / Y. Willett
Summary:

Committee on Legal Services. Current law directs the office of legislative legal services to study the organizational recodification of title 12 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, which relates to professions and occupations. To implement the initial recommendations of the study, the bill relocates the following laws:

  • Part 2 of article 16 of title 12, the 'Commodity Handler Act', to article 36 of title 35 ( section 1 of the bill); and
  • Part 1 of article 16 of title 12, the 'Farm Products Act', to article 37 of title 35 ( section 2 of the bill).

Section 10 of the bill repeals the article where these laws were previously codified, and sections 3 through 9 make conforming amendments.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 5/25/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

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SB17-275 Marijuana Pesticides Test Medical Effectiveness 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Marijuana Pesticides Test Medical Effectiveness
Sponsors: C. Jahn | R. Baumgardner / J. Melton | J. Singer
Summary:

Section 1 of the bill directs the department of public health and environment to use marijuana taxes to make research grants regarding the medical efficacy of Colorado-grown strains of medical marijuana. Sections 2 and 3 allow a licensed medical or retail marijuana facility to transfer marijuana to a research facility for purposes of the medical research.

Sections 2 and 3 also:

  • Allow the use of medical or retail marijuana by a pesticide manufacturer in limited quantities as specified in rules promulgated by the state licensing authority that authorize a pesticide manufacturer to conduct research to establish safe and effective protocols for the use of pesticides on medical or retail marijuana; and
  • Prohibit a state, local, or municipal agency from employing or using the results of a test of medical or retail marijuana conducted by an analytical laboratory that is not certified by the department of public health and environment and accredited to an accepted industry standard in that field of testing.

The bill appropriates $62,210 from the marijuana cash fund to the department of revenue to implement the act, of which $19,010 and 0.1 FTE is reappropriated to the department of law. The act takes effect January 1, 2018.


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

Status: 5/9/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB17-302 Clarify Property Tax Exemption Silvicultural Equipment 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Clarify Property Tax Exemption Silvicultural Equipment
Sponsors: D. Coram / M. Catlin | B. McLachlan
Summary:

Current law exempts 'agricultural and livestock products' from the levy and collection of property tax and defines 'agriculture', for purposes of applying the exemption, to include silviculture. Current law also exempts 'agricultural equipment which is used on the farm or ranch in the production of agricultural products' from the levy and collection of property tax.

The bill repeals the current exemption and instead clarifies that agricultural equipment includes silviculture personal property that is designed, adapted, and used for the planting, growing, maintenance, or harvesting of trees in a raw or unprocessed state.


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

Status: 6/2/2017 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

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SJR17-005 Honor Colorado Professional Rodeo Association 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Honor Colorado Professional Rodeo Association
Sponsors: V. Marble / K. Lewis | P. Buck
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 1/20/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
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SJR17-007 Colorado 4-H Day January 30 
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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Short Title: Colorado 4-H Day January 30
Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg / J. Becker
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 1/31/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
Status History: Status History
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SJR17-023 Colorado Agriculture Day 
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Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Colorado Agriculture Day
Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg / M. Catlin | J. Arndt
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 3/24/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
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