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BILL HB18-1201

Partner Positions:
Position: Monitor

Concerning a voter-approved revenue change to allow the state to retain and spend an amount equal to state severance tax revenues.

Short Title: Severance Tax Voter-approved Revenue Change
Sponsors: D. Thurlow / D. Coram

The bill requires the secretary of state to refer a ballot issue at the general election held on November 6, 2018, to seek voter approval for the state to retain and spend an amount equal to state severance tax revenue. The change only has effect in years when the state would otherwise be required to make a refund under section 20 of article X of the state constitution (TABOR) and is conditioned on the state not:

If the state does any of these actions, then the state's authority to retain and spend revenues based on the voters' approval of the referred ballot issue is rescinded at that time and going forward.


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



Status
2/5/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
4/9/2018 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely

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BILL HB18-1215


Partner Positions:
Position: Monitor

Concerning enhanced protections regarding the disposal of naturally occurring radioactive materials, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Short Title: Safe Disposal Naturally Occur Radioactive Material
Sponsors: J. Arndt / M. Jones

Current law allows the state board of health to adopt rules concerning the disposal of naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) only after the federal environmental protection agency (EPA) has adopted rules concerning the disposal of NORM. The EPA has not adopted the rules. The bill:

The bill appropriates $16,596,405 from the general fund to the department for use by the hazardous materials and waste management division to implement the act.


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



Status
2/5/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
3/22/2018 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to Finance
4/18/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/23/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/24/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/25/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/3/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

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BILL HB18-1270


Partner Positions: Supported by C3

Concerning energy storage, and, in connection therewith, requiring the public utilities commission to establish mechanisms for investor-owned electric utilities to procure energy storage systems if certain criteria are satisfied.

Short Title: Public Utilities Commission Evaluation Of Energy Storage Systems
Sponsors: C. Hansen | J. Becker / J. Tate

The bill directs the public utilities commission to adopt rules establishing mechanisms for the procurement of energy storage systems by investor-owned electric utilities, based on an analysis of costs and benefits as well as factors such as grid reliability and a reduction in the need for additional peak generation capacity. The information supplied by the utilities must include appropriate data and must specify interconnection points to enable independent evaluation.


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



Status
3/6/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
3/22/2018 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/27/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/28/2018 - No Amendments
3/28/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/29/2018 - No Amendments
3/29/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/03/2018 - No Amendments
4/3/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/04/2018 - No Amendments
4/4/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/5/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/5/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
4/12/2018 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/17/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/19/2018 - No Amendments
4/19/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/20/2018 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/20/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/23/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/26/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
5/3/2018 First Conference Committee Result was to Adopt Rerevised w/ Amendments
5/4/2018 First Conference Committee Result was to Adopt Rerevised w/ Amendments
5/7/2018 Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
5/8/2018 House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
5/22/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/22/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/22/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/1/2018 Governor Signed

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BILL HB18-1274


Partner Positions:

Concerning a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, requiring that, by the year 2050, statewide greenhouse gas emissions be reduced by eighty percent of the levels of greenhouse gas emissions that existed in the year 2005.

Short Title: Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050
Sponsors: K. Becker | J. Bridges / A. Kerr

The bill requires that, by the year 2050, statewide greenhouse gas emissions be reduced by at least 80% of the levels of greenhouse gas emissions that existed in the year 2005.


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



Status
3/7/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
3/21/2018 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/26/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/27/2018 - No Amendments
3/27/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/28/2018 - No Amendments
3/28/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/29/2018 - No Amendments
3/29/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/02/2018 - No Amendments
4/2/2018 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/3/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/3/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy + Transportation
4/11/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

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BILL HB18-1289


Partner Positions: Opposed by C3

Concerning an exemption from forced pooling of certain governmental entities that own mineral rights.

Short Title: Exempt Local Government School Districts Forced Pooling
Sponsors: M. Foote | D. Young / M. Jones

Current law authorizes 'forced' or 'statutory' pooling, a process by which any interested person???typically an oil and gas operator???may apply to the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission for an order to pool and develop oil and gas resources located within a particularly identified drilling unit absent consent from the mineral owner. The bill exempts school districts that own mineral rights and mineral rights owners that are located on open space designated by a local government if the local government acquired the mineral rights before the application was filed from being forced pooled but maintains their ability to engage in voluntary pooling.


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



Status
3/8/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
4/26/2018 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/27/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/30/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/1/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/2/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

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BILL HB18-1297


Partner Positions:

Concerning a comprehensive plan to proactively address the anticipated impacts on Colorado of global climate change, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Short Title: Climate Change Preparedness And Resiliency
Sponsors: F. Winter | B. Pettersen / K. Donovan

The bill adopts the following greenhouse gas emission reduction goals:

The Colorado resiliency and recovery office in the division of local government in the department of local affairs is required to, on an ongoing basis:

The bill appropriates $432,345 and 1.6 FTE to the department of local affairs for use by the Colorado resiliency and recovery office to implement the act.


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



Status
3/16/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
3/21/2018 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/19/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/23/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/24/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/1/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

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BILL SB18-167


Partner Positions:
Position: Monitor

Concerning increased enforcement of requirements related to the location of underground facilities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Short Title: Enforce Requirements 811 Locate Underground Facilities
Sponsors: R. Scott | K. Donovan / F. Winter | L. Saine

Current law requires a person, before conducting an excavation, to contact a nonprofit notification association (comprised of all owners and operators of underground facilities) by dialing '811' to learn the location of underground facilities in the excavation project area. The owners and operators must then accurately mark the location of their facilities. Violations of the excavation damage prevention law are enforced exclusively through civil actions initiated by damaged parties to collect specified civil penalties and damages. In 2016, the United States department of transportation's pipeline and hazardous materials safety administration (PHMSA) conducted an adequacy evaluation of Colorado's enforcement of its excavation damage prevention law and determined that the enforcement is inadequate, which may eventually result in the withholding of federal funds from Colorado.

The bill creates the underground damage prevention safety commission (commission) as an independent agency within the department of labor and employment. The commission has rule-making and enforcement authority regarding specified portions of the excavation damage prevention law and is required to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the notification association to facilitate implementation and administration of the law. The notification association is required to provide administrative support to the commission in performing its duties.

A review committee of the commission initially determines whether a violation of the law has occurred and, if appropriate, recommends remedial action, potentially including a fine. Fines range from $250 for a single minor violation within the previous 12 months to $75,000 for a fourth major violation within the previous 12 months. The full commission is bound by the review committee's determination of facts but determines the final agency action regarding alleged violations. Fines are credited to the damage prevention fund, which the commission will use to develop educational programming, including by making grants, that is designed to improve worker and public safety relating to excavation and underground facilities.

Current law allows only an excavator to submit a location request to the notification association. The bill authorizes a licensed professional engineer designing excavation to submit a location request. The engineer is required to ensure that the engineering plans meet certain standards established by the American Society of Civil Engineers for defining the accuracy of an underground facility location.

Current law creates 2 tiers of membership in the notification association. Tier 2 members are limited members with limited benefits and include certain special districts, local governments, cable television providers, and small telecommunications providers; tier 1 members are full members with full benefits, and tier 1 consists of all other owners and operators. If, after receiving a location request, the notification association determines that a tier 1 member owns or operates the underground facilities, the notification association contacts the tier 1 member to arrange for the marking of the underground facilities. If a tier 2 member owns or operates the underground facilities, the excavator must contact the tier 2 member to arrange for the marking of the underground facilities. Effective January 1, 2021, all underground facility owners and operators are full members of the notification association with full benefits, and excavators will no longer need to contact the owners or operators to arrange for the marking.

All new underground facilities installed on or after January 1, 2020, must be electronically locatable when installed. Home rule local governments and power authorities are not subject to the commission's enforcement authority, but the governing body of a home rule local government or power authority is required to either adopt a similar enforceable damage prevention safety program or waive its exemption and delegate its damage prevention enforcement authority to the commission.

Information regarding the location of underground facilities is exempt from the 'Colorado Open Records Act', pursuant to the existing exemption for specialized details of critical infrastructure.


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



Status
2/12/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
2/22/2018 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Amended to Finance
3/1/2018 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/24/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/26/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/27/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/30/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/2/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/2/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/3/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2018 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/11/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/15/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/15/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/25/2018 Governor Signed

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BILL SB18-216


Partner Positions:

Concerning measures that affect the development of infrastructure used by alternative fuel motor vehicles, and, in connection therewith, establishing a process at the Colorado public utilities commission whereby a public utility may undertake implementation of an alternative fuel motor vehicle infrastructure program within the area covered by the utility's certificate of public convenience and necessity.

Short Title: Alternative Fuel Vehicles Public Utilities
Sponsors: K. Priola | A. Williams

Currently, resellers of electricity and natural gas may provide charging ports or fueling stations for motor vehicles as unregulated services. The bill authorizes public utilities to provide these services as regulated or unregulated services and allows cost recovery.

The bill allows a utility to apply to build facilities to support alternative fuel vehicles. Standards are set for approval. When a facility is built, the rate and charges for the services:



Status
3/19/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
3/27/2018 Senate Committee on Transportation Postpone Indefinitely

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