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Bill HB20-1069 - L. Saine | B. Titone / J. Sonnenberg | D. Coram Add Water Well Inspectors Identify High-risk Wells
   Wednesday, June 3 2020
   GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
   (9) in house calendar.

Bill SB20-155 - J. Sonnenberg / R. Pelton Keep Presumption Noninjury Well On Divided Land
   Wednesday, June 3 2020
   THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
   (48) in house calendar.

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BILL HB20-1037

Concerning the Colorado water conservation board's authority to augment stream flows with acquired water rights that have been previously decreed for augmentation use.

Short Title: Augmentation Of Instream Flows
Sponsors: J. Arndt (D) / D. Coram (R)

Colorado water conservation board - water decreed for augmentation - use to augment stream flows. The act authorizes the Colorado water conservation board to augment stream flows to preserve or improve the natural environment to a reasonable degree by use of an acquired water right that has been previously quantified and changed to include any augmentation use, without a further change of the water right being required.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)



Status
0/0/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
1/23/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
1/28/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
1/29/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/3/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
2/20/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/25/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/26/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
2/28/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/17/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/17/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/23/2020 Sent to the Governor

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL HB20-1069

Concerning the inspection of water wells.

Short Title: Add Water Well Inspectors Identify High-risk Wells
Sponsors: L. Saine (R) | B. Titone (D) / J. Sonnenberg (R) | D. Coram (R)

Water Resources Review Committee. The bill requires the state engineer to employ a minimum of 4 water well inspectors in the state's water well inspection program.

The bill requires the state board of water well construction and pump installation contractors, on or before November 1, 2020, to promulgate rules for identifying high-risk water wells that should be prioritized for inspection. Thereafter, the state engineer shall use the rules to identify high-risk water wells and shall prioritize the inspection of high-risk water wells.

The bill clarifies that money in the well inspection cash fund shall be appropriated to and expended by the state engineer only for the well inspection program.


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



Status
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
2/3/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Amended to Finance
2/13/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/13/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 06/01/2020 - No Amendments
6/1/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL HB20-1072

Concerning a requirement that Colorado institutions of higher education study potential uses of emerging technologies to more effectively manage Colorado's water supply, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation, conditioned on the receipt of matching funds from gifts, grants, and donations.

Short Title: Study Emerging Technologies For Water Management
Sponsors: J. Arndt (D) | L. Saine (R) / J. Sonnenberg (R) | J. Bridges (D)

Water Resources Review Committee. The bill declares that new technologies, such as blockchain, telemetry, improved sensors, and advanced aerial observation platforms, can improve monitoring, management, conservation, and trading of water and enhance confidence in the reliability of data underlying water rights transactions. To advance the potential use of these new technologies, the bill:

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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



Status
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
1/27/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/6/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/6/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/9/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/10/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/12/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
5/27/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL HB20-1157

Concerning the Colorado water conservation board's authority to use water that a water right owner voluntarily loans to the board for instream flow purposes.

Short Title: Loaned Water For Instream Flows To Improve Environment
Sponsors: D. Roberts (D) | P. Will (R) / K. Donovan (D)

Colorado water conservation board - loaned water for instream flow use - use for preserving or improving natural environment - duration of loan - increased filing fee. Under current law, the Colorado water conservation board (board), subject to procedural requirements established to prevent injury to water rights and decreed conditional water rights, may use loaned water for instream flows if the loaned water is used for preserving the natural environment of a stream reach that is subject to a decreed instream flow water right held by the board. The act expands the number of years within a 10-year period that a renewable loan may be exercised from 3 years to 5 years, but for no more than 3 consecutive years, and allows a loan to be renewed for up to 2 additional 10-year periods. The act limits the duration that an expedited loan may be exercised for up to one year, and prohibits an applicant from seeking additional expedited loans regarding a water right following an approved expedited loan of that water right.

The act also expands the board's ability to use loaned water for instream flows to improve the natural environment to a reasonable degree pursuant to a decreed instream flow water right held by the board.

In considering whether to accept a proposed loan, the board must evaluate the proposed loan based on biological and scientific evidence presented, including a biological analysis performed by the division of parks and wildlife.

The state engineer will review a proposed loan and must consider any comments filed by parties notified of the application in determining whether the loaned water will not cause injury to other vested or conditionally decreed water rights, decreed exchanges of water, or undecreed existing exchanges of water that were administratively approved before the date that the loan application was filed. The filing fee is increased from $100 to $300.

The board is required to promulgate rules regarding the necessary steps for reviewing and accepting a loan for instream flow use to improve the natural environment to a reasonable degree.

The state engineer's decision to approve or deny a proposed loan may be appealed to a water judge, who is required to hear and determine the matter on an expedited basis using the procedures and standards established for matters rereferred to the water judge by a water referee.


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



Status
0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/17/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
2/13/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/19/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/20/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/21/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/24/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
2/27/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/3/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/14/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/16/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/20/2020 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL HB20-1159

Concerning the authority of the state engineer to confirm the extent of uses of water in existence on the date of an instream flow appropriation.

Short Title: State Engineer Confirm Existing Use Instream Flow
Sponsors: D. Roberts (D) | M. Catlin (R) / K. Donovan (D) | D. Coram (R)

Instream flows - subject to existing uses - confirmation of existing uses. Current law specifies that the Colorado water conservation board's appropriation of water for instream flow purposes is subject to existing uses and exchanges of water. The act directs the state engineer, in administering current law, to confirm a claim of an existing use or exchange if the use or exchange has not previously been confirmed by court order or decree. The person making the claim may also seek confirmation by the water judge.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)



Status
0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/21/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
2/10/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/13/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/14/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
2/18/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/20/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
2/27/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/3/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/17/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/17/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/23/2020 Sent to the Governor
4/1/2020 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill


BILL HB20-1172

Concerning protecting the water rights of persons who implement efficiencies that reduce their water usage.

Short Title: No Abandonment Of Water Rights For Efficiencies
Sponsors: J. Arndt (D)

Current law provides that a period of nonuse of a portion of a water right is tolled, and no intent to discontinue permanent use is found for purposes of determining an abandonment of a water right, for the duration that the nonuse of the water right by its owner is a result of any of certain conditions. The bill adds a condition that applies when the nonuse of a portion of a water right is a result of the implementation of efficiency improvement projects or methods that result in a reduction of the amount of water diverted for the decreed beneficial use. In such case:



Status
1/28/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
3/2/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill


BILL SB20-008

Concerning the enhancement of penalties for criminal violations of water quality laws.

Short Title: Enhance Penalties Water Quality Criminal Violations
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) | M. Foote (D) / D. Jackson (D) | E. Hooton (D)

Current law specifies that a person who commits criminal pollution of state waters that is committed:

Section 1 of the bill makes a:

Current law specifies that a person who knowingly makes any false representation in a required record or who knowingly renders inaccurate any required water quality monitoring device or method is guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to a fine of not more than $10,000, imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 6 months, or both. Section 2 makes these violations a class 5 felony and specifies that if 2 separate offenses occur in 2 separate occurrences during a period of 2 years, the maximum fine and imprisonment for the second offense are double the default amounts.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
2/6/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/11/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/12/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
5/28/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

Amendments


BILL SB20-024

Concerning the inclusion of public input in the development of a state water resources demand management program.

Short Title: Require Public Input On Water Demand Management Program
Sponsors: D. Coram (R) | K. Donovan (D) / J. Arndt (D) | M. Catlin (R)

Water Resources Review Committee. The bill requires the Colorado water conservation board and the water resources review committee to involve the public and provide opportunities for public comment, using procedures similar to those used for initial adoption of the state water plan, before adopting any final or significantly amended water resources demand management program as part of the Colorado upper basin states' drought contingency plan.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)



Status
1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
1/30/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal note currently unavailable


BILL SB20-048

Concerning a study to consider the strengthening of the prohibition on speculative appropriations of water.

Short Title: Study Strengthening Water Anti-speculation Law
Sponsors: K. Donovan (D) | D. Coram (R) / D. Roberts (D) | M. Catlin (R)

Anti-speculation work group - report to water resources review committee. Current law specifies that an appropriation of water cannot be based on speculation. Speculation may be evidenced by either of the following:

The act requires the executive director of the department of natural resources to convene a work group to explore ways to strengthen current anti-speculation law and to report to the water resources review committee by August 15, 2021, regarding any recommended changes.


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



Status
0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
1/23/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
1/28/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/29/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/31/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
2/20/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/25/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/26/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/3/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/4/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/4/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/11/2020 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill


BILL SB20-153

Concerning the creation of an enterprise that is exempt from the requirements of section 20 of article X of the state constitution to administer a fee-based water resources financing program.

Short Title: Water Resource Financing Enterprise
Sponsors: D. Coram (R)

The bill creates the water resources financing enterprise (enterprise). The board of the enterprise (board) consists of the board of directors of the Colorado water resources and power development authority and the Colorado water conservation board. The enterprise will provide financing to "water providers", defined to include drinking water suppliers, wastewater treatment suppliers, and raw water suppliers. Raw water suppliers are limited to those that provide raw water for treatment and use as drinking water.

Customers of drinking water suppliers will pay a fee to the supplier, who will transmit it to the enterprise to be used for the financing. The fee is 25 cents per 1,000 gallons of drinking water delivered per month to each metered connection in a drinking water supplier's public water system, collected after the first 4,000 gallons of drinking water delivered per month to an individual metered connection. The board may adjust the fee based on inflation and equity concerns for large nonresidential customers and customers who pay tiered rates that start higher than 4,000 gallons per month.

The enterprise can provide financing for grants, loans, and in-kind technical assistance in arranging third-party financing. In determining whether to provide financing, the board shall consider the following factors:

The enterprise shall provide, and a water provider may use, the financing only:



Status
1/29/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
2/13/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill


BILL SB20-155

Concerning the continued presumption of noninjury to water rights regarding the use of an exempt well for domestic purposes after the land on which the well is located has been divided into multiple parcels.

Short Title: Keep Presumption Noninjury Well On Divided Land
Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg (R) / R. Pelton (R)

Under current law, a well that is exempt from the state engineer's administration and is used for domestic purposes is afforded a rebuttable presumption that the use of the well will not cause material injury to others' vested water rights or to any other existing well. If the land on which the exempt well is located is later divided into multiple parcels, the well loses that presumption. The bill maintains the presumption of noninjury to vested water rights or other wells when the land on which the well is located is later divided and use of the well continues to meet certain requirements.


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



Status
2/4/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
2/13/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/19/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/20/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/25/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
3/9/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/13/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/14/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2020 - No Amendments
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 06/01/2020 - No Amendments
6/1/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill


BILL SJR20-003

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: K. Donovan (D) / D. Roberts (D)

*** No bill summary available ***

Status
0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
1/21/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
1/30/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/4/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
2/20/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/21/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/28/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/2/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/3/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/4/2020 Governor Signed

Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal note currently unavailable