ASLA - Colorado

HB20-1004 Assistance Landowner Wildfire Mitigation 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Assistance Landowner Wildfire Mitigation
Sponsors: L. Cutter (D) | P. Will (R) / P. Lee (D)
Summary:

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill establishes the wildfire mitigation resources and best practices grant program (grant program) within the division of local government in the department of local affairs. Grant recipients use grant money to conduct outreach among landowners to inform them of resources available for wildfire mitigation and best practices for wildfire mitigation. The grant program only awards grants to applicants conducting outreach to landowners in high wildfire hazard areas and prioritizes applications based on the potential impact of the applicant's proposed outreach.

The bill also extends the increased wildfire mitigation income tax deduction that allows a landowner to claim 100%, rather than 50%, of the costs they incur in performing wildfire mitigation measures.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
1/27/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Amended to Finance
Amendments:

House Journal, January 29
1 HB20-1004 be amended as follows, and as so amended, be referred to
2 the Committee on Finance with favorable
3 recommendation:
4
5 Amend printed bill, page 2, line 2, strike "24-32-128" and substitute
6 "23-31-310.5".
7
8 Page 2, line 4, strike "24-32-128." and substitute "23-31-310.5.".
9
10 Page 2, line 5, strike "report - repeal." and substitute "report -
11 definitions - repeal.".
12
13 Page 2, after line 11 insert:
14
15 "(2) AS USED IN THIS SECTION, UNLESS THE CONTEXT OTHERWISE
16 REQUIRES:
17 (a) "DIRECTOR" MEANS THE DIRECTOR OF THE FOREST SERVICE.
18 (b) "FOREST SERVICE" MEANS THE COLORADO STATE FOREST
19 SERVICE IDENTIFIED IN SECTION 23-31-302 AND THE DIVISION OF
20 FORESTRY CREATED IN SECTION 24-33-104.".
21
22 Renumber succeeding subsections accordingly.
23
24 Page 2, line 22, after "AGENCY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT," insert "A
25 COUNTY, A MUNICIPALITY,".
26
27 Page 2, line 23, strike "A FAITH BASED ORGANIZATION,".
28
29 Page 3, line 3, strike "DIVISION'S" and substitute "FOREST SERVICE'S".
30
31 Page 3, lines 13 and 14, strike "EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE
32 DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL AFFAIRS" and substitute "DIRECTOR".
33
34 Page 3, line 15, strike "EXECUTIVE".
35
36 Page 4, line 5, strike "(4)(n.5)(I)(A.5)" and substitute "(4)(n.5)(I)(A)".
37
38 Page 4, strike lines 9 through 18 and substitute:
39
40 "(n.5) (I) (A) For income tax years commencing on or after
41 January 1, 2014, but prior to January 1, 2017, and for income tax years
42 commencing on or after January 1, 2020, but prior to January 1, 2025,
43 JANUARY 1, 2021, an amount equal to fifty percent of a landowner's costs
44 incurred in performing wildfire mitigation measures in that income tax
45 year on his or her property located within the state; except that the amount
46 of the deduction claimed in an income tax year shall not exceed two
47 thousand five hundred dollars or the total amount of the landowner's
48 federal taxable income for the income tax year for which the deduction
49 is claimed, whichever is less.".
50
51 Page 4, line 20, strike "DECEMBER 31, 2027." and substitute "JANUARY 1,
52 2025.".
53
54 Page 4, after line 20 insert:
55
1 "SECTION 3. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add 39-22-543 as
2 follows:
3 39-22-543. Credit for wildfire hazard mitigation expenses -
4 legislative declaration - definitions - repeal. (1) THE GENERAL
5 ASSEMBLY DECLARES THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE TAX EXPENDITURE IN
6 THIS SECTION IS TO REIMBURSE A LANDOWNER FOR THE COSTS INCURRED
7 IN PERFORMING WILDFIRE MITIGATION MEASURES ON HIS OR HER
8 PROPERTY LOCATED WITHIN THE STATE.
9 (2) AS USED IN THIS SECTION, UNLESS THE CONTEXT OTHERWISE
10 REQUIRES:
11 (a) "COSTS" MEANS ANY ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSE
12 INCURRED AND PAID BY THE LANDOWNER, DOCUMENTED BY RECEIPT, FOR
13 PERFORMING WILDFIRE MITIGATION MEASURES. "COSTS" DO NOT INCLUDE
14 ANY INSPECTION OR CERTIFICATION FEES, IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS,
15 DONATIONS, INCENTIVES, OR COST SHARING ASSOCIATED WITH
16 PERFORMING WILDFIRE MITIGATION MEASURES. "COSTS" DO NOT INCLUDE
17 EXPENSES PAID BY THE LANDOWNER FROM ANY GRANTS AWARDED TO THE
18 LANDOWNER FOR PERFORMING WILDFIRE MITIGATION MEASURES.
19 (b) "LANDOWNER" MEANS ANY OWNER OF RECORD OF PRIVATE
20 LAND LOCATED WITHIN THE STATE, INCLUDING ANY EASEMENT,
21 RIGHT-OF-WAY, OR ESTATE IN THE LAND, AND INCLUDES THE HEIRS,
22 SUCCESSORS, AND ASSIGNS OF SUCH LAND. "LANDOWNER" SHALL NOT
23 INCLUDE ANY PARTNERSHIP, S CORPORATION, OR OTHER SIMILAR ENTITY
24 THAT OWNS PRIVATE LAND AS AN ENTITY, UNLESS THERE IS A DWELLING
25 ON THAT LAND THAT IS DESIGNED FOR RESIDENTIAL OCCUPANCY.
26 (c) "WILDFIRE MITIGATION MEASURES" MEANS THE CREATION OF
27 A DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND STRUCTURES; THE ESTABLISHMENT OF FUEL
28 BREAKS; THE THINNING OF WOODY VEGETATION FOR THE PRIMARY
29 PURPOSE OF REDUCING RISK TO STRUCTURES FROM WILDLAND FIRE; OR
30 THE SECONDARY TREATMENT OF WOODY FUELS BY LOPPING AND
31 SCATTERING, PILING, CHIPPING, REMOVING FROM THE SITE, OR PRESCRIBED
32 BURNING; SO LONG AS SUCH ACTIVITIES MEET OR EXCEED ANY COLORADO
33 STATE FOREST SERVICE STANDARDS OR ANY OTHER APPLICABLE STATE
34 RULES.
35 (3) FOR INCOME TAX YEARS COMMENCING ON OR AFTER JANUARY
36 1, 2020, BUT PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2025, A LANDOWNER IS ALLOWED A
37 CREDIT AGAINST THE INCOME TAXES IMPOSED BY THIS ARTICLE 22 IN AN
38 AMOUNT EQUAL TO TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT OF UP TO TWO THOUSAND FIVE
39 HUNDRED DOLLARS IN COSTS FOR WILDFIRE MITIGATION MEASURES. THE
40 MAXIMUM TOTAL CREDIT IN A TAXABLE YEAR IS SIX HUNDRED TWENTY
41 FIVE DOLLARS.
42 (4) THIS SECTION IS REPEALED, EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 31, 2028.".
43
44 Renumber succeeding section accordingly.
45
46 Strike "DIVISION" and substitute "FOREST SERVICE" on: Page 2, lines 6,
47 12, and 14; Page 3, lines 5, 6, and 26; and Page 4, line 1.
48
49 Strike "DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL AFFAIRS" and substitute "FOREST SERVICE"
50 on: Page 3, lines 18 and 19 and line 25.
51
52



HB20-1057 Modify Wildfire Risk Mitigation Grant Program 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, February 27 2020
SENATE AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 357
(1) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Modify Wildfire Risk Mitigation Grant Program
Sponsors: T. Carver (R) | J. McCluskie (D) / D. Coram (R) | S. Fenberg (D)
Summary:

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill makes the following modifications to the existing "Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation Act" (act) and, specifically, the grant program funded by the act:

  • Currently, grant applicants are required to self-finance 50% of the cost of a project funded by a grant. The bill, in the case of a project that is located in an area with fewer economic resources, lessens this requirement so that grant applicants are required to self-finance 25% of the total cost of the project. The forest service is required to establish a policy that specifies the criteria by which a project will satisfy such requirements.
  • In meeting the match requirements under the act, specifies that a project may be funded in whole or in part from gifts, grants, or donations received from any organization, entity, or individual.
  • In measuring an in-kind contribution under the act, specifies that such a contribution may include volunteer hours provided by the staff of an entity or organization applying for grant funding and the time for which staff receives monetary compensation in the form of salary or other financial benefits.
  • Permits a grant project eligible to receive funding to support ongoing maintenance efforts undertaken by eligible recipients to reduce the threat of large, high-intensity wildfires.
  • Eliminates an existing requirement that, to receive funding, a project must include a diverse and balanced group of stakeholders as well as appropriate governmental representatives. As part of the submission of grant applications, the forest service encourages applicants to include on their grant applications information that indicates whether the project satisfies these objectives.
  • Adds to the list of recipients eligible to receive grant funding a fire protection district and a nonprofit organization or entity engaged in firefighting or fire management activities.
  • Extends the date by which the grant program will be repealed to September 1, 2029.

In the bill, the general assembly encourages the forest service to modify its administrative policies and procedures to enable funding to be provided to grant recipients in March to enable wildfire mitigation to commence before the prime wildfire season starts in June .

(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: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
2/10/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Amended 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 with Amendments - Committee
2/18/2020 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
2/20/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
Amendments:

House Journal, February 11
19 HB20-1057 be amended as follows, and as so amended, be referred to
20 the Committee of the Whole with favorable
21 recommendation:
22
23 Amend printed bill, page 2, line 3, strike "(4.5)(d) and (9);" and substitute
24 "(4.5)(d), (6), and (9);".
25
26 Page 2, line 3, after "and (9);" insert "repeal (4)(d);" and after "(4.3),"
27 insert "(4.4),".
28
29 Page 3, line 1, after "contribution." insert "IN MEASURING AN IN-KIND
30 CONTRIBUTION FOR PURPOSES OF MEETING THE FIFTY PERCENT AND
31 TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT MATCHES REQUIRED BY THIS SUBSECTION (3),
32 "IN-KIND CONTRIBUTION" MAY INCLUDE VOLUNTEER HOURS PROVIDED BY
33 THE STAFF OF AN ENTITY OR ORGANIZATION APPLYING FOR GRANT
34 FUNDING AND THE TIME FOR WHICH STAFF RECEIVES MONETARY
35 COMPENSATION IN THE FORM OF SALARY OR OTHER FINANCIAL BENEFITS.
36 SUCH COMPENSATED TIME THAT COUNTS TOWARDS THE IN-KIND
37 CONTRIBUTION IS LIMITED TO THE ESTIMATED TIME OF PAID STAFF IN
38 PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING THE MITIGATION PROJECT.".
39
40 Page 3, after line 5 insert:
41
42 "(4) Eligibility requirements. To be eligible to receive funding
43 under this section, a project must:
44 (d) Include a diverse and balanced group of stakeholders as well
45 as appropriate federal, state, county, and municipal government
46 representatives in the design, implementation, and monitoring of the
47 project;".
48
49 Page 3, after line 10 insert:
50
51 "(4.4) Additional funding objectives. AS PART OF THE
52 SUBMISSION OF GRANT APPLICATIONS UNDER THIS SECTION, THE FOREST
53 SERVICE ENCOURAGES APPLICANTS TO INCLUDE ON THEIR GRANT
54 APPLICATION INFORMATION THAT INDICATES WHETHER THE PROJECT IS
55 SUPPORTED BY A DIVERSE AND BALANCED GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS AS
56 WELL AS APPROPRIATE FEDERAL, STATE, COUNTY, AND MUNICIPAL
1 GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES IN THE DESIGN, IMPLEMENTATION, AND
2 MONITORING OF THE PROJECT.".
3
4 Page 3, after line 18 insert:
5
6 "(6) Proposal selection. After consulting with the technical
7 advisory panel established in subsection (5) of this section, the forest
8 service shall select the proposals that will receive funding through this
9 section. In carrying out approved projects, the project proponents shall,
10 whenever feasible, contract with the Colorado youth corps association or
11 an accredited Colorado youth corps to provide labor. THE GENERAL
12 ASSEMBLY ENCOURAGES THE FOREST SERVICE TO MODIFY ITS
13 ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES UNDER THIS SECTION TO
14 ENABLE FUNDING TO BE PROVIDED TO GRANT RECIPIENTS IN MARCH TO
15 ENABLE WILDFIRE MITIGATION TO COMMENCE BEFORE THE PRIME WILDFIRE
16 SEASON STARTS IN JUNE.".
17
18

House Journal, February 18
6 Amend the engrossed bill, page 3, line 2, before "IN" insert "IN MEETING
7 THE MATCH REQUIREMENTS UNDER THIS SUBSECTION (3), A PROJECT MAY
8 BE FUNDED, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, FROM GIFTS, GRANTS, OR DONATIONS
9 RECEIVED FROM ANY ORGANIZATION, ENTITY, OR INDIVIDUAL.".
10
11 The amendment was declared passed by the following roll call vote:
12
13 YES 64 NO 0 EXCUSED 1 ABSENT
14 Arndt Y Exum Y Larson Y Singer Y
15 Baisley Y Froelich Y Liston Y Sirota Y
16 Benavidez Y Garnett Y Lontine Y Snyder Y
17 Bird Y Geitner Y McCluskie Y Soper Y
18 Bockenfeld E Gonzales-Gutierrez Y McKean Y Sullivan Y
19 Buck Y Gray Y McLachlan Y Tipper Y
20 Buckner Y Herod Y Melton Y Titone Y
21 Buentello Y Holtorf Y Michaelson Jenet Y Valdez A. Y
22 Caraveo Y Hooton Y Mullica Y Valdez D. Y
23 Carver Y Humphrey Y Neville Y Van Winkle Y
24 Catlin Y Jackson Y Pelton Y Weissman Y
25 Champion Y Jaquez Lewis Y Ransom Y Will Y
26 Coleman Y Kennedy Y Rich Y Williams D. Y
27 Cutter Y Kipp Y Roberts Y Wilson Y
28 Duran Y Kraft-Tharp Y Saine Y Woodrow Y
29 Esgar Y Landgraf Y Sandridge Y Young Y
30 Speaker Y
31
32 The question being, "Shall the bill, as amended, pass?".
33 A roll call vote was taken. As shown by the following recorded vote, a
34 majority of those elected to the House voted in the affirmative, and the
35 bill, as amended, was declared passed.
36
37 YES 63 NO 1 EXCUSED 1 ABSENT
38 Arndt Y Exum Y Larson Y Singer Y
39 Baisley Y Froelich Y Liston Y Sirota Y
40 Benavidez Y Garnett Y Lontine Y Snyder Y
41 Bird Y Geitner Y McCluskie Y Soper Y
42 Bockenfeld E Gonzales-Gutierrez Y McKean Y Sullivan Y
43 Buck Y Gray Y McLachlan Y Tipper Y
44 Buckner Y Herod Y Melton Y Titone Y
45 Buentello Y Holtorf Y Michaelson Jenet Y Valdez A. Y
46 Caraveo Y Hooton Y Mullica Y Valdez D. Y
47 Carver Y Humphrey Y Neville Y Van Winkle Y
48 Catlin Y Jackson Y Pelton Y Weissman Y
49 Champion Y Jaquez Lewis Y Ransom Y Will Y
50 Coleman Y Kennedy Y Rich Y Williams D. Y
51 Cutter Y Kipp Y Roberts Y Wilson Y
52 Duran Y Kraft-Tharp Y Saine Y Woodrow Y
53 Esgar Y Landgraf Y Sandridge N Young Y
54 Speaker Y
55 Co-sponsor(s) added: Representative(s) Buentello, Catlin, Duran, Exum,
1 Geitner, Gray, Jackson, Kennedy, Liston, McLachlan, Michaelson Jenet, Pelton,
2 Singer, Soper, Sullivan, Titone, Valdez A., Valdez D., Wilson, Speaker



HB20-1060 Natural Organic Reduction Human Remains 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, February 26 2020
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(20) in house calendar.
Short Title: Natural Organic Reduction Human Remains
Sponsors: B. Titone (D) | M. Soper (R) / R. Rodriguez (D) | V. Marble (R)
Summary:

The bill authorizes human remains to be converted to soil using a container that accelerates the process of biological decomposition, also known as "natural reduction".

Current law has various provisions that deal with burial, cremation, interment, and entombment. In connection with authorizing natural reduction, the bill replaces these terms with the phrase "final disposition", which term is defined to include natural reduction. The following types of provisions are updated to reflect the option to use natural reduction:

  • Life insurance statutes;
  • Preneed funeral insurance contracts;
  • The "Mortuary Science Code";
  • Funeral picketing statutes;
  • Litigation damages;
  • The "Colorado Probate Code";
  • The "Disposition of Last Remains Act";
  • The "Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act";
  • Missing person reports for unidentified human remains;
  • Public peace and order statutes;
  • Vital statistics statutes;
  • The "Colorado Public Assistance Act"; and
  • Firefighter pension plans.

Natural reduction is added to the statutes that regulate funeral establishments, and this addition will result in the regulation of the natural reduction process. But the definitions of "cremation" and "mortuary science practitioner" are amended so that a practitioner of natural reduction is not regulated as a cremationist or mortuary science practitioner.


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
1/27/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/14/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/19/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/21/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/24/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Amendments:

House Journal, January 29
28 HB20-1060 be amended as follows, and as so amended, be referred to
29 the Committee on Appropriations with favorable
30 recommendation:
31
32 Amend printed bill page 3, line 2, strike "TO DISPOSE" and substitute "FOR
33 THE FINAL DISPOSITION".
34
35 Page 4, line 12, strike "(17), and (22)(c);" and substitute "and (17);".
36
37 Page 4, strike lines 26 and 27.
38
39 Page 5, strike lines 1 and 2.
40
41 Page 5, line 26, strike "DISPOSAL" and substitute "DISPOSITION".
42
43 Page 10, line 18, strike "to dispose of remains." and substitute "of final
44 disposition.".
45
46 Page 11, line 19, strike "DISPOSED OF" and substitute "GIVEN FINAL
47 DISPOSITION".
48
49 Page 15, line 4, strike "OR "FINALLY DISPOSE"".
50
51 Page 15, strike lines 17 through 22 and substitute "and furnished by the
52 state registrar. No body shall be buried, cremated, deposited in a vault or
53 tomb, or otherwise disposed of, nor shall any body be removed from this
54 state, A PERSON SHALL NOT GIVE FINAL DISPOSITION TO A DEAD BODY until
55 such THIS authorization has been obtained. completed, and approved. The
1 coroner or the coroner's designee, shall include in the authorization notice
2 of the".
3
4 Page 16, line 24, before "DISPOSITION" insert "FINAL".
5
6

House Journal, February 14
20 HB20-1060 be amended as follows, and as so amended, be referred to
21 the Committee of the Whole with favorable
22 recommendation:
23
24 Amend printed bill, page 22, after line 3 insert:
25
26 "SECTION 30. Appropriation. For the 2020-21 state fiscal year,
27 $20,000 is appropriated to the department of public health and
28 environment for use by the center for health and environmental
29 information. This appropriation is from the vital statistics records cash
30 fund created in section 25-2-121 (2)(b)(I), C.R.S. To implement this act,
31 the center may use this appropriation for operating expenses.".
32
33 Renumber succeeding section accordingly.
34
35 Page 1, line 103, strike "PROCESS." and substitute "PROCESS, AND, IN
36 CONNECTION THEREWITH, MAKING AN APPROPRIATION.".
37
38

House Journal, February 21
1 Amendment No. 1, Energy & Environment Report, dated January 27,
2 2020, and placed in member's bill file; Report also printed in House
3 Journal, January 24, 2020.
4
5 Amendment No. 2, Appropriations Report, dated February 14, 2020, and
6 placed in member's bill file; Report also printed in House Journal,
7 February 14, 2020.
8
9 Amendment No. 3, by Representative Titone.
10
11 Amend the Energy and Environment Committee Report, dated January
12 27, 2020, page 1, strike lines 3 through 5.
13
14 Page 1 of the report, strike lines 12 through 16.
15
16 Page 2 of the report, strike lines 1 and 2 and substitute:
17
18 "Page 15 of the printed bill, strike lines 7 through 23.
19
20 Renumber succeeding sections accordingly.".
21
22 Amendment No. 4, by Representative Titone.
23
24 Amend printed bill, page 5, line 20, strike "(2)(a) and (2)(b)" and
25 substitute "(2)(a), (2)(b), (5)(a)(I), (5)(a)(II), and (5)(a)(III)".
26
27 Page 6, after line 13 insert:
28
29 "(5) (a) (I) A funeral establishment, funeral director, or mortuary
30 science practitioner may dispose of cremated OR NATURALLY REDUCED
31 remains at the expense of the person with the right of final disposition one
32 hundred eighty days after cremation OR NATURAL REDUCTION if the
33 person was given clear prior notice of this subsection (5)(a) and a
34 reasonable opportunity to collect the cremated remains, the exact location
35 of the final disposition and the costs associated with the final disposition
36 are recorded, and the recovery of the cremated remains is possible.
37 Recovery of costs is limited to a reasonable amount of the costs actually
38 expended by the funeral establishment, funeral director, or mortuary
39 science practitioner.
40 (II) A funeral establishment, funeral director, or mortuary science
41 practitioner may comply with this subsection (5)(a) by transferring the
42 cremated OR NATURALLY REDUCED remains and the records showing the
43 funeral establishment and the deceased's name, date of birth, and next of
44 kin for final disposition to a facility or place normally used for final
45 disposition if the new custodian can comply with this subsection (5)(a).
46 (III) If cremated OR NATURALLY REDUCED remains are not claimed
47 by the person with the right of final disposition within three years after
48 cremation OR NATURAL REDUCTION, a funeral establishment, funeral
49 director, or mortuary science practitioner may dispose of the remains in
50 an unrecoverable manner by:
51 (A) Placing the remains in an ossuary;
52 (B) or by Scattering the remains in a dedicated cemetery,
53 scattering garden, or consecrated ground used exclusively for these
54 purposes; OR
55 (C) IF THE REMAINS ARE THE PRODUCT OF NATURAL REDUCTION,
1 RETURNING THE REMAINS TO THE EARTH IN A RESPECTFUL MANNER.".
2
3 Amendment No. 5, by Representative Soper.
4
5 Amend printed bill, page 3, after line 3 insert:
6
7 "SECTION 3. In Colorado Revised Statutes, 12-135-105, add
8 (1)(q), (1)(r), and (1)(s) as follows:
9 12-135-105. Unlawful acts. (1) It is unlawful:
10 (q) TO SELL OR OFFER TO SELL THE SOIL PRODUCED BY THE
11 NATURAL REDUCTION OF HUMAN REMAINS TO ANY PERSON;
12 (r) TO COMMINGLE, IN THE COURSE OF A PERSON'S BUSINESS,
13 VOCATION, OR OCCUPATION:
14 (I) THE SOIL PRODUCED BY THE NATURAL REDUCTION OF THE
15 HUMAN REMAINS OF MORE THAN ONE PERSON WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF
16 THE PERSON WITH THE RIGHT OF FINAL DISPOSITION EXCEPT AS
17 AUTHORIZED IN SECTION 12-135-109 (5)(a); OR
18 (II) THE HUMAN REMAINS OF MORE THAN ONE PERSON WITHIN THE
19 CONTAINER WHEREIN NATURAL REDUCTION PRODUCES SOIL;
20 (s) TO USE, IN THE COURSE OF A PERSON'S BUSINESS, VOCATION, OR
21 OCCUPATION, THE SOIL PRODUCED BY THE NATURAL REDUCTION OF
22 HUMAN REMAINS TO GROW FOOD FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.
23 SECTION 4. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add 6-1-730 as
24 follows:
25 6-1-730. Selling human remains as soil. A PERSON ENGAGES IN
26 A DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICE WHEN, IN THE COURSE OF THE PERSON'S
27 BUSINESS, VOCATION, OR OCCUPATION, THE PERSON VIOLATES SECTION
28 12-135-105 (1)(q), (1)(r), OR (1)(s).".
29
30 Renumber succeeding sections accordingly.
31
32 As amended, ordered engrossed and placed on the Calendar for Third
33 Reading and Final Passage.
34



HB20-1155 Higher Efficiency New Construction Residence 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, March 5 2020
SENATE TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY COMMITTEE
Upon Adjournment SCR 352
(3) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Higher Efficiency New Construction Residence
Sponsors: A. Valdez (D) | M. Weissman (D) / C. Hansen (D)
Summary:

Current law requires a home builder to offer to a buyer of a new home one of the following:

  • A solar panel system or a solar thermal system;
  • To prewire or preplumb the home for these systems; or
  • A chase or conduit to wire or plumb the home for these systems in the future.

Section 1 of the bill changes this to require that the home builder offer each of these options.

Section 2 requires a home builder to offer one of the following options to a buyer of a newly constructed residence:

  • An electric vehicle charging system;
  • Upgrades of wiring to accommodate future installation of an electric vehicle charging system; or
  • A 208- to 240-volt alternating current plug-in located in a place accessible to a motor vehicle parking area.

Section 2 also requires the home builder to offer electric heating options. These requirements apply to both traditional detached, single-family homes. and buildings that contain owner-occupied condominium units.

(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: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/17/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
2/13/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment 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 Transportation & Energy
Amendments:

House Journal, February 14
13 HB20-1155 be amended as follows, and as so amended, be referred to
14 the Committee of the Whole with favorable
15 recommendation:
16
17 Amend printed bill, page 3, line 15, strike "HEATER" and substitute
18 "HEATER, ELECTRIC BOILER,".
19
20 Page 3, after line 15 insert:
21
22 "(c) A PERSON THAT BUILDS A NEW RESIDENCE FOR WHICH A
23 BUYER IS UNDER CONTRACT SHALL OFFER THE BUYER PRICING, ENERGY
24 EFFICIENCY, AND UTILITY BILL INFORMATION FOR EACH NATURAL GAS,
25 ELECTRIC, OR OTHER OPTION AVAILABLE FROM AND INFORMATION
26 PERTAINING TO THOSE OPTIONS FROM THE FEDERAL ENERGY STAR
27 PROGRAM, AS DEFINED IN SECTION 6-7.5-102 (15), OR SIMILAR
28 INFORMATION ABOUT ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND UTILIZATION REASONABLY
29 AVAILABLE TO THE PERSON BUILDING THE RESIDENCE.
30 (d) SUBSECTION (1)(a) OF THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO A
31 RESIDENCE IN WHICH THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM HAS BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY
32 INSTALLED BEFORE A BUYER ENTERS INTO A CONTRACT TO PURCHASE THE
33 RESIDENCE. SUBSECTION (1)(b) OF THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO A
34 RESIDENCE IN WHICH THE HEATING SYSTEM HAS BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY
35 INSTALLED BEFORE A BUYER ENTERS INTO A CONTRACT TO PURCHASE THE
36 RESIDENCE.".
37
38 Page 4, strike lines 18 through 23 and substitute:
39
40 "(II) AN INDUCTIVE RESIDENTIAL CHARGING SYSTEM FOR
41 BATTERY-POWERED ELECTRIC VEHICLES THAT IS CERTIFIED BY
42 UNDERWRITERS LABORATORIES AND COMPLIES WITH THE CURRENT
43 VERSION OF ARTICLE 625 OF THE NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE,
44 PUBLISHED BY THE NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION, AND
45 OTHER APPLICABLE INDUSTRY STANDARDS.
46 (b) "RESIDENCE" MEANS A SINGLE-FAMILY OWNER-OCCUPIED
47 DETACHED DWELLING.".
48
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SB20-012 Transmit Renewable Energy Conservation Easements 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Transmit Renewable Energy Conservation Easements
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) | J. Tate (R) | C. Hansen (D)
Summary:

Energy Legislation Review Interim Study Committee. A conservation easement is an agreement in which a property owner agrees to limit the use of his or her land in perpetuity in order to protect one or more specified conservation purposes. The bill specifically authorizes conservation easements to permit electric transmission lines that transmit renewable energy across the land subject to the easement if it is appropriate and consistent with the conservation purposes of the conservation easement.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/4/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
Amendments:

SB20-025 Conservancy District Boards Art And Beautification Projects 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, February 27 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(1) in house calendar.
Short Title: Conservancy District Boards Art And Beautification Projects
Sponsors: L. Garcia (D) / B. Buentello (D) | D. Esgar (D)
Summary:

Current law authorizes the board of directors of a conservancy district (board) to participate in the development of parks and recreational facilities within the district. The bill permits a board to consider such participation a current expense of the district.

The bill also authorizes a board to participate in artistic and beautification projects that improve the aesthetic appearance of waterways within the district and to consider such participation a current expense of the district.


(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
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
2/24/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
Amendments: