By Ed Bowditch, RMFU Government Relations For Colorado
The 2019 session is off to a strong start as new members are eager to pass the first bills of their legislative careers, and senior legislators are hopeful to pass the legacy bills of their careers. More bills are passing third readings in their chambers of origin and are moving to opposing chambers. We officially surpassed 300 bills to-date as more legislation was introduced addressing business regulations, tax policy, and education. Adding to the surge of bills in the Senate was the passage of supplemental budget appropriations bills for various state agencies.
Here is our full bill report:
Bill action this week:
- HB19-1015 Recreation Of The Colorado Water Institute – passed Senate 3rd reading.
- HB19-1075 Tax Credit Employer-assisted Housing Pilot Program – passed House Finance and moves to Approps.
- HB19-1113 Protect Water Quality Adverse Mining Impacts – passed House Rural Affairs and 2nd and 3rd readings on the floor.
- HB19-1132 School Incentives To Use Colorado Food And Producers – laid over in House Rural Affairs & Ag to address committee feedback.
- SB19-018 Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Age – passed House Transportation and 2nd reading.
Upcoming bill action:
- HB19-1162 Expand Farm Equipment Sales And Use Tax Exemption – House Finance 2/11.
- SB19-067 Rural Development Grant Program Creation – Senate Finance 2/12.
- HB19-1148 Change Maximum Criminal Penalty One Year To 364 Days – House Judiciary 2/12.
- HB19-1082 Water Rights Easements – Senate Ag 2/14.
HB19-1102 Nonanimal And Lab-grown Meat Misbranding – House Health & Human Services 2/15.