RMFU: Colorado Lawmakers Want Meat Labels To Be Clear About Source, Content

HB20-1117 Misbranding Nonmeat And Imported And Artificial Meat
Comment:
Position: RMFU Supports
Calendar Notification: Thursday, February 6 2020
Energy & Environment
Upon Adjournment Room 0107
(1) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Misbranding Nonmeat And Imported And Artificial Meat
Sponsors: P. Neville
Summary: Current law prohibits selling meat or meat products that are imported without the label indicating the fact of importation. The bill expands this to cover any meat derived from animals that were not born, raised, and harvested exclusively in the United States.

The bill provides that food is misbranded as “meat” or a cut of meat if it does not come from animals and that lab-grown meat is misbranded as “meat” or a cut of meat unless labeled as “lab-grown” or “artificially cultured”.

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

 

Status: 1/15/2020 Introduced In House – Assigned to Energy & Environment
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Other Legislation that RMFU is keeping an eye on…

HB20-1004 Assistance Landowner Wildfire Mitigation
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, January 27 2020
Rural Affairs & Agriculture
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Assistance Landowner Wildfire Mitigation
Sponsors: L. Cutter | P. Will / P. Lee
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
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes: Fiscal Note

 

HB20-1018 Adopt Renewable Natural Gas Standard
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Adopt Renewable Natural Gas Standard
Sponsors: C. Hansen
Summary: The bill requires the public utilities commission to adopt by rule, no later than July 31, 2021, renewable natural gas programs for large natural gas utilities (those that have at least 200,000 customer accounts in Colorado) and small natural gas utilities (those that have fewer than 200,000 customer accounts in Colorado). The rules must include reporting requirements and a process for natural gas utilities to fully recover prudently incurred costs associated with the large and small renewable natural gas programs.

“Renewable natural gas” is defined to mean any of the following products processed to meet pipeline quality standards or transportation fuel-grade requirements:

 

  • Biogas that is blended with, or substituted for, geologic natural gas;
  • Hydrogen gas derived from renewable energy sources; or
  • Methane gas derived from any combination of biogas; hydrogen gas or carbon oxides derived from renewable energy sources; waste carbon dioxide; coalbed methane resulting from human activity; naturally occurring coalbed deposits; a municipal solid waste landfill; waste tire or municipal solid waste pyrolysis; or biogas recovery from manure management systems and anaerobic digesters.

If a large natural gas utility’s total incremental annual cost to meet the targets of the large renewable natural gas program exceeds 5% of the large natural gas utility’s total revenue requirement for a particular year, the large natural gas utility shall not make additional qualified investments under the large renewable natural gas program for that year without approval from the commission. The bill establishes the following portfolio targets for the percentage of gas purchased by large natural gas utilities that is renewable natural gas:

 

  • By January 1, 2025, at least 5% must be renewable natural gas;
  • By January 1, 2030, at least 10% must be renewable natural gas; and
  • On and after January 1, 2035, at least 15% must be renewable natural gas.

Small natural gas utilities may opt in to the small renewable natural gas program as established by the commission by rule. The rule must include a rate cap limiting the small natural gas utility’s costs of procuring renewable natural gas from third parties and qualified investments in renewable natural gas infrastructure.

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

 

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House – Assigned to Energy & Environment
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

 

HB20-1037 Augmentation Of Instream Flows
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, January 28 2020
GENERAL ORDERS – SECOND READING OF BILLS
(3) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Augmentation Of Instream Flows
Sponsors: J. Arndt / D. Coram
Summary: The bill 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 augmentation use, without a further change of the water right being required.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.) 
Status: 1/23/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes: Fiscal Note

 

HB20-1047 Develop A Statewide Organics Management Plan
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, February 3 2020
Energy & Environment
1:30 p.m. Room 0107
(2) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Develop A Statewide Organics Management Plan
Sponsors: L. Cutter | M. Froelich / K. Priola
Summary: Zero Waste and Recycling Interim Study Committee. The bill tasks the executive director of the department of public health and environment (executive director) or the executive director’s designee and the commissioner of agriculture (commissioner) or the commissioner’s designee with developing an organics management plan (plan) on or before September 1, 2022. The department of public health and environment may incorporate the plan into the department’s existing work regarding organics management if its existing work meets the standards established for the organics management plan.

In developing the plan, the executive director and the commissioner are required to study and make recommendations regarding organic waste management practices to encourage compost use on soil to promote carbon storage.

The executive director and the commissioner must also complete 2 statewide surveys as part of the plan, with one survey examining end uses for the major categories of organic waste feedstock generated within the state and the other survey examining existing organic waste generation facilities and processing capacity.

On or before February 1, 2023, the executive director, in collaboration with the commissioner, shall submit a report summarizing the plan to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over energy or agricultural matters.

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

 

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House – Assigned to Energy & Environment
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes: Fiscal Note

 

HB20-1069 Add Water Well Inspectors Identify High-risk Wells
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, February 3 2020
State Library Rural Affairs & Agriculture
1:30 p.m. Room Old
(1) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Add Water Well Inspectors Identify High-risk Wells
Sponsors: L. Saine | B. Titone / J. Sonnenberg | D. Coram
Summary: 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
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

 

HB20-1072 Study Emerging Technologies For Water Management
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Monday, January 27 2020
Rural Affairs & Agriculture
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(4) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Study Emerging Technologies For Water Management
Sponsors: J. Arndt | L. Saine / J. Sonnenberg | J. Bridges
Summary: 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:

 

  • Authorizes and directs the university of Colorado, in collaboration with the Colorado water institute at Colorado state university, to conduct feasibility studies and pilot deployments of these new technologies to improve water management in Colorado; and
  • Appropriates $40,000 from the general fund, contingent on the university of Colorado’s receipt of a matching $40,000 in gifts, grants, and donations, for the purpose of funding the studies and pilot programs.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)
Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House – Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes: Fiscal Note

 

HB20-1084 Requirements For Dog And Cat Breeders And Sellers
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Monday, February 3 2020
State Library Rural Affairs & Agriculture
1:30 p.m. Room Old
(3) in house calendar.
News: The 18 Laws Proposed By Colorado Legislators That You Might Have Missed
Short Title: Requirements For Dog And Cat Breeders And Sellers
Sponsors: M. Duran / M. Foote
Summary: The bill creates the “Humane Pet Act”, which:

 

  • Establishes standards for the care and treatment of dogs and cats by dog breeders and cat breeders;
  • Prohibits the sale of a dog or cat in a public place by any person; and
  • Prohibits the sale of dogs and cats by pet stores.

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

 

Status: 1/10/2020 Introduced In House – Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes: Fiscal Note

 

HB20-1093 County Authority License And Regulate Business
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, February 5 2020
Transportation & Local Government
1:30 p.m. Room 0107
(3) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: County Authority License And Regulate Business
Sponsors: J. McCluskie | J. Wilson / K. Donovan
Summary: The bill grants a board of county commissioners the authority to license and regulate any business located or business activity occurring within the county, including short-term lodging rentals or advertising for such rentals, and to fix the fees, terms, and manner for issuing and revoking licenses issued therefor.

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

 

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In House – Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes: Fiscal Note

 

HB20-1095 Local Governments Water Elements In Master Plans
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, February 6 2020
Rural Affairs & Agriculture
Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Local Governments Water Elements In Master Plans
Sponsors: J. Arndt / J. Bridges
Summary: The bill authorizes a local government master plan to include goals specified in the state water plan and to include policies that condition development approvals on implementation of those goals.

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

 

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In House – Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

 

HB20-1115 Sales Tax Exemption For Farm Fencing Material
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Sales Tax Exemption For Farm Fencing Material
Sponsors: M. Catlin | B. McLachlan / D. Coram
Summary: The bill creates a sales tax exemption for fencing material used in a farm operation.

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

 

Status: 1/15/2020 Introduced In House – Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

 

HB20-1159 State Engineer Confirm Existing Use Instream Flow
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, February 10 2020
Rural Affairs & Agriculture
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(3) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: State Engineer Confirm Existing Use Instream Flow
Sponsors: D. Roberts | M. Catlin / K. Donovan | D. Coram
Summary: 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 bill 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 introduced.) 
Status: 1/21/2020 Introduced In House – Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

 

SB20-002 Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant Program
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, January 28 2020
GENERAL ORDERS – SECOND READING OF BILLS – CONSENT CALENDAR
(1) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant Program
Sponsors: K. Donovan
Summary: The bill creates the rural economic development initiative (REDI) grant program in the department of local affairs (department) to provide grants for projects that create new jobs through a new employer or the expansion of an existing employer and for projects that create diversity and resiliency in the local economies of rural communities. The department is required to administer the REDI grant program in collaboration with the Colorado office of economic development.

Entities eligible to receive REDI grant program money include local governments and organizations or individuals working in partnership with a local government, where the local government serves as the grant administrator, including intergovernmental agencies, councils of government, housing authorities, beginning farmers, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, nonprofit economic development organizations, and private employers.

The bill specifies criteria that the department is required to consider when evaluating grant applications and requires the department to prioritize applications that would create new jobs. The bill specifies the types of projects for which REDI grants may be awarded to eligible recipients and requires grant recipients to provide matching funds.

If the department determines that a rural community needs resources or assistance because it has been impacted by a significant economic event or an anticipated event that has been announced, the department may use all or a portion of the money appropriated for the purposes of the REDI grant program for the purposes of the “Rural Economic Advancement of Colorado Towns (REACT) Act”.

The executive director of the department is required to adopt policies and procedures for the administration of the REDI grant program and is also required to produce a report summarizing the use of all money that was awarded as grants from the REDI grant program in the preceding fiscal year.

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

 

Status: 1/23/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Amended – Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes: Fiscal Note

 

SB20-008 Enhance Penalties Water Quality Criminal Violations
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Enhance Penalties Water Quality Criminal Violations
Sponsors: F. Winter / D. Jackson | E. Hooton
Summary: Current law specifies that a person who commits criminal pollution of state waters that is committed:

 

  • With criminal negligence or recklessly is subject to a maximum daily fine of $12,500; and
  • Knowingly or intentionally is subject to a maximum daily fine of $25,000. Section 1 of the bill makes a:
  • Criminally negligent or reckless violation a misdemeanor and increases the penalty to $25,000, imprisonment of up to one year, or both; and
  • Knowing or intentional violation a class 5 felony and increases the penalty to $50,000, imprisonment of up to 3 years, or both.

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 this bill as introduced.)

 

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes: Fiscal Note

 

SB20-012 Transmit Renewable Energy Conservation Easements
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Transmit Renewable Energy Conservation Easements
Sponsors: F. Winter | J. Tate | C. Hansen
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
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes: Fiscal Note

 

SB20-024 Require Public Input On Water Demand Management Program
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Thursday, January 30 2020
SENATE AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 357
(3) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Require Public Input On Water Demand Management Program
Sponsors: D. Coram | K. Donovan / J. Arndt | M. Catlin
Summary: 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
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

 

SB20-038 Statewide Biodiesel Blend Requirement Diesel Fuel Sales
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, January 28 2020
SENATE TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY COMMITTEE
2:00 PM SCR 352
(2) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Statewide Biodiesel Blend Requirement Diesel Fuel Sales
Sponsors: S. Fenberg / S. Jaquez Lewis
Summary: Energy Legislation Review Interim Study Committee. The bill requires that all diesel fuel sold or offered for sale in Colorado between June 1 and September 15 of each year, commencing June 1, 2021, be blended with and contain at least 5% biodiesel and that all diesel fuel sold or offered for sale in Colorado between June 1 and September 15 of each year, commencing June 1, 2023, be blended with and contain at least 10% biodiesel.

The air quality control commission, in consultation with the director of the division of oil and public safety in the department of labor and employment, shall promulgate rules regarding the blending standard, including rules to establish a waiver process and to require labeling of biodiesel-blended fuel to reflect the percentage of biodiesel included in the blended fuel.

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

 

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Transportation & Energy
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes: Fiscal Note

 

SB20-048 Study Strengthening Water Anti-speculation Law
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, January 28 2020
GENERAL ORDERS – SECOND READING OF BILLS – CONSENT CALENDAR
(3) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Study Strengthening Water Anti-speculation Law
Sponsors: K. Donovan | D. Coram / D. Roberts | M. Catlin
Summary: Water Resources Review Committee. Current law specifies that an appropriation of water cannot be based on speculation, as evidenced by either of the following:

 

  • The applicant does not have either a legally vested interest or a reasonable expectation of procuring such an interest in the lands or facilities to be served by the appropriation, unless the appropriator is a governmental agency or an agent in fact for the persons proposed to be benefited by the appropriation; or
  • The applicant does not have a specific plan and intent to divert, store, or otherwise capture, possess, and control a specific quantity of water for specific beneficial uses.

The bill 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 introduced.)

 

Status: 1/23/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended – Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes: Fiscal Note

 

SB20-054 Rural Development Grant Program Creation
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Thursday, January 30 2020
SENATE AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 357
(2) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Rural Development Grant Program Creation
Sponsors: D. Coram / B. McLachlan
Summary: The bill creates the rural development grant program to be administered by the Colorado office of economic development. The grants are to be awarded to early stage rural businesses that are primary employers in a rural area with the potential to export goods or services outside of the rural area or for the programmatic expenses of economic development organizations that help promote early stage rural businesses. Early stage rural businesses must be at the seed stage of capital financing, have raised less than $500,000 of third-party capital, and must be able to provide nonstate matching funding equal to at least 1/3 of the grant award. Grants to the early stage rural businesses may be used for developing prototypes, proof of business concepts, or proof of business models. The grants are funded from the general fund and are limited to no more than $150,000 per early stage rural business per year.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.) 
Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

 

SB20-055 Incentivize Development Recycling End Markets
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Monday, February 10 2020
SENATE BUSINESS, LABOR, & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 354
(2) in senate calendar.
News: The 18 Laws Proposed By Colorado Legislators That You Might Have Missed
Short Title: Incentivize Development Recycling End Markets
Sponsors: K. Priola | T. Story / L. Cutter | J. Arndt
Summary: Zero Waste and Recycling Interim Study Committee. Section 1 of the bill directs the pollution prevention advisory board (board) within the department of public health and environment (department) to recommend to the department a structure and governing guidance for a recycling market development center to support the development of end-market businesses within the state. Section 1 also directs the department to conduct a literature review of what industry and other states are doing around the country regarding producer responsibility and to create policy and legislative recommendations regarding the feasibility of requiring producers to design, manage, and finance programs for end-of-life management of their products and packaging as a condition of sale.

Sections 3, 4, and 5 allow the board to use the recycling resources economic opportunity fund and the front range waste diversion cash fund to reimburse eligible recycling businesses for locally assessed personal property taxes paid in the current tax year in this state on personal property. Section 2 directs the board to establish a formula that it would use in awarding personal property tax reimbursements.

Section 6 requires the department, on and after October 1, 2020, to administer a statewide campaign to educate Colorado residents concerning recycling. The department shall ensure the campaign includes:

 

  • Communications delivered via social media;
  • Television and radio public service announcements; and
  • The placement of written materials in public locations, such as community centers, recreation centers, and shopping centers.

In administering the campaign, the department shall consult with municipal governments, county governments, and private agencies that operate recycling programs. The department may contract with one or more public or private entities for the preparation of materials to be used in the campaign. The requirement is repealed, effective September 1, 2021.

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

 

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

 

SB20-090 Limit Liability For Food Donations To Nonprofits
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, January 29 2020
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 357
(2) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Limit Liability For Food Donations To Nonprofits
Sponsors: F. Winter / D. Esgar | B. Titone
Summary: Current law provides limited immunity from civil and criminal liability to retail food establishments, nonprofit organizations, and other entities that donate items of food to nonprofit organizations for use or distribution in providing assistance to needy or poor persons. The bill extends the same immunity to correctional facilities.

The bill encourages retail food establishments and correctional facilities to donate apparently wholesome food to local nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy or poor individuals.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

 

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes: Fiscal Note

 

SB20-101 Investigation Process For Pesticide Applicators
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, February 6 2020
SENATE AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 357
(1) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Investigation Process For Pesticide Applicators
Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg
Summary: Current law requires certain commercial pesticide applicators to be licensed or registered. The bill requires the commissioner of agriculture (commissioner) to notify such a regulated person within 24 hours after the commissioner or department of agriculture receives a complaint about the person. The notice must include the alleged facts and any statute or rule the person is alleged to have violated. If the notice is not provided:

 

  • The commissioner is prohibited from suspending or revoking the person’s license or registration, or imposing civil penalties; and
  • The person is immune from a criminal prosecution based on the facts alleged in the complaint.

The bill also requires the following proceedings to be brought within one year after the occurrence of the facts upon which they are based:

 

  • A proceeding to discipline a licensee or registrant;
  • A proceeding to impose civil penalties, not including failing to obtain the required license or registration; or
  • A criminal prosecution, not including failing to obtain the required license or registration.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)
Status: 1/14/2020 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

 

SB20-104 Powers Of Bureau Of Animal Protection Agents
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Powers Of Bureau Of Animal Protection Agents
Sponsors: J. Cooke / D. Roberts
Summary: The bill grants additional duties and powers to bureau of animal protection agents (agent), including the authority to conduct investigations; to take possession of and impound any animal that the agent has probable cause to believe is a victim of cruelty to animals; and to take possession of and impound a dog if the agent has probable cause to believe the dog is a dangerous dog.

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

 

Status: 1/14/2020 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Local Government
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

 

SB20-115 Register Surplus Military Vehicle As Farm Vehicle
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Register Surplus Military Vehicle As Farm Vehicle
Sponsors: L. Crowder / M. Catlin
Summary: Currently, a truck or truck tractor may be registered as a farm vehicle if the vehicle is owned by a farmer or rancher and:
* Is only commercially used to transport to market or place of storage raw agricultural products actually produced or livestock actually raised by the farmer or rancher; or
* Is used to transport commodities and livestock purchased by the farmer or rancher for personal use and used in the person’s farming or ranching operations. The bill allows a farmer or rancher to register a surplus military vehicle if the vehicle meets the same requirements as a truck or truck tractor.
Status: 1/24/2020 Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Transportation & Energy
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

 

SJR20-005 Support State Of Colorado Comments Federal Hemp Rule
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Support State Of Colorado Comments Federal Hemp Rule
Sponsors: V. Marble | S. Fenberg / E. Hooton | L. Saine
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 1/24/2020 House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

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