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Introduced Bills (So Far)
Update on Senate Bills:
The legislative session has been up and running now for a while which means bills are getting introduced in both chambers, heard in committees, and moving to the other chamber. With that, I would like to give you a brief overview of the senate bills of mine that have been read across the desk so far.
SB15-46: Concerning reducing the cost of attainment of renewable energy standards by electric utilities that are not investor owned by allowing purchases of electricity from community solar gardens by cooperative electric associations to qualify as retail distributed generation. The bill allows these utilities to count each kilowatt-hour of electricity obtained through retail distributed generation as 3 kilowatt-hours for purposes of meeting the 2020 standard. With this bill it is important that there is a menu of options on the table so this can be technology neutral.
SB15-75: Concerning the ability to irrigate not more than one acre of crops from a well. The bill adds an additional exemption for water wells that do not exceed 15 gallons per minute of production and are used for the irrigation of not over one acre of commercial crops.
SB15-76: Concerning an authorization of the land disposal of cathode ray tubes. The bill allows the disposal of cathode ray tubes, including electronic devices that contain them, at hazardous waste disposal sites. The big problem I am seeing with CRT's is many are being thrown away on the side of the road or improperly disposed of. Many rural residential areas do not have the proper sites or equipment to accommodate the right disposal of these tubes. The key issue that needs to be solved here is availability, people need to be able to efficiently and conveniently dispose of their CRT's properly and this bill aims to do that.
SB15-109: Concerning the mandatory reporting of mistreatment against an adult with a disability. This bill expands the requirement of reporting to a law enforcement agency abuse or exploitation of an adult 70 years of age or older to include a person with a disability who is 18 years of age or older.
Out of all of these bills only one has been heard in a senate committee so far.
I am also the sponsor on a number of other Senate and House bills that will also be making their way to various committees shortly.
You can follow these bills online at the Colorado General Assembly homepage here: http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/cslFrontPages.nsf/HomeSplash?OpenForm
Update on JBC:
As far as the JBC goes, where we are at right now in the process is figure setting for the next several weeks in preparation of the Long Bill. The supplemental bills have gone out of Senate Appropriations Committee, passed in the Senate, and are on their way to the House. These supplemental bills are just "truing up" the budget for the current fiscal year. This is necessary as we are required to have a balanced budget each year.
Another issue in the supplemental bill package surrounded the Department of Public Safety's request for additional funding and employees to reduce their stated turnaround of 54 days for Concealed Carry Permit background checks. Along with the other two Republican members of the Joint Budget Committee, I voted to reject their request. This department has proven its unreliability for these numbers in the past and this appeared to be just another excuse to grow government. The Democrats attempted to put this funding back in while claiming to be defending the 2nd Amendment. That is laughable. The Democrats may want to have the appearance of defending your Constitutionally protected rights, but they are two years and two recalls too late to this issue.
Finally, it is important to remember that supplemental bills have to be voted on in the General Assembly. There are many other avenues to be taken when a request is voted down so departments and programs are not just at the mercy of the JBC alone.
If you have any questions or there is any way I can be of help to you, please contact me at my office in Denver at (303) 866-4877.
For Freedom and Liberty,
Senator Kevin J. Grantham
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