The state of Colorado values healthy, resilient forest landscapes and is willing to invest state funds in the stewardship of these resources.
2019 Forestry Legislation in Colorado
|HB19-1006||Wildfire Mitigation Wildland-urban Interface||The bill makes a $1 million appropriation to increase the amount of funding going into the CSFS Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation (FRWRM) grant program for the 2019-2020 state fiscal year.|
|HB19-1047||Metropolitan District Fire Protection Sales Tax||The bill allows metropolitan districts to levy a sales tax for providing fire protection in the areas of the district in which the tax is levied.|
|HB19-1188||Greenhouse Gas Pollution Impact in Fiscal Notes||Beginning in 2020, the bill requires fiscal notes on legislative measures to include an assessment of whether the measure is likely to directly cause a net increase or decrease in greenhouse gas pollution in the 10-year period following its enactment.
The assessment must consider new sources of emissions, increases or decreases in existing sources of emissions, and any impact on sequestration of emissions. The fiscal note is not required to estimate the magnitude of the impact.
The Director of Research of the Legislative Council Staff is required to develop policies and procedures for completing the assessment.
|HB19-1264||Conservation Easement Tax Credit Modifications||The statutes establishing the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission and the program to certify conservation easement holders in the Division of Conservation were set to repeal on July 1, 2019. The bill extends the repeal dates for each to July 1, 2026.
In addition, the bill:
|SB19-016||Severance Tax Operational Fund Distribution Methodology||The bill changes the distribution of the money in the severance tax operational fund as follows:
The bill changes the distribution of the money in the severance tax operational fund as follows:
|SB19-020||Wildland Fire Airspace Patrol System||The bill requires the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting, subject to available appropriations, to study and, if feasible, implement a system to patrol the airspace above a wildland fire.|
|SB19-040||Establish Colorado Fire Commission||The bill creates within the Division of Fire Prevention and Control in the Department of Public Safety, the Colorado Fire Commission (commission).
The commission's purpose is to enhance public safety in Colorado through an integrated statewide process focused on the fire service's capacity to conduct fire management and use, preparedness, prevention, and response activities to safeguard lives, property, and natural resources, and increase the resiliency of local and regional communities.