The state of Colorado values healthy, resilient forest landscapes and is willing to invest state funds in the stewardship of these resources.
Forestry Legislation in Colorado
Forestry Legislation by Year
|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.
|HB18-1246||Modernization of the Nursery Act||The bill updates the 'Colorado Nursery Act', last amended in 2009, to protect nursery stock by:
|HB18-1291||Sunset Conservation Easement Oversight Commission||
|HB18-1314||Drone Interference with Public Safety Operations||
|HB18-1338||Reduced Revenue Severance Tax Operational Fund Transfers||**The following is a summary of HB18-1338 that includes ONLY sections of the bill pertaining specifically to the transfer of funding to the Colorado State Forest Service**
|SB18-039||Continue the Wildfire Matters Review Committee||The wildfire matters review committee (WMRC) is currently scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2018.
|SB18-042||Concerning the Creation of the Agricultural Workforce Development Program||
|SJM18-001||Memorialize Congress to Fund Wildfire Response||This Resolution concerns the need for Congress to fund catastrophic wildfire response costs outside of Federal forest management agencies normal budgets.|
|HB17-1070||Study Drone Use by Public Safety Agencies||The bill does the following:
|SB17-050||Consolidate Forest Risk and Health Grant Programs||Prior to the passage of SB17-050 law authorized 2 grant programs relating to forest management: One relating to wildfire risk reduction that was administered by the department of natural resources, which is financed by a one-time transfer of $1 million from the general fund, and one relating to landscape-scale forest health that was administered by the Colorado State Forest Service, which is financed by annual transfers of $1 million from the severance tax operational fund that ended on July 1, 2016.
The bill does the following:
|SB17-259||General Fund Transfers Protect Natural Resources||Concerning a transfer of money from the general fund to cash funds administered by state departments for the protection of the state's natural resources.
The bill requires the state treasurer to transfer money from the general fund as follows:
|SJM17-001||Memorialize Congress to Fund Wildfire Response||This Resolution is concerning the need for Congress to fund catastrophic wildfire response costs outside of federal forest management agencies' normal budgets.
The Resolution encourages Congress to enact laws necessary to protect federal land management agencies' ability to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfires and manage the lands within their jurisdiction by funding catastrophic wildfire response in a manner analogous to that used for natural disasters.
|SJR17-002||Support for Use of Biochar||This Resolution is concerning the Colorado general assembly's support for the continued research, development, and application of biochar from our forests.
The Resolution states that the Colorado general assembly, support the United States Forest Service, the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, and other research into the removal of fuel loads on the forest floor for the creation of biochar and the use of biochar as a soil amendment for reforestation, the continued creation of biochar from woody biomass found in our forests, and the use of biochar as a soil amendment within our forests and farms, towns, and cities to assist with reforestation treatments.
|HB16-1019||Broadcast Burns Watershed Protection||This bill adds broadcast burning to the types of projects and methods for which the CSFS may award grants from the Healthy Forests and Vibrant Communities Cash Fund, and the Forest Restoration Program Cash Fund.|
|HB16-1040||Auxiliary Emergency Communication||This bill creates the Auxiliary Emergency Communications Unit (unit) in the Office of Emergency Management in the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Colorado Department of Public Safety (DPS). The unit has the power to:
• Establish programs for the training and credentialing of auxiliary emergency or disaster communications across the State.
• Assume all the duties and responsibilities of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES), and
• Ensure that the auxiliary emergency communicators are authorized volunteers entitled to the appropriate protections and benefits of emergency volunteers when assisting local governments with the maintenance or demolition of communication facilities.
In pursuance of this authority, DPS may develop and issue photo identification cards to auxiliary communicators, conduct criminal background checks, and reimburse emergency communicators, conduct criminal background checks, and reimburse emergency communicators for necessary travel and other expenses incurred in performance of their duties. This bill also increases from 23 to 24 the number of members serving on the Public Safety Committee in the DPS. The additional member is the section emergency coordinator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service of the Colorado section of the Amateur Relay League.
|HB16-1255||Manage Forests to Improve Water Supply Conditions||This bill directs the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) to conduct demonstration pilot projects via the Good Neighbor Authority with the U.S. Forest Service to implement forest management treatments that:
• Improve forest health and resilience,
• Supply forest products to Colorado businesses, and
• Target a Colorado watershed.
This bill requires at least $200,000 of the $1 million annually allocated to the CSFS for community watershed restoration be used to implement these pilot projects. The CSFS, in conjunction with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), is also required to conduct a study to quantify and document the relationship between the state water plan and the importance of forest management in protecting and managing Colorado’s water resources. Study results must be submitted in a report to the House and Senate natural resource committees by January 1, 2017.
This bill also creates with the CSFS the 24 member Forest Health Advisory Council to advise the State Forester on a broad range of issues, opportunities, and threats to Colorado’s forests. Council membership will be appointed by the Governor and legislative leadership and is subject to sunset review in 2021.
|SB16-012||Time to Reconstruct Residential Improvements||This bill allows residential property to maintain its property tax classification for an indefinite period of time if the county assessor determines the property owner is making a good faith effort to rebuild an improvement destroyed by a natural disaster. A residential improvement is a home or other structure that has been built on residential property. Under current law, the property can maintain its residential classification for up to four years after the improvement has been destroyed if, in the assessor’s judgement, the owner intends to repair or replace the structure.|
|SB16-167||Severance Tax Operational Fund Reserve Reduction||This bill reduces the portion of the reserve requirement based on the Tier 1 programs by $2.98 million for the FY 2016-17 only.|
|SJM16-002||Federal Funding for Catastrophic Wildfire Response||This resolution asks the Federal Government to:
• Enact laws necessary to protect federal land management agencies’ ability to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfires, and
• Manage the lands within their jurisdiction by funding catastrophic wildfire response in a manner analogous to that used for natural disasters.
|HB15-1006||Invasive Phreatophyte Grant Program||This bill establishes a 5-year grant program in the Noxious Weed Management Fund for the management of invasive phreatophytes, which are deep-rooted plants that consume water from the water table or the layer of soil just above the water table. The Department of Agriculture administers the grant program under it authority to manage noxious weeds. To qualify for a grant, an applicant must propose a project for the management of invasive phreatophytes that utilizes best management practices. Grant amount could be as much as $5 million annually.|
|HB15-1008||Ag Land Classification When the Land is Destroyed||This bill established that a person commits trespass if he or she is not a peace officer or other agent of a state or local government acting in his or her official capacity and he or she knowingly and intentionally uses an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to observe, record, transmit, or capture images of another person when the other person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
It also establishes that a person commits harassment if he or she is not a peace officer or other agent of a state or local government agency acting in his or her official capacity and, with intent to harass, annoy, alarm another person, he or she uses a UAV to track a persons’ movements in or about a public place without the person’s authorization.
The bill amends existing law concerning the retention of passive surveillance records by government agencies to contemplate the retention of records that are obtained through the use of UAV’s.
|HB15-1129||Colorado Disaster Prediction and Support System||This bill requires the Division of Fire Prevention and Control to partner with an organization, by entering into a contract to establish, support, customize, and maintain a Colorado wildland fire prediction and decision support system. The bill also requires the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to partner with an organization, by entering into a contract, to establish, support, customize, and maintain a Colorado flood prediction and decision support system.
The bill also specifies that the organization must be a nonprofit Colorado-based research organization focused on research, education, and advanced technology development for atmospheric and related earth sciences.
This bill also requires each division to assist in the coordination of users across the state to further refine the systems to best meet all Colorado users’ unique requirements. The bill allows each division to seek and accept gifts, grants, or donation to assist in the development of the Colorado flood prediction and decision support system and the Colorado wildland fire prediction and support system.
|HJR15-1006||Water Projects Revolving Fund Eligibility Lists||This resolution adopts additions, modifications, and deletions to the Drinking Water Project Eligibility List and to the Water Pollution Project Eligibility List.|
|SB15-008||Promote Water Conservation in Land Use Planning||This bill directs the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), in consultation with the Division of Planning in the Department of Local Affairs (COLA) to:
• Develop and provide free training programs, on a recurring basis, for local government water use, water demand, and land use planners regarding best management practices for water demand management and water conservation; and
• Make recommendations regarding how to better integrate water demand management and conservation planning into land use planning, including, as appropriate, legislative, regulatory, and guidance or policy recommendations.
The CWCB and the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, in determining whether to render financial assistance to a local government water supply entity, must consider whether the entity’s planners, if it has any, have taken the training and are actively applying it in their planning decisions.
|SB15-022||Wildfire Risk Reduction Program||This bill reauthorizes the Wildfire Risk Reduction Program for another two-year period beginning July 1, 2015. Other changes include:
• References to hazardous fuels have broadened from “forest” to “wild land vegetation”;
• Methods of manipulation or removal of fuel have been specified (“mechanical, manual, and pile burning fire treatments”);
• Encourages grant applicants to utilize
|SB15-046||Renewable Energy Standard Adjustment for REA’s and Distributed Generation||This bill allows these utilities to count each kilowatt-hour of electricity obtained through retail distributed generation (DG) as 3 kilowatt-hours for purposes of meeting the 2020 standard. In addition, the bill allows cooperative electric associations (CEA’s) to use purchases from community solar gardens to meet the retail DG component of the renewable energy standard.|
|SB15-055||Return of Water from Tail Ditch||This bill permits a person to use a tail ditch to return variable amounts of water to a stream. The state engineer shall not require the delivery of a minimum amount of water to the stream, except as required by a court decree.|
|SJR-004||Request Federal Wildland Fire Suppression Support||This resolution asks the federal government to:
• Create a separate fire suppression line item in the federal budget; and
• Purchase and deploy additional aerial firefighting equipment to assist in fighting wildfires across the country
|HB 1003||Nonresident Disaster Relief Worker Income Tax Exemption||Nonresident individuals would be exempt from the state income tax if they perform disaster emergency-related work in the state on certain infrastructure that has been affected by a declared state disaster emergency or if they provide emergency service work related to the disaster emergency beginning in tax year 2015 and ending in tax year 2019.|
|HB 1004||Transfer Colorado Emergency Planning Commission (CEPC) Responsibilities to Entities in Department of Public Safety (DPS); Provide Disaster Assistance||The CEPC’s current rules, the authority to promulgate new rules and duties related to the “Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986,” are transferred to Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in DPS. The duty of the CEPC to assist in training personnel to react to emergency response situations is transferred to the Emergency Planning Subcommittee, which is a new permanent body under the Division’s Homeland Security and All-Hazards Senior Advisory Committee. Also, the governor would be allowed to provide financial assistance to individuals and families without a federal disaster declaration.|
|HB 1008||Allowing the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority (CWRPDA) to Make Loans to Private Entities for Forest Health Projects||The CWRPDA would be allowed to make loans to private entities for executing forest health projects.|
|HB 1010||Corrections to Prescribed Burning Program Laws||Changes would be made to the prescribed burning program language created by Senate Bill (SB) 13-083. These changes include:
• The term “certified prescribed burn manager” would change to “certified burner” and would refer to someone who successfully completes the DFPC certification program.
• Prescribed burns would still require at least one certified person to be present on site. A National Wildfire Coordinating Group-certified burn boss would satisfy this requirement, but a DFPC-certified burner would no longer qualify.
• The term “contingency actions” would be replaced by “suppression actions,” regarding those actions taken for bringing escaped prescribed fires under control.
|HB 1210||County and State Agency Agreement for Fire Costs on State Lands||Any state agency that owns forestland, rangeland or wildland areas within a county would enter into an intergovernmental agreement with that county by Jan. 1, 2017, in order to address the harm caused by wildland fires affecting such lands and areas. Any agreement must delineate:
• the responsibility of each party for mitigation and management of wildland fires;
• wildland fire management objectives for the prevention, suppression and rehabilitation of wildfire on state land;
• the state agency with fiscal and operational authority for each management objective;
• the party responsible for paying wildfire suppression costs associated with state land; and
• procedures to carry out the agreement, such as the use of the Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) in the Department of Public Safety for reimbursements, as well as any remedial provisions.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the State Land Board will evaluate the feasibility of entering into these intergovernmental agreements as they pertain to state trust lands. Prior to Sept. 1, 2014, DNR will report to the Wildfire Matters Review Committee regarding any conclusions reached subsequent to this evaluation, including reasonable alternatives to address wildland fire mitigation and suppression costs with counties in which state trust lands are located.
|HJR 1002||Special Exemption from Interstate Highway Limits for Trucks Carrying Forest Products||The Colorado General Assembly would ask Congress to create a special exemption from the federal maximum weight limit on interstate highways for forest products industries.|
|SB 008||Wildfire Information and Resource Center||The Wildfire Information and Resource Center would be created in the DFPC. The Wildfire Information and Resource Center (WIRC) would be an online repository, providing information on:
• Current wildfires in Colorado
• How to prevent and prepare for a wildfire
• Statewide fire danger and current burning restrictions
• Current prescribed burn activity, with contact information for the responsible agency
• Wildland and prescribed fire training
• Sources of funding for wildfire mitigation activities
• Other information deemed pertinent, such as the results or local, state or national research related to wildfire
|SB 046||Local Firefighter Safety Grant Fund||The Local Firefighter Safety and Disease Prevention Fund would be created in and administered by the Division of Fire Prevention and Control. The Fund would provide needs-based grants to local governing bodies for equipment and training designed to increase firefighter safety and prevent occupation-related diseases. Funding is set at $3.25 million per year for two years.|
|SB 047||Wildland Firefighters Death Benefit Payments||The DFPC would make lump-sum payments of $10,000 to the survivors of a seasonal wildland firefighter killed in the line of duty. A seasonal wildland firefighter includes temporary employees of a governing body or state agency, a volunteer member of a nongovernmental volunteer fire department or members of the Colorado Correctional Industries’ State Wildland Inmate Fire Teams (SWIFT crews).|
|SB 097||Extend Immunity for Public Agencies from Insurance for Wildfire Mitigation||The existing protections held by public agencies concerning immunity from civil liability would be extended to immunize such agencies from the acts of an insurer or insurance company, corporation, association or partnership (insurer), including any employees, contractors or agents (agents), engaged in activities intended to protect the insurable private property interests of the insurer's policyholders from damage.|
|SB 154||Wildfire Preparedness and Emergency Response Funds||For three fiscal years, commencing with the 2014-15 fiscal year, this bill:
• Reduces by $95,000 the moneys transferred annually from the operational account of the severance tax trust fund (operational account) to the Healthy Forests and Vibrant Communities Fund and, correspondingly, transfers $95,000 annually from the operational account to the wildfire preparedness fund (WPF) administered by the Division of Fire Prevention and Control (division) in the Department of Public Safety; directs the state treasurer to make a one-time transfer of $285,000 from the healthy forests and vibrant communities fund to the WPF
• Specifies the purposes for which the division may use all of the above-referenced transferred moneys
• Exempts the Wildfire Emergency Response Fund and the WPF from the statutory limit on uncommitted cash reserves
|SB 164||Colorado Aerial Firefighting Fleet Aircraft Acquisitions||This bill directs the Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) in the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to maximize its aerial firefighting and analytical capacity, within the DFPC's available budget and consistent with the recommendations of the DFPC's director. The bill amends current statute concerning the Colorado Firefighting Aerial Corps (CFAC) and other responsibilities of the DFPC by:
• enlarging potential revenue sources to the Colorado Firefighting Aerial Corps Fund (CFAC Fund);
• requiring the DFPC to make an annual report to the Wildfire Matters Review Committee (WMRC) with information and recommendations regarding wildfire threats, state firefighting resources, and the status of CFAC and other state aerial firefighting resources;
• establishing standards related to the acquisition of certain aircraft by the CFAC;
• authorizing the CFAC to operate the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting (Center of Excellence); and
• requiring, in 2014, the WMRC to consider the creation, potential scope and composition of a Colorado Wildland and Prescribed Fire Advisory Commission (advisory commission).
|SB 223||Payment Claims for Lower North Fork Fire||This bill amends the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act (CGIA) to include specific provisions governing the settlement of outstanding claims relating to the Lower North Fork Wildfire. Specifically:
• The General Assembly may settle cases for amounts exceeding limits in the CGIA based on certain orders issued by a district court, including an order granting a claimant's request for entry of judgment in the amount of an award of damages recommended by a special master.
• Payments are made from the General Fund to specified parties no later than September 1, 2014.
• Insurers are prohibited from asserting a right to additional payments made pursuant to the CGIA.
• By accepting payment under the bill, claimants release the state from any further claims relating to the Lower North Fork Wildfire.
• The Attorney General is encouraged to refrain from appealing a court order regarding judgment in certain outstanding damage claims from the Lower North Fork Wildfire.
The bill identifies 20 parties with outstanding claims from the Lower North Fork Wildfire and the amount to be paid each claimant, with a total of $17,636,554 in outstanding claims authorized for settlement under the bill.
|HB 1012||Extend Wildfire Mitigation Financial Incentive||This bill allows landowners who complete wildfire reduction measures on their own lands in the WUI to deduct a maximum of $2,500 from their federal taxable income. The deduction is available until 2024. This bill also allows the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority to issue up to $50 million in bonds; proceeds can be used to help the CSFS, in partnership with another governmental agency, complete watershed protection and forest health projects.|
|HB 1225||Homeowners Insurance Reform Act||This bill makes a number of changes to the regulation of homeowner's insurance primarily for single-family homes used as a primary residence by the owner. These changes are designed to protect homeowners' rights in response to experiences during the 2012 wildfire season.|
|HR 1009||Protect Water Right Ownership Rights||The House: 1) encourages the US Forest Service to follow the current federal procedural laws to determine whether any action is needed with regard to special use permits; 2) urges the USFS to immediately reevaluate and discard its policy and actions whereby water rights are demanded in exchange for permitted uses; and 3) urges the USFS to utilize state laws and procedures to appropriate water rights if it wishes to ensure that water is available for fish and aquatic habitat protection purposes on the national forests, demanding water rights in exchange for special use permits.|
|SB 082||Creating a Permanent Interim Committee of the General Assembly on Wildfire Matters||This bill creates a permanent interim committee, the Wildfire Matters Review Committee, to review and propose legislation related to wildfire prevention and mitigation in the state. Specifically, the committee will meet at least once during the interim, and consult with experts, including the Department of Public Safety and the Colorado State Forest Service.|
|SB 083||Creating a Prescribed Burn Program under the Division of Fire Prevention and Control||This bill requires DFPC to implement a prescribed burning program. The bill also reassigns to the Director of the DFPC certain permitting and planning activities related to prescribed fire that were previously the responsibility of the state forester. Minimum prescribed burning standards adopted by rule must include a requirement that a state certified prescribed burn manager or a nationally qualified burn boss be present on site for the duration of any prescribed burn. Attendance of certain prescribed burns by a certified prescribed burn manager is required by December 1, 2013.|
|SB 212||Increasing Finance Options for Colorado New Energy Improvement Districts||This bill makes several modifications to the operation of the Colorado New Energy Improvement District. It also includes "biomass" under the definition of "renewable energy improvement."|
|SB 252||Encouraging the Deployment of Methane Capture Technologies||The bill increases from 10 to 25 percent the share of retail electricity sales that must be achieved from eligible energy resources by cooperative electric associations (CEAs) serving more than 100,000 meters, beginning in the year 2020. In addition, the allowable retail rate impact for CEAs is raised from 1 percent to 2 percent. Generation and transmission CEAs providing wholesale electricity to CEAs in Colorado are also subject to this standard and retail rate impact, beginning in 2020. Generation and transmission CEAs may take credit for energy generated from eligible resources by its Colorado members. Generation and transmission CEAs are required to report annually to the PUC on compliance with the standard. For CEAs serving fewer than 100,000 meters, the bill adds a distributed generation requirement of 1 percent of total electricity sales. The bill eliminates in-state preferences for wholesale distributed generation; the in-state requirement for the "community-based project" 1.5 kilowatt-hour multiplier; and the 1.25 kilowatt-hour multiplier for eligible energy resources beginning operation on or after January 1, 2015.|
|SB 269||Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant||This bill creates the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program (WRRGP), including a new cash fund established to provide funding for grants, the Wildfire Risk Reduction Fund (WRRF). The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) administers the WRRGP with a focus on reducing hazardous forest fuels in the wildland-urban interface. The bill requires the Colorado State Forest Service to collaborate with the DNR and provide technical assistance to grant applicants. The bill creates the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program Advisory Committee, consisting of eight members appointed by the executive director of the DNR to represent various interests involved in, or concerned with, the mitigation of catastrophic wildfires, such as federal land management, local government and the forest products industry. The bill directs the state treasurer to transfer $9,800,000 from the General Fund to the Wildfire Risk Reduction Fund on July 1, 2013.|
|SB 273||Renewable Energy Forest Biomass Incentives||This bill provides a variety of incentives for the use of forest biomass within "red zones." The bill defines a red zone as a wildland-urban interface area of high wildfire risk in Colorado, identified by the Colorado State Forest Service's (CSFS) updated red zone map. The bill also directs the CSFS to collaborate with federal agencies to facilitate the use of forest biomass as feedstock for timber mills, and authorizes the CSFS to assist communities in high risk areas with their community wildfire protection plans.|
|SB 286||Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit Carryover Years||Under current law, the Enterprise Zone Investment Tax Credit is an income tax credit equal to 3 percent of qualified investments located in an enterprise zone. Taxpayers may claim up to half their annual tax liability plus $5,000 in any one year, and the credit may be carried forward for 12 tax years. SB13-286 extends the carry forward period of the Enterprise Zone Investment Tax Credit by 8 years for renewable energy companies, thereby allowing companies to carry forward the credit for a total of 20 years. The bill defines a renewable energy company as an entity in the solar thermal electric, photovoltaic, landfill gas, wind, biomass, hydroelectric, geothermal electric, recycled energy, anaerobic digestion or renewable fuels business.|
|HB 1032||Continue Forest Restoration Program||The bill continues the Forest Restoration Program and its associated funding from severance taxes for 5 years and specifies that the program is no longer a pilot program. The bill also extends for 5 years annual transfers of $1.45 million from the operational account of the severance tax trust fund to the healthy forests and vibrant communities fund, and $50,000 to the wildland-urban interface training fund.|
|HB 1045||Tax Exemption From Beetle Killed Trees||Wood wholesalers must certify on a Department of Revenue form that a product is lawfully harvested in Colorado from a salvaged tree killed or infested by spruce beetles. The sales tax exemption for these timber products is in effect from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2020. The bill also extends until July 1, 2020, the sales and use tax exemption for the sale, storage and use of wood from salvaged trees killed or infested in Colorado by mountain pine beetles.|
|HB 1283||Department of Public Safety, Renaming, Reorganizing Certain Entities||This bill consolidates homeland security functions of Colorado into the Department of Public Safety (DPS); it also transfers wildfire command and control responsibilities from the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) to the DPS.|
|HB 1285||Intergovernmental Cooperative Wildland Fire Mitigation||This bill modifies statutory requirements regarding intergovernmental cooperation for wildland fire mitigation where a municipality owns land inside a county for utility purposes.|
|HB 1352||State Commission to Address the Lower North Fork Wildfire||This bill creates a commission to study the causes of the Lower North Fork Wildfire and to develop recommendations for preventing similar events from happening again. The commission will consist of five people: Two from the House, two from the Senate and the executive director from the Department of Public Safety. Their report is due by year's end.|
|HB 1361||Concerning Claims Arising under "the Colorado Governmental Immunity Act"||This bill eliminates the state's immunity from damages sustained by citizens due to prescribed fire. It also lifts the $600,000 per event/$150,000 per person cap, and specifies how citizens who sustained damages can receive additional compensation beyond specified limits.|
|SR 003||Management for Healthy Forest Ecosystems and the Use of Colorado Forest Biomass||This bill requests the Colorado State Forest Service, the Colorado Economic Development Commission, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Governor's Energy Office to work towards promoting and/or developing opportunities for sustainable forest management that can support a forest energy industry.|