The bills signed today:
Senate Bill 106, sponsored by Sen. Jim Isgar and Rep. Ellen Roberts, which removes the expiration date for the Water Supply Reserve Account Fund and allows the Colorado Water Conservation Board to allocate funds, either through grants or loans, for water projects around the state.
House Bill 1129, sponsored by Rep. Marsha Looper and Sens. Chris Romer and Ted Harvey, which establishes a pilot program for the collection of precipitation from rooftops for non-potable uses.
"Water rights have always been important to those of us in
House Bill 1303, sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Curry and Sen. Isgar, which will allow the state to continue developing its oil-and-gas resources while also allowing the state to manage senior water rights.
"I was pleased to bring this bill at the request of the coal bed methane gas producers," Rep. Curry said. "The bill strikes an important balance, streamlining
Senate Bill 158, sponsored by Sen. Isgar and Rep. Randy Baumgardner, calls for an examination of how the state can continue to conserve large tracts of private acreage even as federal conservation programs are being phased out.
Senate Bill 235, sponsored by Sens. Gibbs and Isgar and Rep. Mike Merrifield, extends the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Stamp program from 2011 to 2013 and doubles the annual revenue to $7 million.
"By preserving wildlife and wildlife habitat, this bill has something good to offer all Coloradans," Rep. Merrifield said. "It's good for hunters and anglers, campers and hikers – and for all of us who wish to preserve what makes