August 27, 2014

SB 14-179: Creating a Flood Debris Cleanup Grant Account to Aid Watershed Cleanup Following September 2013 Flood

On April 1, 2014, Sen. Jeanne Nicholson introduced SB 14-179 – Concerning the Creation of a Flood Debris Cleanup Grant Account to Facilitate Watershed Cleanup Efforts in Areas Affected by the September 2013 Flood, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an Appropriation. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

In response to the September 2013 flood, as introduced, the bill creates a flood debris cleanup grant account in the flood and drought response fund for the purpose of allowing the Colorado water conservation board to make grants to help pay the costs of watershed cleanup in areas affected by the flood. The bill makes a statutory appropriation of $5,000,000 to the board for implementation of the grant program. The appropriation and the special account are both subject to automatic repeal on July 1, 2015.

On April 8, Local Government Committee amended the bill and sent it to the Appropriations Committee; on Friday, April 11, the Appropriations Committee amended the bill and sent it to the Senate 2nd Reading Consent calendar.

Since this summary, the bill passed the Senate on Second and Third Readings, with amendments on Second Reading. The bill was introduced in the House and assigned to the Local Government Committee.

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