On Thursday, January 31, 2013, Governor Hickenlooper signed the first two bills of the 2013 legislative session.
House Bill 13-1057, Concerning the Retention of the Avalanche Information Center Within the Department of Natural Resources, was sponsored by Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush and Sen. Jeanne Nicholson. The bill specifies that, although the Colorado Geologic Survey transferred to the Colorado School of Mines from the Department of Natural Resources on January 31, 2013, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center will be retained at the DNR and classified as a Type 2 agency.
Senate Bill 13-036, Concerning the Repeal of the Requirement that the General Assembly Annually Pass a Joint Resolution to Certify a General Fund Revenue Estimate, was sponsored by Sen. Pat Steadman and Rep. Cheri Gerou. The bill eliminates the requirement that the General Assembly approve the budget estimate by February 1, since the Office of Legislative Legal Services updates the previous joint resolutions, and the Legislative Council economists regularly track and update the revenue forecasts.
For the Governor’s office press release concerning the bills, click here.