July 19, 2019

Governor Hickenlooper Signs First Two Bills of the 2013 Legislative Session

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.

HB 12-1355: Transfer of Colorado Geological Survey from the Department of Natural Resources to the Colorado School of Mines

On April 27, 2012, Rep. Cheri Gerou and Sen. Mary Hodge introduced HB 12-1355 – Concerning the Transfer of the Geological Survey to the Colorado School of Mines. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

Joint Budget Committee Bill

The bill transfers the powers, duties, and functions of the Colorado geological survey and the office of the state geologist in the Department of Natural Resources to the Colorado School of Mines. The transfer will occur on January 1, 2013. Prior to the transfer, the Department and the School of Mines shall enter into a memorandum of understanding concerning the functions and objectives of the geological survey as transferred to the school of mines, the transfer of employees, the transfer of real and personal property, department contracts, and other specific provisions relating to the transfer. The bill provides for the transfer of unencumbered and unexpended appropriations to the School of Mines.

If the Department and the School of Mines do not enter into a memorandum of understanding on or before December 31, 2012, the transfer will not occur, and the new statutory provisions created in article 41 of title 23 are repealed. The School of Mines shall notify the revisor of statutes if the department and the school of mines enter into the memorandum of understanding.

The bill relocates, with amendments, statutory provisions relating to the geological survey and the office of the state geologist to the statutes governing the School of Mines and makes conforming amendments relating to the transfer. The bill is assigned to the Appropriations Committee; it is not listed on the printed calendar.

Since this summary, the bill was amended in Appropriations and referred to the House Committee of the Whole.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.

HB 12-1349: Appropriating Moneys From the Species Conservation Trust Fund for Programs Designed to Preserve Threatened or Endangered Native Species

On April 19, 2012, Rep. Randy Baumgardner and Sen. Gail Schwartz introduced HB 12-1349 – Concerning the Species Conservation Trust Fund. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill appropriates money from the species conservation trust fund for programs submitted by the executive director of the department of natural resources that are designed to conserve native species that have been listed as threatened or endangered under state or federal law, or are candidate species or are likely to become candidate species as determined by the United States fish and wildlife service.

The bill combines the operation and maintenance account and the capital account of the trust fund. Assigned to the Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee; the bill is not listed on the printed calendar.

Summaries of other featured bills can be found here.