Colorado’s bipartisan Flood Disaster Study Committee has decided to support two proposed bills for the upcoming legislative session.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Matt Jones, D-Louisville, would give counties more flexibility to use general fund money to fix damaged roads and bridges and a bill from Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, would allow a head gate for an irrigation ditch to be relocated due to a change in the natural flow of the ditch.
Other proposed bills included one from Rep. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, that would streamline emergency response time and give the governor the ability to declare a disaster without a prior presidential declaration.
Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley, co-chairman of the committee, proposed legislation to prioritize flood damaged schools in the allocation of revenue for school capital construction.
“I am encouraged by the ongoing conversations this bipartisan committee is having,” Young said. “At our next meeting, we will continue to discuss these proposed solutions and others to continue to help these communities recover.”
The committee was formed in response to the devastating floods that hit Colorado in September.