Two bills introduced through Colorado’s Flood Disaster Study Committee received strong bipartisan support Thursday in the House.
The first bill, sponsored by Reps. Dave Young, D-Greeley, and Jerry Sonneberg, R-Sterling, passed the House on a 61-2 bipartisan vote. The bill will exempt a landowner from going to water court in order to move the headgate of an irrigation ditch, but only if the ditch was damaged or rendered inoperable by the September floods.
“This bill will make it easier for agricultural producers to recover from the floods,” Young said. “It gives them the flexibility to manage their property without incurring court fees and expenses.”
After the floor vote on HB14-1005, the House Local Government Committee unanimously approved SB14-007, sponsored by Rep. Mike Foote, D-Lafayette, and Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland.
The bill will allow county governments to use general fund money to fix damaged roads and bridges if the governor has declared a disaster emergency in that county.
“This will allow counties to rebuild damaged roads faster,” Foote said. “It will also give county governments the ability to more effectively respond to and recover from any future disaster.”
That bill will now be heard on the House floor.