House Votes to Erode Private Property Rights

The Colorado House of Representatives today voted 40-25 to further remove the private property rights of landowners and give them to special interests. HB 1188, sponsored by Rep. Kathleen Curry (I-Gunnison) would grant river outfitters and rafting guides the right to trespass on private property without the prior notification, consent or compensation of the landowner.

“The legislature has been extremely tough on what they refer to as ‘special interests’ since the session started. But in this case they don’t seem to have a problem handing over the rights of private citizens to special interests,” said Alan Foutz, Colorado Farm Bureau President. “I wish those of who voted for the bill would recognize that this is a clear taking of private property rights

The bill was written to resolve a dispute between one landowner and one outfitter in western Colorado, but will have implications for every landowner in the state.

“Why House members and Rep. Curry feel the need to punish landowners across Colorado for one isolated dispute is beyond me,” said Foutz. “I would like to thank those members who voted against the bill and stood up for private property rights in Colorado.”

The bill will now move on to an undetermined Senate committee for consideration in the coming weeks.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tom Honn on February 20, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Please realize that you are allowing people to come into the living room of a rural property owner. If there is to be a landing area for other than a true emergency, an easement should be purchased. Just because the waters may have special characteristics, the real estate has ownership of private individuals who should be respected for their rights as well. Would you want someone coming into your living room uninvited? Would you want someone chasing or disturbing your livelihood in your backyard uninvited? Just because the yard is bigger it does not change the circumstances!! Please rethink your position and give some rights back to those from whom you have stripped them.


    • Posted by Kris Brannan on February 24, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      Please vote no on HB 1188 I own 1-1/2 miles on the Yampa River this would be devistating TO OUR OPERATION IF IT PASSES


  2. H.B. 1188 must be defeated in the senate or vetoed by the governor. If neither happen then maybe a class action lawsuit could be initiated. thanks to Alan, Troy , garin, Crystal and all others who are carrying the message to our elected officials.


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