State Legislative update


Bills moving forward….. as we are getting to the half way point of the Colorado 2011 Legislative Session. To date there has been 273 House Bills and 185 Senate Bills plus a handful of Resolutions introduced. That is about 80 or so bills less than there was at this time last session. Many would credit this to a Republican House and Democrat Senate, the split makes it more difficult for controversial measure to move forward.

This week, HB 1005 – Rep. Sonnenberg’s measure to Repeal HB10- 1195 sales tax on Ag compounds and pesticides, overcame another hurdle as it passed the House Finance Committee and moves on to the House Appropriations Committee. Troy Bredenkamp, Exec. VP for CFB, testified in support of this measure on behalf of Farm Bureau. The bill passed on a partyline vote of 7 republicans voting ‘yes’ and 6 democrats voting ‘no’.

HB1123 – Rep. Coram’s Bill to prohibit transfers from severance related funds to the general fund passed the House Ag Committee and moves on to the House Committee of the Whole. CFB is in support of this measure.

HB1146 – Rep. Massey’s bill Clarifying Ag Land Property Tax Classification passed the House Appropriations Committee today and moves on to the House Committee of the Whole. During consideration before the House Ag Committee the bill was amended via agreement to define “integral to an agricultural operation”. This amendment stated that a residential improvement shall be deemed to be integral to an agricultural operation if the individual occupying the residential improvement either regularly conducts, supervises, or administers material aspects of the agricultural operation or is the spouse or a parent, grandparent, sibling, or child of the individual.

 

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