Committee Article

Legislative Update March 2019

by: Susan Wood, AICP, Legislative Committee Chair

The 2019 Legislative Session began on January 4, which is approximately one week earlier than in previous years. In the first month of the session, Sol Malick, Peak Government Affairs, and legislative liaison for APA Colorado, reported that over 270 bills were introduced. As a result, The APA Colorado Legislative Committee has “hit the ground running” in order to review and position the Chapter and the planning community to have a voice in proposed legislation that would affect planners and their ability to plan. Thus far, issues of note include climate change, oil and gas, and water quality. Additional topics likely to be the subject of future bills this session include affordable housing and transportation.

APA Colorado is currently tracking 24 planning-related bills with new bills added each week. We are supporting 4 bills, which include:

  • HB19-1008 Wildfire Mitigation – Urban Interface Areas
  • HB 19-1015 Re-creation of the Water Institute (Bill has passed/will be signed by Gov. Polis)
  • HB19-1113 Protect Water Quality from Adverse Impacts Caused by Mining
  • SB19-181 Protect Public Welfare Regarding the Conduct of Oil and Gas Operations (Amendments are expected; these will be evaluated as needed)

Bills are evaluated for consistency with the APA Colorado 2019 Legislative Agenda that is determined from results of a member survey (see below); APA Policies; and principles of good planning.

APA COLORADO 2019 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
This legislative agenda consists of the following major policy items, but is not an exhaustive list of critical community planning policies which are important to APA Colorado.

  1. Affordable Housing
  2. Climate Change
  3. Transportation
  4. Water
  5. Environmental Issues

Going forward, the APA Colorado Legislative Committee will consider the potential for proactively introducing water conservation legislation along with continuing to track proposed legislation and speaking on behalf of APA Colorado in legislative committee hearings as needed.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2019 PLANNERS DAY AT THE CAPITOL
When: Thursday, March 21, 8:00 AM to Noon
Where: State Services Building, 1525 Sherman Street, Room 603, Denver, CO

This annual event provides information on the legislative process; the landscape of the Colorado Legislature; legislation proposed; and legislation anticipated. The morning concludes with a tour of the Capitol and an opportunity to meet with your legislator(s). This event offers 1.5 LAW CM credits. Click on the event title above for details and registration.

APA COLORADO LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
When: Friday, March 22, Noon to 1:00 PM
Where: 1560 Broadway, Denver, 7th Floor, Regional Conference Room and by phone

Note: This legislative session, the APA Colorado Legislative Committee has initiated a new meeting schedule. The committee meets both in person and by phone every other Friday from Noon to 1:00 PM.

Consider joining the APA Colorado Legislative Committee. More committee members will result in a more representative, stronger voice at the Capitol. If you would like to receive meeting notices and updates, as well as the link to the Bill Tracker, which is updated weekly, please send an email to: legislative@APAColorado.org and ask to be placed on the list serv.

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Publish Date: 

Monday, March 11, 2019

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