This Week in the Lege, Feb. 10, 2014
The 2014 Legislature will set the groundwork this week on how this year’s discussions will be done over a proposed statewide water plan.
■ Today: The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will hear two bills introduced by Rep. Jared Wright, R-Fruita. One, HB1155, would prohibit state and local workers from aiding federal authorities in enforcing the federal Defense Reauthorization Act of 2012, and the other, HB1106, would offer tax breaks to offset any federal penalty for not complying with the federal Affordable Care Act.
■ Tuesday: The Senate Finance Committee will hear SB126 by Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, to give the Colorado Lottery Commission more authority over the Lottery. Meanwhile, the House Business. Labor, Economic & Workforce Development Committee will debate HB1125, which would allow homeowners associations to publish information about their members, but only with their permission.
■ Wednesday: The Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will hear SB100 by Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, that would repeal last year’s law banning high-capacity gun magazines.
■ Thursday: The Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources & Energy Committee will consider SB115 by Sens. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, and Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, to require the Colorado Water Conservation Board to hold a hearing on a draft state water plan in each of the state’s seven river basins, update that plan with public comments and present it for review by the Legislature’s Water Resources Review Committee. The bill also gives the committee authority to vote on whether any legislation in the 2015 session would result from the plan, and clarifies that no plan would go into effect unless the Legislature approves it.
■ Next week: The House Education Committee will hear HB1202 by Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, to give the State Board of Education the right to waive most of the testing requirements for qualifying school districts.
All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website, http://www.leg.state.co.us.