Summary of Top 2012 Bills:
SB-038 Stopping Rip-off Roofers requires residential roofing contractors to sign a written contract with consumers that details the following: the scope of services and materials to be provided; dates of service; cost of the services; proof of contractor’s liability coverage; cancellation policy and refunding of deposits.
HB12-1099 Soil Remediation Pilot Program creates the Industrial Hemp Remediation Pilot Program to study how contaminated soils and water can be cleaned through the growth of industrial hemp. The measure wouldn’t legalize hemp farming outright. If passed, it would authorize the chairs of the agriculture, livestock, and natural resources committee in both the House and the Senate to appoint a seven-member committee to study the process of phytoremediation, a fancy term for a simple process. Hemp plants suck up contaminants and radiation in the soil — and it’s been proven to work in places like in Russia, where they’ve been used to remove soil contaminants from the Chernobyl disaster site.
HB 1351 Recycled Energy Includes Gas Derived From Waste Currently, recycled energy is a type of eligible energy resource that may be used to meet renewable energy standards. Along with Rep. Becker (R), I have introduced HB 1351, which adds to the definition of “recycled energy” the energy that is produced by a generation unit with a nameplate capacity of not more than 15 megawatts that combusts gas generated from synthetic gas derived from waste materials through pyrolysis as the fuel source for generation. Sound confusing? It is for us laymen. This bill will bring good jobs to southeast Colorado while helping to improve our environment.
HB12-1105 Concerning Wind Energy Property Rights is a consumer protection measure that ensures that wind rights cannot be severed from the actual piece of real surface property. If you own the land, you own the wind rights and they cannot be bought/sold separately. However, the wind rights can be LEASED separately from the property.
One of the primary objectives of the bill is to ensure that property owners are the primary recipient of any long term economic benefit that can be gained from the development of wind energy on their property.
SB 12-162: Cleanup of Methamphetamine Contaminated Property
The process of making meth requires the use of numerous chemicals and produces by-products that can be extremely harmful to human health. Often, these chemicals cannot be detected except by laboratory testing, and can cause effects ranging from skin burns and respiratory system problems to cancer and death. These chemicals are present in all surfaces of buildings in which meth has been produced.
This bill creates a process to certify professionals involved in the remediation of property contaminated by a methamphetamine (meth) lab by the Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE). If an individual or company violates rules issued by the Board, the DPHE may assess an administrative penalty of up to $15,000 per day.
SB12- 157 Telecommunications Modernization Act is bi-partisan legislation that modernizes Colorado’s 25-year-old telecommunication policies. It is the result of 1 ½ years of collaboration and has 3 simple and important goals:
1) First - Modernize CO’s archaic telecommunications laws and make the state one of the most competitive telecom markets in the Country
2) Second - Phase out expensive subsides in highly competitive areas of the state which will give money back to consumers and drive down business costs by removing outdated regulation.
3) And Third – Keep our commitment to Rural Colorado by bridging the digital divide by expanding broadband access in underserved areas of the State.
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