Colorado Legislature Passes Environmental Sustainability Education Bill

May 5, 2007

The Colorado state Senate recently passed House Bill 1379 (se below), sponsored by legislators Rep. Paul Weissmann, D-Louisville, and Sen. Ron Tupa, D-Boulder. The bill will allow counties to create and implement energy efficiency and environmental sustainability education programs, assuming Gov. Bill Ritter signs the bill into law.

A BILL FOR AN ACT

101 CONCERNING COUNTY SPENDING AUTHORITY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL
102 SUSTAINABILITY MEASURES.
Bill Summary
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced and does
not necessarily reflect any amendments that may be subsequently
adopted.)
Authorizes the board of commissioners of a county to provide in
the county budget for programs to improve environmental sustainability
within the county.
1 Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:

1 SECTION 1. 30-11-107 (1), Colorado Revised Statutes, is
2 amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW PARAGRAPH to read:
3 30-11-107. Powers of the board. (1) The board of county
4 commissioners of each county has power at any meeting:
5 (ii) TO PROVIDE IN THE COUNTY BUDGET FOR PROGRAMS THAT
6 SUPPORT EDUCATION AND OUTREACH ON ENVIRONMENTAL
7 SUSTAINABILITY WITHIN THE COUNTY BUT DO NOT EXEMPT THE COUNTY
8 FROM THE REQUIREMENTS OF ANY OTHER STATUTE.
9 SECTION 2. Effective date. This act shall take effect at 12:01
10 a.m. on the day following the expiration of the ninety-day period after
11 final adjournment of the general assembly that is allowed for submitting
12 a referendum petition pursuant to article V, section 1 (3) of the state
13 constitution, (August 8, 2007, if adjournment sine die is on May 9, 2007);
14 except that, if a referendum petition is filed against this act or an item,
15 section, or part of this act within such period, then the act, item, section,
16 or part, if approved by the people, shall take effect on the date of the
17 official declaration of the vote thereon by proclamation of the governor.