This past Saturday marked the midpoint of the First Regular Session of the 70th General Assembly of the State of Colorado. Having had 60 days to watch legislators in action, we now have a fairly good idea where the General Assembly is heading in terms of energy legislation. One big caveat to that is the potential for oil and gas legislation. The Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force just wrapped up its work, and sent nine (out of 36) suggestions to the Governor for consideration. The 21 members could not reach the required 2/3 margin needed to pass the more controversial measures, so what remains are less controversial proposals, such as enhancing the permitting process, including local governments in the siting process earlier, and appropriations for more inspectors. As a result, there are now two schools of thought as to where legislators may go: introduce a slew of legislation that is destined for death in the other chamber, or avoid any legislative fights and prepare for ballot initiatives in 2016. At this point, the smart money seems to be on ballot fights. Prepare for an onslaught of television commercials.Aside from oil and gas measures, we’ve seen several bills addressing energy… Read full this story
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