HOUSE BILL 13-1293BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Rosenthal, Foote, Melton, Tyler, Labuda,Lebsock, Salazar, Williams;also SENATOR(S) ...
"CLIMATE CHANGE"IN ITS TITLE,TO ASSESS CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES IN THESTATE.(b) THE ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION OF THE POSITION C...
CLIMATE CHANGE AND PROPOSALS TO FURTHER REDUCE THE FACTORS THATCONTRIBUTE TO CLIMATE CHANGE WITHIN COLORADO.(b) THE DEVELO...
determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediatepreservation of the public peace, health, and safety....
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Colorado creates new Climate Change executive position

  1. 1. HOUSE BILL 13-1293BY REPRESENTATIVE(S) Rosenthal, Foote, Melton, Tyler, Labuda,Lebsock, Salazar, Williams;also SENATOR(S) Heath, Schwartz.CONCERNINGTHE CREATIONOFAPOSITIONBYTHE GOVERNORFORCLIMATECHANGE MATTERS.Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:SECTION 1. Legislative declaration. The general assemblyhereby declares that climate change presents serious, diverse, and ongoingissues for the states people, economy, and environment. In order to ensurethat the state is apprised of the threats that climate change poses to Coloradoand the progress made to mitigate and address those threats, the generalassembly hereby directs the governor to create a climate change-relatedposition in the executive branch.SECTION 2. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add 24-20-111 asfollows:24-20-111. Climate change position created - duties - report.(1) (a) THERE SHALL BE A POSITION CREATED BY THE GOVERNOR WITHINTHE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, WHICH POSITION MUST INCLUDE THE TERMNOTE: The governor signed this measure on 5/28/2013.________Capital letters indicate new material added to existing statutes; dashes through words indicatedeletions from existing statutes and such material not part of act.
  2. 2. "CLIMATE CHANGE"IN ITS TITLE,TO ASSESS CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES IN THESTATE.(b) THE ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION OF THE POSITION CREATEDUNDER PARAGRAPH (a) OF THIS SUBSECTION (1) OF THIS SECTION SHALL BEAT THE DISCRETION OF THE GOVERNOR AND MAY UTILIZE EXISTINGRESOURCES AS APPROPRIATE.IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE COSTS ASSOCIATEDWITH CREATING THE CLIMATE CHANGE POSITION, NOTHING IN THIS SECTIONPRECLUDES THE PERSON NAMED TO THE POSITION ESTABLISHED UNDERPARAGRAPH (a) OF THIS SUBSECTION (1) OF THIS SECTION FROM HOLDINGOTHERTITLESORPERFORMINGOTHERFUNCTIONSWITHIN ANYDEPARTMENTOR OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH.(2) THE DUTIES OF THE POSITION CREATED PURSUANT TOSUBSECTION (1) OF THIS SECTION INCLUDE, AT A MINIMUM:(a) DEVELOPMENT AND PERIODIC UPDATE OF A CLIMATE ACTIONPLAN OR SIMILAR DOCUMENT THAT SETS FORTH A STRATEGY, INCLUDINGSPECIFIC POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS, THAT THE STATE COULD USE TOADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE AND REDUCE ITS GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS;AND(b) COLLABORATION WITH OTHER ENTITIES REGARDING CLIMATECHANGE PREPAREDNESS STUDIES.(3) (a) THE GOVERNOR OR HIS OR HER DESIGNEE SHALL SUBMIT ANANNUAL REPORT TO THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, AND NATURALRESOURCES COMMITTEE, THE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION AND ENERGYCOMMITTEE, AND THE SENATE AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, ANDENERGY COMMITTEE, OR ANY SUCCESSOR COMMITTEES, ON CLIMATECHANGE ISSUES GENERALLY, THE CURRENT CLIMATE ACTION PLANDEVELOPED UNDER THIS SECTION, AND THE SPECIFIC WAYS IN WHICHCLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS THE STATE. THE REPORT MAY ADDRESS, ASAPPROPRIATE, THE CORRELATIONS BETWEEN CLIMATE CHANGE ANDWILDFIRES, BARK BEETLE INFESTATION, SNOWPACK, WATER STORAGE,DROUGHT,AND STATEWIDE EMISSIONS OF GREENHOUSE GASES.THE REPORTSHALL INCLUDE INFORMATION REGARDING EFFORTS TO REDUCE EMISSIONSOF GASES AND TO REFORM PRACTICES KNOWN TO EXACERBATE CLIMATECHANGE EFFECTS. THE REPORT SHALL ALSO INCLUDE ADDITIONALPROSPECTIVE PROPOSALS TO PREPARE THE STATE FOR THE EFFECTS OFPAGE 2-HOUSE BILL 13-1293
  3. 3. CLIMATE CHANGE AND PROPOSALS TO FURTHER REDUCE THE FACTORS THATCONTRIBUTE TO CLIMATE CHANGE WITHIN COLORADO.(b) THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CLIMATE ACTION PLAN IN ACCORDANCEWITH THIS SECTION MUST TAKE INTO ACCOUNT PREVIOUS ACTION PLANSDEVELOPED BY THE STATE AND GOALS AND DIRECTIVES CONTAINED INEXECUTIVE ORDERS ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR.(c) THE REPORT REQUIRED BY THIS SUBSECTION (3)IS EXEMPT FROMTHE AUTOMATIC EXPIRATION DESCRIBED IN SECTION 24-1-136 (11).SECTION 3. Safety clause. The general assembly hereby finds,PAGE 3-HOUSE BILL 13-1293
  4. 4. determines, and declares that this act is necessary for the immediatepreservation of the public peace, health, and safety.____________________________ ____________________________Mark Ferrandino John P. MorseSPEAKER OF THE HOUSE PRESIDENT OFOF REPRESENTATIVES THE SENATE____________________________ ____________________________Marilyn Eddins Cindi L. MarkwellCHIEF CLERK OF THE HOUSE SECRETARY OFOF REPRESENTATIVES THE SENATEAPPROVED_________________________________________________________________________________John W. HickenlooperGOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF COLORADOPAGE 4-HOUSE BILL 13-1293

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