CLA Legislative Affairs Committee
CLA would like to sincerely thank the members of the Legislative Affairs Committee for their time, input, and engagement and thank the legislators who participated on the Committee calls.
Throughout the session the members of the CLA Legislative Affairs Committee meet to hear from state representatives on bills of interest to livestock producers and rural Coloradans.
All CLA members are welcome to participate on the legislative briefings. Contact the office (970) 378-0500 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain meeting information.
2023 Legislative Bill Snapshot
The first regular session of Colorado’s 74th General Assembly convened on January 9, 2023. During the 120 days, 617 bills were introduced. Democrats entered into the session in an almost unprecedented position of power with a 46-19 supermajority in the House and a 23-12 near supermajority in the Senate. Colorado Livestock Association lobbyists, members of the Legislative Affairs Committee, and CLA staff are continuously advocating for livestock producers at the capitol.
HB23-1264 Update Livestock Health Act
Concerning the authority of the commissioner of agriculture to act in instances involving the health of livestock.
Governor Signed (05/18/2023)
SB23-044 Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program
Concerning updates to the veterinary education loan repayment program.
Governor Signed (06/02/2023)
SB23-050 Eligibility For Agricultural Future Loan Program
Concerning modifications to the Colorado agricultural future loan program, and, in connection therewith, modifying the eligibility requirements for the program and eliminating the repeal date for the loan program.
Governor Signed (03/22/2023)
SB23-255 Wolf Depredation Compensation Fund
Concerning the provision of compensation to people who suffer damages because of gray wolf depredation, and, in connection therewith, making and reducing appropriations.
Governor Signed (05/23/2023)
SB23-256 Management Of Gray Wolves Reintroduction
Concerning prerequisites to the management of gray wolves prior to the wolves being reintroduced.
Governor Vetoed (05/16/2023)
HB23-1011 Consumer Right To Repair Agricultural Equipment
Concerning a requirement that an agricultural equipment manufacturer facilitate the repair of its equipment by providing certain other persons with the resources needed to repair the manufacturer’s agricultural equipment.
Governor Signed (04/25/2023)
HB23-1066 Public Access Landlocked Publicly Owned Land
Concerning authorizing an individual to move between two adjacent parcels of public land that touch at the corners, and, in connection therewith, creating a task force to study the issue of access to public lands that are blocked by privately owned lands and making an appropriation.
Senate Committee on Appropriations Postponed Indefinitely (05/07/2023)
HB23-1152 Prohibit Foreign Ownership Agricultural and Natural Resources
Concerning prohibiting the ownership of certain property interests by covered foreign persons that are not located in the United States.
House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/23/2023)
HB23-1154 Ballot Issue Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report
Concerning requirements for initiatives with a projected environmental impact that are properly submitted to the title board, and, in connection therewith, requiring the director of research of the legislative council to prepare a preliminary report for such initiatives, requiring the title of such initiatives to reflect the findings of the preliminary report, and requiring that the findings are referenced in the ballot information booklet entry for such initiatives.
House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/09/2023)
HB23-1294 Pollution Protection Measures
Concerning measures to protect communities from pollution, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Governor Signed (06/06/2023)
SB23-038 Prohibit Equine Slaughter For Human Consumption
Concerning a prohibition on slaughtering equines for human consumption.
Senate Second Reading Lost with Amendments – Committee, Floor (03/16/2023)