2011 Colorado legislation: HB 11-1083 passes state Senate

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Patrick Malone):

The bill passed the Senate by a 33-0 vote. One Senator was absent, and Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp, R-Littleton, sat out the vote to avoid a conflict of interest. Kopp is managing corporate officer of the Intermountain Rural Electric Association. He said he opted not to vote because his organization may have taken a position on the bill, and it wanted to avoid any possible conflict of interest. After it was adopted, almost every Senator in the chamber signed on as a co-sponsor to the bill. It has enjoyed universal popularity in the Legislature since its introduction, thanks to the work Rep. Keith Swerdfeger, R-Pueblo West, did to build consensus for the idea even from groups that typically eye hydroelectricity projects skeptically, according to the bill’s other sponsors…

Next, it returns to the House for review of an amendment added by a Senate committee that instructs the PUC to weigh costs and benefits of proposed hydro projects before approving them. If it is readopted in the House, the bill will be forwarded to Gov. John Hickenlooper, whose signature would make it law.

More HB 11-1083 coverage here. More 2011 Colorado legislation coverage here. More hydroelectric coverage here and here.

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