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HB17-1250

Renew And Expand Tax Check-off To Benefit Wildlife

Concerning the voluntary contribution designation that benefits wildlife, and, in connection therewith, changing the nongame and endangered wildlife tax check-off to the Colorado nongame conservation and wildlife restoration tax check-off, providing for the allocation of moneys received through the check-off, creating a grant program that uses moneys contributed through the check-off to finance wildlife rehabilitation efforts, and making an appropriation.
Session:
2017 Regular Session
Subject:
Fiscal Policy & Taxes
Bill Summary

With respect to the nongame and endangered wildlife tax check-off, which is scheduled to sunset in 2018, the bill:

  • Expands and renames the check-off as the Colorado nongame conservation and wildlife restoration voluntary contribution program (check-off) for the purpose of benefiting all wildlife in Colorado;
  • Extends the future repeal date of the check-off by 5 years;
  • Specifies that the voluntary contribution moneys allocated to the division of parks and wildlife (division) in the department of natural resources (i.e., 90% of the first $250,000 and $75% of the moneys over that initial $250,000 in contributions per year) will continue to be used by the division for the protection and perpetuation of nongame and endangered wildlife;
  • Provides that the remainder of the moneys received through the check-off (i.e., 10% of the first $250,000 received and 25% of the moneys above $250,000 contributed each year) will be used to make grants for wildlife rehabilitation in the state;
  • For the facilitation of the wildlife rehabilitation grant program, creates the Colorado nongame conservation and wildlife restoration cash fund (fund) authority that is overseen by a seven-member board of directors (board);
  • Describes the process by which the board makes recommendations to the division for authorizing grants to rehabilitators and requires the board to develop guidelines for processing and evaluating grant applications; and
  • Specifies that the board is subject to open records and open meetings laws.

Sections 3 and 4 make conforming amendments necessitated by the change of the name of the fund.

To implement the bill, section 5 makes an appropriation of $2,200 for the 2017-18 fiscal year from the fund to the department of revenue.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Passed
Became Law

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Pursuant to HJR20-1007, the Second Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly is Temporarily Adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2020. 

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