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BE67D5A0A54B51BB87258286006AD510 Hearing Summary


Date May 7, 2018      
Location HCR 0107

SB18-275 - Postponed Indefinitely

01:26:55 PM  

Representatives Saine and Melton, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 18-275, concerning the ability of seaplanes to operate in Colorado.  The bill requires Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to conduct two stakeholder processes and develop a report on allowing seaplanes access to two lakes at state parks.  Representative Melton distribtued a fact sheet regarding the bill. [Attachment A]

01:31:20 PM  
Representatives Melton and Saine responded to questions from the committee regarding the bill.
01:33:48 PM  

Donna Brosemer, Greeley Water and Colorado Water Congress, testified in opposition to the bill and discussed her concerns about seaplanes spreading aquatic nuisance species.

01:36:55 PM  
Chris Piper, Denver Water, testified in opposition to the bill.
01:39:38 PM  
Ms. Brosemer and Mr. Piper responded to questions from the committee regarding the use of seaplanes in wildfire mitigation and committee discussion ensued.
01:42:00 PM  
Representative Melton responded to questions from the committee regarding the definition of "emergency."
01:42:38 PM  

Doug Vilsack, Department of Natural Resources, testified in support of the bill and discussed the use of seaplanes in the state. He stated that seaplanes are landing at two bodies of water in the state, but are not able to land in state parks. Mr. Vilsack also addressed the use of seaplanes in wildfire mitigation, and stated that DNR includes wildfires in the term "emergency." Mr. Vilsack responded to questions from the committee regarding the bill. Mr. VIlsack discussed state parks that would be eligible for seaplane landings and the importance of putting inspection procedures for seaplanes in place.

01:57:58 PM  
Kelly Sloan, Colorado Seaplane Initiative and Colorado Agriculture Aviation Association, testified in support of the bill.
02:01:21 PM  
Mr. Sloan responded to questions from the committee and stated that seaplanes are not required to submit flight plans. Mr. Sloan also responded to questions regarding support for the bill and the process to inspect seaplanes for aquatic nuisance species.
02:10:07 PM  
Representatives Saine and Melton made concluding
comments on the bill and committee discussion ensued.

02:16:29 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-275 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Saine
Seconded Lewis
Becker J. No
Catlin No
Danielson No
Hansen No
Jackson No
Lewis Yes
McKean No
Roberts No
Saine Yes
Valdez No
Willett Yes
Esgar No
Arndt No
YES: 3   NO: 10   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL

02:16:54 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-275 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Esgar
Seconded Hansen
Becker J. Yes
Catlin Yes
Danielson Yes
Hansen Yes
Jackson Yes
Lewis No
McKean Yes
Roberts Yes
Saine No
Valdez Yes
Willett No
Esgar Yes
Arndt Yes
Final YES: 10   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details