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HB22-1012

Wildfire Mitigation And Recovery

Concerning healthy forests, and, in connection therewith, creating the wildfire mitigation and recovery grant program.
Session:
2022 Regular Session
Subjects:
Higher Education
Local Government
Natural Resources & Environment
Bill Summary

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. Section 1 of the bill creates the wildfire mitigation and recovery grant program (grant program) in the Colorado state forest service (forest service) to provide grants to help counties with forested areas prevent and recover from wildfire incidents and ensure that such efforts are undertaken in a manner that reduces the amount of carbon that enters the atmosphere. In expending grant money, a county, to the extent practicable, shall ensure that biomass that is removed from forests is recycled or disposed of in a manner that reduces the amount of carbon that enters the atmosphere.

The forest service shall administer the grant program and, subject to available appropriations, award grants out of money annually appropriated to the forest service for the grant program. The forest service shall review grant applications in consultation with the division of fire prevention and control in the department of public safety and with the Colorado forest health council in the department of natural resources.

The grant program is repealed, effective September 1, 2028. Before the repeal, the grant program is scheduled for a sunset review by the department of regulatory agencies. Section 2 schedules this review.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
Under Consideration

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Sponsors

Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. L. Cutter, Rep. D. Valdez
Sen. J. Ginal, Sen. P. Lee

Sponsor

Rep. M. Lynch, Rep. M. Snyder
Sen. T. Story

Co-sponsor

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