Senator Rankin and Senator Donovan, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-168 to the committee. Effective January 1, 2023, this bill transfers the functions of the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) related to backcountry search and rescue to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) in the Department of Natural Resources. All staff and appropriations to DOLA related to the backcountry search and rescue card program and the related cash fund are transferred to CPW. On or after January 1, 2023, the Parks and Wildlife Commission is required to establish by rule, the price and vendor fee for the backcountry search and rescue card, and the surcharge on other licenses that is credited to the program cash fund. Under current law, these amounts are set in statute. The bill extends the existing immunity from civil liability for volunteer firefighters and incident management teams to individuals engaged in backcountry search and rescue efforts. Finally, this bill makes a dependent of a person who died or was permanently disabled while engaged in backcountry search and rescue efforts eligible for free tuition and room and board assistance at public institutions of higher education.