HB18-1008 - Mussel-free Colorado Act

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning the financing of the division of parks and wildlife's aquatic nuisance species program, and, in connection therewith, creating an aquatic nuisance species stamp for the operation of motorboats and sailboats in waters of the state, increasing penalties related to the introduction of aquatic nuisance species into the waters of the state, and combining two separate funds related to the aquatic nuisance species program into one fund.

Water Resources Review Committee. Section 3 of the bill updates a legislative declaration concerning aquatic nuisance species to encourage the federal government to dedicate sufficient funding and resources to the detection, prevention, control, and eradication of aquatic nuisance species for federally owned or managed aquatic resources and water infrastructure in Colorado.

Section 4 defines 'motorboat' and 'sailboat'.

Section 5 authorizes the division of parks and wildlife (division) to seek reimbursement from a conveyance owner (i.e., motor vehicles, trailers, and watercraft) for the storage and decontamination of a conveyance that has been impounded and quarantined due to the suspected presence of an aquatic nuisance species.

Section 6 requires an in-state resident registering a motorboat or sailboat in Colorado for use on or after January 1, 2019, to pay a $25 fee for an aquatic nuisance species stamp in addition to the watercraft registration fee. A nonresident using a motorboat or sailboat in waters of the state on or after January 1, 2019, is required to pay a $50 fee for an aquatic nuisance species stamp.

Section 7 increases penalties related to aquatic nuisance species and creates new penalties for failing to purchase an aquatic nuisance species stamp; failing to comply with a qualified peace officer's or an authorized agent's request to stop, detain, and inspect a vessel; and launching a vessel without first obtaining a vessel inspection at an aquatic nuisance species check station.

Section 8 combines the division of parks and outdoor recreation aquatic nuisance species fund and the division of wildlife aquatic nuisance species fund into a single fund: The division of parks and wildlife aquatic nuisance species fund.

Sections 1, 2, 9, and 10 make conforming amendments.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: April 23, 2018
04/23/2018 - Governor Signed
04/16/2018 - Sent to the Governor
04/16/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate
04/13/2018 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/05/2018 - House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
04/03/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/02/2018 - Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/29/2018 - Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
03/27/2018 - Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/08/2018 - Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
03/05/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
02/27/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/26/2018 - House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/23/2018 - House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
01/31/2018 - House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
01/22/2018 - House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to Finance
01/10/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources