In addition to any other appropriation, not otherwise appropriated...

SB15-098 - Best bill yet!
SB15-098 - Best bill yet!

I think I've found my favorite bill of this session so far. SB15-098 - Codify Stock Phrases Used In Appropriation Clauses

This bill that came out of the Joint Budget Committee states, "legislation should, whenever possible, be written clearly and concisely," and in furthering that goal seeks to eliminate some rather annoying boilerplate from appropriations clauses. Cleaning them up a little to make them better to understand.

Here's the approps clause from HB14-1203 - Funding For Digital Trunked Radio Sys Maintenance:

SECTION 2. Appropriation. (1) In addition to any other appropriation, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, there is hereby appropriated, out of any moneys in the general fund not otherwise appropriated, to the public safety communications trust fund created in section 24-37.5-506 (1), Colorado Revised Statutes, the sum of $3,500,000, to be used for purposes consistent with the creation of the fund.
(2) In addition to any other appropriation, there is hereby appropriated, out of the public safety communications trust fund, to the governor - lieutenant governor - state planning and budgeting, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, the sum of $3,500,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary, to be allocated to the office of information technology for the replacement of legacy radio equipment and hardware at digital trunked radio system tower sites.

With the changes from SB15-098, this might instead read:

SECTION 2. Appropriation. (1) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, there is hereby appropriated to the public safety communications trust fund created in section 24-37.5-506 (1), C.R.S., the sum of $3,500,000, to be used for purposes consistent with the creation of the fund.
(2) There is hereby appropriated, out of the public safety communications trust fund, to the governor - lieutenant governor - state planning and budgeting, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, the sum of $3,500,000, to be allocated to the office of information technology for the replacement of legacy radio equipment and hardware at digital trunked radio system tower sites.

Well, maybe not perfect. But it's better.

This bill is flying. Senate Appropriations passed it out of committee on January 21 and it's on today's consent calendar.