05-04-16 CO Corn: 2016 Colorado Legislative Session updates…

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2016 Colorado Legislative Session updates

The Colorado Corn Growers Association has put its support behind five bills so far during the 2016 Colorado Legislative Session. 
Below is the status of each of those bills, along with links to learn more about them: 
(Updates from recent days are in italics.)
* House Bill 16-1226, “Agricultural Innovation Grants” 
The House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources referred this bill to the House Committee on Appropriations on April 4. Learn more about the bill here.
* House Bill 16-1228, “Ag Protection Water Right Transfer Mechanism” 
After passing through the House and Senate in recent weeks, House and Senate leaders came to a compromise on the differences between the two versions to move the bill forward. It is now headed to the governor for signing. Learn more about the bill here 
* House Bill 16-1256, “South Platte Water Storage Study” 
The bill passed through both the House and Senate in recent weeks, but had differences between the two versions that passed. It will require a conference between House and Senate leaders before being advanced to the governor. Learn more about the bill here.
* House Bill 16-1337, “Appellate Process For Decisions About Groundwater”
After passing through the House on April 1, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-0 on Tuesday, April 26, to postpone discussions on the bill indefinitely. KILLED. Learn more about the bill here.
* Senate Bill 16-175, “E-15 Gasoline Income Tax Credit for Retail Dealers”
On Thursday, April 14, the Senate Finance Committee agreed to postpone the bill indefinitely, by a 5-0 vote. KILLED. Learn more about the bill here
CCGA has also taken a position of opposition on one bill, that being: 
* House Bill 16-1005, “Residential Precipitation Collection” 
After passing though the House back on March 4, the bill was approved by the Senate on April 1, and headed to the governor for signing. PASSED. Learn more about the bill here.

In addition to the five bills CCGA is supporting and the one it’s opposing, the group is also monitoring a number of other bills as the 2016 Colorado Legislative Session continues

Who is Colorado Corn?

Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association. 
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in Colorado) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors. 
The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and ag in general. 


See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.