Legislative Activity

Colorado - 2017

HB 17-1153 - Highway Congestion Mitigation

Sponsored by Representatives Williams and McKean; Senator Gardner

Bill Summary

This bill would mandate that High Occupany Vehicle lanes and High Occupany Toll lanes define HOV as 2 or more people in a car in perpetuity; would mandate that the Colorado Department of Transportation prioritize the expansion of I-25 above all other projects; and would mandate that the state complete any federal environmental studies on I-25 in less than six months, and mandate the outcome of these studies.

SWEEP is opposed to this bill, as it would undermine the travel time advantage of HOV/HOT lanes, delay transit trips, undermine the state project selection process, and violate the National Environmental Policy Act.

Bill Activity

  • 2/6/2017: Introduced in the House; assigned to Transportation & Energy Committee
  • 03/8/2017: Postponed Indefinitely, House Committee on Transportation & Energy

HB 17-1242 - New Transportation Infrastructure Funding Revenue

Sponsored by Representatives Duran and Bush; Senators Baumgardner and Grantham

Bill Summary

HB 17-1242 would refer a measure to the voters in November to raise sales taxes by 62 cents on a $100 purchase, slightly reduce vehicle registration fees, and generate a net of approximately $630 million per year. The legislation does not actually increase the sales tax rate, it just allows the voters of Colorado to decide the question in November 2017.

If the measure passes the legislature and voters approve it, $300 million dollars a year would go to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), primarily for highway projects.  The rest of the money would be allocated to cities and counties (70 percent or about $230 million) and to a new multimodal transportation fund (30 percent or about $100 million). The local government funding is flexible, and can be used for roads, public transit, and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.

SWEEP supports this bill; however, this is not the bill SWEEP would have written if we could wave a magic wand and get any bill we wanted passed. Our ideal bill would have had less highway expansion and a bigger focus on transit, on making communities walkable and bikeable, and on accelerating the transition to electric vehicles.  But the proposal lawmakers introduced is a well-crafted compromise that deserves support from those who care about energy efficiency and emissions reductions. HB 1242 builds on years of work by local governments, environmental groups, and transit, walking and biking advocates to assure that any new state transportation funding makes a significant investment in multimodal transportation, not just highways.


Bill Activity

  • 3/8/2017: Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
  • 3/22/2017: House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Finance
  • 4/25/2017: Postponed indefinitely - Senate Finance Committee
  • 4/27/2017: Defeated - Senate Finance Committee

HB17-1227 - Electric Demand-side Management Program Extension

Sponsored by Representatives Winter and Lawrence; Senators Fenberg and Priola

Bill Summary

This bill amends utility energy efficiency legislation adopted in Colorado in 2017, extending requirements for energy savings goals for electric utilities regulated by the Colorado PUC through 2028.

SWEEP helped draft the bill and supports it.


Bill Activity

  • 3/6/2017: Introduced in the House; assigned to Transportation & Energy Committee
  • 4/04/2017: Passed House
  • 4/26/2017: Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Finance Committee
  • 5/9/2017: Passed full Senate

HB17-1232 - Public Utilities Alternative Fuel Motor Vehicles

Sponsored by Representative Danielson; Senator Priola

Bill Summary

HB 1232 authorizes public utilities to rate base investments in alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure, such as electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and compressed natural gas fueling stations. It also sets out the criteria that the Public Utilities Commission would use to evaluate an infrastructure plan submitted by a utility.

SWEEP supports HB 1232. In other states that have passed similar legislation, utilities are moving forward with significant investments in EV
charging in underserved markets such as multifamily housing and fast charging along highway corridors. research shows that there is a strong correlation between charging availability and EV adoption.

Bill Activity

  • 3/07/2017: Introduced in House; assigned to Transportation & Energy Committee
  • 3/29/2017: House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
  • 04/19/2017-Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
  • 04/26/2017 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely


Sponsored by Marble, Baumgardner, Cooke, Holbert, Lundberg, Neville T., Sonnenberg

Bill Summary

This bill would have eliminated tax credits for purchases of electric and other clean-fueled vehicles. SWEEP opposed this legislation. 

Bill Activity

  • Assigned to Senate Finance 4/25/2017: Senate Finance - Laid over to 5/11/2017 (Day after CO session scheduled to end)