Legislative Activity

Colorado - 2020


HB20-1151 - Expand Authority For Regional Transportation Improvements

Sponsored By: Rep. Matt Gray | Sen. Faith Winter

Bill Summary

This bill would expand options for local governments to raise funds for transportation. SWEEP supports this bill in concept, but would like it to articulate clear goals to guide how transportation dollars are prioritized, including reducing energy consumption, reducing vehicle-miles traveled, and reducing pollution.

SWEEP supports with amendments.

Bill Activity

  • As of Jan. 17, 2020: Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government + Appropriations

HB20-1155 - Higher Efficiency New Construction Residence

Sponsored By: Rep. Alex Valdez | Rep. Michael Weissman

Bill Summary

This bill adds EV charging, prewiring, a 208-240-volt plug, heat pumps, and heat pump water heaters to the current solar readiness options that builders must offer new home buyers.

Current law requires homebuilders to offer new home buyers solar or solar readiness. This bill adds that they offer EV charging, EV readiness, electric heating, and water heating. SWEEP is not a proponent of this bill since, as we've seen with the current law, simply offering these options results in no noticeable increase in installations. If the bill were to be amended to require installation of at least a couple of these options, SWEEP would be in support.

SWEEP supports with amendments.

Bill Activity

  • As of Jan. 17, 2020: Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
  • As of Feb. 13, 2020: House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
  • As of Feb. 19, 2020: House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
  • As of Feb. 21, 2020: House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
  • As of Feb. 24, 2020: Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
  • As of Mar. 5, 2020: Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
  • Ad of Mar. 10, 2020: Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
  • As of Mar. 13, 2020: House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee

HB20-1179 - Rule Review Bill

Sponsored By: Rep. L. Herod | Rep. M. Soper | Sen. B. Gardner | Sen. P. Lee

Bill Summary

This bill affirms Colorado's adoption of the Zero Emission Vehicle Program, which will accelerate the deployment of energy-efficient plug-in cars.

SWEEP supported this bill. Passed.

Bill Activity

  • As of Mar. 20, 2020: Governor signed

HB20-1325 - Low-emission Vehicle Managed Lane Access

Sponsored By: Rep. Alex Valdez

Bill Summary

This bill would allow electric vehicles preferential access to managed lanes on highways. This bill would provide a meaningful incentive to help accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles. CDOT would be in charge of designing the rules to ensure that managed lanes still work as tools to reduce congestion.

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Feb. 25, 2020: Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment

SB20-044 - Sales and Use Tax for Transportation

Sponsored By: Sen. Paul Lundeen | Rep. Terri Carver

Bill Summary

This bill would allocate 10 percent of the sales and use tax for transportation. SWEEP opposes this bill, because it does not include any language to advance transportation energy efficiency or reduce transportation energy consumption. The structure of the tax would penalize people who drive less -- the opposite of what Colorado should do.

SWEEP opposes this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Jan. 8, 2020: Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
  • As of Jan. 29, 2020: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

SB20-094 - Plug-in Electric Motor Vehicle Registration Fees

Sponsored By: Sen. Kevin Priola

Bill Summary

This bill levies fees on electric vehicle owners that would increase every year the vehicle is in operation. This bill would charge an excessive fee to EV owners, roughly equivalent to the gas taxes paid by the owner of an inefficient gasoline vehicle that gets 22 miles per gallon. That would eat into the fuel cost savings that motivate many EV purchases and perversely slow down the growth of Colorado's EV market, delaying improvments in transportation energy efficiency. The main reason Colorado's transportation dollars are not going as far as they used to is inflation; our gas tax hasn't been adjusted for inflation since the early 1990s. To address transportation funding, Colorado should first reform its gas tax, while continuing to encourage accelerated growth of the EV market. Ultimately, we should shift our entire transportation system to efficient technologies and modes to save money on getting around, reduce the overall need for transportation infrastructure dollars and prevent dangerous air pollution.

SWEEP opposes this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Jan. 13, 2020: Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
  • As of Feb. 13, 2020: Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely

SB20-167 - Electric Vehicle Manufacturer and Dealer

Sponsored By: Sen. Ken Priola | Sen. Chris Hansen | Rep. KC Becker

Bill Summary

This bill would allow additional manufacturers beyond Tesla to directly market electric vehicles in Colorado

This bill would accelerate deployment of electric vehicles in Colorado, improving transportation system energy efficiency and saving consumers money. Current law prevents vehicle manufacturers (except Tesla) from owning or controlling a dealership in the state. This bill would change that and allow manufacturers to directly market its electric motor vehicles to customers -- making EVs easier to access, increasing competition and reducing costs, and accelerating EV deployment.

SWEEP supports this bill.

Bill Activity

  • As of Feb. 13, 2020: Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
  • As of Feb. 18, 2020: Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
  • As of Feb. 21, 2020: Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
  • As of Feb. 24, 2020: Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
  • As of Feb. 28, 2020: Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
  • As of Mar. 2, 2020: Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
  • As of Mar. 9, 2020: House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
  • As of Mar. 16, 2020: Signed by the President of the Senate
  • As of Mar. 17, 2020: Signed by the Speaker of the House
  • As of Mar. 17, 2020: Sent to the Governor