SB16-145 - Colorado River District Subdistrict Formation

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning An Alternative Mechanism For Creating A Subdistrict Of The Colorado River Water Conservation District.

The Colorado river water conservation district's (district) 1937 organic act provides a mechanism for the creation of a subdistrict within the 15-county district that requires a petition signed by 50% of the property owners of the proposed subdistrict to be presented to, and approved by, a court which may then declare the subdistrict formed. Because of changes in the amount and type of property ownership over the years, the 50% signature threshold is no longer practical.

The bill provides an alternative mechanism to petition for the organization of a subdistrict of the district. Following initial approval of the board of directors, including unanimous approval of the directors representing the geographic area that would be covered by the proposed subdistrict, the petition must include the signatures of the lesser of 10% or 200 electors of the geographic area covered by the proposed subdistrict. The petition must then be presented to a court for approval at a hearing, and, upon approval, is put to a vote at a districtwide election. If a majority of the votes are in favor of the formation of the proposed subdistrict, the court shall declare the subdistrict formed.

Latest update: June 10, 2016
06/10/2016 Governor Signed
05/12/2016 Sent to the Governor
04/22/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
04/15/2016 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
04/14/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/12/2016 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/11/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/06/2016 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/24/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
03/24/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/22/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/17/2016 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/04/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy