There are approximately 50,000 active oil and gas wells in Colorado. This issue brief provides an overview of Colorado's oil and gas operations inspection processes and offers a summary of legislative measures related to inspections of oil and gas development that were passed by the Colorado...
On March 22, 2012, state officials coordinated a prescribed burn on publicly owned land in rural Jefferson County. Based on a report issued by the U.S. Forest Service, embers from that prescribed burn are believed to have ignited the Lower North Fork Wildfire in the same area on March 26, 2012....
A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a charitable organization or government entity that permanently protects scenic or agricultural open space, natural habitat, or recreational areas.
The General Assembly considered bills on a variety of agricultural issues in 2014 including agricultural labeling, agriculture oversight, taxation, and animal care. This document provides a summary of the legislation.
This memorandum provides information regarding state laws penalizing those who misrepresent pets or other animals as service animals. Nine states have laws prohibiting the misrepresentation of pets, and nine states have laws prohibiting people from misrepresenting themselves as disabled in order...
Colorado Department of Agriculture Performance Plan for FY16
Report submitted to the Joint Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in January 2017.
Presented to the Joint Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on January 10, 2017.
Presented to the Joint Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee at its January 10, 2017, meetnig.
During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly considered measures to incentivize veterinarians to locate in rural areas, regulate industrial hemp, and promote young and beginning farmers. This document provides a summary of the legislation.
During the 2018 legislative session, the General Assembly considered measures to add millet to Colorado's list of agricultural commodities; allow chiropractors to practice on animals; regulate industrial hemp; promote employment opportunities for young and beginning farmers; and continue and...
This handbook was created to help members of the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee, Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee, the interim Water Resources Review Committee, and other legislators to better understand Colorado's water policies and...
Report No. 2018-TE1
Report No. 2018-TE2
Report No. 2018-TE4
During the 2019 legislative session, the General Assembly considered measures to: regulate industrial hemp; increase food safety and branding; modify certain agricultural operations; and continue existing agricultural programs and laws.
This issue brief provides an overview of state laws related to pet animal facilities. These facilities are licensed and regulated under the Colorado Pet Animal Care and Facilities Act (PACFA).
Report No. 2019-TE15
Report No. 2019-TE23
Report No. 2020-TE9
During the 2020 legislative session, the General Assembly considered several measures related to agriculture including industrial hemp; product safety and labeling; pesticides; animal welfare; and price setting.
During the 2021 legislative session, the General Assembly considered several measures related to agriculture including animal welfare, economic development, the Department of Agriculture, and other agriculture-related bills.
The memo provides the General Committee Procedural Guidelines for the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Water Committee.
Sunset laws allow the General Assembly to periodically review the need for state regulations, advisory committees, or state agencies and to update the law creating the agency or function. To accomplish this review, committees of reference hold public sunset hearings on sunset reports issued by...
This memorandum provides information about irrigation districts in Colorado. Specifically, it discusses the current irrigation districts, the powers and duties of irrigation districts, and how those powers and duties compare to those of special districts.