Transportation and Environmental-Related Bills up for Committee Hearings in the 2023 Colorado Legislature

Find out about bills moving through the 2023 CO legislature which align with Commuting Solutions’ vision of sustainable transportation. 

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It’s crunch time at the 2023 Colorado legislature. Most bills have already been introduced in the House or the Senate, and now they’re under the intense scrutiny of the various committees to which they’ve been assigned. 

IMPORTANT ACTIVE BILLS TO SUPPORT CLEAN AIR

Important transportation-related bills under serious consideration by their committees include HB23-1101, the Ozone Season Transit Grant Program Flexibility Bill. This legislation would allow Colorado’s transit services to increase the flexibility of their ozone season transit grant programs and allow for different designations of an “ozone season.” The Commuting Solutions board of directors has taken a position of support on this bill.

Another transportation-related bill also currently under consideration in committee is HB23-1233, the Electric Vehicle Charging and Parking Requirement Bill. A key section of this bill would require the state electrical board to adopt compliance rules, starting January 1, 2024, that will require multifamily buildings to be electric vehicle (EV) capable, EV ready, and to have EV supply equipment installed.

SB23-16, the Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Measure Bill sponsored by Denver Senator Chris Hansen, is considered a call for big, bold climate change and pollution action, and it’s up for consideration and debate in committee now. According to the Colorado Sun, Senate Bill 16 “attempts to eliminate all of Colorado’s carbon emissions by 2050, set tough interim goals for greenhouse gas reduction, and try again for a 30% tax credit for clean electric lawn and garden equipment.” 

In the way HB22-1026, the Alternative Transportation Options Tax Credit bill, passed during the 2022 session, incentivized and motivated businesses to implement alternative transportation commuting options in the workplace, these clean-air bills, if passed, would align well with business alternative commuting programs created to improve the air quality of Colorado. 

Commuting Solutions and our members are avid supporters of local, state, and national legislation created to improve air quality in the Front Range, reduce roadway congestion, and advance a multimodal transportation future for everyone. We hope you will let your local representatives know that you support their environment-friendly legislation. For your personal research about representatives and the status of bills, the Colorado General Assembly’s website is an excellent and timely resource for all past and current legislation and its sponsors.

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