Apr 7, 2010 5:15 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
A state lawmaker says attempts to reach a settlement between a Taylor River landowner and a rafting company won't affect legislation defining the rights of rafting firms to use private Colorado waterways.
House Majority Leader Paul Weissman of Louisville says talks between the landowner who developed a fishing resort on the banks of the Taylor near Gunnison and Three Rivers Resort, which operates rafting trips, have no impact on what happens at the Capitol.
The Taylor dispute prompted legislation that would formally allow rafters to operate on Colorado rivers. The legislation is stalled in the Senate while Gov. Bill Ritter tries to settle the Taylor River issue.