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Bill would require future pieces of legislation to detail greenhouse gas emissions

Posted at 10:19 AM, May 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-01 12:22:52-04
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FILE – In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H.(AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would require future pieces of legislation to come with information about how they will impact the environment.

House Bill 19-1188 would require future bills to note whether they would increase or decrease greenhouse gas pollution in the decade following its passage and enactment in a bill’s fiscal notes. It would not require an estimation of the magnitude of the emissions.

It appropriates a total of $81,911 from the general fund for personal services and operating expenses.

The bill already passed the House of Representatives on a 41-32-1 vote on April 16. It’s being considered in the Senate where has been referred for a second reading. No amendments have been added to the bill since it has been discussed in the Senate.

If signed into law, it would go into effect for bills considered in the 2020 legislative session.