Bills on Colorado ski-area water, mineral rights do a face plant in Legislature

Colorado State Capitol

Colorado State Capitol

 – Reporter – Denver Business Journal – March 17th, 2015

Two more bills attempting to address disputes between environmentalists and environmentally-minded government agencies on the one hand and property-rights owners on the other have bitten the dust in the Colorado Legislature.

Democrats on the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Monday killed Senate Bills 64 and 93, both sponsored by Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, on party-line votes.

SB 93 would have required local governments to compensate mineral-rights owners for imposing new regulations that limited the use of their land, while SB 64 would have banned the federal governmentfrom requiring ski resorts to hand over their water rights in exchange for permits to use federal land.

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