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Smarter Lighting!
Colorado Advocates for Smarter Lighting
(C.A.S.L.)

We are a group of concerned citizens supporting a proposal that state funded entities (i.e. tax dollars) be required to use full-cutoff, downward directed energy efficient lighting in state capital projects beginning July 2002. The bill is modelled after a similar law in Texas and allows exemptions for safety and emergency reasons, etc. We'd like everyone to be able to enjoy safety AND a view of the stars again, even from city centers. We'd like the private sector to recognize the energy savings possible with smarter lighting too! Contact us if you'd like to help!
Custer County Dark Skies project site
Here are links to the Bill in the Colorado House of Representatives:

HB 01-1160 (search on HB01-1160)

 
VOTING SCORECARD:
House First Reading Jan.16, 2001
      Transportation and Energy committee, Jan.31 - passed, amended 12-0
      Appropriations: Feb.23 - passed, amended 11-1
      Second reading: Feb 27 - passed
      Third reading: Feb.28 - passed 52-9 (& 4 absent)
Senate: assigned 2/28 from the House
      Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee: Mar. 13 - passed, amended 9-0
      Second reading - no sooner than 3/23 (more Calif blackouts)
      Third reading - Mar.26 - passed unanimously!
House-Senate conference to resolve amendment inconsistencies: awaiting scheduling (4/23)
May 4th: News from Rep. Romanoff (at long last!): "We just concurred with the Senate amendment and readopted the bill on third reading and final passage!  It should head to the Governor next week, but as I may have mentioned, he'll have a month to decide what to
do.  Thanks for all your help."  This is the time to contact the Governor's office with your support: email governorowens@state.co.us.
Governor: paperwork sent to Gov. Owens on May 7th; Signed into law 5/30/01.

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NEWS SO FAR:
Signed by Governor Owens on May 30th. Incorporated into state code. Now the planning for the next step begins!
May 4th: News from Rep. Romanoff (at long last!): "We just concurred with the Senate amendment and readopted the bill on third reading and final passage! It should head to the Governor next week, but as I may have mentioned, he'll have a month to decide what to do. Thanks for all your help." This is the time to contact the Governor's office with your support: email governorowens@state.co.us.
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March 13th: Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee hearing - passed 9-0 witm amendment requiring cost effectiveness as part of the overall consideration.
Sen. J. Dyer (D-Durango) Chairman	jdyer@sni.net	
Co-chair D.Hanna, D-Lakewood	no email
K.Chlouber, R-Leadville, no email
G.Dennis, R-Pueblo West, no email
K.Gordon, D-Denver, kgordon@sni.net
R.Hagedorn, D-Aurora, bhagedor@sni.net
M. Hillman, R-Burlington, mhillman@sni.net
M.Musgrave, R-Ft.Morgan, musgrave@sni.net
T.Phillips, D-Louisville, terryphillips@sprintmail.com
--- FEB.28th: Passes House Third Reading FEB.27th: Passes House Second Reading Feb.23rd: BILL PASSES APPROPRIATIONS, HEADS TO FLOOR FOR SECOND READING The House Appropriations Committee today passed 11-1 the amended Outdoor Lighting Standards bill, admirably presented by Rep. Andrew Romanoff. In an unexpected move, the committee voted 7 to 5 in favor of dropping a previous amendment that would exempt cities and counties using state funds from using full cutoff lighting. A negotiation with the Colorado Municipal League is anticipated to clarify impact on existing inventory, stylistic matching and mandate issues. This restrengthens the bill, but is politically explosive. Watch this space for updates.
Details of the votes: First vote: amend to no longer exempt cities; 
second vote on bill:
Rep. Young (Chairman, R-Lamar) N,Y
Rep. Berry (R-Grand Junction)  N,Y
Rep. Lawrence (R-Pueblo)       N,Y
Rep. Lee (R-Littleton)         Y,Y
Rep. Madden (D-Boulder)        Y,Y
Rep. Nunez (R-Littleton)       Y,N
Rep. Paschall (R-Arvada)       Y,Y  (Made the motion to amend to de-exempt cities)
Rep. Plant (D-Nederland)       Y,Y
Rep. Saliman (D-Boulder)       Y,Y
Rep. Scott (R-Westminster) absent
Rep. Stengel (R-Littleton)     Y,Y
Rep. Tapia (D-Pueblo)          N,Y
Rep. Vigil (D-Thornton)        N,Y
Totals: To amend 7Y, 5N, passed; To adopt 11Y, 1N, passed.
Feb.12th: Bill held over for second reading to the General Assembly, but then referred to Appropriations Committee for hearing on fiscal impact (red flag!). Date of hearing: 730AM Fri Feb 23rd, check www.state.co.us for House calendar updates.

On Jan.31st HB 1160 "Outdoor Lighting Standards" passed UNANIMOUSLY (10-0) in the Colorado legislature Transportation and Energy committee (Wm.Swenson, R-Longmont, chair), and moved to the full House for further consideration. Many thanks to Denver Rep.Andrew Romanoff for sponsoring the bill, and to public-minded advocates who showed up to speak in favor: Nancy Clanton, Cathy Havens, Larry Brooks, Leroy Guatney, Jan Kok (NCAS), Greg Marino, Ron Mickle, Jerry Sherlin, and others. This was only the first vote of seven (3 house votes, 3 senate votes and Governor Owens). You can check on the billís status on the web: www.state.co.us and find out how to contact your elected state representative and senator.

House Transportation and Energy committee votes, Jan.31st:
Rep. Borodkin	(D-Denver)       Yes
Rep. Coleman	(D-Denver)        Yes
Rep. Mace	(D-Denver)     Excused
Rep. Ragsdale	(D-Westminster)  Yes
Rep. Sinclair	(R-Colo Spgs)    Yes
Rep. Smith	(R-Grand Jct)       Yes
Rep. Stafford	(R-Aurora)       Yes
Rep. Williams, S.	(D-Aurora)   Yes
Rep. Witwer	(R-Evergreen)      Yes
Rep. Larson	(R-Cortez)         Yes
Rep. Swenson	(R-Longmont)      Yes  (Chairman)

Special thanks to IDA enthusiasts Jerry Sherlin, Chuck Carlson, Leroy Guatney, Greg Marino, Ron Mickle and Bill Ormsby for helping prep the Outdoor Lighting Standards bill defense downtown. Here are links to the Bill in the Colorado House of Representatives:

HB 01-1160 (search on 1160)

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