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Bill Detail: HB21-1290

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Title Additional Funding For Just Transition
Status Governor Signed (06/30/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Business & Economic Development
  • Energy
  • Labor & Employment
House Sponsors D. Esgar (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate Sponsors B. Rankin (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee Business Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee Business, Labor and Technology
Date Introduced 04/21/2021

The bill makes general fund transfers of $8 million to the just
transition cash fund (fund) and $7 million to a newly created coal
transition worker assistance program account (account) in the fund. The
just transition office (office) is required to expend at least 70% of the
money transferred to the fund in state fiscal year (FY) 2021-22 and any

remaining money in state FY 2022-23 to implement the final just
transition plan for Colorado and to provide supplemental funding for
existing state programs that the office identifies as the most effective
vehicles for targeted investment in coal transition communities. In
expending the money, the office is required to develop specific criteria for
prioritizing the expenditures, emphasize investment in tier one transition
communities, as defined by the bill, and support specified types of
programs in accordance with specified requirements and limitations.
Subject to specified requirements and limitations, the department
of labor and employment is required to expend at least 70% of the money
transferred to the account in state FY 2021-22 and any remaining money
in state FY 2022-23 first for assistance programs that directly assist coal
transition workers and then, if money remains, to support family and
other household members of coal transition workers and create and
implement a pilot program to test innovative coal transition work support
The bill also amends and supplements existing definitions of coal
transition community and coal transition worker to improve the
implementation of just transition.

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