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Bill Detail: HB22-1382

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Title Support Dark Sky Designation And Promotion In Colorado
Status Governor Signed (05/27/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Business & Economic Development
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors M. Catlin (R)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Donovan (D)
House Committee Agriculture, Livestock, and Water
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 04/18/2022
Summary

The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) encourages
communities, parks, and protected areas to preserve and protect dark skies
by various means, including an international dark sky places program that
offers designations for 5 types of dark sky places. The bill requires the
Colorado tourism office (office) to establish the Colorado designated dark
sky designation technical assistance grant program (program) to:

  • Provide technical assistance grants to applicants seeking
direct support from the IDA for activities related to
international dark sky designation; and
  • Provide general education and outreach about dark skies
and specifically promote responsible and sustainable
tourism opportunities in designated dark sky places in the
state.
The office may contract with the Colorado chapter of the IDA to
help the office develop its program policies, evaluate grant applications,
and make recommendations to the office regarding which applicants
should receive grant awards and what the amount of each award should
be. The office may also contract with the Colorado chapter of the IDA to
provide general education and outreach and to promote tourism. To fund
the program, the bill requires $50,000 to be transferred from the general
fund to the Colorado travel and tourism additional source fund, which
current law continuously appropriates to the office.
On or before November 1, 2023, the office is required to submit
a report detailing the expenditure of the money dedicated to the program
to the house of representatives business affairs and labor committee and
the senate business, labor, and technology committee, or their successor
committees. The report must specify the grant-supported actions taken in
furtherance of designating new dark sky places and indicate how many
program grant recipients have had a community or other place designated
as a designated dark sky place.

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