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Title Wildfire Mitigation
Status Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (01/04/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Local Government
  • Natural Resources & Environment
House Sponsors
Senate Sponsors R. Woodward (R)
House Committee
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 01/04/2019
Description

In connection with any land area that is owned by the federal or

state government that is located either within the territorial boundaries of
a county or outside of but within 5 miles of the territorial boundaries of
a county, where a supply of wildfire fuel materials exists on the land that
is sufficiently concentrated posing a substantial threat of causing or
aggravating a wildfire in such area, or where the federal or state
government has failed to create a defensible space on such land to reduce
the potential for damage from a wildfire, section 1 of the bill permits the
board of county commissioners of any county to use persons employed by
the county or to contract with for-profit or not-for-profit organizations or
entities to supply persons able to enter the federal or state land for the sole
purpose of removing such fuel materials or creating such defensible
space.
Under the bill, a person employed by or contracting with the
county is not liable for any damages caused by any conduct he or she
undertakes in accordance with this authority unless the person's conduct
was due to willful misconduct, gross negligence, or bad faith.
Section 2 appropriates $10 million for the 2019-20 state fiscal
year, from the general fund to the department of higher education for
allocation to the Colorado state university system to be used for the forest
restoration and wildfire mitigation grant program.

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