SB 20-008

  • Colorado Senate Bill
  • 2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 13, 2020
  • Passed Senate Feb 12, 2020
  • House
  • Governor

Enhance Penalties Water Quality Criminal Violations


Current law specifies that a person who commits criminal pollution of state waters that is committed: With criminal negligence or recklessly is subject to a maximum daily fine of $12,500; and Knowingly or intentionally is subject to a maximum daily fine of $25,000. Section 1 of the bill makes a: Criminally negligent or reckless violation a misdemeanor and increases the penalty to $25,000, imprisonment of up to one year, or both; and Knowing or intentional violation a class 5 felony and increases the penalty to $50,000, imprisonment of up to 3 years, or both. Current law specifies that a person who knowingly makes any false representation in a required record or who knowingly renders inaccurate any required water quality monitoring device or method is guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to a fine of not more than $10,000, imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 6 months, or both. Section 2 makes these violations a class 5 felony and specifies that if 2 separate offenses occur in 2 separate occurrences during a period of 2 years, the maximum fine and imprisonment for the second offense are double the default amounts.(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Bill Sponsors (4)


Feb 12, 2020


May 28, 2020


House Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely

Feb 13, 2020


Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment

  • Introduction
Energy & Environment

Feb 12, 2020


Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Feb 11, 2020


Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee

Feb 06, 2020


Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Senate Committee of the Whole

Jan 08, 2020


Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources

  • Introduction
Agriculture & Natural Resources

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Reengrossed (02/12/2020) PDF
Engrossed (02/11/2020) PDF
Introduced (01/08/2020) PDF
PA1 (02/07/2020) PDF
Committee Amendment PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note FN1 (01/24/2020) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (07/14/2020) PDF


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