SB 21-249

  • Colorado Senate Bill
  • 2021 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate May 19, 2021
  • Passed Senate May 19, 2021
  • Passed House Jun 03, 2021
  • Signed by Governor Jun 21, 2021

Keep Colorado Wild Annual Pass

Abstract

Section 1 of the bill creates the keep Colorado wild pass (wild pass) for entry into state parks and other participating public lands. Commencing no earlier than January 1, 2023, but no later than January 1, 2024, each resident with one of the following motor vehicles that is not a commercial vehicle is assessed a fee for the wild pass (wild pass fee) when registering the motor vehicle: A passenger motor vehicle; A light-weight truck with an empty vehicle weight of less than or equal to 16,000 pounds; A motorcycle; or A recreational vehicle. A resident may decline to pay the wild pass fee when registering the resident's motor vehicle, and nonpayment of the wild pass fee does not affect the resident's ability to register the motor vehicle. A resident who declines or fails to pay the wild pass fee is presumed to decline to pay the wild pass fee in subsequent years with respect to registration of the same motor vehicle, and the division of parks and wildlife in the department of natural resources (division) is required to develop an opt-in provision on subsequent registration notifications sent to the resident for that motor vehicle. The parks and wildlife commission in the department of natural resources (commission) is required to adopt rules to set the wild pass fee and, for income-eligible households, a reduced wild pass fee and may establish a process for applying existing discounts or free entry to persons eligible for the discount or free entry to the wild pass. The commission may also adopt rules establishing a separate fee for a pass, including a separate fee for passes for nonresidents, residents who decline to pay the wild pass fee when registering the resident's motor vehicle, and residents who do not possess one of the motor vehicles listed above. For each state fiscal year, the division of parks and wildlife in the department of natural resources (division) will use the wild pass fees collected to achieve stated goals such as providing affordable access to state parks and public lands; managing state parks; supporting search and rescue and avalanche safety efforts; conserving vulnerable species and habitats; funding equity, diversity, and inclusion programs; and financing regional outdoor partnerships for community-driven planning and projects. The division is required to: Develop language to notify motor vehicle registrants of their option to decline to pay the wild pass fee, which notice must be conspicuously placed on registration documents and on the division's and the division of motor vehicle's websites; and Implement a public outreach campaign to educate the public about the availability of the wild pass through the motor vehicle registration process and about access to state parks and public lands that the wild pass will provide. Section 2 requires that the division, in conducting public outreach regarding the wild pass, include outreach to and engagement of disproportionately impacted communities.Section 2 3 requires, on or before March 1, 2025, and on or before March 1, 2030, the division to make a presentation regarding its most recent annual written report on the number of wild passes sold in the previous 12 months, an accounting of the expenditures made with the increased revenue generated from sales of the wild pass, and a summary of the effect that those increased expenditures have had on the achievement of the stated goals to a joint session of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over agriculture matters. The division is required to send the annual reports to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over natural resources and to make the reports available to the public.Section 3 4 repeals limitations on the amount that the commission may increase fees for daily and annual park passes purchased by individuals who do not purchase the discounted wild pass.Section 4 5 authorizes the division to enter into cooperative agreements with other land management agencies and requires the division to develop a program for seeking, accepting, and expending gifts, grants, or donations.Section 5 6 establishes that a person's decision to decline to pay for the wild pass fee does not affect the person's ability to register a motor vehicle.Sections 6 7 through 8 9 make technical changes.For state fiscal year 2021-22, section 10 appropriates $502,646 from the parks and outdoor recreation cash fund to the division for implementation of the wild pass and reappropriates $106,200 of that money to the department of revenue for use by the division of motor vehicles for maintenance and support of the Colorado driver's license, record, identification, and vehicle enterprise solution (Colorado DRIVES). (Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.) (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Bill Sponsors (4)

Votes


Actions


Jun 21, 2021

Office of the Governor

Governor Signed

Jun 15, 2021

Office of the Governor

Sent to the Governor

House

Signed by the Speaker of the House

Senate

Signed by the President of the Senate

Jun 03, 2021

Senate

Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass

House

House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

Jun 02, 2021

House

House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments

Jun 01, 2021

House

House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee

House

House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Appropriations House Committee of the Whole

May 28, 2021

House

House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Finance Appropriations

May 27, 2021

House

House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Unamended to Finance

  • Referral-Committee
Finance Energy & Environment

May 19, 2021

House

Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment

  • Introduction
Energy & Environment

Senate

Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

May 18, 2021

Senate

Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor

May 14, 2021

Senate

Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole

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

May 12, 2021

Senate

Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Finance Appropriations

May 06, 2021

Senate

Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Finance

  • Referral-Committee
Finance Agriculture & Natural Resources

Senate

Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Appropriations Agriculture & Natural Resources

Apr 23, 2021

Senate

Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources

  • Introduction
Agriculture & Natural Resources

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Signed Act (06/21/2021) PDF
Final Act (06/15/2021) PDF
Rerevised (06/03/2021) PDF
Revised (06/01/2021) PDF
Reengrossed (05/19/2021) PDF
Engrossed (05/18/2021) PDF
Introduced (04/23/2021) PDF
PA2 (06/01/2021) PDF
PA1 (05/14/2021) PDF
Committee Amendment PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note SA1 (05/13/2021) PDF
Fiscal Note SA2 (05/28/2021) PDF
Fiscal Note FN1 (05/05/2021) PDF
Fiscal Note FN2 (05/24/2021) PDF

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