BILL SUMMARY for SB09-020
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT
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|Moved amendment L.003 (Attachment A). The motion |
Moved to refer Senate Bill 09-020, as amended, to
|Pass Without Objection|
The committee chair, Representative Peniston, called the meeting to order.
02:04 PM -- Senate Bill 09-020
Representative Scanlan, prime sponsor of Senate Bill 09-020, concerning the command chain for wild land-urban fires, explained that the bill was recommended by the 2008 Interim Committee on Wildfire Issues in Wildland-Urban Interface Areas. She discussed the impact of the bark beetle epidemic on forests in Colorado and the increasing wildfire danger in the state. She explained that Senate Bill 09-020 provides for a unified command structure for the management of wild land fires in the state. The bill also addresses the adoption of a county wildfire preparedness plan for the unincorporated area of the county and urges cooperation between a county sheriff and any fire districts with jurisdiction over unincorporated areas. She addressed questions from the committee members concerning forests destroyed by bark beetles in the state and wildfire preparedness plans that are addressed by the bill.
Joe Pelle, County Sheriffs of Colorado, testified in support of the bill and discussed the strike-below amendment that was adopted in the Senate. Sheriff Pelle discussed the statutory powers of county sheriffs and fire district chiefs and talked about the need for a unified command structure for the management of wild land fires in the state. He explained the provisions of the bill and discussed the need for local and state entities to have guidance on the primary responsibilities for fighting wild land fires.
Dave Parmley, Fire Chief, Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association, testified in support of the bill and discussed the high risk for severe wildfires in the state. Chief Parmley talked about the need for clarification in state law to organize the command structure for the management of wild land fires in the state. He also discussed the process of using local incident management teams to manage wildfires that exceed the capabilities of local fire districts and require mutual aid and outside resources. Chief Parmley addressed questions from the committee concerning the risk of wildfire in the Lake Dillon Fire District.
Representative Scanlan explained prepared amendment L.003 (Attachment A).
Representative Scanlan entered closing comments on the bill.
|TIME: || 02:21:17 PM|
|MOTION:||Moved to refer Senate Bill 09-020, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a 10-0-1 vote. |
Final YES: 10 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS