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First Regular Session

Sixty-first General Assembly

LLS NO. R97@0818.01 BWM








WHEREAS, Federal laws mandate that regional air quality control planning be carried out through a variety of vehicles in which multiple levels of state and local government participate; and

WHEREAS, Such regional air quality planning impacts the authority of the General Assembly with respect to its role in enacting laws regulating air quality in Colorado; and

WHEREAS, It is important for members of the General Assembly and the public to be aware of and to have an impact on the activities of such air quality control planning activities; now, therefore,

Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixty­first General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the House of Representatives concurring herein:

(1)  That there shall be a committee to meet in the interim after the 1997 Regular Session of the General Assembly to study regional air quality planning efforts. Such interim committee shall consist of eleven members of the General Assembly. The President of the Senate of whom the President of the Senate shall appoint three members and the Minority Leader shall appoint two members, shall appoint five members of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint six members of the House of Representatives. At least one member of the interim committee from the Senate and one from the House of Representatives shall be from west of the Continental Divide. The interim committee may consider, but need not be limited to, the following:

(a)  Those organizations that are not part of a discreet and cohesive municipal or county government organization, other than the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Air Quality Control Commission, that expend federal, state, or local tax revenues for the purpose of gathering, disseminating, or evaluating any information with respect to air quality, air pollution, or planning or compliance under air quality regulatory programs;

(b)  Those standards that should be applicable for regulation of all sources of air pollution where the regulation is not specifically health related; and

(c)  The impact on Colorado of out­of­state sources of air pollution on Colorado's air quality;

(2)  That, in conducting such study, the interim committee may consult, as may be required, with appropriate local, state, and federal agencies and interested members of the public and may hold public hearings in locations of the state outside the Denver metropolitan area as deemed necessary for purposes of the study. The study shall not require additional staff for any state agency or any additional appropriation to any such state agency.

(3)  That the Legislative Council shall report its findings and recommendations to the 1998 Regular Session of the Sixty­first General Assembly.

(4)  That all expenditures incurred in the conduct of the study enumerated in this resolution shall be approved by the chairperson of the Legislative Council and paid by vouchers and warrants drawn as provided by law from funds allocated to the Legislative Council from appropriations made by the General Assembly.