Gov. Bill Ritter today signed legislation that will create an innovative new program to build clean-energy projects in state parks. The ceremony took place at Lake Pueblo State Park, where a possible solar facility may someday produce electricity for the park and bring jobs to Pueblo.
House Bill 1349 directs the Colorado Division of State Parks to generate enough renewable energy by 2020 to completely offset the amount of electricity consumed in Colorado's 42 state parks. Dubbed the Re-Energize Colorado Program, the bill was sponsored by Reps. Sal Pace and Randy Fischer and Sens. Gail Schwartz and Abel Tapia.
"Colorado's New Energy Economy is leading all of America toward a new energy future," Gov. Ritter said. "With this bill, we will become one of the first states in the country to power an entire state division with clean and sustainable energy projects that also will create hundreds of new jobs in communities all around the state."
Also during today's ceremony, Gov. Ritter signed two other bills into law:
Senate Bill 73 (Tapia/McFadyen) improves the Nurse Home Visit Program, which provides free home visits to more than 2,500 low-income first-time mothers and their children each year.
"SB 73 trims administrative costs so we can provide more services with less overhead," Rep. Buffie McFadyen said. "This program helps teen parents, their children and all taxpayers. We know this program works. It has the solid statistics to prove it. Investing in what works makes for better services and less bureaucracy."
House Bill 1243 (McFadyen/Gibbs) gives communities the ability to ask their voters to fund transportation services through sales taxes and to join a regional transportation authority.
"This bill gives unincorporated metropolitan districts like Pueblo West and Colorado City the ability to go to the voters -- just like cities and counties can -- to improve transportation infrastructure," Rep. McFadyen said."