Bill Signing – Senate Bill 14-164
Concerning Aerial Firefighting efforts through the Division of Fire Prevention and Control in the Department of Public Safety, and, in connection therewith, implementing recommendations made by the Division regarding the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps.
The bill was signed by Governor John Hickenlooper on May 12, 2014 at 11:00 am, following the 2014 Annual Wildfire Briefing.
2014 Wildfire Season
NEW: Contracting Updates for the 2014 Wildfire Season
The Division shall acquire or contract for firefighting aircraft for use during the 2014 fire season. The Division shall seek to maximize its aerial firefighting capacity consistent with the recommendations of the Director and within the Division's available budget.
Center of Excellence
The bill also allows the Division to operate and promote a Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting based on the innovations proposed, developed, tested, evaluated, or implemented by the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps in the technology, tactics, and economics of aerial resources.
Senator Steve King and Senate President Morgan Carroll
Remarks by Senator Steve King on final vote of the Colorado Senate for SB14-164, April 25, 2014. The Senate voted 35-0 in favor of the measure and all the Senators joined as co-sponsors.
Introduced in House
House Sponsorship: Gardner and McLachlan
4/25/2014 Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
4/28/2014 Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/30/2014 Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
04/30/2014 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
05/01/2014 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/05/2014 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass