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HB10-1188: Rafters, Fishermen Float Alternatives To Raft Bill

Editor’s Note: HB10-1188 was most recently debated in the Colorado Senate on March 22. State Bill premium users may listen to the floor session by pressing on the audio player published here:

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Rafting and fishing supporters are floating last-minute compromises in hopes of avoiding a fight over a bill that was originally intended to protect rafters’ rights to continue using Colorado rivers, the Associated Press reports. Rep. Kathleen Curry, a registered independent from Gunnison, said Friday that groups from both camps are threatening to take the issue to the ballot box in November. Curry said she hopes to force the Senate to back down on an amendment to the bill that would delay it for a year to study its impact. She said lawmakers should deal with the real issues: whether rafters should be allowed to use the rivers they have floated for decades, or whether landowners should be able to bar them to protect their property rights.

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