Kayakers, anglers and all variety of private and commercial boaters could gain the right to float through private land after a state Senate committee on Monday overhauled a bill that has pitted property owners against outdoor enthusiasts, The Denver Post reports. The last-minute amendment addressed a concern of Front Range Democrats, whose constituents’ biggest complaints have been that the original version of House Bill 1188 unfairly applied to commercial outfitters only. But the sweeping changes may have lost the legislation some Republican support in the House.
In other coverage:
The Durango Herald: Senators kept alive a “right-to-float” bill after it underwent major changes Monday night. Only a last-second decision by Sen. Evie Hudak, D-Westminster, kept the bill alive. “I was undecided until the very last second. I’m not kidding you,” Hudak told reporters moments after the vote on House Bill 1188.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: A Senate committee floated a bill late Monday that would have allowed commercial rafting companies to traverse private land without permission. The measure cleared the Colorado House last month almost entirely on a 40-25 party-line vote, with Democrats arguing that rafters have a right to float, while Republicans said it violated the property rights of local landowners.