April 4, 2019

Denver, CO — The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted today unanimously to pass HB19-1080, Benefits for First Responders With A Disability, a bill sponsored by Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) to offer disabled first responders free access to certain outdoor activities. The bill will now head to the Committee of the Whole for consideration.

“Our first responders make sacrifices every day to keep Coloradans safe and we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those who have suffered a permanent disability on the job,” said President Garcia. “The least we can do for Colorado’s first responders is make it easier for them enjoy Colorado’s outdoor spaces.”

HB19-1080 is a bipartisan bill that would grant first responders with a permanent occupational disability free lifetime small game hunting and fishing licenses. The bill would also give eligible responders a free columbine annual pass for entrance into state parks and the option to participate in a property tax work-off program.

“As a veteran and a nationally registered paramedic, I am incredibly grateful to first responders who have suffered a permanent occupational disability in the line of duty,” added President Garcia. “This is just a small way for us to show them we are thankful for their service.”To learn more about HB19-1080, please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1080.