April 10, 2019

Denver CO – The Colorado State Senate today voted unanimously to pass HB19-1080, Benefits for First Responders With A Disability, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senate President Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) to offer disabled first responders free access to certain outdoor venues and activities including a lifetime small game hunting and fishing license and a free annual pass to state parks. This bill is now headed to Governor Polis to be signed into law.

“As a veteran and paramedic myself, I have an enormous amount of respect and gratitude for those who serve, and especially for those who have been injured as a result of their service,” said President Garcia. “I am proud that the entire Senate has honored the service and sacrifice of our first responders by advancing this bill to help them enjoy Colorado’s great outdoors.”

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. It also passed the House of Representatives unanimously on February 26, 2019.

To learn more about HB19-1080, please visit https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1080.