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‘Compromise’ or ‘casserole’? Rural-sustainability bill does a lot; here’s an in-depth look

Author: Dan Njegomir - May 31, 2017 - Updated: June 6, 2017


As we mentioned in passing just a day ago when Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the wide-ranging Senate Bill 267 into law, “Sustainability of Rural Colorado” (the measure’s title) can mean a whole bunch of things. It’s all very complicated.

In other words, Tuesday’s signing was about more than Hick and Senate President Kevin Grantham shooting hoops in the Fowler High School gym. (That was fun though, wasn’t it?) So, you probably could use more detail on the bill itself even after all the coverage you’ve already seen on this big-picture legislation.

In light of this week’s bill-signing ceremony in tiny Fowler just east of Pueblo, Denverite this morning promoted a solid overview by politics and goverment go-to Erica Meltzer. It was published when the bill passed the legislature on the 2017 session’s final day and serves as a great primer now that SB 267 is law. … Just in case you missed the coverage the first time around.

Noting that, ‘Most called it a compromise, one lawmaker called it a casserole,” Meltzer aptly observes the bill, “… does a whole bunch of things that are very hard to fit into a headline.” Indeed.

You’d do well to read it; here’s the link again . The bill ended up with so many stakeholders, you could be one of them.

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.