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Old 03-05-2010   #1
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Take Action on Colorado's Right to Float Bill!

This spring, the Colorado Legislature is considering a bill, which helps protect the rights of commercial boaters to float on commercial sections of river, and increases the safety of boaters by decriminalizing incidental contact with private land to portage obstacles. HB -1188 is a good bill, but doesn't go far enough! American Whitewater, Colorado Whitewater, and our team of advisors need your help to ensure the bill provides safe access and rights of navigation to ALL boaters on EVERY river.
HB-1188 passed out of the House by a vote of 40-25, and is scheduled to be introduced in the Senate Judiciary Committee for a vote on March 17th. We urge you to contact members of Colorado's Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to support HB-1188, and to amend the bill to include all members of the paddling public.

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Old 03-06-2010   #2
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Just FYI - the state constitution forbids an expansion of a bill beyond it's title. The bill, as titled, can not be amended to include all members of the paddling public as it mentions only commercial users in it's title.

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Old 03-06-2010   #3
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Please call/e-mail as many senators as you can and ask them to support HB1188.

It may not be exactly what we want, but it is a step in the right direction.

Below is a list of senators and contact info.

Senator Gail Schwartz 303-866-4871 E-mail:
Senator Evie Hudak 303-866-4840 E-mail:
Senator Betty Boyd 303-866-4857 E-mail:
Senator Bruce Whitehead 303-866-4884 E-mail:
Senator Rollie Heath 303-866-4872
Senator Abel Tapia 303-866-2581
Senator Mark Scheffel 303-866-4869
Senator Shawn Mitchell 303-866-4876 E-mail:
Senator Suzanne Williams 303-866-3432
Senator Ken Kester 303-866-4877 E-mail:
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Old 03-07-2010   #4
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One click link to mail all of the senators listed above is found here (it didn't work on MB):
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