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Financial Sustainability Legislation
Financial Sustainability Legislation


Bill 1321

HB17-1321 Status

  • 4/17/2017 - Passed the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, 8-5
  • 4/19/2017 - Passed House Finance Committee, 11-2
  • 4/25/2017​​ - Passed House Appropriations Committee​, 10-3​​​
  • 4/27/2017 - Passed ​​Second House​​ Reading 
  • 4/28/2017 - Passed House of Representatives, 42-22
  • 5/4/2017 -  Defeated in Senate Finance Committee​, 3-2​ (Hearing Summary​)

HB17-1321 - Parks And Wildlife Financial Sustainability​

​In order to sustain Colorado state parks and wildlife opportunities, the legislature is considering a bill that would allow the Parks and Wildlife Commission the limited authority to address current financial challenges.

Funding is needed to:

  • Repair high-priority dams to ensure public safety and maintain recreational opportunities.

  • Support public access for hunting and fishing in Colorado.

  • Increase efforts to improve wildlife habitat.

  • Renovate hatcheries in order to continue stocking reservoirs and streams.

  • Continue inspection programs to keep Aquatic Nuisance Species out of Colorado’s waters.

  • Maintain and improve park facilities including trails, campgrounds and visitor centers.

  • Improve outdoor recreation educational programs to get more Coloradans outside.

  • Increase youth and adult hunter and angler recruitment.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife relies on user fees, NOT general tax dollars. However, the fees have not kept pace with operational costs and inflation.​

  • Resident hunting and fishing license fees have not increased since 2005.

  • Park entrance fees have not increased since 2010.

  • Since 2009, CPW has cut or defunded 50 positions and reduced $40 million from its wildlife budg​​​et.

  • Just to maintain current operations, CPW forecasts needing an additional $14 million annually for wildlife and $6.5 million annually for parks.

​​Did you know? These activities have an annual impact in Colorado of $6.1 billion.​
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Hunting and wildlife viewing benefit every county in the state — urban and rural.​

Public Input Shaped this Proposal:

CPW held 22 public meetings statewide. Particip​ants strongly supported increasing fees to ensure CPW’s financial sustainability.

Did you know? Wildlife and park funds are completely separate as required by state and federal law.

The Legislative Proposal Would Allow the Parks and Wildlife Commission to:

  • Phase in resident hunting and fishing license fee increases (with a cap not to exceed 25 percent above the level of most existing fees prior to January 1, 2020)​

  • Adjust prices and fees to keep up with inflation, keeping fees consistent with changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

  • Recoup transaction costs associated with all hunting license applications (not including over-the-counter licenses) by increasing the limited license drawing application fee up to $20.

  • Create an annual resident senior fishing license, limiting the price to no more than 50 percent of the price of a regular annual resident fishing license.

  • Raise fees on select nonresident licenses to ensure those license fees are not less than the equivalent resident license fees.

  • Adjust select fines/penalties to reflect changes in license prices.

  • Create a motorized and nonmotorized watercraft registration fee to help pay for the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Program. Phase in state park-related fee increases (with a cap not to exceed 50 percent above the level of existing fees).

  • Phase in state park-related fee increases (with a cap not to exceed 25 percent above the level of existing fees prior to January 1, 2020).​

  • Expand the opportunity for youth to fish without a fishing license from under 16 to under 18 years of age.​

Visit the ​ Financial Sustainability page to learn more.​

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Financial Sustainability Legislation​ Fact Sheet

Download the 2017 Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Financial Sustainability Legislation​ fact sheet.​​

Fact Sheet