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February 10, 2015  Like


♦Protecting Property Rights   ♦Upcoming Bills   ♦Press Releases

♦In the News   ♦Tweets of the Week   ♦Capitol Pictures

Protecting Property Rights

By Representative Perry Buck (R-Windsor)

Lately, Colorado's natural gas extraction has been the source of major debate in the state. There have been bills debated at the legislature, ballot initiatives put before voters and the formation of a special commission by the governor seeking to find a balance between local and state control of oil and gas regulation.

While the debate over whether a government entity can legally ban the practice of natural gas extraction remains ongoing, we cannot lose sight of the fact that mineral rights are private property. Essentially, when debating a ban on the practice of extracting these minerals, we are debating whether a property owner can access their property. No one would argue that a government entity could prohibit you from accessing your home without just compensation. How is prohibiting someone from accessing their mineral rights any different? Mineral rights owners have the same constitutionally-guaranteed protections as other property owners.

This session I am running a bill, House Bill 1119, that requires a property owner be justly compensated if a government entity prevents them from accessing their property. Regardless of the merits of a ban on the practice of mineral extraction, a property owner should never lose both the right to access their property and the revenue potential of that property. My bill ensures that mineral rights owners are given adequate protections for their property.

House Bill 1119 is scheduled to be heard in the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on Thursday, February 12th upon adjournment. We appreciate you taking the time to read our newsletter and encourage you to address concerns with your respective representative. You can keep up with all of our updates by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or visiting www.coloradohousegop.com .

Sincerely,

Perry Buck

Upcoming Bills of Interest

Representative  J. Paul Brown (R-Ignacio)
Wednesday, February 11th, upon adjournment, House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee
Representative Perry Buck (R-Windsor)
Wednesday, February 11th, upon adjournment, House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee
Representative Janak Joshi (R- Colorado Springs)
Thursday, February 12th, 1:30 pm, House Health Insurance, & Environment
Representative Terri Carver (R- Colorado Springs) 
Thursday, February 12th, 1:30 pm, House Judiciary Committee

House Press Releases

In the News

 Tweets of the Week  

My legislation to help those on septic systems by providing waivers & avoid needless costs was flushed by Dem Controlled committee today

[On voter integrity] "if we fail to uphold the integrity we have no Republic. This is one place money should be spent." @KenFRDM560

Public Safety should be a priority not generating revenue. Red light cameras don't prevent accidents but have caused them #COpolitics #COleg

Capitol Pictures

Representative Sias, appointee to district 27, being sworn in by the Speaker on Feb. 4

Speaker Hullinghorst administers the oath of office for Representative Lang Sias (R-Arvada).

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Representative Jim Wilson (R-Salida) hosts four students from South Park High School on the House floor.

Wear red day

Representatives wearing red to Celebrate National Wear Red Day, which raises awareness for women's heart disease.

You can keep up with all of our updates by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or visiting ColoradoHouseGOP.com.

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