In the final week of the 2020 session, Colorado legislators passed two bills that will make a big difference in the lives of pets across the state. First, the legislature nearly unanimously passed Senate Bill 20-208, a bill that will permanently extend several income tax check-offs, including the Colorado Pet Overpopulation check-off, as long as the fund contributions continue to meet minimum dollar requirements. The money from this tax donation goes into the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF), which provides grants to animal welfare organizations, particularly in rural Colorado. Since it began, the CPOF has provided more than $2.7 million in grants to care for homeless pets and subsidized 60,000 spay and neuter surgeries in under-resourced areas of the state.
Additionally, the Dumb Friends League’s top priority bill, Senate Bill 20-104, was also passed this week. Former Weld County Sheriff, Senator John Cooke (R-Weld) and District Attorney, Representative Dylan Roberts (D-Eagle,Routt) sponsored this bill which clarifies the language allowing Bureau of Animal Protection agents to investigate instances of animal cruelty and neglect. The changes in this bill will protect pets across the state and free-up resources for local law enforcement to address other issues.
Senate Bill 104 was supported by the Dumb Friends League and more than 100 individuals and organizations, largely sheriffs from parts of rural Colorado. The bill received bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature as well as from First Gentleman Marlon Reis. We are very proud of both of these wins and excited to continue to work to improve animal welfare in Colorado.
The bills are expected to be signed by Governor Jared Polis this summer.
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