SB18-275 NEWS

May 7, 2018 – SB18-275 Dies in the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee

I am sorry to report that SB18-275 was killed in the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee. I am awaiting a postmortem of the factors leading to the defeat. Outwardly, it appears to have been a victim of opposition by Denver Water and the Colorado Water Congress, with a dose of political infighting.

While the Bill has failed, Colorado Department of Natural Resources (CoDNR) remains committed to developing access procedures. We will work with them to ensure the procedures are safe and effective without being overly burdensome.

I remain even more determined to succeed. If I have your confidence, I will continue the fight.

May 4, 2018 – SB18-275 passed the Senate
The vote was 22 YES – 12 NO and 1 Excused as the Senate’s gavel slapped. it’s on the house!

May 3, 2018 – SB18-275 Passes Second Reading with minimal opposition
SB18-275 Passes Second Reading. The Bill would had been held over for debated if there was significant opposition. Only one Senator spoke against so a debate was not considered necessary.

Next up, is the Third Reading tomorrow. The Third Reading is a recorded vote that should mirror the “voice vote” of today. Given the limited opposition expressed today, we expect the Bill to pass and be sent to the House to begin their deliberations on Monday.

May 2, 2018 – Senate Bill SB18-275 Is Before The Full Senate, May 3, 2018
Bill SB18-275 will receive it’s “Second Reading” on the Senate Floor tomorrow, May 3, 2018. A big thank you to Senator Ray Scott, the Bill’s primary sponsor and Senator Nancy Todd primary Cosponsor. Without their support the Bill would never had been possible.

The Bill is expected to PASS and be sent to the Colorado House. In the House it will most likely be assigned to the House Agriculture Committee. With the support of Rep. Jovan Melton and the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (CoDNR), the Bill is expected to be rapidly pushed through Committee to the House Floor early next week.

This whirlwind push through the Legislature could not be possible without the support of our sponsors and CoDNR.

May 1, 2018 – SB18-275 PASSES Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee 4 to 1

On a vote of 4-1 Colorado made history as the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee voted to refer the first seaplane access legislation to the full Senate.

Our Bill was presented to the Committee by Senator Ray Scott and is cosponsored by Senator Nancy Todd.   Colorado Department of Natural Resources (CoDNR) testified before the Committee in support of the bill.  There was opposition testimony by Denver Water.

We are very confident the Bill will be passed by the full Senate and will be sent to the House.  We believe it will be assigned to the House Agriculture Committee.T hat is where collaboration with CoDNR will really pay off.

April 27, 2018 – SB18-275 is Introduced

Senate Bill SB18-275 is the right Bill at the right time!  Colorado Department of Natural Resources (CoDNR) co-authored the Bill and is supporting it’t passage

Discussions have already begun with Metro area waterways!  They are rushing to the table to be the first to allow seaplane access.

This is happening! This year!

I know many of you have been excited about our previous Bills only to be disappointed. not is time! Your donations have been put to good use securing legislator/policy makers support and votes.  The attitude of the Legislature is very much like that of the Governor, who when told that seaplanes were not allowed in Colorado, he responded, “Why the hell not?!”  We agree and now so does CoDNR.

PDF of Bill

PDF – Fact Sheet

Connect & Collaborate – Sept 18 – 22, 2017

General Aviation Week

Tammy Schmidt, On-Air Producer with Co-Host Kelly Sloan talk about policy and legislation that impact what some pilots are allowed to do, where to fly where to land and much more. During the week various aviation associations are introduced and their role in aviation is discussed.

In the September 22nd installment, Ray Hawkins, Colorado Field Director for the Seaplane Pilots Association, discuss seaplane issues with Kelly Sloan. The discussion includes legislation efforts to allow seaplanes to land on Colorado lakes and waterways. Ray will also offer us a taste of Aviation History.

Listen to the interview on KDMT 1690 AM

Water Resources Review Committee – Oct 5, 2017

2017 Regular Session

Hearing Items

  1. Shepherding Water Rights in Colorado
  2. Water for Outdoor Landscaping
  3. Forest Health Advisory Council
  4. Water Infrastructure and Supply Efficiency (WISE) Project
  5. House Bill 17-1289 Concerning Historical Consumptive Use
  6. Follow-Up on High Groundwater Issues
  7. Seaplanes and Colorado State Parks
  8. Seaplanes and Aquatic Nuisance Species
  9. Public Testimony
  10. Final Recommendations on the Colorado Water Plan
  11. Discussion on Final Committee Legislation

The Committee will meet in Room 357, of the Colorado Capitol Building. Hearings are open to the public.

Steve McCaughey, Executive Director, Seaplane Pilots Association will be present to discuss seaplane operations and invasive species.

Read the full article at Water Resources Review Committee  (PDF)

Peninsula Daily News – August 10, 2017

Emergency Respondents, Volunteers Practice with Seaplane


On August 9, 2017, seaplanes, community resources and emergency services planners came together to help pave the way for a better future for Jefferson County. After doing exercises for so many years, starting in 2009, it is a special privilege to get to see everything come together and all that hard work by so many provide such a life-saving resource.

A special thank you to all involved in Jefferson County and our Washington Seaplane Pilot Association pilot who flew quite a distance to provide his aircraft so lives could be saved.

Read the full article at Peninsula Daily News.