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Constitution concern delays wind farm bill

DENVER -- Concerns about the constitutionality of a bill aimed at luring wind farms to northeast Colorado forced Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, to postpone a final Senate vote Thursday.

House Bill 1275 would tax wind turbines based on the amount of energy produced rather than the current method based on the cost of the equipment. The change would lower the industry's startup costs, but the amount of the taxes paid would be the same over a 20-year period.

The Colorado House passed the bill March 15 on a 56-9 vote under the sponsorship of Rep. Wes McKinley, D-Walsh.

Brophy reluctantly agreed to delay the final Senate vote until April 6 to give the legislature's legal staff more time to determine whether exempting existing wind farms from the change rendered the bill unconstitutional.

House Bill 1275 would tax wind turbines based on the amount of energy produced rather than the current method based on the cost of the equipment. The change would lower the industry's startup costs, but the amount of the taxes paid would be the same over a 20-year period.
 
The Colorado House passed the bill March 15 on a 56-9 vote under the sponsorship of Rep. Wes McKinley, D-Walsh.
 
Brophy reluctantly agreed to delay the final Senate vote until April 6 to give the legislature's legal staff more time to determine whether exempting existing wind farms from the change rendered the bill unconstitutional.
 


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MAR 31 2006
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