More than 160 new Colorado laws took effect Tuesday, including one that automatically adds a discounted state parks pass to most new or renewed vehicle registrations.
An annual state parks pass normally costs $80, but starting in 2023, SB21-249 tacks on a vehicle-registration fee — a still-undetermined amount but no more than $40 — for the “Keep Colorado Wild Pass.”
Residents registering passenger motor vehicles, lightweight trucks, motorcycles and recreational vehicles can opt out of the fee if they choose, and Coloradans who can’t afford the fee will have the option for a reduced rate.
Through another new law, HB21-1116, Purple Heart recipients with special license plates can get access to state parks for free.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have said they hope to get the cost of the annual pass to $20 a year per vehicle, but it will depend on the number of people who purchase the pass during the registration process. The money will go toward state parks and public lands for things like maintenance and safety work, and search and rescue programs.
Overall, lawmakers passed more than 500 bills in the 2021 legislative session; the governor vetoed four and allowed two to become law without his signature. Other bills that went into effect Tuesday (90 days after the legislative session) included:
- SB21-078: Residents must report lost or stolen firearms.
- HB21-1060: Coloradans can compost their bodies as an after-death option.
- SB21-175: The state will create a new prescription drug affordability board.
- HB21-1048: Several types of retailers must accept cash.
For a full list of legislation passed this year, go to: https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/digest2021.pdf.