The Colorado Association of Conservation Districts at their November annual meeting recognized State Senator Gail Schwartz as its Legislator of the Year for 2012.
Sen. Schwartz, representing District 5 and currently the Senator Majority Whip, was cited for her dedicated work supporting agriculture in 2012. Sen. Schwartz chairs the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee.
In 2012 she sponsored or co-sponsored a substantial number of bills signed into law helping agriculture and agricultural families.
The Cottage Foods Bill Act permits small farmers to prepare and sell selected products made in their kitchens without the need for a commercial kitchen license.
The 2012 Water Bill invested about $6 million in water infrastructure projects and about $44 million in water storage projects.
Another of her bills provided Income Tax Credit for Estate Taxes on Agricultural Land to help heirs keep land in agriculture.
Additionally of special local interest, she sponsored the bill that allows coal mine methane gas capture to be used for energy generation that resulted in the Elk Creek Mine agreement to sell its captured fuel to an energy company that provides the energy to Aspen Skiing Corporation.blog comments powered by Disqus