Rain barrel issue is still not solved

Peter Marcus- Herald Denver Bureau

A measure that would have allowed Coloradans to collect rain water that falls on their roofs hardly went out with a splash. Supporters are now examining how to move forward, including possible talks this summer.

The bill died on the second-to-last day of the legislative session after it never received a Senate floor vote. Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, had worked for days to convince her fellow Republicans who control the Senate to give the bill a floor vote, where it would have passed with her support.

But that never happened.

Roberts said her best option might be to begin examining the issue in an interim committee that meets over the summer to discuss water resources; she chairs the committee.

“It will be on the agenda for the water interim committee and possibly in more than one location,” she said.

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