Utilities: 811 Enforcement Requirements

Utilities 811 Enforcement Requirements SB 18-167 Neutral S. Finance Sens. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction and Kerry Donovan, D-Vail; Repa. Faith Winter, D-Westminster, and Lori Saine, R-Dacono Morgan Cullen mcullen@cml.org The intention of SB18-167 is to transform Colorado’s 811 “call before you dig” program into a true “one call” system by requiring tier-1 membership of all facility owners. Currently in Colorado, facility owners can be either tier-1 or tier-2 members which provide a different level of notification and cost for locate requests. The bill also would create a statewide 12-member safety commission with broad oversight and enforcement authority over the organization its members and excavators. CML has worked to address initial issues with the legislation concerning the constitutionality of state oversight of municipal infrastructure as well as some liability concerns in the bill. We are still working to assess the cost impact to municipalities and municipal utilities associated with tier-1 membership, as well as the increased locate requests that will have to be performed.