Rippy appointed to development committee |

Rippy appointed to development committee

Heather McGregor

State Rep. Gregg Rippy, R-Glenwood Springs, will serve on the House Capital Development Committee, said House Speaker-elect Lola Spradley.Spradley made the appointment Thursday, in filling seats on six legislative committees.”It’s an appointment that’s pretty powerful in what it does,” Rippy said Thursday.The six-member committee, which includes three state representatives and three senators, oversees financing for all new state government buildings, including state colleges, universities and prisons.The committee also oversees ongoing maintenance for existing state buildings.In 2003, the committee’s biggest project is expected to be arranging financing to move the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center to the former Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in northeast Denver.The Anschutz Centers for Advanced Medicine is already located at Fitzsimmons, and the multi-year project to move University Hospital will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, Rippy said.Rippy is also working on the final drafts of bills he plans to introduce when the Legislature convenes on Jan. 8.His proposed bills would:-Allowing water rights owners to loan water to others for instream flows during times of severe drought.-Cap damages allowed in lawsuits over construction defects.-Require Colorado drivers to renew their licenses every five years, instead of 10. The aim is to increase the opportunity for drivers to sign up for the organ donor registry and make sure a driver’s eyesight is adequate.

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