Shawn Martini: Rafting bill attacks private property rights |

Shawn Martini: Rafting bill attacks private property rights

Shawn Martini, Centennial
Communications director - Colorado Farm Bureau

In your article (“Curry: Rafting bill hits snag in Senate”), Colorado Rep. Christine Scanlan notes that there are 19 lobbyists advocating against House Bill 1188, the proposal to erode property rights to benefit the commercial rafting industry.

The article doesn’t explore, however, why there might be so much opposition to her bill. Nor does Julie Sutor, the author, even bother to raise the obvious question as to why there might be so much opposition to the bill, or quote any opponents of the proposal.

In fact, there is a growing coalition of least 35 organizations opposing HB 1188, including two dozen member organizations of the Colorado Ag Council plus Club 20, the Colorado Water Congress, and the River Habitat Preservation Coalition, among many others.

Why the outpouring of opposition to HB 1188? Because HB 1188 is a fundamental attack on private property rights that, if passed, would “take” a landowners’ ability to restrict access to their private property.

We’re convinced that as more Coloradans understand the consequences of HB 1188, the coalition of opponents will only grow.

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