Post-flooding legislation begins to emerge

DENVER - The destruction from September's Colorado floods is prompting proposals that state lawmakers say are aimed at removing bureaucratic obstacles to expedite rebuilding efforts.

Some of the proposals haven't been finalized, but the legislative session that begins next month could see several bills in reaction to one the worst disasters in state history.

One bill would allow counties to shift some of their general fund dollars to their road and bridge funds for infrastructure repair -- a transfer that current law forbids. Another proposal addresses the damage to irrigation ditches farmers rely on. A bill would allow changes to the point of diversion to damaged ditches without having to go through the lengthy administrative process of water court.