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Colorado State Representative Brianna Titone displays the Recompose cycle
Jan 2021 — Public Policy

Colorado

In 2021, the Colorado became the second state to legalize natural organic reduction. 

Building on the interest and support generated by HB1060 during the 2020 session, Recompose led legislation to make human composting legal in Colorado. Thanks to the support of our community in Colorado and bill sponsors Senator Rodriguez and Representative Titone, HB1060 will become law in September 2021. The bill passage was covered by the New York Times.

HB21-006 (2021) 

Senator Robert Rodriguez served as lead sponsor of HB21-006: Human Remains Natural Reduction Soil. The bill unanimously passed its first committee, Senate Local Government, by a vote of 5 to 0 on February 16, 2021. It then passed the full Senate on March 16 and will be heard by the House on April 28. It now awaits a signature from Governor Jared Polis.

Thank you to all our supporters in Colorado who testified on behalf of the bill. Recompose hopes to open a location in Colorado by early 2022.

HB1060 (2020) 

In early 2020, Recompose partnered with Colorado State Representative Brianna Titone to bring forward House Bill 20-1060. After strong support, the bill was postponed indefinitely due to budget concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill enjoyed bipartisan support and passed the House by a vote of 49 to 15. Due to COVID-19, the Colorado Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs voted to postpone this bill indefinitely on May 27, 2020, meaning the bill will no longer move forward this session.

Thank you to Representative Titone and cosponsors Representative Matt Soper, Senator Robert Rodriguez, and Senator Vicki Marble. Thanks also to all our supporters in Colorado including the funeral industry professionals and individuals who testified in support of HB20-1060.

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