Heating Help

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State lawmakers say they're moving quickly to set aside more money to help Coloradans who are struggling to pay their heating bills.

The money would come from revenue collected from the oil and gas industry, known as severance taxes. The state's taking in more money because of the increase in energy prices.

Those same hikes have also raised people's heating costs.

A new bill being drafted would set aside $20 million in severance taxes for energy assistance this year, double last year's amount. $4 million more would be available to help people winterize their homes.

The bipartisan proposal also would also set aside more money for aid in each of the next three years.

Lawmakers say they want to make sure there's money in place early in the winter to help people, rather than making them wait until nearly the spring to pass a new bill every year.