2013 Benefits and Payroll
Bill # Short TitleSponsorsBill SummaryMost Recent StatusCalendar NotificationNews Links
HB13-1046Employee User Name Password Privacy Protection WILLIAMS / ULIBARRI The bill prohibits an employer from requiring an employee or applicant for employment to disclose a user name, password, or other means for accessing a personal account or service through an electronic communications device. This does not include access to nonpersonal accounts or services that provide access to the employer's internal computer or information systems. The bill also prohibits an employer from discharging, disciplining, penalizing, or refusing to hire an employee or applicant who does not provide access to personal accounts or services. The bill clarifies that an employer may investigate an employee to ensure compliance with securities or financial law or for suspected unauthorized downloading of proprietary information based on the receipt of information about these activities. 05/11/2013 Governor Action - Signed
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SB13-006No Reduction In K-12 Education To Expand Medicaid. BALMER For the 2014-15 budget year, and each budget year thereafter, the bill prohibits the general assembly from expending state moneys to participate in the federal "Affordable Care Act" if the effect of those expenditures is to decrease funding for Colorado's public schools by reducing the state's share of total program funding for school districts and institute charter schools, or by failing to compensate for a reduction in local school funding. 01/31/2013 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
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SB13-011Colorado Civil Union Act STEADMAN / FERRANDINO The bill creates the "Colorado Civil Union Act" (Act) to authorize any 2 unmarried adults, regardless of gender, to enter into a civil union. Parties wanting to enter into a civil union apply to a county clerk and recorder for a civil union license. Certain persons may certify a civil union. After the civil union is certified, the officiant files the civil union certificate with the county clerk and recorder. A priest, minister, rabbi, or other official of a religious institution or denomination or an Indian nation or tribe is not required to certify a civil union in violation of his or her right to free exercise of religion. The criteria for a valid civil union are set forth in the bill. The executive director of the department of public health and environment and the state registrar of vital statistics shall issue forms necessary to implement the Act. Each county clerk and recorder submits records of registered civil unions to the office of vital statistics. A county clerk and recorder collects a fee for a civil union license, which fee is credited to the vital statistics records cash fund. The state registrar of vital statistics is authorized to set and collect an additional fee for verification of civil unions, which fee is credited to the vital statistics records cash fund. A county clerk and recorder collects a $20 fee to be credited to the Colorado domestic abuse program fund. The rights, benefits, protections, duties, obligations, responsibilities, and other incidents under law that are granted or imposed under the law to spouses apply in like manner to parties to a civil union, including the following:
* Responsibility for financial support of a party to a civil union;
* Rights and abilities concerning transfer of real or personal property to a party to a civil union;
* The ability to file a claim based on wrongful death, emotional distress, loss of consortium, dramshop, or other laws, whether common law or statutory, related to or dependent upon spousal status;
* Prohibitions against discrimination based upon spousal status;
* The probate laws relating to estates, wills, trusts, and intestate succession, including the ability to inherit real and personal property from a party in a civil union under the probate code;
* The probate laws relating to guardianship and conservators, including priority for appointment as a conservator, guardian, or personal representative;
* Survivor benefits under and inclusion in workers' compensation laws;
* The right of a partner in a civil union to be treated as a family member or as a spouse under the "Colorado Employment Security Act" for purposes of unemployment benefits;
* The ability to adopt a child of a party to a civil union;
* The ability to insure a party to a civil union under group benefit plans for state employees;
* The ability to designate a party to a civil union as a beneficiary under the state public employees retirement system;
* Survivor benefits under local government firefighter and police pensions;
* Protections and coverage under domestic abuse and domestic violence laws;
* Rights and protections under victims' compensation laws and victims and witness protection laws;
* Laws, policies, or procedures relating to emergency and nonemergency medical care and treatment and hospital visitation;
* Rights to visit a party in a civil union in a correctional facility, jail, or private contract prison or in a facility providing mental health treatment;
* The ability to file a complaint about the care or treatment of a party in a civil union in a nursing home;
* Rights relating to declarations concerning administering, withholding, or withdrawing medical treatment, proxy decision-makers and surrogate decision-makers, CPR directives, or directives concerning medical orders for scope of treatment forms with respect to a party to a civil union;
* Rights concerning the disposition of the last remains of a party to a civil union;
* The right to make decisions regarding anatomical gifts;
* Eligibility for family leave benefits;
* Eligibility for public assistance benefits;
* A privilege from providing compelled testimony against a party in a civil union and evidentiary privileges for parties to a civil union;
* The right to apply for emergency or involuntary commitment of a party to a civil union;
* The right to claim a homestead exemption;
* The ability to protect exempt property from attachment, execution, or garnishment;
* Dependent coverage under life insurance for plans issued, delivered, or renewed on or after January 1, 2014;
* Dependent coverage under health insurance policies for plans issued, delivered, or renewed on or after January 1, 2014; and
* Other insurance policies that provide coverage relating to joint ownership of property for plans issued, delivered, or renewed on or after January 1, 2014. The same processes that are provided in law for dissolution, legal separation, and declaration of invalidity of a marriage apply to dissolution, legal separation, and declaration of invalidity of a civil union. Any person who enters into a civil union in Colorado consents to the jurisdiction of the courts of Colorado for the purpose of any action relating to a civil union even if one or both parties cease to reside in the state. The courts are directed to follow the laws of Colorado in a matter filed in Colorado that is seeking a dissolution, legal separation, or invalidity of a civil union that was entered into in another state. The courts are authorized to collect docket fees for the dissolution of a civil union, legal separation of a civil union, and declaration of invalidity of a civil union. Parties to a civil union may create agreements modifying the terms and conditions of a civil union in the manner specified in the law for creating marital agreements. The Act states that this Act does not invalidate or affect an otherwise valid domestic partnership agreement or civil contract between 2 individuals who are not married to each other if the agreement or contract was made prior to the effective date of this Act or, if made after the effective date of this Act, the agreement or contract is not made in contemplation of entering into a civil union. The Act shall not be construed to create a marriage between the parties to a civil union or alter the public policy of this state that recognizes only the union of one man and one woman as a marriage. The Act includes a reciprocity and principle of comity section that states that a relationship between 2 persons that does not comply with section 31 of article II of the state constitution and that is legally entered into in another jurisdiction is deemed in Colorado to be a civil union and that, under principles of comity, a civil union or domestic partnership or a substantially similar legal relationship between 2 persons that is legally created in another jurisdiction is deemed to be a civil union for purposes of Colorado law. The Act includes a severability clause. Until a statutory change is enacted to authorize the filing of a joint state tax return by parties to a civil union, the Act shall not be construed to permit the filing of a joint income tax return by the parties to a civil union. A custodian of records is prohibited from allowing a person, other than the person in interest or an immediate family member of the person in interest, to inspect the application for a civil union license of any person; except that a district court may order the custodian to permit inspection of the license application for a civil union upon a showing of good cause. A record of an application for a civil union license is available for public inspection 50 years after the date that the record was created. A person who has entered into a designated beneficiary agreement under Colorado's designated beneficiary statute is precluded from entering into a civil union with a different person. If both parties to a designated beneficiary agreement are eligible to enter into a valid civil union and subsequently enter into a civil union, the civil union certificate constitutes a superseding legal document that supersedes and invalidates the prior designated beneficiary agreement. The bill makes other conforming amendments. The bill takes effect May 1, 2013; except that the provisions relating to the inclusion of a partner in a civil union as a dependent on a health or life insurance policy and the provisions relating to insurance policies concerning the ownership of property take effect January 1, 2014. 
03/21/2013 Governor Action - Signed
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SB13-044Prepaid Inpatient Health Plan Incentives NICHOLSON / CORAM The bill changes the time when a quality incentive payment is made under a prepaid inpatient health plan agreement from within 6 months to within a reasonable period of time. 03/22/2013 Governor Action - Signed
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SB13-055PERA Actuarial Soundness & Reporting Requirements LAMBERT / SAINE For the public employees' retirement association (PERA), current law specifies that a maximum amortization period of 30 years is deemed actuarially sound. The bill specifies that this assumes a discount rate equal to the state's long-term debt interest rate. The bill modifies the circumstances in which employer or member contribution rates are adjusted, requiring the general assembly to adjust employer or member contribution rates as necessary to maintain each PERA division trust fund as actuarially sound. The bill requires the PERA board to annually submit recommendations to the general assembly regarding methods to respond to decreases in asset values, to decrease amortization periods, and to ensure full funding. An annual public comprehensive financial report is also required. 02/04/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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SB13-129Modification Of Audit Requirements TOCHTROP / WILLIAMS Legislative Audit Committee. The bill modifies certain statutory requirements directing the office of the state auditor (OSA) to review compliance with statutory obligations as follows:
* Under current law, at least every 4 years the general assembly is required to provide for a performance review by the state auditor of the administrative law judges in the office of administrative courts who hear cases relating to workers' compensation matters. The bill eliminates this required schedule and permits such audits to be undertaken by the state auditor at his or her discretion.
* The bill changes the cycle for regular audits by the OSA of the Colorado travel and tourism promotion fund and related activities of the Colorado tourism office from every 2 years to every 5 years.
* In connection with the existing program allowing a state employee to submit an innovative idea for cost savings improvements for which the employee may receive a monetary award, the bill modifies existing requirements to require the OSA to review and verify the application only where the executive director of the applicable state agency has made a determination that the savings realized for the first 12 months of full implementation of the innovative idea equal $10,000 or more.
* Beginning in 2007, under the "Secure and Verifiable Identity Document Act" (act), the state auditor is required to submit to the governor, members of the legislative audit committee of the general assembly, and members of the state, veterans, and military affairs committees of the senate and the house of representatives an annual executive summary of state agency and institution compliance with the requirements of the act based upon audits conducted during the year. The bill eliminates the requirement that this annual summary be prepared.
* The bill changes the cycle for regular audits by the OSA of the Colorado auto theft prevention cash fund from every 2 years to every 5 years. 
05/25/2013 Governor action - signed
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SB13-168Public Employees & Labor Organizations MARBLE / EVERETT The bill allows a public employee to request that his or her employer deduct dues for the benefit of a labor organization from the employee's wages. An employer is required to commence or cease making the deductions within 30 days after receiving a written request from an employee. A labor organization that receives dues from an employee's wages is required to make an annual financial disclosure to the employee. An employee may join or terminate membership with a labor organization at any time. 02/27/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
NOT ON CALENDARHigher ed funding boost defeated