2013 Budget
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HB13-1001Advanced Industries Acceleration Act YOUNG / HEATH The bill creates the advanced industries acceleration grant program (program) in the Colorado office of economic development (office). The following industries are defined to be advanced industries: Advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources, infrastructure engineering, and information technology. The program includes the following types of grants:
* A proof-of-concept grant for an advanced industry research project to an eligible office of technology transfer;
* An early-stage capital and retention grant to an eligible company for the purpose of accelerating the commercialization of advanced industry products or services to be manufactured or performed in the state; and
* An infrastructure grant for an advanced industry project that builds or utilizes infrastructure to support or enhance the commercialization of advanced industry products or services or that contributes to the development of an advanced industry workforce. Each type of grant has its own eligibility requirements, preferences, and maximum grant amounts. If an applicant qualifies for a preference, the maximum grant amounts do not apply. All grant applicants are required to identify the anticipated number of jobs created or retained in the state, capital invested or attracted in the state, and any other economic impacts that may result from the grant. The program absorbs the bioscience discovery evaluation grant program and the clean technology discovery evaluation grant program, which are both repealed in the bill. In administering the program, the office is required to:
* Consult with the economic development commission about all of the potential grants and monetary incentives that a grant applicant is eligible for;
* Consult with Colorado-based advanced industries or representatives from advanced industries about the program;
* Require a minimum amount of grant moneys for bioscience and clean technology projects and companies, which is based on existing funding from the repealed programs that provide grants for those industries; and
* Annually report to legislative committees about the program. All program grants are made from the advanced industries acceleration cash fund. The fund consists of moneys transferred from the bioscience discovery evaluation cash fund prior to the fund's repeal; limited gaming moneys that were previously used in the bioscience discovery evaluation grant program; income tax withholdings that were to be split between the bioscience discovery evaluation grant program and the clean technology discovery evaluation grant program; gifts, grants, or donations; and any moneys that the general assembly appropriates to the fund. 
05/16/2013 Governor action - signed
Wednesday, May 8 2013
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE
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HB13-1004Colorado Careers Act Of 2013 DURAN / KERR Section 2. The bill establishes the career pathways program (program) in the division of employment and training (division) in the department of labor and employment. The program provides grants to eligible entities to enable individuals to acquire skills necessary to obtain or improve their employability. The bill establishes a career pathways fund and directs the division to submit an annual report to specified committees of the general assembly. The program is repealed on January 31, 2016, unless the director of the division sends notice to the revisor of statues that the program has proven effective through significant job placement. Section 3. Current law authorizes enhanced unemployment insurance benefits to a claimant who is engaged in an approved training program. The bill expands the definition of "approved training program" to include an approved workforce training program provided by a nonprofit entity. Section 4. Current law requires the department of higher education (department) to produce a report on workforce needs and credential production. The bill includes local workforce investment boards in the description of entities with whom the department should consult to prepare the report. Section 4 also requires the department to produce a report on the employment status of persons who have graduated from Colorado public institutions of higher education within each of the previous 5 years. Section 5. The bill requires the office of economic development to prepare a report on workforce needs to attract, develop, and retain businesses in Colorado and to forward the report to specified departments and committees of the general assembly. 05/28/2013 Governor Action - Signed
Wednesday, May 8 2013
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE
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HB13-1040PERA Highest Average Salary PRIOLA Current law averages the 3 highest annual salaries of a member of the public employees' retirement association (PERA) when calculating that member's retirement benefit amount. The bill increases the number of highest annual salaries used from 3 to 7 for anyone who was not a member, inactive member, or retiree of PERA as of December 31, 2013. 02/06/2013 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
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HB13-1041Procedures For Transmission Of Records Under CORA PETTERSEN / KEFALAS Upon request by a person seeking a copy of any public record for which a right to inspection exists under the "Colorado Open Records Act" (CORA), the records custodian must transmit a copy of the record by United States mail or by any other practicable means of delivery. No fees related to transmission may be charged to the record requester for transmitting public records via electronic mail. The custodian shall notify the record requester that a copy of the record is available but will only be sent to the requester once the custodian receives payment for postage if the copy is transmitted by United States mail, or payment for the cost of delivery if the copy is transmitted other than by United States mail, and payment for any other supplies used in the mailing, delivery, or transmission of the record and for all other costs associated with producing the record. Upon receiving such payment, the custodian shall send the record to the requester as soon as practicable but no more than 3 business days after receipt of such payment. 03/08/2013 Governor Action - Signed
NOT ON CALENDARColorado open-records change heads to Gov. Hickenlooper
HB13-1098Colorado Mandatory E-verify Act SWALM / HARVEY Current law requires employers in Colorado to examine the legal work status of newly hired employees, within 20 days after hiring, using paper-based forms of identification. The bill will instead require all employers, upon hiring a new employee on or after January 1, 2014, to participate in the federal electronic verification program (e-verify program) to determine the work eligibility status of newly hired employees. Employers must retain a written or electronic copy of the employment eligibility information received through the e-verify program regarding each newly hired employee, and the director of the division of labor in the department of labor and employment (department) may review employers' documentation and conduct random audits of employers to ensure compliance. An employer is subject to a fine of up to $5,000 for a first offense and up to $25,000 for a second offense if the employer, with reckless disregard:
* Fails to submit the required documentation to the director;
* Submits false or fraudulent documentation; or
* Fails to participate in the e-verify program. For any subsequent offense, the employer is subject to a fine of up to $25,000 and a suspension of all the employer's business licenses for up to 6 months. The bill also requires the department, as part of its quarterly electronic publication to all employers in the state, to notify employers of the requirements of the bill and to include a link to its web site, on which a permanent notice must be posted detailing the requirements of the bill and instructions for enrolling in the e-verify program. The secretary of state's web site must also include information regarding the requirements of the bill and the penalties for noncompliance. The bill takes effect January 1, 2014. 
02/11/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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HB13-1122Incentive Well Sev Tax Holiday & Higher Ed Funding SCOTT For 2 years beginning on July 1, 2013, the bill exempts oil and gas from a well that begins production during the 2-year exemption period (incentive well) from the severance tax. At the end of the exemption period, the oil and gas produced from an incentive well is subject to the severance tax, but the tax associated with the incentive well is not distributed in the same manner as the revenue from other wells. Instead, this revenue is deposited in the college opportunity fund. 02/11/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
NOT ON CALENDARHigher ed funding boost defeated
HB13-1147Voter Registration At Public Higher Ed Institution MELTON / NEWELL The bill requires a state institution of higher education (institution) to provide its students, when a student registers at the institution for the first time, the opportunity to apply for voter registration as follows:
* For a student who is registering electronically at the institution and who is eligible to register to vote on-line, the institution must give him or her the option of registering electronically using the web site maintained by the secretary of state.
* For any student registering at the institution in person or any student ineligible to register to vote electronically, the institution must provide him or her a voter registration application. After the student completes the application, an authorized employee of the institution must forward the application to the county clerk and recorder for the county in which the student resides. The county clerk and recorder determines whether the application is complete. If so, the applicant is deemed registered. If not, the clerk and recorder must so notify the applicant. The higher education commission and the secretary of state are directed to jointly develop a voter registration application for in-person voter registration applications. 
04/18/2013 Governor Action - Signed
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HB13-1151Sales & Use Tax Holiday For Higher Ed Textbooks MORENO / KEFALAS Section 1 of the bill creates a one-day state sales and use tax exemption (holiday) for any textbook that is required or recommended for use at an institution of higher education and that is sold by a campus book store. This sales and use tax holiday occurs on the last Monday of August of the next 5 years. The exemption applies to new, used, and electronic textbooks. Section 2 of the bill permits a statutory town, city, or county to create an identical local sales tax holiday. 02/22/2013 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
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HB13-1175Higher Ed Funding Before Medicaid Expansion DELGROSSO The bill limits the expansion of the medicaid program to newly eligible persons until such time as the general fund appropriation to higher education is at least $747,000,000. 02/19/2013 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
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HB13-1205Investment Of State Moneys By The State Treasurer SWALM In order to provide the state treasurer with additional flexibility in investing state moneys and disposing of public school fund investments that are losing money, the bill:
* Allows the state treasurer to exchange or sell an investment at a loss of principal to the public school fund so long as the loss is offset by a gain in the fund within 12 months;
* In accordance with a recommendation of the state auditor, updates statutory language that currently allows the state treasurer to invest state moneys in domestic securities to allow investment in securities denominated in United States dollars; and
* Allows the state treasurer to invest state moneys in municipal bonds and covered bonds that rated in one of the 2 highest rating categories by a nationally recognized rating organization. 
04/26/2013 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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SB13-020Business Fiscal Impacts Leg Measures & Exec Rules HARVEY The bill directs the staff of the legislative council to designate a 5-day period following the introduction of new legislation or the notice of proposed rule-making during which any person may submit comments regarding the potential business fiscal impacts of the new legislation or rule. Upon the expiration of that period, the staff of the legislative council is required to prepare a notice of reported business fiscal impact (notice) setting forth the range of fiscal impacts contained in the comments and to:
* For legislation, attach the notice to the fiscal note; or
* For proposed rule-making, forward the notice to the executive director of the principal department seeking to promulgate the rule and post the notice on the official web site of the staff of the legislative council. 
01/16/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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SB13-023Increase Damages Caps Under CGIA CADMAN Currently, the "Colorado Governmental Immunity Act" (act) sets as a maximum amount that may be recovered by a person suing a public entity or public employee for loss or injury caused by the entity or employee in any single occurrence, whether from one or more public entities and public employees:
* For any injury to one person in any single occurrence, the sum of $150,000; and
* For an injury to 2 or more persons in any single occurrence, the sum of $600,000, and, in such circumstances, the act prohibits any single person from recovering in excess of $150,000. To ensure these limitations on damages reflect the effects of inflation since the specific limitations were last increased by the general assembly, the bill increases the damages limitation for any injury to one person in any single occurrence to $478,000. For an injury to 2 or more persons in any single occurrence, the bill increases the damages limitation to $990,000 and further specifies that, in such circumstances, a single person is precluded from recovering in excess of $478,000. The bill further provides that the increased damages amounts are:
* Exclusive of interest awarded; and
* Adjusted for inflation every 4 years. The bill requires the attorney general to make this required adjustment on an every 4-year basis commencing January 1, 2018, to certify the amount of the adjustment, and to publish the amount of the adjustment on the attorney general's web site. 
04/19/2013 Governor Action - Signed
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SB13-028Track Utility Data High Performance State Building JONES / TYLER For all state-assisted facilities that complete the design process on or after July 1, 2013, each state agency is required to monitor, track, and verify utility vendor bill data pertaining to the state-assisted facility and annually report to the office of the state architect any necessary information used to ensure that the increased initial costs of the substantial renovation, design, or new construction, including the time value of money, to achieve the highest performance certification attainable are recouped. A state agency may use a commercial utility tracking software for this purpose. The annual report must include information related to building performance based on the state-assisted facility's utility consumption. State-assisted facilities that have achieved the highest performance certification attainable and completed the design process prior to July 1, 2013, are strongly encouraged to monitor, track, and verify utility vendor bill data pertaining to such state-assisted facility to ensure that the increased initial costs to achieve the highest performance certification attainable are recouped. 03/22/2013 Governor Action - Signed
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SB13-036Repeal The Annual Revenue Resolution STEADMAN / GEROU The bill repeals the requirement that the general assembly annually pass a joint resolution by February 1 to certify to the state controller the general fund revenue estimate for the next state fiscal year. 01/31/2013 Governor Action - Signed
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SB13-066Taxpayer Abortion Separation Act HILL The Colorado constitution prohibits public funds from being used to pay for, or to reimburse anyone for payment of, an induced abortion. The bill establishes that anyone who directly or indirectly performs an induced abortion, advocates for induced abortions, or provides referrals for induced abortions shall not receive any public moneys from, nor be administered by, the state of Colorado or its agencies or political subdivisions. 02/04/2013 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
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SB13-121Higher Ed Institutions Fee-for-service Contracts LAMBERT The bill repeals language that allows an institution of higher education and the department of higher education (department) to transfer a certain percentage of the spending authority for college opportunity fund stipends for use in spending moneys received through fee-for-service contracts. The department annually enters into fee-for-service contracts with the governing boards of the institutions of higher education to purchase certain education services. The bill specifies that a fee-for-service contract must specify the per-full-time-student amount that the department will pay for the services. The amount must reflect the actual cost of the services provided, cannot change over the term of the contract, and cannot increase or decrease by more than the amount of inflation from year to year. In complying with the annual requirements to report to an assigned committee of reference and the joint budget committee, the department must provide copies of the fee-for-service contracts. 02/14/2013 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
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SB13-133Distribution Of State Share Of Ltd Gaming Revenues STEADMAN / GEROU The bill inserts dollar amounts instead of percentages for the transfers of the state share of limited gaming revenues to:
* The Colorado travel and tourism promotion fund;
* The bioscience discovery evaluation cash fund;
* The local government limited gaming impact fund;
* The innovative higher education research fund;
* The creative industries cash fund; and
* The Colorado office of film, television, and media operational account cash fund. The bill also makes clear that any amount of limited gaming revenues over and above the transfers to these funds will be transferred to the general fund. 
03/08/2013 Governor Action - Signed
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SB13-173Sunset Review Division Of Gaming KERR / PABON Sunset Process - Senate Finance Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' review of the division of gaming (division) within the department of revenue by:
* Continuing the division for 9 years, until 2022;
* Amending certain definitions to make it clear that electronic versions of games and gaming equipment are permitted;
* Creating a new type of license to be issued to suppliers of equipment used remotely or directly in connection with gaming, including equipment used to monitor, collect, or report gaming transactions data or to calculate adjusted gross proceeds and gaming taxes, and defining terms related to the new type of license;
* Redefining "vintage slot machine" to exclude slot machines introduced on the market before 1984 but fitted with component parts manufactured in 1984 or thereafter;
* Requiring the Colorado limited gaming control commission (commission) to promulgate rules concerning the conditions under which the division may authorize a retail gaming license applicant to own or possess slot machines;
* Permitting the commission to promulgate rules regarding procedures for depositing and accounting for tips or gratuities;
* Clarifying that the statute concerning possession of slot machines includes retailers among the persons who may legally possess slot machines; and
* Making conforming amendments. The bill also makes technical changes to portions of the "Colorado Limited Gaming Act", including:
* Removing from the considerations the commission is required to take into account in setting the gaming tax on adjusted gross proceeds of gaming the consideration of other "for-profit" forms of gambling in Colorado;
* Allowing a licensee to offer a new game or technology without the commission's prior approval if offering the game or technology in compliance with the commission's rules regarding field trials of new games or technology;
* Authorizing the commission to promulgate rules concerning the redemption of chips to replace the requirement that a licensee issue a check to a patron redeeming surrendered chips in any amount over twenty-five dollars; and
* Updating the provision concerning limited gaming events sponsored by charitable organizations to reflect the vote at local elections held in the cities of Central, Black Hawk, and Cripple Creek in November 2008 to expand the hours of operation for limited gaming. 
06/05/2013 Governor Action - Signed
Wednesday, May 8 2013
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(1) in house calendar.  
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