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HB13-1019 Regulatory Reform Act 
Sponsors: SZABO / TOCHTROP
Summary: This bill enacts the "Regulatory Reform Act of 2013". Section 1 makes legislative declarations about the importance of businesses with 500 or fewer employees to the Colorado economy and the difficulty these types of businesses have in complying with new administrative rules that are not known or understood by these businesses. Section 2 defines "new rule" as any regulatory requirement in existence for less than one year prior to an audit or review by a state agency, and "minor violation" as any violation of a new rule by a business of 500 or fewer employees where the violation is minor in nature, involving record-keeping and issues that do not affect the life safety of the public or workers. For the first minor violation of a new rule by a business of 500 or fewer employees, section 3 of the bill requires a state agency to issue a written warning and engage the business in educational outreach as to the methods of complying with the new rule. Section 3 requires state agencies to make information on new rules available and allows this information to be made available in electronic form.
Status: 2/6/2013 02/06/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1028 Vehicle Special License Plate Limit 
Sponsors: SCOTT
Summary: Transportation Legislation Review Committee. The bill limits the number of alumni, designer, military, or group special license plates to 96.
Status: 1/16/2013 01/16/2013 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1032 Offenses Against Unborn Children 
Sponsors: JOSHI
Summary: The bill provides that, if the commission of any crime codified in the criminal code or traffic code is the proximate cause of death or injury to an unborn member of the species homo sapiens, the prosecuting attorney, in charging the underlying offense, may also charge the homicide or assault offense that is appropriate to the death or injury.
Status: 1/28/2013 01/28/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1033 Abortion Ban 
Sponsors: HUMPHREY
Summary: The bill prohibits abortion and makes any violation a class 3 felony. The following are exceptions to the prohibition:
* A licensed physician performs a medical procedure designed or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant mother, if the physician makes reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner consistent with conventional medical practice;
* A licensed physician provides medical treatment to the mother that results in the accidental or unintentional injury or death to the unborn child. The pregnant mother upon whom an abortion is performed or attempted is not subject to a criminal penalty. The sale and use of contraception is not prohibited by the bill. A conviction related to the abortion prohibition constitutes unprofessional conduct for purposes of physician licensing.
Status: 2/5/2013 02/05/2013 House Committee on Health, Insurance & Environment Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1037 Cost Of Providing Public Records Under CORA 
Sponsors: SALAZAR
Summary: In determining the fee that a custodian of public records is authorized to impose under the "Colorado Open Records Act" (CORA) for the copying of a public record, the bill provides that the fee may not exceed the actual costs of providing the copy in accordance with existing law as well as an amount representing any additional actual costs necessarily incurred by the custodian in complying with the request as long as any such additional component of the fee is a nominal amount. In connection with any such additional component of the fee as specified in the bill, the following additional requirements apply:
* A custodian is required to use the least expensive means available to him or her in responding to a request for copying of a public record under CORA;
* No copying fee imposed under CORA may reflect time spent by the custodian in determining whether the public record at issue is subject to inspection or copying under the act; and
* No fee imposed under CORA may reflect time spent by a public employee in responding to the request for inspection or copying of a public record if the public employee already receives an hourly wage or other form of compensation for responding to requests for inspection or copying under the act.
Status: 1/30/2013 01/30/2013 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1040 PERA Highest Average Salary 
Sponsors: PRIOLA
Summary: 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.
Status: 2/6/2013 02/06/2013 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1048 Deadly Force Against Intruder At A Business 
Sponsors: EVERETT / GRANTHAM
Summary: The bill extends the right to use deadly force against an intruder under certain conditions to include owners, managers, and employees of businesses.
Status: 2/4/2013 02/04/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1050 SOS Cancellation Of Noncitizen Voter Regis Records 
Sponsors: SAINE / GRANTHAM
Summary: The bill requires the secretary of state to coordinate the computerized statewide voter registration list with citizenship records maintained by federal and state agencies. Upon learning that a particular person registered to vote is not a United States citizen, the secretary of state, after conducting an administrative hearing, is directed to electronically cancel that person's voter registration record.
Status: 1/30/2013 01/30/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1064 Publish Local Government Legal Notices On-line 
Sponsors: DORE
Summary: Currently, a board of county commissioners is required to publish certain legal notices, advertisements, and fiscal information in specified newspapers. The bill allows these items to be published on a web site maintained by the county rather than publish them in a newspaper.
Status: 1/31/2013 01/31/2013 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1066 Preservation Of Religious Freedom 
Sponsors: PRIOLA
Summary: The bill restricts a governmental entity from substantially burdening a person's exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless the governmental entity demonstrates that the application of the burden to the person is both essential to furthering a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of doing so. The grant of permissible state moneys, benefits, or exemptions is not a violation of the act. A person whose exercise of religion has been burdened by a governmental entity may assert that violation as a claim or defense in any judicial or administrative proceeding and may obtain such declaratory relief or monetary damages as may be properly awarded by a court. If a person prevails in a proceeding to enforce the act, he or she may recover reasonable costs and attorney fees. If a court finds a person abused the protections of this act by filing a frivolous or fraudulent claim, that person may be assessed the governmental entity's court costs and may be enjoined from filing further claims.
Status: 2/11/2013 02/11/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1069 Small Business Fiscal Impact Statements 
Sponsors: NAVARRO-RATZLAFF
Summary: The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to prepare a small business fiscal impact statement for each bill or concurrent resolution (collectively, "legislative measures") introduced by a member of the general assembly, and describes the process for soliciting and compiling comments pertaining to the potential fiscal impacts of such legislative measures on small businesses in the state.
Status: 1/22/2013 01/22/2013 House Committee on Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1073 Portability Of Nonprobationary Teacher Status 
Sponsors: LANDGRAF
Summary: Under current law, if a teacher who has nonprobationary status in one school district applies to teach in another school district and the teacher can show 2 years of positive effectiveness ratings on his or her performance evaluations, the new school district can hire the teacher only if it gives him or her nonprobationary status. The bill allows the teacher to waive this requirement so that the new school district can hire the teacher and give him or her probationary status.
Status: 1/28/2013 01/28/2013 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1075 Legislative Review Of Executive Branch Rules 
Sponsors: CORAM
Summary: Section 1 of the bill creates the legislative rule review committee (committee) as a standing committee of the general assembly and establishes the procedures whereby the committee studies and reviews rules adopted on or after November 1, 2013, by an agency when:
* An agency notifies the committee that a written petition, submission, or comment was received setting forth a possible adverse effect on the economy, the environment, consumers, private markets, small businesses, job creation, or economic competitiveness as a result of the adoption of the rule;
* A member of the general assembly requests review of a rule in writing because the rule may have an adverse effect on the economy, the environment, consumers, private markets, small businesses, job creation, or economic competitiveness as a result of the adoption of the rule;
* A cost-benefit analysis was required of an adopted rule; or
* The committee is notified by the office of legislative legal services that a rule was adopted as a result of legislation enacted during any legislative session, regular or special, commencing on or after January 1, 2013. Upon completion of the rule review process, the committee must recommend to the general assembly a bill, exempt from the 5-bill limitation, regarding the committee's determinations related to the expiration or postponement of the expiration of the rules reviewed by the committee. Section 2 of the bill makes mandatory a currently permissive statute regarding the completion of a cost-benefit analysis of a rule or amendment by an agency if the executive director of the department of regulatory agencies determines the rule or amendment could have a negative impact on economic competitiveness or on small business in Colorado. Section 2 of the bill also requires the office of legislative legal services to identify rules adopted as a result of legislation that was enacted during any legislative session commencing on or after January 1, 2013. The bill requires that after such rules are identified, any sitting prime sponsors and cosponsors of the enacted legislation, the committee, and the current members of the committees of reference in the senate and house of representatives for that enacted legislation are notified that a rule has been adopted as a result of the legislation. Section 2 of the bill also makes conforming amendments to the "State Administrative Procedures Act" to accommodate the new committee's rule review process.
Status: 2/6/2013 02/06/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1078 Repeal Colorado Health Benefit Exchange 
Sponsors: JOSHI / HARVEY
Summary: In 2010, pursuant to the enactment of federal law that allowed each state to establish a health benefit exchange option through state law or opt to participate in a national exchange, the general assembly enacted the "Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act" (act). The act created the state exchange, a board of directors (board) to implement the exchange, and a legislative health benefits exchange implementation review committee to make recommendations to the board. This bill repeals the act.
Status: 2/5/2013 02/05/2013 House Committee on Health, Insurance & Environment Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1089 Academic Freedom Acts 
Sponsors: HUMPHREY / RENFROE
Summary: The bill creates an "Academic Freedom Act" (act) for both K-12 public schools and institutions of higher education in the state of Colorado (act). The provisions of the acts direct teachers to create an environment that encourages students to intelligently and respectfully explore scientific questions and learn about scientific evidence related to biological and chemical evolution, global warming, and human cloning. The acts direct that the department of education and the Colorado commission on higher education notify all school districts and institutions of higher education of the provisions of their respective act by the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year and that the school districts and institutions of higher education shall disseminate that information to their employees.
Status: 2/4/2013 02/04/2013 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1092 Limit Approp To Executive Branch For Org Fees 
Sponsors: JOSHI
Summary: For the 2013-14 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, the bill prohibits the general assembly from appropriating more than $2 million to the executive branch of government for use by the governor or by any executive department to pay the costs associated with membership to certain professional organizations. On January 1, 2014, the bill requires the state treasurer to deduct an amount equal to the total reduction in general fund appropriations for membership to professional organizations and transfer such sum to the state education fund. The treasurer is required to deduct and transfer the same amount to the state education fund annually.
Status: 2/20/2013 02/20/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1093 Bidding For Local Government Procurement Contracts 
Sponsors: LAWRENCE
Summary: The bill requires an agency of local government (local government) to procure or dispose of supplies, services, or construction through competitive sealed bidding unless the appropriation or expenditure of moneys by the local government for a single contract for the supplies, services, or construction may be reasonably expected not to exceed $50,000 in the aggregate in any fiscal year. The bill includes an exception to the competitive sealed bidding requirement if the local government does not receive any bids, the agency of local government has rejected all bids, or the responsible officer determines that it is necessary to make procurements or contracts under emergency conditions because there exists a threat to public health, welfare, or safety. The bill prohibits a local government from dividing the procurement or disposal of supplies, services, or construction into 2 or more separate projects for the sole purpose of evading or attempting to evade the competitive sealed bidding requirement.
Status: 2/6/2013 02/06/2013 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1094 Tax Credit For School-related Expenditures 
Sponsors: DORE
Summary: The bill creates an income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2013, that allows a taxpayer who is the parent or guardian of a dependent child to claim a credit for costs incurred for school fees or school supplies in that income tax year. The amount of the credit allowed is 25% of the total expenditure for school fees or school supplies or $500, whichever is less. The bill allows the credit to be carried forward, but not refunded, for 3 years from the income tax year in which the credit is claimed.
Status: 2/6/2013 02/06/2013 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1096 Waste Tire Recycling Agricultural & Beneficial Use 
Sponsors: CORAM / TODD
Summary: Current law provides for a subsidy that encourages the recycling of waste tires. The bill clarifies that a mobile processor is eligible for the subsidy. The bill also defines "beneficial use" of waste tires in order to include the use of a waste tire or tire-derived product for an agricultural purpose.
Status: 2/11/2013 02/11/2013 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1098 Colorado Mandatory E-verify Act 
Sponsors: SWALM / HARVEY
Summary: 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.
Status: 2/11/2013 02/11/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1099 Public Administrators Accountability Act 
Sponsors: WRIGHT
Summary: The bill subjects to the financial disclosure and gift and honoraria disclosure requirements of the state's public official disclosure law:
* An individual serving in a temporary or permanent capacity as the head of a principal department of the executive branch of state government or of a state agency; and
* An individual serving in a temporary or permanent capacity as the manager, executive, or administrator, as applicable, of a city or county, or an individual serving in a temporary or permanent capacity as the head of a department of a city or county.
Status: 2/4/2013 02/04/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1100 Ballot Title Standard 
Sponsors: SZABO
Summary: Section 1 of the bill reorganizes the existing requirements related to how the title board sets a ballot title for a proposed initiated law or constitutional amendment. It also requires the title board to write ballot titles that:
* Are in plain language;
* Have words that are generally understood by an average reader; and
* Are clear and coherent. Section 2 requires a ballot title of a statewide referred measure to meet the new standard.
Status: 1/30/2013 01/30/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1106 Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation 
Sponsors: EVERETT
Summary: The bill prohibits an employer from requiring any person, as a condition of employment, to become or remain a member of a labor organization or to pay dues, fees, or other assessments to a labor organization or to a charity organization or other third party in lieu of the labor organization. Any agreement that violates these prohibitions or the rights of an employee is void. The bill creates civil and criminal penalties for violations and authorizes the attorney general and the district attorney in each judicial district to investigate alleged violations and take action against a person believed to be in violation. The bill states that all-union agreements are unfair labor practices.
Status: 2/11/2013 02/11/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1107 Prohibit Collective Bargaining Public Employees 
Sponsors: EVERETT / HARVEY
Summary: Employee organizations are currently authorized, through a 2007 executive order, to become the exclusive representative of the state employees in any occupational group or other categorization of state employees (state employees). Employee organizations are also authorized to form partnership agreements with state employees to provide the framework for discussing issues of mutual concern to state employees and the state as an employer. The bill prohibits:
* The director of the division of labor from accepting a petition from an employee organization to become the exclusive employee representative of state employees, certifying any employee organization as the exclusive representative of state employees, or acting as the agent of any employee organization;
* Any representative of the executive branch of state government from negotiating with an employee organization to create an employee partnership agreement;
* A political subdivision from accepting a petition from an employee organization to become the exclusive employee representative of political subdivision employees, certifying any employee organization as the exclusive representative of political subdivision employees, or acting as the agent of any employee organization;
* A political subdivision from negotiating with an employee organization to create a labor agreement;
* Employee organizations, state employees, representatives of state government, political subdivision employees, and representatives of political subdivisions from collective bargaining. The bill terminates any partnership agreement that is currently in effect and that was formed pursuant to executive order D 028 07. The bill also terminates any labor contract or labor agreement that is in effect between an employee organization and the state and between an employee organization and a political subdivision. A political subdivision includes a county, city and county, city, town, service authority, school district, local improvement district, law enforcement authority, city or county housing authority, or water, sanitation, fire protection, metropolitan, irrigation, drainage, or other special district, or any other kind of municipal, quasi-municipal, or public corporation organized pursuant to law.
Status: 2/11/2013 02/11/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1122 Incentive Well Sev Tax Holiday & Higher Ed Funding 
Sponsors: SCOTT
Summary: 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.
Status: 2/11/2013 02/11/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1162 Concealed Handgun Carry No Permit 
Sponsors: HOLBERT / HILL
Summary: The bill allows a person who legally possesses a handgun under state and federal law to carry a concealed handgun in Colorado. A person who carries a concealed handgun under the authority created in the bill has the same carrying rights and is subject to the same limitations that apply to a person who holds a permit to carry a concealed handgun under current law, including the prohibition on the carrying of a concealed handgun on the grounds of a public elementary, middle, junior high, or high school.
Status: 2/19/2013 02/19/2013 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1169 No Background Check With Concealed Carry Permit 
Sponsors: HUMPHREY / BROPHY
Summary: The bill allows a person to satisfy federal and state background check requirements for the transfer of a firearm by presenting a valid Colorado concealed handgun permit. The bill amends the application procedure for concealed handgun permits to satisfy federal criminal background check requirements. On or before October 1, 2013, the Colorado bureau of investigation shall establish and make available to each sheriff in the state a template for permits to carry concealed handguns. On and after January 1, 2014, each sheriff of the state shall ensure that each permit that he or she issues or renews conforms to the template.
Status: 2/18/2013 02/18/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1170 Policies Allowing Concealed Carry In Public School 
Sponsors: HUMPHREY / HILL
Summary: The bill authorizes a school district board of education and the governing board of a charter school to adopt a written policy to allow an employee of the school district or charter school to carry a concealed handgun on school grounds if the person holds a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun.
Status: 2/19/2013 02/19/2013 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1173 Reduce Approp For Legislative Liaison Salaries 
Sponsors: JOSHI
Summary: For fiscal year 2013-14 and each fiscal year thereafter, the bill requires the general assembly to reduce the total state general fund appropriations to the judicial branch, each executive department, the office of the governor, and each institution of higher education by an amount equal to 50% of the salary paid to each legislative liaison or lobbyist for the branch, department, office, or institution for the 2012-13 fiscal year. On January 1, 2014, the bill requires the state treasurer to deduct an amount equal to the total reduction in general fund appropriations for legislative liaisons and lobbyists and transfer such sum to the senior services account within the older Coloradans cash fund. The treasurer is required to deduct and transfer the same amount to the senior services account annually.
Status: 2/20/2013 02/20/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1175 Higher Ed Funding Before Medicaid Expansion 
Sponsors: DELGROSSO
Summary: 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.
Status: 2/19/2013 02/19/2013 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1176 Income Tax Credits For Nonpublic Education 
Sponsors: SAINE / MARBLE
Summary: The bill establishes a private school tuition income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2014, that allows any taxpayer to claim a credit when a private school issues the taxpayer a credit certificate for enrolling a dependent qualified child in the private school or for offering a scholarship to a qualified child for enrollment in the private school. The credit may be carried forward for 3 years but not refunded, and the department of revenue is granted rule-making authority. The amount of the credit is:
* For any qualified child attending a private school on a full-time basis as described in the state board of education rules, either an amount equal to the scholarship offered to a qualified child or 50% of the previous year's state average per pupil revenue, whichever is less; and
* For any qualified child attending a private school on a half-time basis as described in the state board of education rules, either an amount equal to the scholarship offered to a qualified child or 25% of the previous year's state average per pupil revenue, whichever is less. The bill establishes an income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2014, that allows any taxpayer who decides to home-school a qualified child to claim an income tax credit:
* In an amount equal to $1,000 for a taxpayer who home-schools a qualified child who was enrolled on a full-time basis as described in the state board of education rules in a public school in the state prior to being home-schooled; and
* In an amount equal to $500 for a taxpayer who home-schools a qualified child who was enrolled on a half-time basis as described in the state board of education rules in a public school in the state prior to being home-schooled. The credit may be carried forward for 3 years but not refunded.
Status: 2/18/2013 02/18/2013 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1178 Reform Laws Alcohol Beverage Sales 
Sponsors: PRIOLA
Summary: Current law contains a separate category of licenses for establishments selling fermented malt beverages, which is beer with an alcohol content of 3.2% or less by weight (3.2% beer), as distinguished from licenses that permit the sale of other alcohol beverages with higher alcohol content, including malt liquor (full beer), wine, and spirits. Grocery stores and convenience stores are permitted to obtain only a fermented malt beverage retail license. Sections 2, 3, and 5 of the bill permit grocery and convenience stores that have a fermented malt beverage license to also sell craft beer under their existing fermented malt beverage license. "Craft beer" is beer with an alcohol content in excess of 3.2% by weight or 4% alcohol by volume that is manufactured by a craft brewer that produces no more than 6 million barrels of craft beer per year. Convenience and grocery stores would continue to be prohibited from selling other types of alcohol beverages such as wine or spirits. Under section 4, fermented malt beverage retail licensees are required to implement a training program for their employees regarding the requirements for selling alcohol beverages and checking age identification. Section 5 also defines "caffeinated alcohol beverage" as a fermented malt beverage, including craft beer, or malt liquor that contains at least 0.5% alcohol by volume, to which caffeine or other stimulant has been added, and that is sold in pre-mixed containers. The term is defined for purposes of section 8, which prohibits the importation, production, manufacture, distribution, sale, or serving of caffeinated alcohol beverages. Section 8 also prohibits fermented malt beverage retailers from selling alcohol beverages containing more than 10% alcohol by volume. Current law prohibits a retail liquor store or liquor-licensed drugstore licensee from owning an interest in more than one retail liquor store or liquor-licensed drugstore license, respectively. Sections 6 and 7 permit a retail liquor store or liquor-licensed drugstore licensee to have an interest in up to 4 additional retail liquor store or liquor-licensed drugstore licenses, respectively.
Status: 2/12/2013 02/12/2013 House Committee on Business, Labor, Economic, & Workforce Development Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1187 No New Federal Firearm Laws 
Sponsors: LANDGRAF / LUNDBERG
Summary: A statute, order, rule, or regulation of the U.S. government that becomes effective on or after January 1, 2013, shall be unenforceable within Colorado if the statute, rule, or regulation purports to impose a prohibition, restriction, or limitation upon the possession of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition, including but not limited to a capacity or size limitation or a registration requirement, that does not exist under the laws of this state. An employee or agent of the U.S. government who enforces or attempts to enforce a statute, rule, or regulation of the U.S. government in violation of the provisions of the bill commits a class 1 misdemeanor. The attorney general may defend a Colorado resident who is prosecuted by the U.S. government for an alleged offense in violation of the provisions of the bill.
Status: 2/18/2013 02/18/2013 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

HB13-1192 Genetically Engineered Food Labeling 
Sponsors: LABUDA
Summary: The bill defines "genetically engineered" and requires a person selling, distributing, or offering for sale food in Colorado that he or she is aware contains genetically engineered material or was produced with genetically engineered material to label the food as follows: "This product contains genetically engineered material or was produced with genetically engineered material". The bill exempts certain foods from the labeling requirement.
Status: 2/21/2013 02/21/2013 House Committee on Health, Insurance & Environment Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-006 No Reduction In K-12 Education To Expand Medicaid. 
Sponsors: BALMER
Summary: 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.
Status: 1/31/2013 01/31/2013 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-009 School Board Policies Allowing Concealed Carry 
Sponsors: RENFROE / SAINE
Summary: The bill authorizes a school district board of education and the governing board of a charter school to adopt a written policy to allow an employee of the school district or charter school to carry a concealed handgun on school grounds if the person holds a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun.
Status: 1/28/2013 01/28/2013 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-016 Self-driving Motor Vehicle Guidance 
Sponsors: BROPHY
Summary: The bill makes a legislative declaration and clarifies that a person may drive using a guidance system but requires the system to:
* Safely operate in conformity with traffic law;
* Have an override switch;
* Return control to the driver when the driver steers, brakes, or uses the override switch;
* Show the driver whether the system is engaged;
* Alert the driver and bring the motor vehicle to a stop unless the driver takes manual control upon detecting a system failure. A driver needs a license and insurance when using a guidance system. A driver may use a mobile phone, including text messaging, while using a guidance system. A driver of a motor truck or in a motorcade need not leave room for another vehicle to enter the space in front of the driver while using the guidance system. By August 30, 2018, the department of revenue and state patrol will give a report on guidance systems and make recommendations to the general assembly concerning the use of guidance systems.
Status: 2/5/2013 02/05/2013 Senate Committee on Transportation Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-020 Business Fiscal Impacts Leg Measures & Exec Rules 
Sponsors: HARVEY
Summary: 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.
Status: 1/16/2013 01/16/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-035 Prohibit Red Light Camera Vehicle Identification 
Sponsors: RENFROE / HUMPHREY
Summary: The bill repeals the authorization for municipalities to use automated vehicle identification systems to identify violators of traffic regulations and issue citations based on photographic evidence, and creates a prohibition on such activity.
Status: 1/23/2013 01/23/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-045 Expand Sales Tax Exemption For Food 
Sponsors: HILL
Summary: The bill expands the state sales tax exemption for food, which currently exempts from state sales tax most food for domestic home consumption, by also exempting from state sales tax most food that is not for domestic home consumption and is instead prepared for on-site consumption at a restaurant, grocery store, or other establishment or to be carried out and consumed without additional cooking or other preparation.
Status: 1/30/2013 01/30/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-054 Underage Person Alcohol Consumption Parent Consent 
Sponsors: BROPHY / PRIOLA
Summary: Current law prohibits a person under 21 years of age (underage person) from possessing or consuming alcohol unless:
* The underage person is legally present on private property with the knowledge and consent of the property owner; and
* The parent or legal guardian of the underage person is present on the property and consents to the possession or consumption by the underage person. Additionally, an underage person may possess or consume alcohol for religious, educational, or medical purposes. The "Colorado Liquor Code" also prohibits a person from selling, serving, or delivering an alcohol beverage to an underage person. The bill permits a restaurant or other establishment licensed to sell alcohol for on-premises consumption to serve, and an underage person to consume on the licensed premises, an alcohol beverage if the underage person's parent or legal guardian who is at least 21 years of age purchases the alcohol beverage for the underage person and accompanies the underage person while he or she is consuming the alcohol beverage. If the licensed establishment reasonably relies on documentation or other representation of the parent or legal guardian relationship, and the person purchasing the alcohol beverages is not, in fact, the parent or legal guardian of the underage person, that reliance and alcohol beverage sale is not grounds for revocation or suspension of the establishment's liquor license.
Status: 1/30/2013 01/30/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-055 PERA Actuarial Soundness & Reporting Requirements 
Sponsors: LAMBERT / SAINE
Summary: 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.
Status: 2/4/2013 02/04/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-056 Ban Sex-selection Abortions 
Sponsors: HARVEY / SAINE
Summary: The bill outlaws:
* The performance of an abortion for the purposes of sex selection;
* Coercion of an abortion for the purposes of sex selection;
* Solicitation or acceptance of funds for the performance of an abortion for the purposes of sex selection; or
* Transporting a woman into Colorado so the woman can receive an abortion for the purposes of sex selection.
Status: 2/11/2013 02/11/2013 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-057 Indep Review Of Solid Wastes Disposal Site App 
Sponsors: KING
Summary: In order to apply for a certificate of designation to own or operate a solid wastes disposal site and facility, an applicant must submit an engineered design and operations plan (plan) that assesses whether the proposed site and facility complies with regulations of the Colorado department of public health and environment (CDPHE). Currently, CDPHE or, at the applicant's election if given the option by CDPHE, a private contractor, reviews such plans. The bill divests CDPHE of the authority to review these plans, and instead requires applicants to utilize independent private parties to both prepare and review the plans. Completed plans are forwarded to CDPHE and the local governmental body to which the certificate of designation application is made. The bill also shifts the duty to solicit and accept public comments on a plan in an application for a solid wastes disposal site and facility from CDPHE to the governing body having jurisdiction over the application.
Status: 2/12/2013 02/12/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-062 Require Security At No-firearms Businesses 
Sponsors: LAMBERT / SAINE
Summary: A private business entity shall be liable for damages in any civil action brought by an invitee if:
* The private business entity holds itself open to the public;
* The private business entity prohibits the carrying of firearms, whether concealed or open, on the premises of the business, where such carrying would otherwise be permitted under law;
* The private business entity fails to employ on the premises of the business at least 1 on-duty security officer, who is armed with a firearm, for each 50 persons who are present on the premises of the business; and
* The invitee incurs said damages as a result of actions taken by another person, against whose actions the invitee could have defended himself or herself with a firearm in the absence of the private business entity's prohibition against the carrying of firearms. "Private business entity" includes, but is not limited to, a tax-exempt, not-for-profit entity that conducts retail sales or provides retail services to the public.
Status: 1/30/2013 01/30/2013 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-064 Year-round Daylight Saving Time Standard Within CO 
Sponsors: BROPHY / SONNENBERG
Summary: Current law identifies United States Mountain Standard Time (MST) as the standard time in Colorado, except during the annual period of "daylight saving time" (the second Sunday in March through the first Sunday in November), during which MST is advanced one hour. The bill makes daylight saving time the year-round standard time within the state.
Status: 2/4/2013 02/04/2013 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-066 Taxpayer Abortion Separation Act 
Sponsors: HILL
Summary: 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.
Status: 2/4/2013 02/04/2013 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-068 Modify Late Vehicle Registration Fee 
Sponsors: BAUMGARDNER
Summary: Effective July 1, 2013, the bill changes the fee for late registration of a vehicle from a fee of $25 per month to a flat fee of $20 and repeals an exemption from the late fee for a vehicle that has expired temporary registration number plates, tags, or certificates.
Status: 2/12/2013 02/12/2013 Senate Committee on Transportation Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-069 Income Tax Credits For Nonpublic Education 
Sponsors: MARBLE / HOLBERT
Summary: The bill establishes a private school tuition income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2014, that allows any taxpayer to claim a credit when a private school issues the taxpayer a credit certificate for enrolling a dependent qualified child in the private school or for offering a scholarship to a qualified child for enrollment in the private school. The credit may be carried forward for 3 years but not refunded, and the department of revenue is granted rule-making authority. The amount of the credit is:
* For any qualified child attending a private school on a full-time basis as described in the state board of education rules, either an amount equal to the scholarship offered to a qualified child or 50% of the previous year's state average per pupil revenue, whichever is less; and
* For any qualified child attending a private school on a half-time basis as described in the state board of education rules, either an amount equal to the scholarship offered to a qualified child or 25% of the previous year's state average per pupil revenue, whichever is less. The bill establishes an income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2014, that allows any taxpayer who decides to home-school a qualified child to claim an income tax credit:
* In an amount equal to $1,000 for a taxpayer who home-schools a qualified child who was enrolled on a full-time basis as described in the state board of education rules in a public school in the state prior to being home-schooled; and
* In an amount equal to $500 for a taxpayer who home-schools a qualified child who was enrolled on a half-time basis as described in the state board of education rules in a public school in the state prior to being home-schooled. The credit may be carried forward for 3 years but not refunded.
Status: 2/14/2013 02/14/2013 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely

SB13-131 Tax Credit For Suppl Ed Serv Provided To Child 
Sponsors: HILL
Summary: The bill creates a state income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2013, that allows a taxpayer who is the parent or guardian of a dependent child and who incurs costs for providing a supplemental education service to the child, to claim an income tax credit for the costs incurred in providing the supplemental education service. The amount of the credit allowed is an amount equal to the aggregate expenditures for a supplemental education service or $500, whichever is less. To claim the income tax credit, a taxpayer is required to obtain a letter from a licensed educator, mental health professional, or physician recommending that the taxpayer's qualified child receive a specified supplemental education service. The taxpayer is required to submit the letter with the taxpayer's income tax return form. The bill allows the credit to be carried forward, but not refunded, for 3 years from the income tax year in which the credit is claimed.
Status: 2/14/2013 02/14/2013 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely