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HB15-1046 Highway Project Contract Amount Limit Waivers 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Highway Project Contract Amount Limit Waivers
Sponsors: MORENO / SCOTT
Summary: Under current law, if there are fewer than 3 bidders for a highway project, the department of transportation (CDOT) may only award a contract if:
* The contract amount is no more than 10% over CDOT's project cost estimate; or
* CDOT's project cost estimate is less than $1 million and the contract amount is less than 25% over the estimate. The bill allows CDOT to award a highway contract to the low responsible bidder regardless of CDOT's project cost estimate if the executive director of CDOT determines in writing that it is in the best financial, economic, or other interest of the state to do so. The written determination must be included in the contract file and publicly posted on CDOT's web site.
Status: 1/7/2015 01/07/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/4/2015 02/04/2015 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/20/2015 02/20/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/24/2015 02/24/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/25/2015 02/25/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2015 03/11/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
3/17/2015 03/17/2015 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/20/2015 03/20/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/23/2015 03/23/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/24/2015 03/24/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/25/2015 03/25/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/25/2015 03/25/2015 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
3/25/2015 03/25/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/27/2015 03/27/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 Sent to the Governor
4/8/2015 04/08/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Moreno-
Senate Sponsors: Scott--

HB15-1057 The Statewide Initiative Process 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 6 2015
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(34) in senate calendar.
Short Title: The Statewide Initiative Process
Sponsors: COURT / SONNENBERG
Summary: Under current law, the director of research of the legislative council of the general assembly (director) is required to prepare a fiscal impact statement for each initiative in the ballot information booklet (blue book). This fiscal impact statement includes an abstract. The bill requires the director to prepare an initial fiscal impact statement for each initiative submitted to the title board and to further summarize the abstract into a 2-sentence fiscal impact summary. When preparing the initial fiscal impact statement, the director is required to consider the proponents' fiscal impact estimate, which the proponents are strongly encouraged to submit along with the initiative for review and comment. The abstract from the initial fiscal impact statement must be printed at the beginning of an initiative petition section that is circulated for signatures and the fiscal impact summary must be printed on each succeeding section page. The director is also required to post the initial fiscal impact statement on legislative council staff's web site. When preparing the fiscal impact statement for the blue book, the director is permitted to update the initial fiscal impact statement. The bill also requires the designated representatives of the initiative proponents to appear at all review and comment meetings. If either designated representative fails to appear at a review and comment meeting, the initiative is considered withdrawn, but the proponents are permitted to resubmit the initiative for another review and comment meeting.
Status: 1/7/2015 01/07/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/7/2015 01/07/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/25/2015 03/25/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
3/25/2015 03/25/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
4/20/2015 04/20/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Legislative Council
4/20/2015 04/20/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Legislative Council
4/24/2015 04/24/2015 House Committee on Legislative Council Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Senate Third Reading Lost - No Amendments
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/13/2015 05/13/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Signed into law by the Governor
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 34
House Sponsors: Court and DelGrosso, Arndt, Kraft-Tharp, Lawrence, Lee, McCann, Rankin, Szabo-
Senate Sponsors: Sonnenberg and Hodge, Balmer, Cadman, Cooke--

HB15-1058 General Fund Surplus Transfers For Education 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: General Fund Surplus Transfers For Education
Sponsors: BECKER J. / SONNENBERG
Summary: The unrestricted balance remaining in the general fund at the end of a state fiscal year is called the general fund surplus. The bill requires the state treasurer to transfer the general fund surplus as follows:
* 70% to the state education fund; and
* 30% to the higher education fund. These transfers begin in the current fiscal year and do not stop until the negative factor no longer applies to the financing of public schools. The general assembly may appropriate moneys in the higher education fund for any purpose related to higher education.
Status: 1/7/2015 01/07/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Education + Appropriations
1/21/2015 01/21/2015 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Becker J.-
Senate Sponsors: Sonnenberg--

HB15-1065 Regulatory Reform Act Of 2015 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Regulatory Reform Act Of 2015
Sponsors: SZABO / NEVILLE T.
Summary: The bill enacts the "Regulatory Reform Act of 2015". Section 2 makes legislative declarations about the importance of businesses with 100 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 3 defines "new rule" as any regulatory requirement in existence for less than one year prior to its enforcement by a state agency, and "minor violation" as any violation of a new rule by a business of 100 or fewer employees where the violation is minor in nature, involving record-keeping and issues that do not affect the safety of the public or workers. Section 2 provides exceptions from the definition of "minor violation" for certain types of rules. For the first minor violation of a new rule by a business of 100 or fewer employees, section 4 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: 1/9/2015 01/09/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Appropriations
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Szabo-
Senate Sponsors: Neville T.--

HB15-1077 Modify Late Vehicle Registration Fee 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Modify Late Vehicle Registration Fee
Sponsors: WILSON
Summary: Effective July 1, 2015, the bill changes the fee for late registration of a vehicle from a fee of $25 per month up to a maximum of $100 that may only be waived under specified conditions to a fee of up to $10 that may be waived at the discretion of the department of revenue or its authorized agent registering the vehicle. The new late fee is identical to the fee imposed prior to the effective date of the "Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery Act of 2009" (FASTER), Senate Bill 09-108, and is, in accordance with pre-FASTER law, retained by the department or registering authorized agent rather than being credited to the highway users tax fund.
Status: 1/12/2015 01/12/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/28/2015 01/28/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Wilson-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1109 Additional SB09-228 Transfers To HUTF & Cap Constr 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Additional SB09-228 Transfers To HUTF & Cap Constr
Sponsors: DELGROSSO
Summary: Under current law, the state treasurer is required to transfer a percentage of the total general fund revenues to the capital construction fund and the highway users tax fund once a trigger based on economic growth occurs (required transfers). The required transfers will be made for each state fiscal year in a 5-year period, but the amount of the transfers for a state fiscal year may be reduced or eliminated if the state has to refund excess state revenues under the taxpayer's bill of rights. In general, if the refund is greater than 1.5% but less than 3% of the total general fund revenues, then the required transfers are halved, and if it is greater than 3%, then the required transfers are eliminated altogether. For each state fiscal year that the required transfers are reduced or eliminated, the bill adds on another year of transfers to the capital construction fund and the highway users tax fund. Therefore, there will be 5 fiscal years with the full statutory transfers to the funds, regardless of the number of fiscal years that it takes to do so.
Status: 1/15/2015 01/15/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: DelGrosso-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1148 Transfer Gen Fund Surplus To State Highway Fund 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Transfer Gen Fund Surplus To State Highway Fund
Sponsors: BROWN
Summary: The unrestricted balance that remains in the general fund at the end of a state fiscal year is called the general fund surplus. The bill requires the state treasurer to transfer the general fund surplus for the 2014-15 state fiscal year to the state highway fund. The department of transportation may expend the money transferred for the implementation of the strategic transportation investment program subject to a requirement that at least 10% of the money be expended for transit purposes or transit-related capital improvements.
Status: 1/28/2015 01/28/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Finance + Appropriations
3/2/2015 03/02/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Brown-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1157 Working Group For Econ Dev In Distressed Regions 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Working Group For Econ Dev In Distressed Regions
Sponsors: WILLETT / HEATH
Summary: The bill creates the economic development working group for highly distressed rural and urban regions of the state. The working group consists of:
* Four members of the general assembly, who are voting members, appointed by leadership in each house in such a way to ensure that of the 4 members appointed, 2 represent rural regions of the state and 2 represent urban regions of the state;
* The executive director of the Colorado office of economic development, or his or her designee, who is the fifth voting member; and
* Four other nonvoting members appointed by the legislative members of the working group and the representative of the Colorado office of economic development with consideration for county issues, municipal issues, issues related to economic development in rural areas, and issues related to economic development in urban areas. The working group must select data that is appropriate, consistently available, timely, and reflective of current reality, which data will then be used to ascertain the highly distressed rural and urban regions of the state. The bill requires the working group to:
* Establish the regions and post their names and boundaries on the office's web site;
* Discuss and evaluate other economic development efforts in the regions and their best practices;
* Discuss and evaluate the possibility of creating tax-free zones or other economic development tools for the regions; and
* Make detailed legislative recommendations to the general assembly in order to quickly improve the economic vitality of those regions.
Status: 1/29/2015 01/29/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Appropriations
2/24/2015 02/24/2015 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/13/2015 03/13/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/16/2015 03/16/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/17/2015 03/17/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/14/2015 04/14/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology + Appropriations
4/22/2015 04/22/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Willett and Pabon, Becker J.-
Senate Sponsors: Heath and Merrifield, Sonnenberg--

HB15-1170 Increasing Postsecondary And Workforce Readiness 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Increasing Postsecondary And Workforce Readiness
Sponsors: KRAFT-THARP / HILL
Summary: Under current law, postsecondary and workforce readiness and closing the achievement gap are 2 of the performance indicators that the department of education (department) must use to measure a public school's, a public school district's, the state charter school institute's, and the state's level of performance. The bill adds as a measure for each of these indicators the percentages of high school graduates who enroll in a career and technical education program, community college, or 4-year institution of higher education in the school year immediately following graduation. The department must give each postsecondary enrollment option equal weight in calculating performance. Under existing law, each school district accountability committee must include a person from the community who is involved in business, and each school accountability committee must include a person from the community. The bill clarifies that the community person on the school district accountability committee must be involved in business or industry and that the community person on the school accountability committee must be involved in business or industry in the community. The bill clarifies that the state board of education will issue career and technical education authorizations based on the qualifications that the state board for community colleges and occupational education adopts. The bill creates the position of postsecondary and workforce readiness statewide coordinator (statewide coordinator). The statewide coordinator is responsible to the state work force development council (council) in the department of labor and employment. The executive committee of the council and the commissioner of the department of education will enter into a memorandum of understanding as necessary to enable the statewide coordinator to collaborate with appropriate offices within the department of education. The statewide coordinator will work with school districts, boards of cooperative services, the state charter school institute, charter schools, institutions of higher education, businesses, industry, the department of education, the department of labor and employment, and the work force development council to raise the level of postsecondary and workforce readiness that Colorado high school graduates achieve, especially with regard to obtaining skilled career positions in business and industry upon high school graduation.
Status: 1/29/2015 01/29/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
2/25/2015 02/25/2015 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/20/2015 04/20/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/20/2015 04/20/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/23/2015 04/23/2015 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/11/2015 05/11/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/26/2015 05/26/2015 Signed by Governor
5/26/2015 05/26/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Kraft-Tharp and Wilson-
Senate Sponsors: Hill and Heath--

HB15-1172 Repeal Punitive Damages Employment Discrimination 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Repeal Punitive Damages Employment Discrimination
Sponsors: DELGROSSO
Summary: Under federal law, which applies to employers with 15 or more employees, a plaintiff who proves his or her employer has engaged in intentional discrimination may receive an award of compensatory and punitive damages. In the 2013 legislative session, the general assembly enacted legislation enabling plaintiffs in employment discrimination cases filed under state law, which applies to all employers regardless of size and which permits certain employment discrimination claims not currently allowed under federal law, to seek an award of compensatory and punitive damages. The bill eliminates the ability of a plaintiff filing an employment discrimination claim under state law to obtain a punitive damage award.
Status: 1/29/2015 01/29/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/19/2015 02/19/2015 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: DelGrosso-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1173 Winter Driving I-70 Tread Depth & Tire Chains 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Winter Driving I-70 Tread Depth & Tire Chains
Sponsors: MITSCH BUSH
Summary: The bill requires all motor vehicles driving on interstate 70 between Morrison and Dotsero during the snowy season to:
* Have tires with the mountain-snowflake symbol and a tread depth of 1/8 inch; or
* Have tires with the M+S or M/S symbol and a tread depth of 1/8 inch;
* Carry tire chains or an equivalent traction device. The penalties for a violation are a $100 fine and $32 surcharge. The department of transportation is instructed to erect signs at appropriate places, notifying the public of this requirement. The bill also rewrites the chain law to clarify its provisions.
Status: 1/29/2015 01/29/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
1/29/2015 01/29/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/18/2015 02/18/2015 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/18/2015 02/18/2015 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/23/2015 02/23/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/26/2015 - No Amendments
2/26/2015 02/26/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/27/2015 02/27/2015 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/27/2015 02/27/2015 House Third Reading Laid Over to 03/06/2015 - No Amendments
3/6/2015 03/06/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/24/2015 03/24/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
3/26/2015 03/26/2015 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/2/2015 04/02/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/6/2015 04/06/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/10/2015 - No Amendments
4/10/2015 04/10/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/13/2015 04/13/2015 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/14/2015 04/14/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/21/2015 04/21/2015 First Conference Committee Result was to No Report
4/22/2015 04/22/2015 House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Recede - CCR not produced
4/22/2015 04/22/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/22/2015 04/22/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/13/2015 05/13/2015 Signed into law by the Governor
5/13/2015 05/13/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Mitsch Bush and Rankin-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1179 Third Party Medicaid Payment Responsibility System 
Comment:
Position: Support with Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Third Party Medicaid Payment Responsibility System
Sponsors: JOSHI
Summary: The department of health care policy and financing (department) has an enforceable right and a lien right against third parties responsible for a medicaid recipient's health care costs when the department has provided medicaid moneys for those costs. The bill creates a system through which the department can determine whether a third party has responsibility for any portion of a medicaid recipient's health care costs. The system requires the department to commence any action to recover moneys within 2 years after the date of the accident or event causing the injury to the medicaid recipient. The system does not apply to insurance policies that do not pay for bodily injury, claims for property damage or loss of use of property, claims made against accident and health policies, whether expense incurred or indemnity, and all workers' compensation claims. The system requires that prior to paying $2,000 or more on behalf of or to a claimant on a claim under a contract of insurance, every covered insurer shall exchange information with the department through a data matching process with one or more insurers using automated data exchanges that, to the maximum extent feasible, compare claimant information held by insurers with the information in the department's database of medicaid recipients. If the department determines there is a match between a medicaid recipient and an insured, the department provides a notice of lien to the insurer for the recovery of medical expense benefits. The insurer withholds the lesser of the amount of the claim payment or the full amount of the lien and remits that amount to the department. The bill requires the department to notify a recipient and his or her attorney, if represented, of actions taken under the bill and affords the recipient the right to request a hearing to remedy grievances. The bill makes any insurer, insurance claim data collection organization, and their employees, providing data or making lien payments under the bill, immune from any civil liability for providing data or making lien payments under the bill. The bill specifies that any person found to be immune under the bill is entitled to recover reasonable attorney fees and costs from the party that brought the action against the person found to be immune.
Status: 1/29/2015 01/29/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
2/13/2015 02/13/2015 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Joshi, Dore, Windholz-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1190 Assistance To Public Schools For Career Pathways 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Assistance To Public Schools For Career Pathways
Sponsors: WINDHOLZ
Summary: The bill requires the state work force development council (state council) in the department of labor and employment and the department of education to coordinate efforts to:
* Provide technical assistance to schools regarding federal and state programs and statutory requirements relating to career and workforce opportunities;
* Identify local industry and workforce needs;
* Identify existing apprenticeship and training programs;
* Develop resources for public schools to partner with industry sector partnerships;
* Facilitate industry engagement in middle school and high school classrooms;
* Work with other state agencies and industry to develop industry internships and opportunities for high school students;
* Identify and share best practices for implementing career pathways and career-ready skills for students; and
* Strengthen relationships with state agencies to be an effective point of contact for information and assistance to maximize opportunities for students. The bill requires the department of education and the state council to report annually on progress in the Colorado talent report.
Status: 1/29/2015 01/29/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Education + Appropriations
3/4/2015 03/04/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Windholz, Dore, Coram, Becker J., Lawrence-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1195 Commencement Of The Earned Income Tax Credit 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Commencement Of The Earned Income Tax Credit
Sponsors: KAGAN
Summary: Under current law, there are 2 earned income tax credits allowed against the state income tax. One is a mechanism to refund state revenues in excess of the constitutional spending limitation (EITC refund mechanism), while the other is an ordinary income tax credit (permanent EITC). The EITC refund mechanism only applies if the excess state revenues are above a specified amount, and it is only for one income tax year. If refunds are made through the EITC refund mechanism, then in the next income tax year and all future income tax years thereafter, the permanent EITC is available to eligible taxpayers. Without this trigger, the permanent EITC will not apply. Based on legislative council staff's December forecast of excess state revenues for the 2015-16 fiscal year, tax credits would be available through the EITC refund mechanism for the 2016 income tax year, and the permanent EITC would apply for all income tax years beginning with the 2017 income tax year. Section 1 of the bill permits eligible taxpayers to claim the permanent EITC beginning with the 2015 income tax year. There are no other changes to the permanent EITC. Section 3 repeals the EITC refund mechanism, and section 2 makes a conforming amendment to another refund mechanism that applied after the EITC refund mechanism to reflect this repeal.
Status: 1/30/2015 01/30/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Kagan-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1197 Indemnity In Public Construction Contracts 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Indemnity In Public Construction Contracts
Sponsors: TATE / JAHN
Summary: Currently, public entities in construction-related contracts are prohibited from being indemnified for the public entity's own negligence. The bill clarifies this provision by specifying that:
* It also applies to a design contract and to an obligation to pay for the defense of the public entity;
* The contractor's obligation is limited to the amount of negligence attributable to the contractor and its agents, representatives, subcontractors, and suppliers; and
* The obligation only arises when the amount of its liability for the losses of the third party are adjudicated.
Status: 2/2/2015 02/02/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/26/2015 02/26/2015 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/6/2015 03/06/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/9/2015 03/09/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/12/2015 03/12/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/23/2015 03/23/2015 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/26/2015 03/26/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/27/2015 03/27/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/1/2015 04/01/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/2/2015 04/02/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/2/2015 04/02/2015 Sent to the Governor
4/10/2015 04/10/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Tate, Conti, Dore-
Senate Sponsors: Jahn--

HB15-1205 Creation Of Tax Expenditure Evaluation Committee 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Creation Of Tax Expenditure Evaluation Committee
Sponsors: BECKER K.
Summary: The bill creates a joint committee of the senate and house of representatives, known as the tax expenditure evaluation committee. The committee is made up of 7 legislative members and 3 nonvoting, nonlegislative members from the office of state planning and budgeting, the department of revenue, and the Colorado office of economic development. The committee is to function during both the legislative sessions and the interims between. The committee is responsible for reviewing evaluations of the state's tax expenditures made by the state auditor, or an evaluation contractor hired by the state auditor, as required in the bill. The committee may recommend legislation for the continuation, repeal, or modification of the evaluated tax expenditures for the following legislative session. The bill further specifies that the committee may make recommendations, or may recommend legislation, to the department of revenue, the office of state planning and budgeting, the Colorado office of economic development, or any other appropriate state agency, regarding improvements of tax expenditure administration.
Status: 2/3/2015 02/03/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
3/11/2015 03/11/2015 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/2/2015 04/02/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/6/2015 04/06/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/7/2015 04/07/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/9/2015 04/09/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/15/2015 04/15/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Legislative Council
4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Senate Committee on Legislative Council Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Becker K. and Saine-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1209 CDOT Highway Maintenance Division 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: CDOT Highway Maintenance Division
Sponsors: TYLER / SCOTT
Summary: The department of transportation (CDOT) includes several divisions, some of which, including the highway operations and maintenance division, are explicitly created in statute and others of which, including the highway maintenance division, are created administratively as authorized by statute. To better reflect the current actual organizational structure of CDOT, the bill eliminates the highway operations and maintenance division and, with a few exceptions for duties that the chief engineer of CDOT has been directly or indirectly overseeing and will continue to oversee, incorporates its duties and functions into the highway maintenance division, which the bill creates as a statutory division of CDOT.
Status: 2/3/2015 02/03/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/19/2015 02/19/2015 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/24/2015 02/24/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/25/2015 02/25/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/3/2015 03/03/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
3/12/2015 03/12/2015 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/17/2015 03/17/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/18/2015 03/18/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/20/2015 03/20/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/20/2015 03/20/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/20/2015 03/20/2015 Sent to the Governor
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Tyler, Becker J., Coram, Mitsch Bush, Winter, Kraft-Tharp, Moreno, Buck, Esgar, Melton,Nordberg-
Senate Sponsors: Scott, Todd, Garcia, Cooke--

HB15-1221 Employee Leave Attend Child's Academic Activities 
Comment:
Position: Neutral
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Employee Leave Attend Child's Academic Activities
Sponsors: BUCKNER / KERR
Summary: Under the "Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act" (act), an employer that employs at least 50 employees must provide its employees up to 6 hours in any one-month period, up to 18 hours per academic year, of leave from work to attend a child's academic activities. The act only applies to:
* Parents of children in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade; and
* Parent-teacher conferences or meetings related to special education services, interventions, dropout prevention, attendance, truancy, or disciplinary issues. Additionally, the act is scheduled to repeal on September 1, 2015. The bill expands the types of academic activities for which a parent is entitled to leave from work to allow parents to attend meetings with school counselors in which the employee's child is directly participating or academic achievement ceremonies, education nights, or other activities in which the child is directly participating and that contribute to the child's academic progress. Additionally, parents are entitled to take leave for children enrolled in preschool as well as in kindergarten through twelfth grade. The bill requires school districts and institute charter schools to post on their web sites, and include in district-wide or school-wide communications sent to parents and the community at large, information about the act and requires the Colorado state advisory council for parent involvement in education to also provide information to the extent possible within existing resources. The bill also continues the act indefinitely.
Status: 2/17/2015 02/17/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
3/2/2015 03/02/2015 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/6/2015 03/06/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/9/2015 03/09/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/18/2015 03/18/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Education
3/25/2015 03/25/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Buckner and Fields, Becker K., Lebsock, Lee, Melton, Salazar, Vigil-
Senate Sponsors: Kerr--

HB15-1223 Home Service Contracts 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Home Service Contracts
Sponsors: WILLIAMS / BALMER
Summary: Current law regulates the sale of home service contracts for preowned homes. The bill extends this regulation to home service contracts for new homes. The bill excludes a builder's warranty against defects in construction provided in connection with the sale of a new home from the definition of "home warranty service contract" and from the standards related to consumer goods service contracts. The bill extends the automatic repeal of the home service contract standards from July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2020.
Status: 2/17/2015 02/17/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
3/5/2015 03/05/2015 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/9/2015 03/09/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/10/2015 03/10/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/12/2015 03/12/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/17/2015 03/17/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/20/2015 03/20/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/23/2015 03/23/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/27/2015 03/27/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 Sent to the Governor
4/8/2015 04/08/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Williams, Nordberg-
Senate Sponsors: Balmer and Jahn--

HB15-1227 Tax Credit For Employers That Pay Student Loans 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Tax Credit For Employers That Pay Student Loans
Sponsors: BECKER K. / HEATH
Summary: The bill creates an income tax credit for a limited number of years for employers doing business in Colorado who hire and retain new employees for a 12-month period and during that period make payments directly to a lender on behalf of each new employee for the new employee's student loan that he or she incurred while earning an approved degree. An employer who has multiple new employees may seek credits for each new employee. The bill requires the approved degree to be an associate or bachelor's degree that represents the completion of a course of study in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, or a vocational certificate related to industry, manufacturing, or information technology from a Colorado institution of higher education. The bill requires each new employee to be a Colorado resident, work full-time, and receive a base salary or hourly wages totaling less than $60,000 per year. The bill sets up a process whereby the employer seeks preapproval of a credit through the Colorado office of economic development (office) and then allows the office to issue credit certificates after the employer has documented that the requirements of the credit have been met by the employer. The bill specifies that the amount of the credit is calculated as 50% of the payments made directly by the employer to a new employee's lender, subject to a specified maximum per new employee and a specified maximum per employer, except that the per employer maximum may be waived by the Colorado economic development commission. The bill further limits the number of credits that the office may issue in each income tax year that the credit is available.
Status: 2/17/2015 02/17/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
3/11/2015 03/11/2015 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/10/2015 04/10/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Becker K.-
Senate Sponsors: Heath--

HB15-1230 Innovative Industry Workforce Development Program 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 6 2015
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(19) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Innovative Industry Workforce Development Program
Sponsors: LEE / HEATH
Summary: The bill creates the innovative industries workforce development program in the department of labor and employment (department) to be jointly administered by the state work force development council (state council) and the division of employment and training (division). The state council will provide oversight and strategic administration and the division will provide operational administration. The purpose of the program is to reimburse a business for one-half of its expenses related to a qualifying internship. A qualifying internship is one that:
* Is in an innovative industry;
* Is for at least 130 hours and lasts up to 6 months;
* Allows students to gain valuable work experience in at least 2 specified occupational areas;
* Pays the intern at least $10 per hour;
* Provides a mentor or supervisor that will work closely with the intern;
* Is not for the purpose of meeting required residency or clinical hours for the intern;
* Is with an innovative-industry business that has a physical operation facility in the state;
* Is for a high school or college student, a resident who is a student at an out-of-state college, or a recent graduate of either; and
* Along with all other internships, constitutes less than 50% of the business's workforce located in the state. A business may be reimbursed for up to 5 interns per location and up to 10 at all locations, but the maximum amount that a business may be reimbursed for each internship is $5,000. At least one-half of the reimbursement amount must be paid to the intern. A business is required to receive preapproval from the division prior to or during the internship. The state council may enter into an agreement with one or more intermediaries, which are innovative-industry associations, to facilitate outreach to employers, market the program, and identify work experience opportunities. The division is required to solicit information about internships that were reimbursed through the program, and the state council is required to submit a report to legislative committees about the program.
Status: 2/17/2015 02/17/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
3/26/2015 03/26/2015 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/10/2015 04/10/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/13/2015 04/13/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/15/2015 04/15/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/14/2015 05/14/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/26/2015 05/26/2015 Signed by Governor
5/26/2015 05/26/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 19
House Sponsors: Lee and Foote-
Senate Sponsors: Heath--

HB15-1231 Enhanced Unemployment Compensation Benefits 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Enhanced Unemployment Compensation Benefits
Sponsors: ESGAR
Summary: The bill reenacts the implementation of enhanced unemployment insurance compensation benefits for eligible unemployment insurance claimants that expired in accordance with a self-repealer clause in 2014. Enhanced unemployment insurance compensation benefits are available to claimants who are enrolled and making satisfactory progress in an approved training program that will train them for a high-demand occupation, a more stable occupation, or a long-term occupation. An approved training program includes vocational training, a registered apprenticeship, or an entrepreneurial training program. The availability of the enhanced unemployment insurance compensation benefits will expire in accordance with a self-repealer clause on July 1, 2018.
Status: 2/19/2015 02/19/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Appropriations
3/19/2015 03/19/2015 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/10/2015 04/10/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/13/2015 04/13/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/15/2015 04/15/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Esgar and Kraft-Tharp-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1249 Recodify Water Pollution Control Fees 
Comment:
Position: Support with Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Recodify Water Pollution Control Fees
Sponsors: BECKER K. / HODGE
Summary: The bill amends the statutory fee schedule that the department of public health and environment charges for the discharge of pollutants into state waters. The bill recodifies the existing statutory fee structure and does not change the amounts of the existing fees, but does reorganize the existing fees into 5 new sectors. The bill introduces 3 new fees for regulated activities associated with the application of pesticides, the costs associated with reviewing requests for certifications under section 401 of the "Clean Water Act", and an application fee for new permits which will be credited toward the annual permit fee. The bill also extends the existing statutory expiration dates for permits associated with animal feeding operations.
Status: 2/27/2015 02/27/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
3/25/2015 03/25/2015 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/10/2015 04/10/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/13/2015 04/13/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/15/2015 04/15/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/23/2015 04/23/2015 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/12/2015 05/12/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/13/2015 05/13/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/13/2015 05/13/2015 Sent to the Governor
6/4/2015 06/04/2015 Signed by Governor
6/4/2015 06/04/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Becker K.-
Senate Sponsors: Hodge--

HB15-1258 FAMLI Insurance Program Wage Replacement 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: FAMLI Insurance Program Wage Replacement
Sponsors: WINTER / ULIBARRI
Summary: The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI) program in the newly created division of family and medical leave insurance (division) in the department of labor and employment (department) to provide partial wage-replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition or who is unable to work due to the individual's own serious health condition. Prior to implementing the program, the department is to conduct an actuarial analysis to determine the appropriate level of premiums and solvency surcharges, if necessary, to ensure the soundness of the program. Each employee in the state will pay a premium determined by the director of the division by rule, which premium is based on a percentage of the employee's yearly wages. The premiums are deposited into the family and medical leave insurance fund from which family and medical leave benefits are paid to eligible individuals. The director may also impose a solvency surcharge by rule if determined necessary to ensure the soundness of the fund. The division is established as an enterprise, and premiums paid into the fund are not considered state revenues for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights (TABOR).
Status: 3/4/2015 03/04/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment + Finance
3/19/2015 03/19/2015 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to Finance
4/22/2015 04/22/2015 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/24/2015 04/24/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Third Reading Lost - No Amendments
8/31/2015 08/31/2015 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Winter and Salazar, Esgar, Becker K., Buckner, Court, Danielson, Duran, Fields, Foote,Ginal, Lebsock, Lontine, McCann, Melton, Moreno, Pettersen, Primavera, Ryden, Singer,Tyler-
Senate Sponsors: Ulibarri--

HB15-1270 Pathways In Technology Early College High Schools 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Pathways In Technology Early College High Schools
Sponsors: DURAN / TODD
Summary: The bill authorizes the operation of a limited number of pathways in technology early college high schools (p-tech schools) in the state. A p-tech school enrolls students in grades 9 through 14 in an educational program that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The p-tech school combines high school and college-level course work with workplace educational experiences. A student who graduates from a p-tech school is expected to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in applied science. To operate a p-tech school, a school district, board of cooperative services, or charter school (local education provider) must enter into an agreement with a community college, as defined in the bill, and one or more employers. The parties to the agreement will collaborate in presenting the courses, providing student support services, and providing workplace educational experiences. They must also share decision-making responsibilities for the p-tech school. The commissioner of education (commissioner) and the executive director of the department of higher education, acting jointly, must approve a p-tech school before it can operate within the state. The local education provider that operates the school may apply by submitting to the commissioner and the executive director a copy of the operating agreement, a description of the operating model for the p-tech school, the plan for enrolling students in the p-tech school, and other specified information. A p-tech school is subject to the same accountability requirements as other public schools, and a p-tech school's performance rating takes into account the employability of students who graduate from the p-tech school. A p-tech school is funded through the school finance formula. Students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 are funded on the same basis as other high school students enrolled in public schools and students enrolled in grades 13 and 14 are funded at the same funding level as students who participate in the ASCENT program. Students enrolled in a p-tech school are included in the district pupil enrollment as full-time students. In addition, students enrolled in grades 13 and 14 are eligible to receive a stipend through the college opportunity fund.
Status: 3/6/2015 03/06/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
3/18/2015 03/18/2015 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/27/2015 03/27/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over with Amendments to 03/31/2015 - Committee
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/1/2015 04/01/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/2/2015 04/02/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/9/2015 04/09/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/15/2015 04/15/2015 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Signed into law by the Governor
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Duran and Foote, Arndt, Buckner, Danielson, Esgar, Fields, Ginal, Lebsock, Lee,McCann, Mitsch Bush, Rosenthal, Tyler, Young, Singer-
Senate Sponsors: Todd and Woods--

HB15-1271 Mobile Learning Labs Workforce Development 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Mobile Learning Labs Workforce Development
Sponsors: LONTINE / MARBLE
Summary: The bill allows moneys in the Colorado existing industry training program to be used to fund mobile learning labs, which provide employers with a flexible delivery option for on-site training.
Status: 3/6/2015 03/06/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/1/2015 04/01/2015 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/6/2015 04/06/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/7/2015 04/07/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/9/2015 04/09/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/14/2015 04/14/2015 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/20/2015 04/20/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/13/2015 05/13/2015 Signed into law by the Governor
5/13/2015 05/13/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Lontine and Hamner, Esgar, Arndt, Danielson, Garnett, Melton, Pabon, Rosenthal,Williams, Winter-
Senate Sponsors: Marble and Donovan--

HB15-1274 Creation Of Career Pathways For Students 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Creation Of Career Pathways For Students
Sponsors: GARNETT / KERR
Summary: Based upon the model developed for creating the manufacturing career pathway, the bill directs the state work force development council (state council) to coordinate multiple agencies and industries in the design of industry-driven career pathways for critical occupations in growing industries. The state council will work with partners through the talent pipeline work group to define critical occupations and growing industries Bush, Rosenthal, Tyler, Young to determine which career pathways to design and in what order. The bill includes the initial time frame for the development of career pathways and specifies that the first 3 career pathways will be in construction and related skilled trades, information technology, and health care. At least one career pathway must be designed and ready for implementation in the first year, and at least 2 career pathways must be created annually in subsequent years. The career pathways must include provisions that allow students to learn industry-related skills and obtain employment in the industry sector, including internship and apprenticeship opportunities, when relevant and available, as well as advance to higher levels of employment or education. The state council will provide outreach and training to agency partners and industries related to advising students on the career pathways. The bill requires the state board of community colleges and occupational education to collaborate with the state council in the design of the career pathways and to use the development model created for the design of the manufacturing career pathway. The bill requires information about the career pathway to be posted on-line.
Status: 3/6/2015 03/06/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
3/19/2015 03/19/2015 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/10/2015 04/10/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/13/2015 04/13/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/15/2015 04/15/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/23/2015 04/23/2015 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Signed into law by the Governor
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Garnett and Melton, Arndt, Danielson, Duran, Esgar, Fields, Ginal, Lee, McCann, Mitsch-
Senate Sponsors: Kerr and Woods, Todd--

HB15-1275 Career & Tech Ed In Concurrent Enrollment 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Career & Tech Ed In Concurrent Enrollment
Sponsors: WINTER / HEATH
Summary: The bill clarifies that a local education provider may include course work related to apprenticeship programs and internship programs in the programs that are available for concurrent enrollment. The bill directs the concurrent enrollment advisory board (advisory board) to collaborate with persons from the department of education, the department of labor and employment, the community college system, the local district junior colleges, area vocational schools, and the Colorado work force development council to create recommendations to assist local education providers in creating cooperative agreements to include apprenticeship programs and internship programs in the available concurrent enrollment programs. The annual report that the department of education prepares concerning concurrent enrollment must include information concerning enrollment in courses related to apprenticeship programs and internship programs. The bill directs the Colorado commission on higher education to create a tuition assistance program for students who meet the income eligibility requirements for a Pell grant but do not qualify for the grant because the career and technical education certificate program in which they are enrolled does not meet the Pell grant's minimum credit hour requirements.
Status: 3/6/2015 03/06/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
3/24/2015 03/24/2015 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/10/2015 04/10/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/13/2015 04/13/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/15/2015 04/15/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/23/2015 04/23/2015 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/14/2015 05/14/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/22/2015 05/22/2015 Signed by Governor
5/22/2015 05/22/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Winter-
Senate Sponsors: Heath and Marble, Todd--

HB15-1276 Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment and Training 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 6 2015
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(20) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment and Training
Sponsors: PABON / COOKE
Summary: The bill creates the "Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Act", also referred to as the "WORK Act", which establishes a matching grant program in the department of labor and employment (department) to award matching grants to entities and organizations that offer skilled worker training programs to assist in their outreach, recruiting, and training efforts. The program is administered by the department, and a 11-member grant review committee reviews and makes recommendations to the executive directors of the departments of labor and employment and higher education and the director of the office of economic development, who jointly determine the recipients and amounts of the grant awards. The grant review committee is to develop criteria for ranking grant applicants, taking into consideration those applicants that demonstrate partnerships with industry and that have the best potential to:
* Reach a broad audience through their recruitment and outreach efforts;
* Significantly increase enrollment in and completion of their skilled worker training program; and
* Fill existing needs for skilled workers in the market. The program is created for 3 years, and the general assembly is to appropriate a total of $10 million for the program.
Status: 3/9/2015 03/09/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Appropriations
3/19/2015 03/19/2015 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/10/2015 04/10/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/13/2015 04/13/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/15/2015 04/15/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/14/2015 05/14/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/26/2015 05/26/2015 Signed by Governor
5/26/2015 05/26/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 20
House Sponsors: Pabon and Williams, Wilson, Arndt, Buckner, Conti, Esgar, Fields, Garnett, Kraft-Tharp,Lawrence, Lebsock, Lontine, Melton, Mitsch Bush, Navarro, Priola, Rosenthal, Roupe,Salazar, Tate, Tyler, Windholz, Young-
Senate Sponsors: Cooke and Heath, Cadman, Scheffel, Holbert--

HB15-1277 Species Conservation Trust Fund Projects 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Species Conservation Trust Fund Projects
Sponsors: VIGIL / SONNENBERG
Summary: The bill appropriates money from the species conservation trust fund for programs submitted by the executive director of the department of natural resources that are designed to conserve native species that have been listed as threatened or endangered under state or federal law or that are candidate species or are likely to become candidate species as determined by the United States fish and wildlife service.
Status: 3/9/2015 03/09/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources + Appropriations
3/9/2015 03/09/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources + Appropriations
3/23/2015 03/23/2015 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/23/2015 03/23/2015 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/2/2015 04/02/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/6/2015 04/06/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/7/2015 04/07/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/9/2015 04/09/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy + Appropriations
4/9/2015 04/09/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy + Appropriations
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/22/2015 05/22/2015 Signed by Governor
5/22/2015 05/22/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Vigil-
Senate Sponsors: Sonnenberg--

HB15-1300 Local Government Minimum Wage 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Local Government Minimum Wage
Sponsors: MORENO / MERRIFIELD
Summary: The bill permits a unit of local government to enact laws with respect to the minimum wage within its jurisdiction.
Status: 3/19/2015 03/19/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/23/2015 03/23/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/31/2015 03/31/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/8/2015 04/08/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/15/2015 04/15/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Moreno and Melton-
Senate Sponsors: Merrifield--

HB15-1306 Business Opportunity Study 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Business Opportunity Study
Sponsors: WILLIAMS / CROWDER
Summary: In order to ascertain whether disparity exists between the participation of historically underutilized businesses and other businesses in the state procurement system, the bill directs the department of personnel to contract for a disparity study of the Colorado procurement process and to make recommendations to ameliorate any discrepancies identified by the study. The final report that includes the findings and recommendations from the study must be provided to the members of the general assembly and the executive director of the department of personnel (executive director) no later than January 1, 2017. The bill directs the executive director to transmit a copy of the final report to the minority business office, which shall post the report on its official web site. In addition, the executive director is required to include the findings and recommendations from the study in the report to the applicable house and senate committees of reference during its hearing pursuant to the "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act". The executive director is required to develop a method to track the number and percentage of all contracts entered into by state governmental bodies subject to the study that are awarded during any calendar year to a historically underutilized business. The executive director is also required to make such information available on the department of personnel's web site. Any entity that is subject to the disparity study is required to respond to a request for information in connection with the study as soon as possible after receiving the request.
Status: 3/23/2015 03/23/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
3/31/2015 03/31/2015 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/22/2015 04/22/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/23/2015 04/23/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Williams and Salazar, Arndt, Becker K., Buckner, Duran, Esgar, Kagan, Kraft-Tharp,Lontine, Melton, Mitsch Bush, Moreno, Pettersen, Primavera, Ryden, Vigil-
Senate Sponsors: Crowder and Guzman--

HB15-1308 Adjust Leg Branch Responsibilitites In SMART Act 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Adjust Leg Branch Responsibilitites In SMART Act
Sponsors: MORENO / LUNDBERG
Summary: The bill:
* For purposes of the "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act" (SMART Act) hearings, requires the appointees to the committees of reference to be designated no later than the December 1 prior to the convening of the general assembly at which such member is to serve, unless the election determination for a particular race has not been made by such date, whether such appointee is a member of the then current general assembly or a member-elect of the next general assembly;
* Allows any member or member-elect appointed to a committee of reference for the current general assembly or the next general assembly to attend the SMART Act hearings;
* Clarifies that the chairs of the committees of reference appointed for the current general assembly are to serve as chair until the convening of the next general assembly;
* Makes clear that members and members-elect are entitled to the payment of per diem and reimbursement of expenses for attending SMART Act hearings;
* Clarifies the number of SMART Act hearings that the joint committees of reference must conduct; and
* Eliminates the requirement that 2 members of the joint committee of reference be appointed as liaisons to the departments.
Status: 3/24/2015 03/24/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/24/2015 03/24/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/1/2015 04/01/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/2/2015 04/02/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/9/2015 04/09/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/9/2015 04/09/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/20/2015 04/20/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/20/2015 04/20/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/23/2015 04/23/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/11/2015 05/11/2015 Signed into law by Governor
5/11/2015 05/11/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Moreno and Lawrence, DelGrosso, Duran, Hullinghorst-
Senate Sponsors: Lundberg and Heath, Cadman, Scheffel--

HB15-1331 Colorado Overtime Fairness For Employees Act 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Colorado Overtime Fairness For Employees Act
Sponsors: TYLER / MERRIFIELD
Summary: The bill limits the discretion of the director of the division of labor (director) in creating an exemption to Colorado's regulatory overtime requirements for employees that are administrative, executive, supervisor, or professional. The bill sets a minimum salary requirement for the director to apply the exemption equaling three times the Colorado minimum wage. For example, at the current minimum wage of $8.23 per hour, an employee that is an administrative, executive, supervisor, or professional making less than a weekly salary of $987.60 ($8.23 x 40 hours x 3 = $987.60) could not be exempted from overtime by the director's rules. Because the Colorado state minimum wage automatically adjusts for inflation under the Colorado constitution, by linking the minimum salary for the exemption to apply to minimum wage, that salary will also adjust with inflation.
Status: 4/1/2015 04/01/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/20/2015 04/20/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/23/2015 04/23/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/27/2015 - No Amendments
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over to 06/01/2015 - No Amendments
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Tyler, Buckner, Esgar, Fields, Foote, Hullinghorst, Lebsock, Lontine, Melton, Primavera,Ryden, Salazar, Singer, Winter-
Senate Sponsors: Merrifield--

HB15-1336 Employment Services For Veterans And Spouses 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Employment Services For Veterans And Spouses
Sponsors: LEE / CROWDER
Summary: The bill allows work force centers selected by the department of labor and employment (department) to participate in a grant program to develop and expand programs to provide work force development-related services specifically tailored for veterans and their spouses. The work force centers that apply to the grant program established by the department must submit an application that describes the current services provided, states how the grant money would allow for the expansion of services, and describes the businesses or other organizations that the work force centers will partner with to provide services. The work force centers selected by the department shall report on the program to the director of the department who shall relay the information to the state, veterans, and military affairs committees of the senate and the house of representatives. The bill appropriates $500,000 from the general fund to the department for the grant program. The program is subject to a future repeal, effective January 1, 2018.
Status: 4/2/2015 04/02/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
4/14/2015 04/14/2015 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Appropriations
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Lee and Fields-
Senate Sponsors: Crowder--

HB15-1342 Personnel File Right Of Inspection 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Personnel File Right Of Inspection
Sponsors: SALAZAR
Summary: The bill allows an employee or former employee to request that his or her private-sector employer, except for a financial institution, permit the employee or former employee to inspect or request copies of the employee or former employee's personnel file within 30 days of a written request. Employees or former employees are required to pay reasonable costs of duplication. The bill specifies exceptions to the requirement. The bill authorizes an employee or former employee to provide written rebuttal information to the employer or former employer, requires information to be added to the employee or former employee's personnel file, and to accompany any transmittal or disclosure from the file made to a third party. The bill provides remedies to an employee or former employee if an employer or former employer fails to comply with the requirements of the bill.
Status: 4/7/2015 04/07/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/20/2015 04/20/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/23/2015 04/23/2015 House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/11/2015 - No Amendments
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Salazar, Esgar, Ginal, Melton-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1348 Urban Redevelopment Fairness Act 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 6 2015
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(18) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Urban Redevelopment Fairness Act
Sponsors: HULLINGHORST / HEATH
Summary: The bill modifies statutory provisions governing an urban renewal authority (URA) in the following respects:
* Section 1 of the bill modifies the number of commissioners of a URA. Specifically, the bill deletes the requirement that a URA have an odd number of commissioners and allows a URA to have up to 13 commissioners.
* In all cases where an urban renewal plan (plan) managed by the URA includes an allocation of property tax increment generated by the mill levy imposed by one or more counties, except where the municipality is a city and county, section 1 of the bill requires one commissioner to be appointed by agreement of the boards of county commissioners of each county whose property taxes are subject to allocation under any such plan. Where any plan managed by the authority includes an allocation of property tax increment generated by the mill levy imposed by any special district or school district, one such commissioner must also be a board member of a special district whose property taxes are subject to allocation under any such plan, selected by agreement of such special districts whose property taxes are subject to allocation under any such plan, and one such commissioner must also be an elected member of a board of education of a school district, selected by agreement of the school districts whose property taxes are subject to allocation under any such plan. This section of the bill also specifies the time by which such representational appointments must be made and the terms of such appointments.
* Section 4 of the bill imposes similar representational requirements when the governing body of a municipality designates itself as the URA.
* Under current law, if the property taxes collected as a result of the county levy will be used in the plan, the governing body of the municipality or the URA is required to submit a report discussing the impact to the county (report). Section 2 of the bill clarifies that the report is required to be sent to the board of county commissioners and also to the governing body of each taxing entity for which the revenues from its general fund mill levy is proposed to be allocated under the plan. The report is required to be developed in consultation with such board as well any such governing bodies. This section of the bill also extends the time by which the report must be initially submitted and requires the report to address impacts on districts in addition to those of the county.
* Section 2 of the bill clarifies that the provisions in a plan allowing for tax increment financing apply with respect to the property taxes of specifically designated public bodies.
* Section 2 of the bill also requires that, in the case of the special fund established to collect the revenues from certain taxes allocated to the URA upon the payment of indebtedness, all funds remaining in the special fund that have not previously been rebated and that originated as property tax increment generated based on the mill levy of a taxing body within the boundaries of the urban renewal area must be repaid to each taxing body based on requirements specified in the bill.
* Before any urban renewal plan containing any tax allocation provisions that allocates any taxes of any public body other than the municipality may be approved by the municipal governing body, section 2 of the bill also requires the governing body to notify the board of county commissioners of each county and the governing boards of each other public body whose property tax revenues would be allocated under such proposed plan. Representatives of the municipal governing body and each board of county commissioners and each public body are then required to meet and attempt to negotiate an agreement governing the types and limits of tax revenues of each taxing entity to be allocated to the urban renewal plan. Any allocated shared tax revenues governed by any agreement are limited to all or any portion of the taxes levied upon taxable property by the public body within the area covered by the urban renewal plan in addition to any sales tax revenues generated within the area covered by the urban renewal plan by the imposition of the sales tax of the municipality and any other public body.
* In the absence of an agreement between the municipality and any taxing entity, section 2 of the bill prohibits the percentage of property tax increment revenues of any public body that may be allocated to the URA from exceeding the percentage of municipal sales tax increment revenues allocated to the URA under the provisions of the urban renewal plan. The bill specifies the manner in which the percentage of municipal sales tax increment revenue allocated to the URA is to be determined as well as the determination of the amount of any moneys that the municipality pays to, contributes to, or invests in the URA for the project.
Status: 4/10/2015 04/10/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/15/2015 04/15/2015 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/20/2015 04/20/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/11/2015 05/11/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/12/2015 05/12/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/29/2015 05/29/2015 Signed by Governor
5/29/2015 05/29/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 18
House Sponsors: Hullinghorst and Lawrence, Brown, Buck, Conti, Coram, DelGrosso, Dore, Ginal,Wilson, Becker J., Becker K., Kagan, Roupe, Van Winkle-
Senate Sponsors: Heath and Balmer, Grantham, Kefalas, Marble, Merrifield, Sonnenberg--

HB15-1366 Expand Job Growth Tax Credit For Higher Ed Project 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 6 2015
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(3) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Expand Job Growth Tax Credit For Higher Ed Project
Sponsors: PABON / BALMER
Summary: The bill allows a taxpayer to receive an income tax credit through the existing job growth incentive tax credit commencing on or after January 1, 2015, if the project will be a qualified partnership between the taxpayer and a state institution of higher education, is located on or within one mile of the campus of or on other property owned by the state institution of higher education, and brings a net job growth of at least 5 new jobs to the state with an average yearly wage of at least 100% of the statewide average yearly wage. The bill also specifies that if the project is a qualified partnership then:
* The Colorado economic development commission need not determine that the credit is a major factor in the taxpayer's decision to locate or retain the project in Colorado;
* The taxpayer need not identify the cost differential in the projected costs of the project compared to the projected costs if the were project commenced in a competing state; and
* The taxpayer need not provide documentation to demonstrate that the credit is a major factor in the decision to locate the project in the state. Additionally, the bill specifies that if the project is a qualified partnership and the taxpayer is a business that has operated for 5 or fewer years in the state and did not relocate to the state from another state, then the credit is refundable.
Status: 4/20/2015 04/20/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/22/2015 04/22/2015 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/23/2015 04/23/2015 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Finance
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/14/2015 05/14/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Sent to the Governor
6/5/2015 06/05/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 3
House Sponsors: Pabon and Willett-
Senate Sponsors: Balmer--

HB15-1375 Ladder Safety 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Ladder Safety
Sponsors: SINGER / CROWDER
Summary: The bill requires a ladder to be secured if it is used on an unstable or elevated surface. Construction workers must follow federal, state, and local laws concerning ladders. Construction entities are encouraged to establish safety training programs for job-site use of ladders, and insurance providers are encouraged to implement programs that lower insurance premiums for construction entities that establish training and safety programs.
Status: 4/22/2015 04/22/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Singer-
Senate Sponsors: Crowder--

HB15-1382 Work Force Innovation And Opportunity Act 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Work Force Innovation And Opportunity Act
Sponsors: DURAN
Summary: The bill changes the title of the "Colorado Work Force Investment Act" to the "Colorado Work Force Innovation and Opportunity Act" and aligns the current state statute with the federal "Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act" (Act). Federal law previously required each work force board to establish a youth council as a subgroup within the work force board. Because federal law no longer requires the youth council, the bill deletes its establishment from statute. Pursuant to the opportunity created by the Act, the bill allows for the establishment of standing committees to address local work force area issues. The bill incorporates existing work force investment programs for the purpose of delivering services pursuant to the Act. The bill deletes the requirements for designating a one-stop partner operator because federal law currently requires a procurement process. Pursuant to federal requirements, the bill requires a one-stop career center that receives federal work force funds from the United States department of labor to provide veterans priority employment and training services. The bill deletes the requirement that the state work force development council submit recommendations for the allocation of federal funds to the joint budget committee. The current practice is to make recommendations to the governor, and this requirement is retained in statute. The bill deletes the requirements for making appointments to the state work force development council and requires the appointments to meet the minimum requirements of the Act.
Status: 4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Duran and DelGrosso-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1383 Modifications Low-income Housing Tax Credit 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Modifications Low-income Housing Tax Credit
Sponsors: TYLER
Summary: The bill makes the following modifications to the existing Colorado low-income housing credit:
* Extends from 2 years to 5 years, through the calendar year ending December 31, 2019, the period during which the Colorado housing and finance authority may allocate low-income housing tax credits; and
* Adds provisions enabling the transfer of such income tax credits.
Status: 4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Finance
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Tyler and Becker K., Arndt, Danielson, Duran, Esgar, Fields, Garnett, Ginal,Hullinghorst, Kagan, Kraft-Tharp, Lebsock, Lee, Lontine, McCann, Melton, Moreno, Pabon,Rosenthal, Ryden, Salazar, Singer, Vigil, Williams, Winter-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1384 Funding Affordable Housing 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Funding Affordable Housing
Sponsors: TYLER
Summary: Section 1 of the bill requires the state treasurer, for the 2015-16 state fiscal year and for the next 4 state fiscal years, to transmit 1/3 of the available balance in the state's unclaimed property trust fund (unclaimed property moneys) to the Colorado housing and finance authority (authority) to be deposited by the authority into the affordable housing assistance fund (fund) for the purposes of supporting new or existing programs that:
* Provide rental assistance to persons in low- or extremely low-income households across the state to enable such persons to obtain rental housing; and
* Promote the construction, acquisition, or rehabilitation of either rental housing for persons in low- or extremely low-income households across the state or owner-occupied housing for persons in low- or moderate-income households across the state. Section 2 of the bill authorizes the authority to accept the unclaimed property trust fund moneys from the state treasurer, to deposit such moneys into the fund, and to enter into an agreement with the division of housing in the department of local affairs (division) whereby the authority will partner with the division to most effectively administer the moneys in the fund to support new or existing programs that will best serve the purposes of the bill. Section 3 of the bill creates the fund in the authority. This section specifies the source of moneys to be deposited into the fund. All moneys in the fund must be expended for the purpose of supporting new or existing programs that provide rental assistance or promote the construction, acquisition, or rehabilitation of either rental housing for persons in low- or extremely low-income households or owner-occupied housing for persons in low- or moderate-income households. These programs are to be administered by the division pursuant to an intergovernmental agreement with the authority. The bill specifies the date by which the agreement is to be entered into and the contents of the agreement. The fund provisions are repealed, effective July 1, 2023. Section 4 of the bill specifies that the division is to administer all new or existing programs supported by the fund. In administering such programs, the division is required, with the approval of the state housing board, to allocate such moneys to new or existing programs as it determines in its sole administrative discretion will best satisfy the purposes of the bill with restrictions placed on the yearly allocation for rental assistance for persons in low- or extremely low-income households and for the construction, acquisition, or rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing for persons in low- or moderate-income households. The rental assistance that the division may provide includes, without limitation, the provision of rental assistance vouchers.
Status: 4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Tyler and Esgar, Arndt, Becker K., Court, Danielson, Duran, Fields, Garnett, Ginal,Hullinghorst, Kagan, Kraft-Tharp, Lebsock, Lee, Lontine, McCann, Melton, Moreno, Pabon,Pettersen, Primavera, Rosenthal, Ryden, Salazar, Singer, Vigil, Williams, Winter-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1385 Review Process New Multi-family Attached Housing 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Review Process New Multi-family Attached Housing
Sponsors: TYLER
Summary: The bill establishes a voluntary procedure for the external review and validation of construction of new multi-family attached housing. The external review is voluntary and is paid for by the builder. The external review and validation is conducted by a trained independent contractor. An external review and validation is audited by the division of housing (division) in the department of local affairs. The state board of housing promulgates rules for the validation of external reviews conducted under the bill and for audits by the division. The rules must contain design plan, foundation construction, and major structural subsystems review and criteria for gold, silver, and bronze levels of validation. The division maintains a registry of construction defect complaints received by the division for multi-family attached housing. Defects must be reported in good faith within a reasonable time after the homeowner has discovered the defect. The bill requires a builder of multi-family attached housing to disclose to a purchaser whether or not the builder contracted to conduct external review and validation under the bill and the results of the external review and validation.
Status: 4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Finance
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 House Third Reading Laid Over to 06/21/2015 - No Amendments
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Tyler and Kraft-Tharp-
Senate Sponsors: --

HB15-1389 Create New Hospital Provider Fee Enterprise 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Create New Hospital Provider Fee Enterprise
Sponsors: HULLINGHORST
Summary: The bill creates the health care affordability enterprise (enterprise) as a type 2 agency and government-owned business within the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF) for the purpose of charging and collecting a new hospital provider fee that replaces the existing hospital provider fee and participating in the implementation and administration of the state hospital provider fee program (program) created by the "Health Care Affordability Act of 2009" on and after July 1, 2016. The bill does not take effect if the federal centers for medicare and medicaid services determine that it does not comply with federal law. The enterprise is designated as an enterprise for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights (TABOR) so long as it meets TABOR requirements. The primary powers and duties of the enterprise are to:
* Charge and collect a new hospital provider fee;
* Leverage new hospital provider fee revenue collected to obtain federal matching money, working with or through HCPF and the state medical services board to the extent required by federal law or otherwise necessary; and
* Expend money from a newly created new hospital provider fee cash fund for the purposes of the program;
* Issue revenue bonds payable from its revenues;
* Enter into agreements with HCPF as necessary to collect and expend new hospital provider fee revenue;
* Engage the services of private consultants and legal counsel; and
* Adopt and amend or repeal policies for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business. The powers, duties, and functions of the existing hospital provider fee oversight and advisory board (advisory board) are transferred, by a type 3 transfer, to the enterprise on July 1, 2016, and the advisory board is abolished. The current members of the advisory board continue to serve as members of the enterprise board, and future enterprise board appointments are done in the same way as current advisory board appointments. The bill specifies that unlike hospital provider fees charged and collected by HCPF before July 1, 2016, so long as the enterprise qualifies as a TABOR-exempt enterprise, new hospital provider fee revenue does not count against either the TABOR state fiscal year spending limit or the referendum C cap, the higher statutory state fiscal year spending limit established after the voters of the state approved referendum C in 2005. The bill clarifies that termination of the authority of HCPF to charge and collect hospital provider fees and creation of a new enterprise to charge and collect a new hospital provider fee does not constitute qualification of an enterprise for purposes of TABOR or state law and therefore does not require or authorize downward adjustment of the TABOR fiscal year spending limit or the referendum C cap.
Status: 4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Hullinghorst and Court-
Senate Sponsors: --

HCR15-1004 Statewide Uniform Sales & Use Tax Definitions 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Statewide Uniform Sales & Use Tax Definitions
Sponsors: CONTI & KRAFT
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: -
Senate Sponsors: --

SB15-001 Excess State Revenues Refund Mechanism 
Comment: Tabled Until Budget Conversation
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Excess State Revenues Refund Mechanism
Sponsors: CADMAN
Summary: Current law provides 3 mechanisms for refunding state revenues in excess of the state fiscal year spending limit imposed by the taxpayer's bill of rights (TABOR) and subsequently increased by a voter-approved revenue change in 2005 (excess state revenues): An earned income tax credit; a temporary income tax rate reduction; and a state sales tax refund that is paid to taxpayers through the state income tax system in amounts based on 6 income-based tiers. For refunds of excess state revenues for fiscal year 2014-15 or any subsequent fiscal year, the bill repeals the temporary income tax rate reduction refund mechanism and replaces the 6-tier state sales tax refund mechanism with a 3-tier state sales tax refund mechanism that is similarly administered. The bill does not affect the earned income tax credit refund mechanism. The tiers of the new 3-tier state sales tax refund mechanism are annually adjusted for inflation.
Status: 1/7/2015 01/07/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: -
Senate Sponsors: Cadman, Scheffel--

SB15-017 Appellate Process For Decisions About Groundwater 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Appellate Process For Decisions About Groundwater
Sponsors: JONES / CORAM
Summary: Water Resources Review Committee. Decisions or actions of the ground water commission (commission) or the state engineer regarding groundwater are appealed to a district court. Under current statute, the evidence that a district court may consider on appeal when reviewing a decision or action of the commission or state engineer is not limited to the evidence presented to the commission or state engineer. Therefore, unlike appeals from other state agencies' decisions or actions under the "State Administrative Procedure Act", a party appealing a decision or action of the commission or state engineer may present new evidence on appeal that was never considered by the commission or state engineer. The bill limits the evidence that a district court may consider when reviewing a decision or action of the commission or the state engineer on appeal to the evidence presented to the commission or the state engineer.
Status: 1/7/2015 01/07/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/4/2015 02/04/2015 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Coram, Mitsch Bush, Vigil-
Senate Sponsors: Jones, Sonnenberg--

SB15-018 Repeal Late Vehicle Registration Fee 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Repeal Late Vehicle Registration Fee
Sponsors: NEVILLE T. / NEVILLE P.
Summary: Under current law, if the owner of a motor vehicle fails to register the vehicle when required, the owner must, upon registering the vehicle and subject to a $100 cap, pay a late fee of $25 for each month or portion of a month for which the registration was late. The bill repeals the late fee.
Status: 1/7/2015 01/07/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation + Finance
1/27/2015 01/27/2015 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Unamended to Finance
2/3/2015 02/03/2015 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
2/13/2015 02/13/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/18/2015 02/18/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/19/2015 02/19/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/24/2015 02/24/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Finance
3/18/2015 03/18/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Neville P.-
Senate Sponsors: Neville T.--

SB15-082 County Workforce Development Prop Tax Incentives 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: County Workforce Development Prop Tax Incentives
Sponsors: MARBLE / MORENO
Summary: The bill authorizes a county to establish a workforce development program to provide financial assistance to high school graduates in the county who pursue post-secondary education or training from an accredited institution of higher education or certified training program. Any county that establishes a workforce development program may also establish a workforce development fund to accept contributions for the purpose of the program. The bill also authorizes a county that has established a workforce development program to offer an incentive, in the form of a county property tax credit or rebate, to a residential or commercial property owner in the county who contributes to a county workforce development fund. The bill specifies that a county cannot give a credit or rebate unless the board of county commissioners approves the total program amount annually at a public budget hearing.
Status: 1/14/2015 01/14/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
2/3/2015 02/03/2015 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/6/2015 02/06/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/9/2015 02/09/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/10/2015 02/10/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
2/18/2015 02/18/2015 House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/23/2015 02/23/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/25/2015 02/25/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/3/2015 03/03/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/4/2015 03/04/2015 Sent to the Governor
3/13/2015 03/13/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Moreno and Lawrence-
Senate Sponsors: Marble and Hodge, Holbert, Lundberg, Woods--

SB15-083 Certain Private Org Subject To CORA Requirements 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Certain Private Org Subject To CORA Requirements
Sponsors: HILL
Summary: The bill modifies the definition of "public records" under the "Colorado Open Records Act" to include all writings made, maintained, or kept by a private organization that receives moneys collected by the state or a political subdivision of the state at the request of a public employee or taxpayer and that involve the receipt or expenditure of moneys by the private organization.
Status: 1/14/2015 01/14/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary + State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/4/2015 02/04/2015 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: -
Senate Sponsors: Hill, Holbert--

SB15-090 Temporary Registration Document Standards 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 6 2015
CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE AMENDMENTS TO SENATE BILLS
(2) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Temporary Registration Document Standards
Sponsors: TODD / TYLER
Summary: The bill directs the department of revenue to ensure that temporary motor vehicle registration number plates, tags, or certificates meet the existing statutory requirements for attachment, visibility, and readability that apply to permanent plates. The department may promulgate rules and accept gifts, grants, or donations for implementation.
Status: 1/14/2015 01/14/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation + Finance
2/10/2015 02/10/2015 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Amended to Finance
2/12/2015 02/12/2015 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/13/2015 03/13/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/17/2015 03/17/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/18/2015 03/18/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/19/2015 03/19/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/23/2015 03/23/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy + Appropriations
3/23/2015 03/23/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy + Appropriations
4/2/2015 04/02/2015 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Finance
4/2/2015 04/02/2015 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Finance
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/13/2015 05/13/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/14/2015 05/14/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/14/2015 05/14/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/5/2015 06/05/2015 Signed by Governor
6/5/2015 06/05/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 2
House Sponsors: Tyler-
Senate Sponsors: Todd, Hodge, Kerr--

SB15-091 Reduce Statute Of Limitations Construction Defects 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Reduce Statute Of Limitations Construction Defects
Sponsors: SCOTT
Summary: The bill reduces the maximum statutory limitation period for an action against an architect, contractor, builder or builder vendor, engineer, or inspector performing or furnishing the design, planning, supervision, inspection, construction, or observation of construction of any improvement to real property from 8 years to 4 years.
Status: 1/14/2015 01/14/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/16/2015 03/16/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/19/2015 03/19/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/20/2015 03/20/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/23/2015 03/23/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/24/2015 03/24/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/25/2015 03/25/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/31/2015 - No Amendments
3/25/2015 03/25/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2015 - No Amendments
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 4/6/2015 - No Amendments
4/6/2015 04/06/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/09/2015 - No Amendments
4/9/2015 04/09/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/10/2015 04/10/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/13/2015 04/13/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/22/2015 04/22/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: -
Senate Sponsors: Scott--

SB15-101 Electronic Wage Payment 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Electronic Wage Payment
Sponsors: BALMER / PABON
Summary: The bill allows employers, at their discretion, to pay wages by electronic credit transfer to an employee's account in a financial institution or to deposit wages on a paycard if:
* The employee has the option of electronic credit transfer to a financial institution account in lieu of credit to a paycard;
* The employee has 7 days after receiving notice of the option to designate an account for electronic credit transfer;
* The employer provides the employee with a written or electronic explanation of any fees associated with both electronic credit transfer and paycard;
* The employer provides the employee with one withdrawal either by check, automated teller machine withdrawal, or electronic transfer per pay period with no fees;
* The employer offers a program to the employee that does not charge a monthly maintenance fee to use the prepaid paycard; and
* The employer allows the employee to always have the option to be paid by electronic credit transfer in lieu of credit to a paycard.
Status: 1/22/2015 01/22/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/9/2015 02/09/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/12/2015 02/12/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/20/2015 - No Amendments
2/20/2015 02/20/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/24/2015 02/24/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/27/2015 02/27/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/18/2015 03/18/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Pabon-
Senate Sponsors: Balmer--

SB15-138 ASCENT Program Funding 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: ASCENT Program Funding
Sponsors: DONOVAN
Summary: Under existing law, the department of education (department) designates a certain number of students who meet certain requirements to participate in the accelerating students through concurrent enrollment (ASCENT) program. For purposes of school finance funding, the local education provider that enrolls a designated ASCENT program student may include that student in its funded pupil count for one year after the student finishes twelfth grade, while the student takes higher education courses. Funding for the student is calculated through the school finance formula and included in the school district's total program funding. The bill takes funding for ASCENT program students out of the school finance formula and creates the ASCENT program fund consisting of the moneys that the general assembly appropriates to fund the ASCENT program. The department must annually designate a certain number of students to participate in the ASCENT program and must annually allocate to each local education provider an amount equal to the ASCENT program per pupil funding amount multiplied by the number of the local education provider's designated ASCENT program students. Beginning in the 2015-16 budget year, the ASCENT program per pupil funding amount is $6,632, which is the per pupil amount actually paid for ASCENT program funding in the 2014-15 budget year. The ASCENT program per pupil funding amount increases annually by the same percentage that the statewide base per pupil funding increases. In a year in which the amount appropriated is insufficient to fully fund the ASCENT program allocations, the department must reduce each local education provider's allocation in proportion to the amount of the deficit. The department must distribute the ASCENT program moneys to the local education provider upon proof that the local education provider has enrolled a designated qualified student in an institution of higher education through the ASCENT program. If a local education provider does not enroll in an institution of higher education the number of qualified students for which it is allocated ASCENT program moneys in a school year, the department must reserve the remainder of the local education provider's allocation and distribute it to the local education provider for qualified students that the department designates and the local education provider enrolls in an institution of higher education through the ASCENT program in the following school year. The department will reserve allocated ASCENT program moneys only for the school year immediately following the school year for which the moneys were originally allocated.
Status: 1/28/2015 01/28/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education + Finance
2/19/2015 02/19/2015 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Finance
2/24/2015 02/24/2015 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/27/2015 02/27/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/2/2015 03/02/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/5/2015 03/05/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Finance
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Finance
4/2/2015 04/02/2015 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/6/2015 04/06/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/7/2015 04/07/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/13/2015 05/13/2015 Signed into law by the Governor
5/13/2015 05/13/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: -
Senate Sponsors: Donovan, Garcia, Hill, Kerr, Merrifield--

SB15-172 High-performance Transp Enterprise Accountability 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: High-performance Transp Enterprise Accountability
Sponsors: JONES / FOOTE
Summary: During the 2014 legislative session, the general assembly passed Senate Bill 14-197, which contained several provisions relating to high-performance transportation enterprise (enterprise) transparency and public participation in the process by which the enterprise enters into a public-private partnership. The governor vetoed Senate Bill 14-197, objecting to several limits, but also issued an executive order directing the enterprise to increase the transparency of its public-private partnership (PPP) related activities. This bill reproposes all provisions of Senate Bill 14-197, other than the limits that the governor objected to in his veto letter, and includes the outreach opportunities in the executive order. Specifically the bill:
* Modifies the board (board) of the enterprise as follows:
* Newly appointed members of the board are subject to senate confirmation and are appointed for 4-year terms. Board members may be reappointed once.
* The number of board members is increased to 8 by adding the executive director of the department of transportation as an ex officio nonvoting member.
* To increase public notice of and participation in, and legislative oversight of, any public-private partnership involving the enterprise, requires the board to:
* Hold public meetings, in coordination with interested local governments, at the visioning, initial request for proposal preparation, and draft request for proposal revision stages of a PPP;
* Provide full and timely notice in the area of the PPP to state legislators, county and municipal governing bodies, and the general public;
* Provide specified information to the public and consider public suggestions and ideas received at the meetings; and
* After entering into a PPP, provide the terms of the PPP to the committees of the general assembly that have jurisdiction over transportation and post the terms of the PPP on its web site.
* Requires the enterprise:
* To provide public notice of any change in the status of a high-occupancy vehicle lane as a high-occupancy vehicle lane or the qualifications required to access such a lane for free use as a high-occupancy vehicle lane;
* When considering a project that includes one or more high-occupancy vehicle lanes, high-occupancy toll lanes, or managed lanes, to evaluate the suitability of express bus service or bus rapid transit service for the proposed project corridor and consider funding such service from user fee revenues as part of the costs of the proposed project. The enterprise may use user fee revenues generated by a project within a corridor to support transit within the corridor and must expend a minimum of 10% of any net user fee revenues shared back from a party to the PPP that governs the operation of the project that generated the user fees to support transit in the project corridor.
* To include additional specified information and meet modified deadlines when annually reporting to the general assembly regarding its activities.
* Allows the state auditor to audit the enterprise.
Status: 2/6/2015 02/06/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
2/19/2015 02/19/2015 Senate Committee on Transportation Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Foote-
Senate Sponsors: Jones--

SB15-177 HOA Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: HOA Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines
Sponsors: SCHEFFEL / DELGROSSO
Summary: The bill states that when the governing documents of a common interest community require mediation or arbitration of a construction defect claim and the requirement is later amended or removed, mediation or arbitration is still required for a construction defect claim. These provisions are in section 2 of the bill. Section 2 also specifies that the mediation or arbitration must take place in the judicial district in which the community is located and that the arbitrator must:
* Be a neutral third party;
* Make certain disclosures before being selected; and
* Be selected as specified in the common interest community's governing documents or, if not so specified, in accordance with the uniform arbitration act. Section 1 adds definitions of key terms. Section 3 requires that before a construction defect claim is filed on behalf of the association:
* The parties must submit the matter to mediation before a neutral third party; and
* The board must give advance notice to all unit owners, together with a disclosure of the projected costs, duration, and financial impact of the construction defect claim, and must obtain the written consent of the owners of units to which at least a majority of the votes in the association are allocated. Section 4 adds to the disclosures required prior to the purchase and sale of property in a common interest community a notice that the community's governing documents may require binding arbitration of certain disputes.
Status: 2/10/2015 02/10/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/18/2015 03/18/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/23/2015 03/23/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/24/2015 03/24/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/25/2015 03/25/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2015 - No Amendments
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 4/6/15 - No Amendments
4/6/2015 04/06/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/10/2015 - No Amendments
4/10/2015 04/10/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/13/2015 04/13/2015 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/14/2015 04/14/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/22/2015 04/22/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: DelGrosso and Singer-
Senate Sponsors: Scheffel and Ulibarri--

SB15-179 US Highway 50 Economic Benefits Study 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: US Highway 50 Economic Benefits Study
Sponsors: GARCIA / ESGAR
Summary: The bill requires the department of transportation (CDOT) to conduct a study of the current economic benefits provided by the portion of U.S. highway 50 that runs between the Kansas border and U.S. highway 285 and the opportunities to increase those benefits. In preparing the study, CDOT must consult with, and may coordinate research efforts with or agree to delegate research to, relevant transportation planning or economic development entities, but CDOT itself, using its existing financial and staff resources, must study the extent to which various potential safety improvements are likely to increase the efficiency, capacity, and usage of the highway and thereby increase economic activity and benefits. CDOT must compile the results of the research into a single report no later than December 1, 2015, and must publish the report on its web site and provide copies of the report to the committees of reference of the general assembly that have jurisdiction over transportation.
Status: 2/17/2015 02/17/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
3/12/2015 03/12/2015 Senate Committee on Transportation Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Esgar, Pabon, Moreno, Salazar-
Senate Sponsors: Garcia, Crowder, Donovan, Grantham, Guzman, Jones, Kerr, Merrifield, Todd, Ulibarri--

SB15-180 Regulatory Reform Act 2015 
Comment:
Position: Support with Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Regulatory Reform Act 2015
Sponsors: NEVILLE T. / NEVILLE P.
Summary: The bill enacts the "Regulatory Reform Act of 2015". Section 2 makes a legislative declaration about the importance of businesses with 100 or fewer employees to the Colorado economy and acknowledges the difficulty these types of businesses have in complying with new administrative rules that are not known or understood by these businesses. Section 3 defines "new rule" as any regulatory requirement in existence for less than one year prior to its enforcement by a state agency, and "minor violation" as any violation of a new rule by a business of 100 or fewer employees where the violation is minor in nature, involving record-keeping and issues that do not affect the safety of the public or workers. Section 3 provides exceptions from the definition of "minor violation" for certain types of rules. For the first minor violation of a new rule by a business of 100 or fewer employees, section 4 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 4 requires state agencies to make information on new rules available and allows this information to be made available in electronic form.
Status: 2/17/2015 02/17/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/9/2015 03/09/2015 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/12/2015 03/12/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/16/2015 - No Amendments
3/16/2015 03/16/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/17/2015 03/17/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/20/2015 03/20/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Neville P.-
Senate Sponsors: Neville T.--

SB15-187 High-performance Transportation Enterprise Loans 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: High-performance Transportation Enterprise Loans
Sponsors: GRANTHAM / YOUNG
Summary: Joint Budget Committee. Under current law, the high-performance transportation enterprise must deposit any money that the transportation commission lends to it from the state highway fund to the statewide transportation enterprise operating fund. The bill authorizes the enterprise to also deposit such money into a separate account within the statewide transportation enterprise special revenue fund.
Status: 2/27/2015 02/27/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
3/3/2015 03/03/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/5/2015 03/05/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/10/2015 - No Amendments
3/5/2015 03/05/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/6/2015 03/06/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2015 03/11/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
3/20/2015 03/20/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/23/2015 03/23/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/24/2015 03/24/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/6/2015 04/06/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/9/2015 04/09/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/9/2015 04/09/2015 Sent to the Governor
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Young, Hamner, Rankin-
Senate Sponsors: Grantham, Lambert, Steadman--

SB15-212 Storm Water Facilities Not Injure Water Rights 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 6 2015
(3) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Storm Water Facilities Not Injure Water Rights
Sponsors: SONNENBERG / WINTER
Summary: Under current administrative practice, facilities that are designed to detain storm water for environmental and public safety purposes may be required to release water to avoid injury to water rights. The bill specifies that storm water detention and infiltration facilities and post-wildland fire facilities do not injure water rights. Water from these facilities cannot be put to beneficial use or form the basis for any claim to or for the use of water. A "storm water detention and infiltration facility" is defined as a facility that is owned or operated by a governmental entity or is subject to oversight by a governmental entity, designed and operated to continuously release or infiltrate at least 97% of all of the water from rainfall events that are equal to or less than a 5-year storm within 72 hours after the end of the rainfall event, and continuously release or infiltrate the water from rainfall events greater than a 5-year storm as quickly as practicable, but in no event over a period in excess of 120 hours. The facility must operate passively and cannot actively treat the storm water. A "post-wildland fire facility" means a facility that is not permanent; is located on, in, or adjacent to a nonperennial stream; is designed and operated solely for the mitigation of the impacts of wildland fire events; and is designed and operated to minimize the quantity of water detained and the duration of the detention of water to the levels necessitated by public safety and welfare. The person who installed or operated a post-wildland fire facility has to ensure that the facility is removed or rendered inoperable after the emergency conditions created by the wildfire no longer exist.
Status: 3/12/2015 03/12/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
3/12/2015 03/12/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
4/22/2015 04/22/2015 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/22/2015 04/22/2015 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 First Conference Committee Result was to Adopt Rerevised w/ Amendments
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/18/2015 05/18/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/29/2015 05/29/2015 Signed by Governor
5/29/2015 05/29/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 3
House Sponsors: Winter-
Senate Sponsors: Sonnenberg--

SB15-234 2015-16 Long Appropriations Bill 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: 2015-16 Long Appropriations Bill
Sponsors: LAMBERT / HAMNER
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 3/27/2015 03/27/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/1/2015 04/01/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/2/2015 04/02/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/6/2015 04/06/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
4/7/2015 04/07/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/8/2015 04/08/2015 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/9/2015 04/09/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/10/2015 04/10/2015 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
4/14/2015 04/14/2015 First Conference Committee Result was to Adopt Reengrossed w/ Amendments
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/17/2015 04/17/2015 Sent to the Governor
4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: -
Senate Sponsors: --

SB15-253 CO Water Conservation Bd Construction Fund Project 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: CO Water Conservation Bd Construction Fund Project
Sponsors: SONNENBERG / VIGIL
Summary: The bill appropriates the following amounts from the Colorado water conservation board (CWCB) construction fund for the following projects:
* $330,000 for continuation of the satellite monitoring system maintenance (section 1 of the bill);
* $500,000 for continuation of the Colorado floodplain map modernization program (section 2);
* $1,500,000 for continuation of the watershed restoration program (section 3);
* $1,000,000 for the operation and maintenance of the Arkansas river decision support system (section 6);
* $500,000 for technical assistance for the USDA regional conservation partnership program (section 7);
* $100,000 for water conservation planning and data tracking tools (section 8);
* $150,000 for support of the Colorado Mesonet project (section 9);
* $1,200,000 for participation in the development of modern tools and methods for determining large rain events for regulating and designing dam spillways (section 10);
* $175,000 for continuation of the weather modification program (section 11); and
* $125,000 for South Platte river basin groundwater level data collection, analysis, and remediation (section 12). The bill also directs the state treasurer to transfer moneys on July 1, 2015, from the CWCB construction fund to restore the unencumbered balance in the following funds to the following amounts:
* $500,000 for the flood and drought response fund (section 4); and
* $200,000 for the litigation fund (section 5). Additionally, section 13 transfers the following amounts from the severance tax operational fund to the CWCB construction fund for the following purposes:
* $1,000,000 for the CWCB to continue the watershed restoration program as specified in section 3; and
* $1,200,000 for the CWCB to participate in the development of modern tools and methods for determining large rain events for regulating and designing dam spillways as specified in section 10. Section 14 transfers $500,000 from the severance tax perpetual base fund to the CWCB construction fund for the CWCB to continue the watershed restoration program as specified in section 3; Section 15 extends the stream restoration grant account in the flood and drought response fund to remain effective until July 1, 2017; and Finally, section 16 accounts for variation in the amount of money loaned for the Chatfield reallocation project in 2014 by acknowledging ordinary fluctuations in cost based on distribution of project ownership.
Status: 3/27/2015 03/27/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
3/27/2015 03/27/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/16/2015 04/16/2015 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/24/2015 04/24/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/11/2015 05/11/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/11/2015 05/11/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/11/2015 05/11/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/14/2015 05/14/2015 Signed into law by the Governor
5/14/2015 05/14/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Vigil-
Senate Sponsors: Sonnenberg--

SB15-255 Deposit Severance Tax Revenues In General Fund 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Deposit Severance Tax Revenues In General Fund
Sponsors: LAMBERT / HAMNER
Summary: After a transfer at the beginning of the fiscal year, state severance tax receipts are split equally between the state severance tax trust fund and the local government severance tax fund. The bill requires $20 million of the state severance tax receipts received from the effective date of the bill until the end of the current fiscal year to be deposited in the general fund.
Status: 3/27/2015 03/27/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
3/30/2015 03/30/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/1/2015 04/01/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/2/2015 04/02/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/6/2015 04/06/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
4/7/2015 04/07/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/8/2015 04/08/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/9/2015 04/09/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/21/2015 04/21/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/22/2015 04/22/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/23/2015 04/23/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: Hamner, Young-
Senate Sponsors: Lambert, Grantham, Steadman--

SB15-269 Independent Contractor Unemployment Insurance 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Independent Contractor Unemployment Insurance
Sponsors: ROBERTS
Summary: Currently, the Colorado Employment Security Act (unemployment insurance) lists factors to be considered in determining whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor. The bill establishes a bright-line test to make this determination, including:
* Repealing the test of whether the individual is customarily engaged in an independent trade;
* Setting a numerical standard of 6 factors out of 11 to show an independent contractor relationship;
* Adding a factor of whether the individual has executed a contract that says the individual is an independent contractor;
* Adding a factor of whether the individual is required to perform the services at a place of business;
* Clarifying the relationship between the factors and compliance with state or federal law; and
* Repealing the rebuttable presumption that an independent contractor relationship exists if the parties have executed a contract with certain disclosures.
Status: 4/17/2015 04/17/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: -
Senate Sponsors: Roberts--

SB15-272 Auth New Transportation Revenue Anticipation Notes 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Auth New Transportation Revenue Anticipation Notes
Sponsors: BAUMGARDNER / DELGROSSO
Summary: In 1999, the voters of the state authorized the executive director of the department of transportation (executive director) to issue transportation revenue anticipation notes (TRANs) in a maximum principal amount of $1.7 billion and with a maximum repayment cost of $2.3 billion in order to provide financing to accelerate the construction of qualified federal aid transportation projects. The executive director issued the TRANs as authorized. The final payments of principal and interest on the TRANs will be made during fiscal year 2016-17, which will make available for expenditure for transportation-related purposes only revenues dedicated for transportation by federal law, the state constitution, and state law that the state has been using to make principal and interest payments on the TRANs. The bill is a referred measure and only takes effect if the voters of the state approve it at the November 3, 2015, statewide election. Subject to that voter approval:
* Section 2 of the bill authorizes the executive director to issue additional TRANs in a maximum principal amount of $3.5 billion and with a maximum repayment cost of $5.5 billion once the TRANs already issued are repaid in full. The additional TRANs would have a maximum repayment term of 20 years and would otherwise generally be issued subject to the same requirements and for the same purposes as the original TRANs.
* Section 3 of the bill requires proceeds from the sale of any additional TRANs that are not otherwise pledged for the payment of the TRANs to be used only for specified projects until such time as all of the projects have been funded in whole or in part with such proceeds and have been fully funded and specifies additional transportation project contract award process requirements and limitations for a project to be funded in whole or in part with proceeds of additional TRANs. Under current law, the state treasurer must transfer a percentage of the total general fund revenues to the capital construction fund and the highway users tax fund once a trigger based on economic growth occurs (required transfers). The required transfers will be made for each state fiscal year in a 5-year period, but the amount of the transfers for a state fiscal year may be reduced or eliminated if the state has to refund excess state revenues under the taxpayer's bill of rights. In general, if the refund is greater than 1.5% but less than 3% of the total general fund revenues, then the required transfers are halved, and if it is greater than 3%, then the required transfers are eliminated altogether. For each state fiscal year that the required transfers are reduced or eliminated, section 4 of the bill adds on another year of transfers to the capital construction fund and the highway users tax fund. Therefore, there will be 5 fiscal years with the full statutory transfers to the funds, regardless of the number of fiscal years that it takes to do so. Section 5 of the bill specifies that if the voters of the state authorize the issuance of additional TRANs, money transferred to the state highway fund pursuant to statutory provisions enacted as part of Senate Bill 09-228 may be used for general highway operations and maintenance.
Status: 4/21/2015 04/21/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
4/23/2015 04/23/2015 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Third Reading Lost - No Amendments
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
4/30/2015 04/30/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: DelGrosso, Coram, Saine, Buck, Brown, Nordberg, Humphrey-
Senate Sponsors: Baumgardner, Marble, Cooke, Cadman, Scheffel, Crowder, Lundberg--

SB15-282 Jump-start Prog Econ Dev Distressed Counties 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 6 2015
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(6) in house calendar.
Short Title: Jump-start Prog Econ Dev Distressed Counties
Sponsors: SCOTT / DURAN
Summary: The bill creates the "Tax-friendly Zone Act" and requires the Colorado economic development commission (commission) to manage and oversee the program. The bill allows tax-friendly zones to be created in up to 30 of the state's highly distressed counties. Those highly distressed counties are determined by ranking the state's distressed counties from lowest to highest by the total sum of annual percentage change in each distressed county for population, employment, weekly wage, and the number of establishments. To be distressed, a county must meet 2 of 3 economic indicators related to change in employment, change in assessed value of all property, and the number of pupils eligible for free lunch. The bill defines a tax-friendly zone as an area within the boundaries of a highly distressed county that is either:
* In one or more incorporated portions of the highly distressed county if the municipality provides the commission with a general resolution agreeing to provide incentive payments, exemptions, or credits to offset the imposition of certain municipal taxes for all new businesses in order to be a participant in the tax-friendly zone program;
* In one or more incorporated portions of the distressed county if the municipality provides the commission with a limited resolution that indicates the municipality agrees to only provide incentive payments, exemptions, or credits to offset the imposition of certain municipal taxes for a specific new business in order to be a limited participant in the tax-friendly zone program; or
* In the unincorporated portions of the highly distressed county. If a new business establishes a relationship with a state institution of higher education in the tax-friendly zone and then locates in the zone, the new business is entitled to tax-friendly zone program benefits as follows:
* An income tax credit for the new business in an amount equal to 100% of the income taxes imposed on the income derived from the new business' activities in the tax-friendly zone for a specified period, and the specified period may be extended, subject to limitations, by the commission at the request of the new business;
* An income tax credit for the new business' employees in an amount equal to 100% of the income taxes imposed on the employees' wages paid by the new business for a specified period, and the specified period may be extended, subject to limitations, by the commission at the request of the new business;
* A sales and use tax refund on the purchase of all tangible personal property acquired by the new business and used exclusively within the tax-friendly zone for a specified period, and the specified period may be extended, subject to limitations, by the commission at the request of the new business; and
* The elimination of the business personal property tax and incentive payments, exemptions, or refunds as determined by the county or municipality to eliminate any other tax liability imposed on the new business by the county and municipality. The bill establishes requirements on the new business, the new employees, and the new hires, and sets forth application parameters for the state institution of higher education and the new business. State institutions of higher education include public postsecondary institutions governed by the state board for community colleges and occupational education. The bill also requires the commission to issue guidelines on a number of the details related to the administration of the program. The bill specifies that the guidelines issued by the commission must be reviewed by the office of legislative legal services as if such guidelines were rules subject to review pursuant to the "State Administrative Procedure Act". The commission is required to annually review the economic stabilities of those counties determined to be not highly distressed to see if the county should be designated as highly distressed. Each highly distressed county retains its designation as a highly distressed county for 3 years, after which the commission will review the designation. If the commission determines that the county is no longer highly distressed, the new business and new employees in such county retain the tax-friendly program benefits for the period set forth in statute.
Status: 4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/1/2015 05/01/2015 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/8/2015 05/08/2015 Sent to the Governor
5/13/2015 05/13/2015 Signed into law by the Governor
5/13/2015 05/13/2015 Governor Signed
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 6
House Sponsors: Duran and Willett, DelGrosso-
Senate Sponsors: Scott and Johnston, Cadman, Scheffel--

SB15-284 Voter Approval TIF Payments Ag Land 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 6 2015
SPECIAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(1) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Voter Approval TIF Payments Ag Land
Sponsors: CADMAN / VIGIL
Summary: In the case of any urban renewal plan (plan) covering an urban renewal area that includes agricultural land, the bill prohibits the payment of the tax increment authorized by the plan into the special fund of the authority unless the plan has been approved at a regular election of the municipality by a majority of the registered electors of the municipality. The bill allows any registered elector of the municipality to file an action in state district court to enforce its provisions.
Status: 4/28/2015 04/28/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/29/2015 04/29/2015 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/4/2015 05/04/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/6/2015 05/06/2015 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 08/07/2015 - No Amendments
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order: 1
House Sponsors: Vigil and Lundeen, Williams, Carver, Dore, Klingenschmitt, Landgraf, Saine-
Senate Sponsors: Cadman and Scheffel, Guzman, Grantham--

SCR15-002 Ballot Procedure Citizen-initiated Amendments 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Ballot Procedure Citizen-initiated Amendments
Sponsors: ROBERTS & STEADMAN
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 4/8/2015 04/08/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee Vote - Final Action Failed
5/5/2015 05/05/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: -
Senate Sponsors: --

SCR15-003 Colorado Constitution Minimum Wage 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Colorado Constitution Minimum Wage
Sponsors: MERRIFIELD
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 4/14/2015 04/14/2015 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/27/2015 04/27/2015 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Cal. Notif. Committee:
Cal. Notif. Order:
House Sponsors: -
Senate Sponsors: --