WOLO 2016 Bill List


HB16-1001 State Contr Certify Compliance With Equal Pay Laws 
Sponsors: DANIELSON
Summary: The bill requires a business that bids for a contract with a governmental body to submit with its bid certification that it is in compliance with state and federal equal pay standards and laws; except that this requirement does not apply to businesses that have 50 or fewer employees. Tharp, Lebsock, Lee, Lontine, McCann, Melton, Moreno, Pettersen, Salazar, Singer, Tyler, Arndt, Becker K., Fields, Garnett, Ginal, Mitsch Bush, Pabon, Primavera, Rosenthal, Ryden, Vigil, Williams, Winter, Young The executive director of the department of personnel, or the executive director's designee (executive director), is required to develop a form for a business to use to certify that it is in compliance with equal pay standards and laws and that, if awarded a contract, it will remain in compliance with such standards and laws throughout the term of the contract. The executive director is required to ensure that the form requires a business to certify certain general information regarding its employees and employment and hiring practices in connection with equal pay laws. A business that is awarded a contract is required to ensure that any subcontractor that it uses to fulfill the terms of the contract is also in compliance with equal pay standards and laws. All businesses that are awarded contracts by a governmental body or that are subcontractors for a business that was awarded a contract by a governmental body are required to keep and maintain certain information related to their employees, broken down into categories by gender, race, ethnicity, and national origin, for the term of the contract with the governmental body. If, after awarding a contract to a business, a governmental body determines that the business knowingly submitted false information on the certification form for equal pay compliance required by the bill, the governmental body is required to terminate the contract.
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News: Rep. Clarice Navarro: Equal pay is already upheld in Colorado policy
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Actively Support
Supporters: Bell Policy Ctr, 9 to 5, Women's Lobby, Colorado Fiscal Institute, AAUW, Women's Foundation
Opposition:

HB16-1002 Employee Leave Attend Child's Academic Activities 
Sponsors: BUCKNER / KERR
Summary: In 2009, the general assembly enacted the "Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act" (2009 act), which allowed an employee of an employer who is subject to the federal "Family and Medical Leave Act" to take leave from work for the purpose of attending academic activities for or with the employee's child. Under the 2009 act, academic activities included parent-teacher conferences or meetings related to special education services, interventions, dropout prevention, attendance, truancy, or discipline issues. The leave was allowed for an employee who is the parent or legal guardian of a child enrolled in a public or private school or in a nonpublic home-based educational program in this state in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Leave under the 2009 act was limited to 6 hours per month and 18 hours in any academic year. The 2009 act permitted employers to:
* Restrict the use of leave in cases of emergency or other situations that may endanger a person's health or safety or if the employee's absence would halt the employer's service or production; and
* Limit the leave to 3-hour increments at a time and require the employee to submit written verification from the school or school district of the activity necessitating the leave. An employee was required to provide the employer with at least one week's notice of the leave except in emergency situations. The 2009 act specified that the 2009 act would repeal on September 1, 2015. The repeal provision was never amended, so the 2009 act repealed on September 1, 2015. The bill recreates and reenacts the 2009 act with some modifications as follows:
* Renames the act the "Parental Involvement in Preschool Through Twelfth Grade Education Act" and expands the scope to allow leave to attend academic activities for a child in preschool;
* 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 to attend academic achievement ceremonies;
* Requires school districts and institute charter schools to post on their websites, and include in district-wide or school-wide communications sent to parents and the community at large, information about the act;
* Requires the Colorado state advisory council for parent involvement in education to also provide information about the act to the extent possible within existing resources; and
* Continues the act indefinitely and amends the original repeal date in the 2009 act to specify that the repeal was to apply only to the 2009 act.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
Supporters: CO Youth Matters, CO Ctr Law & Policy, 9 to 5, AFDC Coalition, Bell Policy Ctr, Ctr for Work Educ Employment, CO Children's Campaign, CO Fiscal Institute, COLOR, Nat'l Conf of Jewish Women, Women's Lobby, CO Social Legislation Com, AAUW, Women's Foundation
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HB16-1003 Middle Class College Savings Act 
Sponsors: PETTERSEN / MERRIFIELD
Summary: For purposes of calculating a taxpayer's Colorado taxable income, current state law begins from a base of the taxpayer's federal taxable income and provides for various modifications to that base, including subtractions from federal taxable income (state income tax deductions) in amounts equal to the full amounts of both contributions made by a taxpayer to the qualified state tuition program established by collegeinvest and distributions of investment earnings taken from the plan. The bill modifies these state income tax deductions by making the percentages of the amounts of contributions or distributions allowed to be subtracted from a taxpayer's taxable income dependent upon the amount of the taxpayer's federal adjusted gross income as follows:
* 200% of the amounts of contributions or distributions for a taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is $150,000 or less;
* 150% of the amounts of contributions or distributions for a taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is more than $150,000 but not more than $250,000; and
* 15% of the amounts of contributions or distributions for a taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is more than $250,000 but not more than $500,000. The bill eliminates deductions for a taxpayer whose federal adjusted gross income is more than $500,000.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 13 2016
Finance
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(4) in house calendar.
Position: Monitor
Supporters: Bell Policy Ctr, 9 to 5, AAUW, Colorado Fiscal Institute
Opposition:

HB16-1007 Offenses Against Unborn Children 
Sponsors: JOSHI
Summary: The bill provides that, if the commission of any crime codified in the criminal code or traffic code is the proximate cause of death or injury to an unborn member of the species homo sapiens, the prosecuting attorney, in charging the underlying offense, may also charge the homicide or assault offense that is appropriate to the death or injury.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Oppose
Supporters:
Opposition: Nat'l Conf of Jewish Women

HB16-1015 Contingent Repeal Hlth Ins Laws Aligning With ACA 
Sponsors: KLINGENSCHMITT
Summary: In 2013, the general assembly enacted House Bill 13-1266 to align state health insurance laws with the requirements of the federal "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (ACA). The bill adds an automatic repeal to the following provisions in the state health insurance laws that is triggered if the comparable federal law requirement under the ACA is repealed by congress and approved by the president:
* The requirement that carriers offer health benefit plans that cover an essential health benefits package with bronze, silver, gold, and platinum levels of coverage;
* The requirement that dependent coverage under a health plan be available to a child under 26 years of age, regardless of dependency or marital status;
* The requirement that carriers issue or renew a plan to any eligible individual or small employer that agrees to pay the required premiums;
* The requirements regarding open and special enrollment periods;
* The prohibition against discriminating with respect to participation under the plan or coverage by any provider acting within the scope of his or her license;
* The requirement to offer continuation coverage to an employee who is no longer employed by the employer through whom the employee was covered under a health benefit plan;
* Fair market standards;
* Procedures for denial of benefits and internal reviews;
* The prohibition against preexisting condition exclusions; and
* The requirements pertaining to grace periods for a newly insured individual to pay premiums for coverage.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Oppose
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1033 Travel Costs & Members Human Trafficking Council 
Sponsors: MCCANN / KEFALAS
Summary: The bill states that members of the Colorado human trafficking council (council) may be reimbursed for actual travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The bill also replaces the council member appointed by the commissioner of agriculture with a new member representing the judiciary branch, to be appointed by the chief justice of the supreme court.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Governor Signed
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position:
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HB16-1045 Starting The Child Tax Credit 
Sponsors: SINGER / MERRIFIELD
Summary: Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission. In 2013, the general assembly created a child tax credit against state income taxes for a resident individual. But the credit, which is a percentage of the federal child tax credit based on the taxpayer's income, is only allowed after the United States congress enacts a version of the "Marketplace Fairness Act". The bill repeals the contingent start of the tax credit and instead allows the credit to be claimed for any income tax year beginning with the 2016 income tax year.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
Supporters: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, Bell Policy Ctr, CO Fiscal Institute, 9 to 5, Women's Lobby, AAUW
Opposition:

HB16-1050 Low-income Parents Ed Child Care 
Sponsors: PETTERSEN / MERRIFIELD
Summary: Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission. The bill creates a task force to address the child care needs of low-income parents of young children as the parents seek to advance their education. The task force consists of the leaders, or their designees, of the departments of labor and employment, higher education, education, and human services; parents and representatives of organizations, appointed by the governor; and employees of county departments of human services or social services, selected by the executive director of the department of human services. The task force must identify and reduce, if possible, barriers to obtaining child care from the range of available federal, state, and private child care sources, determine whether the parents' child care needs can be met through existing sources, review and streamline the processes for providing child care for parents while they obtain education or training, communicate the availability of child care from public and private sources to parents who are seeking education or training, and recommend legislative changes, if necessary. By March 1, 2017, the task force must submit a report of its activities to the general assembly, and before July 1, 2017, the task force must submit the report to the early childhood and school readiness legislative commission. The task force is repealed, effective July 1, 2017.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
Supporters: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, Bell Policy Ctr, Women's Foundation, AFDC Coalition, Ctr for Work Educ Employment, CO Children's Campaign, League of Women Voters, Women's Lobby, 9 to 5, CO Social Legislation Com, AAUW, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry
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HB16-1054 End-of-life Options For Terminally Ill Individuals 
Sponsors: COURT / MERRIFIELD
Summary: The bill enacts the "Colorado End-of-life Options Act" (act), which authorizes an individual with a terminal illness to request, and the individual's attending physician to prescribe to the individual, medication to hasten the individual's death. To be qualified to request aid-in-dying medication, an individual must be a capable adult resident of Colorado who has a terminal illness and has voluntarily expressed the wish to receive a prescription for aid-in-dying medication by making 2 oral requests and a written request to his or her attending physician. An individual who requests aid-in-dying medication may rescind the request at any time, regardless of his or her mental state. The act outlines the responsibilities of the attending physician, including:
* Determining whether the requesting individual has a terminal illness, is capable of making an informed decision, and is making the request for aid-in-dying medication voluntarily;
* Requesting the individual to demonstrate proof of Colorado residency;
* Referring the individual to a consulting physician to confirm that the individual is qualified to request aid-in-dying medication;
* Providing full disclosures to ensure that the individual is making an informed decision; and
* Informing the individual of the right to rescind the request at any time. An attending physician cannot write a prescription for aid-in-dying medication unless at least 2 health care providers determine that the individual is capable of making an informed decision. The attending or consulting physician is to refer the individual to a licensed mental health professional if he or she believes the individual's ability to make an informed decision is compromised. The attending physician cannot write a prescription unless the mental health professional communicates, in writing, that the individual is capable. The bill grants immunity from civil and criminal liability and from professional discipline to a person who participates in good faith under the act. The bill also specifies that actions taken in accordance with the act do not constitute suicide, assisted suicide, mercy killing, homicide, or elder abuse. A health care provider is not obligated to prescribe aid-in-dying medication, and a health care facility may prohibit a physician from writing a prescription for a resident of the facility who intends to use aid-in-dying medication on the facility's premises. A person commits a class 2 felony if the person purposely or knowingly:
* Alters or forges an aid-in-dying medication request without the terminally ill individual's authorization;
* Conceals or destroys a rescission of a request for aid-in-dying medication; or
* Coerces or exerts undue influence to get a terminally ill individual to request, or to destroy a rescission of a request for, aid-in-dying medication.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Second Reading Laid Over to 6/1/2016 - No Amendments
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1066 Habitual Domestic Violence Offenders 
Sponsors: ROUPE / NEWELL
Summary: Under current law, a person who is convicted of a misdemeanor involving an underlying factual basis of domestic violence and who has 3 prior convictions that include an act of domestic violence can be convicted of a class 5 felony as an habitual domestic violence offender. The bill maintains this sentencing provision and describes the procedures that a court would use to determine whether the defendant has been convicted of 3 previous offenses that include an act of domestic violence.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Governor Signed
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position:
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HB16-1072 No Statute Limitations Sexual Assault 
Sponsors: FIELDS / COOKE
Summary: The bill eliminates the statute of limitations for felony sexual assault.
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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1110 Parent's Bill Of Rights 
Sponsors: NEVILLE P. / NEVILLE T.
Summary: The bill establishes a liberty interest and fundamental right for parents in the care, custody, and control of a parent's child, restricting governmental entities from infringing on such interests and rights without demonstrating a compelling governmental interest that cannot be accomplished through less restrictive means.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Oppose
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1113 Protect Human Life At Conception 
Sponsors: HUMPHREY / LUNDBERG
Summary: The bill prohibits terminating the life of an unborn child and makes a violation a class 1 felony. The following are exceptions to the prohibition:
* A licensed physician performs a medical procedure designed or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant mother, if the physician makes reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner consistent with conventional medical practice; and
* A licensed physician provides medical treatment to the mother that results in the accidental or unintentional injury to or death of the unborn child. The pregnant mother upon whom termination of the life of an unborn child is performed or attempted is not subject to a criminal penalty. The sale and use of contraception is not prohibited by the bill. A conviction related to the termination of the life of an unborn child prohibition constitutes unprofessional conduct for purposes of physician licensing.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Oppose
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1115 No Record Sealing Municipal Domestic Violence 
Sponsors: VAN WINKLE
Summary: Under current law, conviction records related to municipal offenses are eligible for record sealing. The bill prohibits sealing a municipal assault or battery conviction or any other municipal conviction, if the conviction involves the underlying factual basis of domestic violence.
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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position:
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HB16-1146 Born Alive Infant Protection Act 
Sponsors: LANDGRAF
Summary: The bill defines, for the purposes of all statutes, "child", "human being", "individual", and "person" as every infant human being who is born alive at any stage of development. The bill defines "born alive" as, with respect to a human being, the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother a member of the species homo sapiens, at any stage of development, who after such expulsion or extraction breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut and regardless of whether the expulsion or extraction occurs as a result of natural or induced labor, cesarean section, or induced abortion.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Oppose
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1156 Extend Pay Transparency Protection All Employees 
Sponsors: DANIELSON
Summary: Current law states that it is a discriminatory and unfair labor practice for an employer to discharge, discipline, discriminate against, coerce, intimidate, threaten, or interfere with any employee or other person because the employee inquired about, disclosed, compared, or otherwise discussed the employee's wages, unless otherwise permitted by federal law. Federal law exempts certain classes of employers from discrimination laws. The bill strikes the reference to that exemption and extends the current law to those classes of employers, thereby providing discrimination protections to all employees.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
News:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 11 2016
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 356
(3) in senate calendar.
Position: Support
Supporters: CO Fiscal Institute, AAUW, 9 to 5, Bell Policy Ctr, Women's Foundation
Opposition:

HB16-1165 CO Child Support Commission Statutory Changes 
Sponsors: BECKER K.
Summary: The bill makes several changes to the Colorado child support guidelines and related statutes based on the work and final report of the 2013-2015 Colorado child support commission. The changes include:
* New legislation that permits the state child support enforcement agency to discover and administratively seize insurance claim payments, awards, and settlements for the purpose of meeting past-due child support obligations;
* Changes to the income adjustment formula when parents are obligated to support children with multiple co-parents and joint legal responsibilities for the children;
* An amendment to the definition of "shared physical care" so that overall parenting time with a child is considered rather than simply the number of overnights with a child;
* Changing the reasonable cost threshold percentage for the enforcement of court-ordered medical support from 20% to 5%;
* Adding statutory language requiring the annual exchange between parents of financial information, including verification of child care expenses;
* Limiting the time period for which a party may seek retroactive child support based upon a change in physical care to 5 years; and
* Adding language regarding providing notice to possible and presumptive fathers.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Governor Signed
News:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 14 2016
Conference Committee on HB 16-1165
8:00 a.m. Room 0109
(1) in house calendar.
Monday, April 25 2016
(1) in house calendar.
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HB16-1166 Prohibit Seeking Salary History For Job Applicants 
Sponsors: PETTERSEN / DONOVAN
Summary: The bill makes it an unfair employment practice for an employer to seek salary history information, including compensation and benefits, about an applicant for employment.
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
Supporters: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, CO Fiscal Institute, Women's Lobby, AAUW, 9 to 5, Women's Foundation, Bell Policy Ctr
Opposition:

HB16-1167 Colorado Family First Employer Act 
Sponsors: WINTER / TODD
Summary: The bill creates the "Colorado Family First Employer Act". The Colorado family first employer program, created in the bill, requires the department of labor and employment (department) to establish a program that designates Colorado employers that meet certain family-friendly criteria as Colorado family first employers. The office of the governor is authorized to recognize the employers who have been certified by the department with an award. The designated employers may use a logo, created by the office of the governor, for promotional purposes.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 12 2016
Business Affairs and Labor
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Position: Support
Supporters: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, CO Fiscal Institute, AAUW, 9 to 5, Women's Foundation, Bell Policy Ctr
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HB16-1183 Aligning Fed Changes To Child Care Assistance Prog 
Sponsors: BUCKNER
Summary: The bill aligns state statute with changes in federal law related to the Colorado child care assistance program (CCCAP). The state law is modified to specify that a child receiving CCCAP supports continues to be eligible for those supports for an entire 12-month period before eligibility is redetermined, as long as the child's family income remains below 85% of the state median income for that family size, as required by federal law.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Considered House Adherence - Result was to Adhere
News:
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 8 2016
CONFERENCE COMMITTEES TO REPORT
HB16-1165 by Representative(s) Becker K. and Landgraf; also Senator(s) Crowder--Concerning
(1) in senate calendar.
Position: Support
Supporters: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, CO Children's Campaign, Women's Lobby, 9 to 5, Bell Policy Ctr
Opposition:

HB16-1185 Gender Identification On Birth Certificates 
Sponsors: MORENO / ULIBARRI
Summary: Under current law, a person born in Colorado who seeks a new birth certificate from the registrar of vital statistics (state registrar) to reflect a change in gender designation must obtain a court order indicating that the sex of the person has been changed by surgical procedure and ordering that the gender designation on the birth certificate be amended, and the person must obtain a court order with a legal name change. The bill repeals that provision and creates new requirements for the issuance of birth certificates in cases of changes to gender designation. Under the bill, known as the "2016 Birth Certificate Modernization Act", the state registrar shall issue a new birth certificate with a different gender designation to a person who was born in this state when the state registrar receives:
* A written request from the person, or from his or her parents, if the person is a minor, or from the person's guardian or legal representative, signed under penalty of law, requesting a new birth certificate with a gender designation that differs from the gender designated on the person's original birth certificate; and
* A statement, signed under penalty of law, from a medical or mental health care provider licensed in good standing in Colorado or in another jurisdiction, stating that the person has undergone surgical, hormonal, or other treatment appropriate for that person for the purpose of gender transition, based on contemporary medical standards, or stating that the person has an intersex condition, and that in the provider's professional opinion the person's gender designation should be changed accordingly. The bill requires that the state registrar issue a new birth certificate rather than an amended birth certificate. The bill allows a person who has previously obtained an amended birth certificate under previous versions of the law to apply to receive a new birth certificate. A person is not required to obtain a court order for a legal name change in order to obtain a new birth certificate with a change in gender designation. The bill creates a process for a person to update the person's name on a birth certificate at other times than the issuance of the new birth certificate. The state registrar is prohibited from requesting additional medical information but is authorized to contact the medical or mental health provider to verify the provider's statement. The courts in this state are given jurisdiction to issue a decree to amend a birth certificate to reflect a change in gender designation for a person who is a resident of this state and was born in another state or in a foreign jurisdiction if the law in the other state or foreign jurisdiction requires a court decree in order to amend a birth certificate to reflect a change in gender designation.
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1191 Bill Of Rights For Persons Who Are Homeless 
Sponsors: SALAZAR
Summary: The bill creates the "Colorado Right to Rest Act", which establishes basic rights for persons experiencing homelessness, including, but not limited to, the right to use and move freely in public spaces without discrimination, to rest in public spaces without discrimination, to eat or accept food in any public space where food is not prohibited, to occupy a legally parked vehicle, and to have a reasonable expectation of privacy of one's property. The bill does not create an obligation for a provider of services for persons experiencing homelessness to provide shelter or services when none are available.
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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position:
Supporters: Homeless Outloud, 9 to 5
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HB16-1196 Aspire To College Colorado Pilot Program 
Sponsors: PETTERSEN / JOHNSTON
Summary: The bill creates the aspire to college Colorado pilot program (pilot program) in the department of human services (state department) to provide college savings accounts, as defined in the bill, to preschool-aged children served in an early childhood program. The state department shall administer the pilot program and shall adopt necessary rules for implementation of the pilot program. Within existing appropriations, the state department shall make an initial $50 contribution to a college savings account administered by collegeinvest as part of the college savings program on behalf of an eligible child. The pilot program may serve up to 2,000 eligible children per year for up to 3 years. Through private donations, the pilot program may provide matching dollars for family savings, bonuses to encourage regular savings, family financial education, and an evaluation of the long-term impact of the pilot program. The bill creates the aspire to college Colorado pilot program fund.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position:
Supporters: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, CO Children's Campaign, Bell Policy Ctr
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HB16-1200 AG Authority Over Fetal Tissue Transfers 
Sponsors: RANSOM / LUNDBERG
Summary: Under current law, it is unlawful to transfer fetal tissue from an induced termination of pregnancy for valuable consideration to an institution that conducts fetal tissue research. The department of public health and environment and state registrar are tasked with enforcement of the prohibition. The bill gives the attorney general the authority to investigation violations and punish any violation.
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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Oppose
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1203 Women's Health Protection Act 
Sponsors: NEVILLE P.
Summary: The bill requires all abortion clinics to be licensed by the attorney general. Licensure is valid for one year. Prior to licensure or relicensure, the attorney general shall conduct an on-site inspection of the abortion clinic. The bill requires the attorney general to promulgate rules regarding:
* The abortion clinic's physical facilities;
* The abortion clinic's supply and equipment standards;
* The abortion clinic's personnel, including requiring that the clinic employ at least one doctor with admitting privileges at a hospital within the state within 30 miles of the abortion clinic;
* Medical screening and evaluation of each patient;
* The abortion procedure;
* Minimum recovery room standards;
* Follow-up care for abortion patients; and
* Minimum incident reporting. The bill creates criminal and civil penalties for violations of the requirements of the bill.
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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 7 2016
Health, Insurance, and Environment
1:30 p.m. Room 0107
(2) in house calendar.
Position: Oppose
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1210 Prohibit Conversion Therapy Mental Health Provider 
Sponsors: ROSENTHAL / STEADMAN
Summary: The bill prohibits a licensed physician specializing in psychiatry or a licensed or registered mental health care provider from engaging in conversion therapy with a patient under 18 years of age. A licensee who engages in these efforts is subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate licensing board. "Conversion therapy" means efforts that seek to change an individual's sexual orientation, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.
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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 11 2016
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 356
(5) in senate calendar.
Position:
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HB16-1218 A Woman's Right To Accurate Health Care Info 
Sponsors: SAINE / NEVILLE T.
Summary: The bill ensures that women are fully and accurately informed about their personal medical conditions regarding their pregnancies and health care options. Current medical procedures already use ultrasound technology to provide information regarding the gestational age of child in utero. The bill ensures that women have the opportunity to see or forego the opportunity to see the ultrasound. The bill allows women the opportunity to find a provider of ultrasound technology that will provide the service free of charge. The bill requires that a woman provide voluntary and informed consent to an abortion. The bill describes the information that constitutes voluntary and informed consent that the physician performing the abortion provides to the woman. The bill requires the abortion provider to provide certain information to the woman at least 24 hours prior to performing an abortion. The bill creates a civil right of action for noncompliance with the requirements, making a physician's noncompliance with the requirements unprofessional conduct and a violation of the requirements a crime.
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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 21 2016
Health, Insurance, and Environment
1:30 p.m. Room 0107
(1) in house calendar.
Position: Oppose
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1224 Treat Trafficking Of Children As Child Abuse 
Sponsors: LUNDEEN
Summary: The bill amends the statutory definition of "child abuse or neglect" to include any case in which a child is subjected to human trafficking for involuntary servitude or human trafficking for sexual servitude. If a county or district department of human or social services (county department) reasonably believes that a child has been subjected to human trafficking, it shall immediately offer social services to the child and to his or her family, and the county department may file a petition in court on behalf of the child. If immediate removal is necessary to protect the child or other children under the same care from further abuse, the child or children may be placed in protective custody. The department of human services and each county department shall implement a uniform screening tool that includes questions that are intended to identify children who are victims of human trafficking for involuntary servitude or human trafficking for sexual servitude or who are at risk of being such victims.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Governor Signed
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position:
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1227 Exemptions Child Support Reqmnts Child Care Assist 
Sponsors: KAGAN / HILL
Summary: Under current law, a county may impose as a condition of receiving low-income child care assistance under the Colorado child care assistance program (CCCAP) that an applicant who is not a Colorado works participant apply for and cooperate with child support establishment and enforcement, unless the applicant shows good cause to the county for an exemption from this requirement. Pursuant to this law, the state board of human services (state board) has adopted rules that give counties the option to require child support cooperation as a condition of receiving child care assistance for teen parents. The bill exempts an applicant who is a teen parent, as defined by rule of the state board, from child support cooperation requirements as a condition of receiving child care assistance. Once a person who receives child care assistance no longer meets the definition of a teen parent, the county may require that person to cooperate with child support establishment and enforcement as a condition of continued receipt of child care assistance. The bill exempts an applicant who is a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense, harassment, or stalking from child support cooperation requirements or from establishing good cause for not cooperating as a condition of receiving child care assistance. The bill sets forth the requirements that a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense, harassment, or stalking must establish to qualify for this exception. A county may provide information about the importance of establishing child support to a teen parent or a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense, harassment, or stalking who chooses not to engage in child support establishment and enforcement. The state board is required to revise its rules on CCCAP to implement the exceptions from child support cooperation for teen parents and victims of domestic violence, sexual offense, harassment, or stalking.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Governor Signed
News:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 7 2016
Appropriations
8:00 a.m. Room LSB-A
(8) in house calendar.
Position: Support
Supporters: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, CO Children's Campaign, Ctr for Work Educ Employment, AAUw, Mile High United Way, AFDC Coalition, Women's Foundation, Bell Policy Ctr, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, Women's Lobby
Opposition:

HB16-1260 Extend Statute Of Limitations Sexual Assault 
Sponsors: FIELDS / COOKE
Summary: The bill makes the statute of limitations for felony sexual assault 20 years.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 06/10/2016 Governor Signed
News:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 13 2016
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
1:30 PM LSB-B
(2) in senate calendar.
Position: Support
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1294 Contraception Coverage Public & Private Insurance 
Sponsors: LONTINE / GUZMAN
Summary: Starting January 1, 2018, the bill requires medicaid managed care plans and health benefit plans that are required under the federal "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" to provide contraceptive coverage as a preventive health service to cover, at no cost to the woman covered by the plan:
* All FDA-approved contraceptive drugs, devices, and other products for women, including those prescribed by the covered person's health care provider or otherwise authorized under state or federal law;
* Voluntary sterilization procedures;
* Patient education and counseling on contraception; and
* Follow-up services related to the covered contraceptive drugs, devices, products, or procedures, including management of side effects, counseling for continued adherence, and device insertion and removal. Health insurers and medicaid managed care entities are prohibited from restricting or delaying coverage for contraceptives and must make the coverage available to all persons covered under the health plan or medicaid managed care plan, respectively.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 04/11/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 11 2016
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 356
(2) in senate calendar.
Position: Support
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1299 Attorney Fees & Costs In Empl Discrimination Cases 
Sponsors: WIST / JAHN
Summary: Under current law, if a plaintiff brings an employment discrimination action that the court finds to be frivolous, groundless, or vexatious, the court may award the defendant attorney fees and costs. The bill modifies the standard for awarding attorney fees and costs to a prevailing defendant to allow an award when the plaintiff pursues a claim that lacks substantial merit because it is pursued in bad faith or when a reasonable person would not believe the claim is likely to succeed.
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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: 03/28/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Oppose
Supporters:
Opposition: Women's Lobby

HB16-1301 Business Income Tax Credit Offer Apprenticeships 
Sponsors: GARNETT / SCHEFFEL
Summary: The bill provides an income tax credit to qualified Colorado businesses that meet certain criteria and retain pre-apprentices or apprentices. The credit is administered by the Colorado department of labor and employment.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/06/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1302 Align With Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act 
Sponsors: DURAN / NEWELL
Summary: The bill changes the title of the "Colorado Work Force Investment Act" to the "Colorado Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act" and aligns the current state statute with the federal "Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act" (federal act). Passage of the federal act in July 2014, created inconsistencies between Colorado statutes and federal law in regards to workforce development activities. This bill updates the language of the "Colorado Work Force Investment Act" to comport with the federal act. It also clarifies the roles that specific entities within Colorado play in work force development programs. It removes requirements that existed in state law that no longer apply due to the changes in federal law.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/19/2016 Governor Signed
News:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, September 15 2016
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(2) in house calendar.
Position: Monitor
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1322 Health Coverage Prescription Contraceptives Supply 
Sponsors: PETTERSEN / DONOVAN
Summary: The bill requires health benefit plans that are required under the federal "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" to provide contraception coverage as a preventive health service for women to reimburse providers or dispensing entities for dispensing prescription contraceptives in a 3-month supply for the first dispensing to the insured person and for a 12-month supply for subsequent dispensings of the same prescription contraceptive to the insured person.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/05/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 15 2016
Public Health Care and Human Services
Upon Adjournment Room 0107
(1) in house calendar.
Position: Support
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1347 Employer Information Concerning Wage Law Violation 
Sponsors: DANIELSON / ULIBARRI
Summary: Current law requires employers to release requested information to the division of labor in the department of labor and employment (division) and allows the division to have access to employers' premises and all books, records, and payrolls of employers. Current law also prohibits the release of any of this information obtained by the division if the release of the information might reveal a trade secret. The bill clarifies that information obtained by the division that relates to a finding of a violation of wage laws by the division is not confidential and shall be released to the public or for use in a court proceeding, unless the director makes a determination that the information includes specific information that is a trade secret.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/06/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
Supporters: Women's Lobby
Opposition:

HB16-1360 Continue Regulation Direct-entry Midwives 
Sponsors: LANDGRAF / LUNDBERG
Summary: Sunset Process - House Health, Insurance, and Environment Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies (department) contained in the sunset review of direct-entry midwives, with some modifications, as follows:
* Continues the regulation of direct-entry midwives by the director of the division of professions and occupations (division) in the department for 7 years, through September 1, 2023;
* Authorizes direct-entry midwives to perform sutures of first- and second-degree perineal tears and to obtain and administer local anesthetics in connection with the sutures procedure after demonstrating to the director that the registrant has received approved education and training in suturing within the previous 6 months;
* Requires direct-entry midwives to inform parents of the importance of and perform, if appropriately trained and equipped, or refer to another provider to perform, newborn pulse oximetry screenings to detect critical congenital heart disease in newborns under their care;
* Repeals the requirement that the director send letters of admonition to direct-entry midwives via certified mail;
* Establishes failure to properly address a physical or mental illness or condition that affects one's ability to practice direct-entry midwifery with reasonable skill and safety to clients as a grounds for disciplining a direct-entry midwife and authorizes the director to enter into a confidential agreement with the direct-entry midwife to limit his or her practice;
* Requires a direct-entry midwife to sign a disclosure statement acknowledging his or her lack of coverage under a liability insurance policy and also include in the disclosure a statement indicating that, by signing the disclosure, the client is not waiving any rights against the direct-entry midwife for negligent acts;
* Requires the executive director of the department to convene a working group to investigate ways to manage risks in the practice of midwifery and report its findings to the executive director by October 1, 2016; and
* Requires the director of the division to convene a task force to review direct-entry midwives' data reporting requirements and report its findings to specified legislative committees by January 21, 2017.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 06/10/2016 Governor Signed
News:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, September 15 2016
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(5) in house calendar.
Position: Monitor
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1372 Colorado Work Opportunity Income Tax Credit 
Sponsors: PRIMAVERA
Summary: The bill creates the Colorado work opportunity income tax credit, which provides an additional state-level income tax credit to a private-sector business that hires individuals who are members of a targeted group and employs them in Colorado, but only if such private-sector business is eligible for the federal work opportunity tax credit for hiring such individual. The income tax credit is a one-time credit of a specified percentage of the individual's first-year wages, subject to a maximum amount, and subject to a minimum number of hours that the individual must work for the private-sector business. The credit amount is increased if the individual is a veteran. There is an additional one-time income tax credit for private-sector businesses that hire individuals who are long-term family assistance recipients. That credit is a specified percentage of the individual's second-year wages, again subject to a maximum amount, and subject to a minimum number of hours that the individual must work for the private-sector business.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 04/20/2016 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position:
Supporters:
Opposition: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, AFDC Coalition

HB16-1381 Health Care Coverage For Cancer Screening 
Sponsors: PRIMAVERA
Summary: Current law requires health care coverage for certain cancers. The bill requires annual health care coverage for breast cancer screening using the breast imaging modality appropriate for each individual as determined by the individual's physician or radiologist.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/02/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 8 2016
Public Health Care and Human Services
Upon Adjournment Room 0107
(2) in house calendar.
Position: Support
Supporters:
Opposition:

HB16-1385 Definition Child Abuse Substance Exposure 
Sponsors: SINGER / NEWELL
Summary: The bill updates and modernizes the language in the definition of "abuse" or "child abuse or neglect" in the "Colorado Children's Code" to reflect the ways a child's welfare can be threatened or harmed by adults through the use of or exposure to substances.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/06/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 12 2016
Public Health Care and Human Services
1:30 p.m. Room 0107
(4) in house calendar.
Position:
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HB16-1386 Necessary Document Program 
Sponsors: KRAFT-THARP / STEADMAN
Summary: The bill defines a "necessary document" as a social security card; one of the following documents or analogous documents issued by another jurisdiction: A driver's license, an identification card, or a vital statistics certificate or vital statistics report (such as a birth, death, or marriage certificate); or a document required as a condition of issuance of one of these documents. The bill directs the office of health equity in the department of public health and environment to administer a necessary document program. The office will make grants to or contract with a nonprofit entity or collection of nonprofit entities that conduct a collaborative identification project to assist Colorado residents who are victims of domestic violence, impacted by a natural disaster, low-income, disabled, homeless, or elderly and who are seeking documentation of their identity, status, or citizenship by paying the fees to acquire a necessary document. $300,000 is annually appropriated to the office from the general fund to administer the program.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 06/10/2016 Governor Signed
News:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 7 2016
Finance
Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
(4) in house calendar.
Position:
Supporters: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, AFDC Coalition, CO Coalition for Homeless, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry 9 to 5, Sr. Lobby, League of Women Voters
Opposition:

HB16-1388 Employer Hiring Criminal History Employee 
Sponsors: MCCANN
Summary: The bill generally prohibits an employer from:
* Advertising that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position;
* Placing a statement in an employment application that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position; or
* Making an inquiry about a candidate's arrests or criminal convictions until the candidate has been offered an interview or a conditional offer of employment. An employer is exempt from these restrictions when:
* The law forbids a person from being employed on account of a criminal conviction or requires an employer to consider a candidate's criminal history for the job;
* The employer is participating in a program to encourage employment of people with criminal histories; or
* The job requires a fidelity bond and the criminal history would disqualify the candidate. An employer must keep applications for 9 months. The department of labor and employment will enforce the section with civil penalties. A violation of the restrictions does not create a private cause of action.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/04/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News: Bill to keep criminal history questions off job applications advances
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 12 2016
Judiciary
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(1) in house calendar.
Position:
Supporters: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, AFDC Coalition, 9 to 5, CO Coalition for Homeless, CO Fiscal Institute, Ctr for Work Educ Employment, Bell Policy Ctr, Mile High United Way, Homeless Outloud, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry, CO Social Legislation Com
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HB16-1391 Immigration Consultants Deceptive Trade Practice 
Sponsors: PABON / LUNDBERG
Summary: Section 1 of the bill establishes that if a person, other than a licensed attorney or person authorized under federal law to represent others in immigration matters, engages in certain practices that amount to providing or offering to provide legal advice or legal services in an immigration matter, the person is engaged in a deceptive trade practice. The attorney general or a district attorney may seek civil penalties against the person under the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act". Section 2 adds to the notice a notary public must provide in any advertisement of his or her services that the notary is not an immigration consultant.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 06/10/2016 Governor Signed
News: House Passes Pabon Bill Targeting Immigration Scams
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 7 2016
Judiciary
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(2) in house calendar.
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HB16-1396 Replace Alien With Undocumented Immigrant CRS 
Sponsors: LEBSOCK
Summary: The bill replaces references to "illegal alien" and "alien" in the Colorado Revised Statutes that relate to state laws and state programs with the term "undocumented immigrant" or other references, such as "foreign national", which indicate a person's immigration status. For purposes of the Colorado Revised Statutes, the bill defines the term "undocumented immigrant" as a person who is not a U.S. citizen and who is residing in or is present in the United States without official documents that authorize the person to enter, live in, or work in the United States.
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Status History: Status History
Status: 04/18/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 18 2016
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 356
(1) in senate calendar.
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HB16-1403 Colorado Secure Savings Plan 
Sponsors: PETTERSEN / TODD
Summary: The bill establishes the Colorado secure savings plan (plan), which is a retirement savings plan for private-sector employees in the form of an automatic enrollment payroll deduction individual retirement account. Employers with a specified number of employees in the state are required to participate in the plan, but any employer may choose to participate in the plan. The Colorado secure savings plan board of trustees (board) is created and consists of the state controller, the director of the governor's office of state planning and budgeting, and 7 additional trustees with certain experience who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. The trustees on the board have a fiduciary duty to the plan's enrollees and beneficiaries and are required to:
* Establish investment options that offer employees returns on contributions without incurring debt or liabilities to the state;
* Establish the process for allocating investment earnings and losses to individual plan accounts on a pro rata basis;
* Make and enter into contracts and hire staff as necessary for the administration of the plan;
* Conduct a periodic review of the performance of any investment vendors;
* Cause moneys in the Colorado secure savings plan fund (fund) to be held and invested together in trust;
* Establish the process for an enrollee to contribute a portion of his or her wages to the plan for automatic deposit and establish the process by which the participating employer forwards those contributions to the plan;
* Establish the process for enrollment in the plan including the process by which an employee can opt not to participate in the plan;
* Accept gifts, grants, and donations from specified entities and pursue options for bank loans or a line of credit to cover the start-up costs of the plan;
* Procure, as needed, insurance against loss in connection with the property, assets, or activities of the plan;
* Allocate administrative fees to individual retirement accounts in the plan on a pro rata basis;
* Set minimum and maximum contribution levels;
* Facilitate education and outreach to employers and employees;
* Ensure that the plan complies with all applicable state and federal laws;
* Deposit all gifts, grants, donations, fees, and earnings from investment of moneys in the fund into the fund and pay the administrative costs and expenses for the creation, management, and operation of the plan from moneys in the fund;
* Determine any nominal and reasonable assistance that may be provided to businesses to offset the initial costs of enrolling employees in the plan;
* Prepare or cause to be prepared certain annual audits and annual reports regarding the plan; and
* Develop a process to ensure that employers are in compliance with the requirements of the plan and develop a penalty structure for employers who fail, without reasonable cause, to enroll employees in the plan. The bill specifies the process by which the board is required to engage an investment manager to invest the assets of the plan and specifies the investment options that the board is required to create. The bill creates the Colorado secure savings plan fund as a trust outside of the state treasury, specifies that the fund will include the individual retirement accounts of enrollees in the plan, and allows the board to use a certain percentage of moneys in the fund for the administrative expenses of the plan. The moneys in the fund are not property of the state and cannot be commingled with state moneys. The board is required to design and disseminate to all employers that are required to or that choose to participate in the plan employer and employee information packets regarding the plan and the options for employee participation in the plan. The bill dictates the timing for the board to implement the plan and a time frame for employers to establish a system by which enrollees in the plan can remit payroll deduction contributions to the plan. Employers are required to automatically enroll employees in the plan unless an employee has opted out of participation in the plan. Enrollees may select an investment option and contribution level or use the default investment option and contribution amount established by the board. The bill specifies that the state and employers do not have any duty or liability to any party for the payments of any retirement savings benefits accrued by any individual through the plan.
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Amendments:
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/04/2016 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 20 2016
Finance
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(5) in house calendar.
Position:
Supporters: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, Bell Policy Ctr, AARRP, CO Social Legislation Com, AFDC Coalition
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HB16-1408 Cash Fund Allocations For Health-related Programs 
Sponsors: RANKIN / STEADMAN
Summary: Joint Budget Committee. The bill modifies the allocation of cash fund revenues to various health-related programs as follows:
* The allocation of revenues annually received by the state pursuant to the tobacco litigation settlement (settlement moneys) is modified and streamlined by replacing the current 2-tier allocation system that includes both percentage-based and fixed amount allocations of settlement moneys with a single set of exclusively percentage-based allocations and replacing settlement moneys funding for specified programs with marijuana tax cash fund funding;
* An additional allocation of settlement moneys is made to the university of Colorado health sciences center for the sole purpose of funding cancer research; and
* On July 1, 2016, $20 million is transferred from the children's basic health plan trust to a newly created accountable care collaborative fund on July 1, 2016, for the purpose of funding department of health care policy and financing (HCPF) rate incentives for primary care medical providers, other than providers who are reimbursed on a cost-basis, in the accountable care collaborative established by HCPF. The bill also makes and reduces various appropriations in order to accomplish its purposes and repeals various obsolete statutory provisions relating to the past allocation of settlement moneys and past transfers to and from cash funds.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/04/2016 Governor Signed
News:
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 8 2016
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(3) in senate calendar.
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HB16-1420 CO Healthcare Affordability & Sustainability Enter 
Sponsors: HULLINGHORST / CROWDER
Summary: The bill creates the Colorado healthcare affordability and sustainability 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 participating in the implementation and administration of a state Colorado healthcare affordability and sustainability program (program) on and after July 1, 2016, and creates a board consisting of 13 members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate to govern the enterprise. The business purpose of the enterprise is, in exchange for the payment of a new healthcare affordability and sustainability fee (fee) by hospitals to the enterprise, to administer the program and thereby support hospitals that provide uncompensated medical services to uninsured patients and participate in publicly funded health insurance programs by:
* Participating in a federal program that provides additional matching money to states;
* Using fee revenue, which must be credited to a newly created healthcare affordability and sustainability fee fund and used solely for purposes of the program, and federal matching money to:
* Reduce the amount of uncompensated care that hospitals provide by increasing the number of individuals covered by publicly funded health insurance; and
* Increase publicly funded insurance reimbursement rates to hospitals; and
* Providing or contracting for or arranging advisory and consulting services to hospitals and coordinating services to hospitals to help them more effectively and efficiently participate in publicly funded insurance programs. 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 the fee from hospitals;
* Leverage fee revenue collected to obtain federal matching money;
* Utilize and deploy both fee revenue and federal matching money in furtherance of the business purpose of the enterprise;
* Issue revenue bonds payable from its revenues;
* Enter into agreements with HCPF as necessary to collect and expend fee revenue;
* Engage the services of private persons or entities serving as contractors, consultants, and legal counsel for professional and technical assistance and advice and to supply other services related to the conduct of the affairs of the enterprise, including the provision of additional business services to hospitals; and
* Adopt and amend or repeal policies for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business. The existing hospital provider fee program is repealed and the existing hospital provider fee oversight and advisory board is abolished, effective July 1, 2016. The bill specifies that so long as the enterprise qualifies as a TABOR-exempt enterprise, 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 the creation of the new enterprise to charge and collect the fee is the creation of a new government-owned business that provides business services to hospitals as an enterprise for purposes of TABOR and related statutes and does not constitute the qualification of an existing government-owned business as a new enterprise that would require or authorize downward adjustment of the TABOR state fiscal year spending limit or the referendum C cap. In order to compensate for a proposed reduction in the amount of the fiscal year 2016-17 long bill appropriation of revenue from fees collected by HCPF from hospitals and federal matching money, the bill appropriates $146,693,573 in healthcare affordability and sustainability fees and federal funds to the enterprise for fiscal year 2016-17.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/10/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
News: Colorado Dems kill GOP bill on $3.5 billion for roads
Budget’s settled, but debate coming on taxes and refund
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 15 2016
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(1) in house calendar.
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HB16-1421 Allocate Additional FY 2016-17 Gen Fund Revenues 
Sponsors: HULLINGHORST
Summary: Contingent upon the passage of legislation (the CHASE Act) that eliminates the hospital provider fee at the end of fiscal year 2015-16, the bill:
* Requires legislative council staff, as part of its 2016 economic and revenue forecast, to estimate the total amount of general fund revenues that the state would have been required to make unavailable for expenditure in fiscal year 2016-17 and refund in fiscal year 2017-18 but for the enactment of the CHASE Act; and
* Requires the amount estimated by legislative council staff to be allocated as follows:
* On September 30, 2016, the state treasurer must transfer the lesser of the full amount or $50 million to the highway users tax fund (HUTF);
* On September 30, 2016, the state treasurer must transfer the lesser of the full amount remaining after the HUTF transfer has been made or a total amount of $16.2 million in equal parts to the state severance tax trust fund and the local government severance tax fund as repayment of money diverted from those funds to the general fund in fiscal year 2014-15;
* The lesser of the full amount remaining after the HUTF and severance tax fund transfers have been made or a total amount of $40 million must be used to reduce the 2016-17 public school finance negative factor; and
* The lesser of the full amount remaining after the HUTF and severance tax fund transfers and the negative factor allocation have been made or $49.5 million is allocated to governing boards of state-supported institutions of higher education to reduce fiscal year 2017-18 tuition increases and provide additional student financial assistance.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/11/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/12/2016 - No Amendments
News:
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 15 2016
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(2) in house calendar.
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HB16-1435 Low-wage Employer Corporate Responsibility Act 
Sponsors: DURAN / KEFALAS
Summary: The bill, known as the "Corporate Responsibility Act", creates the employment-related public benefits enterprise (enterprise) as a government-owned business and type 1 agency within the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF). The enterprise has the business purpose of improving the health of the pool of workers for low-wage employment and their families and thereby benefitting low-wage employers by giving them access to a healthier pool of workers. The board of directors of the enterprise (board) consists of 7 members appointed by the governor: 2 who are representatives of employers; 2 who are representatives of organized labor; one who is employed and is receiving assistance under a state-subsidized health care assistance program; one who represents a nonprofit organization that provides health care services to low-income individuals; and one who represents a nonprofit organization that advocates in support of health care services for low-income individuals. Various powers of the enterprise are specified. On and after January 1, 2017, the enterprise must impose an employment-related public benefits fee (fee) based on a per-hour worked basis for each employee of a low-wage employer that employs 250 or more employees in Colorado, but a low-wage employer may credit health care expenditures to or on behalf of a low-wage employee against the public benefits fee for each low-wage employee's hours. The enterprise must set the fee in an amount that is reasonably calculated to reflect the benefit received by such employers from the provision of state-subsidized health care program assistance to low-wage employees in the state and the costs to the state of providing that assistance but is neither less than 25 cents nor more than one dollar per hour worked. So long as the enterprise meets the constitutional requirements for enterprise status under the taxpayer's bill of rights, fee revenue does not count against the state fiscal year spending limit. The employment-related public benefits fee fund (fund) is created in the state treasury, and all fee revenue and interest and income derived from the deposit and investment of the fund is credited to the fund. The enterprise may expend money from the fund to support and improve health care services provided to individuals who are eligible to receive services under the "Colorado Medical Assistance Act" and to defray its administrative expenses in implementing and administering provisions of the bill. It is prohibited to transfer money in the fund to any other state fund or department or agency of state government. Employers are prohibited from taking various specified actions, including the discharge of low-wage employees during a specified period following the implementation of the fee, for the purpose of avoiding or reducing their liability for the fee. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees for whistleblowing or taking various other specified actions relating to implementation or enforcement of the bill, such retaliation is defined as an unfair employment practice, and an employee retaliated against may file a complaint with the Colorado civil rights division. The attorney general and district attorneys are concurrently responsible for the enforcement of the "Corporate Responsibility Act".
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/10/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
Supporters: CO Fiscal Institute
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HB16-1438 Employer Accommodations Related To Pregnancy 
Sponsors: WINTER / MARTINEZ HUMENIK
Summary: The bill makes it an unfair employment practice if an employer fails to provide reasonable accommodations for an applicant for employment or an employee for conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. The bill requires each employer to provide a notice of rights regarding the unfair employment practice to his or her employees.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 06/01/2016 Governor Signed
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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HB16-1450 Allocate Additional Available State Revenues 
Sponsors: HULLINGHORST
Summary: Contingent upon the passage of legislation (the CHASE Act) that eliminates the hospital provider fee at the end of fiscal year 2015-16, the bill:
* Requires annual estimation for each of the fiscal years 2016-17 through 2020-21 of the total amount of general fund revenues that the state would have been required to make unavailable for expenditure in the fiscal year and refund in the next fiscal year but for the enactment of the CHASE Act;
* Requires the amount that is estimated for each fiscal year and relied upon by the general assembly in developing and enacting the state budget for the next fiscal year to be allocated in specified amounts and percentages to:
* Repayment of the state severance tax trust fund and the local government severance tax fund for money diverted from those funds since July 1, 2006;
* The state education fund;
* The college opportunity fund program and institutions of higher education to offset student tuition costs, improve student services and academic quality, address controlled maintenance needs, and provide additional need-based student financial assistance;
* The general fund;
* The capital construction fund;
* The highway users tax fund for allocation to the state highway fund for expenditure by the department of transportation (CDOT) for specified transportation projects.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: 05/10/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
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HJR16-1017 Designate April 12 Equal Pay Day 
Sponsors: DANIELSON & PETTERSEN / TODD & AGUILAR
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
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Status History: Status History
Status: 04/25/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
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SB16-002 Health Exchange Voter Approval To Impose Tax 
Sponsors: LUNDBERG / SIAS
Summary: The bill directs the secretary of state to submit to the voters, at the November 2016 statewide election, the question of whether the Colorado health benefit exchange can impose a tax to support its ongoing operations.
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Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Oppose
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SB16-006 Health Insurance Exchange Insurance Brokers 
Sponsors: MARTINEZ HUMENIK / SIAS
Summary: Colorado Health Insurance Exchange Oversight Committee. The bill requires the Colorado health benefit exchange (exchange) to establish a system to refer consumers to qualified insurance brokers to enroll consumers in health benefit plans. To be qualified, an insurance broker must be licensed by the commissioner of insurance and be certified by the exchange. The system must include the installation of a call center and the necessary software to make the referrals.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Governor Signed
News:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 13 2016
State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
(3) in house calendar.
Position: Oppose
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SB16-022 Child Care Assistance Cliff Effect Pilot Program 
Sponsors: MARTINEZ HUMENIK / PETTERSEN
Summary: Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission. Currently, participation in the pilot program to mitigate the cliff effect for low-income families who are working and receiving child care assistance is limited to up to 10 counties. The bill removes that restriction and allows the executive director of the department of human services (executive director), subject to available appropriations, to select additional counties to participate in the program. In addition, the bill removes the deadline for applications to participate in the pilot program and allows the executive director to approve pilot programs of less than 2 years if a shorter program will contribute relevant data.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Governor Signed
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
Supporters: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, Bell Policy Ctr, CO Children's Campaign, Women's Foundation, Women's Lobby, 9 to 5, AAUW
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SB16-024 Private Student Loan Cap Act 
Sponsors: JONES / MORENO
Summary: The bill establishes a cap on the annual interest rate that a nongovernmental lender may charge for a student loan taken for the purpose of financing undergraduate, graduate, or professional education and related expenses of 2 percentage points over the rate that the federal government would charge the student for a direct unsubsidized student loan made for the same purpose.
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Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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SB16-025 End-of-life Options For Terminally Ill Individuals 
Sponsors: MERRIFIELD / COURT
Summary: The bill enacts the "Colorado End-of-life Options Act" (act), which authorizes an individual with a terminal illness to request, and the individual's attending physician to prescribe to the individual, medication to hasten the individual's death. To be qualified to request aid-in-dying medication, an individual must be a capable adult resident of Colorado who has a terminal illness and has voluntarily expressed the wish to receive a prescription for aid-in-dying medication by making 2 oral requests and a written request to his or her attending physician. An individual who requests aid-in-dying medication may rescind the request at any time, regardless of his or her mental state. The act outlines the responsibilities of the attending physician, including:
* Determining whether the requesting individual has a terminal illness, is capable of making an informed decision, and is making the request for aid-in-dying medication voluntarily;
* Requesting the individual to demonstrate proof of Colorado residency;
* Referring the individual to a consulting physician to confirm that the individual is qualified to request aid-in-dying medication;
* Providing full disclosures to ensure that the individual is making an informed decision; and
* Informing the individual of the right to rescind the request at any time. An attending physician cannot write a prescription for aid-in-dying medication unless at least 2 health care providers determine that the individual is capable of making an informed decision. The attending or consulting physician is to refer the individual to a licensed mental health professional if he or she believes the individual's ability to make an informed decision is compromised. The attending physician cannot write a prescription unless the mental health professional communicates, in writing, that the individual is capable. The bill grants immunity from civil and criminal liability and from professional discipline to a person who participates in good faith under the act. The bill also specifies that actions taken in accordance with the act do not constitute suicide, assisted suicide, mercy killing, homicide, or elder abuse. A health care provider is not obligated to prescribe aid-in-dying medication, and a health care facility may prohibit a physician from writing a prescription for a resident of the facility who intends to use aid-in-dying medication on the facility's premises. A person commits a class 2 felony if the person purposely or knowingly:
* Alters or forges an aid-in-dying medication request without the terminally ill individual's authorization;
* Conceals or destroys a rescission of a request for aid-in-dying medication; or
* Coerces or exerts undue influence to get a terminally ill individual to request, or to destroy a rescission of a request for, aid-in-dying medication.
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Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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SB16-033 Public Health Notice Sick Leave 
Sponsors: ULIBARRI / SALAZAR
Summary: The bill requires licensees of retail food establishments to post a public health notice if they do not allow employees at least 5 days of sick leave per year.
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Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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SB16-043 Student Loans Consumer Protections 
Sponsors: CARROLL / KAGAN
Summary: The bill prohibits a private educational lender, as defined in the bill, from offering gifts to a covered educational institution, as defined in the bill, including public and private institutions of higher education, in exchange for any advantage or consideration related to loan activities or from engaging in revenue sharing. Further, the bill prohibits persons employed at covered educational institutions from receiving anything of value from private educational lenders. The bill makes it unlawful for a private educational lender to impose a fee or penalty on a borrower for early repayment or prepayment of a private education loan and requires a lender to disclose any agreements made with a card issuer or creditor for purposes of marketing a credit card. The bill requires private educational lenders to disclose information to a potential borrower or borrower both at the time of application for a private education loan and at the time of consummation of the loan. The required disclosures are described in the bill and include, among other disclosures, the interest rate for the loan and adjustments to the rate, potential finance charges and penalties, payment options, an estimate of the total amount for repayment at the interest rate, the possibility of qualifying for federal loans, the terms and conditions of the loan, and that the borrower may cancel the loan, without penalty, within 3 business days after the date on which the loan is consummated.
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Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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SB16-054 Local Government Minimum Wage 
Sponsors: MERRIFIELD
Summary: The bill permits a unit of local government to enact laws with respect to the minimum wage within its jurisdiction.
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Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
Supporters: CO Ctr Law and Policy
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SB16-079 Align Secondary and Postsecondary CTE Initiatives 
Sponsors: TODD / YOUNG
Summary: The bill requires that, if a student chooses to follow a career pathway, the student's individual career and academic plan must be aligned with the plan of study, if any, that is appropriate to the student's career goal. The bill directs the commissioner of education to ensure that the department of education (department) aligns the postsecondary and workforce readiness programs and initiatives that it implements with the model plans of study created by the community college system. The bill requires the department, in collaboration with the community college system, to create and make available informational materials that explain the alignment of the state academic standards, the state high school graduation guidelines, and the postsecondary and workforce initiatives and programs that the department implements with the model plans of study and the career pathways.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 20 2016
Education
Upon Adjournment Room 0112
(1) in house calendar.
Position: Support
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SB16-096 Creation Of The Pay Equity Commission 
Sponsors: HEATH
Summary: On July 1, 2015, the statutes creating the pay equity commission (commission) expired in accordance with an automatic self-repeal clause. The bill reestablishes the commission within the Colorado department of labor and employment (department). The appointing authorities are to appoint 11 members to the commission within 90 days after May 25, 2016, with representatives of large and small private, for-profit employers, a women's national association, a labor organization, a statewide association of attorneys, higher education, the department, the civil rights division in the department of regulatory agencies, a national organization that serves minority communities and communities of color, and a business association. The commission is charged with the following tasks:
* Educating employers in the state about issues or practices that may contribute to pay inequities;
* Working with business groups and educational institutions to develop and maintain an inventory of best practices for encouraging equal pay;
* Encouraging employers to implement equal pay best practices;
* Studying other state models of equal pay practices that achieve pay equity;
* Developing a program recognizing employers who pursue pay equity practices;
* Conducting outreach and education to employees and employers regarding pay equity; and
* Working to establish Colorado as a model employer with regard to pay equity. The commission is required to submit annual reports to the executive director of the department; the business, labor, and technology committee of the senate; and the business affairs and labor committee of the house of representatives. Each report should detail the work the commission has done. The commission may submit recommendations for policy or administrative changes, upon approval of 2/3 of its members, and any such recommendations shall be included in the commission's annual reports.
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Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
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SB16-103 Canadian DV Protection Order Enforcement 
Sponsors: MERRIFIELD / SIAS
Summary: Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws. The bill enacts the "Uniform Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act" as recommended by the national conference of commissioners on uniform state laws. The bill allows a peace officer to enforce a Canadian domestic violence protection order. The bill allows a court to enter an order enforcing or refusing to enforce a Canadian domestic violence protection order. The bill provides immunity for a person who enforces a Canadian domestic violence protection order.
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Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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SB16-114 Employee-earned Paid Sick Leave 
Sponsors: CARROLL / DANIELSON
Summary: The bill creates the "Healthy Families and Workplaces Act" (act), which requires all private employers in Colorado to provide paid sick leave to their employees, accrued at one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, subject to the following limits:
* For employers employing 10 or more employees, the employer is not required to provide more than a total of 72 hours of paid sick leave in a 12-month period; and
* For employers employing fewer than 10 employees, the employer is not required to provide more than a total of 40 hours of paid sick leave in a 12-month period. An employee would start accruing paid sick leave when his or her employment begins and would be permitted to use his or her accrued paid sick leave as it is accrued. Additionally, an employee would be allowed to carry forward and use in subsequent calendar years paid sick leave that is not used in the year in which it is accrued, subject to the caps on the total amount of leave allowed in a 12-month period. Employees may use accrued paid sick leave to be absent from work for the following purposes:
* The employee has a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; needs a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment related to such illness, injury, or condition; or needs to obtain preventive medical care;
* The employee needs to care for a family member who has a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; needs a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment related to such illness, injury, or condition; or needs to obtain preventive medical care;
* The employee or family member has been the victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment and needs to be absent from work for purposes related to such crime; or
* A public official has ordered the closure of the school or place of care of the employee's child or of the employee's place of business due to a public health emergency, necessitating the employee's absence from work. The bill prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who uses his or her paid sick leave or otherwise exercises his or her rights under the act. Employers are required to notify employees of their rights under the act by providing employees with a written notice of their rights and displaying a poster, developed by the division of labor (division) in the department of labor and employment, detailing employees' rights under the act. Employers must retain records documenting, by employee, the hours worked, paid sick leave accrued, and paid sick leave used and make such records available to the division to monitor compliance with the act. The director of the division will implement and enforce the act and adopt rules necessary for such purposes. The bill treats an employee's information about his, her, or a family member's health condition or domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment case as confidential and prohibits an employer from disclosing such information or requiring the employee to disclose such information as a condition of using paid sick leave. Employers, including public employers, that provide comparable paid leave to their employees and allow employees to use that leave as permitted under the act are not required to provide additional paid sick leave to their employees. Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement would not be entitled to sick leave under the act if the collective bargaining agreement expressly waives the requirements of the act and provides an equivalent benefit to covered employees.
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Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
News:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
Supporters: CO Ctr on Law and Policy, 9 to 5, Bell Policy Ctr, AAUW, Women's Lobby
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SB16-118 Screening To Identify Prenatal Substance Exposure 
Sponsors: NEWELL / SINGER
Summary: The bill directs the department of public health and environment (department) to identify a screening questionnaire related to prenatal substance exposure. Information gathered from a screening questionnaire may not be used for either criminal purposes or to justify contact with county departments of human or social services, unless a program's or entity's mandatory reporter of abuse and neglect status is triggered. Home visitation programs, the juvenile justice system, the child welfare system, early childhood providers, schools, and school districts developing a individualized family service plan or a child's initial individualized education program are required to use a screening questionnaire. Birthing facilities and health care providers are strongly encouraged to adopt a consistent practice of screening and documentation for prenatal substance exposure. "Prenatal substance exposure" is defined in the bill as prenatal exposure to regular or binge use of alcohol, over-the-counter and prescription medications, or controlled substances.
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Status History: Status History
Status: Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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SB16-183 Clarify Portion Of 911 Call Subject To PUC Regul 
Sponsors: SCHEFFEL / WILLIAMS
Summary: The bill defines "basic emergency service" to mean the aggregation and transportation of a 911 call by a basic emergency service provider (BESP) to a point of interconnection with a public safety answering point (PSAP), regardless of the technology used by the BESP to provide the service, but does not include:
* The portion of a 911 call provided by an originating service provider through use of voice-over-internet-protocol service, internet-protocol-enabled service, or commercial mobile radio service;
* The services provided by an intermediary aggregation service provider;
* The delivery of a 911 call from the originating service provider or an intermediary aggregation service provider to a point of interconnection with the BESP; or
* The delivery of a 911 call from the point of interconnection between the BESP and a PSAP to the PSAP facility that receives and processes the 911 call.
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Amendments: Amendments
Status History: Status History
Status: Governor Signed
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Oppose
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SB16-212 12-month Eligibility Child Care Assistance Prog 
Sponsors: CROWDER
Summary: The bill aligns state statute with changes in federal law related to the Colorado child care assistance program (CCCAP). The state law is modified to specify that a child receiving CCCAP supports continues to be eligible for those supports for an entire 12-month period before eligibility is redetermined, as long as the child's family income remains below 85% of the state median income for that family size, as required by federal law.
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Status History: Status History
Status: Governor Signed
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Position: Support
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SJR16-023 Women's History Month 
Sponsors: ROBERTS & TODD / LAWRENCE & GINAL
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
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Status History: Status History
Status: 03/28/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
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