SENIOR LOBBY 2017

HB17-1026 Reverse Mortgage Repayment When Home Uninhabitable 
Comment: Kip Bishop
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 12 2017
Local Government
1:30 p.m. Room 0107
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: J. Singer / M. Jones
Summary:

Wildfire Matters Review Committee.

Under current law, the borrower in a reverse mortgage transaction is relieved of the obligation to occupy the subject property as a principal residence if the borrower is temporarily absent for up to 60 days or, if the property is adequately secured, up to one year. The bill adds a third exception to the principal-residence requirement to cover situations in which a natural disaster or other serious incident beyond the borrower's control renders the property uninhabitable. The maximum time allowable for a temporary absence under these circumstances is 5 years.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/15/2017 House Committee on Local Government Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1045 Extend Home Care Allowance Grant Program 
Comment: Christina
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Young / K. Lambert
Summary:

The bill modifies the repeal date of the home care allowance grant program (program). The program will repeal when the revisor of statutes receives notice that there is a consumer-directed service delivery option available for homemaker, personal care, and medical support services for individuals who are receiving home-based and community-based services pursuant to the supported living services waiver.

The bill requires the executive director of the department of human services and the executive director of the department of health care policy and financing to notify the revisor of statutes when the triggering event occurs.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/31/2017 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1067 Update National Standards Citations Accessible Housing 
Comment: Rich
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Thurlow / A. Kerr
Summary:

Statutory Revision Committee.

The bill amends references to an out-of-date version of a standard, formerly promulgated by the American national standards institute but now promulgated by the international code council, that governs construction of accessible housing.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/8/2017 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1080 Requirements Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers 
Comment: Evelyn
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, March 28 2017
Health, Insurance, & Environment
Upon Adjournment Room 0107
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: D. Young / J. Sonnenberg
Summary:

The bill amends the definition of 'durable medical equipment supplier' to include a person or entity that bills or plans to bill the state medicaid program. Further, the bill amends the exceptions to the definition of 'durable medical equipment supplier' to exclude persons or entities that only supply insulin infusion pumps or diabetes testing supplies.

The bill clarifies the requirements for a durable medical equipment supplier to do business in Colorado. For each of its physical locations providing services in Colorado, a durable medical equipment supplier must be licensed by the Colorado secretary of state and attest that each of its physical locations providing services in Colorado are within 100 miles of any Colorado-resident medicare beneficiary being served by the supplier in Colorado or any Colorado medicaid recipient who is being served by the provider in Colorado.

The bill removes language in the medicaid durable medical equipment provider statute and replaces it with a cross reference to the licensing statute for durable medical equipment providers.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/17/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1087 Office Of Public Guardianship Pilot Program 
Comment: Sharon, Kathleen, Anne, Karen, Charles
Position: Strongly Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Young / K. Lundberg
Summary:

The bill creates the office of public guardianship (office) within the judicial department to provide legal guardianship services to indigent and incapacitated adults who:

  • Have no responsible family members or friends who are available and appropriate to serve as a guardian; and
  • Lack adequate resources to compensate a private guardian and pay the costs and fees associated with an appointment proceeding.

The office is established as a pilot program, to be evaluated and then continued, discontinued, or expanded at the discretion of the general assembly in 2021. On or before January 1, 2021, the director of the office shall submit a report to the judiciary committees of the senate and the house of representatives. The report, at a minimum, must:

  • Quantify, to the extent possible, Colorado's unmet need for public guardianship services for indigent and incapacitated adults;
  • Quantify, to the extent possible, the average annual cost of providing guardianship services to indigent and incapacitated adults;
  • Quantify, to the extent possible, the net cost or benefit, if any, to the state that may result from the provision of guardianship services to each indigent and incapacitated adult in each judicial district of the state;
  • Assess whether an independent statewide office of public guardianship is preferable and feasible;
  • Analyze costs and off-setting savings to the state from the delivery of public guardianship services; and
  • Provide uniform and consistent data elements regarding service delivery in an aggregate format that does not include any personal identifying information of any person.

The bill creates the public guardianship commission (commission) within the judicial department and charges the commission with appointing a director of the office. The director serves at the pleasure of the commission.

The bill creates the office of public guardianship cash fund (fund) in the state treasury. The fund consists of any money that the office receives from gifts, grants, or donations as well as any other money appropriated to the fund by the general assembly.

The office and the fund are repealed, effective June 30, 2021.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/23/2017 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1094 Telehealth Coverage Under Health Benefit Plans 
Comment: Diane
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: P. Buck | D. Valdez / L. Crowder | K. Donovan
Summary:

Under current law, health benefit plans are required to cover health care services delivered to a covered person by a provider via telehealth in the same manner that the plan covers health care services delivered by a provider in person. The bill clarifies that:

  • A health plan cannot restrict or deny coverage of telehealth services based on the communication technology or application used to deliver the telehealth services;
  • The availability of telehealth services does not change a carrier's obligation to contract with providers available in the community to provide in-person services;
  • A covered person may receive telehealth services from a private residence, but the carrier is not required to pay or reimburse for any transmission costs or originating site fees the covered person incurs;
  • A carrier is to apply the applicable copayment, coinsurance, or deductible amount to health care services a covered person receives through telehealth, which amount cannot exceed the amount applicable to those health care services when delivered through in-person care; and
  • Telehealth includes health care services provided through HIPAA-compliant audio-visual communication or the use of a HIPAA-compliant application via a cellular telephone but does not include voice-only telephone communication or text messaging.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/16/2017 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1115 Direct Primary Health Care Services 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, March 27 2017
SENATE BUSINESS, LABOR, & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
1:00 PM SCR 354
(4) in senate calendar.
Sponsors: J. Ginal | P. Buck / J. Tate | J. Kefalas
Summary:

The bill establishes parameters under which a direct primary care agreement (agreement) may be implemented. An agreement may be entered into between a direct primary health care provider (provider) and a patient for the payment of a periodic fee and for a specified period of time. The provider must be a licensed, registered, or certified individual or entity authorized to provide primary care services.

The bill establishes that the agreement is not the business of insurance or the practice of underwriting and does not fall under regulation of the division of insurance. The bill outlines the conditions under which a provider may discontinue care to a patient.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/10/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1116 Continue Low-income Household Energy Assistance 
Comment: Rich, Karen
Position: Strongly Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: T. Exum | M. Hamner / B. Martinez Humenik
Summary:

Current law provides that the department of human services low-income energy assistance fund, the energy outreach Colorado low-income energy assistance fund, and the Colorado energy office low-income energy assistance fund receive conditional funding from the severance tax operational fund through the state fiscal year commencing July 1, 2018. The bill extends the conditional funding through the state fiscal year commencing July 1, 2023.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/23/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1121 Patient Safety Act 
Comment: Kelley, Brandi, Diane
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Buckner
Summary:

The bill requires applicants for initial licensure or certification, as well as current licensees and certificate holders, to submit to a fingerprint-based criminal history record check for:

  • Podiatrists ( sections 1 and 2 );
  • Dentists and dental hygienists ( sections 3 and 4 );
  • Medical doctors, physician assistants, and anesthesiologists ( sections 5 and 6 );
  • Nurses ( sections 7 and 8 );
  • Certified nurse aides ( sections 10 and 11 );
  • Optometrists ( sections 13 through 15 ); and
  • Veterinarians ( sections 16 through 18 ).

Section 9 of the bill eliminates the nurse alternative to discipline program.

Section 12 of the bill requires an employer of a certified nurse aide (CNA) to report whenever a CNA is terminated from employment or resigns in lieu of termination, within 30 days after the termination or resignation. The state board of nursing is authorized to fine an employer that fails to report the termination or resignation.

Section 19 amends the 'Medical Transparency Act of 2010' to include a person applying for nurse licensure under the 'Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact' within the definition of 'applicant'.

Section 20 of the bill repeals the current 'Nurse Licensure Compact' and adopts the 'Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact'.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/13/2017 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1126 Medicaid Appeal Review Legal Notice Requirements 
Comment: Kris, Diane
Position: Strongly Support
Calendar Notification: Monday, March 27 2017
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(4) in senate calendar.
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet | J. Danielson / L. Crowder
Summary:

Interim Study Committee on Communication Between the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) and Medicaid Clients. The bill requires the administrative law judge hearing medicaid appeals to review the legal sufficiency of the notice of action from which the recipient is appealing at the commencement of the appeal hearing if the notice of action concerns the termination or reduction of an existing benefit. If the notice is legally insufficient, the judge shall advise the appellant that he or she may waive the defense of insufficient notice and proceed to a hearing on the merits or may ask the judge to decide the appeal based on the judge's finding of insufficiency. The judge shall advise the appellant that a legally sufficient notice may be issued in the future and that the state may recoup benefits from the appellant.

The provisions of the bill apply to hearings conducted on and after a certain date.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/22/2017 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1139 Medicaid Provider Compliance Billing Safety Rules 
Comment: Jeanette,Seth, Christina
Position: Strongly Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: L. Landgraf | D. Michaelson Jenet / J. Kefalas | B. Martinez Humenik
Summary:

The bill subjects a provider of medicaid services to a civil monetary penalty if the provider improperly bills or seeks collection from a medicaid recipient or the estate of a medicaid recipient.

In addition, the bill allows the department of health care policy and financing (department) to require a corrective action plan from any provider who fails to comply with rules, manuals, or bulletins issued by the department, the medical services board, or the department's fiscal agent or from a provider whose activities endanger the health, safety, or welfare of a medicaid recipient. Based on good cause, the department may suspend the enrollment of a medicaid provider for a period of time set forth in the bill. The provider has the right to appeal the suspension administratively.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/1/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1143 Audits of Medicaid Client Correspondence 
Comment: Kris
Position: Strongly Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: L. Landgraf / L. Crowder
Summary:

Interim Study Committee on Communication Between the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) and Medicaid Clients. The bill directs the office of the state auditor (OSA) to conduct or cause to be conducted an audit of client correspondence, including letters and notices, sent to clients or potential clients in medicaid programs. The audits will be conducted in 2020 and 2023 and thereafter at the discretion of the state auditor.

Among other items set forth in the bill, the performance audits will review client correspondence for readability, understandability, and accuracy. In addition, the audits will review available county data regarding customer contacts relating to client confusion with client correspondence.

The OSA will report audit findings, conclusions, and recommendations to the legislative audit committee, the joint budget committee, the public health care and human services committee of the house of representatives, the health and human services committee of the senate, and the joint technology committee, or any successor committees.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/20/2017 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1159 Remedies For Forcible Entry And Detainer 
Comment:
Position: Strongly Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Becker / J. Cooke
Summary:

The bill adds to the current descriptions of forcible detainer the act of a person preventing an owner from access to or possession of property by locking or changing the lock on the property.

The bill creates a procedure for the plaintiff to seek a temporary, mandatory injunction giving the plaintiff possession of the property if a complaint for forcible entry or detainer is filed. The procedure requires the plaintiff to store any personal property found on the property but allows the plaintiff to recover the costs of the storage.

The bill establishes as new crimes related to forcible entry and detainer the crimes of unlawful occupancy and unlawful reentry.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/6/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary + Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1175 Domestic Violence Awareness Barbers Cosmetologists 
Comment: Jeanette, Kelley, Christina
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Monday, March 27 2017
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: E. Hooton
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 3/2/2017 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/27/2017 - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1176 PERA Public Employees' Retirement Association Retirees Employed By Rural School Districts 
Comment: Eileen
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Becker | B. McLachlan / J. Sonnenberg
Summary:

Current law allows a service retiree of any division of the public employees' retirement association (PERA) to work for a PERA employer for limited periods and to receive a salary without reduction in benefits under certain circumstances. Several rural school districts in the state have recently experienced a shortage of teachers, school bus drivers, and school food services cooks and would ideally address the shortages by hiring service retirees. PERA's employment after retirement provisions, including the limitation on the number of days in a calendar year that a service retiree may work for a PERA employer without a reduction in benefits, make it difficult for school districts to fill their vacancies with retired teachers, school bus drivers, and school food services cooks.

The bill modifies the current PERA employment after retirement provisions for certain retirees hired by an employer in the school division if:

  • The employer that hires the service retiree is a rural school district as determined by the department of education based on certain criteria and the school district enrolls 6,500 students or fewer in kindergarten through 12th grade;
  • The school district hires the service retiree for the purpose of providing classroom instruction or school bus transportation to students enrolled by the district or for the purpose of being a school food services cook; and
  • The school district determines that there is a critical shortage of qualified teachers, school bus drivers, or school food services cooks, as applicable, and that the service retiree has specific experience, skills, or qualifications that would benefit the district.

A service retiree who is a teacher, a school bus driver, or a school food services cook and who is hired by an employer in the school division that satisfies the criteria above may receive salary without a reduction in benefits for any length of employment in a calendar year if the service retiree has not worked for any PERA employer during the month of the effective date of retirement.

In addition, the bill requires the employer that hires the service retiree to provide full payment of all PERA employer contributions, disbursements, and working retiree contributions.

A service retiree may not receive salary without reduction in benefits and without limitation in a calendar year for more than 6 consecutive years.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/15/2017 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1188 Harassment Sexual Orientation Or Disability 
Comment: Jeanette
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Foote / D. Coram | D. Moreno
Summary:

Colorado's law concerning bias-motivated crimes prohibits the intimidation or harassment of another person because of that person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. However, Colorado's harassment statute makes harassment a class 1 misdemeanor if the offender commits harassment with the intent to intimidate or harass another person because of that person's actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, or national origin.

The bill adds physical or mental disability and sexual orientation to the categories described in the harassment statute to make the statute consistent with Colorado's law concerning bias-motivated crimes.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/23/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1191 Demographic Notes For Certain Legislative Bills 
Comment: Jeanette, Ed
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: L. Herod | K. Becker
Summary:

The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to prepare demographic notes on legislative bills in each regular session of the general assembly. The speaker of the house of representatives, the minority leader of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the minority leader of the senate are authorized to request 5 demographic notes each, or more at the discretion of the director of research of the legislative council.

The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to meet with the member of leadership requesting the demographic note and with the sponsor of the legislative bill to discuss whether a demographic note can practically be completed for that legislative bill. If not, the member of leadership may request a demographic note, within the limits specified in the bill, on a different legislative bill that might be more conducive to a demographic note's analysis.

A demographic note is defined as a note that uses available data to outline the potential disparate effects of a legislative measure on various populations within the state. Populations may be identified by race, gender, disability, age, geography, income, or any other relevant characteristic for which data are available.

The bill requires the director of research to develop the procedures for requesting, completing, and updating the demographic notes and to memorialize the procedures in a letter to the executive committee of the legislative council.

Finally, the bill requires each state department, agency, or institution to cooperate with and provide information for a demographic note of a legislative bill in the manner requested by the staff of the legislative council.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/13/2017 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1222 Create Family Caregiver Support Fund Tax Check-off 
Comment: Steve
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, March 29 2017
Finance
Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
(2) in house calendar.
Sponsors: L. Landgraf / B. Gardner
Summary:

The bill creates the family caregiver support fund (fund) in the state treasury. A voluntary contribution designation line for the fund will appear on the state individual income tax return form (form) for the 5 income tax years following the year that the executive director of the department of revenue (department) certifies to the revisor of statutes that:

  • There is a space available on the form; and
  • The fund is next in the queue.

Once the fund is placed on the form, the department is directed to determine annually the total amount contributed to the fund and report that amount to the state treasurer and the general assembly. The state treasurer is required to credit that amount to the fund, and the general assembly appropriates from the fund to the department the costs of administering moneys designated for the fund. After that amount is deducted, the moneys remaining in the fund at the end of a fiscal year are transferred to Easter Seals Colorado, a nonprofit organization.

Following the statutory 2-year grace period for new tax check-offs, the fund is required to achieve the minimum contribution amount of $50,000 per year to remain on the form.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/3/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1242 New Transportation Infrastructure Funding Revenue 
Comment: Rich
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Monday, March 27 2017
Finance
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: C. Duran | D. Mitsch Bush / R. Baumgardner | K. Grantham
Summary:

Section 15 of the bill requires a ballot question to be submitted to the voters of the state at the November 2017 statewide election that seeks approval for the state to temporarily increase the rate of the state sales and use tax for 20 years beginning in 2018. If the voters approve the temporary sales and use tax rate increase, the new revenue generated is allocated solely for transportation infrastructure funding purposes, with specific projects to be funded required to be included in the 2017 ballot information booklet provided to the voters of the state, as follows:

  • $300 million annually to the state highway fund for use by the department of transportation (CDOT); and
  • Of the remaining new revenue:
  • 70% to counties and municipalities in equal total amounts; and
  • 30% to a newly created multimodal transportation options fund (fund).

If the voters approve the temporary state sales and use tax rate increase:

  • CDOT may issue up to a specified amount of transportation revenue anticipation notes (TRANs) for the purpose of funding transportation projects that are part of CDOT's strategic transportation investment program and are on CDOT's priority list for funding and the transportation commission must covenant that amounts it allocates on an annual basis to pay TRANs shall be paid: First, from $50 million from any legally available money under its control other than the new sales and use tax revenue; next, from the new sales and use tax revenue; and last, if necessary, from any other legally available money under its control any amount needed for payment of the TRANs until the TRANs are fully repaid;
  • The revenue allocations to counties and municipalities are further allocated to each county and municipality in accordance with certain existing statutory formulas used to allocate highway users tax fund (HUTF) money to each county and municipality;
  • The existing statutory requirement that at least 10% of the sales and use tax net revenue and other general fund revenue that may be transferred or appropriated to the HUTF and subsequently credited to the state highway fund must be expended for transit purposes of transit-related capital improvements is repealed;
  • A transportation options account and a pedestrian and active transportation account are created in the fund and the transportation commission is required to designate the percentages of fund revenue to be credited to each account subject to the limitations that for any given fiscal year no more than 75% of the revenue may be credited to the transportation options account and at least 25% of the revenue must be credited to the pedestrian and active transportation account;
  • A multimodal transportation options committee of gubernatorial appointees representing transit agencies, transportation planning organizations, local governments, and CDOT is created as a type 1 agency within CDOT for the purpose of allocating the money in the transportation options account of the fund for transportation options projects throughout the state. Under the supervision and guidance of the committee, the transit and rail division of CDOT is required to solicit, receive, and evaluate proposed transportation options projects and propose funding for interregional transportation options projects. Any transportation options project receiving funding from the transportation options account of the fund must also be funded by at least an equal total amount of local government, regional transportation authority, or transit agency funding.
  • CDOT is required to allocate the money in the pedestrian and active transportation account of the fund for projects for transportation infrastructure that is designed for users of nonmotorized mobility-enhancing equipment;
  • Transfers of 2% of general fund revenue to the HUTF that are scheduled under current law to be made for state fiscal years 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20 are eliminated;
  • The state road safety surcharges imposed on motor vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less are reduced for the same period during which the rates of the state sales and use taxes are increased. The resulting reduction in state fee revenue is taken entirely from the share of such fee revenue that is kept by the state so that county and municipal allocations of such revenue are not reduced.
  • CDOT must annually report to the joint budget committee, legislative audit committee, house transportation and energy committee, and senate transportation committee regarding its use of TRANs proceeds and must post the reports and certain user-friendly project-specific information on its website; and
  • The transportation revenue anticipation notes citizen oversight committee is created to provide oversight of the expenditure by the department of the proceeds of additional TRANs. The committee must annually report to the transportation legislation review committee regarding its activities and findings.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/22/2017 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Finance
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1246 ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction Task Force Recommendations Heart Attack Care 
Comment: Jeanette
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Friday, March 24 2017
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(3) in house calendar.
Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp / L. Garcia | J. Tate
Summary:

In 2013, the general assembly enacted SB 13-225, which established a task force in the department of public health and environment (department) to study and make recommendations for developing a statewide plan to improve quality of care to STEMI heart attack patients. ('STEMI' is an acronym for ST-elevation myocardial infarctions.) The study was to explore, among other things, the creationof a database for collecting data on STEMI care and access to aggregated STEMI data from the database for purposes of improving STEMI heart attack care.

The bill implements the following recommendations of the task force, with some modifications:

  • Requires a hospital that is accredited as a STEMI receiving center to report to a specified national heart attack database data that is consistent with nationally recognized guidelines on individuals with confirmed heart attacks within the state;
  • Within 30 days after receiving quarterly reports from the heart attack database, requires hospitals to submit those reports to the department;
  • Specifies that information obtained by the department is privileged and strictly confidential, is not subject to subpoena or discovery, and is not admissible in a civil, criminal, or administrative proceeding; and
  • Requires the department to sign a letter of commitment with the American College of Cardiology to ensure compliance with the confidentiality requirements and to request national reporting measures and metrics for benchmarking data.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/24/2017 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
Fiscal Notes:

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HB17-1253 Protect Seniors From Financial Abuse 
Comment: Kip, Kelley,Rich,John
Position: Strongly Support
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, March 28 2017
Public Health Care & Human Services
1:30 p.m. Room 0107
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: J. Danielson / L. Crowder
Summary:

If specified, if licensed securities professionals (qualified individuals), while acting within the scope of their employment, reasonably suspect that an elderly or at-risk person is the subject of financial exploitation, the bill requires the broker-dealer or investment adviser to report to the commissioner of securities (commissioner). The commissioner is required to forward the report to local law enforcement and to the department of human services. The commissioner has access to records to conduct an investigation, but the records are not subject to an open records request.

The bill also authorizes the qualified individual to notify any third party designated by or associated with the elderly or at-risk person of any suspected financial exploitation. It also authorizes the broker-dealer or investment adviser to delay disbursement of a transaction that might result in financial exploitation.

The bill provides immunity to qualified individuals, broker-dealers, and investment advisers making reports, disclosures, or delaying disbursements under the bill.

For qualified individuals who are also required to report mistreatment of an elderly or at-risk person pursuant to the 'Colorado Criminal Code' (code), the bill clarifies that, if the individual makes a report pursuant to the code, the individual does not have to submit a report with the commissioner, and that filing a report with the commissioner does not satisfy the individual's obligation pursuant to the code.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/10/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
Fiscal Notes:

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HB17-1264 PACE Ombudsman Program Add Local Ombudsmen 
Comment: Jeanette, Christina
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Thursday, March 30 2017
Health, Insurance, & Environment
1:30 p.m. Room 0107
(5) in house calendar.
Sponsors: J. Ginal | P. Lawrence / C. Jahn | B. Martinez Humenik
Summary:

The existing all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE) program includes the state PACE ombudsman. The bill adds local PACE ombudsmen to the state ombudsman's office (office).

The bill contains provisions relating to local PACE ombudsmen, including training, designation as representatives of the office, access to PACE centers and participants, authority to file complaints on behalf of PACE participants, and immunity from liability.

The bill includes time frames for the state PACE ombudsman to complete duties and functions of the office, including establishing statewide policies and procedures for investigating and resolving complaints relating to PACE programs and training local PACE ombudsmen.

The department of human services shall report to the joint budget committee and to its legislative committee of reference concerning the long-term care ombudsman program and the state PACE ombudsman program, including program caseloads and the need, if any, for additional local ombudsmen.

The bill repeals statutory provisions relating to stakeholder recommendations and a report concerning the expansion of the PACE ombudsman program to include local PACE ombudsmen.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/15/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
Fiscal Notes:

HB17-1279 Construction Defect Actions Notice Vote Approval 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, March 29 2017
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: A. Garnett | L. Saine / L. Guzman | J. Tate
Summary:

The bill requires that, before the executive board of a unit owners' association (HOA) in a common interest community brings suit against a developer or builder on behalf of unit owners, the board must:

  • Notify all unit owners and the developer or builder against whom the lawsuit is being considered;
  • Call a meeting at which the executive board and the developer or builder will have an opportunity to present relevant facts and arguments; and
  • Obtain the approval of a majority of the unit owners after giving them detailed disclosures about the lawsuit and its potential costs and benefits.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/17/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
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SB17-003 Repeal Colorado Health Benefit Exchange 
Comment: Seth Greiner
Position: Strongly Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Smallwood / P. Neville
Summary:

In 2010, pursuant to the enactment of federal law that allowed each state to establish a health benefit exchange option through state law or opt to participate in a national exchange, the general assembly enacted the 'Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act' (act). The act created the state exchange, a board of directors (board) to implement the exchange, and a legislative health benefits exchange implementation review committee to make recommendations to the board. The bill repeals the act, effective January 1, 2018, and allows the exchange to continue for one year for the purpose of winding up its affairs. The bill also requires the board, on the last day of the wind-up period, to transfer any unencumbered money that remains in the exchange to the state treasurer, who shall transfer the money to the general fund.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/7/2017 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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SB17-004 Access To Providers For Medicaid Recipients 
Comment: Seth, Christina, Jeanette
Position: Strongly Oppose
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 13 2017
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: J. Tate / C. Wist
Summary:

Under current law, recipients of services under the Colorado medical assistance program (medicaid) are not responsible for the cost of services by a medical provider or the cost remaining after payment by medicaid or another private insurer, regardless of whether the medical provider is enrolled in the medicaid program, unless the medical services provided are nonreimbursable by medicaid. The bill amends the statute so that the prohibition on charging medicaid recipients for medical services applies only if the medical provider is enrolled in medicaid.

Prior to providing medical services to a medicaid recipient, a nonenrolled provider must enter into a written agreement with the recipient as specified in the bill. If the requirements are met, the medicaid recipient would be responsible for the cost of the medical services.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/7/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
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SB17-011 Study Transportation Access For People With Disabilities 
Comment: Ky & Bob
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: K. Lambert / P. Lawrence
Summary:

The bill creates a technical demonstration forum consisting of eight members to study and document how advanced technologies can improve transportation access for people with disabilities. The forum consists of the following agency officers or their designees:

  • The executive director of the department of labor and employment, who serves as chair of the forum;
  • The executive director of the department of health care policy and financing, who serves as vice-chair of the forum;
  • The director of the public utilities commission;
  • The chief information officer of the office of information technology;
  • The executive director of the department of human services;
  • The director of the division of veterans affairs;
  • The superintendent of the Colorado school for the deaf and the blind; and
  • The executive director of the department of transportation.

To demonstrate the transportation access needs of people with disabilities in both urban and rural areas of the state, the forum is directed to study the transportation access needs of people with disabilities in El Paso and Teller counties and explore technological and transportation business solutions that could increase transportation access for people with disabilities in those areas. The forum may recommend that the executive director of the department of labor and employment enter into a contract with a technology developer or transportation business to conduct one or more pilot projects in El Paso County, Teller County, or both counties to demonstrate the efficacy of a certain technology or transportation business product to improve transportation access for people with disabilities.

On or before December 31, 2017, the forum is required to publish a report of its research and findings, including the results of any pilot projects and any legislative recommendations developed, and to furnish copies of the report to the governor, members of the general assembly's majority and minority leadership, and the members of the joint budget committee.

The forum and its responsibilities are repealed, effective July 1, 2018.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/20/2017 Governor Signed
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SB17-043 Transportation Network Company Drivers Medical Certificate Not Required 
Comment: Kris, Steve
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 12 2017
House Transportation & Energy
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(3) in house calendar.
Sponsors: O. Hill | D. Moreno / P. Neville | D. Pabon
Summary:

The bill eliminates the requirement for a medical certificate for persons who drive for transportation network companies.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 2/6/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
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SB17-045 Construction Defect Claim Allocation Of Defense Costs 
Comment: Kip, Ed, John
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: A. Williams | K. Grantham / C. Wist | C. Duran
Summary:

In a construction defect action in which more than one insurer has a duty to defend a party, the bill requires the court to apportion the costs of defense, including reasonable attorney fees, among all insurers with a duty to defend. An initial order apportioning costs must be made within 90 days after an insurer files its claim for contribution, and the court must make a final apportionment of costs after entry of a final judgment resolving all of the underlying claims against the insured. An insurer seeking contribution may also make a claim against an insured or additional insured who chose not to procure liability insurance for a period of time relevant to the underlying action. A claim for contribution may be assigned and does not affect any insurer's duty to defend.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/8/2017 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
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SB17-065 Transparency In Direct Pay Health Care Prices 
Comment: Kelley
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Friday, March 24 2017
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: K. Lundberg / S. Lontine
Summary:

The bill creates the 'Transparency in Health Care Prices Act', which requires health care professionals and health care facilities to make available to the public the health care prices they assess directly for common health care services they provide. Health care professionals and facilities are not required to submit their health care prices to any government agency for review or approval. Additionally, the act prohibits health insurers, government agencies, or other persons or entities from penalizing a health care recipient, provider, facility, employer, or other person or entity who pays directly for health care services or otherwise exercises rights under or complies with the act. The bill takes effect January 1, 2018.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/24/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
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SB17-075 Income Tax Deduction For Military Retirement Benefits 
Comment: Bob
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: L. Crowder / L. Landgraf
Summary:

The starting point for determining state income tax liability is federal taxable income. This number is adjusted for additions and subtractions (deductions) that are used to determine Colorado taxable income, which amount is multiplied by the state's 4.63% income tax rate. Currently, a person who is 55-64 years old may deduct up to $20,000 of retirement benefits from federal taxable income, and a person who is 65 years old or older may deduct up to $24,000. These limits apply to retirement benefits from all sources, including those related to service in the military.

The bill excludes all military retirement benefits from this deduction and instead allows a person of any age to deduct an unlimited amount of military retirement benefits from his or her state income tax. All other retirement benefits continue to be subject to the existing limits on the amounts that are deductible.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/24/2017 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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SB17-091 Allow Medicaid Home Health Services In Community 
Comment: Ky, Christina
Position: Strongly Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Moreno | L. Crowder / J. Ginal
Summary:

Under current law, for some clients, home health services under the medicaid program may only be provided in the client's residence. The bill removes the location restriction for home health services to comply with changes to federal medicaid rules that allow for services to be delivered in the community as well as the residence.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/1/2017 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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SB17-105 Consumer Right To Know Electric Utility Charges 
Comment: Steve
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 12 2017
House Transportation & Energy
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: L. Garcia / K. Becker | D. Esgar
Summary:

The bill requires an investor-owned electric utility to file with the public utilities commission (commission) for the commission's review a comprehensive billing format that the investor-owned electric utility has developed for its monthly billing of customers. An investor-owned electric utility shall file the comprehensive billing format pursuant to a schedule determined by the commission. The comprehensive billing format must include the following:

  • A line-item representation of all monthly charges and credits applied to the customer and an indication whether the charges have increased from the prior month as a result of increased fuel costs;
  • For months in which tiered rates are applied, a breakdown of the tiered rates and the amount of usage to which each rate was applied for the month;
  • The rate and usage for the current month and each of the previous 12 months, as shown in a bar graph or other visual format; and
  • For customers to which demand rates apply, a listing of the demand charge, aggregated data about the demand during the billing period, and, if the customer is a residential customer, a calculation of the amount that the customer would have been billed had standard residential rates applied.

The bill also requires each investor-owned utility to provide its customers, on a biannual basis, with an insert that indicates, as a percentage, each fuel source used in power generation and purchased for the utility.

The bill sets forth procedures for the commission's review of a filed comprehensive billing format and provides that once a comprehensive billing format has been approved by the commission, the investor-owned utility need not refile it unless changes have been made to it.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 2/27/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
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SB17-121 Improve Medicaid Client Correspondence 
Comment: Kris, Brandi
Position: Strongly Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: K. Lundberg | L. Crowder / L. Landgraf | J. Danielson
Summary:

Interim Study Committee on Communication Between the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) and Medicaid Clients.

The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing (department) to engage in an ongoing process to improve medicaid client communications, including client letters and notices, that concern eligibility for or the denial, reduction, suspension, or termination of a benefit. Among other requirements included in the bill, the department shall ensure that client communications are accurate, readable, and understandable, clearly conveying the purpose of the letter or notice and the specific action or actions that the client must take in response to the letter or notice.

The bill requires the department to include in certain notices a specific and plain language explanation of the basis for the denial, reduction, suspension, or termination of a benefit; specific and detailed information concerning household composition, income sources and amounts, and assets; and a description of necessary information or documents that the client has not provided.

To the extent practicable, the department shall test new or significantly revised client communications against the requirements included in the bill with a representative sample of medicaid clients, advocacy organizations, and counties prior to implementing the client communications. As part of the testing, the department shall solicit feedback from a workgroup established by the department to provide customer and community partner feedback regarding client communications.

The department shall also ensure that letters and notices affecting clients with disabilities, seniors, and other vulnerable populations are appropriately prioritized for improvement consistent with the requirements in the bill. The department shall receive feedback from the workgroup established to provide customer and community partner feedback regarding client communications as part of the department's involvement in state-level decision-making relating to computer system changes and training.

The department shall provide information concerning medicaid client communications improvements as part of its annual presentation to its legislative committee of reference.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/16/2017 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
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SB17-133 Insurance Commissioner Investigation Of Provider Complaints 
Comment: Seth
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Tate / D. Young
Summary:

Currently, the commissioner of insurance may investigate complaints by health care providers regarding the improper handling or denial of benefits by a health insurance company. The bill requires the commissioner to investigate provider complaints and notify the provider of the results of the investigation. The commissioner is directed to include information on provider complaints in an existing annual report to the general assembly. The commissioner must determine if there is a pattern of misconduct by a health insurance company and, if there is a pattern, must impose an appropriate remedy or penalty as an unfair or deceptive practice.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/31/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
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SB17-146 Access To Prescription Drug Monitoring Program 
Comment: Kelley, Seth
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: C. Jahn / J. Ginal
Summary:

The bill modifies provisions relating to licensed health professionals' access to the electronic prescription drug monitoring program as follows:

  • Allows a health care provider who has authority to prescribe controlled substances, or the provider's designee, to query the program regarding a current patient, regardless of whether the provider is prescribing or considering prescribing a controlled substance to that patient;
  • Specifies that a veterinarian who is authorized to prescribe controlled substances may access the program to inquire about a current patient or client if the veterinarian suspects that the client has committed drug abuse or mistreated an animal; and
  • Specifies that, in addition to accessing the program when dispensing or considering dispensing a controlled substance, a pharmacist or designee of the pharmacist may access the program regarding a current patient to whom the pharmacist is dispensing or considering dispensing a prescription drug.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/22/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
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SB17-155 Statutory Definition Of Construction Defect 
Comment: Kip, Ed, John
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Tate / L. Saine
Summary:

The bill separately defines and clarifies the term 'construction defect' in the 'Construction Defect Action Reform Act'.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/3/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
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SB17-156 Homeowners' Association Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines 
Comment: Kip, Ed, John
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 19 2017
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: O. Hill / L. Saine | C. Wist
Summary:

The bill states that when the governing documents of a common interest community require mediation or arbitration of a construction defect claim and the requirement is later amended or removed, mediation or arbitration is still required for a construction defect claim. These provisions are in section 3 of the bill. Section 3 also specifies that the mediation or arbitration must take place in the judicial district in which the community is located and that the arbitrator must:

  • Be a neutral third party;
  • Make certain disclosures before being selected; and
  • Be selected as specified in the common interest community's governing documents or, if not so specified, in accordance with applicable state or federal laws governing mediation or arbitration.

Section 1 of the bill specifies that, in the arbitration of a construction defect action, the arbitrator is required to follow the substantive law of Colorado with regard to any applicable claim or defense and any remedy granted, and a failure to do so is grounds for a district court to vacate or refuse to confirm the arbitrator's award.

Section 4 of the bill requires that, before a construction defect claim is filed on behalf of the association:

  • The parties must submit the matter to mediation before a neutral third party; and
  • The board must give advance notice to all unit owners, together with a disclosure of the projected costs, duration, and financial impact of the construction defect claim, and must obtain the written consent of the owners of units to which at least a majority of the votes in the association are allocated.

Section 5 of the bill adds to the disclosures required prior to the purchase and sale of property in a common interest community a notice that the community's governing documents may require binding arbitration of certain disputes.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/14/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
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SB17-203 Prohibit Carrier From Requiring Alternative Drug 
Comment: Kelley, Ed
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: N. Todd / C. Kennedy | P. Covarrubias
Summary:

The bill prohibits a carrier from requiring a covered person to undergo step therapy:

  • When being treated for a terminal condition; or
  • If the covered person has tried a step-therapy-required drug under a health benefit plan and the drug was discontinued by the manufacturer.

A carrier that requires step therapy must have an override process for health care providers.

'Step therapy' is defined as a protocol that requires a covered person to use a prescription drug or sequence of prescription drugs, other than the drug that the covered person's health care provider recommends for the covered person's treatment, before the carrier provides coverage for the recommended drug.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/23/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
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SB17-206 Out-of-network Providers Payments Patient Notice 
Comment: Diane, Jeanette, John, Ed
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: B. Gardner / J. Singer
Summary:

Under current law, when a health care provider who is not under a contract with a health insurer (out-of-network provider) renders health care services to a person covered under a health benefit plan at a facility that is part of the provider network under the plan (in-network facility), the health insurer is required to cover the services of the out-of-network provider at the in-network benefit level and at no greater cost to the covered person than if the services were provided by an in-network provider.

The bill outlines the method for a health insurer to use in determining the amount it must pay an out-of-network provider that rendered covered services to a covered person at an in-network facility and requires the health insurer to pay the out-of-network provider directly. The bill also establishes an independent dispute resolution process by which an out-of-network provider may obtain review of a payment from a health insurer.

Additionally, the bill requires an in-network facility where a covered person will receive a health care procedure or treatment, the health insurer, and an out-of-network provider who provides health care services to a covered person at an in-network facility to provide specified disclosures to the covered person, explaining that:

  • An out-of-network provider may provide health care services to the covered person as part of the procedure or treatment provided at the in-network facility;
  • If the covered person's plan is governed by state law, the services rendered by an out-of-network provider are covered under the plan at the in-network benefit level;
  • The out-of-network provider will submit a bill to the covered person's health insurer, and if the covered person receives a bill from the out-of-network provider, he or she should contact the health insurer's customer service to resolve the bill; and
  • The covered person is only responsible for paying the applicable in-network cost-sharing amount, and the carrier is responsible for paying any remaining balance owed the out-of-network provider.

A health insurer that fails to reimburse out-of-network providers as required by the bill and under current law or fails to provide the required notice to the covered person engages in an unfair or deceptive act or practice in the business of insurance and is subject to monetary penalties and other penalties authorized by law.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/3/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
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SB17-207 Strengthen Colorado Behavioral Health Crisis System 
Comment: Kelley
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Cooke | D. Kagan / L. Sias | J. Salazar
Summary:

The bill clarifies the intent of the general assembly for establishing a coordinated behavioral health crisis response system (crisis system). The crisis system is intended to be a comprehensive, appropriate, and preferred response to behavioral health crises in Colorado. By clarifying the role of the crisis system and making necessary enhancements, the bill puts systems in place to help Colorado end the use of jails and correctional facilities as placement options for individuals placed on emergency mental health holds if they have not also been charged with a crime and enhances the ability of emergency departments to serve individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The crisis system is intended to provide an appropriate first line of response to individuals in need of an emergency 72-hour mental health hold. The statewide framework created by the crisis system strengthens community partnerships and ensures that first responders are equipped with a variety of options for addressing behavioral health crises that meet the needs of the individual in a clinically appropriate setting.

The bill expands and strengthens the current crisis system in the following ways:

  • Encourages crisis system contractors in each region to develop partnerships with the broad array of crisis intervention services in the region;
  • Requires crisis system contractors to be responsible for community engagement, coordination, and system navigation for key partners in the crisis system. The goals of community coordination are to formalize key relationships within contractually defined regions, pursue collaborative programming for behavioral health services, and coordinate interventions as necessary with behavioral health crises in the region.
  • Increases the ability of all crisis services facilities, including walk-in centers, acute treatment units, and crisis stabilization units within the crisis system, regardless of facility licensure, to adequately care for an individual brought to the facility in need of an emergency 72-hour mental health hold;
  • Expands the ability of mobile response units to be available within 2 hours, either face-to-face or using telehealth operations for mobile crisis evaluations;
  • Recognizes the obligations of hospitals and hospital-based emergency departments under federal law to screen and stabilize every patient who comes to the hospital-based emergency department, including those patients experiencing a behavioral health crisis; and
  • Requires that, on or before January 1, 2018, all walk-in centers throughout the state be appropriately designated, adequately prepared, and properly staffed to accept an individual in need of an emergency 72-hour mental health hold.

The department of human services (department) shall ensure consistent training for professionals who have regular contact with individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The department shall conduct a needs and capacity assessment of the crisis system.

The office of behavioral health is required to submit a report on or before November 1, 2017, and on or before May 1, 2018, concerning the status of funding, the use of new and existing resources, and the implementation of additional behavioral health crisis services. This report is separate and in addition to the information the department is required to provide concerning the crisis system in its annual SMART report to the general assembly.

The bill removes language from statute that allows, at any time for any reason, an individual who is being held on an emergency 72-hour mental health hold to be detained or housed in a jail, lockup, or other place used for the confinement of persons charged with or convicted of criminal offenses. The effective date of this component of the bill is May 1, 2018.

An appropriation from the marijuana tax cash fund is authorized.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/22/2017 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
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SB17-213 Automated Driving Motor Vehicles 
Comment: Steve, Karen
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Moreno | O. Hill / J. Bridges | F. Winter
Summary:

The bill declares that the regulation of automated driving systems is a matter of statewide concern, and, therefore, local authorities are prohibited from setting different standards for these systems than for human drivers. The use of automated driving systems is authorized if the system is capable of conforming to every state and federal law applying to driving. If not, a person testing a system is required to obtain approval from the Colorado state patrol and the Colorado department of transportation.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/22/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
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SB17-245 Tenancies One Month To One Year Notice 
Comment: Kris, Rich
Position: Strongly Support
Calendar Notification: Monday, March 27 2017
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(14) in senate calendar.
Sponsors: K. Priola / D. Pabon
Summary:

Currently, a tenancy of one month or more but less than 6 months may be terminated by either party with 7 days' notice. The bill extends the notice to 21 days. The bill also requires 21 days' notice for a landlord to increase rent in tenancies of one month or longer but less than one year.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/23/2017 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
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