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HB17-1051 Procurement Code Modernization 
Short Title: Procurement Code Modernization
Summary:

The Colorado 'Procurement Code' (code) governs how executive branch agencies, other than institutions of higher education that have opted out of the code, buy goods and services. The code is administered by the department of personnel (department) and exists to help keep the public trust, promote fair competition, make efficient use of taxpayer dollars, and allow the state to effectively do the people's business. The code has been amended many times over the years, but it has not been reviewed in total since the general assembly enacted it in 1982.

General updates (Sections 5, 6, 10, 13, 15, 17 through 20, 22 through 24, 32, and 37). The code is based on the 1979 American bar association model procurement code. When the state adopted the model code, much of the structure and terminology was adopted as drafted by the American bar association rather than conforming the structure and language to the Colorado Revised Statutes. The bill updates the terminology used in the code to make it consistent with common use, simplifies reporting requirements, and reorganizes provisions of the code for ease of use. In addition, the bill clarifies the authority of the executive director of the department to promulgate rules for the administration of the code.

Promulgation of rules (Sections 9, 29, 33, 35, and 59). The executive director of the department is currently required to promulgate rules in furtherance of the code. The bill makes promulgation of rules by the executive director of the department (executive director) permissive throughout the code and authorizes the director to delegate his or her authority to promulgate rules.

Ethics (Sections 2 and 4). State procurement professionals follow the 'Procurement Code of Ethics and Guidelines' (guidelines), which were established by the Colorado procurement advisory council. The guidelines are often interpreted to apply only to procurement staff and not to other people involved in the procurement process. The bill clarifies that state procurement officials, end users, vendors and contractors, and interested third parties are required to adhere to ethical standards during all phases of the procurement process.

Procurement training (Section 4). The bill authorizes the chief procurement officer to develop and conduct a procurement education and training program for state employees and for vendors.

Application of the code (Section 3). Certain purchasing activities are currently exempt from the code, such as bridge and highway construction, the awarding of grants to political subdivisions, and procurement by institutions of higher education that have formally opted out of the code. The bill exempts the procurement of specified additional goods and services from the code.

Grants (Sections 3 and 6). Currently, the application, processing, and management of grants is inconsistent across state agencies. The bill amends the definition of 'grant' to provide consistency and to comply with federal requirements including the office of management and budget uniform guidance.

Multiyear contracts (Section 38). Currently, the state may enter into a contract for any period as long as the contract term is included in the solicitation. If a contract term ultimately needs to exceed the period specified in the solicitation, the contract cannot be extended and a new contract is required. The bill authorizes the state to extend an existing contract, with approval of the chief procurement officer, for a reasonable period if extenuating circumstances exist.

Contract management system (Section 38). The centralized contract management system and related requirements for contract provisions, monitoring, and reporting were established for the purpose of improving the state's contracting process. The bill repeals provisions related to contract monitoring and reporting and allows for remedies, including suspension or debarment, for contractors who do not perform.

Contract terms and conditions (Section 39). The process to negotiate vendor terms and conditions sometimes requires the state to agree to a requirement that the state indemnify the vendor and that the contract be governed by the vendor's choice of law rather than Colorado law. However, indemnification is in violation of the state constitution. The bill prohibits indemnification of vendors by the state and requires that state contracts be governed by Colorado law.

Market research (Section 15). A request for information (RFI) is a commonly used method for obtaining information about pending procurements and doing market research. Currently, RFIs are referenced in the procurement rules but not in the code. The bill establishes an RFI process in the code as a market assessment and information gathering tool and clarifies the appropriate methods to conduct market research.

Administrative remedies (Section 40 through 51). The bill clarifies the administrative remedies provisions in the code and provides guidance regarding the remedies process. Specifically, the bill clarifies who may ratify a violation of the code, specifies when a stay will apply, authorizes the executive director to refer an appeal to the office of administrative courts, and states that only material issues may be appealed.

Confidentiality and CORA (Sections 7 and 21). Pursuant to current law, procurement records are public records, with some exceptions under the 'Colorado Open Records Act'. Procurement records, including bids and responses to RFIs, often contain information that is proprietary or confidential by the submitting entity. The bill clarifies that all responses to RFIs are confidential until after an award based on the RFI has been made or until the procurement official determines that the state will not pursue a solicitation based on the RFI. The bill also authorizes the executive director of the department to promulgate rules to clarify the process for classifying confidential or proprietary information.

Procurement set asides, preferences, and goals (Sections 25 through 28). Current law allows a set aside in state procurement for persons with severe disabilities. The bill streamlines the process by which state agencies and nonprofit agencies that employ people with severe disabilities may use the set aside program and authorizes the executive director to promulgate rules for the administration of the program.

In addition, current law contains many procurement preferences and goals; however, these preferences and goals are located in various provisions of the code and in other provisions of the Colorado Revised Statutes. The various locations of these provisions, as well as inconsistent terminology in the preference and goal provisions, make it difficult for vendors and procurement officials to know how each preference and goal should be applied. The bill relocates currently existing procurement preferences and goals into a new part and makes the language of those provisions consistent where possible.

Cooperative purchasing (Section 52). Cooperative purchasing is procurement conducted by, with, or on behalf of more than one public procurement entity. It increases the opportunity for the state and local governments to obtain volume discounts through joint purchasing and it lowers the transaction costs of both purchasing agencies and vendors. The bill provides state agencies with more flexibility to use cooperative purchasing to increase efficiencies and maximize state resources.

Conforming amendments (Sections 1, 8, 11, 13, 20, 30, 31, 34, 36, 53 through 58, and 60 through 75). The bill makes necessary conforming amendments.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: B. Rankin | A. Garnett / D. Coram | A. Kerr
Position: Monitor
Comment:
Status: 1/11/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
2/28/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/3/2017 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/6/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/7/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/15/2017 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/20/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/21/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/29/2017 Sent to the Governor
3/29/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/29/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/4/2017 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB17-1068 Prevailing Wages For CDOT Colorado Department Of Transportation Public-private Initiatives 
Short Title: Prevailing Wages For CDOT Colorado Department Of Transportation Public-private Initiatives
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Sponsors: A. Benavidez / D. Moreno
Position: Monitor
Comment:
Status: 1/11/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/1/2017 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/6/2017 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/7/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/8/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
2/21/2017 Senate Committee on Transportation Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB17-1100 Owner Tax Obligation For District Voter Eligibility 
Short Title: Owner Tax Obligation For District Voter Eligibility
Summary:

Currently, a person may qualify as an eligible elector in certain district elections if the person is an owner of taxable real (or, for some districts, personal) property situated within the boundaries of the district or the area to be included in the district. Further, a person is considered to be an owner for election purposes if the person is obligated to pay taxes under a contract to purchase such taxable property.

For a person qualifying as an eligible elector as an owner by virtue of a contract to purchase taxable property in elections in the following types of districts, the bill mandates that the tax obligation must require the person to pay taxes prior to the date of purchase:

  • Local governments, as defined in the 'Local Government Election Code' (i.e., any district, business improvement district, special district created pursuant to title 32 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, authority, or political subdivision of the state, authorized by law to conduct an election; but does not include a county, school district, regional transportation district, or municipality) ( section 1 of the bill);
  • Law enforcement authorities ( section 2 );
  • Public improvement districts ( section 3 );
  • Local improvement districts ( section 4 );
  • Downtown development authorities ( section 5 );
  • Special districts formed under the 'Special District Act' ( sections 6 and 7 );
  • The urban drainage and flood control district ( section 8 );
  • Water conservancy districts ( section 9 ); and
  • Groundwater management districts ( section 10 ).
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: M. Gray
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/19/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
2/15/2017 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB17-1119 Payment Of Workers' Compensation Benefits 
Short Title: Payment Of Workers' Compensation Benefits
Summary:

The bill creates the 'Colorado Uninsured Employer Act' to create a new mechanism for the payment of covered claims to workers who are injured while employed by employers who do not carry workers' compensation insurance. The bill creates the Colorado uninsured employer fund, which consists of penalties from employers who do not carry workers' compensation insurance.

The bill creates the uninsured employer board to establish the criteria for the payment of benefits, to set rates, to adjust claims, and to adopt rules. The board is required to adopt, by rule, a plan of operation to administer the fund and to institute procedures to collect money due to the fund.


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

Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | L. Sias / J. Tate | C. Jahn
Position: Conditionally Support
Comment:
Status: 1/20/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
3/28/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Finance
4/12/2017 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/28/2017 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/28/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
Calendar Notification: Monday, May 1 2017
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(5) in house calendar.
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HB17-1144 Amend Capitol Construction Automatic Funding Mechanism 
Short Title: Amend Capitol Construction Automatic Funding Mechanism
Summary:

Capital Development Committee. In the case of appropriations for capital construction, not including information technology projects, the bill requires the general assembly to include an annual depreciation-lease equivalent payment line item payable from the cash fund that is the funding source for the capital construction appropriation in the operating section of the annual general appropriation act for each state agency.

The bill also clarifies that one appropriation may be for the acquisition, repair, improvement, replacement, renovation, or construction of more than one capital asset.

The bill clarifies that 'cash fund' does not include the money allocated to the division of parks and wildlife from lottery proceeds as specified in section 3 of article XXVII of the state constitution.


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

Sponsors: D. Esgar / R. Baumgardner
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/2/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
3/1/2017 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/6/2017 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/7/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/10/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/21/2017 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/21/2017 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/22/2017 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/23/2017 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/27/2017 - No Amendments
3/23/2017 Senate Second Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
3/27/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/28/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/6/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/7/2017 Sent to the Governor
4/7/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/13/2017 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB17-1161 TIF Tax Increment Financing Transparency 
Short Title: TIF Tax Increment Financing Transparency
Summary:

Not later than 90 days after the end of the first fiscal year of an urban renewal authority (authority) after the governing body of a municipality has approved an urban renewal plan (plan) that allocates any incremental property or sales tax revenues of any taxing entity other than the municipality, and on the same day each year thereafter, the bill requires the authority to prepare a report for public distribution.

The authority is required to send a copy of the report by first class mail and by e-mail to each taxing entity other than the municipality whose incremental property or sales tax revenues will be allocated under the plan.

The bill specifies items the report is to address.

With the annual report, the bill also requires an authority to submit an independent audit of its financial status that is prepared by a certified public accountant attesting to the accuracy of the annual report. As part of the audit, the certified public accountant is also required to report whether the authority has used any incremental property or sales tax revenues for any unauthorized purposes other than for eligible costs. In connection with the preparation of the report, the authority must also provide any other financial information that is reasonably required by the governing body of the municipality.

If the audit finds that any incremental property or sales tax revenues have been used for any unauthorized purposes, the authority is liable for the repayment of such incremental tax revenues to the taxing entities whose incremental property or sales tax revenues were allocated under the plan.


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

Sponsors: S. Beckman
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/6/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
2/21/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB17-1167 Existing Businesses In Business Improvement District 
Short Title: Existing Businesses In Business Improvement District
Summary:

A business improvement district (district) is a type of special district created within a municipality to fund certain types of improvements that will, among other things, promote the continued vitality of existing business areas within the municipality. The law currently allows a municipality to include areas in a district that do not have any existing businesses. The bill requires these areas to have existing businesses.


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

Sponsors: T. Leonard / T. Neville
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/6/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Appropriations
2/21/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB17-1169 Construction Defect Litigation Builder's Right To Repair 
Short Title: Construction Defect Litigation Builder's Right To Repair
Summary:

The bill clarifies that a construction professional has the right to receive notice from a prospective claimant concerning an alleged construction defect; to inspect the property; and then to elect to either repair the defect or tender an offer of settlement before the claimant can file a lawsuit seeking damages.


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

Sponsors: T. Leonard / J. Tate
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/6/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/1/2017 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB17-1216 Sales And Use Tax Simplification Task Force 
Short Title: Sales And Use Tax Simplification Task Force
Summary:

The bill creates the sales and use tax simplification task force (task force) made up of legislative members and state and local sales and use tax experts. The bill requires the task force to study sales and use tax simplification between the state and local governments, and in particular between the state and home rule jurisdictions. The task force is:

  • Authorized to seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations from private or public sources in order to meet its goals;
  • Subject to sunset review in 3 years; and
  • Required to make an annual report to the legislative council that may or may not include recommendations for legislation.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: L. Sias | T. Kraft-Tharp / C. Jahn | T. Neville
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/28/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/21/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/13/2017 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/13/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/17/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/25/2017 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Legislative Council
4/28/2017 Senate Committee on Legislative Council Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB17-1223 OSA Office of the State Auditor Fraud Hotline 
Short Title: OSA Office of the State Auditor Fraud Hotline
Summary:

Legislative Audit Committee. Section 1 of the bill requires the state auditor (auditor) to establish and administer a telephone number, fax number, email address, mailing address, or internet-based form whereby any individual may report an allegation of fraud committed by a state employee (employee) or an individual acting under a contract with a state agency (contracted individual). This system is referred to in the bill as the 'fraud hotline' or 'hotline' and any report to the hotline as a 'hotline call'.

Section 1 defines 'fraud' to mean occupational fraud or the use of one's occupation for personal enrichment through the deliberate misuse or misapplication of the employing organization's resources or assets.

Section 1 prohibits the auditor from disclosing publicly, or when making a referral to another state agency, the identity of any individual who contacts the fraud hotline unless the individual grants the auditor express permission to make such disclosure. These restrictions do not apply when the auditor makes a disclosure to a law enforcement agency, a district attorney, or the attorney general in connection with a criminal investigation.

Under the bill, the auditor is responsible for administering the hotline, including the screening of hotline calls and consulting and coordinating with state agencies to refer allegations of fraud by an employee or contracted individual that are reported to the hotline. In connection with the administration of the hotline, the bill requires the auditor to:

  • Publicize the existence and purpose of the hotline on the official website of the office of the state auditor; and
  • Prepare and maintain workpapers for the purpose of documenting the activities of his or her office in connection with hotline calls and investigations.

All workpapers prepared or maintained by the auditor in connection with hotline calls and investigations must be held as strictly confidential by the auditor and not for public release. These restrictions shall not prevent communication by and among the auditor, a state agency, the governor, the legislative audit committee (committee), a law enforcement agency, a district attorney, or the attorney general in accordance with the requirements of the bill. The bill specifies that all workpapers prepared or maintained by the auditor in connection with hotline calls shall not constitute public records for purposes of the 'Colorado Open Records Act'.

Upon receiving a hotline call, the auditor must conduct an initial screening of the call to determine whether the matter being reported constitutes an allegation of fraud committed by an employee or a contracted individual. The auditor is required to forward all hotline calls alleging fraud by a medicaid recipient to the department of health care policy and financing and all calls alleging fraud by a medicaid provider or contractor to the medicaid fraud control unit of the office of the attorney general.

If the auditor determines that a hotline call constitutes an allegation of fraud committed by an employee or contracted individual, the auditor is required to consult and coordinate with the management or designee of the affected state agency or, in the case of alleged fraud involving a gubernatorial appointee, the governor's office for the purpose of referring the hotline call and any related workpapers to the affected agency. Upon receiving a referred hotline call from the auditor, the state agency is responsible for determining and taking appropriate action to respond to the referred hotline call and reporting back to the auditor. In determining appropriate action, the state agency may request either the assistance of the auditor to participate in an investigation or request that the auditor conduct the entire investigation.

When, at the request of a state agency, the auditor either participates in or conducts an investigation of a hotline call, the following additional requirements apply:

  • The auditor is granted complete access to all of the books, accounts, reports, vouchers, or other records or information maintained by the agency that are directly related to the scope of the investigation;
  • The auditor is required to report the results of the investigation to the head of the affected agency or, in the case of alleged fraud involving a gubernatorial appointee, to the governor's office. The auditor is also required to provide any workpapers prepared or maintained by the auditor during the investigation.
  • If the investigation finds evidence that the amount of the alleged fraud exceeds $100,000, the auditor is also required to report the results of the investigation to the committee and, with the approval of the committee, to the governor; and
  • If the investigation finds evidence of apparently illegal transactions or misuse or embezzlement of public funds or property, the auditor is required to immediately report the matter to a law enforcement agency, a district attorney, or the attorney general, as appropriate.

When a state agency is referred a hotline call by the auditor and has not requested that the auditor either participate in or conduct the entire investigation, the state agency is required to report back to the auditor within 90 days on the disposition of the referral, including action the agency has taken to respond to the fraud allegation and the results of any subsequent investigation by the agency. If the state agency has not reached a disposition of the referred hotline call within 90 days, the agency must report to the auditor the current status of the referral as of the 90-day deadline. This reporting requirement continues every 90 days thereafter until the agency has reached a disposition of the referred hotline call.

Commencing with state fiscal year 2018-19, section 1 also requires the auditor to prepare an annual report to the committee providing an aggregate summary of activity relating to the fraud hotline during the preceding state fiscal year.

Section 2 adds the administration of the hotline to existing statutory provisions specifying the auditor's powers and duties.

Sections 3 and 4 prohibit retaliation against either a state employee or an entity under contract with a state agency resulting from the employee's disclosure of information to the hotline except where the employee discloses information with disregard for its truth or falsity.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: L. Saine | T. Kraft-Tharp / T. Neville | C. Jahn
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/3/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/29/2017 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/3/2017 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/4/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/5/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/10/2017 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/13/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB17-1242 New Transportation Infrastructure Funding Revenue 
Short Title: New Transportation Infrastructure Funding Revenue
Summary:

Section 17 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 impose additional state sales and use taxes for 20 years beginning January 1, 2018, and to issue up to a specified amount of transportation revenue anticipation notes (TRANs) for the purpose of funding specified state transportation projects. If the voters approve the temporary additional sales and use taxes and the issuance of TRANs, the new sales and use tax revenue and TRANs proceeds generated are allocated, pursuant to sections 7, 14, 15, 16, and 19, solely for transportation funding purposes as follows:

  • $375 million of the new sales and use tax revenue annually and all TRANs proceeds to the state highway fund for use by the department of transportation (CDOT) to repay the TRANs and to fund qualified federal aid transportation projects, including multimodal capital projects, that are designated for tier 1 funding as ten-year development program projects on CDOT's 2017 development program project list until all of the projects are fully funded, for tier 2 funding for such projects thereafter, and for maintenance, including rapid response maintenance, of state highways; and
  • Of the remaining new sales and use tax revenue:
  • 70% to counties and municipalities in equal total amounts; and
  • 30% to a multimodal transportation options fund created in section 22.

If the voters approve the ballot question:

  • Sections 5 and 8 respectively impose additional state sales and use taxes at a rate of 0.62% and exempt the sale, storage, use, and consumption of aviation fuels from the additional taxes. Section 9 ensures that revenue generated by the new taxes that is attributable to sales of marijuana and marijuana products is used for transportation purposes by exempting such revenue from the existing requirement that state sales and use tax revenue attributable to such sales by credited to the marijuana tax cash fund.
  • Section 17 requires the transportation commission to covenant that amounts it allocates on an annual basis to pay TRANs shall be paid: First, from $50 million of 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 new sales and use tax revenue allocations to counties and municipalities are further allocated, pursuant to sections 15 and 16, 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;
  • Section 10 repeals an existing late vehicle registration fee.
  • Section 12 requires CDOT to evaluate options for more flexible use of high-occupancy vehicle and high-occupancy toll lanes and to report to the transportation legislation review committee (TLRC) regarding the evaluation no later than August 1, 2018.
  • Section 14 repeals 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 or transit-related capital improvements and limits the use of new state sales and use tax revenue for toll highways;
  • Section 22 creates a transportation options account and a pedestrian and active transportation account in the fund and requires the transportation commission 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;
  • Section 22 also creates a multimodal transportation options committee of gubernatorial and legislative appointees representing transit agencies, transportation planning organizations, and local governments and the executive director of CDOT or the executive director's designee 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, section 11 requires the transit and rail division of CDOT to solicit, receive, and evaluate proposed transportation options projects and propose funding for interregional transportation options projects. Any transportation options project receiving funding from either 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; except that small local governments and transit agencies may provide 20% matching money.
  • Section 22 also requires CDOT 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 and persons with disabilities who use motorized wheelchairs, scooters, or functionally similar assistive technology;
  • Section 3 eliminates transfers 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;
  • Section 21 reduces 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.
  • Section 18 requires CDOT to 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 to post the reports and certain user-friendly project-specific information on its website; and
  • Section 20 creates a 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 TLRC regarding its activities and findings.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: D. Mitsch Bush | C. Duran / R. Baumgardner | K. Grantham
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/8/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
3/22/2017 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Finance
3/27/2017 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/29/2017 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/30/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/31/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
3/31/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/11/2017 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Amended to Finance
4/25/2017 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB17-1270 Agency Discretion Enforcing Rules Small Business 
Short Title: Agency Discretion Enforcing Rules Small Business
Summary:

The bill contains a legislative declaration about the difficulties small businesses encounter when attempting to stay current with changing rules and new rules that affect their businesses. The bill identifies 4 specific actions that the executive branch could take to inform small businesses about proposed and new rules.

The bill creates a system that gives state agencies discretion in imposing fines upon a business for a first-time offense of a minor violation. The agency's discretion applies to small businesses with 50 or fewer employees (business).

Unless specifically stated otherwise in statute, a state agency has discretion to give the business an opportunity to cure the violation in 30 business days and to waive the penalties or fine if the minor violation is cured. If the business:

  • Cures the minor violation within 30 days, the agency shall waive the penalties or fine or both; or
  • Cures the minor violation after the 30-day cure period has run, the agency may reduce the penalties or fine in full or in part.

The opportunity to cure a minor violation does not apply in cases where an agency is required by statute to assess a fine for noncompliance.

The bill defines 'minor violation' as a violation that:

  • Relates to operational or administrative matters such as record keeping, retention of data, or failing to file reports or forms; and
  • Is enforced by a fine, either in total or in the aggregate, of $500 or less; and
  • Meets one of the following conditions:
  • The violation relates to a rule promulgated within the 12 months immediately preceding the alleged violation; or
  • The violation relates to any rule and the business that has committed the minor violation has been operating as a business for less than 1 year prior to the violation. 'Minor violation' does not include:
  • Any matter that places the safety of employees; other persons; or the public health, safety, or environment at risk; or
  • Violations relating to:
  • The issuance of or denial of benefits or compensation to employees; or
  • Activities required by federal law.

Each state agency shall conduct an analysis of noncompliance with its rules to identify rules with the greatest frequency of noncompliance, rules that generate the greatest amount of fines, how many first-time offenders were given the opportunity to cure a minor violation, and what factors contribute to noncompliance by regulated businesses. The agency shall consider and review what actions should be taken to address the issues identified.

Any principal department that conducts an analysis of noncompliance with rules shall forward that analysis to the department of regulatory agencies, who shall compile and summarize those analyses into one combined analysis of noncompliance with rules. The department of regulatory agencies shall include that compiled analysis in its departmental presentation to the oversight legislative committee pursuant to the 'SMART Government Act'.


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

Sponsors: P. Lawrence | T. Kraft-Tharp / D. Coram | A. Williams
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/16/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
3/28/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/31/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/3/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1273 Real Estate Development Demonstrate Water Conservation 
Short Title: Real Estate Development Demonstrate Water Conservation
Summary:

Current law's definition of a water supply that is 'adequate' for purposes of a local government's approval of a real estate development permit merely allows the inclusion of reasonable conservation measures and water demand management measures to account for hydrologic variability. The bill amends the definition to include reasonable conservation measures and water demand management measures to reduce water needs and account for hydrologic variability ( section 2 of the bill) and prohibits the local government from approving the permit application unless the applicant demonstrates that appropriate water conservation and demand management measures have been included in the water supply plan ( section 3 ).

Current law also requires an applicant for a real estate development permit to demonstrate to the local government issuing the permit:

  • The water conservation measures, if any, that may be implemented within the development; and
  • The water demand management measures, if any, that may be implemented to account for hydrologic variability.

Section 4 requires the applicant to demonstrate:

  • The water conservation measures that may be implemented within the development to reduce indoor and outdoor demand; and
  • The water demand management measures that may be implemented to account for hydrologic variability.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: H. McKean | C. Hansen / M. Jones | D. Coram
Position: Actively Oppose
Comment:
Status: 3/17/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
4/3/2017 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/6/2017 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/7/2017 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/10/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/24/2017 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1279 Construction Defect Actions Notice Vote Approval 
Short Title: Construction Defect Actions Notice Vote Approval
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 based on a defect in construction work not ordered by the HOA itself, 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 the developer or builder may, but is not required to, make an offer to remedy the defect; 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.

The meeting of unit owners commences a 90-day voting period during which the HOA will accept votes for or against proceeding with the lawsuit. Statutes of limitation are tolled during this period. The HOA is required to keep copies of its mailing list and maintain records of the votes received. The voting period may end in less than 90 days if sufficient votes are received to approve the lawsuit before 90 days have elapsed.


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

Sponsors: A. Garnett | L. Saine / L. Guzman | J. Tate
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/17/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/19/2017 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/21/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/24/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Calendar Notification: Monday, May 1 2017
SENATE BUSINESS, LABOR, & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
2:00 PM SCR 354
(1) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1285 Refinance Water Pollution Control Program 
Short Title: Refinance Water Pollution Control Program
Summary:

Current law finances the state's water quality program with a mix of general fund money and fees that are paid by sources that discharge pollutants into the state's waters. Section 2 of the bill raises the fees and establishes goals for future adjustments of the ratio of revenue from fees and the general fund as follows:

  • Commerce and industry sector: 50% general fund and 50% cash funds;
  • Construction sector: 20% general fund and 80% cash funds;
  • Municipal separate storm sewer: 50% general fund and 50% cash funds;
  • Pesticides sector: 94% general fund and 6% cash funds;
  • Public and private utilities sector: 50% general fund and 50% cash funds; and
  • Water quality certifications sector: 5% general fund and 95% cash funds.

Section 3 adjusts the reporting by the department of public health and environment on the uses of these funds. Section 5 transfers $809,107 from the water quality improvement fund to the general fund and further allocates that money to the commerce and industry, municipal separate storm sewer, and public and private utilities sector funds. Sections 6 through 13 make a variety of appropriations and adjustments to the 2017 long bill. Section 14 makes the fee increases take effect July 1, 2018.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: P. Lawrence | D. Mitsch Bush / J. Cooke | C. Jahn
Position: Monitor
Comment:
Status: 3/21/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
3/28/2017 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to Finance
4/3/2017 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/25/2017 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/25/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/26/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/26/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
4/27/2017 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Finance
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, May 2 2017
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
2:00 PM SCR 357
(4) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1300 Apprentice Utilization In Public Projects 
Short Title: Apprentice Utilization In Public Projects
Summary:

The bill requires the contractor for any public project that does not receive any federal moneys to use apprentices registered with an apprenticeship program for at least 25% of the workforce in an apprenticeable occupation that is hired to work on the public project (apprenticeship requirements). For purposes of the bill, a public project is a project under the supervision of any state agency, including the department of transportation, that is likely to cost $500,000 or more in any fiscal year. The apprenticeship program must be registered with the United States department of labor, office of apprenticeship.

A government agency may consider a bid or proposal for a public project that does not receive any federal moneys only if the bid or proposal indicates that at least 25% of the project workforce that is in an apprenticeable occupation and that is hired by the contractor to work on the public project will be apprentices registered with an apprenticeship program.

Upon completion of a public project, the contractor is required to submit an affidavit to the government agency stating that the contractor has satisfied the apprenticeship requirements or made a good faith effort to comply with the apprenticeship requirements. If the contractor complied with the requirements, the affidavit must include the names of the registered apprentices, identify the specific apprenticeship programs with which the apprentices are registered, and specify the total number of people in the workforce for the public project who are in apprenticeable occupations. If the contractor was unable to comply with the apprenticeship requirements, the affidavit must include documentation of the contractor's good faith efforts to comply and the reason why compliance was not possible. If the contractor fails to submit the affidavit or if the state agency finds that the affidavit does not reflect the contractor's compliance or good faith effort to comply with the apprenticeship requirements, the agency may retain any unallocated portion of the amount of the contract price that the agency is authorized to withhold until the contract is completed as liquidated damages.

A contractor that is awarded a contract by a state agency shall require, through private contract, that any subcontractor used to fulfill the terms of the contract complies with the apprenticeship requirements. The contractor may require, through private contract, that a subcontractor provide necessary information to allow the contractor to comply with the affidavit requirements.

The bill specifies that the apprenticeship requirements do not supersede existing statutory requirements for licensed apprenticeable occupations.


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

Sponsors: A. Benavidez / D. Moreno
Position: Oppose
Comment:
Status: 3/28/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
4/13/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2017 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/21/2017 - No Amendments
4/21/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/24/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Calendar Notification: Monday, May 1 2017
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 357
(1) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB17-1306 Test Lead In Public Schools' Drinking Water 
Short Title: Test Lead In Public Schools' Drinking Water
Summary:

The bill directs the department of public health and environment (department) to establish a grant program to test for lead in public schools' drinking water. The department will give the highest priority to the oldest public elementary schools, then the oldest public schools that are not elementary schools, and then all other public schools. The department may also consider ability to pay in administering the program. The department is directed to use its best efforts to complete all testing and analysis by June 30, 2020. The public school must provide at least 10% local matching funds and give the test results to its local public health agency, its supplier of water, its school board, and the department. The department may use up to $300,000 per year for 3 years for grants beginning on or after July 1, 2017, from the water quality improvement fund if there is money available after fully funding existing programs. The department shall provide 4 annual reports to the general assembly regarding implementation of the grant program, including any legislative proposals that may be warranted.

The bill appropriates $431,803 and 1.3 FTE to the department of public health and environment for the implementation of the act.


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

Sponsors: T. Exum | B. McLachlan / D. Coram
Position: Monitor
Comment:
Status: 3/29/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/17/2017 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/18/2017 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/25/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/26/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/26/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 3 2017
SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
Upon Adjournment SCR 354
(1) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB17-045 Construction Defect Claim Allocation Of Defense Costs 
Short Title: Construction Defect Claim Allocation Of Defense Costs
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.)

Sponsors: A. Williams | K. Grantham / C. Wist | C. Duran
Position: Amend
Comment:
Status: 1/11/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/8/2017 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB17-155 Statutory Definition Of Construction Defect 
Short Title: Statutory Definition Of Construction Defect
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.)

Sponsors: J. Tate / L. Saine
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/3/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/12/2017 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
Calendar Notification: Monday, May 1 2017
SENATE BUSINESS, LABOR, & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
2:00 PM SCR 354
(2) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB17-156 Homeowners' Association Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines 
Short Title: Homeowners' Association Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines
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.)

Sponsors: O. Hill / L. Saine | C. Wist
Position: Strongly Support
Comment:
Status: 2/1/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/27/2017 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/2/2017 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/6/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/7/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/20/2017 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB17-157 Construction Defect Actions Notice Vote Approval 
Short Title: Construction Defect Actions Notice Vote Approval
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
  • Except when the HOA contracted with the developer or builder for the work complained of or the amount in controversy is less than $100,000, obtain the approval of a majority of the unit owners after giving them detailed disclosures about the lawsuit and its potential costs and benefits.

The bill also limits the amount and type of contact that a developer or builder that is potentially subject to a lawsuit may have with individual unit owners while the HOA is seeking their approval for the lawsuit.


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

Sponsors: A. Williams / J. Melton
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/17/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/13/2017 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB17-186 Reduce Regulatory Burden Rules On Businesses 
Short Title: Reduce Regulatory Burden Rules On Businesses
Summary:

The 'State Administrative Procedure Act' (APA) currently defines a small business as a business with fewer than 500 employees. The bill redefines 'small business', for purposes of the APA, to mean a business entity, including its affiliates, that:

  • Is independently owned and operated and employs fewer than 500 employees; or
  • Has gross annual sales of less than $6 million.

Prior to adopting rules, an agency is required to prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis in which the agency considers using regulatory methods that will accomplish the objectives of applicable statutes while minimizing the adverse impact on small businesses. For purposes of the regulatory flexibility analysis, the bill defines 'small business' as a business that is independently owned and operated and employs 100 or fewer employees.

When preparing the regulatory flexibility analysis, the agency shall consider methods to reduce the impact on small businesses, such as:

  • Establishing less stringent compliance or reporting requirements;
  • Establishing less stringent schedules or deadlines for compliance or reporting;
  • Consolidating or simplifying compliance or reporting requirements;
  • Establishing different performance standards; and
  • Exemptions for small businesses.

The agency shall also:

  • Determine the necessity for the proposed rules;
  • Identify the fiscal impact of the rules;
  • Identify and analyze the least costly alternatives to the rules and adopt the least costly alternatives unless the agency provides written justification for adopting a more costly regulatory approach; and
  • Analyze whether small businesses should be exempted from the rules or whether less burdensome rules should be applied to small businesses and adopt exemptions or less burdensome rules, unless the agency provides written justification for a more burdensome regulatory approach.

The agency shall file the regulatory flexibility analysis with the secretary of state for publication in the Colorado register at the same time that it files its notice of proposed rule-making and the draft of proposed rules.

The existing provision in the APA on forming representative groups to give input on proposed rules is amended to require any state agency (agency) proposing rules that are likely to have an impact on small businesses to expand outreach to and actively solicit representatives of small businesses to participate in the representative group and in the rule-making hearing for the rules. The agency must make good faith efforts to expand outreach and notification to small businesses that lack a trade association or lobbyist to represent the types of small businesses impacted by the proposed rules.

The executive director of the department of regulatory agencies, or his or her designee, shall develop a one-stop location on the department's website that provides a place for small businesses and the public to access the regulatory flexibility analyses that are prepared by state agencies.

A small business that is adversely affected or aggrieved by the failure of the agency to comply with the regulatory flexibility analysis requirements may file a request with the executive director of the department of regulatory agencies to require the agency to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed rules and to direct the agency to adjust the rule-making schedule to allow for the preparation of the cost-benefit analysis.

For the 2017-18 fiscal year, the bill appropriates the following money for the implementation of the bill:

  • $323,886 to the department of revenue;
  • $102,664 to the department of public health and environment;
  • $86,926 to the department of regulatory agencies;
  • $8,240 to the department of state.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: J. Tate / P. Lawrence | T. Carver
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/14/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/27/2017 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Finance
3/2/2017 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/6/2017 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/10/2017 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/11/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/12/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/18/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Appropriations
4/27/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB17-208 Machine Tool Sales Tax Exempt Construction Material Mine 
Short Title: Machine Tool Sales Tax Exempt Construction Material Mine
Summary:

Purchases of machinery or machine tools to be used in Colorado directly and predominantly in manufacturing tangible personal property are currently exempt from state sales and use tax. The bill extends the exemption to machinery or machine tools purchased by a business for construction materials mining operations.


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

Sponsors: K. Priola
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/3/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/14/2017 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/6/2017 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB17-211 Contractor Surety Bonds For Public Projects 
Short Title: Contractor Surety Bonds For Public Projects
Summary:

When responding to a solicitation issued by the department of transportation (department), contractors are required to secure a bid in the form of a bond. If the contractor can furnish such bond in the required amount, the bill prohibits the department from eliminating the contractor from consideration of an award based on a financial statement that the contractor submitted to the department for the department's contractor prequalification determination process. The bill specifies that the prohibition applies even if the contractor's financial statement submitted for prequalification purposes indicates that the contractor may not be able to perform the applicable contract to the level and amount reflected in the bond.


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

Sponsors: R. Scott / P. Lawrence | T. Kraft-Tharp
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/3/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
3/21/2017 Senate Committee on Transportation Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
4/4/2017 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/7/2017 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/10/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/11/2017 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/13/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/18/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 3 2017
House Transportation & Energy
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(2) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB17-218 Sunset Continue Licensing Of Landscape Architects 
Short Title: Sunset Continue Licensing Of Landscape Architects
Summary:

Sunset Process - Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee. The bill implements one of the two recommendations contained in the department of regulatory agencies' (department) sunset report on the regulation of landscape architects by the division of professions and occupations, including the state board of landscape architects (board).

Sections 1 and 2 of the bill implement recommendation 1 of the sunset report to continue the licensing of landscape architects for 11 years, until 2028.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: J. Tate | A. Kerr / C. Kennedy
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/10/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/22/2017 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/27/2017 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/28/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/29/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
4/18/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/21/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over to 04/24/2017 - No Amendments
4/24/2017 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/25/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/26/2017 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB17-239 Nonmonetary Adjustments For IT Information Technology Capital Projects 
Short Title: Nonmonetary Adjustments For IT Information Technology Capital Projects
Summary:

Joint Technology Committee. Current law specifies a process by which any department, institution, or agency of the state, including any institution of higher education, may request permission to expend money differently from the authority granted by an appropriation for a capital construction budget item if the project for which the appropriation was made requires a nonmonetary adjustment for its timely continuation and the nonmonetary adjustment is due to unforseen circumstances arising while the general assembly in not in session. This process includes appropriations for capital construction, controlled maintenance, or capital renewal appropriations. Currently, the process does not include information technology capital projects, as they are no longer included in the definition of capital construction. The bill specifies that a department, institution, or agency of the state, including any institution of higher education, may, under the same circumstances specified for capital construction appropriations, use the process to request permission to expend money differently from the authority granted by the appropriation for an information technology capital project.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: B. Martinez Humenik | A. Williams / D. Thurlow | J. Singer
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/16/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/27/2017 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/29/2017 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
4/20/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/25/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/26/2017 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB17-247 Electricians Inspectors Licensing Qualifications 
Short Title: Electricians Inspectors Licensing Qualifications
Summary:

Beginning January 1, 2019, section 1 of the bill waives the continuing education requirement, otherwise applicable upon every renewal or reinstatement of an electrician's license, for the first renewal or reinstatement of the license of an electrician who passed the appropriate written examination in connection with his or her initial license application.

Section 2 phases out an existing provision allowing the hiring of inspectors of 1- to 4-family dwellings who have specified certifications and experience but may not have passed Colorado's written residential wireman's examination. The provision is repealed as of January 1, 2019, except for inspectors hired on or before that date by a city, town, county, or city and county who meet the existing requirements. Those individuals have until January 1, 2023, to meet the new requirements.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: K. Priola / D. Pabon
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/16/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/27/2017 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/30/2017 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/3/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/4/2017 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/5/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/5/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
4/13/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/18/2017 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/26/2017 Sent to the Governor
4/26/2017 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/26/2017 Signed by the President of the Senate
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB17-248 Modify Previously Approved Regional Tourism Project 
Short Title: Modify Previously Approved Regional Tourism Project
Summary:

The 'Colorado Regional Tourism Act' includes a process by which one or more local governments may undertake a regional tourism project (project), create a regional tourism zone in which the project will be built, and create a regional tourism authority to use tax increment financing based on state sales tax revenue to finance eligible improvements related to the project. Currently, once a project has been approved, there is not a process to allow a local government to request and the Colorado economic development commission (commission) to approve a modification to the components of the project.

The bill allows a local government that is a participant in an approved project to apply to the commission to modify the project if the local government determines that a planned project component is no longer viable or that the new component will increase the number of out-of-state tourists visiting the project or net new revenue generated by the project.

A local government must submit an application to modify an approved project to the Colorado office of economic development (office) for initial review prior to the commencement of substantial work on the project component that will be replaced. The local government is required to include certain information in the proposal but is not required to provide any information that was in the original application and that remains unchanged. The application must include an economic analysis that details whether the modified project meets the requirements specified in law and in guidelines established by the office.

The office is required to review and forward an application for a modification of a project to the commission with a recommendation that the commission approve the application, deny it, or approve it with conditions. The commission is required approve the application unless the modified project no longer meets the criteria for a project established in law. The commission may amend its original award, including the percentage of sales tax increment that is awarded and the total cumulative dollar amount to be awarded if specifically impacted by the new component, but may not increase the total cumulative dollar amount of the award beyond that which was previously awarded.

If the application for a modification is approved, the commission is required to modify the resolution it adopted when it approved the original application as necessary to conform the resolution to the modified project.


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

Sponsors: O. Hill | M. Merrifield / L. Liston | P. Lee
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/16/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/23/2017 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/6/2017 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB17-267 Sustainability Of Rural Colorado 
Short Title: Sustainability Of Rural Colorado
Summary:

Section 3 of the bill eliminates annual statutory transfers of general fund revenue to the highway users tax fund (HUTF) and the capital construction fund for state fiscal years 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20. Section 1 makes statutory general fund transfers to the state public school fund in amounts equal to the amounts of the eliminated statutory transfers to the HUTF for the sole purpose of reducing, proportionally to the extent feasible, the financial impacts of inconsistent funding of the state share of district total program on rural and small rural school districts.

Section 2 requires executive branch departments to submit 2018-19 budget requests to the office of state planning and budgeting (OSPB) that are at least 2% lower than their 2017-18 budgets. The OSPB must strongly consider the budget reduction proposals made by each department when preparing the annual executive budget proposals to the general assembly and shall seek to ensure that the executive budget proposal for each department is at least 2% lower than the department's actual budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

Section 5 authorizes the state to execute lease-purchase agreements for eligible state facilities to generate up to $1.35 billion of net proceeds, with maximum annual lease payments of $100 million for up to 20 years. Lease payments must be paid first from any legally available money under the control of the transportation commission and next from the general fund or any other legally available source of money. $1.2 billion of the net proceeds are credited to the HUTF and allocated to the state highway fund and $150 million of the net proceeds are credited to the capital construction fund, with such amounts being reduced proportionally if the full $1.35 billion of net proceeds is not received. As specified in section 19 , the department of transportation (CDOT) may use the net proceeds only for qualified federal aid highway projects, with at least 25% of the money being used for projects that are located in counties with populations of 50,000 or less.

Section 6 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 Colorado healthcare affordability and sustainability program (program) on and after July 1, 2017, 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;
  • Seek any federal waiver necessary to fund and, in cooperation with HCPF and hospitals, support the implementation, no earlier than October 1, 2019, of a health care delivery reform incentive payments program that will improve health care access and outcomes for individuals served by HCPF while efficiently utilizing available financial resources. The health care delivery reform incentive payments program must include, at a minimum, an initial planning phase to assess needs and develop achievable outcome-based metrics to be used to measure progress towards specified program goals and address specified focus areas.
  • 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 by section 18 and the existing hospital provider fee oversight and advisory board is abolished, effective July 1, 2017.

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.

Section 4 lowers the referendum C cap for the 2017-18 fiscal year and subsequent fiscal years. Section 16 requires HCPF, within 120 days of the enactment of the federal 'Advancing Care of Exceptional Kids Act', to seek any federal waiver necessary to fund, in cooperation with hospitals that meet the specified requirements, the implementation of an enhanced pediatric health home for children with complex medical conditions.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: L. Guzman | J. Sonnenberg / J. Becker | K. Becker
Position: Monitor
Comment:
Status: 3/27/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
4/11/2017 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, May 2 2017
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
8:40 AM SCR 357
(7) in senate calendar.
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SB17-271 Investor-owned Utility Cost Recovery Transparency 
Short Title: Investor-owned Utility Cost Recovery Transparency
Summary:

The bill requires the public utilities commission (commission) to open a nonadjudicatory proceeding to evaluate investor-owned gas or electric utilities' policies and procedures for load extension of service,including allocation of costs and identification of variables that affect construction and implementation time lines for extension of service. Gas-only investor-owned utilities are not subject to the commission's nonadjudicatory proceeding.

Upon completion of its evaluation, the commission shall issue a decision containing recommendations for investor-owned utilities' implementation of service extension. Within 90 days after the conclusion of the commission's nonadjudicatory proceeding, the commission may promulgate rules consistent with its findings.


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

Sponsors: J. Cooke / D. Pabon
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/29/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
4/6/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
4/20/2017 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/25/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/26/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/26/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
Calendar Notification: Monday, May 1 2017
Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
1:30 p.m. Room 0107
(1) in house calendar.
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SB17-279 Applicability Recent Urban Renewal Legislation 
Short Title: Applicability Recent Urban Renewal Legislation
Summary:

The bill clarifies the applicability provisions of legislation enacted in 2015 and 2016 to promote an equitable financial contribution among affected public bodies in connection with urban redevelopment projects allocating tax revenues in the following respects:

  • The bill clarifies that a substantial modification of an urban renewal plan (plan) is a proposed modification that substantially changes provisions of the plan regarding land area, land use, authorization to collect incremental tax revenue, the extent of the use of tax increment financing, the scope or nature of the urban renewal project, the scope of method of financing, design, building requirements, timing, or procedure, as previously approved, or where the modification will substantially clarify a plan that, when approved, was lacking in specificity as to the urban renewal project or financing. If the modification is substantial, the modification is subject to pertinent requirements of the urban renewal law addressing modifications. For plans to which a pledge of the revenues deposited into the special fund was made by an indenture or other legally binding document that is separate from the plan itself prior to January 1, 2016, a pledge to secure the payment of refunding bonds is not a substantial modification and is not subject to the modification requirements of the urban renewal law.
  • Not less than 30 days prior to approving any modification of a plan, the bill requires the governing body or an urban renewal authority (authority) to provide a detailed written description of the proposed modification to each taxing entity that levies taxes on property located within the urban renewal area and a notice of the date and time of the meeting at which the governing body will consider the modification. Any taxing entity that levies taxes on property located within the urban renewal area may file an action in the state district court exercising jurisdiction over the county in which the urban renewal area is located for an order determining, under a de novo standard of review, whether the modification is a substantial modification. Further, if requested by the taxing entity, the court is required to enjoin any action by the authority pursuant to the modification until the court has determined whether the modification is a substantial modification and, if so, the court is required to further enjoin any action by the authority until there has been compliance with statutory provisions addressing the sharing of incremental property tax revenues.
  • The bill prohibits any action from being brought to enjoin any undertaking or activity of the authority to a plan, including the issuance of bonds, the incurrence of other financial obligations, or the pledge of revenue, unless the action is commenced within 45 days after the date the authority provided notice of its intention regarding such undertaking or activity. The notice must describe the undertaking or activity proposed to be engaged in by the authority and specify that any action to enjoin the undertaking or activity must be brought within 45 days from the date of the notice. The notice must be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation within the county. On or before the date of publication of the notice, the bill also requires the authority to mail a copy of the notice to each taxing entity that levies taxes on property within the urban renewal area.
  • Finally, the bill clarifies that legislation enacted in 2015 to promote an equitable financial contribution among affected public bodies in connection with urban redevelopment projects allocating tax revenues, legislation adopted in 2016 to clarify such 2015 legislation, and the bill apply to municipalities, authorities, and any plans created on or after January 1, 2016, and to any substantial modification of any plan approved on or after January 1, 2016.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: B. Martinez Humenik | R. Zenzinger / M. Gray | S. Beckman
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/31/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
4/6/2017 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/11/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/12/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/12/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
4/25/2017 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/27/2017 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/28/2017 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB17-285 Downtown Development Authorities Fairness Act 
Short Title: Downtown Development Authorities Fairness Act
Summary:

The bill modifies certain statutory requirements applicable to a downtown development authority (authority) in the following respects:

  • In all cases where any plan of development managed by the authority includes an allocation of property tax increment generated by the mill levy imposed by one or more public bodies that are not municipalities, the bill requires that one director of the board of such authority be appointed by agreement of the boards of county commissioners of each county other than a city and county whose property taxes are subject to allocation under any such plan. One director must also be appointed by agreement of the boards of education of each school district whose property taxes are subject to allocation under any such plan and one director must also be appointed by agreement of the boards of directors of each special district whose property taxes are subject to allocation under any such plan.
  • The bill specifies additional requirements applicable to the appointment of board members.
  • In connection with existing statutory procedures permitting an authority to allocate taxes it collects to a special fund to finance a plan of development, the bill clarifies that the taxes that may be allocated are the property taxes of specifically designated public bodies.
  • Before any plan of development containing any tax allocation provisions that allocates any taxes of any taxing entity other than the municipality may be approved by the municipal governing body, the bill requires the authority to notify the governing boards of each other taxing entity whose incremental property tax revenues would be allocated under such proposed plan. Representatives of the authority and the governing body of the municipality and of each taxing entity are then required to meet and attempt to negotiate an agreement governing the sharing of incremental property tax revenue collected within the plan of development area. The agreement may be entered into separately among the municipality, the authority, and each such taxing entity, or through a joint agreement among the municipality, the authority, and any taxing entity that has chosen to enter into that agreement. Any such shared incremental tax revenues governed by any agreement are limited to incremental revenue that may be allocated to a plan of development.
  • The bill gives the parties 120 days to negotiate an agreement. If, after such period has passed, the parties fail to enter into an agreement, the bill requires the parties to participate in mediation on the issue of the appropriate sharing of incremental property tax revenues and the costs of a development project among the municipality, the authority, and any such taxing entities whose incremental property tax revenues will be allocated pursuant to a plan of development and with whom an intergovernmental agreement with the municipality and the authority has not been reached.
  • The mediation is to be conducted by a mediator jointly selected by the parties. If the parties are unable to agree on the appointment of a single mediator, the bill specifies requirements governing the appointment by the parties of a 3-mediator panel, payment of the mediator's fees and costs, and issues the mediator is to consider in making his or her determination.
  • Within 90 days, the bill requires the mediator to issue his or her findings of fact as to the appropriate sharing of costs and incremental property tax revenues, and to promptly transmit such information to the parties. With respect to the use of incremental property tax revenues of each other taxing entity, following the issuance of findings by the mediator, the governing body of the municipality is required to:
  • Incorporate the mediator's findings on the use of incremental property tax revenues of any taxing body into the plan of development and an intergovernmental agreement and proceed to adopt the plan;
  • Amend the plan of development to delete authorization of the use of the incremental property tax revenues of any taxing body with whom an agreement has not been reached; or
  • Direct the authority to either incorporate the mediator's findings into one or more intergovernmental agreements with other taxing entities or enter into new negotiations with one or more taxing entities and enter into one or more intergovernmental agreements with such taxing entities that incorporate such new or different provisions concerning the sharing of costs and incremental property tax revenues with which the parties are in agreement.
  • The bill prohibits any incremental property tax revenues from being allocated to and paid into the special fund of the authority unless the municipality and the authority have satisfied the mediation and other requirements of the bill.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: K. Grantham / P. Lawrence | K. Becker
Position:
Comment:
Status: 4/5/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/18/2017 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB17-290 Engineer Excavator Stamp Plan Underground Facility 
Short Title: Engineer Excavator Stamp Plan Underground Facility
Summary:

Current law requires engineering plans involving excavation to include only general information about the location of underground facilities, and the excavator is the party with the duty to seek specific information about these facilities' locations. The bill requires:

  • Engineering plans involving excavation to include specific information about the location of underground facilities;
  • Engineers to use their official stamps on the plans; and
  • The stamped plans to be given to the person who will conduct the excavation.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: K. Donovan | R. Scott
Position:
Comment:
Status: 4/17/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
4/19/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, May 2 2017
SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
2:00 PM SCR 352
(1) in senate calendar.
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SB17-292 Colorado Works Employment Opportunities With Wages 
Short Title: Colorado Works Employment Opportunities With Wages
Summary:

Joint Budget Committee. The bill directs the department of human services (department) to work with counties and the Colorado work force development council to develop program and reporting requirements for an employment opportunities with wages program (employment program). The department shall seek input from community-based organizations and businesses when creating the employment program.

The department is authorized and directed to contract with an independent entity to evaluate the employment program to annually assess its efficacy and effectiveness in meeting the objectives of the Colorado works program. A final evaluation report must be completed on or before October 1, 2020.

The department is required to submit 3 annual reports to the joint budget committee and joint health and human services committee, beginning October 15, 2018.

The employment program is repealed, effective September 1, 2021.


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

Sponsors: K. Lundberg / B. Rankin
Position:
Comment:
Status: 4/17/2017 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
4/25/2017 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/27/2017 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/28/2017 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/28/2017 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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