Jefferson County Business Lobby

2018 Legislative Positions

HB18-1001 FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program 
Summary:

The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI) program in the division of family and medical leave insurance (division) in the department of labor and employment to provide partial wage-replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition or who is unable to work due to the individual's own serious health condition.

Each employee in the state will pay a premium determined by the director of the division by rule, which premium is based on a percentage of the employee's yearly wages and must not initially exceed .99%. The premiums are deposited into the family and medical leave insurance fund from which family and medical leave benefits are paid to eligible individuals. The director may also impose a solvency surcharge by rule if determined necessary to ensure the soundness of the fund. The division is established as an enterprise, and premiums paid into the fund are not considered state revenues for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights (TABOR).


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

Sponsors: F. Winter | M. Gray / K. Donovan | R. Fields
Position: Oppose
Comment: Provides for paid family and medical leave, which will cause disruptions, administrative costs and new liabilty for small businesses. The leave granted under HB1001 is in excess of the unpaid leave required under the federal FMLA. Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
2/6/2018 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Finance
3/7/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/6/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/6/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/9/2018 House Third Reading Laid Over to 04/16/2018 - No Amendments
4/16/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/20/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/30/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1004 Continue Child Care Contribution Tax Credit 
Summary:

A taxpayer who makes a monetary contribution to promote child care in the state is allowed an income tax credit that is equal to 50% of the total value of the contribution. This exemption is currently available for income tax years that commence prior to January 1, 2020. The bill extends the credit for 5 years.


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

Sponsors: J. Coleman | J. Wilson / J. Tate | J. Kefalas
Position: Support
Comment: Extends a tax credit for contributions to day care providers and after school programs, as the lack of access to such programs is a workforce issue for businesses.. Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
1/29/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/19/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/20/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/23/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/26/2018 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/1/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/3/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/16/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/16/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/30/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1005 Notice To Students Of Postsecondary Courses 
Summary:

Under current law, a school district, board of cooperative services, district charter school, or institute charter school (local education provider) must notify students and their parents of opportunities for concurrent enrollment in postsecondary courses. The bill requires the notice to include information regarding the local education provider's timelines that affect student eligibility to take these courses and a statement informing students that they may significantly reduce college expenses, increase the likelihood of completing college, and earn marketable workforce skills by taking concurrent enrollment courses.

Prior to the beginning of the enrollment period for postsecondary concurrent enrollment courses, the local education provider shall provide students and their parents with written notice of postsecondary courses offered at the local education provider's facility and the cost of those courses, as well as notice regarding postsecondary courses offered at the postsecondary institution's facility and the cost of those courses.


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

Sponsors: B. Pettersen | J. Becker / K. Priola
Position: Support
Comment: Requires schools to provide students and parents with more information about concurrent enrollment programs, which permit students to take college courses while still in high school. Such programs are effective pathways to skilled careers. Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
1/29/2018 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/1/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/02/2018 - No Amendments
2/2/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/05/2018 - No Amendments
2/5/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/6/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/12/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
3/1/2018 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/6/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/7/2018 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/8/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/15/2018 Sent to the Governor
3/15/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/22/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1009 Diabetes Drug Pricing Transparency Act 2018 
Summary:

The bill creates the 'Diabetes Drug Pricing Transparency Act of 2018'. The state board of health is responsible for implementing the act. Drug manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers, insurers, and pharmacies must submit annual reports to the state board regarding prescription insulin drugs used to treat diabetes. The state board analyzes the submitted information and publishes a report. The state board may impose penalties on drug manufacturers or pharmacy benefit managers who do not comply with reporting requirements. Nonprofit organizations advocating for patients with diabetes or funding diabetes medical research that receive contributions from certain diabetes drug manufacturers must annually report those contributions.

$287,602 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of public health and environment to implement the act. $10,656 of this amount is reappropriated to the department of law for legal services to the department of public health and environment.


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

Sponsors: D. Roberts / K. Donovan
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 3-12-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
3/22/2018 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/19/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/20/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/23/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/2/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1022 DOR Department Of Revenue Issue Sales Tax Request For Information 
Summary:

Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force. The bill requires the department of revenue to issue a request for information for an electronic sales and use tax simplification system that the state or any local government that levies a sales or use tax, including a home rule municipality and county, could choose to use that would provide administrative simplification to the state and local sales and use tax system.
(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: Support
Comment: Takes the next step in a long process to simplify the state's sales tax complexities by requiring the DOR to issue an RFI for an electronic sales and use tax simplification system for use by the state and local governments. Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
1/18/2018 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
1/23/2018 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/24/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/29/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/6/2018 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/9/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/12/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/20/2018 Sent to the Governor
2/20/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
2/20/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/1/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1030 Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation 
Summary:

The bill prohibits an employer from requiring any person, as a condition of employment, to become or remain a member of a labor organization or to pay dues, fees, or other assessments to a labor organization or to a charity organization or other third party in lieu of the labor organization. Any agreement that violates these prohibitions or the rights of an employee is void.

The bill creates civil and criminal penalties for violations and authorizes the attorney general and the district attorney in each judicial district to investigate alleged violations and take action against a person believed to be in violation. The bill states that all-union agreements are unfair labor practices.


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

Sponsors: J. Everett / T. Neville
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/24/2018 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1033 Employee Leave To Participate In Elections 
Summary:

Currently, an employee may take leave for a period of time to vote in an election on the day of the election. The bill allows an employee to take leave to vote, register to vote, obtain a ballot or replacement ballot, or obtain documents or identification necessary to vote or register. For a general, primary, or coordinated election, the bill allows an employee to take the leave one time on any day that polling locations are open. For all other elections, the bill allows the employee to take the leave one time on any day during the 8 days prior to and including the day of the election. An employer may deny a request for leave if the employee has 3 consecutive hours in which he or she is not scheduled to work during the hours the employee is entitled to take the leave.


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

Sponsors: M. Weissman / D. Coram
Position: Oppose
Comment: Expands the current legal requirement that employers permit employees to take time off to case a vote by also permitting employees to return or replace mail ballots. Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/31/2018 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/5/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/09/2018 - No Amendments
2/9/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/12/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/12/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/28/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1034 Career And Technical Education Capital Grant Program 
Summary:

The bill creates the career and technical education capital grant program (program) in the department of labor and employment. The state work force development council (state council) will award grants through the program to area technical colleges, school districts, and community colleges to use for equipment, or construction and maintenance of buildings, related to career and technical education. In awarding grants, the state council will prioritize applicants from rural areas of the state and consider each applicant's demonstrated need. For each year in which it awards grants, the state council must publish a report that identifies the grant recipients and how the grant money was used.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: P. Covarrubias | H. McKean / K. Priola
Position: Support
Comment: Provides much needed capital construction dollars for building career and technical education facilities. Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations
2/26/2018 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/7/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1036 Reduce Business Personal Property Taxes 
Summary:

There is currently an exemption from property tax for business personal property that would otherwise be listed on a single personal property schedule that is equal to $7,400 for the current property tax year cycle. The bill raises the exemption to $50,000 commencing in tax year 2018, and continues to adjust it for inflation for subsequent property tax cycles, so that businesses with personal property under $50,000, or the inflation adjusted amount, would not have to file the business personal property tax forms nor pay the corresponding tax.

The bill also raises the value of business personal property that qualifies for an exemption for consumable property from $350, which is the value set by the property tax administrator, to $500.


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

Sponsors: T. Leonard / T. Neville
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/1/2018 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1054 Affordable Housing Plastic Shopping Bag Tax 
Summary:

Contingent on prior voter approval, if a store that meets certain criteria provides any plastic shopping bags to a customer, then the store is required to collect a tax of 25 cents from the customer. The tax is the same regardless of the number of bags provided as part of a transaction, but does not apply if the customer is enrolled in the federal supplemental nutrition assistance program. The store is required to remit the tax revenue to the department of revenue (department) after keeping 1% of the taxes to cover the store's collection and remittance expenses. The department may require a store to make returns and payments electronically.

To comply with the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR), a ballot issue about the plastic shopping bag tax is referred to the voters at the November 2018 election. If the voters reject the tax, then the entire article containing the tax is repealed. If the voters approve the tax, then the tax will be imposed beginning January 1, 2019.

The tax revenue is deposited in the general fund via the old age pension fund. Then, an amount equal to the department's administrative expenses is transferred to the newly created plastic shopping bag tax administration cash fund and the remainder of the tax revenue is deposited in the housing development grant fund. The division of housing in the department of local affairs is required to use the money in the housing development grant fund for the existing purposes of the fund, which is to improve, preserve, or expand the supply of affordable housing in Colorado.


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

Sponsors: P. Rosenthal / L. Court
Position: Oppose
Comment: Imposes a tax on plastic shopping bags to fund affordable housing programs. Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government + Finance + Appropriations
1/31/2018 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1067 Right To Rest Act 
Summary:

The bill creates the 'Colorado Right to Rest Act', which establishes basic rights for persons experiencing homelessness, including, but not limited to, the right to use and move freely in public spaces, to rest in public spaces, to eat or accept food in any public space where food is not prohibited, to occupy a legally parked vehicle, and to have a reasonable expectation of privacy of one's property. The bill does not create an obligation for a provider of services for persons experiencing homelessness to provide shelter or services when none are available.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: J. Melton | J. Salazar
Position: Oppose
Comment: Provides rights for homeless persons, including the ability to sleep, eat and live in public spaces with the same expectation of privacy as in a home. Creates the potential for lawsuits against businesses, whether on public property on when adjacent to public property. Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
3/14/2018 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1074 Deadly Force Against Intruder At A Business 
Summary:

The bill extends the right to use deadly force against an intruder under certain conditions to include owners, managers, and employees of a business.


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

Sponsors: J. Everett / V. Marble
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/16/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/21/2018 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1083 On-demand Air Carriers Sales And Use Tax Exemption 
Summary:

The bill creates a sales and use tax exemption for aircraft used or purchased for use in interstate or intrastate commerce by an on-demand air carrier.

The bill specifies that a statutory town, city, or county may exempt the same items only by express inclusion of the exemption in its initial sales tax ordinance or resolution or by amendment thereto.

The bill requires any special district or other limited purpose governmental entity that is authorized by law to levy sales tax upon all transactions or incidents with respect to which the state levies sales tax to levy a tax on the same items.


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

Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | L. Sias / J. Tate | A. Williams
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 1-22-18.
Status: 1/18/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Finance
2/22/2018 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Finance
3/5/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/23/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/24/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/25/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/1/2018 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/2/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/3/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/4/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2018 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
5/4/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/16/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/16/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/5/2018 Governor Vetoed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1097 Patient Choice Of Pharmacy 
Summary:

The bill prohibits a carrier that offers or issues a health benefit plan that covers pharmaceutical services, including prescription drug coverage, or a pharmacy benefit management firm managing those benefits for a carrier, from:

  • Limiting or restricting a covered person's ability to select a pharmacy or pharmacist of the covered person's choice if certain conditions are met;
  • Imposing a copayment, fee, or other cost-sharing requirement for selecting a pharmacy of the covered person's choosing;
  • Imposing other conditions on a covered person, pharmacist, or pharmacy that limit or restrict a covered person's ability to use a pharmacy of the covered person's choosing; or
  • Denying a pharmacy or pharmacist the right to participate in any of its pharmacy network contracts in this state or as a contracting provider in this state if the pharmacy or pharmacist has a valid license in Colorado and the pharmacy or pharmacist agrees to specified conditions.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: M. Catlin | J. Danielson / D. Coram | N. Todd
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/18/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
2/15/2018 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/20/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/22/2018 - No Amendments
2/22/2018 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/23/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/12/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/19/2018 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1113 Small Business Regulatory Reform 
Summary:

The bill enacts the 'Regulatory Reform Act of 2018'. Section 2 of the bill makes legislative declarations about the importance of businesses with 100 or fewer employees to the Colorado economy and the difficulty these types of businesses have in complying with new administrative rules that are not known or understood by these businesses.

Section 3 defines 'new rule' as any regulatory requirement in existence for less than one year prior to its enforcement by a state agency, and 'minor violation' as any violation of a new rule by a business with 100 or fewer employees where the violation is minor in nature, involving record-keeping or other issues that do not affect the safety of the public. Section 3 provides exceptions from the definition of 'minor violation' for certain types of rules.

For the first minor violation of a new rule by a business of 100 or fewer employees, section 4 requires a state agency to issue a written warning and engage the business in educational outreach as to the methods of complying with the new rule. Section 3 requires state agencies to make information on new rules available and allows this information to be made available in electronic form.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: P. Neville / T. Neville | V. Marble
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 2-12-18.
Status: 1/19/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/14/2018 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1119 Highway Building & Maintenance Funding 
Summary:

Section 9 of the bill requires the transportation commission (commission) to submit a ballot question to the voters of the state at the November 2018 statewide election which, if approved:

  • Will require the executive director of the department of transportation (CDOT) to issue transportation revenue anticipation notes (TRANs) in a maximum principal amount of $3.5 billion and with a maximum repayment cost of $5 billion; and
  • Will, in conjunction with sections 3, 4, and 7, repeal current law, enacted by Senate Bill 17-267, that requires the state treasurer to execute lease-purchase agreements of up to $1.88 billion for the purpose of funding high-priority qualified federal aid transportation projects.

The executive director must issue at least one-third of the TRANs within one year of the date of the official declaration of the vote on the ballot issue by the governor, issue at least two-thirds of the TRANs within 2 years of that date, and issue all of the TRANs within 3 years of that date. The additional TRANs must have a maximum repayment term of 20 years, and the certificate, trust indenture, or other instrument authorizing their issuance must provide that the state may pay them in full before the end of the specified payment term without penalty. TRANs must otherwise generally be issued subject to the same requirements as the TRANs issued in 1999; except that the commission must pledge to annually allocate from legally available money under its control any money needed for payment of TRANs until the TRANs are fully repaid.

Section 10 requires TRANs net proceeds not otherwise pledged for TRANs payments to be credited to the state highway fund and expended by CDOT only for qualified federal aid highway projects as described in section 6. CDOT may expend no more than 10% of the net proceeds for the administration and engineering of the projects being funded with the net proceeds.

On and after July 1, 2018, section 5 requires 7.5% of state sales and use tax net revenue to be credited to the state highway fund and used first to make TRANs payments. Section 6 requires state sales and use tax net revenue credited to the state highway fund that is not expended to make TRANs payments to be expended only for maintenance of qualified federal aid highways and requires TRANs net proceeds credited to the state highway fund to be expended only for qualified federal aid highway projects included in the strategic transportation project investment program of CDOT and designated for tier 1 funding as 10-year development program projects on CDOT's development program project list.

If the voters of the state approve the issuance of TRANs, CDOT is required to ensure that construction of one-third of the projects commences within one year of the date of the official declaration of the vote on the ballot issue by the governor, to ensure that construction of two-thirds of the projects commences within 2 years of that date, and ensure that construction of all of the projects commences within 3 years of that date. Section 7 requires CDOT to include specified information about the state sales and use tax net revenue and TRANs net proceeds in its annual report to the senate transportation committee and the house transportation and energy committee.


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

Sponsors: T. Leonard / T. Neville
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 2-12-18.
Status: 1/19/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/21/2018 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1128 Protections For Consumer Data Privacy 
Summary:

Except for conduct in compliance with applicable federal, state, or local law, the bill requires covered and governmental entities in Colorado that maintain paper or electronic documents (documents) that contain personal identifying information (personal information) to develop and maintain a written policy for the destruction and proper disposal of those documents. Entities that maintain, own, or license personal information, including those that use a nonaffiliated third party as a service provider, shall implement and maintain reasonable security procedures for the personal information. The notification laws governing disclosure of unauthorized acquisitions of unencrypted and encrypted computerized data are expanded to specify who must be notified following such unauthorized acquisition and what must be included in such notification.


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

Sponsors: C. Wist | J. Bridges / K. Lambert | L. Court
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 2-12-18.
Status: 1/19/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/14/2018 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/19/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/20/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/23/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/1/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/2/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/3/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/4/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/18/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/18/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/18/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/29/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1135 Extend Advanced Industry Export Acceleration Program 
Summary:

The bill extends the advanced industries export acceleration program that is currently managed by the office of economic development.


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

Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | J. Wilson / J. Tate
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 2-12-18.
Status: 1/23/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Appropriations
2/8/2018 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/19/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/20/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/23/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/25/2018 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/26/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/27/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/15/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/15/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/16/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/29/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1185 Market Sourcing For Business Income Tax Apportionment 
Summary:

For income tax years commencing on and after January 1, 2019, the bill generally replaces the method for sourcing of sales for purposes of apportioning the income of a taxpayer that has income from the sale of services or from the sale, lease, license, or rental of intangible property in both Colorado and other states from the cost-of-performance test in the case of services and the commercial domicile test in the case of intangible property to a market-based sourcing system. Under this new system, receipts for the sale of services or from the sale, lease, license, or rental of intangible property are apportioned to Colorado based not on where the service is performed, but where the service is delivered.


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

Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | C. Wist / T. Neville | D. Moreno
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 2-12-18.
Status: 2/2/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
2/15/2018 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to Finance
2/28/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/25/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/26/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/27/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/2/2018 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/3/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/3/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/4/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/7/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/22/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/22/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/22/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/4/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1190 Modify Job Creation Main Street Revitalization Act 
Summary:

The bill makes the following modifications to the existing 'Colorado Job Creation and Main Street Revitalization Act':

  • Adds a definition of a key term and streamlines and clarifies existing definitions;
  • Adds subheadings to subsections to promote greater clarity;
  • Extends the last income tax year for which the tax credit is available from 2019 to 2029;
  • Separates subsections dealing solely with residential structures from subsections dealing solely with commercial structures to promote greater clarity;
  • Under the existing tax credit, the amount of the tax credit, measured by a percentage of the actual qualified rehabilitation expenditures, is increased when the historic structure, whether commercial or residential, is located in a disaster area. The bill also increases the amount of the tax credit when the structure is located in a rural community. The bill prohibits a taxpayer from claiming the benefits offered for a structure in a disaster area or in a rural community.
  • Requires the state historical society (society) to promulgate rules as necessary to to further implement the tax credits to be claimed for the substantial rehabilitation of qualified residential structures. Requires the society to promulgate rules on standards for the approval of the substantial rehabilitation of qualified residential structures and related reporting requirements.
  • In connection with the reservation of tax credits for qualified commercial structures, changes the existing requirements under which the Colorado office of economic opportunity (office) uses a lottery process to determine the order in which it will review applications and plans received on the same day to a process under which the office must date and timestamp each application and review a plan and application on the basis of the order in which such documents were submitted;
  • Streamlines procedures the owner of a qualified commercial structure is to follow upon the completion of rehabilitation of the structure to obtain a tax credit certificate;
  • For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2020 but prior to January 1, 2030, maintains the aggregate limit on the amount of a tax credit certificate issued for any one qualified commercial structure at $1 million as for the 2016 through 2019 tax years;
  • For qualified commercial structures, regardless of the amount of estimated qualified rehabilitation expenditures, the bill maintains the aggregate amount of all tax credits that may be reserved for each of the 2020 through 2029 calendar years in the same amount as for the 2017 through 2019 tax years, at $10 million, but specifies that the aggregate reservation amount of the $10 million in tax credits in any tax year that may be reserved by the office must be equally split between large and small projects for qualified commercial structures;
  • Deletes existing provisions specifying the aggregate amount of tax credits that may be issued for particular income tax years;
  • Deletes a reporting requirement that is part of existing law but requires the society to provide a report to the department of revenue by March 15, 2019, and on a quarterly basis thereafter specifying the ownership of tax credits (as well as transfers of tax credits in the case of tax credits for qualified commercial structures) to be claimed for the rehabilitation of qualified residential and commercial structures covering the period since the last report;
  • Changes an existing provision mandating that the office, in consultation with the society, promulgate rules necessary to further implement the tax credits to be claimed for the substantial rehabilitation for qualified commercial structures so that the duty to promulgate rules is permissive; and
  • Clarifies that certain requirements found in existing law are intended to apply only to tax credits issued for qualified commercial structures.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: D. Esgar | H. McKean / J. Tate | L. Garcia
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 2-12-18.
Status: 2/2/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
2/28/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/23/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/24/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/25/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/1/2018 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/2/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/3/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/4/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/7/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/22/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/22/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/22/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/30/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1217 Income Tax Credit For Employer 529 Contributions 
Summary:

The bill creates a temporary income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2019, but prior to January 1, 2022, for employers that make contributions to 529 qualified state tuition program accounts owned by their employees in an amount equal to 20% of the contribution, not to exceed $500.


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

Sponsors: K. Van Winkle | A. Garnett / B. Gardner
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 2-26-18.
Status: 2/5/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Finance
3/12/2018 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Finance
3/14/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/19/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/20/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/23/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/26/2018 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/1/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/3/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/07/2018 - No Amendments
5/3/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/16/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/16/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/29/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1237 Sunset Continue Cost-benefit Analysis For Rules 
Summary:

Sunset Process - House Business Affairs and Labor Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' (department) sunset review and report on requirements and procedures regarding the preparation of a cost-benefit analysis by:

  • Continuing the requirements and procedures indefinitely ( recommendation 1 , sections 1 and 2 of the bill);
  • Requiring state rule-making agencies to include on their applicable websites information about the cost-benefit analysis process and a link to the online regulatory notice enrollment form created by the executive director of the department or the executive director's designee ( recommendation 2 , section 2).
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | K. Van Winkle / T. Neville
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 2-12-18.
Status: 2/7/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
2/22/2018 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/27/2018 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/27/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/28/2018 - No Amendments
3/1/2018 House Third Reading Laid Over to 03/02/2018 - No Amendments
3/2/2018 House Third Reading Laid Over to 03/05/2018 - No Amendments
3/5/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/12/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/21/2018 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/26/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/27/2018 Senate Second Reading Referred to Appropriations - No Amendments
4/3/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/4/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/5/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/6/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/6/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over to 04/09/2018
4/9/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Adhere
4/10/2018 Senate Considered House Adherence - Result was to Recede
4/17/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/19/2018 Sent to the Governor
4/19/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/25/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1250 Analysis To Improve Compliance With Rules By Businesses. 
Summary:

The bill requires each state agency to 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 analysis will guide each department on how to improve its education and outreach to regulated businesses on compliance with the department's rules. Each state agency is required to forward that analysis to the department of regulatory agencies, which shall compile and summarize those analyses into one combined analysis of noncompliance to be presented at the department of regulatory agencies' 'State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act' hearing.


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

Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | L. Sias / K. Priola
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 2-26-18.
Status: 2/21/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
3/15/2018 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/20/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/21/2018 - No Amendments
3/21/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/22/2018 - No Amendments
3/22/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/23/2018 - No Amendments
3/23/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/26/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/26/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/11/2018 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/16/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/26/2018 Sent to the Governor
4/26/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/26/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/3/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1256 Sunset Continue Civil Rights Division And Commission 
Summary:

Sunset Process - House Judiciary Committee. The bill implements the recommendation of the department of regulatory agencies in its sunset review of the Colorado civil rights division and the Colorado civil rights commission to continue the commission and the division and their respective functions for 9 years, through September 1, 2027.

The bill appropriates $1,642,843 to the department of regulatory agencies for the 2018-19 fiscal year for use by the civil rights division for personal services, operating expenses, hearings, and commission meeting costs.

The appropriation assumes that the division will require 27.2 FTE to implement the bill. The bill also acknowledges, for informational purposes, that the civil rights division will receive $496,489 in federal funds for the 2018-19 fiscal year.


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

Sponsors: C. Duran | L. Herod / B. Gardner
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 2-26-18.
Status: 2/23/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/13/2018 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/16/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/20/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/21/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/26/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/18/2018 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/24/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/26/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/27/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/30/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/30/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/3/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
5/9/2018 House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
5/9/2018 Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
5/9/2018 First Conference Committee Result was to No Report
5/22/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/22/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/22/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/22/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 9 2018
CONFERENCE COMMITTEES TO REPORT
(2) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1260 Prescription Drug Price Transparency 
Summary:

The bill enacts the 'Colorado Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act of 2018', which requires:

  • Health insurers, starting in 2021, to submit to the commissioner of insurance (commissioner), as part of the health care cost reporting requirement, information regarding prescription drugs covered under their health insurance plans that were dispensed in the preceding calendar year;
  • Prescription drug manufacturers to notify state purchasers, health insurers, and pharmacy benefit management firms when the manufacturer, on or after July 1, 2020, increases the price of certain prescription drugs by more than 10% or introduces a new specialty drug in the commercial market; and
  • Prescription drug manufacturers, within 15 days after the end of each calendar quarter that starts on or after July 1, 2020, to provide specified information to the commissioner regarding the drugs about which manufacturers are required to notify purchasers of a drug price increase or new specialty drug on the market.

The commissioner is required to post the information received from prescription drug manufacturers on the division of insurance website. Additionally, the commissioner, or a disinterested third-party contractor, is to analyze the data submitted by health insurers and prescription drug manufacturers and other relevant information to determine the effect of prescription drug costs on health insurance premiums. The commissioner is to publish a report each year, submit the report to specified legislative committees, and present the report during annual 'State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act' hearings. The commissioner is authorized to adopt rules as necessary to implement the requirements of the act.

A prescription drug manufacturer that fails to notify purchasers or fails to report required data to the commissioner is subject to discipline by the state board of pharmacy, including a penalty of $1,000 per day for each day the manufacturer fails to comply with the notice or reporting requirements. The commissioner is to report manufacturer violations to the state board of pharmacy.


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

Sponsors: J. Ginal | D. Jackson / D. Moreno
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 3-12-18
Status: 2/26/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
3/8/2018 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/27/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/29/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/02/2018 - No Amendments
4/2/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/03/2018 - No Amendments
4/3/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/04/2018 - No Amendments
4/4/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/09/2018 - No Amendments
4/9/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/10/2018 - No Amendments
4/10/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/11/2018 - No Amendments
4/11/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/12/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/13/2018 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/16/2018 House Third Reading Laid Over to 04/17/2018 - No Amendments
4/17/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/30/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1261 Colorado Arbitration Fairness Act 
Summary:

The bill applies to certain consumer and employment arbitrations and:

  • Establishes ethical standards for arbitrators;
  • Specifies that any party may challenge in court the impartiality of an arbitrator or arbitration services provider;
  • Requires specified disclosures by arbitrators and arbitration services providers;
  • Authorizes injunctive relief against an arbitrator or arbitration services provider who engages in certain specified acts; and
  • Specifies that a right conferred by the bill may not be waived prior to a demand or filing of a claim and only afterward by a signed waiver.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: M. Weissman / D. Kagan
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 3-26-18
Status: 2/26/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/15/2018 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/19/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/21/2018 - No Amendments
3/21/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/22/2018 - No Amendments
3/22/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/23/2018 - No Amendments
3/23/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/26/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/26/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Judiciary + Finance
4/18/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1262 Arbitration Services Provider Transparency Act 
Summary:

The bill requires arbitration services providers that administer consumer or employment arbitrations to collect, publish, and make available specified information on those arbitrations administered in the previous 5 years. The bill amends a provision of the uniform arbitration act to make the bill effective.


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

Sponsors: D. Jackson | D. Roberts / D. Kagan
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 3-26-18
Status: 2/26/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/15/2018 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/20/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/21/2018 - No Amendments
3/21/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/22/2018 - No Amendments
3/22/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/23/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/26/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Judiciary + Finance
4/18/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1266 Career Development Success Program Expansion 
Summary:

The bill amends the existing career development success pilot program (program), which provides a distribution of up to $1,000 to school districts and charter schools for each high school student who successfully completes an identified industry-certificate, internship, or pre-apprenticeship program or computer science advanced placement (AP) course. The bill limits the distribution for industry certificates for a single school district or charter school to 10% of the total number of completed industry certificates reported.

The bill requires each school district and charter school that participates in the program to explain the program to all high school students with the goal of increasing participation in the industry certificate programs across all student subgroups.

Under existing law, the department of education is required to report on the implementation of the program. The bill expands the report to include specified information.

The bill extends the repeal date for the program for 5 years and removes the designation of 'pilot'.


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

Sponsors: D. Esgar | J. Wilson / O. Hill | N. Todd
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 3-26-18
Status: 3/5/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
3/19/2018 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/19/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/20/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/23/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/26/2018 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/27/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/1/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/11/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/14/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/14/2018 Sent to the Governor
6/5/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1271 Public Utilities Commission Electric Utilities Economic Development Rates 
Summary:

The bill allows the public utilities commission to approve, and electric utilities to charge, economic development rates, which are lower rates for commercial and industrial users who locate or expand their operations in Colorado so as to increase the demand by at least 3 megawatts. To qualify for the economic development rates, these users must demonstrate that the cost of electricity is a critical consideration in their decision where to locate or expand their business and that the availability of lower rates is a substantial factor. The rates may be offered for up to 10 years.

The bill also authorizes the expansion of a voluntary renewable energy program or service offering as necessary to meet the needs of a commercial or industrial customer that makes a capital investment of $250 million or more, requires the expansion in order to remain as a customer of a utility, or is a new customer.

Utilities that offer economic development rates shall not cross-subsidize the economic development rates by raising rates on other customers, and a utility bears the burden of proof on this issue in any proceeding before the commission.


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

Sponsors: M. Gray | Y. Willett / J. Tate
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 3-12-18
Status: 3/6/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
4/5/2018 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/10/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/11/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/11/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/30/2018 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/2/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2018 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
5/3/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/11/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/14/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/14/2018 Sent to the Governor
6/1/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1298 Colorado Secure Savings Plan 
Summary:

The bill establishes the Colorado secure savings plan (plan) board of trustees (board) to study the feasibility of creating the Colorado secure savings plan and other appropriate approaches to increase the amount of retirement savings by Colorado's private sector workers.

The board consists of the director of the governor's office of state planning and budgeting and 8 additional trustees with certain experience who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate.

The board is required to conduct the following four analyses or assessments (analyses) within 2 years of the appointment of the board's membership, with an update to certain legislative committees after one year:

  • A detailed market and financial analysis to determine the financial feasibility and effectiveness of creating a retirement savings plan in the form of an automatic enrollment payroll deduction IRA, to be known as the Colorado secure savings plan. The plan would be designed to promote greater retirement savings for private sector employees in a convenient, low-cost, and portable manner.
  • A detailed market and financial analysis to determine the financial feasibility and effectiveness of a small business marketplace plan to increase the number of Colorado businesses that offer retirement savings plans for their employees. The marketplace plan would be voluntary for both employers and employees, open to all employees and employers with fewer than one hundred employees, and administered by the state department of labor and employment. The bill specifies certain duties of the state department of labor in connection with the marketplace plan if it is implemented.
  • An analysis of the effects that greater financial education among Colorado residents would have on increasing their retirement savings; and
  • An analysis of the effects that not increasing Coloradans' retirement savings would have on current and future state and local government expenditures.

The board may accept any gifts, grants, and donations, or any money from public or private entities to pay for the costs of the analyses. The board may delay implementation of one or more of the analyses if it does not obtain adequate money to conduct the analyses.

If after conducting the analyses the board finds that there are approaches to increasing retirement savings for private-sector employees in a convenient, low-cost, and portable manner that are financially feasible and self-sustaining, the board is required to recommend a plan to implement its findings to the governor and the general assembly.


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

Sponsors: B. Pettersen | J. Bridges / K. Donovan | N. Todd
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 3-26-18
Status: 3/16/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
4/5/2018 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
4/19/2018 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/24/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/25/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/1/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1308 Workers' Compensation Out-of-state Workers Temporarily In Colorado 
Summary:

The bill establishes an exemption from the 'Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado' for an out-of-state employer whose employees are working in Colorado on a temporary basis as long as:

  • The out-of-state employer furnishes coverage under the workers' compensation laws of the state in which the employee is regularly employed, which coverage applies to the employee while working temporarily in Colorado; and
  • The out-of-state employer's home state is contiguous to Colorado, recognizes the exemption, and provides a reciprocal exemption for Colorado employees temporarily working in that state.

The home state's workers' compensation laws are the sole remedy for an out-of-state worker who is injured while working temporarily in Colorado.

The division of workers' compensation in the department of labor and employment is authorized to enter into an agreement with a contiguous state to carry out the extraterritorial application of the workers' compensation or similar law of the other state.


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

Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | J. Becker / O. Hill | D. Kagan
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 3-26-18
Status: 3/20/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
3/27/2018 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/29/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/02/2018 - No Amendments
4/2/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/3/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/3/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/16/2018 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/18/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/26/2018 Sent to the Governor
4/26/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/26/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/30/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1311 Single Geographic Rating Area Individual Health Plan 
Summary:

Under current law, health insurers are permitted to consider the geographic location of the policyholder when establishing health insurance rates for individual and group insurance plans.

For an individual health plan issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2019, the bill prohibits a health insurer from considering the geographic location of the policyholder when establishing rates for the plan, thereby creating a single geographic rating area consisting of the entire state for purposes of all individual health benefit plans.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: B. Rankin | M. Hamner
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 3-26-18
Status: 3/21/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment + Finance + Appropriations
4/19/2018 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB18-1316 Extend Colorado Department Of Labor And Employment Skilled Worker, Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Grant Program 
Summary:

Under current law, the department of labor and employment (department) administers the skilled worker, outreach, recruitment, and key training (WORK) grant program, which provides matching grants to eligible public or private entities or organizations that provide skilled worker training programs in partnership with industry. The general assembly is directed to appropriate $10 million for the WORK grant program for the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 fiscal years.

The bill:

  • Extends the program for 3 fiscal years;
  • Specifies deadlines for the department to award and issue matching grants to recipients;
  • Requires the department to develop an expedited application process for eligible applicants;
  • Specifies that the state work force development council (council), rather than the governor, is to appoint members to the WORK grant review committee;
  • Authorizes the executive committee of the council to make grant award determinations;
  • Requires the WORK grant review committee to submit its annual report to the general assembly by December 31 instead of by May 1 and to include the report as part of the Colorado talent pipeline report;
  • Requires the general assembly to appropriate an additional $7.6 million for the WORK grant program for the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 fiscal years, with not more than $3.3 million in any fiscal year; specifies how the money available for matching grants must be allocated, to the extent possible; and allows the department to expend in the next fiscal year, without further appropriation, money that was not expended or encumbered in the fiscal year for which it was appropriated.

$1,000,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the WORK fund and is further appropriated to the department for the WORK grant program.


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

Sponsors: D. Pabon | T. Exum / J. Cooke | A. Williams
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 3-26-18
Status: 3/22/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/2/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/25/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/26/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/27/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
5/1/2018 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/3/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/3/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/4/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/7/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/18/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/18/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/18/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/24/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB18-1368 Local Control Of Minimum Wage 
Summary:

The bill allows a unit of local government to enact laws increasing the minimum wage within its jurisdiction.


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

Sponsors: J. Danielson | J. Melton / M. Merrifield | D. Moreno
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 4-23-18
Status: 4/9/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
4/18/2018 House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/23/2018 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2018 House Third Reading Laid Over to 04/26/2018 - No Amendments
4/26/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/26/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/3/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB18-1377 Prohibit Seeking Salary Information Job Applicant 
Summary:

The bill makes it an unfair employment practice for an employer to seek wage or salary history information, including compensation and benefits, about an applicant for employment, unless the employer notifies the applicant of the wage or salary range for the current employment opening or the applicant agrees to discuss his or her wage or salary history.


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

Sponsors: J. Coleman | B. Pettersen / K. Donovan | D. Moreno
Position: Oppose
Comment:
Status: 4/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/23/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/24/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/2/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB18-1378 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act 
Summary:

The bill authorizes the director of the division of labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment (director) to administer and enforce the law that prohibits an employer from discriminating against an employee on the basis of sex and to issue awards to employees and impose penalties on employers for violations. The bill removes the director's enforcement authority and instead permits an aggrieved person to bring a civil action in district court to pursue remedies specified in the bill. The bill allows exceptions to the prohibition if the employer demonstrates that a wage differential is based upon one or more factors including a seniority system, a merit system, or a system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production or a bona fide factor other than sex.

The bill prohibits an employer from discharging or retaliating against an employee for actions by an employee asserting the rights established by the bill against an employer.

An employer is required to announce to all employees employment advancement opportunities and the pay range for the opportunities. The director is authorized to enforce actions against an employer concerning transparency in pay and employment opportunities, including fines of between $500 and $10,000 per violation.

$85,034 is appropriated from the employment support fund to the department of labor and employment for use by the division of labor standards and statistics.


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

Sponsors: J. Danielson | J. Buckner / K. Donovan | R. Fields
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 4-23-18
Status: 4/10/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/23/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/26/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/30/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/1/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/4/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB18-001 Transportation Infrastructure Funding 
Summary:

In 1999, the voters of the state authorized the executive director of the department of transportation (executive director) to issue transportation revenue anticipation notes (TRANs) in a maximum principal amount of $1.7 billion and with a maximum repayment cost of $2.3 billion in order to provide financing to accelerate the construction of qualified federal aid transportation projects. The executive director issued the TRANs as authorized, and the TRANs have been fully repaid. In 2017, the general assembly enacted Senate Bill 17-267 (SB 267), which requires the state to enter into a total of $1.88 billion of lease-purchase agreements and to use the proceeds of the lease-purchase agreements to fund transportation projects and specifically requires the state to enter into $380 million of the lease-purchase agreements in the 2018-19 state fiscal year and $500 million of such agreements in each of the 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22 state fiscal years.

Section 3 of the bill requires the state treasurer to transfer $500 million from the general fund to the state highway fund on June 30, 2019, and to transfer $250 million from the general fund to the state highway fund annually on June 30 of state fiscal years 2019-20 though 2038-39. Section 4 repeals the requirement that the state enter into $500 million of lease-purchase agreements in each of the 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22 state fiscal years but takes effect only if, as specified in section 12 , the voters of the state approve a ballot measure that authorizes the state to issue TRANS and that is either initiated and voted on at the 2018 general election or referred to the voters as specified in section 10 at the 2019 statewide election. Section 5 restricts the authority of the department of transportation (CDOT) and any enterprise of CDOT, such as the high-performance transportation enterprise, to construct or designate or enter into a public-private partnership to construct or designate a managed lane, which is defined as a toll lane, high-occupancy tool lane, or high-occupancy vehicle lane on any state highway.

Section 6 requires CDOT to expend the $500 million transferred from the general fund to the state highway fund pursuant to section 3 only for new highway construction projects and further specifies that:

  • If the voters of the state approve an initiated ballot measure that authorizes the state to issue TRANs at the November 2018 general election, CDOT shall expend the $250 million annually transferred from the general fund to the state highway fund pursuant to section 3 first, to the extent needed, for maintenance of the transportation infrastructure projects financed by the TRANs and thereafter exclusively for maintenance of the state highway system; and
  • If the voters of the state approve a ballot measure that authorizes the state to issue TRANs that is referred pursuant to section 10 at the November 2019 general election, CDOT shall expend the $250 million annually transferred from the general fund to the state highway fund pursuant to section 3 first, to the extent needed, to make the full amount of payments due on the TRANs and thereafter exclusively for maintenance of the state highway system.

Section 7 expresses the intent of the general assembly that CDOT strongly consider, when choosing between a standard low bid process or a design-build process for the procurement of a project contract, whether the use of the design-build process is likely to reduce competition and increase project costs.

Section 8 requires CDOT to include specified information about the general fund money transferred to the state highway fund pursuant to section 3 and the proceeds of SB 267 lease-purchase agreements in its annual report to the transportation committee of the senate and the transportation and energy committee of the house of representatives. Section 9 is nonsubstantive and changes the previously defined term 'revenue anticipation notes' to 'transportation revenue anticipation notes' to reflect the use of the latter term throughout the bill.

If no citizen-initiated ballot measure that authorizes the state to issue TRANs is approved by the voters of the state at the November 2018 general election, section 10 requires the submission of a ballot measure seeking voter approval for the state to issue TRANs in an amount of $3.5 billion with a maximum repayment cost of $5 billion at the November 2019 statewide election. Any TRANs issued following approval of the ballot measure must have a maximum repayment term of 20 years, the certificate, trust indenture, or other instrument authorizing their issuance must provide that the state may pay the TRANs in full before the end of the specified payment term without penalty, and the transportation commission must pledge to annually allocate from legally available money under its control any money needed for payment of the notes until the notes are fully repaid.

Section 11 requires TRANs proceeds not otherwise pledged for TRANs payments to be credited to the state highway fund and expended by CDOT only for qualified federal aid transportation projects that are included in CDOT's strategic transportation project investment program and designated for tier 1 funding as 10-year development program projects on CDOT's development program project list. At least 25% of the TRANs net proceeds must be used for projects in counties with populations of 50,000 or less and at least 10% of the TRANs net proceeds must be used for transit purposes or transit-related capital improvements.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: R. Baumgardner | J. Cooke / P. Buck | F. Winter
Position: Support
Comment: Following the JCBL's "all of the above" support for any reasonable short, medium or long term solutions to transportation infrastructure spending, this bill sets asides the first 10% of sales tax reciepts to pay $3.5 billion in transportation bonds, subject to a vote of the people.
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
1/23/2018 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Amended to Finance
3/1/2018 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/7/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/9/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/12/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/14/2018 - No Amendments
3/14/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/15/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over with Amendments to 03/20/2018 - Floor
3/21/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/22/2018 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/23/2018 Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 03/27/2018 - No Amendments
3/28/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/28/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/3/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy + Finance + Appropriations
5/3/2018 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Finance
5/4/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/4/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/7/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/8/2018 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/8/2018 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/16/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/17/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/17/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/31/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB18-002 Financing Rural Broadband Deployment 
Summary:

Section 1 of the bill amends the definition of 'broadband network' to increase the speed of downstream broadband internet service from at least 4 megabits per second to at least 10 megabits per second and the definition of 'unserved area' to refer to an area that is unincorporated, or within a city with a population of fewer than 7,500 inhabitants, and that is not receiving federal support to construct a broadband network to serve a majority of the households in each census block in the area.

Section 2 requires the public utilities commission (commission), in 2019, to allocate 60% of the total amount of high cost support mechanism (HCSM) money that the nonrural incumbent local exchange carrier would receive to the HCSM account dedicated to broadband deployment, and to allocate an additional 10% of the total money that the nonrural incumbent local exchange carrier would receive in each subsequent year until, in 2023, all of the money that the nonrural incumbent local exchange carrier would receive is allocated to the HCSM account dedicated to broadband deployment. Section 2 also removes a requirement that the commission reduce the rate of the HCSM surcharge by a certain percentage of the money transferred from the HCSM to the broadband fund for the deployment of broadband into rural areas. Section 2 requires that the HCSM surcharge rate that existed on January 1, 2018, be maintained; except that, in calendar year 2024, the commission may reduce the rate to ensure that the amount of money collected does not exceed $25 million in 2024. For the period of January 1, 2019, through December 1, 2023, section 2 maintains the amount of support received by rural telecommunications providers for basic service at the level of support they received on January 1, 2017. Section 2 also prohibits the commission from making effective competition determinations in 2019 through 2023 with respect to making distributions of high cost support mechanism money. Finally, section 2 requires the commission, on or before December 31, 2018, to establish a plan to eliminate, on an exchange-area-by-exchange-area basis, provider-of-last-resort obligations consistent with the reductions in the high cost support mechanism distributions for basic service.

Section 3 makes conforming amendments.

Section 4 updates language regarding the use of money from the HCSM for broadband deployment grant applications approved by the broadband deployment board (board) to have money transferred directly from the HCSM to approved broadband deployment grant applicants. Section 4 changes the membership of the board from 16 to 17 members, adding 2 members representing the broadband industry and removing one member representing the public. Section 4 clarifies conflict-of-interest procedures that a board member must follow. Section 4, with regard to the board's grant application process, also:

  • Allows a grant applicant to apply for grants for multiple projects in a single year;
  • Prohibits the board from funding a proposed project that overlaps or overbuilds another broadband project;
  • Clarifies that the board may award a grant for a proposed project that will provide high-speed internet access at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second upstream or at measurable speeds at least equal to the federal communications commission's definition of high-speed internet access or broadband, whichever is faster;
  • Requires the board to grant an incumbent broadband provider's appeal if the incumbent broadband provider demonstrates, by a preponderance of the evidence, that an area covered by an application does not qualify as an unserved area; and
  • Allows an applicant to amend the applicant's application at any time to remove coverage of an area that does not qualify as an unserved area.

Sections 2 and 5 repeal the commission's functions of administering the high cost support mechanism on September 1, 2024, subject to the department of regulatory agencies' review of the functions through its sunset review process.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: D. Coram | J. Sonnenberg / K. Becker | C. Duran
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 2-12-18.
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
1/31/2018 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/5/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/07/2018 - No Amendments
2/7/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/8/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/9/2018 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/9/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to
2/12/2018 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
2/15/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
3/5/2018 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
3/12/2018 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/15/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/16/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/20/2018 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/27/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/29/2018 Sent to the Governor
3/29/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/2/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB18-006 Recording Fee To Fund Attainable Housing 
Summary:

Currently, each county clerk and recorder collects a surcharge of one dollar for each document received for recording or filing in his or her office. The surcharge is in addition to any other fees permitted by statute. Section 2 of the bill allows counties to impose an increased surcharge in the amount of $5 for documents received for recording or filing on or after January 1, 2019.

In a county that has elected to collect the increased surcharge of $5, out of each $5 collected, the bill requires the clerk to retain one dollar to be used to defray the costs of an electronic or core filing system in accordance with existing law. The bill requires the clerk to transmit the other $4 collected to the state treasurer, who is to credit the same to the statewide attainable housing investment fund (fund).

Section 3 creates the fund in the Colorado housing and finance authority (authority). The bill specifies the source of money to be deposited into the fund and that the authority is to administer the fund. The bill directs that, of the money transmitted to the fund by the state treasurer, on an annual basis, not less than 25% of such amount must be expended for the purpose of supporting new or existing programs that provide financial assistance to persons in households with an income of up to 80% of the area median income for the purpose of allowing such persons to finance, purchase, or rehabilitate single family residential homes as well as to provide financial assistance to any nonprofit entity and political subdivision that makes loans to persons in such households to enable such persons to finance, purchase, or rehabilitate single family residential homes.

Section 3 also requires the authority to submit a report, no later than June 1 of each year, specifying the use of the fund during the prior calendar year to the governor and to the senate and house finance committees.


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

Sponsors: R. Zenzinger / F. Winter
Position: Oppose
Comment: Imposes a fee on real estate transaction documents filed to fund affordable housing. Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/31/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
2/5/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB18-007 Affordable Housing Tax Credit 
Summary:

The bill changes the name of the existing low-income housing tax credit to the affordable housing tax credit. This change is reflected in sections 1 and 3 of the bill.

Section 2 extends the period during which the Colorado housing and finance authority may allocate affordable housing tax credits from December 31, 2019, to December 31, 2024.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: J. Tate | L. Guzman / C. Duran | J. Becker
Position: Support
Comment: Extends a popular and effective tax credit for the development of affordable housing. Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
1/23/2018 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
2/14/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/16/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/21/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/22/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/23/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
3/19/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/23/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/24/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/25/2018 House Third Reading Laid Over to 04/26/2018 - No Amendments
4/26/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2018 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/9/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/11/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/11/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/22/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB18-009 Allow Electric Utility Customers Install Energy Storage Equipment 
Summary:

The bill declares that consumers of electricity have a right to install, interconnect, and use energy storage systems on their property, and that this will enhance the reliability and efficiency of the electric grid, save money, and reduce the need for additional electric generation facilities.

The bill directs the Colorado public utilities commission to adopt rules governing the installation, interconnection, and use of customer-sited energy storage systems.


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

Sponsors: S. Fenberg | K. Priola / F. Winter | P. Lawrence
Position: Monitor
Comment: Provides electric utility consumers the right to install, interconnect, and use electricity storage systems. Reviewed 1-22-18
Status: 1/10/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
1/25/2018 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
2/1/2018 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/7/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/8/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/21/2018 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/26/2018 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/27/2018 House Third Reading Laid Over to 02/28/2018 - No Amendments
2/28/2018 House Third Reading Laid Over to 03/01/2018 - No Amendments
3/1/2018 House Third Reading Laid Over to 03/02/2018 - No Amendments
3/2/2018 House Third Reading Laid Over to 03/05/2018 - No Amendments
3/5/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/9/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/12/2018 Sent to the Governor
3/12/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/22/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB18-171 Marketplace Contractor Workers' Compensation Unemployment 
Summary:

The bill establishes a test for determining whether a marketplace contractor is considered an 'employee' under the 'Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado' and whether services provided by a marketplace contractor are considered 'employment' under the 'Colorado Employment Security Act'.

The bill defines a 'marketplace contractor' as a person that enters into a written agreement with a marketplace platform to use the platform's online-enabled application, software, website, or system to receive services requests from third parties seeking the types of services offered by the contractor.


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

Sponsors: C. Holbert | A. Williams / D. Pabon | L. Sias
Position: Deliberating
Comment: Reviewed 2-26-18.
Status: 2/21/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/28/2018 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/5/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/6/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/08/2018 - No Amendments
3/8/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/9/2018 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/13/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/13/2018 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
3/16/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/10/2018 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/16/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/23/2018 - No Amendments
4/20/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/25/2018 - No Amendments
4/24/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/26/2018 - No Amendments
4/25/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/28/2018 - No Amendments
4/25/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/30/2018 - No Amendments
4/27/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/01/2018 - No Amendments
4/30/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/02/2018 - No Amendments
5/2/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/10/2018 - No Amendments
5/2/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB18-200 Modifications To PERA Public Employees' Retirement Association To Eliminate Unfunded Liability 
Summary:

The public employees' retirement association (PERA) provides retirement and other benefits to employees of the school districts, state, local governments, and other public entities across the state. The bill makes changes to the hybrid defined benefit plan administered by PERA with the goal of eliminating, with a high probability, the unfunded actuarial accrued liability of each of PERA's divisions and thereby reach a 100% funded ratio for each division within the next 30 years. The bill modifies benefits, increases contributions, ensures alignment of contributions, service credit, and benefits, and makes other modifications as follows:

Highest Average Salary (HAS): Currently, for a PERA member who is not in the judicial division of PERA, the member's HAS is based on an average of the highest annual salaries associated with 3 periods of 12 consecutive months of service with a base year. For a PERA member who is in the judicial division of PERA, the member's HAS is based on an average of the highest annual salaries associated with 12 consecutive months of service. For all new PERA members hired on or after January 1, 2020, who are not in the judicial division, and for all existing PERA members who do not have 5 years of service credit as of January 1, 2020, who are not in the judicial division, the bill modifies the HAS calculation to be based on an average of the highest annual salaries associated with 7 periods of 12 consecutive months of service with a base year. For all new PERA members hired on or after January 1, 2020, who are in the judicial division, and for all existing PERA members in the judicial division who do not have 5 years of service credit as of January 1, 2020, the bill modifies the HAS calculation to be based on an average of the highest annual salaries associated with 3 periods of 12 consecutive months of service with a base year.

Definition of salary: The bill modifies the definition of salary. Specifically, the bill states that amounts deducted from pay pursuant to a cafeteria plan or a qualified transportation plan are included in the definition of salary. In addition, the bill clarifies that unused sick leave converted to cash payments is included in the definition of salary and that insurance premiums paid by employers are not included in the definition of salary.

Termination of affiliation: Current law allows a political subdivision of the state that is an employer associated with PERA and that is assigned to the local government division of PERA to terminate its affiliation with PERA upon application to the PERA board. The bill specifies that any employer that ceases operations or ceases to participate in PERA for any reason is deemed to have terminated its affiliation with PERA. The bill states that any such employer is required to fully fund its share of the unfunded liability of the defined benefit plan and its share of the unfunded liability of the health care trust fund. The bill specifies that the PERA board will determine the amount of such payments and that such determinations may be appealed by the employer through the administrative review process established in the board rules. The bill further specifies that the employees of an employer that terminates its affiliation with PERA will become inactive members of PERA as of the date of the termination. Such members may elect to have their member contributions credited to an alternative pension plan or refunded. In the absence of such election, the member contributions will remain with PERA.

Increase in member contributions: Currently, all PERA members with the exception of state troopers contribute 8% of their salary to PERA on a monthly basis. State troopers contribute 10% of their salary to PERA on a monthly basis. On July 1, 2018, and again on January 1, 2019, the monthly member contribution to PERA will increase by .5% of salary. On July 1, 2019, and again on January 1, 2020, the monthly member contribution to PERA will increase by 1% of salary. When all increases are fully implemented, the total contribution will be 11% of salary each month for PERA members who are not state troopers and 13% each month for PERA members who are state troopers.

Automatic contribution and annual increase amount changes: The bill specifies the circumstances under which the member contribution rate and the annual increase percentage for retirement benefits can be adjusted so the fund remains within the target of paying off the unfunded liability within 30 years. The bill specifies that the yearly adjustments can be up to one-quarter of one percent on the annual increase percentage and one-half of one percent on the employee contribution percentage. The bill places limits on how much the annual increase and contribution rates can be adjusted.

Defined contribution supplement: Beginning January 1, 2021, the bill requires employer contribution rates to be adjusted to include a defined contribution supplement. The defined contribution supplement for each division will be the employer contribution amount paid to defined contribution plan participant accounts that would have otherwise gone to the defined benefit trusts to pay down the unfunded liability, plus any defined benefit investment earnings thereon, expressed as a percentage of salary on which employer contributions have been made. The employer contribution amounts only include contributions made on behalf of eligible employees who commence employment on or after January 1, 2019.

Earned service credit for part-time work: Currently, a PERA member earns a full year of service credit for 12 months of employment if the member earns a salary of 80 times federal minimum wage in each month. This applies even if the member does not work full time. In addition, a PERA member earns a full year of service credit if the member's employment pattern covers at least 8 months but less than 12 months in a year, so long as the member worked at least 8 months in the 12-month period. The bill modifies the way service credit is earned for part-time work for any PERA member who was not a member, inactive member, or retiree on or before December 31, 2019. Such members earn a full year of service credit for 12 months of employment if the member works full time or works at least 8 months but less than 12 months in a year. If the member does not work full time, the earned service credit will be determined by the ratio of part-time work to full-time work and the number of months for which contributions are remitted to the number of months required for a year of service credit.

Service retirement eligibility for new members: For PERA members who begin employment on or after January 1, 2020, the bill increases the age and service requirements for full-service retirement benefits for most divisions to age 65 with a minimum of 5 years of service or any age with a minimum of 40 years of service credit. For state troopers who begin employment on or after January 1, 2020, the bill increases the age and service requirements for full-service retirement benefits to age 55 with a minimum of 25 years of service credit or any age with a minimum of 35 years of service credit. State troopers are also eligible for full-service retirement benefits at age 65 with 5 years of service credit. For PERA members who begin employment on or after January 1, 2020, the bill also increases the age and service requirements for a reduced service retirement benefit to 55 years with a minimum of 25 years of service credit; except that, for state troopers, the bill increases the requirements to 55 years with a minimum of 20 years of service credit.

Cost of living adjustment (COLA) for all retirees, members, and inactive members: Currently, the annual COLA for benefit recipients who began membership prior to January 1, 2007, is 2%. For the years 2018 and 2019, the bill reduces the COLA to 0%. For each year thereafter, the bill changes the COLA to 1.25%, unless it is adjusted pursuant to the automatic adjustment provisions explained above. In addition, the bill requires benefit recipients whose effective date of retirement is on or after January 1, 2011, and who have not received a COLA on or before May 1, 2018, to receive benefits for at least a 36-month period following retirement before the benefit is adjusted with the COLA.

Defined contribution plan: Currently, members in the state division of PERA hired on or after January 1, 2006, may choose to participate in the defined contribution plan administered by PERA rather than the defined benefit plan. A member's participant account receives the monthly employer contribution, and the amortization equalization disbursement (AED) and supplemental amortization equalization disbursement (SAED) payments are used to amortize the unfunded liability of the defined benefit plan. Beginning January 1, 2019, members of the school division, the Denver public schools division, local government division, and judicial division of PERA hired on or after that date may also choose to participate in the defined contribution plan. A new member's participant account will receive the same employer contribution as received by current members of the defined contribution plan.

Public pension legislative oversight committee: The bill creates the public pension legislative oversight committee to study and develop proposed legislation relating to the funding and benefit designs of PERA and the fire and police pension association. The committee is comprised of 4 senators appointed by the president of the senate, 4 representatives appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and 4 experts in the area of pensions or retirement plan designs appointed by the state treasurer. The bill specifies limitations on the number of appointees that may be from the same political party. The bill also specifies that the state treasurer's appointees are required to have significant experience and competence in investment management, finance, banking, economics, accounting, pension administration, or actuarial analysis and shall not be members, inactive members, or retirees of PERA or the fire and police pension association. The bill repeals the police officers' and firefighters' pension reform commission on January 1, 2019.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: J. Tate | K. Priola / K. Becker | D. Pabon
Position: Support
Comment:
Status: 3/7/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/13/2018 Senate Committee on Finance Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
3/15/2018 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/20/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/22/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/23/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily with Amendments - Committee
3/26/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/27/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/3/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
4/16/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/19/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/23/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/24/2018 - No Amendments
4/24/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over to 04/25/2018 - No Amendments
4/25/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over to 04/30/2018 - No Amendments
4/30/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/1/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2018 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
5/9/2018 Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
5/9/2018 House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
5/21/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/23/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/23/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/4/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 9 2018
CONFERENCE COMMITTEES TO REPORT
(1) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB18-206 Research Institutions Affordability For Residents 
Summary:

Under current law, the number of in-state students enrolled at public institutions of higher education is governed by various percentage limits and requirements. The bill standardizes the calculation for public research institutions in the following ways:

  • Requires the university of northern Colorado (UNC) and the Colorado school of mines (CSM), in addition to the university of Colorado (CU) and Colorado state university (CSU), to admit 100% of academically qualified Colorado first-time freshman students;
  • Reduces the various percentages so that in-state students make up no less than 55% of total enrollments at each campus of CU and at CSU, UNC, and CSM, excluding foreign students and students enrolled solely in online courses; and
  • Increases the cap on foreign students enrolled at CU and CSU to 15% of total student enrollment and includes UNC and CSM in the percentage limit.

The department of higher education shall submit an annual report to specified committees of the general assembly demonstrating that the institutions included in the bill have met resident admission and enrollment requirements. The department and the public research institutions shall ensure that necessary data is available for the report.


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

Sponsors: K. Priola | A. Kerr / J. Arndt | C. Wist
Position: Support
Comment:
Status: 3/19/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
3/29/2018 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/4/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/09/2018 - No Amendments
4/9/2018 Senate Second Reading Re-referred to Appropriations - No Amendments
4/10/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/11/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/12/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
5/2/2018 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/4/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/4/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/7/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/16/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/16/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/16/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/5/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note