2018 Colorado Bill Status Report for UVC

UVC

HB18-1016 Honor The Service Of The Seabees 
Calendar Notification: Friday, February 23 2018
Appropriations
8:00 a.m. Room LSB-A
(3) in house calendar.
Position: Support
Summary:

The bill creates the Seabees license plate. In addition to the standard motor vehicle fees, the plate requires 2 one-time fees of $25. One fee is credited to the highway users tax fund and the other to a fund that provides licensing services.


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

House Sponsors: Danielson
Senate Sponsors:
Status: 1/24/2018 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations

HB18-1060 Income Tax Deduction For Military Retirement Benefits 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
Summary:

The starting point for determining state income tax liability is federal taxable income. This number is adjusted for additions and subtractions (deductions) that are used to determine Colorado taxable income, which amount is multiplied by the state's 4.63% income tax rate.

The bill allows an individual who is under 55 years old to claim a deduction of up to $20,000 for the individual's military retirement benefits.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

House Sponsors: Danielson and Landgraf, Becker J., Lundeen, McKean, Rankin, Reyher, Thurlow,Williams D., Wilson, Wist
Senate Sponsors: Crowder
Status: 2/7/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

HB18-1078 Court Programs For Veterans 
Calendar Notification: Friday, February 23 2018
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(6) in house calendar.
Position: Support
Summary:

At the first appearance of a defendant in court or upon arraignment, and before accepting a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, the court shall ascertain whether the defendant is currently serving in the United States armed forces or is a veteran of such forces. The court shall inform any such defendant that he or she may be entitled to receive mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, or other services.

Under current law, the chief judge of a judicial district may establish an appropriate program for the treatment of veterans and members of the military. The bill states that, in establishing any such program, the chief judge, in collaboration with the probation department, the district attorney, and the state public defender, shall establish program guidelines and eligibility criteria that are agreed upon by these parties to be most appropriate for the jurisdiction creating the program.


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

House Sponsors: Landgraf
Senate Sponsors:
Status: 2/20/2018 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

HB18-1095 Educator License Requirements Military Spouses 
Calendar Notification: Thursday, March 1 2018
SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 352
(3) in senate calendar.
Position: Support
Summary:

Under current law, the department of education may issue a professional license to a teacher or special services provider who holds a comparable license from another state and has 3 years of continuous teaching or special services experience. The bill exempts military spouses, as defined in the bill, from the requirement that the teaching or special services experience be continuous, and instead requires 3 years of experience within the previous 7 years.


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

House Sponsors: Carver and Arndt
Senate Sponsors: Gardner and Todd
Status: 2/12/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education

HB18-1218 Definition Of Veterans' Organizations For Sales And Use Tax 
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, March 14 2018
Finance
Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Position:
Summary:

For purposes of state sales and use tax, a 'charitable organization' includes veterans' organizations as defined in federal law, but such organizations are limited to those that sponsor special events, meetings, or other functions in the state that are not part of the organization's regular activities in the state. In other words, a veterans' organization may not claim the charitable organization sales and use tax exemption for its regular activities in the state. This limitation is not found in the federal tax law granting veterans' organizations federal tax exempt status. The bill makes state law consistent with federal law and will treat veterans' organizations registered under section 501 (c)(19) of the federal internal revenue code the same way as veterans' organizations registered under section 501 (c)(3) of the federal internal revenue code.


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

House Sponsors: Carver and Melton
Senate Sponsors: Crowder and Todd
Status: 2/5/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations

HB18-1228 Transparency In Military Higher Education Statutes 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position:
Summary:

The bill creates a new article 7.4 in title 23, Colorado Revised Statutes, with the article heading 'Military Members, Veterans, and Dependents', in order to locate physically within the same article, whenever practicable, higher education provisions relating to the military.

Part 1 of article 7.4 includes general provisions, including cross references to provisions relating to the military in other articles of title 23.

Part 2 of article 7.4 includes relocated provisions from article 7 of title 23 relating to in-state tuition classification relating to the military.

Part 3 of article 7.4 includes a relocated provision relating to financial assistance for Colorado National Guardsmen and a cross reference to financial assistance programs in another article of title 23.

The bill repeals the provisions that have been relocated to article 7.4 of title 23.


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

House Sponsors: Everett, Lundeen, Lewis, Neville P., Saine, Van Winkle, Becker J., Beckman, Bridges,McKean, Melton, Pettersen, Ransom, Sandridge
Senate Sponsors: Garcia, Hill
Status: 2/5/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education

HB18-1244 Honor The Service Of Submarine Veterans 
Calendar Notification: Monday, March 19 2018
Finance
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Position:
Summary:

The bill creates the submarine service license plate. In addition to the standard motor vehicle fees, the plate requires 2 one-time fees of $25. One fee is credited to the highway users tax fund and the other to a fund that provides licensing services.


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

House Sponsors: Danielson
Senate Sponsors:
Status: 2/14/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance

SB18-012 Military Enlistment School Performance Indicator 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
Summary:

For purposes of determining the level of attainment of each public high school, each school district, the state charter school institute, and the state as a whole on the postsecondary and workforce readiness performance indicator for accreditation, the bill adds enlistment in the military within a year of graduation as a measure of performance. The department of education shall weight military enlistment equally with enrollment in postsecondary institutions for purposes of determining the level of attainment on the performance indicator.

The bill makes conforming amendments to the performance indicator relating to closing the achievement gap to reflect the addition of military enlistment.


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

House Sponsors: Pettersen
Senate Sponsors: Hill
Status: 2/1/2018 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations

SB18-015 Protecting Homeowners And Deployed Military 
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, March 21 2018
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Position:
Summary:

The bill directs a peace officer to remove a person from a residential premises and to order the person to remain off the premises if the owner or owner's authorized agent (declarant) swears to a declaration making specified statements concerning ownership of the premises and the lack of authority for the person or persons who are on the premises to be there. The peace officer must allow the person a reasonable opportunity to obtain evidence of his or her authority to be on the premises.

A declarant:

  • Agrees to indemnify a peace officer and his or her agency for acts and omissions made in reliance upon the declaration; and
  • Is liable for actual damages, attorney fees, and costs for any false statements made in the declaration.

If the declaration includes a statement that the property has been altered or damaged, or if the peace officer sees evidence of alteration or damage, the peace officer shall collect the personal information of the persons removed and provide it to the declarant. A person removed from the property pursuant to the bill who alters or damages the property is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.


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

House Sponsors: Williams D. and Liston
Senate Sponsors: Gardner and Hill
Status: 2/1/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

SB18-020 Registered Psychotherapists Auricular Acudetox 
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, February 27 2018
Health, Insurance, & Environment
Upon Adjournment Room 0107
(1) in house calendar.
Position: Monitor
Summary:

Current law allows licensed mental health care professionals and level III certified addiction counselors who have documented that they have undergone auricular acudetox training to perform auricular acudetox. The bill allows registered psychotherapists who have documented that they have undergone the same training requirements to also perform auricular acudetox.


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

House Sponsors:
Senate Sponsors: Garcia
Status: 1/26/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment

SB18-024 Expand Access Behavioral Health Care Providers 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
Summary:

Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study Committee. The bill modifies the Colorado health service corps program administered by the primary care office in the department of public health and environment as follows:

  • For purposes of determining areas in the state in which there is a shortage of health care professionals and behavioral health care providers to meet the needs of the community, allows the primary care office, under guidance adopted by the state board of health, to develop and administer state health professional shortage areas using state-specific methodologies;
  • Allows behavioral health care providers, which include licensed and certified addiction counselors, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, clinical psychologists, advanced practice nurses, and physicians certified or trained in addiction medicine, pain management, or psychiatry, and candidates for licensure as an addiction counselor, professional counselor, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, or psychologist, to participate in the loan repayment program on the condition of committing to provide behavioral health care services in health professional shortage areas for a specified period;
  • Directs the advisory council to prioritize loan repayment and scholarships for those behavioral health care providers, candidates for licensure, or addiction counselors who provide behavioral health care services in nonprofit or public employer settings but permits consideration of applicants practicing in a private setting that serves underserved populations;
  • Establishes a scholarship program to help defray the education and training costs associated with obtaining certification as an addiction counselor or with progressing to a higher level of certification;
  • Adds 2 members to the advisory council that reviews program applications, which members include a representative of an organization representing substance use disorder treatment providers and a licensed or certified addiction counselor who has experience in rural health, safety net clinics, or health equity;
  • Modifies program reporting requirements and requires annual reporting that coincides with required SMART Act reporting by the department; and
  • Requires the general assembly to annually appropriate $2.5 million from the marijuana tax cash fund to the primary care office to provide loan repayment for behavioral health care providers and candidates for licensure participating in the Colorado health service corps and to award scholarships to addiction counselors participating in the scholarship program.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

House Sponsors: Singer, Buck, Kennedy, Pettersen
Senate Sponsors: Jahn and Tate, Aguilar, Lambert, Priola
Status: 1/25/2018 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB18-044 Veterans Employment Preference By Private Employer 
Calendar Notification: Thursday, February 22 2018
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Position: Support
Summary:

The bill allows private employers to give preference to veterans when hiring, promoting, and retaining employees as long as the veterans are equally as qualified as other individuals. The bill clarifies that employers who adopt a program that gives preferences to veterans are not committing a discriminatory or unfair labor practice.


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

House Sponsors: Landgraf
Senate Sponsors: Crowder
Status: 1/31/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

SB18-087 In-state Tuition Foreign Nationals Settled In Colorado 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position:
Summary:

The bill contains a legislative declaration about the circumstances facing special immigrants and refugees and the benefit of access to education. The bill grants eligibility for in-state tuition status to refugees and special immigrants admitted to the United States pursuant to federal law who have settled in Colorado.


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

House Sponsors:
Senate Sponsors: Fenberg, Aguilar, Court, Fields, Guzman, Jones, Kagan, Kefalas, Kerr, Merrifield, Moreno,Todd, Williams A.
Status: 2/14/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education

SB18-112 Veterans Outdoor Terrain Restoration Grant Prog 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position:
Summary:

The bill creates the veterans outdoor terrain restoration and recreation mental health grant program (program) in the division of veterans affairs within the state department of military and veterans affairs (division) to provide money to nonprofit and for-profit organizations that provide outdoor restoration and recreation activities for veterans. On or before January 1, 2019, the adjutant general, in consultation with the board of veterans affairs, shall adopt rules for the administration of the program, including a requirement that organizations receiving money from the program carry insurance.

The veterans outdoor terrain restoration and recreation mental health grant program cash fund is created and consists of any money received by the division as gifts, grants, or donations and such money as is appropriated to the fund by the general assembly.


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

House Sponsors: Lawrence
Senate Sponsors: Jahn and Crowder
Status: 2/12/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB18-123 Asbestos Trust Claims Transparency Act 
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, February 28 2018
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 352
(3) in senate calendar.
Position:
Summary:

The bill enacts the 'Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims Transparency Act'. Federal bankruptcy law provides companies with asbestos liabilities the ability to channel their future liabilities into trusts. Plaintiffs harmed from asbestos exposure may file claims with the trusts and file lawsuits against companies that are still solvent. The bill addresses the disconnect between these separate compensation systems. The bill sets forth requirements for the filing of asbestos trust claims and provides for their admissibility so that juries are informed about all of a plaintiff's exposure to asbestos and can properly determine fault.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

House Sponsors: Liston
Senate Sponsors: Sonnenberg
Status: 1/29/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

SB18-135 Update Colorado Code Of Military Justice 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position:
Summary:

The bill updates the Colorado code of military justice (code). Sections 1 and 2 of the bill define terms related to the code and clarify the applicability of the code. Sections 4 and 6 authorize commanding officers to arrest any enlisted member, impose certain disciplinary punishments without the intervention of a court-martial, and clarify those punishments and who may impose them. Sections 7 to 9 describe the punishments that may be imposed by general, special, and summary courts-martial. Section 9 also removes a person's ability to refuse trial by summary court-martial.

Section 10 authorizes the assistant adjutant general for the space, cyber, and missile defense for the Colorado National Guard; the land component commander for the Colorado Army National Guard; or the wing commander for the Colorado Air National Guard to convene a general court-martial. Section 11 authorizes certain officers to convene a special court-martial. Section 13 permits a military judge to be detailed to a court-martial irrespective of military branch. Section 14 requires counsel in general or special courts-martial to be appointed as judge advocates. Section 15 classifies as felonies offenses for which an accused may be convicted by general court-martial and receive a sentence of confinement. A conviction by summary court-martial is not a criminal conviction. All other military offenses are misdemeanors.

Section 16 authorizes the state to appeal certain decisions in a court-martial and prohibits the state from appealing a finding of not guilty by a court-martial or trial by military judge only. The bill describes the process for the state to file an appeal.

Sections 17 to 29 make changes to existing offenses in the code. Section 30 creates an offense related to the possession and use of controlled substances.

Section 31 establishes a process by which a member of the military forces may make a complaint against a commanding officer.

Sections 3, 12, 13, and 14 require certain persons already required to be members of the Colorado state bar to be members in good standing.

The bill makes conforming amendments.


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

House Sponsors:
Senate Sponsors: Gardner
Status: 2/14/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary

SB18-157 Colorado Women's Veterans Act 
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, February 28 2018
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 357
(1) in senate calendar.
Position: Support
Summary:

The bill creates the state women veterans office in the governor's office to ensure that Colorado women veterans have equitable access to federal and state veterans services and benefits. The bill also establishes the state women veterans steering committee.


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

House Sponsors: Danielson, Arndt, Buckner, Coleman, Esgar, Exum, Hooton, Lontine, Melton, Michaelson
Senate Sponsors: Williams A., Aguilar, Court, Donovan, Fenberg, Fields, Garcia, Guzman, Jahn, Jones,Kagan, Kerr, Merrifield, Todd, Zenzinger
Status: 1/31/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

SJM18-003 New Veterans Admin Hospital In Southern CO 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position:
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
House Sponsors: Covarrubias and Esgar, Arndt, Benavidez, Buckner, Exum, Garnett, Hamner, Herod,Hooton, Landgraf, Lee, Liston, Lundeen, Melton, Pabon, Pettersen, Reyher, Roberts,Rosenthal, Singer, Valdez, Winter, Young
Senate Sponsors: Garcia, Aguilar, Cooke, Coram, Court, Crowder, Donovan, Fenberg, Fields, Gardner,Guzman, Hill, Jahn, Jones, Kagan, Kefalas, Kerr, Marble, Merrifield, Moreno, Todd,Williams A., Zenzinger
Status: 2/16/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House