Pro 15 Business and Labor





BILL HB18-1099

Partner Positions:

Concerning criteria that the broadband deployment board is required to develop with regard to an incumbent telecommunications provider's exercise of a right to implement a broadband deployment project in an unserved area of the state upon a nonincumbent provider's application to the broadband deployment board to implement a proposed broadband deployment project in the unserved area.

Short Title: Broadband Deployment Level Playing Field

The broadband deployment board in the department of regulatory agencies (board) implements and administers a grant program regarding the deployment of broadband service in unserved areas of the state. Upon a telecommunications provider's application for funding of a proposed project to provide access to a broadband network in an unserved area of the state, the board must allow an incumbent telecommunications provider in the unserved area the right of first refusal with regard to implementing a broadband deployment project for the unserved area.

The board is required to develop criteria regarding an incumbent telecommunications provider's exercise of its right to develop a broadband project in an unserved area upon another telecommunications provider having submitted to the board a proposed project for the unserved area. The bill requires that the board's criteria include requirements that an incumbent telecommunications provider exercising its right to implement a broadband deployment project for the unserved area agree to provide demonstrated downstream and upstream speeds equal to or faster than the speeds indicated in the applicant's proposed project and at a cost per household that is equal to or less than the cost per household indicated in the applicant's proposed project.


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



Status
1/18/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/28/2018 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/5/2018 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/6/2018 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 Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/22/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/23/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/29/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/2/2018 Sent to the Governor
4/2/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/2/2018 Governor Signed

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-01-18


BILL HB18-1214


Partner Positions:

Concerning lease rates for telecommunications tower ground leases on state land managed by the state board of land commissioners in rural areas.

Short Title: State Board Land Commissioners Telecommunications Tower Leases

For ground leases for the construction and operation of telecommunications towers on state land managed by the state board of land commissioners (board) in rural areas of the state, the bill requires the board to set a lease rate based on a local market-based appraisal of telecommunications lease rates in the rural area.


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



Status
2/5/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Finance
4/10/2018 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-02-05


BILL HB18-1217


Partner Positions:

Concerning a temporary income tax credit for employers that make contributions to 529 qualified state tuition program accounts owned by their employees, and, in connection therewith, enacting the "Working Families College Savings Act".

Short Title: Income Tax Credit For Employer 529 Contributions

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.)



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

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-02-05

Amendments


BILL HB18-1271


Partner Positions: Supported by C3 as it gives an economic development incentive that can be used to recruit new business.

Concerning the authorization of economic development rates to be charged by electric utilities to qualifying nonresidential customers.

Short Title: Public Utilities Commission Electric Utilities Economic Development Rates

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.)



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

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-03-06

Amendments


BILL SB18-002

need more input from our telecom partners

Partner Positions:
Position: Monitor

Concerning the financing of broadband deployment.

Short Title: Financing Rural Broadband Deployment

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:

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.)



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

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-01-10

Amendments


BILL SB18-005

Costs/Benefits analysis

Partner Positions:
Position: Monitor/Support

Concerning economic assistance for rural communities experiencing certain significant economic events that lead to substantial job loss in those communities, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the department of local affairs to coordinate nonmonetary assistance to assist rural communities with job creation or retention.

Short Title: Rural Economic Advancement Of Colorado Towns

The bill authorizes the executive director of the department of local affairs (executive director) or the executive director's designee to coordinate the provision of nonmonetary resources to assist with job retention or creation in a rural community experiencing a significant economic event, such as a plant closure or layoffs, including industry-wide layoffs, that has a significant, quantifiable impact on jobs within that community.


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



Status
1/10/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/7/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/12/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/13/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/16/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
3/5/2018 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/8/2018 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/9/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2018 Sent to the Governor
3/14/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/14/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/22/2018 Governor Signed

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-01-10

Amendments


BILL SB18-104

need more input from telecomm partners

Partner Positions:
Position: Monitor

Concerning a requirement that the broadband deployment board file a petition with the federal communications commission to seek a waiver from the commission's rules prohibiting a state entity from applying for certain federal money earmarked for financing broadband deployment in remote areas of the nation.

Short Title: Federal Funds For Rural Broadband Deployment

The bill requires the broadband deployment board, on or before January 1, 2019, to petition the federal communications commission (FCC) for a waiver from the FCC's rules prohibiting a state entity from applying for federal money earmarked for broadband deployment in remote areas of the nation through the remote areas fund created as part of the connect America fund established by the FCC.


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



Status
1/22/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/5/2018 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/8/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/9/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/14/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
3/14/2018 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/19/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/20/2018 - No Amendments
3/20/2018 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/21/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
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

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-01-22

Amendments


BILL SB18-171

This makes it clear for purposes of workman's compensation that if you use someone to work for you from an online app referral company that the person is not an employee of the online app company but an independent contractor.

Partner Positions: Supported by C3

Concerning the creation of a test to determine whether a marketplace contractor that provides services on a marketplace platform is covered under certain employment-related laws.

Short Title: Marketplace Contractor Workers' Compensation Unemployment

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.)



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

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-02-21

Amendments


BILL SB18-244


Partner Positions:

Concerning the on-premises consumption of alcohol beverages at a hotel with a hotel and restaurant liquor license, and, in connection therewith, authorizing a hotel to sell certain alcohol beverages in sealed containers for consumption on the hotel premises.

Short Title: Alcohol Beverage Sale By Hotel Restaurant Licensee

The bill allows a hotel that has a hotel and restaurant liquor license to sell in sealed containers up to 750 milliliters of vinous liquors and 72 ounces of fermented malt beverages or malt liquors, per transaction, to the hotel's guests for on-premises consumption.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)



Status
4/16/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/30/2018 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-04-17