Calendar Notification of Your Bill Dossier

Bill HB19-1081 - D. Williams Respondent Rights Discrimination Complaints
   Tuesday, January 29 2019
   State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
   1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
   (3) in house calendar.

Bill HB19-1076 - D. Michaelson Jenet | C. Larson / K. Priola | K. Donovan Clean Indoor Air Act Add E-cigarettes Remove Exceptions
   Wednesday, January 30 2019
   Health & Insurance
   1:30 p.m. Room 0107
   (3) in house calendar.

Bill HB19-1107 - J. Coleman / R. Fields | K. Priola Employment Support Job Retention Services Program
   Wednesday, January 30 2019
   Business Affairs and Labor
   1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
   (1) in house calendar.

Bill SB19-056 - D. Hisey / T. Carver Veterans Employment Preference By Private Employer
   Wednesday, January 30 2019
   SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
   1:30 PM SCR 357
   (3) in senate calendar.

Bill HB19-1074 - K. Ransom | P. Buck Daylight Saving Time Exemption
   Thursday, January 31 2019
   Rural Affairs & Agriculture
   Upon Adjournment Room 0107
   (1) in house calendar.

Bill HB19-1075 - J. Wilson Tax Credit Employer-assisted Housing Pilot Program
   Thursday, January 31 2019
   Finance
   Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
   (1) in house calendar.

Bill HB19-1089 - K. Tipper | A. Valdez Exemption From Garnishment For Medical Debt
   Thursday, January 31 2019
   Finance
   Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
   (3) in house calendar.

Bill HB19-1108 - L. Liston | E. Hooton / J. Tate Nonresident Electors And Special Districts
   Thursday, January 31 2019
   State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
   1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
   (1) in house calendar.

Bill SB19-034 - D. Moreno / J. Arndt Local Government Recycling Standards For Food Containers
   Tuesday, February 5 2019
   SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE
   2:00 PM SCR 354
   (1) in senate calendar.

Bill HB19-1096 - J. Melton Colorado Right To Rest
   Wednesday, February 27 2019
   State Library Transportation & Local Government
   1:30 p.m. Room Old
   (1) in house calendar.

Bill HB19-1106 - NOT ON CALENDAR

Bill SB19-004 - NOT ON CALENDAR

Bill SB19-051 - NOT ON CALENDAR


BILL HB19-1074
Position: Monitor

Concerning an exemption from daylight saving time.

Short Title: Daylight Saving Time Exemption
Sponsors: K. Ransom | P. Buck

Currently, "United States Mountain Standard Time" (MST) is the standard time within Colorado, except during the period of daylight saving time (i.e., the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November) when time is advanced one hour. The bill exempts the state from observing daylight saving time, making MST the standard time year-round.


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



Status
1/11/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture

Date Introduced: 2019-01-11


BILL HB19-1075
Position: Monitor

Concerning the creation of a credit against the state income tax as a pilot program to promote employer-assisted housing projects in rural areas.

Short Title: Tax Credit Employer-assisted Housing Pilot Program
Sponsors: J. Wilson

As a pilot program to promote employer-assisted housing projects in rural areas, for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2019, but prior to January 1, 2023, the bill creates a state income tax credit for a donation a taxpayer makes to a sponsor that is used solely for the costs associated with employer-assisted affordable housing in a rural area. The bill defines "sponsor" to mean the Colorado housing and finance authority, a housing authority operated by a county or municipality, a nonprofit corporation that has been designated as a community development corporation under the federal tax code, or an international, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization whose mission is concentrated on constructing affordable housing.

The amount of the credit allowed by the bill is 20% of the approved donation amount; except that the aggregate amount of the credit awarded to any one taxpayer is limited to $400 in any one income tax year.

The bill contains additional requirements pertaining to the manner in which the taxpayer submits information to receive the tax credit. The bill also requires periodic reporting of information on the use of the tax credit.


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



Status
1/11/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations

Date Introduced: 2019-01-11


BILL HB19-1076
Position: Support

Concerning updates to the "Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act", and, in connection therewith, removing certain exceptions and adding provisions relevant to the use of electronic smoking devices.

Short Title: Clean Indoor Air Act Add E-cigarettes Remove Exceptions
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet | C. Larson / K. Priola | K. Donovan

The bill amends the "Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act" by:



Status
1/11/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance

Date Introduced: 2019-01-14


BILL HB19-1081
Position: Monitor

Concerning the rights of a respondent against whom a discrimination complaint has been filed.

Short Title: Respondent Rights Discrimination Complaints
Sponsors: D. Williams

With regard to employment, housing, public accommodations, and advertising discrimination complaints investigated by the civil rights division in the department of regulatory agencies and, in some cases, heard or pursued by the Colorado civil rights commission, the bill specifies that:



Status
1/11/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

Date Introduced: 2019-01-11


BILL HB19-1089

Concerning an exemption from garnishment for liens arising from judgments for medical debt.

Short Title: Exemption From Garnishment For Medical Debt
Sponsors: K. Tipper | A. Valdez

The bill exempts a person's earnings from garnishment if the person's family income does not exceed 400% of current federal poverty guidelines and the judgment is for medical debt. A writ of continuing garnishment must include notice that a person's earnings may be exempt if those criteria are met, notice of the judgment debtor's right to object and have a hearing on that objection, and a statement that, to the best of the judgment creditor's knowledge, the judgment debtor's earnings are not exempt.

The bill takes effect on January 1, 2020, and applies to judgments entered on or after that date.


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



Status
1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance

Date Introduced: 2019-01-14


BILL HB19-1096
Position: Monitor/Oppose

Concerning the creation of the "Colorado Right to Rest Act".

Short Title: Colorado Right To Rest
Sponsors: J. Melton

The bill creates the "Colorado Right to Rest Act", which establishes basic rights for people experiencing homelessness, including but not limited to the right to rest in public spaces, to shelter themselves from the elements, 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 their property.

The bill prohibits discrimination based on housing status.

The bill creates an exemption of the basic right to rest for people experiencing homelessness for any county, city, municipality, or subdivision that can demonstrate that, for 3 consecutive months, the waiting lists for all local public housing authorities contain fewer than 50 people.

The bill allows the general assembly to appropriate money from the marijuana tax cash fund to the department of local affairs for the purpose of enabling governmental entities that do not meet the exemption requirement to reduce the housing waiting lists to fewer than 50 people for at least 6 months per year.

The bill allows any person whose rights have been violated to seek enforcement in a civil action.


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



Status
1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government

Date Introduced: 2019-01-14


BILL HB19-1106
Position: Monitor

Concerning the rental application process for prospective tenants.

Short Title: Rental Application Fees
Sponsors: B. Titone | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez / B. Pettersen

The bill states that a landlord may not charge a prospective tenant a rental application fee unless the landlord uses the entire amount of the fee to cover the landlord's costs in processing the rental application. A landlord also may not charge a prospective tenant a rental application fee that is in a different amount than a rental application fee charged to another prospective tenant who applies to rent:

The bill requires a landlord to provide to any prospective tenant who has paid a rental application fee either a disclosure of the landlord's anticipated expenses for which the fee will be used or a receipt that itemizes the landlord's actual expenses incurred.

The bill requires that, before accepting a rental application or collecting a rental application fee from a prospective tenant, a landlord shall give the prospective tenant written notice of the landlord's tenant selection criteria and the grounds upon which a rental application may be denied. If a landlord uses rental history or credit history as criteria in consideration of an application, the landlord shall neither inquire into nor consider any rental history or credit history beyond 7 years immediately preceding the date of the application.

If a landlord denies a rental application based on any of certain described grounds, the landlord shall provide the prospective tenant a written notice of the denial that states the reasons for the denial.

A landlord who violates any of the requirements created in the bill is liable to the person who is charged a rental application fee for twice the amount of the rental application fee, plus court costs and reasonable attorney fees.


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



Status
1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor

Date Introduced: 2019-01-14


BILL HB19-1107

Concerning the creation of the employment support and job retention services program within the division of employment and training in the department of labor and employment.

Short Title: Employment Support Job Retention Services Program
Sponsors: J. Coleman / R. Fields | K. Priola

The bill creates the employment support and job retention services program (program) within the division of employment and training (division) in the department of labor and employment (department) to provide emergency employment support and job retention services to eligible individuals in the state. The bill requires the director of the division (director) to contract with an entity to administer the program to provide reimbursement for employment support and job retention services provided to eligible individuals statewide. In order to be eligible for services for which a service provider may be reimbursed under the program, an individual must be 16 years of age or older, be eligible to work in the United States, have a household income that is at or below the federal poverty line, and be underemployed or unemployed and actively involved in employment preparation, job training, employment pursuit, or job retention activities. The director is required to establish procedures and guidelines to implement and set parameters for the operation of the program.

The general assembly is required to appropriate money annually to the employment support and job retention services cash fund created in the bill for allocation to the division to implement and operate the program. The department is authorized to accept gifts, grants, and donations for the implementation and operation of the program. The program is repealed, effective September 30, 2022.


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



Status
1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Appropriations

Date Introduced: 2019-01-14


BILL HB19-1108

Concerning measures to expand the ability of nonresident electors to participate in the governance of special districts, and, in connection therewith, allowing nonresident electors who own taxable property within the special district to vote in special district elections and allowing such electors to serve on special district boards in a nonvoting capacity.

Short Title: Nonresident Electors And Special Districts
Sponsors: L. Liston | E. Hooton / J. Tate

Section 1 of the bill expands the definition of "eligible elector", as used in reference of persons voting in special district elections, to include a natural person who owns, or whose spouse or civil union partner owns, taxable real or personal property situated within the boundaries of the special district or the area to be included in the special district and who has satisfied all other requirements in the bill for registering to vote in an election of a special district but who is not a resident of the state.

Section 2 prohibits a person from voting in a special district election unless that person is an eligible elector as defined by the bill. The section also requires any natural person desiring to vote at any election as an eligible elector to sign a self-affirmation that the person is an elector of the special district. The bill specifies the form the affirmation must take.

Section 3 specifies procedures by which the eligible elector who is an eligible elector in another state becomes registered to be able to vote in the special district election. This section also contains an affirmation to be executed by the voter upon completing his or her application for registration. The oath or affirmation must be notarized by the elector.

Section 3 also permits any special district organized under the laws of the state, upon passage of a resolution by the board of the district (board), to allow an elector whose eligibility has been established through the procedures specified in the bill to vote for candidates for the board of directors of the special district. The bill makes clear that no person who is designated as an eligible elector is permitted to cast a ballot at any special district election without first having been registered within the time and in the manner required by the bill. The bill only applies to a special district whose board, by resolution, permits an eligible elector who is not a resident of the state to vote in elections of the special district.

A person who is designated as an eligible elector in accordance with the bill is only permitted to vote in an election of the special district with which the person has registered and for a candidate for the board of directors of the special district who is listed on the ballot of the special district with which the elector is registered. A person who is designated as an eligible elector in accordance with the bill is only permitted to vote for candidates for the board and is not authorized to vote for any other candidates or ballot issues or ballot questions that may appear on the regular ballot of the special district.

The bill describes procedures by which an eligible elector who is a resident of another state registers to vote with the special district.

The form used to register an eligible elector under the bill must contain a question asking the elector to confirm that he or she desires to receive a ballot from the special district. Unless the elector has executed the form to indicate that he or she desires to receive a ballot from the special district, the designated election official is not required to send a ballot to the elector. The special district is solely responsible for maintaining the list of nonresident owners of property within the special district who are eligible to vote in an election of the special district.

Section 4 authorizes each special district board to select, in an exercise of its own discretion and by majority vote of the board's voting members, one or more additional board members, each of whom shall serve as a nonvoting member of the board. A member of the board appointed for this purpose must be a person who is a nonresident of the state but is otherwise eligible to cast a ballot in elections of the special district in accordance with the bill. A board with 3 members may appoint no more than one nonvoting member of the board. A board with 5 members may appoint no more than 2 nonvoting members of the board. The term of such board members is 4 years subject to renewal of one or more additional 4-year terms in the discretion of a majority of the voting members of the board. Any board member appointed for this purpose may be removed for cause at any time by a majority of the voting members of the board.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)



Status
1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

Date Introduced: 2019-01-14


BILL SB19-004
Position: Monitor

Concerning measures to address the high costs of health insurance in the state, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the state personnel director to implement a pilot program to allow residents of a specified region to participate in state employee medical benefit plans and modifying the health care coverage cooperatives laws to include consumer protections and allow consumers to collectively negotiate rates directly with providers.

Short Title: Address High-cost Health Insurance Pilot Program
Sponsors: K. Donovan / D. Roberts

Sections 1 and 2 of the bill authorize the state personnel director to explore the feasibility of offering and, if feasible, to develop and implement a one-year pilot program in a limited geographic region of the state affected by high health insurance premiums to provide access to individuals in that region to participate in the group medical benefit plans offered to state employees. The pilot program would be available:

Section 2 outlines the factors for the state personnel director to consider in determining the feasibility of the pilot program.

Sections 3 through 15 modernize laws authorizing health care cooperatives in the state to incorporate consumer protections such as coverage for preexisting conditions and to encourage consumers to help control health care costs by negotiating rates on a collective basis directly with providers.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)



Status
1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services

Date Introduced: 2019-01-04


BILL SB19-034
Position: Monitor

Concerning a local government's authority to establish standards for the use of environmentally discardable food containers, and, in connection therewith, authorizing a local government to establish standards for the use of ready-to-eat food containers that may be discarded through recycling or composting.

Short Title: Local Government Recycling Standards For Food Containers
Sponsors: D. Moreno / J. Arndt

Currently, state law preempts local governments from restricting or mandating containers for any consumer products. The bill allows a local government to set a standard for a retail food establishment's use of ready-to-eat food containers that may be discarded through recycling or composting.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)



Status
1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government

Date Introduced: 2019-01-04


BILL SB19-051
Position: Monitor

Concerning the dedication of additional general fund money to fund transportation needs.

Short Title: Increase General Fund Funding For Transportation
Sponsors: R. Scott | J. Cooke

Current law, enacted in Senate Bill 18-001, requires the state treasurer to transfer, on July 1, 2019, a total amount of $150 million from the general fund to fund transportation needs as follows:

The bill increases the total amount of the July 1, 2019, transfer to $340 million so that the amount of the individual transfer to the multimodal transportation options fund is unchanged and the individual transfers to the state highway fund and the highway users tax fund are increased to the following amounts:



Status
1/8/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy + Appropriations

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2019-01-08


BILL SB19-056
Position: Monitor

Concerning the ability of private employers to give preference to veterans when making certain employment decisions.

Short Title: Veterans Employment Preference By Private Employer
Sponsors: D. Hisey / T. Carver

The bill allows private employers to give preference to veterans of the armed forces or the National Guard when hiring, promoting, and retaining employees as long as the veterans are 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 this bill as introduced.)



Status
1/10/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2019-01-10