Jefferson County Business Lobby Bill Tracker


HB19-1001 Hospital Transparency Measures To Analyze Efficacy 
Summary:

The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing (department), in consultation with the Colorado healthcare affordability and sustainability enterprise board, to develop and prepare an annual report detailing uncompensated hospital costs and the different categories of expenditures made by hospitals in the state (hospital expenditure report). In compiling the hospital expenditure report, the department shall use publicly available data sources whenever possible. Each hospital in the state is required to make available to the department certain information.

Prior to issuing the hospital expenditure report, each hospital referenced in the report shall have 15 days to review the report and submit clarifications or corrections to the department. Additionally, the department is required to provide a statewide hospital association any information it receives from hospitals in the development of the hospital expenditure report.

The department is required to submit the hospital expenditure report to the governor, specified committees of the general assembly, and the medical services board in the department by January 15, 2020 and each year thereafter. The department is also directed to post the hospital expenditure report on the department's website.

The bill requires the department, in consultation with the department of public health and environment and the division of insurance, to determine whether the hospital report card and the hospital charge report that exist under current law require any structural or substantive changes. Any such recommendations to that effect are required to be made to the general assembly by November 1, 2019.


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

Sponsors: C. Kennedy / D. Moreno | B. Rankin
Position: Monitor
Comment: JANUARY 28
Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
1/16/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
1/28/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
1/29/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
1/30/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
1/31/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/7/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/12/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/13/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/14/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/18/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
3/18/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/19/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/19/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/20/2019 Sent to the Governor
3/28/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1008 Include Career And Technical Education In Building Excellent Schools Today Program 
Summary:

The bill amends the "Building Excellent Schools Today Act" to allow the public school capital construction assistance board (board) to provide grants to support career and technical education capital construction, which is defined as:

  • New construction or retrofitting of public school facilities for certain career and technical education programs; and
  • Equipment necessary for individual student learning and classroom instruction, including equipment that provides access to instructional materials or that is necessary for professional use by a classroom teacher.

The bill requires the board to report annually to the capital development committee and to the education and finance committees of the house of representatives and the senate, or to any successor committees, concerning the issuance and denial of career and technical education capital construction grants during the preceding year.


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

Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | C. Larson / N. Todd | P. Lundeen
Position: Support
Comment: JANUARY 14
Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
1/15/2019 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
1/18/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 01/25/2019 - No Amendments
1/25/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
1/28/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/29/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
2/13/2019 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/19/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/20/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/27/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
2/27/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
2/28/2019 Sent to the Governor
3/7/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1025 Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries 
Summary:

Effective September 1, 2019, for employers with 11 or more employees, and effective September 1, 2021, for all employers, the bill prohibits employers from:

  • Advertising that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position;
  • Placing a statement in an employment application that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position; or
  • Inquiring about an applicant's criminal history on an initial application.

An employer may obtain a job applicant's publicly available criminal background report at any time.

An employer is exempt from the restrictions on advertising and initial employment applications when:

  • The law prohibits a person who has a particular criminal history from being employed in a particular job;
  • The employer is participating in a program to encourage employment of people with criminal histories; or
  • The employer is required by law to conduct a criminal history record check for the particular position.

The department of labor and employment is charged with enforcing the requirements of the bill and may issue warnings and orders of compliance for violations and, for second or subsequent violations, impose civil penalties. A violation of the restrictions does not create a private cause of action, and the bill does not create a protected class under employment anti-discrimination laws. The department is directed to adopt rules regarding procedures for handling complaints against employers.


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

Sponsors: J. Melton | L. Herod / M. Foote | R. Rodriguez
Position: Neutral
Comment: JANUARY 14 -- Neutral if amended; FEBRUARY 25 -- Reconsider Position
Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
1/29/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/22/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/26/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/28/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/1/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/18/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/9/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/11/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/12/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/12/2019 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
4/12/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2019 Sent to the Governor
4/29/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/29/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/28/2019 Signed by Governor
5/28/2019 Governor Signed
5/31/2019 Governor Became Law
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1058 Income Tax Benefits For Family Leave 
Summary:

Section 2 of the bill establishes leave savings accounts. A leave savings account is an account with a financial institution for which the individual uses money to pay for any expense while he or she is on eligible leave, which includes:

  • The birth of a child of the individual and in order to care for the child;
  • The placement of a child with the individual for adoption or foster care;
  • Caring for a spouse, child, or parent of the individual if the spouse, child, or parent has a serious health condition;
  • A serious health condition that makes the individual unable to perform the functions of the position of the individual; or
  • Any qualifying exigency, as determined by the United States secretary of labor, arising out of the fact that a spouse, child, or parent of the individual is on covered active duty, or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty, in the United States armed forces.

An individual may annually contribute up to $5,000 of state pretax wages to a leave savings account. Employers may also make a matching contribution to an employee's leave savings account. The department of revenue is required to establish a form about a leave savings account, and the individual must annually file this form to be eligible for the tax benefit.

Sections 3 and 4 allow an employee and an employer to claim a state income tax deduction for amounts they contribute to the employee's leave savings account. Section 3 also allows a taxpayer to deduct any interest or other income earned on the investment during the taxable year from their leave savings account.

Regardless of how the money is deposited in the leave savings account, if an individual uses money in the account for an unauthorized purpose, then the money is subject to recapture in the year it is withdrawn and to a penalty equal to 10% of the amount recaptured.

Section 5 creates an income tax credit for an employer that pays an employee for leave that is between 6 and 12 weeks long for one of the following reasons:

  • The birth of a child of the employee and in order to care for the child;
  • Placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care;
  • Caring for a spouse, child, or parent of the employee if the spouse, child, or parent has a serious health condition;
  • A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of the position of the employee; or
  • Any qualifying exigency, as determined by the United States secretary of labor, arising out of the fact that a spouse, child, or parent of the employee is on covered active duty, or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty, in the United States armed forces.

For employers with fewer than 50 employees, the credit is equal to 50% of the amount paid, and for employers with 50 or more employees it is equal to 25% of the amount paid. The credit is not refundable, but it may be carried forward up to 5 years.


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

Sponsors: L. Landgraf | S. Beckman / K. Priola
Position: Support
Comment: JANUARY 28
Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
1/31/2019 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1097 General Fund Reductions 
Summary:

For income tax years commencing on and after January 1, 2019, the bill:

  • Reduces both the individual and the corporate state income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.25%; and
  • Reduces the state alternative minimum tax by 0.38%.

The bill also requires the state controller to:

  • Proportionally void general fund appropriations for each principal department, except for the department of education, for the 2018-19 state fiscal year in an amount totaling $374.3 million;
  • For the 2019-20 state fiscal year, to proportionally reduce the general fund appropriations for each principal department, except for the department of education, as set forth in the 2019 annual general appropriations act in an amount totaling $760.7 million.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: P. Neville
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Finance
1/22/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1106 Rental Application Fees 
Summary:

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 same dwelling unit; or
  • If the landlord offers more than one dwelling unit for rent at the same time, any other dwelling unit offered by the landlord.

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 an itemization of the landlord's actual expenses incurred. The landlord is required to make a good-faith effort to reund any unused portion of an application fee within 20 days.

The bill states that if a landlord uses rental history or credit history as criteria in consideration of an application, the landlord shall not consider any rental history or credit history beyond 7 years immediately preceding the date of the application. If a landlord considers criminal history as a criterion, the landlord shall not consider an arrest record of a prospective tenant from any time or any conviction of a prospective tenant that occurred more than 5 years before the date of the application; except that a landlord may consider any criminal conviction record relating to certain criminal offenses involving methamphetamine, any felony offense that required the prospective tenant to register as a sex offender, or any offense that is classified as a homicide.

If a landlord denies a rental application, 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 triple the amount of the rental application fee, plus court costs. A landlord who corrects or cures a violation not more than 7 calendar days after receiving notice of the violation is immune from liability.


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

Sponsors: B. Titone | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez / B. Pettersen
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/5/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/11/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/14/2019 - No Amendments
2/14/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/15/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/19/2019 - No Amendments
2/20/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/21/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/25/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
3/14/2019 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/19/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/21/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/22/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/26/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over to 03/27/2019
3/26/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
3/28/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/19/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/22/2019 Sent to the Governor
4/22/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/25/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1117 Regulation Of Professions And Occupations Reform 
Summary:

Current law requires the department of regulatory agencies to analyze whether to begin or continue the regulation of a profession or occupation based on several factors. The bill elaborates on these factors and requires the department to find a present, significant, and substantiated harm to consumers before recommending regulation. The bill further requires the department to recommend only the least restrictive regulation necessary to address the harm and sets guidelines for recommended regulation.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: S. Sandridge
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Appropriations
1/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor + Appropriations
2/13/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1121 Fifth-year High School & ASCENT Program Students 
Summary:

Current law allows a school district to include in its pupil enrollment students who were enrolled in a school that was designated as an early college before June 6, 2018, and who, after completing 4 years of high school, enroll for the 2018-19 or 2019-20 budget year in postsecondary courses. The bill extends this authority for one year to include students who enroll in postsecondary courses for the 2020-21 budget year.

Under current law, the department of education (department) designates as ASCENT program participants qualified students who meet specified criteria. Beginning in the 2021-22 budget year, the bill directs the department to first designate from among the qualified students who meet the existing criteria each qualified student who meets additional criteria that indicate the student is likely to complete a high-demand postsecondary certificate or degree during the ASCENT program year. The concurrent enrollment advisory board must consult with several departments, the governing boards of state higher education institutions, and local education providers to develop guidelines for implementing the prioritization requirement.


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

Sponsors: J. McCluskie | D. Roberts
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations
2/12/2019 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/9/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1143 Distribute Plastic Straws Only Upon Request 
Summary:

The bill prohibits a restaurant, food vendor, or other food service establishment from providing a single-use plastic beverage straw to a customer unless the customer requests a straw. The bill does not apply to the following:

  • The use of a self-serve straw dispenser;
  • A customer's order of food from a food service establishment through a drive-through window, for off-premises delivery through a third-party delivery service, or for delivery through the use of a digital or mobile application or website; or
  • Prepackaged food that was filled, sealed, or packaged before the food service establishment received the prepackaged food at its retail premises.

A local government shall not regulate the use of single-use plastic beverage straws.


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

Sponsors: S. Lontine / R. Fields | K. Priola
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/29/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
2/25/2019 House Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1154 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 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 this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: M. Catlin | K. Mullica / J. Danielson | D. Coram
Position: Monitor
Comment: FEBRUARY 11; FEBRUARY 25
Status: 1/29/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
2/13/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1157 Modify Specific Ownership Tax Rates 
Summary:

On and after July 1, 2020, the bill modifies the rates of specific ownership tax imposed on motor vehicles, commercial trailers, and special mobile machinery that is less than 25 years old, increasing the total amount of specific ownership tax revenue collected. Additional specific ownership tax revenue generated by the specific ownership tax rate modifications is transferred to the highway users tax fund (HUTF) for allocation to the state, counties, and municipalities in accordance with the existing "second stream" statutory formula for the allocation of HUTF money. The state, counties, and municipalities may expend the revenue only for construction, reconstruction, repairs, improvement, planning, supervision, and maintenance of state highways, county roads, and municipal streets, including the acquisition of rights-of-way and access rights.


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

Sponsors: L. Liston
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/29/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government + Finance
3/20/2019 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1163 Reduce Regulatory Burden Rules On Businesses 
Summary:

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

When preparing the regulatory flexibility analysis, an agency is required to consider methods to reduce the impact on small businesses, including the following:

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

The agency is also required to:

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

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

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

The executive director of the department of regulatory agencies (executive director), or the executive director's designee, shall develop a one-stop location on the department's website that provides a place for small businesses and the public to access the regulatory flexibility analyses that agencies prepare.

A small business that is adversely affected or aggrieved by the failure of an agency to comply with the regulatory flexibility analysis requirements may:

  • File a request with the executive director to require the agency to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed rules and to direct the agency to adjust the rule-making schedule to allow for the preparation of the cost-benefit analysis; or
  • Request a hearing on the matter before an administrative law judge.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: T. Carver / J. Smallwood | J. Tate
Position: Support
Comment: FEBRUARY 11
Status: 1/30/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment + Appropriations
2/28/2019 House Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1168 State Innovation Waiver Reinsurance Program 
Summary:

The bill authorizes the commissioner of insurance to apply to the secretary of the United States department of health and human services for a state innovation waiver, for federal funding, or both, to allow the state to implement and operate a reinsurance program to assist health insurers in paying high-cost insurance claims. The state cannot implement the program absent waiver or funding approval from the secretary. The program is established as an enterprise for purposes of section 20 of article X of the state constitution. The division of insurance is to include an update regarding the program in its annual "SMART Act" report, and the program is subject to sunset review and repeal in 5 years.


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

Sponsors: J. McCluskie | J. Rich / K. Donovan | B. Rankin
Position: Monitor
Comment: FEBRUARY 11; FEBRUARY 25
Status: 2/1/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
2/27/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/15/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/15/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/18/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/25/2019 - No Amendments
3/25/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/28/2019 - No Amendments
3/29/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/01/2019 - No Amendments
4/2/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/2/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over to 04/05/2019 - No Amendments
4/3/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/05/2019 - No Amendments
4/5/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/8/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/9/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
4/25/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Finance
4/29/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/30/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/30/2019 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/1/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/2/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/3/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/14/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/15/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/15/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/16/2019 Signed by Governor
5/17/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1170 Residential Tenants Health And Safety Act 
Summary:

Under current law, a warranty of habitability (warranty) is implied in every rental agreement for a residential premises, and a landlord commits a breach of the warranty (breach) if:

  • The residential premises is uninhabitable or otherwise unfit for human habitation;
  • The residential premises is in a condition that is materially dangerous or hazardous to the tenant's life, health, or safety; and
  • The landlord has received written notice of the condition and failed to cure the problem within a reasonable time.

The bill states that a landlord breaches the warranty if a residential premises is:

  • Uninhabitable or otherwise unfit for human habitation or in a condition that is materially dangerous or hazardous to the tenant's life, health, or safety; and
  • The landlord has received reasonably complete written or electronic notice of the condition and failed to commence remedial action by employing reasonable efforts within:
  • 24 hours, where the condition is materially dangerous or hazardous to the tenant's life, health, or safety; or
  • 72 hours, where the premises is uninhabitable or otherwise unfit for human habitation.

Current law provides a list of conditions that render a residential premises uninhabitable. To this list, the bill adds 2 conditions; specifically, a residential premises is uninhabitable if:

  • The premises lacks functioning appliances that conformed to applicable law at the time of installation and that are maintained in good working order; or
  • There is mold that is associated with dampness, or there is any other condition causing the premises to be damp, which condition, if not remedied, would materially interfere with the health or safety of the tenant.

The bill grants to county courts jurisdiction to provide injunctive relief related to a breach.

Current law requires a tenant to serve written notice upon a landlord before the landlord may be held liable for a breach. The bill expands the acceptable form of such notice to include electronic notice.

The bill also:

  • States that if a tenant gives a landlord notice of a condition that is imminently hazardous to life, health, or safety the landlord, at the request of the tenant, shall move the tenant to a comparable dwelling unit, as selected by the landlord, at no expense or cost to the tenant, or to a hotel room, as selected by the landlord, at no expense or cost to the tenant.
  • Allows a tenant who satisfies certain conditions to deduct from one or more rent payments the cost to repair or remedy a condition causing a breach;
  • Repeals the requirement that a tenant notify a local government before seeking an injunction for a breach;
  • Repeals provisions that allow a rental agreement to require a tenant to assume certain responsibilities concerning conditions and characteristics of a premises;
  • Creates an exception for single-family residence premises for which a landlord does not receive a subsidy from any governmental source, by which exception a landlord and tenant may agree in writing that the tenant is to perform specific repairs, maintenance tasks, alterations, and remodeling, subject to certain requirements:
  • Prohibits a landlord from retaliating against a tenant in response to the tenant having made a good-faith complaint to the landlord or to a governmental agency alleging a condition that renders the premises uninhabitable or any condition that materially interferes with the health or safety of the tenant; and
  • Repeals certain presumptions and specifies monetary damages that may be available to a tenant against whom a landlord retaliates.

The bill states that if the same condition that substantially caused a breach recurs within 6 months after the condition is repaired or remedied, other than a condition that merely involves a nonfunctioning appliance, the tenant may terminate the rental agreement 14 days after providing the landlord written or electronic notice of the tenant's intent to do so. In the case of a condition that merely involves a nonfunctioning appliance, if the landlord remedies the condition within 14 days after receiving the notice, the tenant may not terminate the rental agreement.


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

Sponsors: D. Jackson | M. Weissman / A. Williams | J. Bridges
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/5/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
2/15/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/20/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/22/2019 - No Amendments
2/22/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/25/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/26/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/27/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
3/14/2019 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/19/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/22/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/25/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/26/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/28/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
3/28/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/12/2019 First Conference Committee Result was to Adopt Rerevised w/ Amendments
4/15/2019 Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
4/16/2019 House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
5/10/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/10/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/10/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/20/2019 Governor Signed
5/21/2019 Signed by Governor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1174 Out-of-network Health Care Services 
Summary:

The bill:

  • Requires health insurance carriers, health care providers, and health care facilities to provide patients covered by health benefit plans with information concerning the provision of services by out-of-network providers and in-network and out-of-network facilities;
  • Outlines the disclosure requirements and the claims and payment process for the provision of out-of-network services;
  • Requires the commissioner of insurance, the state board of health, and the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies to promulgate rules that specify the requirements for disclosures to consumers, including the timing, the format, and the contents and language in the disclosures;
  • Establishes the reimbursement amount for out-of-network providers that provide health care services to covered persons at an in-network facility and for out-of-network providers or facilities that provide emergency services to covered persons;
  • Creates a penalty for failure to comply with the payment requirements for out-of-network health care services; and
  • Appropriates money from the general fund to the department of public health and environment and from the division of insurance cash fund to the division of insurance.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: D. Esgar | M. Catlin / B. Gardner | B. Pettersen
Position: Monitor
Comment: FEBRUARY 11; FEBRUARY 25
Status: 2/7/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
3/6/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/15/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/19/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/21/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/22/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/27/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/15/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Finance
4/23/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/24/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/26/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/27/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/30/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/14/2019 Signed by Governor
5/14/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1175 Property Tax Valuation Appeal Process 
Summary:

For counties that have elected to use the alternate protest and appeal procedures, section 1 of the bill requires:

  • A taxpayer who owns rent-producing commercial real property to provide the assessor with property rental information (rental information) on or before July 15 of the year of the appeal; and
  • The county assessor to mail the notice of determination regarding the appeal by August 15 of the year of the appeal instead of the last working day in August.

For all counties, section 2 modifies:

  • The rental information that a petitioner appealing the valuation of rent-producing commercial property or the denial of an abatement must provide to a county; and
  • The information related to a county's determination of the value that a county is required to provide to a petitioner who has filed an appeal with the board of assessment appeals.

A petitioner who provides rental information to an assessor as part of an alternate protest and appeal is not required to provide the same information in an appeal of the valuation.


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

Sponsors: M. Gray / J. Gonzales
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/7/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
2/13/2019 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/15/2019 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/19/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/20/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
2/26/2019 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/1/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/8/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/11/2019 Sent to the Governor
3/11/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/21/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1176 Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019 
Summary:

The bill creates the health care cost analysis task force (task force). The president of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of the house of representatives shall each appoint one legislative member to the task force. The governor shall appoint 8 members to the task force. The executive directors of the departments of human services, public health and environment, and health care policy and financing, or their designees, also serve on the task force.

The task force is required to issue a competitive solicitation in order to select an analyst to provide a detailed analysis of fiscal costs and other impacts to 3 health care financing systems. The health care financing systems to be analyzed are:

  • The current health care financing system, in which residents receive health care coverage from private and public insurance carriers or are uninsured;
  • A multi-payer universal health care system, in which all residents of Colorado are covered under a plan with a mandated set of benefits that is publicly funded and paid for by employer and employee contributions; and
  • A publicly financed and privately delivered universal health care system that directly compensates providers.

The analyst is required to use the same specified criteria when conducting the analysis of each health care financing system.

The task force is required to report the findings of the analyst to the general assembly.

The task force may seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, and donations for the analysis. The general assembly may appropriate money to the health care cost analysis cash fund for the purposes of the task force, the analysis, and reporting requirements.


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

Sponsors: E. Sirota | S. Jaquez Lewis / M. Foote
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/12/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
3/20/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
3/27/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/17/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Legislative Council
4/17/2019 House Committee on Refer Amended to Legislative Council
4/18/2019 House Committee on Legislative Council Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/22/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/23/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/23/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/25/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/26/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/29/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/2/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/3/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/3/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/20/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/20/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/20/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/31/2019 Signed by Governor
5/31/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Friday, May 3 2019
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE (CONTINUED)
(1) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1183 Automated External Defibrillators In Public Places 
Summary:

The bill defines a public place and encourages any person that owns, operates, or manages a public place to place functional automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in sufficient quantities to ensure reasonable availability for use during perceived sudden cardiac arrest emergencies.

The bill requires any public place to accept any gift, grant, or donation of an AED that meets federal standards. If a public place accepts a donated AED but the public place does not want to accept responsibility for AED training, installation, or maintenance, the public place is not required to accept the AED unless the donating party agrees to be responsible for AED training, installation, and maintenance. If the donating party accepts responsibility but can no longer provide maintenance, the public place may remove the AED from the public place.

The department shall award a $15,000 contract to a nonprofit organization for the purpose of acquiring and distributing AEDs to public places.

The bill repeals an obsolete provision that encouraged school districts to acquire an AED and moves that provision to article 51 of title 25.

The bill makes an appropriation.


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

Sponsors: D. Roberts / J. Bridges
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
3/6/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/27/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/28/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/29/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/3/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
4/10/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/19/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/23/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/24/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/29/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/13/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/13/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/13/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/22/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1189 Wage Garnishment Reform 
Summary:

Under current law, the amount of an individual's disposable earnings subject to garnishment is either 25% of the individual's disposable earnings for a week or the amount an individual's disposable earnings for a week exceed 30 times the state or federal minimum wage, whichever is less. The bill changes the amount subject to garnishment from 25% to 20% of the individual's disposable weekly earnings and from 30 times to 40 times the amount an individual's disposable earnings for a week exceed the state or federal minimum wage. Currently, the cost of court-ordered health insurance for a child provided by an individual is deducted from the individual's disposable earnings subject to garnishment. The bill also deducts from an individual's disposable earnings subject to garnishment the cost of any health insurance that is provided by the individual's employer and voluntarily withheld from the individual's earnings.

The bill creates an exemption that would permit individuals to prove that the amount of their pay subject to garnishment should be further reduced or eliminated altogether if the individual can establish that such reductions are necessary to support the individual or the individual's family. The bill also requires clearer and more timely notice to an individual whose wages are being garnished and gives the individual more time after receiving the notice before garnishment starts.

The bill applies to all writs of garnishment issues on or after January 1, 2020, regardless of the date of the judgment that is basis of the writ of garnishment.


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

Sponsors: M. Gray | A. Valdez / J. Bridges | R. Fields
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/19/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/1/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/4/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/08/2019 - No Amendments
4/4/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/08/2019 - No Amendments
4/4/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/08/2019 - No Amendments
4/4/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/08/2019 - No Amendments
4/4/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/08/2019 - No Amendments
4/8/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/9/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/10/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/16/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/18/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/19/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/22/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/23/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/29/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/14/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/14/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/14/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/20/2019 Governor Signed
5/21/2019 Signed by Governor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1190 Repeal Of Mill Levy Equalization Fund 
Summary:

Effective June 30, 2019, the bill repeals the mill levy equalization fund through which the general assembly appropriated money to the state charter school institute for distribution to institute charter schools.


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

Sponsors: C. Kipp
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/19/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations
3/5/2019 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1204 Prohibit Camping Environmentally Sensitive Areas 
Summary:

To protect clean water supplies and public health and safety as a matter of statewide concern, the bill prohibits a person from camping within 100 feet of an urban environmentally sensitive area unless a state or local governmental agency has approved the area for camping. A county or district public health agency that has one or more environmentally sensitive areas within the agency's jurisdiction shall conduct and periodically update an environmental impact study of all environmentally sensitive areas within the agency's jurisdiction to evaluate the public health risks associated with unauthorized camping in the environmentally sensitive areas. Upon conclusion of the study or update, each agency shall adopt or update and implement an environmental mitigation plan to avoid, minimize, and remediate the risks. An agency may apply to the applicable local government to use Great Outdoors Colorado money to conduct and update an environmental impact study or to implement a mitigation plan.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: S. Beckman | S. Sandridge
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/20/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
3/4/2019 House Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1207 Winter Conditions And Traction Control Requirements 
Summary:

Currently, a person is required to use certain traction-control equipment, such as chains or snow-rated tires, when the Colorado department of transportation restricts road use due to a winter storm. The bill:

  • Allows for current technology and traction options;
  • Sets minimum standards for tires; and
  • Requires the traction equipment to be carried on I-70 between milepost 133 (Dotsero) and milepost 259 (Morrison) from September 1 through May 31 when icy or snow-packed conditions are present.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: D. Roberts / K. Donovan | B. Rankin
Position: Monitor
Comment: FEBRUARY 25
Status: 2/21/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
3/5/2019 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/8/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/11/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/13/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
4/2/2019 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/5/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/8/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/9/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/10/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/16/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/29/2019 Sent to the Governor
4/29/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/29/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/16/2019 Signed by Governor
5/17/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1209 Aeronautical Reporting Requirements 
Summary:

The bill removes the requirement that air carriers providing intrastate air service within Colorado file semiannual reports with the aeronautics division regarding the on-time performance and the number of passengers denied boarding on intrastate flights by the air carrier.


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

Sponsors: M. Froelich | A. Valdez / J. Bridges
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/21/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/27/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/4/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/5/2019 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/6/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/7/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/18/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/21/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/22/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/2/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/2/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/3/2019 Sent to the Governor
4/10/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1210 Local Government Minimum Wage 
Summary:

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


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

Sponsors: J. Melton | R. Galindo / J. Danielson | D. Moreno
Position: Oppose
Comment: MARCH 11
Status: 2/25/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
3/6/2019 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/8/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/11/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/13/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/8/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
4/15/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/18/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/22/2019 - No Amendments
4/22/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/1/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/2/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/17/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/17/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/17/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/28/2019 Signed by Governor
5/28/2019 Governor Became Law
5/28/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1211 Prior Authorization Requirements Health Care Service 
Summary:

With regard to the prior authorization process used by carriers or private utilization review organizations (organizations) acting on behalf of carriers to review and determine whether a particular health care service prescribed by a health care provider is approved as a covered benefit under the patient's health benefit plan, the bill requires carriers and organizations to:

  • Publish and update their prior authorization requirements and restrictions;
  • Comply with deadlines established in the bill for making a determination on a prior authorization request;
  • Use current, clinically based prior authorization criteria that are aligned with other quality initiatives of the carrier or organization and with other carriers' and organizations' prior authorization criteria for the same health care service; and
  • Consider limiting the use of prior authorization to providers whose prescribing or ordering patterns differ significantly from the patterns of their peers after adjusting for patient mix and other relevant factors.

The bill authorizes a carrier or organization to offer providers with a history of adherence to the carrier's or organization's prior authorization requirements an alternative to prior authorization, including an exemption from prior authorization for providers with an 80% approval rate of prior authorization requests over the previous 12 months. Carriers and organizations are to annually reevaluate a provider's eligibility for exemption from or other alternative to prior authorization requirements.

If a carrier or organization fails to make a determination within the time required, the request is deemed approved.

An approved prior authorization request is valid for at least 180 days, with some exceptions, and continues for the duration of the authorized course of treatment and the covered person's plan year.

The commissioner of insurance is authorized to adopt rules as necessary to implement the bill.


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

Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet | Y. Caraveo / A. Williams
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/25/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
3/27/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/29/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/1/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/2/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
4/11/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/16/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/17/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/18/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/22/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/9/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/9/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/9/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/13/2019 Signed by Governor
5/13/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1236 Workforce Diploma Pilot Program 
Summary:

The bill creates the workforce diploma pilot program (program) in the department of education (department) to award completion payments to qualified providers for the attainment of certain outcomes achieved by eligible students enrolled in the courses or programs, including earning high school diplomas, course credits, or industry-recognized training certificates. The department shall administer the program. The program will operate in any year in which the general assembly appropriates money for the program.

Based on criteria listed in the bill, the department shall prepare a list of qualified providers. A qualified provider may be a public, nonprofit, or private accredited, degree-granting organization with at least 2 years of experience in providing adult dropout recovery services resulting in an accredited high school diploma, as well as, a local education provider, as defined for purposes of existing adult literacy and education programs.

The bill includes performance standards for qualified providers and allows the department to suspend or remove providers from the list of qualified providers for failing to meet those standards.

The bill sets forth the amount of the payments qualified providers receive for each completion or attainment outcome achieved by their eligible students.

Qualified providers receiving payments must report certain information to the department. The department shall report to certain committees of the general assembly summarizing the information reported by qualified providers.

The bill repeals the program in 2022.


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

Sponsors: M. Gray | T. Sullivan / N. Todd
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/12/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations
3/26/2019 House Committee on Education Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
4/9/2019 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/25/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/25/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/25/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/26/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/29/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/30/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/2/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/3/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/14/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/15/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/15/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/31/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Friday, May 3 2019
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(1) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1240 Sales And Use Tax Administration 
Summary:

The bill:

  • Establishes economic nexus for purposes of retail sales made by retailers without physical presence and specifies that the economic nexus does not apply for sales made by such retailers prior to June 1, 2019;
  • Codifies the department of revenue's destination sourcing rule for state sales tax collection, for sales taxes imposed by any statutory incorporated town, city, or county, and for special districts, but specifies that a small retailer may source its sales to the business' location regardless of where the purchaser receives the tangible personal property or service until a geographic information system provided by the state is online and available for the retailer to determine the taxing jurisdiction in which an address resides;
  • Commencing October 1, 2019, requires marketplace facilitators to collect and remit sales tax on behalf of marketplace sellers that enter into a contract with a marketplace facilitator that facilitates the sale of the marketplace seller's tangible personal property, commodities, or services through the marketplace facilitator's marketplace and also:
  • Allows marketplace facilitators to retain the vendor fee for the collection and remittance of the sales tax on sales made by marketplace sellers on its marketplace;
  • Provides the marketplace facilitator with audit relief if the marketplace facilitator can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the executive director of the department of revenue that it made a reasonable effort to obtain accurate information regarding the obligation to collect tax from the marketplace seller; and
  • Specifies that the marketplace seller does not have the liabilities, obligations, and rights of a retailer if the marketplace facilitator is required to collect and remit sales tax on its behalf, including licensing, collection, and remittance requirements; and
  • Repeals outdated references to remote sales and remote sellers that were added pursuant to House Bill 13-1295 but are not applicable because Congress never enacted an act that authorizes states to require certain retailers to pay, collect, or remit state or local sales taxes.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | K. Van Winkle / L. Court | J. Tate
Position: Support
Comment: March 25
Status: 3/12/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor + Finance
3/26/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Finance
4/11/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/18/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/18/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/19/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/22/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/25/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/29/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/14/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/14/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/14/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/23/2019 Signed by Governor
5/23/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1245 Affordable Housing Funding From Vendor Fee Changes 
Summary:

The state treasurer is required to credit an amount equal to the increase in sales taxes attributable to the vendor fee changes that result from the bill to the housing development grant fund, which the division of housing in the department of local affairs (division) uses to make grants and loans to improve, preserve, or expand the supply of affordable housing in the state. The division is required to annually award at least 1/3 of this money for affordable housing projects for households whose annual income is less than or equal to 30% of the area median income.

The increase in sales taxes attributable to the vendor fee changes that result from the bill are excluded from the definition of "state sales tax increment revenue" for purposes of the "Colorado Regional Tourism Act" so that the increase is payable to the state and not an applicable financing entity.

A retailer who collects state sales tax is currently allowed to retain 3 1/3% of the state sales taxes collected as compensation for the retailer's expenses incurred in collecting and remitting the tax (vendor fee). Beginning January 1, 2020, the bill increases the vendor fee to 4% and establishes a $1,000 monthly cap on the vendor fee. This limit applies regardless of the number of the retailer's locations. A vendor with multiple locations is required to register all locations under one account with the department of revenue. The changes to the state vendor fee do not apply to a local government that imposes a sales tax and permits a vendor fee that is based on the state's vendor fee.

The sales and use tax revenue that is deposited in the housing development grant fund for the state fiscal year 2019-20 is reduced by a specified amount to cover the department of revenue's expenses to make the IT changes necessary to implement the bill, which results in a corresponding increase in the general fund. In turn, this amount is appropriated from the general fund to the department of revenue for this purpose.


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

Sponsors: M. Weissman / J. Gonzales | M. Foote
Position:
Comment: For consideration April 22.
Status: 3/15/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
4/1/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/16/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/18/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/19/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/22/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/22/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/26/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/27/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/30/2019 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/1/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/2/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/16/2019 Signed by Governor
5/16/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/16/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/17/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB19-1252 College Credit For Work Experience 
Summary:

The bill requires the council created and existing pursuant to section 23-1-108.5 (council) to implement a plan for determining and awarding academic credit for postsecondary education based on past and present work-related experience.

As a part of the plan, the council must also determine how academic credit for postsecondary education will transfer to the extent possible from career and technical education programs and technical certificate programs to state public 2-year and 4-year institutions of higher education.

The council must consult with representatives from state institutions of higher education, representatives of the Colorado work force development council, and representatives from growing industries in implementing the plan.

The bill requires state institutions of higher education to develop plans to evaluate whether postsecondary education was acquired by work experience and to accept and transfer academic credit awarded for work-related experience as courses with guaranteed-transfer designation or as a part of a statewide articulation agreement.

The bill supplements Colorado's student bill of rights to include a provision declaring that the council shall implement a plan to award academic credit for past and present work-related experience.


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

Sponsors: T. Geitner | B. McLachlan / P. Lundeen | J. Bridges
Position:
Comment: For consideration April 22.
Status: 3/19/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/2/2019 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/1/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1256 Electronic Filing Of Certain Taxes 
Summary:

For taxable periods beginning on or after January 1, 2020, or the date when the executive director of the department of revenue (department) establishes a system for electronic filing, whichever is later, the bill requires any taxpayer, not including individual income taxpayers, to both file returns and pay amounts due electronically; except that for certain types of taxes the department is required to stagger the implementation of mandatory filing for each tax type.


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

Sponsors: M. Gray | M. Snyder / N. Todd
Position: Monitor
Comment: March 25
Status: 3/19/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
4/3/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/5/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/8/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/9/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/17/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/19/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/22/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/13/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/13/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/13/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/31/2019 Signed by Governor
5/31/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1257 Voter Approval To Retain Revenue For Ed & Transp 
Summary:

Beginning with the 2019-20 fiscal year, the bill authorizes the state to annually retain and spend all state revenues in excess of the constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending that the state would otherwise be required to refund. The bill is a referendum that will be submitted to the voters at the statewide election held on November 5, 2019, and approval of the ballot title at the election constitutes a voter-approved revenue change to the constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending.

If approved, an amount of money equal to the state revenues retained under this measure is designated as part of the general fund exempt account. The general assembly is required to appropriate or the state treasurer is required to transfer this money to provide funding for:

  • Public schools;
  • Higher education; and
  • Roads, bridges, and transit.

Legislative council staff will be required to specify this retained amount and its associated uses in an annual report that it currently prepares related to revenue retained and spent under referendum C. In addition, the state auditor is required to contract with a private entity to annually conduct a financial audit regarding the use of the money that the state retains and spends under this measure.


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

Sponsors: K. Becker | J. McCluskie / L. Court | K. Priola
Position: Deliberating
Comment: March 25
Status: 3/20/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/1/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/9/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/12/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/15/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/16/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/16/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/23/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/26/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/27/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2019 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
5/14/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/14/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/5/2019 Sent to the Governor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1258 Allocate Voter-approved Revenue For Education & Transportation 
Summary:

The bill is contingent on voters approving a related referred measure to annually retain and spend state revenues in excess of the constitutional spending limit. If the measure passes, in years when the state retains and spends revenue under the authority of the measure there will be additional revenue in the general fund exempt account (account). Section 1 of the bill requires 1/3 of this money in the account to be allocated to each of the purposes approved by voters, which are:

  • Public schools;
  • Higher education; and
  • Roads, bridges, and transit.

The general assembly is required to appropriate the money for public schools and higher education for the state fiscal year after the state retains the revenue under the authority of the voter-approved revenue change. The money appropriated for public schools must be distributed on a per pupil basis and used by public schools only for nonrecurring expenses for the purpose of improving classrooms, and it may not be used as part of a district reserve.

The state treasurer is required to transfer the remaining 1/3 of the money to the highway users tax fund (HUTF) after the state treasurer receives a report certifying the state's TABOR revenues (report). Section 3 clarifies that the report must include the money that the state keeps and spends as a result of the 2019 measure, and that this amount must be reported separately from the referendum C money in the account.

Under section 4 the money the state treasurer transfers to the HUTF is allocated 60% to the state highway fund, 22% to counties, and 18% to cities and incorporated towns. Under section 5 no more than 90% of the money allocated to the state highway fund may be expended for highway purposes or highway-related capital improvements and at least 15% must be expended for transit purposes or for transit-related capital improvements.

Section 2 includes a conforming amendment to ensure that the allocation for the referendum C money does not apply to any new revenue in the account as a result of the 2019 voter approval.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: K. Becker | J. McCluskie / L. Court | K. Priola
Position: Deliberating
Comment: March 25
Status: 3/20/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/1/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/9/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/12/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/15/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/16/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/16/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/23/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/26/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/27/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/14/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/14/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/14/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/3/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1261 Climate Action Plan To Reduce Pollution 
Summary:

Section 1 of the bill states that Colorado shall have statewide goals to reduce 2025 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26%, 2030 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50%, and 2050 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 90% of the levels of greenhouse gas emissions that existed in 2005.

Section 3 specifies considerations that the air quality control commission is to take into account in implementing policies and promulgating rules to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, including the benefits of compliance and the equitable distribution of those benefits, the costs of compliance, opportunities to incentivize clean energy in transitioning communities, and the potential to enhance the resilience of Colorado's communities and natural resources to climate impacts. The commission will consult with the public utilities commission with regard to rules that affect the providers of retail electricity in Colorado.

Section 4 appropriates $281,588 from the general fund to the department of public health and environment to implement the bill, of which $93,267 is reappropriated to the department of law.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: K. Becker | D. Jackson / F. Winter | A. Williams
Position: Deliberating
Comment: March 25
Status: 3/21/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
4/5/2019 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/9/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/15/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/15/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/16/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/22/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/22/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/24/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/26/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/1/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2019 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
5/1/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/13/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/13/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/13/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/28/2019 Signed by Governor
5/30/2019 Governor Became Law
5/30/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1267 Penalties For Failure To Pay Wages 
Summary:

Under existing law, an employer who willfully refuses to pay a wage claim, or falsely denies the amount of a wage claim, or the validity thereof, or that the same is due, with intent to secure any discount or underpayment of such unpaid wage or with intent to annoy, harass, oppress, hinder, delay, or defraud the person who is owed wages (wage theft), is guilty of a misdemeanor.

The bill prohibits wage theft with the intent to coerce a person who is owed wages. The bill defines wage theft as theft, which is a felony when the theft is of an amount greater than $2,000. The bill removes the exemption from criminal penalties for an employer who is unable to pay wages or compensation because of a chapter 7 bankruptcy action or other court action resulting in the employer having limited control over his or her assets.

The bill defines "employee" as any person who performs labor or services for the benefit of an employer, provides factors that are relevant for determining whether a person is an employee, and maintains the exclusions from the definition in existing law. The bill defines "employer" as having the same meaning as set forth in the federal "Fair Labor Standards Act", specifically includes foreign labor contractors and migratory field labor contractors or crew leaders in the definition, and maintains the exclusions from the definition in existing law.

Under existing law, an employer who pays an employee a wage less than the minimum wage is guilty of a misdemeanor. Under the bill, a person who intentionally pays a wage less than the minimum commits theft, which is a felony when the theft is of an amount greater than $2,000.


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

Sponsors: J. Singer | M. Froelich / J. Danielson | R. Rodriguez
Position: Oppose
Comment: April 8.
Status: 3/25/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/2/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/5/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/9/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/10/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/11/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
4/18/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/22/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/23/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/15/2019 Signed by Governor
5/16/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1283 Disclosure Of Insurance Liability Coverage 
Summary:

The bill requires an insurer that provides or may provide commercial automobile or personal automobile liability insurance coverage to pay all or a portion of a pending or prospective claim to provide to a claimant via mail, facsimile, or electronic delivery, within 30 calendar days after receiving a written request from the claimant, a statement setting forth the following information with regard to each known policy of insurance of the named insured, including excess or umbrella insurance:

  • The name of the insurer;
  • The name of each insured party, as the name appears on the declarations page of the policy;
  • The limits of the liability coverage; and
  • A copy of the policy.

An insured party, upon written request of a claimant or a claimant's attorney, shall disclose to the claimant or claimant's attorney the name and coverage of each known insurer of the insured party.

An insurer that violates the disclosure requirement is liable to the requesting claimant for damages in an amount of $100 per day, beginning on and including the thirty-first day following the receipt of the claimant's written request. The penalty accrues until the insurer provides the information required. An insurer who fails to make a required disclosure is also responsible for attorney fees and costs incurred by a claimant in enforcing the penalty.

The claimant and any attorney of the claimant shall not disclose the disclosed information to any party; except that the claimant and an attorney of the claimant may discuss the information with the claimant's insurer.

The bill makes an appropriation.


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

Sponsors: D. Roberts / R. Rodriguez
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/28/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/9/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/18/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/18/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/19/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/22/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/25/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/26/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/27/2019 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/15/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/15/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/15/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/22/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1289 Consumer Protection Act 
Summary:

The bill:

  • Adds "recklessly" as a culpable mental state for certain violations of the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act" (Act) so that a person violates certain provisions of the Act by acting knowingly or recklessly;
  • Increases the potential penalty for a violation of the Act brought by the attorney general or a district attorney from $2,000 to $20,000 per violation and from $10,000 to $50,000 per violation committed against an elderly person; and
  • Specifies the calculation of potential damage awards in a private civil action for violations of the Act.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: M. Weissman / M. Foote | J. Gonzales
Position:
Comment: For consideration April 22.
Status: 3/29/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/9/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/12/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/15/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/16/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/16/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/24/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/26/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/1/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/2/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/3/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/16/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/16/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/23/2019 Signed by Governor
5/23/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1293 Government Youth Apprenticeship Program Stipends 
Summary:

The bill creates the government youth apprenticeship stipend program (program) in the state work force development council (council) to provide grants to certain nonprofit organizations to enable the nonprofit organizations to provide stipends to governmental entities that offer government youth apprenticeships. The bill specifies that governmental entities include the state and any state agency or institution, including the judicial and legislative departments, a county, city and county, incorporated city or town, school district, special improvement district, and authority.

The bill specifies the dates by which a nonprofit organization must apply to the council for grant money and dates by which the council is required to award and distribute the grants to one or more nonprofit organizations. The nonprofit organizations that receive a grant are required to use the grant money to distribute stipends to governmental entities that apply for the stipend.

The bill specifies limitations on the amount of the stipend that may be provided to a governmental entity for a single government youth apprenticeship. The bill also specifies limitations on the number of stipends that may be provided to a single governmental entity in any calendar year. In addition, the bill specifies that a nonprofit organization that receives grant money is required to use at least 20% of the total amount awarded to provide stipends to governmental entities located in a rural area.

A governmental entity must apply to a nonprofit organization that received a grant to receive a stipend for its government youth apprenticeship. To be eligible to receive a stipend, a governmental entity is required to satisfy certain specified criteria, including the contribution of at least $2,000 toward the costs of a government youth apprenticeship. A governmental entity that receives a stipend is required to use the money from the stipend, as well as the $2,000 that the governmental entity contributes to the government youth apprenticeship, only for certain specified purposes.

The bill creates the government youth apprenticeship stipend fund (fund) in the state treasury and requires the state treasurer to transfer $2 million from the general fund to the fund in the 2019-20, 2020-21, and 2021-22 state fiscal years.

The council is required to submit an annual report on the program as part of the Colorado talent pipeline report that is prepared and submitted to the governor and the general assembly.


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

Sponsors: B. Buentello | A. Garnett / J. Bridges | B. Rankin
Position:
Comment: For consideration April 22
Status: 3/29/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
4/17/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1294 Transfer Apprenticeship Credit To College Credit 
Summary:

The bill requires the chief administrative officer of the Colorado community college system, or his or her designee, to convene a working group to determine the most efficient and appropriate manner in which to facilitate the transfer of earned construction industry registered apprenticeship program credit to college credit. If possible, the chief administrative officer shall include representatives from varying community colleges, area technical schools, local district colleges, relevant 4-year institutions that grant bachelor degrees, applicable union and non-union labor organizations, and other interested parties. The working group is required to meet during the interim following the first regular session of the seventy-second general assembly. The bill specifies issues in connection with the transfer of earned construction industry registered apprenticeship program credits to college credit that the working group is required to consider.

The working group is required to solicit input from subject matter experts, including, but not necessarily limited to, labor organizations, community college administrators, and people who are in or have completed registered apprenticeship programs. The working group is also required to submit to the general assembly its recommendations for the most efficient and appropriate manner in which to facilitate the transfer of earned construction industry registered apprenticeship program credits to college credit, including any recommendations for necessary legislation.

The money appropriated for purposes of the working group is exempt from the matching requirement for student financial assistance. In addition, the department of higher education is required to enter into a fee-for-service contract for the purposes of the working group.

For the 2019-20 state fiscal year, the bill appropriates $15,000 to the department of higher education from the general fund.


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

Sponsors: A. Benavidez | S. Jaquez Lewis / T. Story
Position:
Comment: For consideration April 22.
Status: 3/29/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/16/2019 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/19/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/22/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/22/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
4/24/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/24/2019 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/8/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/9/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/9/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/28/2019 Signed by Governor
5/28/2019 Governor Became Law
5/28/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1313 Electric Utility Plans To Further Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions 
Summary:

Section 1 of the bill authorizes payments from an existing fund for administrative expenses of the public utilities commission (PUC) to defray the costs incurred by the department of public health and environment and any other state agencies in reviewing clean energy plans submitted under section 3 of the bill.

Section 2 repeals laws that allow an electric utility to own, as rate-based property, new eligible energy resources without competitive bidding if certain conditions are satisfied.

Section 3 supplements the existing renewable energy standards statute by establishing targets for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation by utilities serving more than 500,000 customers, with the opportunity for other utilities to opt in. The targets are:

  • By 2030, an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emission levels compared to 2005 levels; and
  • For 2050 and thereafter, a goal of a 100% reduction in carbon dioxide emission levels.

Section 3 also directs qualifying retail utilities to submit plans to the PUC as part of their ongoing resource acquisition planning process to address the clean energy targets. A clean energy plan must detail the actions and investments the utility intends to undertake, including specifying the new resources and infrastructure proposed to be used; the anticipated effects of the plan on the safety, reliability, and resilience of the overall electric system; the methods proposed for measuring carbon dioxide reductions; and the costs of implementation, which must be reasonable.

The approval process also includes participation by the division of administration within the department of public health and environment regarding the measurement of carbon dioxide emission reductions and predictions as to whether the clean energy plan will achieve the desired reductions.

A utility implementing a clean energy plan may recover its costs of implementation through rates, as approved by the PUC, and own any generating resources and infrastructure necessary to effectuate the plan. The utility is required to use a competitive bidding process to fill the cumulative resource need identified in its next electric resource plan that includes a clean energy plan filed after January 1, 2020.

Each utility that receives approval of a clean energy plan is required to report to the governor, the general assembly, the PUC, and the air quality control commission on a list of matters, including its progress in implementing the plan and in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. To address Colorado's relative lack of seamless integration into the national energy grid, the PUC is directed to open an investigatory proceeding to evaluate the costs and benefits associated with regional transmission organizations, energy imbalance markets, joint tariffs, and power pools.

Section 4 strengthens an existing provision requiring electric resource acquisition decisions to be made with consideration of "best value" employment metrics and the use of Colorado labor by requiring a utility to obtain and provide to the PUC relevant documentation on these topics, including the availability of apprenticeship programs registered with the United States department of labor.

Section 5 establishes a qualified right for a retail electric utility customer to generate, consume, store, and export to the grid any electricity produced from customer-sited renewable sources, also known as distributed generation.

Section 6 adopts the "Colorado Energy Impact Bond Act" under which electric utilities may finance the retirement of fossil-fuel-powered generation facilities and the transition to renewable energy sources by issuing low-cost corporate securities. These securities, known as Colorado energy impact bonds or "CO-EI bonds," are subject to PUC approval and required to have a rating of at least AA or AA2, must have a scheduled maturity date of 32 years or less, and are repayable through rates as part of the costs of implementing a clean energy plan.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: K. Becker | C. Hansen / F. Winter | K. Priola
Position: Deliberating
Comment: April 8.
Status: 4/5/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
4/17/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/23/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/25/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/26/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/27/2019 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/1/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/1/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/2/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1314 Just Transition From Coal-based Electrical Energy Economy 
Summary:

The bill creates the just transition office in the division of employment and training in the department of labor and employment. The office, led by a director, will administer the following:

  • Benefits to coal transition workers to enable them to support themselves and their families and to access and complete education and training, resulting in being hired for high-quality jobs; and
  • Grants to eligible entities in coal transition communities that seek to create a more diversified, equitable, and vibrant economic future for those communities.

The office will begin to award benefits and grants on the earlier of January 1, 2023, or the date, as determined by the director, when sufficient money is available in the just transition cash fund to award just transition benefits or just transition grants, as applicable.

An electric utility that proposes to retire a coal-fueled electric generating facility shall submit to the office a workforce transition plan at least 90 days before the retirement of the facility.

The bill creates a just transition advisory committee to advise the director regarding implementation of the bill.

The bill appropriates $163,010 from the general fund to the department of labor and employment and $1,838 from the general fund to the general assembly for the implementation of the act.


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

Sponsors: K. Becker | R. Galindo / F. Winter | K. Donovan
Position:
Comment:
Status: 4/5/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
4/10/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/16/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Legislative Council
4/16/2019 House Committee on Refer Amended to Legislative Council
4/18/2019 House Committee on Legislative Council Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/22/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/23/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/23/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/25/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/26/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/29/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/1/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/2/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/2/2019 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
5/2/2019 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
5/3/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/20/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/20/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/20/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/28/2019 Signed by Governor
5/28/2019 Governor Became Law
5/28/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1317 Income Tax Credit And Senior Property Tax Exemption 
Summary:

The state constitution authorizes the general assembly to lower the maximum amount of the actual residential value of residential real property that is subject to the senior property tax exemption (exemption). Section 3 of the bill lowers the maximum amount to $0 for all property tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2020, which has the effect of eliminating the exemption. It does not affect the property tax exemption for disabled veterans. Under section 4 , a county assessor is no longer required to mail notices to seniors about the exemption, and under section 5 , an assessor is not required to accept applications or otherwise administer the exemption unless and until the general assembly enacts legislation to increase the maximum actual value of residential real property that is subject to the exemption. If the exemption is made available in the future, seniors must reapply for it.

Section 6 creates an income tax credit that is available for 10 tax years beginning on January 1, 2020, for a qualifying senior. A qualifying senior must be 65 years of age or older at the end of the income tax year for which the credit is claimed and have income that is less than or equal to $65,000, adjusted for inflation, or a surviving spouse who is at least 58 and meets the same income qualification.

If the qualifying senior's adjusted gross income for the taxable year is less than or equal to the base income amount, which is $12,000, adjusted for inflation, then the credit is equal to the maximum credit amount, which is $700, adjusted for inflation. The amount of the credit decreases by $50, adjusted for inflation, for each income grouping above the base income amount. The amount of the credit that exceeds the qualifying senior's income taxes due is refunded to the qualifying senior.

Section 6 also creates the credit stabilization cash fund. The state treasurer is annually required to transfer money from the cash fund to the general fund, or vice versa, depending on whether the total amount of the credits exceeds an approximation of what the state would have had to pay to backfill the senior homestead exemption.

If some or all of the credit is paid to the senior as a state income tax refund, and therefore taxable income, section 7 allows a qualifying senior to deduct an amount equal to the refundable amount of the credit from taxable income for purposes of determining state income taxes.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: C. Kennedy | M. Weissman / L. Court
Position:
Comment:
Status: 4/8/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/18/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1319 Incentives Developers Facilitate Affordable Housing 
Summary:

Not later than October 15, 2019, section 2 of the bill requires each state agency and state institution of higher education to submit to the capital development committee (committee) a list of all nondeveloped real property owned by or under the control of the agency or institution. The bill defines "nondeveloped real property" to mean unimproved real property that is not otherwise protected for or dedicated to another use such as an access or a conservation easement.

Not later than October 15 of each year thereafter, the bill requires each agency or institution to submit to the committee any additions or deletions to the list identifying any nondeveloped real property the agency has acquired or disposed of during the preceding state fiscal year. The committee is required to include this information in an annual report published on the website of the general assembly. The division of housing within the department of local affairs (division) is required to provide a link to the report on the division's website. The bill exempts the division of parks and wildlife in the department of natural resources from these requirements.

On a page on the website maintained by the department of local affairs that is dedicated to the division, section 3 requires the division to provide a link to the annual report that includes information on nondeveloped real property owned by or under the control of each state agency or institution of higher education. Not later than once annually by December 31 of each year, the division is required to update this link.

Under current law, certain property is exempt from the levy and collection of the real property tax if the property is owned by:

  • A nonprofit corporation the earnings of which do not inure to a private shareholder, the property is irrevocably dedicated to charitable, religious, or hospital purposes; or
  • A nonprofit corporation is a general partner of a partnership that was formed for the purpose of creating or maintaining affordable housing.

The statutory provisions that allow for the property tax exemption for a partnership satisfying the requirements of the exemption do not apply if, during a specified compliance period, the partnership which owns the residential structure distributes income or has income available for distribution to its partners or if the residential structure is sold or otherwise disposed of during the compliance period. If the property tax administrator (administrator) determines that income has been distributed or has been available for distribution or the residential property has been sold or otherwise disposed of, the administrator is required to revoke the property tax exemption for the residential property and to levy and collect property tax against the residential property, which would have otherwise been levied and collected from the date on which the exemption was initially granted plus all delinquent interest as provided for by law.

Under section 4 , for property tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2019, if the administrator determines that income has been distributed or has been available for distribution or the residential property has been sold or otherwise disposed of, the administrator is required to either revoke the property tax exemption for the residential property as of the date income becomes available for distribution or terminate the exemption as of the date the property is transferred. Under the bill, the administrator is no longer required in such circumstances to levy and collect property taxes that otherwise would have been levied and collected.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: S. Bird | H. McKean / F. Winter | D. Hisey
Position:
Comment:
Status: 4/8/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/15/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Legislative Council
4/18/2019 House Committee on Legislative Council Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/22/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/22/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/26/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/30/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/14/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/14/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/14/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/16/2019 Signed by Governor
5/17/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB19-1324 Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation 
Summary:

The bill establishes an expedited process for a court to follow in a civil action in which a defendant files a motion to dismiss based upon the fact that the defendant was exercising the defendant's constitutional right to petition the government or of free speech. The bill also authorizes an interlocutory appeal of the granting or certain denials of the motion to dismiss.


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

Sponsors: L. Cutter | S. Bird / M. Foote
Position:
Comment:
Status: 4/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/23/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/25/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/26/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/27/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/30/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/2/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/16/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/16/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/3/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Friday, May 3 2019
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(1) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-005 Import Prescription Drugs From Canada 
Summary:

The bill creates the "Colorado Wholesale Importation of Prescription Drugs Act", under which the department of health care policy and financing (department) shall design a program to import prescription pharmaceutical products from Canada for sale to Colorado consumers. The program design must ensure both drug safety and cost savings for Colorado consumers. The department shall submit the program design to the secretary of the United States department of health and human services and request the secretary's approval of the program, as required by federal law, to import Canadian pharmaceutical products.

If the secretary approves the program, the department shall implement the program. The department shall adopt a funding mechanism to cover the program's administrative costs, and the department shall annually report on the program to the general assembly.


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

Sponsors: R. Rodriguez | J. Ginal / S. Jaquez Lewis
Position: Oppose
Comment: February 11
Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
1/31/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/19/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/21/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/22/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/25/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/25/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
4/24/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/1/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/1/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/2/2019 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/2/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/2/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/7/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/7/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/7/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/14/2019 Governor Signed
5/15/2019 Signed by Governor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-006 Electronic Sales And Use Tax Simplification System 
Summary:

Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force. The bill requires the office of information technology (office) and the department of revenue (department), within existing resources, to conduct a sourcing method in accordance with the applicable provisions of the procurement code, and any applicable rules, for the development of an electronic sales and use tax simplification system (system). The bill also requires the office and the department to involve stakeholders to develop the scope of work.

The bill requires the general assembly to make any necessary appropriations for the initial funding and ongoing maintenance of the system from any net sales tax revenues that is credited to the general fund.

The bill specifies that on and after the date the system is online the department is required to accept any returns and payments processed through the system for state sales and use tax and for any sales and use taxes that are collected by the department on behalf of any local taxing jurisdiction.

The bill specifies that it is the general assembly's intent that a certain number of local taxing jurisdictions with home rule charters voluntarily use the system when the system comes online. Additionally, the bill states that it is the general assembly's intent that all local taxing jurisdictions with home rule charters voluntarily use the system within a specified number of years.


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

Sponsors: A. Williams / T. Kraft-Tharp | K. Van Winkle
Position: Support
Comment: JANUARY 14
Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
1/22/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
1/25/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
1/28/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/31/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
2/11/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/8/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/8/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/11/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/15/2019 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/19/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/2/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/2/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/3/2019 Sent to the Governor
4/12/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-014 Organized Retail Theft Prevention 
Summary:

The bill creates the crime of organized retail theft if a person:

  • Acts in concert with one or more persons to steal merchandise from one or more merchants' premises or online marketplaces with the purpose of reselling or otherwise re-entering the merchandise in commerce, including conveying the merchandise to a merchant in exchange for anything of value;
  • Acts in concert with two or more persons to receive, purchase, or possess stolen merchandise, knowing or believing it to have been stolen;
  • Acts as an agent of another individual or group of individuals to steal merchandise from one or more merchants' premises or online marketplaces as part of an organized plan to commit theft; or
  • Recruits, coordinates, organizes, supervises, directs, manages, or finances another to undertake any of the acts of theft.

Organized retail theft is a class 1 misdemeanor; except that, if a person has been previously convicted of organized retail theft and in a 6 month period commits 3 or more acts of organized retail theft, the value of the theft from those acts can be aggregated and the penalty corresponds to the current theft loss level penalties.

The bill requires secondhand dealers who purchase gift cards to keep a record of those purchases. Failure to record the purchases in an electronic database is a class 3 misdemeanor for a first offense and a class 2 misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense.

The bill adds a gift card to the definition of a "valuable article", which triggers certain record-keeping requirements.


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

Sponsors: D. Coram / T. Carver | K. Tipper
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
1/23/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
2/6/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/11/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/13/2019 - No Amendments
2/13/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/14/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/7/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
3/12/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/12/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Reconsider to Judiciary
3/19/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/20/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over to 03/22/2019 - No Amendments
3/22/2019 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/25/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/28/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/29/2019 Sent to the Governor
3/29/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/8/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-051 Increase General Fund Funding For Transportation 
Summary:

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:

  • $105 million (70%) to the state highway fund;
  • $22.5 million (15%) to the highway users tax fund for allocation in equal shares to counties and municipalities; and
  • $22.5 million (15%) to the multimodal transportation options fund.

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:

  • $266.5 million (78.38%) to the state highway fund;
  • $51 million (15%) to the highway users tax fund for allocation in equal shares to counties and municipalities; and
  • $22.5 million (6.62%) to the multimodal transportation options fund.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: R. Scott | J. Cooke
Position: Support
Comment: JANUARY 14; FEBRUARY 25
Status: 1/8/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy + Appropriations
4/23/2019 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
4/25/2019 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-055 Reduce State Income Tax Rate 
Summary:

For income tax years commencing on and after January 1, 2019, the bill:

  • Reduces both the individual and the corporate state income tax rate from 4.63% to 4.49%; and
  • Reduces the state alternative minimum tax by 0.14%.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg / R. Pelton
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/10/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
1/29/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-056 Veterans Employment Preference By Private Employer 
Summary:

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.)

Sponsors: D. Hisey / T. Carver
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/10/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/30/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act 
Summary:

The bill removes the authority of the director of the division of labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment (director) to enforce wage discrimination complaints based on an employee's sex 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 against a wage differential based on sex if the employer demonstrates that a wage differential is based upon one or more factors, including:

  • A seniority system;
  • A merit system;
  • A system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production;
  • The geographic location where the work is performed;
  • Education, training, or experience to the extent that they are reasonably related to the work in question; or
  • Travel, if the travel is a regular and necessary condition of the work performed.

The bill prohibits an employer from:

  • Seeking the wage rate history of a prospective employee;
  • Relying on a prior wage rate to determine a wage rate;
  • Discriminating or retaliating against a prospective employee for failing to disclose the employee's wage rate history; and
  • Discharging or retaliating against an employee for actions by an employee asserting the rights established by the bill against an employer.

The bill requires an employer to announce to all employees employment advancement opportunities and job openings and the pay range for the openings. 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.


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

Sponsors: J. Danielson | B. Pettersen / J. Buckner | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez
Position: Oppose
Comment: JANUARY 28: Oppose unless amended substantially; UPDATE MARCH 11
Status: 1/17/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/20/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/29/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/2/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/3/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/4/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
4/17/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/23/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/23/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/26/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/27/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/30/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/13/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/13/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/13/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/22/2019 Signed by Governor
5/22/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-086 Update Business Entity Laws 
Summary:

The bill makes the following changes to the "Colorado Business Corporation Act" (CBCA) and conforming changes to the "Colorado Corporations and Associations Act" (CCAA):

  • Deletes definitions in the CCAA that are no longer necessary ( section 1 );
  • Updates provisions in the CCAA to clarify conversions and mergers of entities and exchanges of owners' interests in entities ( sections 2 through 18 );
  • Updates provisions in the CCAA addressing the requirements for the name of an entity formed under Colorado law or qualified to do business in Colorado as a foreign entity ( sections 19 through 21 );
  • Updates provisions in the CCAA regarding court proceedings that may be filed by a dissolved Colorado entity for a determination of the amount and form of security to be provided for payment of claims that are contingent or unknown or that arose from events occurring after dissolution ( sections 22 through 24 );
  • Adds definitions to and updates definitions in the CBCA ( section 25 );
  • Reorganizes certain provisions that are optional to include in the articles of incorporation of a Colorado corporation so that they appear in a single location to avoid confusion ( section 28 );
  • Adds an optional forum selection provision similar to that found in other states and the "Model Business Corporation Act" ( section 29 );
  • Updates provisions for proxies and treatment for voting purposes of shares held by intermediaries and nominees ( sections 31 and 32 );
  • Updates provisions for the general standards of conduct for directors and officers and standards of liabilities for directors ( section 35 );
  • Updates provisions dealing with conflicting interest transactions and corporate opportunities ( section 36 );
  • Updates provisions dealing with indemnification of directors, officers, employees, fiduciaries, and agents, and advancement of expenses ( sections 38 through 46 );
  • Updates provisions dealing with corporate mergers, conversions, and exchanges by reference to the updated provisions in the CCAA ( sections 47 through 55 );
  • Repeals and reenacts, with amendments, former article 113 of title 7, Colorado Revised Statutes, relating to dissenters' rights and substitutes provisions to define the procedure to obtain appraisal rights in lieu of dissenters' rights ( section 56 ); and
  • Updates the provisions providing for the grounds and procedures for seeking judicial dissolution and providing for an election by one or more shareholders to purchase shares owned by the petitioning shareholders in lieu of proceeding with judicial dissolution ( sections 57 through 60 ).

The bill also updates certain provisions of articles 55 and 56 of title 7, Colorado Revised Statutes, regarding various forms of cooperatives, as well as articles 41 (domestic associations organized as savings and loan associations) and 103 (state banks) of title 11, Colorado Revised Statutes, to be consistent with changes made in the CBCA ( sections 63 through 65, 68, and 69 ).

The bill appropriates $59,360 from the department of state cash fund to the department of state to implement the bill.


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

Sponsors: P. Lee / S. Bird
Position: Monitor
Comment: JANUARY 28
Status: 1/17/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/4/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/8/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/12/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/13/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/14/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor + Appropriations
4/10/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/16/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/17/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/18/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/8/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/9/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/9/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/13/2019 Signed by Governor
5/13/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-101 Prerequisites For Construction Of Managed Lanes 
Summary:

The bill prohibits the department of transportation (CDOT) or any enterprise of CDOT from constructing or designating a managed lane on a state highway unless:

  • CDOT or the enterprise, taking safety, productivity, and public cost considerations into account, considering multiple highway configuration options and both managed lane options that include tolling and managed lane options that do not include tolling, and balancing any safety impacts against the productivity and other benefits of capacity expansion and congestion relief, has thoroughly evaluated specified alternative means of increasing the capacity of and reducing traffic congestion on the state highway;
  • CDOT or the enterprise has published detailed written, data-based findings that clearly establish that when compared to the addition of one or more managed lanes all of the alternatives evaluated are unfeasible or too unsafe to be implemented or would not provide adequate capacity expansion and congestion relief; and
  • CDOT has complied with new requirements of the bill that it prepare and make readily available to the public on its website a written report of the results of its public outreach efforts relating to the managed lane and annually summarize the report for the transportation and local government committee of the house of representatives and the transportation and energy committee of the senate.

"Managed lane" is defined to include a toll lane, a high occupancy toll lane, or a high occupancy vehicle lane.


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

Sponsors: P. Lundeen / T. Carver
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/23/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/26/2019 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-103 Legalizing Minors' Businesses 
Summary:

The bill prohibits any county, municipality, or city and county (local government) or any agency of a local government from requiring a license or permit for a business that is:

  • Operated on an occasional basis by a minor (a person under the age of 18 years); and
  • Located a sufficient distance from a commercial entity, determined by the local government, that is required to obtain a permit or license from the local government or an agency of the local government to prevent the minor's business from becoming a direct economic competitor of the commercial entity.

The bill defines "occasional basis" to mean the business does not operate more than 84 days in any one calendar year.

The bill specifies that it does not prohibit a local government from enacting and enforcing local laws under the local government's general police power in regard to the manner in which a business may be conducted by a minor with the exception of a requirement that the minor obtain a permit or license prior to engaging in the business.


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

Sponsors: A. Williams | J. Tate / J. Coleman | T. Carver
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/23/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/11/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/14/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
2/15/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/15/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/6/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/8/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/21/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/21/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/22/2019 Sent to the Governor
4/1/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-109 Adjust Damages Limitations For Inflation 
Summary:

The limitations on the amount of damages for unlawfully serving alcohol, for noneconomic loss or injury, and for wrongful death were last adjusted for inflation on January 1, 2008. The bill adjusts those damage limitations for inflation on January 1, 2020, and each January 1 every 2 years thereafter.


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

Sponsors: S. Fenberg / A. Garnett
Position:
Comment:
Status: 1/31/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/11/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/14/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/15/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/19/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/19/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/12/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/19/2019 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/20/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/28/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/29/2019 Sent to the Governor
3/29/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/8/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-130 Sales Tax Administration 
Summary:

The United States Supreme Court, on June 21, 2018, decided South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., et al. , overruling 2 previous United States Supreme Court cases that stood for the rule that a state could not require an out-of-state retailer to collect sales tax if the retailer lacked physical presence in the state. Because of the Wayfair decision, states can require retailers without physical presence in the state to collect sales tax on purchases made by in-state customers so long as the sales tax system in the state is not too burdensome for the out-of-state retailer. The bill simplifies the state sales tax system for retailers without physical presence by:

  • Not requiring retailers without physical presence that only transact limited business in Colorado to collect sales tax;
  • Specifying that only the state's sales tax base, not a local sales tax base, will apply to all sales made by retailers without physical presence;
  • Requiring that the department of revenue (department) be responsible for all state and local sales tax administration and return processing, including the establishment of a single form for returns;
  • Specifying that a central audit bureau is the sole entity within the state that is responsible for auditing retailers without physical presence and specifying that the central audit bureau be developed by the department in coordination with local taxing jurisdictions;
  • Establishing that sales are taxed based on where the goods are delivered (destination sourcing) for all sales made by retailers without physical presence in the state, including local taxing jurisdictions, but specifying that destination sourcing is not required for sales made by Colorado retailers;
  • Requiring the department to provide information to retailers without physical presence that indicates the taxability of products and services along with any product and service exemptions from sales tax in the state;
  • Requiring the department to provide retailers without physical presence a sales tax rate database and a database of local taxing jurisdiction boundaries;
  • Requiring the department to make available free-of-charge software that calculates sales taxes due on each transaction at the time the transaction is completed, files sales tax returns, and updates to reflect any tax rate changes for the state or any local taxing jurisdiction;
  • Allowing the department to contract with one or more certified software providers without regard to the procurement code to provide the software or provide access to the software;
  • Allowing a retailer to elect to collect and remit sales tax on its own, without using the services of a certified software provider, or allowing a retailer to elect to use the services of a certified software provider;
  • Specifying that, in providing the software free of charge, the contracts negotiated between the department and the certified software providers must provide that all or a portion of the vendor fee may not be retained by the retailer electing to utilize the services of a certified software provider but will instead be retained by the certified software provider as payment for its services;
  • Requiring the department to establish certification procedures for persons to be approved as certified software providers; and
  • Providing the required relief of liability for errors to retailers without physical presence and other retailers utilizing the software.

The bill allows local taxing jurisdictions governed by a home rule charter to opt in by passing an ordinance, resolution, or accepting the state's administration and distribution of its local sales tax on sales made by retailers without physical presence that is collected and remitted by such sellers in accordance with the bill.


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

Sponsors: B. Gardner / J. Rich | C. Larson
Position: Monitor
Comment: FEBRUARY 11
Status: 2/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/12/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Committee Vote - Final Action Failed
2/12/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-131 Exempt Certain Businesses From Destination Sourcing Rule 
Summary:

On December 18, 2018, the department of revenue adopted various emergency rules related to sales tax collection, including a new destination sourcing rule that requires retailers to collect sales tax based on where the tangible personal property or service will be delivered instead of based on the taxing jurisdiction in which the retailer is located.

The bill specifies that the new destination sourcing rule does not apply to any retailer with physical presence that has generated less than $100,000 in gross revenue from the sale of tangible personal property or services outside of the taxing jurisdiction where the retailer is located. For those particular retailers with physical presence, the sale is sourced to the retailer's location, regardless of whether the tangible personal property or service is delivered outside of the taxing jurisdiction in which the retailer is located. The bill also adds the same exception to the statutory retailer's use tax collection requirement.


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

Sponsors: R. Woodward / K. Van Winkle | J. Arndt
Position: Support
Comment: FEBRUARY 11
Status: 2/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/19/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB19-134 Out-of-network Health Care Disclosures And Charges 
Summary:

The bill:

  • Sets the reimbursement rate that a health insurance carrier must pay a health care facility if a covered person is treated for emergency services;
  • Requires in-network health care facilities and health care providers to make disclosures to patients covered by a health benefit plan concerning the provision of services by an out-of-network provider;
  • Outlines the claims and payment process, including reimbursement rates for the provision of out-of-network services for health care facilities and health care providers; and
  • Authorizes arbitration for the payment of health care claims that are in dispute if certain criteria are met.

The commissioner of insurance is required to submit a report annually to the general assembly concerning unanticipated out-of-network services.


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

Sponsors: R. Fields | J. Tate / M. Soper
Position: Monitor
Comment: FEBRUARY 11; FEBRUARY 25
Status: 2/7/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
4/4/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
4/25/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB19-135 State Procurement Disparity Study 
Summary:

To ascertain whether disparities exist between the participation of historically underutilized businesses and other businesses in the state procurement system, the bill directs the department of personnel to contract for a disparity study of the Colorado procurement process and to make recommendations to address any discrepancies identified by the study.

The final report including the findings and recommendations from the study must be provided to the members of the general assembly and the executive director of the department of personnel (executive director) no later than December 1, 2020. The bill directs the executive director to transmit a copy of the final report to the minority business office, which shall post the report on its official website. In addition, the executive director is required to include the findings and recommendations from the study in its report to the applicable house and senate committees of reference during its hearing pursuant to the "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act".

Any entity that is subject to the disparity study is required to respond to a request for information in connection with the study as soon as possible after receiving the request.

The bill appropriates $1.3 million from the general fund to the department of personnel for use by the division of accounts and control. The division may use the appropriation for procurement and contracts operating expenses. Any unexpended and unencumbered money from the appropriation remains available for expenditure by the department of personnel for the purposes of the bill in the next fiscal year without further appropriation.


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

Sponsors: A. Williams | R. Rodriguez / J. Buckner | B. Buentello
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/8/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/25/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/12/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/12/2019 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/15/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/15/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/18/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/23/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/23/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/27/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/29/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/10/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/13/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/13/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/31/2019 Signed by Governor
5/31/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-140 Income Gain On Transactions Using Virtual Currency 
Summary:

For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2020, the bill allows an individual taxpayer or a corporation to claim a state income tax deduction on gains, to the extent included in federal taxable income, from the sale or exchange of virtual currency for other than cash or cash equivalents, up to $600 per sale or exchange. All sales or exchanges that are part of the same transaction or a series of related transactions are required to be treated as one sale or exchange.

The executive director of the department of revenue is required to promulgate rules regarding the receipt of documentation related to virtual currency transactions for which gain or loss is recognized.


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

Sponsors: J. Tate
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/13/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/26/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-169 Project Management Competencies For Certain Contracts 
Summary:

Section 1: Currently, the office of state planning and budgeting is required to prepare the forms and instructions to be used in preparation of all budget requests and supplemental budget requests submitted to the joint technology committee (JTC). For a budget request for a major information technology project (major IT project) submitted to the JTC for funding in the 2020-2021 state fiscal year or any state fiscal year thereafter, the bill requires the forms and instructions to include the submission of a written business case specifying certain information about the major IT project and a survey of other states, including specified information, that have completed major IT projects with similar goals.

Section 2: The bill requires the office of information technology (office) to ensure that every major IT project has a project manager in the office who is regularly involved in the management of the project and who is required to develop, in coordination with the state agency that is a party to the contract (state agency), specified project baseline metrics to track the progress of the project. The office is required to ensure that the contractor does not begin work on a major IT project until the project manager has developed the baseline metrics and they have been approved by the applicable state agency. In addition, the office is required to develop, in cooperation with the applicable state agency, performance indicators to monitor the major IT project and quantitative critical success factors to track the success of the project.

The project manager is required to provide the baseline metrics, the performance indicators, the critical success factors, and a quarterly status report for each major IT project to the JTC. If the quarterly status report for a major IT project indicates that the project is unlikely to achieve the performance indicators established for the project, the office is required to place the project on a list for more intense monitoring. If the office determines that the major IT project is not in compliance with the established baseline metrics for the project, that the variances in the established performance indicators or success factors established for the project are intolerable, or that the project is otherwise in need of corrective action, the office is required to notify the applicable state agency of the its recommended corrective action for the project.

Section 3: For budget requests for a major IT project submitted to the JTC for funding in the 2020-2021 state fiscal year or any state fiscal year thereafter, a governmental body is required to provide for a change management plan, including specified information and the resources necessary for the execution of the change management plan. Governmental bodies are required to seek best practices with private- or public-sector experts when appropriate to develop and implement change management plans and are required to provide written change management plans to the JTC and the office of state planning and budgeting.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: J. Tate | J. Bridges / J. Arndt | B. Titone
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/27/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/3/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/12/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/12/2019 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/15/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
4/24/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/26/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/29/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/30/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/15/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/15/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/31/2019 Governor Vetoed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB19-171 Apprenticeships And Vocational Technical Training 
Summary:

The bill requires the Colorado department of labor and employment (department) to create the Colorado state apprenticeship resource directory. The department is required to collect detailed information on each apprenticeship program in the state, including the application process, requirements for enrollment, costs, and program outcomes. The department is required to promote the availability of the directory.


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

Sponsors: J. Danielson | J. Bridges / T. Sullivan | R. Galindo
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/28/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
3/21/2019 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/12/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/16/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/17/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/23/2019 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/25/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/25/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/27/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/9/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/10/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/10/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/28/2019 Signed by Governor
5/28/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-173 Colorado Secure Savings Plan Board 
Summary:

The bill establishes the Colorado secure savings plan board (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 state treasurer or the treasurer's designee and 8 additional trustees with certain experience who are appointed by the governor.

The board is required to conduct the following 4 analyses or assessments by a specified date:

  • 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 100 employees, and administered by the department of labor and employment. The bill specifies certain duties of the department of labor and employment 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.

The bill appropriates $800,000 from the general fund to the department of the treasury for the purpose of conducting the analyses or assessments, including operating expenses.


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

Sponsors: K. Donovan | B. Pettersen / T. Kraft-Tharp | C. Hansen
Position: Neutral
Comment: MARCH 11
Status: 3/1/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/14/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/16/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/18/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/19/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/22/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/22/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
4/24/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/25/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/25/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/27/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/10/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/13/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/13/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/20/2019 Governor Signed
5/21/2019 Signed by Governor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-176 Expanding Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities 
Summary:

The bill clarifies the differences between concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment programs, and other programs that enable a student to earn postsecondary credits while the student is enrolled in high school. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, each school district, charter school, and public school operated by a board of cooperative services (local education provider) that enrolls students in grades 9 through 12 is required to provide the opportunity for concurrent enrollment. A local education provider cannot unreasonably deny approval for concurrent enrollment or limit the number of postsecondary courses in which a qualified student may enroll unless the local education provider is unable to provide access due to technological capacity. A local education provider may determine the manner in which it provides opportunities for concurrent enrollment.

The bill clarifies the information that a local education provider must provide to qualified students and their parents concerning concurrent enrollment, dual enrollment programs, the transferability of postsecondary course credits, and the costs that a qualified student or the student's parent may incur by enrolling in a postsecondary course through concurrent enrollment or a dual enrollment program. The bill clarifies that a qualified student and the student's parent are not required to pay tuition for concurrent enrollment or for enrolling in a postsecondary course through a pathways in technology early college high school, commonly known as a p-tech school.

The bill requires the department of education and the department of higher education to create a concurrent enrollment website to provide information to the public concerning the various types of programs available to enable students to earn postsecondary credits while enrolled in high school.

The bill creates the concurrent enrollment expansion and innovation grant program to provide grants to local education providers to use in starting to offer concurrent enrollment or expanding the availability of concurrent enrollment. The department of education must administer the grant program, including providing an annual report that explains how the grant money is used, who is enrolling in concurrent enrollment and the types of courses they are enrolling in, and the number and transferability of postsecondary credits earned through concurrent enrollment. The department must submit the report to the state board of education, the department of higher education, the Colorado commission on higher education, and the education committees of the general assembly. The department must also post the report to the concurrent enrollment website.

The bill directs the state board for community colleges and occupational education to provide management and coordination of efforts to implement efforts to maximize participation in concurrent enrollment through the community college system.


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

Sponsors: P. Lundeen | J. Bridges / J. McCluskie | T. Geitner
Position: Support
Comment: MARCH 11
Status: 3/1/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/3/2019 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/16/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/16/2019 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/17/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/23/2019 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/1/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/1/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/2/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/14/2019 Signed by Governor
5/17/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/17/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/17/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/20/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB19-181 Protect Public Welfare Oil And Gas Operations 
Summary:

The bill prioritizes the protection of public safety, health, welfare, and the environment in the regulation the oil and gas industry by modifying the oil and gas statute and by clarifying, reinforcing, and establishing local governments' regulatory authority over the surface impacts of oil and gas development.

Current law specifies that local governments have so-called "House Bill 1041" powers, which are a type of land use authority over oil and gas mineral extraction areas, only if the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission (commission) has identified a specific area for designation. Sections 1 and 2 of the bill repeal that limitation.

Section 3 directs the air quality control commission to review its leak detection and repair rules and to adopt rules to minimize emissions of methane and other hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, and oxides of nitrogen.

Section 4 clarifies that local governments have land use authority to regulate the siting of oil and gas locations to minimize adverse impacts to public safety, health, welfare, and the environment and to regulate land use and surface impacts, including the ability to inspect oil and gas facilities; impose fines for leaks, spills, and emissions; and impose fees on operators or owners to cover the reasonably foreseeable direct and indirect costs of permitting and regulation and the costs of any monitoring and inspection program necessary to address the impacts of development and enforce local governmental requirements. Section 4 also allows a local government or oil and gas operator to request the director of the commission to convene a technical review board to evaluate the effect of the local government's preliminary or final determination on the operator's application.

Section 5 repeals an exemption for oil and gas production from counties' authority to regulate noise.

The remaining substantive sections of the bill amend the "Oil and Gas Conservation Act" (Act). The legislative declaration for the Act states that it is in the public interest to "foster" the development of oil and gas resources in a manner "consistent" with the protection of public health, safety, and welfare, including protection of the environment and wildlife resources; this has been construed to impose a balancing test between fostering oil and gas development and protecting the public health, safety, and welfare. Section 6 states that the public interest is to "regulate" oil and gas development to "protect" those values.

Currently, the Act defines "waste" to include a diminution in the quantity of oil or gas that ultimately may be produced. Section 7 excludes from that definition the nonproduction of oil or gas as necessary to protect public health, safety, welfare, the environment, or wildlife resources. Section 7 also repeals the requirement that the commission take into consideration cost-effectiveness and technical feasibility with regard to actions and decisions taken to minimize adverse impacts and repeals the limitation of the term "minimize adverse impacts" to wildlife resources.

The 9-member commission currently includes 3 members who must have substantial experience in the oil and gas industry and one member who must have training or experience in environmental or wildlife protection. Section 8 reduces the number of industry members to one and requires one member with training or substantial experience in wildlife protection; one member with training or substantial experience in environmental protection; one member with training or substantial experience in technical expertise or soil conservation or reclamation; one member who is an active agricultural producer or a royalty owner; and one member with training or substantial experience in public health. Section 9 requires the director of the commission to hire up to 2 deputy directors. The director is required to submit a report to the general assembly regarding any recommended changes to the commission. Upon receipt of a request for a technical review, the director is required to appoint technical review board members.

The Act currently specifies that the commission has exclusive authority relating to the conservation of oil or gas. Section 10 clarifies that nothing in the Act alters, impairs, or negates the authority of:

  • The air quality control commission to regulate the air pollution associated with oil and gas operations;
  • The water quality control commission to regulate the discharge of water pollutants from oil and gas operations;
  • The state board of health to regulate the disposal of naturally occurring radioactive materials and technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials from oil and gas operations;
  • The solid and hazardous waste commission to regulate the disposal of hazardous waste and exploration and production waste from oil and gas operations; or
  • A local government to regulate land use related to oil and gas operations, including specifically the siting of an oil and gas location.

Currently, an operator first gets a permit from the commission to drill one or more wells within a drilling unit, which is located within a defined area, and then notifies the applicable local government of the proposed development and seeks any necessary local government approval. Section 11 requires operators to file, with the application for a permit to drill, either: Proof that the operator has already filed an application with the affected local government to approve the siting of the proposed oil and gas location and of the local government's disposition of the application; or proof that the affected local government does not regulate the siting of oil and gas locations. Section 11 also specifies that, until the commission has promulgated rules regarding 3 specific topics and the rules have become effective, the director may refuse to issue a permit if the director determines that the permit requires additional analysis to ensure the protection of public health, safety, and welfare or the environment or requires additional local government or other state agency consultation.

Pursuant to commission rule, an operator may submit a statewide blanket financial assurance of $60,000 for fewer than 100 wells or $100,000 for 100 or more wells. Section 11 directs the commission to adopt rules that require financial assurance sufficient to provide adequate coverage for all applicable requirements of the Act. Current law allows the commission to set numerous fees used to administer the Act and sets a $200 or $100 cap on the fees. Section 11 eliminates the caps and requires the commission to set a permit application fee in an amount sufficient to recover the commission's reasonably foreseeable direct and indirect costs in conducting the analysis necessary to assure that permitted operations will be conducted in compliance with all applicable requirements of the Act.

Current law gives the commission the authority to regulate oil and gas operations so as to prevent and mitigate "significant" adverse environmental impacts to the extent necessary to protect public health, safety, and welfare, taking into consideration cost-effectiveness and technical feasibility. Section 11 requires the commission to protect and minimize adverse impacts to public health, safety, and welfare, the environment, and wildlife resources and protect against adverse environmental impacts on any air, water, soil, or biological resource resulting from oil and gas operations. Section 11 also requires the commission to adopt rules that require alternate location analyses for oil and gas facilities that are proposed to be located near populated areas and that evaluate and address the cumulative impacts of oil and gas development. Finally, section 11 directs the commission to promulgate rules to:

  • Ensure proper wellbore integrity of all oil and gas production wells, including the use of nondestructive testing of well joints and requiring certification of several categories of oil and gas workers;
  • Allow public disclosure of flowline information and to evaluate and determine when a deactivated flowline must be inspected before being reactivated; and
  • Evaluate and determine when inactive, temporarily abandoned, and shut-in wells must be inspected before being put into production or used for injection.

Current law authorizes "forced" or "statutory" pooling, a process by which "any interested person", typically an operator who has at least one lease or royalty interest, may apply to the commission for an order to pool oil and gas resources located within a particularly identified drilling unit. After giving notice to interested parties and holding a hearing, the commission can adopt a pooling order to require an owner of oil and gas resources within the drilling unit who has not consented to the application (nonconsenting owner) to allow the operator to produce the oil and gas within the drilling unit notwithstanding the owner's lack of consent. Section 12 requires that the owners of more than 50% of the mineral interests to be pooled must have joined in the application for a pooling order and that the application include either: Proof that the applicant has already filed an application with the affected local government to approve the siting of the proposed oil and gas facilities and of the local government's disposition of the application; or proof that the affected local government does not regulate the siting of oil and gas facilities. Section 12 also specifies that the operator cannot use the surface owned by a nonconsenting owner without permission from the nonconsenting owner.

Current law also sets the royalty that a nonconsenting owner is entitled to receive at 12.5% of the full royalty rate until the consenting owners have been fully reimbursed (out of the remaining 87.5% of the nonconsenting owner's royalty) for their costs. Section 12 raises a nonconsenting owner's royalty rate during this pay-back period from 12.5% to 13% and makes a corresponding reduction of the portion of the nonconsenting owner's royalty from which the consenting owners' costs are paid.

Current law requires the commission to ensure that the 2-year average of the unobligated portion of the oil and gas conservation and environmental response fund does not exceed $6 million and that there is an adequate balance in the environmental response account in the fund to address environmental response needs. Section 13 directs the commission to ensure that the unobligated portion of the fund does not exceed 50% of total appropriations from the fund for the upcoming fiscal year and that there is an adequate balance in the account to support the operations of the commission and to address environmental response needs.

Section 15 amends preemption law by specifying that both state agencies and local governments have authority to regulate oil and gas operations and establishes that local government requirements may be more stringent than state requirements.

Section 16 appropriates $770,959 to the department of natural resources to implement the act.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: S. Fenberg | M. Foote / K. Becker | Y. Caraveo
Position: Oppose
Comment: MARCH 11
Status: 3/1/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
3/5/2019 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Finance
3/7/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/8/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/12/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/13/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment + Finance + Appropriations
3/18/2019 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Unamended to Finance
3/25/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/27/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/28/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/29/2019 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/1/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/3/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/10/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/11/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/12/2019 Sent to the Governor
4/16/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-188 FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program 
Summary:

The bill creates a study of the implementation of a paid family and medical leave program in the state by:

  • Requiring the department of labor and employment (department) to contract with experts in the field of paid family and medical leave;
  • Requiring the department to make requests for information from third parties that may be willing to administer all or part of a paid family and medical leave program;
  • Creating the family and medical leave implementation task force (task force) that is responsible for recommending a plan to implement a paid family and medical leave program for the state; and
  • Requiring an actuarial study of the final plan recommended by the task force.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Sponsors: F. Winter | A. Williams / M. Gray | M. Duran
Position: Oppose
Comment: MARCH 11
Status: 3/7/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/13/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Finance
4/9/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/16/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/18/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/22/2019 - No Amendments
4/22/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/24/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/25/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2019 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
4/25/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/26/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/29/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/29/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/30/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/1/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Pass
5/1/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Reconsider
5/15/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/15/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/29/2019 Signed by Governor
5/30/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-196 Colorado Quality Apprenticeship Training Act Of 2019 
Summary:

The bill modifies procurement requirements for state contracts for public projects. The bill makes the following changes:

Apprenticeship utilization requirements: The general contractor for a public project financed in whole or in part by state money in the amount of $1 million or more is required to submit, prior to the contract award, documentation to the contracting agency that certifies that all subcontractors used on the project participate in apprenticeship training programs that have been approved by a federal or state apprenticeship agency and have a proven record of graduating apprentices at specified rates. The contractor is required to provide specified supporting documentation to the contracting agency and the agency is required to make the documentation available to the public on its website. A contractor that plans to submit a bid for a public project may request a waiver of the apprenticeship requirements and the contracting agency is required make public all waivers and the specific rationale for granting the waiver. The apprenticeship utilization requirements do not apply to the department of transportation.

Prevailing wage requirements: Any contractor who is awarded a contract for a public project, including an integrated project delivery contract, by an agency of government for $500,000 or more (public project), and any subcontractors working on the public project, are required to pay their employees a prevailing wage at weekly intervals. This requirement does not apply to contracts that include federal money. This requirement also does not apply to the department of transportation; except that the department of transportation is required to pay employees performing work on public projects, regardless of the amount of funding source of the project, in accordance with the federal "Davis-Bacon Act".

Before awarding a contract for a public project, an agency of government is required obtain the general prevailing rate of the regular, holiday, and overtime wages paid and the general prevailing payments on behalf of employees to lawful welfare, pension, vacation, apprentice training, and education funds in the state (wages) for each employee needed to execute the contract for the public project.

An agency of government is required to specify in the competitive solicitation for a public project and in the contract for such public project the general prevailing rate of the wages paid in the geographic locality for each employee needed to execute the contract. The contract is also required to include other specified information regarding the payment of wages. If the contractor or subcontractor fails to pay wages as are required by the contract, the contracting agency of government is not allowed to approve a warrant or demand for payment to the contractor until the contractor provides evidence that the wages have been paid

The executive director of the department of personnel is required to determine the applicable prevailing wage for public projects and is required to use appropriate wage determinations issued by the United States department of labor in accordance with the federal "Davis-Bacon Act" to establish the prevailing wage rates for the applicable trades or occupation for the geographic locality of the public project.

Each contractor awarded a contract for public project and each subcontractor who performs work on the public project is required to post in conspicuous places on the job site posters that contain the current prevailing rate of wages to execute the contract and the rights and remedies of any employee for nonpayment of any wages earned. The executive director of the department of personnel is required to create the posters and provide them to contractors and subcontractors.

The executive director of the department of personnel is required to establish a separate apprenticeship contribution rate under the prevailing wage requirements.

The bill specifies enforcement provisions, overseen by the department of labor and employment, for violations of the prevailing wage requirements and specifies that an employee or former employee of a contractor or subcontractor is allowed to bring a civil action for a violation of the prevailing wage requirements.


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

Sponsors: P. Lee | J. Danielson / A. Garnett | M. Duran
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/13/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/8/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/11/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/12/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily with Amendments - Committee
4/15/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/16/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/23/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/26/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/26/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/27/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/29/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/10/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/13/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/13/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/28/2019 Signed by Governor
5/28/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-216 High School Innovative Learning Pilot 
Summary:

The bill creates the high school innovative learning pilot program (pilot program) to support school districts, boards of cooperative services, and charter schools (local education providers) in providing innovative learning opportunities to students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 (high school students). Each local education provider that is selected to participate in the pilot program is allowed, for purposes of school finance, to count high school students who participate in innovative learning opportunities as full-time pupils regardless of whether they meet the required number of teacher-pupil instruction and contact hours for full-time enrollment.

A local education provider may apply to participate in the pilot program by submitting an application that, among other things, describes the local education provider's innovative learning plan (plan). The bill specifies other requirements for the application and requirements for the plan. The department of education (department) implements the pilot program by reviewing the applications and recommending to the state board of education (state board) the applicants that should participate in the pilot program, and the state board selects the participants. The recommendations and selections must be based on criteria specified in the bill. The bill limits the number of pilot program participants in the first year but states the intent of the general assembly to increase participation to 100% by the 2025-26 budget year.

The bill directs the department to contract with a statewide nonprofit entity to assist the department and local education providers in applying to participate, participating, and evaluating the pilot program and in preparing a report concerning implementation of the pilot program. The bill specifies information that each participating local education provider must submit to the department concerning its participation in the pilot program and requires the department to prepare an annual report summarizing the information and evaluating the success of the pilot program in increasing high school student participation in innovative learning opportunities.

The pilot program and the grant program are repealed, effective July 1, 2025.


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

Sponsors: J. Bridges / S. Bird
Position:
Comment:
Status: 3/25/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/11/2019 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/16/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/18/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/19/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/23/2019 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/25/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/25/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/27/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/7/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/7/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/7/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/10/2019 Signed by Governor
5/10/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-225 Authorize Local Governments To Stabilize Rent 
Summary:

The bill repeals existing statutory language prohibiting counties or municipalities (local governments) from enacting any ordinance or resolution that would control rent on either private residential property or a private residential housing unit (collectively, private residential property). The bill authorizes local governments to enact and enforce any ordinance, resolution, agreement, deed restriction, or other measure that would stabilize rent on private residential property.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: J. Gonzales | R. Rodriguez / S. Lontine | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez
Position: Oppose
Comment: April 8.
Status: 4/1/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/15/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/18/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/19/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/26/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/29/2019 - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/02/2019 - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-226 Voluntary Housing Agreements Unincorporated Areas 
Summary:

The bill authorizes the board of county commissioners of any county, by duly enacted ordinances, resolutions, or other forms of binding law, to establish and create a program that implements voluntary housing agreements within an unincorporated area of the county. The bill defines "voluntary housing agreement program" to mean a program adopted by a county government that enables agreements between the county and a developer that increase the supply of housing stock within the county that is priced as affordable for low- and moderate-income households.

Nothing in the bill is intended to challenge or affect the legal status of any such program implemented and in effect prior to the effective date of the bill.


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

Sponsors: F. Winter / Y. Caraveo
Position:
Comment:
Status: 4/1/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
4/9/2019 Senate Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-233 Holding Company Income Tax Combined Report 
Summary:

Two or more corporations controlled by the same interests are required to file a combined report in certain instances for apportioning income for Colorado income tax purposes. The Colorado court of appeals recently interpreted existing law to exclude all holding companies purportedly without property or payroll from combined reports. The bill clarifies that only corporations with property and payroll located outside the United States are excluded from a combined report. The bill further clarifies when the treatment of the activities of a partnership is treated as the activity of a member of an affiliated group of corporations.


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

Sponsors: P. Lee / M. Snyder | M. Gray
Position:
Comment:
Status: 4/2/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/16/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
4/23/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/26/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
4/30/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/30/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/1/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/2/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/2/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/21/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/21/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/21/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/31/2019 Signed by Governor
5/31/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-237 Consumer Protection Act Damages 
Summary:

The bill amends the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act" (act) to clarify that a plaintiff in an individual action may be awarded damages equal to the sum of $500 per violation.

The bill also amends the act to clarify that, under the act, a class action may be brought and damages may awarded to the class.


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

Sponsors: R. Rodriguez / D. Roberts
Position:
Comment:
Status: 4/9/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/25/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/29/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/30/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
5/3/2019 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: Friday, May 3 2019
Finance
Upon Adjournment Room 0112
(1) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-243 Prohibit Food Establishments' Use Of Polystyrene 
Summary:

Effective January 1, 2024, the bill prohibits a retail food establishment from distributing an expanded polystyrene product for use as a container for off-premises ready-to-eat food in the state. The executive director of the department of public health and environment or the executive director's designee may, through the attorney general, seek injunctive relief against a retail food establishment that violates the prohibition.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Sponsors: D. Moreno | M. Foote / L. Cutter | J. Singer
Position:
Comment:
Status: 4/15/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/22/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/24/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-255 Gallagher Amendment Residential Assessment Rate 
Summary:

Based on a residential target percentage that is equal to 45.69%, the bill lowers the ratio of valuation for assessment for residential real property from 7.2% to 7.15% for property tax years commencing on and after January 1, 2019, until the next property tax year that the general assembly adjusts this ratio.


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

Sponsors: L. Court | J. Tate / L. Herod | D. Esgar
Position:
Comment: For consideration April 22.
Status: 4/17/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/23/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/26/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/29/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/29/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/13/2019 Sent to the Governor
5/13/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/13/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/3/2019 Signed by Governor
6/3/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SCR19-001 Transfer Of GOCO Great Outdoors Colorado Money To State Education Fund 
Summary:

Beginning with the third quarter of the 2020-21 state fiscal year, the concurrent resolution allows the transfer of available net proceeds minus any money required to pay bonds issued by law by the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) trust fund board of every state-supervised lottery game operated under the authority of section 2 of article XVIII of the state constitution to the state education fund.
(Note: This summary applies to this concurrent resolution as introduced.)

Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg / R. Pelton
Position:
Comment:
Status: 2/13/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/25/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SCR19-003 Replace Motor Fuel Taxes With Additional Sales Tax 
Summary:

If approved by the voters of the state at the November 2020 general election, the concurrent resolution will amend the state constitution to require the general assembly to enact a law that will:

  • Effective July 1, 2021, repeal existing state excise taxes on gasoline and other liquid motor fuel, including diesel, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (motor fuel taxes); except that the law shall not repeal the existing state excise tax on aviation fuel used for aviation purposes;
  • On and after July 1, 2021, levy an additional state sales and use tax (additional sales tax) at a rate calculated to generate the amount of net revenue needed to offset 99% of the state revenue loss resulting from the repeal of the motor fuel taxes for state fiscal year 2021-22; and
  • Require the net revenue generated by the additional sales tax to be credited to the highway users tax fund (HUTF), initially allocated to the state, counties, and municipalities in a manner that preserves existing HUTF allocations as nearly as possible, and used exclusively for the construction, maintenance, and supervision of the surface transportation system of the state.

The concurrent resolution specifies that for purposes of the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, its approval by the voters of the state constitutes voter approval in advance for the state to levy the additional sales tax and to retain and spend all revenue generated by the additional state sales and use tax during a state fiscal year that exceeds the amount of revenue generated during the 2020-21 state fiscal year by the repealed gasoline and special fuel taxes as a voter-approved revenue change.


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

Sponsors: K. Priola / M. Gray
Position: Monitor
Comment: April 8
Status: 4/5/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
4/18/2019 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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