Jefferson County Business Lobby Bill Tracker


HB20-1002 College Credit For Work Experience 
Comment: This will help build a skilled workforce. 1-13-20
Position: Support
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: B. McLachlan (D) | M. Baisley (R) / R. Zenzinger (D) | T. Story (D)
Summary: The bill directs the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to develop a program to award academic credit for relevant work experience.
Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations
1/28/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/13/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/1/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/2/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/4/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/5/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
6/6/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Finance
6/8/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/9/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/9/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/10/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/26/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/26/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/26/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
7/8/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1004 Assistance Landowner Wildfire Mitigation 
Comment: Jefferson County's wildland-urban interface is expanding and become more risky so state efforts at fire mitigation are helpful. 1-27-20
Position: Support
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: L. Cutter (D) | P. Will (R) / P. Lee (D)
Summary: The bill establishes a grant program to conduct outreach to landowners in to inform them of resources available for wildfire mitigation and best practices.
Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
1/27/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Amended to Finance
2/24/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1022 Sales And Use Tax Simplification Task Force 
Comment: The JCBL has long supported the efforts of the sales tax simplification task force, which is attempting to deal with complexity of Colorado's sales tax collection and remittance system. 1-13-20
Position: Support
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp (D) | K. Van Winkle (R) / A. Williams (D) | J. Tate (R)
Summary: This bill extends the authorization of the Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force for 5 more years.
Status: 0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
1/21/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/21/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/21/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/24/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/28/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/9/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/2/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/3/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/4/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/5/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
6/10/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/19/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/19/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/19/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/29/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1023 State Address Data For Sales And Use Tax Collection 
Comment: This bill is a product of the sales tax simplification task force. Businesses should be able to legally rely on the data they get from the new state sales tax database without fear of being fined if the state's information is incorrect. 1-13-20
Position: Support
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp (D) | K. Van Winkle (R) / A. Williams (D) | J. Tate (R)
Summary: The bill ensures that businesses who collect sales tax can legally rely on the tax rate, taxable items and property taxing districts provided by the new state sales tax database.
Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
1/21/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
1/24/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
1/28/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
1/29/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/3/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/19/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/24/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/25/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/1/2020 Governor Signed
3/6/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/6/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/10/2020 Sent to the Governor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1024 Net Operating Loss Deduction Modifications 
Comment: 1-27-20
Position: Oppose
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: A. Benavidez (D) | M. Snyder (D) / D. Moreno (D)
Summary:

Colorado taxpayers can claim a net operating loss deduction on their Colorado tax return. Unless statute otherwise provides, the state deduction is currently allowed in the same manner that a similar deduction is allowed under the internal revenue code to determine federal taxable income.

Under current law, corporate taxpayers in Colorado are allowed to carry forward their net operating loss deduction for the same number of years as allowed for a federal net operating loss. For many years, taxpayers were limited to a 20-year carryforward period for both state and federal taxes. The federal "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (TCJA), enacted in 2017, allowed federal taxpayers unlimited years to carry forward net operating losses. Because Colorado's statute specifies that net operating losses may be carried forward "for the same number of years as allowed for a federal net operating loss", the TCJA's change resulted in the same change to Colorado's law. The act partially decouples the corporate net operating loss deduction from the federal net operating loss deduction by returning the state's carryforward period to 20 years for net operating losses generated in income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2021.

The act also repeals a state provision that was effective only for financial institutions, so that, for purposes of the period of years a loss can be carried forward, financial institutions will now be treated the same as any other taxpayer.


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
1/27/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/14/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/19/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/21/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/25/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/28/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/10/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/4/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/5/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/6/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/19/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/19/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/22/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/26/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1025 Sales Tax Exemption Industrial And Manufacturing Energy Use 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: A. Benavidez (D) | M. Snyder (D) / L. Court (D) | J. Tate (R)
Summary:

Tax Expenditure Evaluation Interim Study Committee. Under current law, the sales tax exemption for energy use exempts the sale and purchase of electricity, gas, fuel oil, steam, coal, coke, or nuclear fuel used in processing, manufacturing, mining, refining, irrigation, construction, telegraph, telephone, and radio communication, street and railroad transportation services, and all industrial uses, and newsprint and printer's ink used by newspaper publisher and commercial printers from state sales tax. The bill modifies this sales exemption to only apply when the energy is used by a metered machine.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment + Finance
2/10/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
2/24/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance
5/28/2020 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1039 Transparent State Web Portal Search Rules 
Comment: 2-24-20
Position: Support
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: J. Coleman (D) | M. Baisley (R) / R. Zenzinger (D) | J. Tate (R)
Summary:

The act creates an online transparency task force. Interested legislators and the following individuals, or their designees, may participate in the task force:

  • The head of each principal department;
  • The state's chief information officer; and
  • The executive director of the statewide internet portal authority, who is chair of the task force.

The purpose of the task force is to recommend:

  • Ways to enhance citizens' online access to rules and the rule-making process and to increase the transparency of the rule-making process;
  • Options for the design and implementation of an integrated state rule-making web portal;
  • Common rule-making agency reporting formats, workflows, timelines, and protocols; and
  • An entity to manage the integrated state rule-making web portal.

The task force shall submit a written report that summarizes its recommendations by January 1, 2021, to the general assembly's committees of reference with jurisdiction over business and state affairs and cease operations upon submission of the report.


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor + Appropriations
2/19/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/21/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/26/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/28/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/11/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/13/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/17/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/17/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/23/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/24/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1046 Private Construction Contract Payment Requirements 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: D. Valdez (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

In a construction contract of at least $150,000, the bill requires:

  • A property owner to make partial payments to the contractor of any amount due under the contract at the end of each calendar month or as soon as practicable after the end of the month;
  • A property owner to pay the contractor at least 95% of the value of satisfactorily completed work;
  • A property owner to pay the withheld percentage within 60 days after the contract is completed satisfactorily;
  • A contractor to pay a subcontractor for work performed under a subcontract within 30 calendar days after receiving payment for the work, not including a withheld percentage not to exceed 5%;
  • A subcontractor to pay any supplier, subcontractor, or laborer who provided goods, materials, labor, or equipment to the subcontractor within 30 calendar days after receiving payment under the subcontract; and
  • A subcontractor to submit to the contractor a list of the suppliers, sub-subcontractors, and laborers who provided goods, materials, labor, or equipment to the subcontractor for the work.

The bill does not apply to contracts with public entities or to a contract concerning one multi-family dwelling of no more than 4 units or one single-family dwelling. A person who fails to make a required payment must pay 1.5% interest per month until the debt is fully paid. In a lawsuit to enforce the bill, the prevailing party is awarded attorney fees and costs.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
1/28/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
2/18/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1048 Race Trait Hairstyle Anti-discrimination Protect 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: L. Herod (D) | J. Buckner (D) / R. Fields (D)
Summary:

The act enacts the "Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act of 2020", also known as the "CROWN Act of 2020", which specifies that, for purposes of anti-discrimination laws in the context of public education, employment practices, housing, public accommodations, and advertising, protections against discrimination on the basis of one's race include hair texture, hair type, or a protective hairstyle commonly or historically associated with race, such as braids, locs, twists, tight coils or curls, cornrows, Bantu knots, Afros, and headwraps.


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/5/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/10/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
2/11/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/11/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/12/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/24/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/27/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/28/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/5/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/5/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/6/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/6/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1057 Modify Wildfire Risk Mitigation Grant Program 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: T. Carver (R) | J. McCluskie (D) / D. Coram (R) | S. Fenberg (D)
Summary:

The act makes the following modifications to the existing "Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation Act" (FRWRMA) and, specifically, the grant program funded by FRWRMA:

  • Currently, grant applicants are required to self-finance 50% of the cost of a project funded by a grant. In the case of a project that is located in an area with fewer economic resources, the act lessens this requirement so that grant applicants are required to self-finance 25% of the total cost of the project. The forest service is required to establish a policy that specifies the criteria by which a project will satisfy such requirements.
  • In meeting the match requirements under FRWRMA, the act specifies that a project may be funded in whole or in part from gifts, grants, or donations received from any organization, entity, or individual.
  • In measuring an in-kind contribution under FRWRMA, the act specifies that such a contribution may include volunteer hours provided by the staff of an entity or organization applying for grant funding and the time for which staff receives monetary compensation in the form of salary or other financial benefits.
  • Permits a grant project eligible to receive funding to support ongoing maintenance efforts undertaken by eligible recipients to reduce the threat of large, high-intensity wildfires.
  • Eliminates an existing requirement that, to receive funding, a project must include a diverse and balanced group of stakeholders as well as appropriate governmental representatives. As part of the submission of grant applications, the forest service encourages applicants to include on their grant applications information that indicates whether the project satisfies these objectives.
  • Adds to the list of recipients eligible to receive grant funding a fire protection district and a nonprofit organization or entity engaged in firefighting or fire management activities.
  • Extends the date by which the grant program will be repealed to September 1, 2029.

In the act, the general assembly encourages the forest service to modify its administrative policies and procedures to enable funding to be provided to grant recipients in March to enable wildfire mitigation to commence before the prime wildfire season starts in June.


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture
2/10/2020 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/13/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/14/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/18/2020 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
2/20/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
2/27/2020 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/3/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/17/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/17/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/23/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/24/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1064 Public Utilities Commission Study Of Community Choice Energy 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: E. Hooton (D)
Summary:

Investor-owned Utility Review Interim Study Committee. The bill declares that the concept of "community choice energy" (CCE), under which a community may choose to purchase electricity at wholesale through a supplier other than the local investor-owned electric utility, has the potential to enable communities to meet their renewable energy goals and save money without disrupting the local utility's current status as sole supplier of transmission, distribution, and customer service functions. To lay the groundwork for potential adoption of CCE in Colorado, the bill proposes 2 studies:

  • A feasibility study, conducted by an independent energy expert under the guidance of the public utilities commission (PUC), to examine the financial and technical requirements that would need to be met for CCE to be viable and beneficial; and
  • An investigatory proceeding at the PUC, inviting testimony and documentation from persons with firsthand knowledge of utility operations, CCE, or both, including regulators from other states in which CCE has been implemented. The goal of the investigation is to identify best practices and recommend legislative changes that would allow CCE to function well in Colorado if adopted.

The bill directs that reports of the results of the feasibility study and the investigatory docket be given to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over energy matters in late 2020.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment + Appropriations
2/10/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1073 County Commissioner Districts Gerrymandering 
Comment: 1-13-20
Position: Monitor
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: C. Kennedy (D) | C. Larson (R)
Summary:

The bill requires the creation of independent county commissioner redistricting commissions (commissions) to divide counties that have any number of their county commissioners not elected by the voters of the whole county into county commissioner districts. The bill:

  • Specifies that commissions are appointed both for counties that have any number of their county commissioners not elected by the voters of the whole county after each federal decennial census of the United States and when a county that has all of its commissioners elected by the voters of the whole county elects to have only some of its commissioners elected by the voters of the whole county;
  • Specifies that the commissions consist of 7 members, 2 of whom must be registered with the state's largest political party, 2 of whom must be registered with the state's second largest political party, and 3 of whom must not be registered with any political party;
  • Establishes the qualifications to serve on the commissions and the method by which commissioners are appointed;
  • Authorizes the commissions to adopt rules and specifies how the commissions are staffed, how the commissions are funded, how the commissions are organized, and sets forth the ethical obligations of the commissioners;
  • Requires the commissions to provide the opportunity for public involvement, including multiple hearings, the ability to propose maps, and to testify at commission hearings, and requires hearings to comply with state statutes regarding open meetings;
  • Mandates that paid lobbying of the commissions be disclosed to the secretary of state by the lobbyist within 72 hours of when the lobbying occurred or when the payment for lobbying occurred, whichever is earlier;
  • Establishes prioritized factors for the commissions to use in drawing districts, including federal requirements, the preservation of communities of interest and political subdivisions, and maximizing the number of competitive districts;
  • Prohibits the commissions from approving a map if it has been drawn for the purpose of protecting one or more members of or candidates for county commissioner or a political party, and codifies current federal law and related existing federal requirements prohibiting maps drawn for the purpose of or that results in the denial or abridgement of a person's right to vote or electoral influence on account of a person's race, ethnic origin, or membership in a protected language group;
  • Requires a majority of commissioners to approve a redistricting map and specifies the date by which a final map must be approved;
  • Specifies that the nonpartisan staff of each commission will draft a preliminary redistricting map and up to 3 additional maps, and, in the event of deadlock by a commission, creates a process by which nonpartisan staff submit a final map to a panel of district court judges for review based on specified criteria; and
  • Requires judicial review of a commission-approved or nonpartisan staff-submitted redistricting map, and limits district court judicial panel review to whether a commission or the staff committed an abuse of discretion.

The bill also repeals anachronistic county precinct size rules and allows county clerk and recorders to redraw precincts less often.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/30/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/5/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/02/2020 - No Amendments
3/10/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/13/2020 - No Amendments
3/14/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2020 - No Amendments
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(2) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1078 Pharmacy Benefit Management Firm Claims Payments 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: S. Jaquez Lewis (D) | K. Mullica (D) / F. Winter (D)
Summary:

Beginning January 1, 2021, the act:

  • Prohibits a pharmacy benefit management firm (PBM) from reimbursing a pharmacy in an amount less than the amount that the PBM reimburses any affiliate for the same pharmacy services;
  • Prohibits PBMs from retroactively reducing payment on a clean claim submitted by a pharmacy unless as the result of an audit conducted in accordance with state law; and
  • Requires health insurers that contract with PBMs to ensure that the PBMs are complying with this prohibition.

The division of insurance is authorized to promulgate rules to establish the manner in which carriers and pharmacy benefit management firms are required to show compliance with the act.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
1/29/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/3/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/5/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/6/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/10/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/4/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/9/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/10/2020 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/12/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/13/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/17/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/17/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/23/2020 Sent to the Governor
4/1/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1080 Remove Residency Requirement For Marijuana License 
Comment: 1-13-20
Position: Monitor
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: M. Gray (D) | K. Van Winkle (R) / J. Gonzales (D) | V. Marble (R)
Summary:

Under current law, all managers and employees of a medical marijuana business or a retail marijuana business with day-to-day operational control must be Colorado residents when they apply for licensure. The act repeals this residency requirement.

The act clarifies that all employee licenses are valid for a period not to exceed 2 years and all regulated marijuana business licenses and licenses granted to a controlling beneficial owner are valid for one year.


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/4/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/10/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/11/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/12/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/4/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/9/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/10/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
3/13/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/17/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/17/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/23/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/24/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1089 Employee Protection Lawful Off-duty Activities 
Comment: 1-27-20
Position: Oppose
Date Introduced: 2020-01-10
Sponsors: J. Melton (D)
Summary:

The bill prohibits an employer from terminating an employee for the employee's lawful off-duty activities that are lawful under state law even if those activities are not lawful under federal law.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/10/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/19/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1093 County Authority License And Regulate Business 
Comment: 1-27-20; Update 2-10-20
Position: Monitor
Date Introduced: 2020-01-13
Sponsors: J. McCluskie (D) | J. Wilson (R) / K. Donovan (D) | B. Rankin (R)
Summary:

The act grants a board of county commissioners the authority to license and regulate an owner or owner's agent who rents or advertises the owner's lodging unit for a short-term stay, and to fix the fees, terms, and manner for issuing and revoking licenses issued therefor.


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
1/13/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
2/5/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/10/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/11/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/12/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
3/5/2020 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/10/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/16/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/16/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/16/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/23/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1096 Authorize Protected Series Of Limited Liability Company 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-13
Sponsors: M. Baisley (R) / J. Sonnenberg (R) | R. Woodward (R)
Summary:

In response to the growing popularity of series limited liability companies (series LLCs) in the United States, in 2017 the Uniform Law Commission promulgated the "Uniform Protected Series Act" (UPSA or Act). The bill enacts the UPSA, effective January 1, 2021.

Subpart 1 contains general provisions. The UPSA uses the term "protected series" to highlight the internal liability shields that are a defining characteristic of the Act, and to avoid confusion with the term "series", which is often used to refer to classes of interests in business entities that do not affect liabilities to third parties. If the requirements of the UPSA are satisfied, then assets of one protected series (referred to as "associated assets") are not available to satisfy claims of creditors of the LLC or of other protected series of the series LLC.

Subpart 2 explains how to establish a protected series. Subpart 3 includes the record-keeping requirements that must be satisfied for an asset to qualify as an "associated asset" under the Act. Subpart 3 also provides rules for associating members with a protected series and addresses series transferable interests, management, and nonassociated members' rights to information.

Subpart 4 covers limitations on liability and enforcement of claims. The Act provides 2 types of liability shields: Vertical and horizontal. The traditional vertical shield protects equity holders and managers from status-based liability for an organization's obligations. The horizontal shield protects a protected series of a series LLC and its associated assets from liability for the debts, obligations, and other liabilities of the company or of another protected series of the company. A creditor may enforce a judgment against another protected series of a series LLC by pursuing assets owned by the company or by another protected series of the company if the UPSA's requirements are not satisfied for these other assets (or "nonassociated assets").

Subpart 5 addresses grounds for dissolution and provisions for winding up. Subpart 6 includes restrictions on mergers and other entity transactions involving series LLCs and protected series. Subpart 7 addresses foreign protected series. Subpart 8 addresses transitional issues.


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

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/27/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1109 Tax Credit Employer Contributions To Employee 529s 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-15
Sponsors: K. Van Winkle (R) | A. Garnett (D) / B. Gardner (R) | N. Todd (D)
Summary:

The act extends the income tax credit for employer contributions to employee 529 qualified state tuition programs for an additional 10 years.


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

Status: 1/15/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
1/30/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
2/14/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/14/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/18/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
2/19/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/21/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/5/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/13/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/26/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/2/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/3/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/16/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/16/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/16/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/29/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1116 Procurement Technical Assistance Program Extension 
Comment: 2-24-20
Position: Support
Date Introduced: 2020-01-15
Sponsors: D. Esgar (D) | T. Sullivan (D) / N. Todd (D) | B. Gardner (R)
Summary:

The office of economic development (office) currently contracts with a nonprofit entity that was designated by the federal defense logistics agency to provide procurement technical assistance statewide (nonprofit entity). The nonprofit entity helps small businesses in the state obtain and perform government contracts at the local, state, and federal level. This includes small businesses owned by women, minorities, and veterans. The current 6-year contract between the office and the nonprofit entity will expire in September 2020. The act authorizes the office to renew the contract for up to 5 years.

As part of the state's investment in the procurement technical assistance program (state's investment), current law specifies that the general assembly shall not contribute more than $200,000 from the general fund or any other source annually. The act specifies that for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 state fiscal years, the general assembly shall not provide more than $175,000 from the general fund for the state's investment, and that for the 2020-21 state fiscal year only, the office shall provide, within existing resources, the remaining $25,000 toward the state's investment.

In addition, the act allows the general assembly to increase its contribution to the state's investment in any contract year so long as the nonprofit entity contributes a 100% match to the increased amount in the same contract year by soliciting gifts, grants, and donations. In addition, the nonprofit entity is required to obtain $200,000 in gifts, grants, or donations annually for part of the state's investment. In the 3rd through 6th contract year of the original contract, current law requires that at least 25% of the $200,000 be in the form of cash. The act extends this requirement for each year of the renewed contract.

Current law also requires the state treasurer to annually transfer $220,000 from the general fund to the procurement technical assistance cash fund through the 2019-20 state fiscal year. The act extends the annual transfer through the 2024-25 fiscal year; except that for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 state fiscal years, the amount of the transfer is $175,000.


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

Status: 1/15/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/11/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
2/28/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/28/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/3/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
5/26/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/2/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/5/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
6/12/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/26/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/26/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/26/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/29/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1119 State Government Regulation Of Perfluoroalkyl And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-15
Sponsors: T. Exum (D) | L. Landgraf (R) / D. Hisey (R) | P. Lee (D)
Summary:

The act addresses the authority of the state government to regulate perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Section 1 of the act addresses when PFAS may be used for firefighting foam system testing both in general and in certain aircraft hangars.

Section 2 requires the solid and hazardous waste commission to promulgate rules for both a certificate of registration for any facility, fire department, or lessee subject to federal rules and regulations that uses or stores PFAS in its operations and for standards for the capture and disposal of PFAS.

Section 3 prohibits the use of class B firefighting foam that contains intentionally added PFAS in certain aircraft hangars beginning January 1, 2023.

The act appropriates $43,836 from the hazardous waste service fund to the department of public health and environment for use by the hazardous materials and waste management division.


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

Status: 1/15/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
3/9/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance
5/28/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/3/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/5/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/6/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/8/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/9/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/10/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/19/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/19/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/22/2020 Governor Signed
6/22/2020 Sent to the Governor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1133 Land Use Entitlements And Municipal Disconnection 
Comment: 2-24-20
Position: Monitor
Date Introduced: 2020-01-16
Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp (D) | H. McKean (R) / J. Tate (R)
Summary:

Under the act, no later than the effective date of the disconnection of a particular tract of land from a municipality, any vested property rights affecting the land that have been established by law prior to the date that are possessed by the owner of the tract are expired or relinquished.

The act makes any tract of land that has been disconnected from a municipality, whether by means of an ordinance or a court decree, subject to the applicable county's zoning resolution and map and other land development regulations within 90 days after the effective date of the disconnection. The act specifies that any provision of the county's zoning resolution, zoning map, or zoning plan automatically applying a uniform zoning classification to all land that may be disconnected in the future is void and of no effect as to any particular tract of land. The county may institute the procedure specified in the Colorado Revised Statutes in its zoning resolution or zoning plan, or in its other land development regulations to allow the particular tract of land to obtain the necessary land entitlements at any time after the county receives the notice from the municipality regarding enactment of an ordinance disconnecting the tract from the municipality; except that the act prohibits any such zoning resolution, zoning plan, or other land development action from being enacted and made effective until the tract of land has been disconnected from the municipality.

During the 90-day period, or such lesser time as is required to satisfy such requirement, the county may elect not to issue any building or occupancy permit for all or any portion of the land area that is the subject of the disconnection application.

The act permits a county to commence the procedure specified in its own subdivision regulations to subdivide the tract of land that is the subject of the disconnection application at any time after the disconnection has been completed and the ordinance has been filed with the county clerk and recorder; except that the act prohibits the county from making a final decision approving the subdivision until zoning affecting the particular tract of land has been enacted.

In connection with the disconnection process by court decree for statutory cities and statutory towns, respectively, the act requires any disconnected land to be made subject to the applicable county's zoning resolution and map and other land development regulations within 90 days after the effective date of the disconnection.


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
1/16/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
2/4/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/10/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/11/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/12/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
3/10/2020 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/12/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/13/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/17/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/17/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/23/2020 Sent to the Governor
4/1/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1137 Broadband Grant Certification Of Unserved Area Requirement 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-16
Sponsors: J. McCluskie (D) | M. Soper (R) / K. Donovan (D)
Summary:

The broadband deployment board (board) awards grants for the provision of broadband service in unserved areas of the state, which are areas deemed to have insufficient broadband service. The act authorizes but does not require an applicant seeking grant money from the board to submit to the board a written certification from the local entity with jurisdiction over the area that the applicant proposes to serve, certifying that the area is an unserved area. A local entity that is requested to provide written certification may not do so without first holding a hearing on the matter after providing notice of the hearing, including notice to any incumbent provider. The board is required to give substantial weight to a local entity's written certification that an area is an unserved area.


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/16/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/12/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/21/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/25/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/28/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/3/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/9/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/4/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/5/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
6/12/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/29/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/29/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/29/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/7/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1141 Fees Charged To Tenants By Landlords 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-16
Sponsors: Y. Caraveo (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

The bill prohibits a landlord of a mobile home park or a residential premises (landlord) from:

  • Charging a tenant or mobile home owner a late fee for late payment of rent unless the rent payment is late by at least 14 calendar days;
  • Charging a tenant or mobile home owner a late fee in an amount that exceeds the greater of:
  • $20; or
  • The lesser of 3% of the tenant's or home owner's monthly rent obligation or 3% of the amount of the rent obligation that remains due;
  • Removing, excluding, or initiating eviction procedures against a tenant or mobile home owner solely as a result of the tenant's or mobile home owner's failure to pay late fees;
  • Imposing a late fee on a tenant for the late payment or nonpayment of any portion of the rent for which a rent subsidy provider, rather than the tenant, is responsible for paying;
  • Imposing a late fee more than once for each late payment;
  • Requiring a tenant or mobile home owner to pay interest on late fees; or
  • Recouping any amount of a late fee from a rent payment made by a tenant or mobile home owner.

A landlord may recoup one or more late fees from a tenant or mobile home owner's security deposit if the payment of each late fee is no more than 180 days overdue and the landlord provides written notice to the tenant or mobile home owner that the landlord has recouped each late fee from the tenant or mobile home owner's security deposit.

A landlord shall not require a tenant or mobile home owner to pay any fee or other charge other than the rent; except that a landlord may require a tenant or mobile home owner to pay a use-based fee that is described in the rental agreement.

If a landlord provides to a tenant or mobile home owner a utility service that is not individually metered, the landlord shall include the cost of the utility service in the tenant's or mobile home owner's rent and charge the actual cost of the utility service on a uniform basis to all tenants or mobile home owners who receive the service.


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

Status: 1/16/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/26/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1143 Environmental Justice And Projects Increase Environmental Fines 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-17
Sponsors: D. Jackson (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / F. Winter (D)
Summary:

Current state law sets the maximum civil fine for most air quality violations at $15,000 per day and most water quality violations at $10,000 per day, but federal law allows the federal environmental protection agency to assess higher maximum daily fines per violation. Sections 1 and 2 of the act raise the maximum fine to $47,357 per day for air quality violations and $54,833 per day for water quality violations and direct the air quality control commission and the water quality control commission in the department of public health and environment to annually adjust the maximum fine based on changes in the consumer price index. Section 2 also extends the repeal date for the water quality improvement fund to September 1, 2025.

Current law specifies that a person who commits criminal pollution of state waters that is committed:

  • With criminal negligence or recklessly is subject to a maximum daily fine of $12,500; and
  • Knowingly or intentionally is subject to a maximum daily fine of $25,000.

Section 3 makes a:

  • Criminally negligent or reckless violation a misdemeanor and increases the maximum daily penalty to $25,000, imprisonment of up to 364 days, or both; and
  • Knowing or intentional violation a class 5 felony and increases the maximum daily penalty to $50,000, imprisonment of up to 3 years, or both.

Current law specifies that a person who knowingly makes any false representation in a required record or who knowingly renders inaccurate any required water quality monitoring device or method is guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to a fine of not more than $10,000, imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 6 months, or both. Section 4 makes these violations a class 5 felony and specifies that if 2 separate offenses occur in 2 separate occurrences during a period of 2 years, the maximum fine and term of imprisonment for the second offense are double the default amounts.


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

Status: 1/17/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment + Finance
2/10/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance
2/27/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/3/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/5/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/6/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/8/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/9/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/9/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/10/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/29/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/29/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/29/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/2/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1151 Expand Authority For Regional Transportation Improvements 
Comment: 1-27-20
Position: Monitor
Date Introduced: 2020-01-17
Sponsors: M. Gray (D) / F. Winter (D)
Summary:

The bill authorizes a transportation planning organization (TPO) to exercise the powers of a regional transportation authority (RTA). Among other powers, the powers of a RTA include the power to impose various charges, fees, and, with voter approval, visitor benefit, sales, and use taxes to generate transportation funding. Any additional transportation funding obtained by a TPO exercising the power of a RTA are intended to supplement and not supplant state transportation funding allocated within the boundaries. Therefore, the transportation commission and the department of transportation (CDOT) are prohibited from taking such additional transportation funding into account when determining the amount of state transportation funding to be allocated within the boundaries of a TPO, and CDOT, when submitting its annual proposed budget allocation plan, is required to provide evidence that the proposed allocation of state transportation funding within the boundaries of any TPO that has obtained such additional transportation funding has not been reduced in any way on account of the additional transportation funding.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/17/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government + Appropriations
3/11/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1154 Workers' Compensation 
Comment: 2-24-20
Position: Monitor
Date Introduced: 2020-01-17
Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp (D) | K. Van Winkle (R) / V. Marble (R) | J. Bridges (D)
Summary:

The bill:

  • Clarifies when payments for benefits and penalties payable to an injured worker are deemed paid ( section 1 );
  • Adds guardian and conservator services to the list of medical aid that an employer is required to furnish to an employee who is incapacitated as a result of a work-related injury or occupational disease ( section 2 );
  • Requires a claimant for mileage reimbursement for travel related to obtaining compensable medical care to submit a request to the employer or insurer within 120 days after the expense is incurred and requires the employer or insurer to pay or dispute mileage within 30 days of submittal and to include in the brochure of claimants' rights an explanation of rights to mileage reimbursement and the deadline for filing a request ( sections 2 and 7 );
  • Clarifies that offsets to disability benefits granted by the federal "Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Amendments of 1965" only apply if the payments were not already being received by the employee at the time of the work-related injury ( section 3 );
  • Prohibits the reduction of an employee's temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, or medical benefits based on apportionment under any circumstances; limits apportionment of permanent impairment to specific situations; and declares that the employer or insurer bears the burden of proof, by a preponderance of evidence, at a hearing regarding apportionment of permanent impairment or permanent total disability benefits ( section 4 );
  • Adds the conditions that, in order for an employer or insurer to request the selection of an independent medical examiner when an authorized treating physician has not determined that the employee has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), an examining physician must serve a written report to the authorized treating physician specifying that the examining physician has determined that the employee has reached MMI; the authorized treating physician must examine the employee at least 20 months after the date of the injury and determine that the employee has reached MMI; the authorized treating physician must be served with a written report indicating MMI; and the authorized treating physician has responded that the employee has not reached MMI or has failed to respond within 15 days after service of the report ( section 5 );
  • Changes the whole person impairment rating applicable to an injured worker from 25% to 19% for purposes of determining the maximum amount of combined temporary disability and permanent partial disability payments an injured worker may receive ( section 6 );
  • Prohibits an employer or insurer from withdrawing an admission of liability 2 years after the date the admission of liability on the issue of compensability was filed, except in cases of fraud ( section 7 );
  • Prohibits the director of the division of workers' compensation or an administrative law judge from determining issues of compensability or liability unless specific benefits or penalties are awarded or denied at the same time ( section 8 );
  • Clarifies the scope of authority of prehearing administrative law judges ( section 9 );
  • Increases the threshold amount that an injured worker must earn in order for permanent total disability payments to cease and allows for annual adjustment of the threshold amount starting in 2021 ( section 11 ); and
  • Clarifies the orders that are subject to review or appeal ( sections 10 and 12 ).
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/17/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/12/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1160 Drug Price Transparency Insurance Premium Reductions 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-21
Sponsors: D. Jackson (D) | D. Roberts (D) / J. Ginal (D) | K. Donovan (D)
Summary:

Section 1 of the bill enacts the "Colorado Prescription Drug Price TransparencyAct of 2020", which requires:

  • Health insurers, starting in 2021, to submit to the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) information regarding prescription drugs covered under their health insurance plans that the health insurers paid for in the preceding calendar year, including information about rebates received from prescription drug manufacturers, a certification regarding how rebates were accounted for in insurance premiums, and a list of all pharmacy benefit management firms (PBMs) with whom they contract;
  • Prescription drug manufacturers to notify the commissioner, state purchasers, health insurers, PBMs, pharmacies, and hospitals when the manufacturer, on or after January 1, 2021, increases the price of certain prescription drugs by more than specified amounts or introduces a new specialty drug in the commercial market;
  • Prescription drug manufacturers, within 15 days after the end of each calendar quarter that starts on or after January 1, 2021, to provide specified information to the commissioner regarding the drugs about which the manufacturer notified purchasers;
  • Health insurers or, if applicable, PBMs to annually report specified information to the commissioner regarding rebates and administrative fees received from manufacturers for prescription drugs they paid for in the prior calendar year and the average wholesale price paid for prescription drugs by individuals, small employers, and large employers enrolled in health plans issued by the health insurer or that contain prescription drug benefits managed or administered by the PBM; and
  • Certain nonprofit organizations to compile and submit to the commissioner an annual report indicating the amount of each payment, donation, subsidy, or thing of value received by the nonprofit organization or its officers, employees, or board members from a prescription drug manufacturer, PBM, health insurer, or trade association and the percentage of the nonprofit organization's total gross income that is attributable to those payments, donations, subsidies, or things of value.

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

Health insurers that fail to report the required data are subject to a fine of up to $10,000 per day per report. Nonprofit organizations are subject to a fine of up to $10,000 for failure to comply with reporting requirements.

Section 2 specifies that failing to ensure that a PBM that a health insurer uses to manage or administer its prescription drug benefits is complying with reporting requirements constitutes an unfair method of competition and an unfair or deceptive act or practice in the business of insurance.

Section 3 specifies that a PBM is an entity that manages or administers prescription drug benefits for a health insurer, either pursuant to a contract or as an entity associated with the health insurer.

Under sections 4 and 5 , a prescription drug manufacturer that fails to notify purchasers or fails to report required data to the commissioner is subject to discipline by the state board of pharmacy, including a penalty of up to $10,000 per day for each day the manufacturer fails to comply with the notice or reporting requirements. The commissioner is to report manufacturer violations to the state board of pharmacy.

Section 6 requires a health insurer to reduce premiums for the health plans it issues or renews on or after January 1, 2022, to adjust for the rebates the health insurer received from prescription drug manufacturers in the previous plan year.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/21/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance + Appropriations
2/12/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Finance
3/2/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/13/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 06/01/2020 - No Amendments
6/1/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: Monday, June 15 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(1) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1162 Prohibit Food Establishments' Use Of Polystyrene 
Comment: Oppose 1-27-20; Changed to Monitor 2-10-20
Position: Monitor
Date Introduced: 2020-01-21
Sponsors: L. Cutter (D) | J. Singer (D) / M. Foote (D) | T. Story (D)
Summary:

Effective January 1, 2022, the bill prohibits a retail food establishment from distributing an expanded polystyrene product for use as a container for ready-to-eat food in this 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.)

Status: 1/21/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
2/24/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/13/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(15) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1163 Management Of Single-use Products 
Comment: 1-27-20
Position: Oppose
Date Introduced: 2020-01-21
Sponsors: A. Valdez (D) | E. Sirota (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

The bill prohibits stores and retail food establishments, on and after July 1, 2021, from providing single-use plastic carryout bags, single-use plastic stirrers, single-use plastic straws, and expanded polystyrene food service products (collectively "single-use products") to customers at the point of sale. The executive director of the department of public health and environment is authorized to enforce the prohibition. The prohibition does not apply to inventory purchased before July 1, 2021, and used on or before December 31, 2021.

A store or retail food establishment, on or after July 1, 2021, may furnish recyclable paper carryout bags to a customer at a charge of at least 10 cents per customer, which amount the store or establishment may retain in full, unless a local government's ordinance or resolution prohibits the store or establishment from retaining the full charge.

A local government, on or after July 1, 2021, is preempted from enacting an ordinance, resolution, rule, or charter provision that is less stringent than the statewide prohibition.


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

Status: 1/21/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment + Finance
2/24/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance
3/9/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/13/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/14/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2020 - No Amendments
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(7) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1169 Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation 
Comment: 2-10-20
Position: Monitor
Date Introduced: 2020-01-28
Sponsors: K. Ransom (R) | P. Neville (R) / B. Gardner (R) | V. Marble (R)
Summary:

The bill prohibits an employer from requiring union membership or payment of union dues as a condition of employment. The bill creates civil and criminal penalties for employer violations regarding union membership and authorizes the attorney general and the district attorney in each judicial district to investigate alleged violations and take action against a person believed to be in violation. The bill states that all-union agreements are unfair labor practices.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/28/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/25/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1173 811 Locate Exemption For County Road Maintenance 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-28
Sponsors: L. Saine (R) | M. Baisley (R) / J. Smallwood (R) | F. Winter (D)
Summary:

Current law requires an individual or entity to notify the statewide notification association of all owners and operators of underground facilities of its intent to engage in excavation so that any underground facilities, such as water and sewer pipes, gas lines, and electric or cable lines, that the excavation might affect can be located and marked before excavation begins. Underground facilities are often located beneath county gravel and dirt roads, normally at a depth of at least 18 inches below the road surface. Counties maintain the profile and surface condition of such county roads and county road rights-of-way by engaging in routine and emergency maintenance activities that do not disturb more than 6 inches in depth. These maintenance activities currently trigger the excavation notification requirement, and the related requirement that the location of underground facilities be marked, even though they occur above the levels where underground facilities are located. To prevent such activities from triggering the excavation notification requirement, the bill specifies that "excavation" does not include routine or emergency maintenance of right-of-way on county-owned gravel or dirt roads performed by county employees that:

  • Does not lower the existing grade or elevation of the road, shoulder, and ditches; and
  • Does not disturb more than 6 inches in depth during maintenance operations.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/28/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
2/12/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/18/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/28/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/2/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/3/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
5/26/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1193 Income Tax Benefits For Family Leave 
Comment: 3-9-20
Position: Monitor
Date Introduced: 2020-01-30
Sponsors: L. Landgraf (R) | K. Van Winkle (R)
Summary:

The bill creates tax incentives to encourage employers to voluntarily support paid parental and medical leave programs for their eligible employees and to encourage eligible employees to save for time away from work during parental and medical leave.

Specifically, 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 caring 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;
  • Time for an individual to care for himself or herself or to care for a parent or child after being a victim of domestic abuse; 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 wages to a leave savings account. An employer may make a contribution to the employee's leave savings account in any amount. The department of health care policy and financing is required to establish a form for an individual to report information regarding leave savings accounts, and the individual must annually file this form with the department of revenue to be eligible for the tax benefit.

Section 3 allows an employee to claim a state income tax deduction for amounts they or their employer contribute to a leave savings account. A taxpayer is also allowed to deduct any interest or other income earned during the taxable year on the investment of money in their leave savings account.

Section 4 creates an income tax credit for an employer that pays an employee for leave that is between 8 and 12 weeks long. The leave must be for one of the same reasons for which an employee may use money in a leave savings account as specified above. The amount of the credit is equal to 15% of the amount paid, so long as the amount paid is at least 50% of the employee's regular salary for a specified time period.

Section 4 also creates an income tax credit for an employer that contributes to an employee's leave savings account. The amount of the credit is equal to 15% of the amount contributed to the account; except that a credit is not allowed for contributions to a leave savings account that exceed $3,000 in a single year.

Both credits are not refundable, but they may be carried forward up to 5 years.

The bill also specifies that for employers, an amount equal to the amount the taxpayer contributed to an employee's leave savings account and an amount equal to the amount the taxpayer paid in wages for an employee while on family leave, to the extent an income tax credit is claimed, will be added to the taxpayer's federal taxable income.


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

Status: 1/30/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
5/28/2020 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1195 Consumer Digital Repair Bill Of Rights 
Comment: 2-10-20
Position: Oppose
Date Introduced: 2020-01-30
Sponsors: B. Titone (D) | J. Singer (D) / J. Bridges (D) | J. Cooke (R)
Summary:

Usually, an owner of digital electronic equipment (equipment), such as cell phones and tablets, must seek diagnostic, maintenance, or repair services of the equipment from the original equipment manufacturer (manufacturer) or an authorized repair provider affiliated with the manufacturer.

The bill requires a manufacturer to provide parts, embedded software, tools, or documentation, such as diagnostic, maintenance, or repair manuals, diagrams, or similar information, to independent repair providers and owners of the manufacturer's equipment to allow an independent repair provider or owner to conduct diagnostic, maintenance, or repair services. A manufacturer's failure to comply with the requirement is an unfair or deceptive trade practice. Manufacturers need not divulge any trade secrets to independent repair providers and owners.

Any contractual provision or other arrangement that a manufacturer enters into that would remove or limit the manufacturer's obligation to provide these resources to independent repair providers and owners is void and unenforceable.


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

Status: 1/30/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
5/27/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1198 Pharmacy Benefits Carrier And Pharmacy Benefit Manager Requirements 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-30
Sponsors: J. Buckner (D) / R. Fields (D) | J. Ginal (D)
Summary:

The bill imposes requirements regarding the administration of prescription drug benefits under health benefit plans as follows:

  • Requires a health insurer to submit to the commissioner of insurance a list of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) the health insurer uses to manage or administer prescription drug benefits under its health benefit plans offered in this state;
  • Requires health insurers and PBMs to submit their programs for compensating pharmacies and pharmacists and their prescription drug formularies under their prescription drug benefits plans, and the commissioner is authorized to review the compensation programs to ensure they are fair and reasonable to provide an adequate network of pharmacies and pharmacists under their prescription drug benefits plans;
  • Requires a PBM to also report to the commissioner the amount the PBM expects to be reimbursed from health insurers for pharmacist services;
  • Prohibits health insurers and PBMs from:
  • Causing or knowingly permitting the use of any untrue, deceptive, or misleading advertisement, promotion, solicitation, representation, proposal, or offer;
  • Charging a pharmacy or pharmacist a fee for adjudicating a claim;
  • Requiring stricter pharmacy accreditation standards or certification requirements than the standards or requirements that are required by the state board of pharmacy;
  • Reimbursing an independent pharmacy or pharmacist an amount that is less than the amount the health insurer or PBM reimburses an affiliated pharmacy or pharmacist; and
  • Modifying their prescription drug formulary at any time during the benefit year.
  • If a pharmacy or pharmacist is eliminated from a health care provider or PBM network, specifies that the health insurer or PBM is not relieved of any obligation to pay for pharmacist services properly rendered before elimination from the network; and
  • Requires health insurers and PBMs to report specified claims data to the commissioner and the all-payer health claims database.

The commissioner is authorized to adopt rules to implement the bill and to enforce the bill using all powers granted the commissioner under the insurance laws of this state. A health insurer is:

  • Responsible for complying with the bill and ensuring any PBM the health insurer uses is complying with the bill; and
  • Liable for failure of the health insurer or PBM to comply.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/30/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
6/10/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1203 EITC Earned Income Tax Credit And Child Tax Credit And Income Definition 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-30
Sponsors: E. Sirota (D) | M. Gray (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

The starting point for determining state income tax liability is federal taxable income. This number is adjusted for additions and subtractions that are used to determine Colorado taxable income, which amount is multiplied by the state's income tax rate. Section 3 of the bill requires an individual to add to his or her federal taxable income an amount equal to the federal income tax deduction that he or she took for his or her combined qualified business income amount. The federal deduction may be claimed for income tax years commencing prior to January 1, 2026.

The earned income tax credit is equal to a percentage of the federal earned income tax credit. Section 4 increases the percentage from 10% to 20% beginning in 2021.

The state child tax credit, which is also a percentage of the federal child tax credit based on the taxpayer's income, is only allowed after the United States Congress enacts a version of the "Marketplace Fairness Act". Section 5 repeals this condition and instead allows the credit to be claimed beginning in 2021.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/30/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
3/2/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1233 Basic Life Functions In Public Spaces 
Comment: 2-10-20
Position: Oppose
Date Introduced: 2020-01-31
Sponsors: J. Melton (D) | A. Benavidez (D)
Summary:

The bill prohibits the state and any city, county, city and county, municipality, or other political subdivision (government entity) from restricting any person from:

  • Conducting basic life functions in a public space unless the government entity can offer alternative adequate shelter to the person and the person denies the alternative adequate shelter; and
  • Occupying a motor vehicle, provided that the motor vehicle is legally parked on public property or parked on private property with the permission of the property owner.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/31/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
2/26/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1240 Early College Program And P-tech School Expansion 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-31
Sponsors: J. McCluskie (D) | P. Will (R) / K. Donovan (D) | B. Rankin (R)
Summary:

The bill creates the early college policy development advisory group (advisory group) to design and recommend policies and changes to law to support the statewide development of and funding for early college programs and p-tech schools. The bill specifies the membership of the advisory group, which is appointed by the governor and must include members of the education leadership council, and the specific duties of the advisory group. In completing its duties, the advisory group must coordinate with the education leadership council. The advisory group must prepare an interim report and a final report of its findings and recommendations, and submit the reports by December 1, 2020, and December 1, 2021, respectively, to the governor, the education leadership council, the state board of education (state board), the Colorado commission on higher education (CCHE), and the education committees of the general assembly. The bill creates a legislative advisory council to provide advice and comment to the advisory group.

The bill expands the existing concurrent enrollment expansion and innovation grant program to include grants for specified purposes related to providing opportunities for students to simultaneously enroll in postsecondary courses or engage in work-based learning opportunities while enrolled in high school.

The bill extends for 2 additional budget years funding for students who enroll in an early college program that was approved before June 6, 2018, and who enroll in postsecondary courses in the fifth or sixth year of high school.

The bill authorizes the distribution of state financial assistance to students who enroll in postsecondary courses while still enrolled in high school.


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

Status: 1/31/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations
3/5/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1263 Eliminate Sub-minimum Wage Employment 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-02-03
Sponsors: Y. Caraveo (D) | R. Pelton (R) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

The bill phases out sub-minimum wage employment for employers that hold a special certificate from the United States department of labor that authorizes employers to pay employees whose earning capacity is impaired by age, physical or mental deficiency, or injury less than the minimum wage. The bill requires each employer that holds a special certificate to submit a transition plan to the Colorado department of labor and employment detailing how the employer plans to phase out sub-minimum wage employment.

The bill requires the employment first advisory partnership in the department of labor and employment to develop actionable recommendations to address structural and fiscal barriers to phase out sub-minimum wage employment and successfully implement competitive integrated employment and report the recommendations to the general assembly.

The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing to grant money to private employers, not to exceed $25,000 per employer, to provide assistance in developing and implementing a transition plan to phase out sub-minimum wage employment. The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing to add employment-related services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


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

Status: 2/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor + Appropriations
2/26/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1264 Health Care Contract Hospital System Carriers Providers 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-02-03
Sponsors: C. Kennedy (D)
Summary:

The bill prohibits a health system from requiring a carrier, as a condition of a contract for the delivery of health care services, to:

  • Contract with every hospital or other facility within the health system;
  • Agree to provide the same reimbursement rates at each hospital or other facility within the health system; or
  • Contract with all of the hospitals in the health system in order to access a lower reimbursement rate than is otherwise offered by the health system.

The bill also precludes a hospital or health system from, as a condition of a contract:

  • Prohibiting a carrier from contracting with any other hospital or health system;
  • Prohibiting a health care provider or provider group from contracting with any other hospital or health system.

The bill states that if, pursuant to the terms of employment or certain contract terms, a health care provider is prohibited from referring a patient to a health care provider outside the health system in which the referring provider is employed or contracted, the health care provider must disclose this restriction to any patient who the health care provider refers to another health care provider within the same health system.

The bill makes necessary conforming amendments.


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

Status: 2/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
6/10/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1265 Increase Public Protection Air Toxics Emissions 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-02-03
Sponsors: A. Benavidez (D) | A. Valdez (D) / J. Gonzales (D) | D. Moreno (D)
Summary:

The act defines "covered air toxics" as hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide, and benzene. A stationary source of air pollutants that reported in its federal toxics release inventory filing at least one of the following amounts of a covered air toxic for the year 2017 or later is defined as a "covered facility":

  • For hydrogen cyanide, 10,000 pounds;
  • For hydrogen sulfide, 5,000 pounds; and
  • For benzene, 1,000 pounds.

"Incidents" are defined as unauthorized emissions of an air pollutant from a covered facility. Each covered facility will:

  • Conduct outreach to representatives of the community surrounding the covered facility to discuss communications regarding the occurrence of an incident;
  • Use reverse-911 to communicate with, and make data available to, the community surrounding the covered facility regarding the occurrence of an incident;
  • Implement reverse-911 within 6 months; and
  • Pay all costs associated with its use of reverse
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment + Appropriations
3/9/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance
5/28/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/3/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/6/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/6/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/10/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/11/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/11/2020 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
6/29/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/29/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/29/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/2/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1287 Colorado Rights Act 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-02-04
Sponsors: M. Soper (R) / V. Marble (R) | P. Lee (D)
Summary:

The bill allows a person who has a right, privilege, or immunity secured by the Colorado constitution that is infringed upon to bring a civil action for the violation. The attorney general can also bring an action under the same circumstances. A plaintiff who prevails in the lawsuit is entitled to reasonable attorney fees, and a defendant in an individual suit is entitled to reasonable attorney fees for defending any frivolous claims. Qualified immunity and a defendant's good faith but erroneous belief in the lawfulness of his or her conduct are not defenses to the civil action. The civil action has a two-year statute of limitations. The bill requires a public entity to indemnify its public employees in a claim unless the employee is convicted of a crime related to the claim.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/4/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary + Appropriations
3/5/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1342 Property Tax Valuation Appeals 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-03-03
Sponsors: M. Gray (D) | C. Larson (R)
Summary:

Sections 1 and 2 of the bill establish authority for the board of assessment appeals to refer a matter before it to a hearing officer for an expedited hearing, upon the request of a taxpayer in certain circumstances. There are deadlines for requesting and conducting the hearing and for the hearing officer to make his or her order. The procedure for the hearing is similar to those hearings conducted before the board. If unchanged by the board of assessment appeals, a hearing officer's order is appealable in the same manner as an order issued by the board.

Section 3 creates the property tax valuation protest deadline task force. The task force consists of 7 members: The property tax administrator or the administrator's designee and 6 members appointed by the governor. The task force meets over one year and is required to consider and make recommendations to legislative committees to extend the taxpayer's deadline to protest a property tax valuation and to adjust other related deadlines.

Under current law, an assessor may, with the permission of the board of county commissioners, include an estimate of property taxes owed in a notice of valuation. Section 4 requires an assessor to include this estimate and allows the assessor to include a range of values.

If in the consideration of a protest an assessor finds that he or she made a systematic error and the valuations of other similar properties are incorrect, section 5 requires the assessor to correct the error for the other similar properties.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
5/27/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1346 Extend Innovative Industries Workforce Development Program 
Comment: 3-9-20
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-03-05
Sponsors: S. Bird (D) | L. Cutter (D) / P. Lee (D) | D. Hisey (R)
Summary:

The bill extends the repeal date of the innovative industries workforce development program for 5 years, until July 1, 2025. The bill also appropriates $900,000 from the general fund to the division of employment and training in the department of labor and employment to be used for program reimbursements during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/5/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor + Appropriations
5/27/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1348 Additional Liability Under Respondeat Superior 
Comment: 3-9-20
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-03-05
Sponsors: C. Kennedy (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

A recent Colorado supreme court case held that in a civil action when an employer admits liability for the tortious actions of its employee, the plaintiff cannot assert additional claims against the employer arising out of the same incident. The bill allows a plaintiff to bring such claims against an employer.


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

Status: 3/5/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
5/26/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1349 Colorado Affordable Health Care Option 
Comment: 3-9-20
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-03-05
Sponsors: D. Roberts (D) | C. Kennedy (D) / K. Donovan (D)
Summary:

Beginning January 1, 2022, the bill requires a health insurance carrier (carrier) that offers an individual health benefit plan in this state to offer a Colorado option plan in the Colorado counties where the carrier offers the individual health benefit plan. The commissioner of insurance (commissioner) is required to develop and implement a Colorado option plan that must:

  • Be offered to Colorado residents who purchase health insurance in the individual market;
  • Implement a standardized plan that:
  • Allows consumers to easily compare health benefit plans; and
  • Provides first-dollar, predeductible coverage for certain services;
  • Include the essential health benefits package;
  • Provide different, specific levels of coverage;
  • Include a hospital reimbursement rate formula;
  • Require hospital participation;
  • Require a minimum medical loss ratio of 85%; and
  • Require carriers and pharmacy benefit management firms to pass rebate savings through to consumers and document the savings and pass-through in a form and manner determined by the commissioner.

The Colorado option advisory board (board) is created to advise and make recommendations to the commissioner on all aspects of the Colorado option plan.

The bill authorizes the commissioner to promulgate rules to develop, implement, and operate the Colorado option plan, including:

  • Expanding the Colorado option plan to the small group market;
  • Establishing a hospital reimbursement rate formula; and
  • Requiring carriers to offer the Colorado option plan in specific counties.

If a hospital refuses to participate in the Colorado option plan, the department of public health and environment may issue a warning, impose fines, or suspend, revoke, or impose conditions on the hospital's license.

The commissioner, in consultation with the board, is required to evaluate the Colorado option plan beginning July 1, 2024, and each year thereafter.


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

Status: 3/5/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance + Appropriations
3/11/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1351 Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-03-06
Sponsors: S. Lontine (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / J. Gonzales (D) | R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:

The bill clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties (local governments) to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units. The provisions of the state's rent control statute do not apply to any land use regulation that restricts rents on newly constructed or redeveloped housing units as long as the regulation provides a choice of options to the property owner or land developer and creates one or more alternatives to the construction of new affordable housing units on the building site.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/6/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
5/27/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1353 Competitive Solicitation Under Procurement Code 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-03-06
Sponsors: J. Coleman (D)
Summary:

A request for proposals (RFP) is one of many types of competitive solicitation methods that a state agency is authorized to use pursuant to the state "Procurement Code" (Code). Legislation enacted by the general assembly often directs a state agency to issue an RFP for a project rather than generally requiring the state agency to use a method of competitive solicitation authorized by the Code.

The bill specifies that when a law requires a state agency to issue an RFP pursuant to the Code, the law will be construed to require a competitive solicitation pursuant to the Code, as deemed most appropriate and efficient for the project by the state agency, rather than only an RFP.


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

Status: 3/6/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
5/27/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB20-1376 Modify Transportation Funding Mechanisms 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-05-26
Sponsors: D. Esgar (D) | J. McCluskie (D) / R. Zenzinger (D) | B. Rankin (R)
Summary:

Before the enactment of the act, existing law, enacted by Senate Bills 18-001 and 19-263, required that a ballot issue seeking approval for the issuance of transportation revenue anticipation notes (TRANs) be submitted to the voters of the state at the November 2020 general election. If the ballot issue had been approved, the requirement, enacted by Senate Bill 17-267, that the state execute 2 separate tranches of up to $500 million each of lease-purchase agreements in state fiscal years 2020-21 and 2021-22 for the purpose of funding transportation would have been repealed. Existing law, enacted by Senate Bill 19-239, also required department of transportation (CDOT) rule-making and reporting relating to motor vehicles used for certain types of commercial purposes. The act:

  • Delays from the November 2020 general election to the November 2021 statewide election the requirement that a ballot issue seeking approval for the issuance of transportation revenue anticipation notes (TRANs) be submitted to the voters of the state;
  • Amends the ballot issue to reduce the amount of TRANs authorized to be issued by $500 million to offset the additional $500 million of lease-purchase agreement transportation funding that becomes available because the approval of the ballot issue at the November 2020 general election will repeal only the state fiscal year 2021-22 and tranche of Senate Bill 17-267 lease-purchase agreements, rather than both the state fiscal year 2020-21 and 2021-22 tranches of such lease-purchase agreements;
  • Eliminates 2 statutory transfers of $50 million each from the general fund to the state highway fund that are scheduled under current law to be made on June 30, 2021, and June 30, 2022;
  • Reduces the amount of general fund money dedicated to make lease-purchase agreement payments due in state fiscal years 2020-21 and 2021-22 by $12 million per year by increasing the amount of such payment to be paid by the department of transportation from its other sources of legally available money by $12 million per year;
  • Makes corresponding adjustments to the state fiscal year 2020-21 long bill appropriations to the department of treasury for lease-purchase agreements that decrease the general fund appropriation by $12 million and increase the cash funds appropriation from various cash funds under the control of the transportation commission by $12 million; and
  • Repeals the CDOT rule-making and reporting requirements relating to motor vehicles used for certain types of commercial purposes.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 5/26/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
5/27/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Unamended to Finance
5/28/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/3/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/5/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/6/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/8/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/9/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/9/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/10/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/11/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
6/12/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/29/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/29/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/29/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/30/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1413 Small Business Recovery Loan Program Premium Tax Credits 
Comment: 6-8-20
Position: Support
Date Introduced: 2020-06-04
Sponsors: S. Bird (D) | L. Cutter (D) / R. Zenzinger (D) | K. Donovan (D)
Summary:

The bill authorizes the state treasurer to enter into a contract or contracts to establish a small business recovery loan program (loan program). The purpose of the loan program is to assist the state's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by leveraging private investment for loans to Colorado small businesses recovering from the COVID-19 crisis. The treasurer is authorized to contract with the Colorado housing and finance authority or a private entity selected through an open and competitive process.

Subject to the availability of proceeds from insurance premium tax credit purchases, the state treasurer may invest up to $30 million in first loss capital from the small business recovery fund established in the bill in fiscal year 2020-21, and up to $30 million in first loss capital in fiscal year 2021-22; except that the total invested across both fiscal years may not exceed $50 million. The investments must be made in tranches of no more than $10 million each. Each tranche must be matched at a 4-to-1 ratio by money invested from other sources before it is committed or deployed. Once the money in a tranche is matched, it must be used to make loans of working capital to Colorado businesses with between 5 and 100 employees that meet eligibility criteria. The loans must be between $30,000 and $500,000, with a maturity of up to 5 years. The state treasurer may not invest a new tranche of state money until the prior tranche is at least 90% invested in small business loans.

When each tranche is deployed, it is subject to an initial period of time in which a portion of the money is allocated to each county on a per capita basis and proportionate to the county's share of small businesses or small business employees relative to the state, or a similar metric, or based on a formula that accounts for how affected each county has been by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time period, the money allocated to the county is reserved for eligible borrowers located in that county. After the initial period of time passes, the money remaining in the tranche is available on a statewide basis.

The small business recovery loan program oversight board (oversight board) is created in the department of the treasury (department). The oversight board consists of the state treasurer, the director of minority business office on behalf of the office of economic development, a member appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, a member appointed by the president of the senate, and a member appointed by the governor. The oversight board consults with the treasurer on the selection of a loan program manager, establishes certain terms and criteria applicable to the loan program in consultation with lending industry leaders and small business representatives , and provides oversight and guidance to the loan program to ensure it complies with statutory requirements and fulfills the purpose of assisting Colorado small businesses recovering from the COVID-19 crisis. The loan program manager must report on a quarterly basis to the oversight board. The oversight board must file written reports with the joint budget committee twice each fiscal year, and must report once each fiscal year for the first 2 years to the business committees of the house and senate.

The department is authorized to issue insurance premium tax credits to insurance companies that are authorized to do business in Colorado and incur premium tax liability, subject to procedures established by the department. The department may contract or consult with an independent third party to manage the bidding process. The department is required to issue a tax credit certificate to each successful purchaser. The department is authorized to issue up to $40 million in tax credit certificates in fiscal year 2020-21. The department is authorized to issue up to an additional $28 million in tax credits in fiscal year 2021-22, unless an equivalent amount of federal money is appropriated or allocated to the program.

A qualified taxpayer may claim the tax credit against its premium tax liability. For a tax credit certificate issued in fiscal year 2020-21, the qualified taxpayer may claim up to 50% of the credit in calendar year 2026, and may claim the remaining amount of the credit beginning in calendar year 2027. For a tax credit certificate issued in fiscal year 2021-22, the qualified taxpayer may claim the credit beginning in calendar year 2028. The amount of the credit claimed cannot exceed the taxpayer's premium tax liability for a given year. The unused amount carries forward and may be claimed in subsequent years; except that a credit cannot be claimed for premium tax liability incurred in a taxable year that begins after December 31, 2031.

The bill creates the small business recovery fund in the treasury. The fund consists of tax credit sale proceeds, any revenues, disbursements, or money returned to the state from the loan program, and any other money the general assembly appropriates or transfers to the fund. The money in the fund is continuously appropriated to the department to implement the loan program and to pay for the department's direct and indirect costs in administering the loan program and in issuing the tax credits. Beginning in fiscal year 2025-26, the treasurer must credit any unexpended and unencumbered money remaining in the fund at the end of a fiscal year to the general fund. The fund is repealed on July 1, 2029, and all unexpended and unencumbered money remaining in the fund is transferred to the general fund.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 6/4/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
6/6/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/8/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/8/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/9/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/10/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/10/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/10/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/11/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/19/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/19/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/19/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/23/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1414 Price Gouge Amid Disaster Deceptive Trade Practice 
Comment: 6-8-20
Position: Amend
Date Introduced: 2020-06-04
Sponsors: M. Weissman (D) | B. Titone (D) / M. Foote (D) | B. Pettersen (D)
Summary:

The act establishes that a person engages in a deceptive trade practice if the person, within 180 days following the declaration of a disaster or disaster emergency by the president of the United States or the governor of the state and in the geographic area for which the disaster was declared, sells, offers for sale, provides, or offers to provide any of the following at a price so excessive as to amount to price gouging:

  • Building materials;
  • Consumer food items;
  • Emergency supplies;
  • Fuel;
  • Medical supplies;
  • Other necessities;
  • Repair or reconstruction services;
  • Transportation, freight, or storage services; or
  • Services used in an emergency cleanup.

A price is not unreasonably excessive if the seller can prove that, due to events that gave rise to the disaster declaration, the price is attributable to additional costs imposed on the seller by the seller's supplier or suppliers or other direct costs of providing the good or service sold or offered for sale.


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

Status: 6/4/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
6/5/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/8/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/9/2020 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/9/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/10/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/10/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/11/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/12/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
7/2/2020 Sent to the Governor
7/2/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
7/2/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/14/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1415 Whistleblower Protection Public Health Emergencies 
Comment: 6-8-20
Position: Oppose
Date Introduced: 2020-06-04
Sponsors: L. Herod (D) | T. Sullivan (D) / B. Pettersen (D) | R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:

The act prohibits a principal, which includes an employer, certain labor contractors, public employers, and entities that contract with 5 or more independent contractors, from discriminating, retaliating, or taking adverse action against any worker who:

  • In good faith, raises any concern about workplace health and safety practices or hazards related to a public health emergency to the principal, the principal's agent, other workers, a government agency, or the public if the workplace health and safety practices fail to meet guidelines established by a federal, state, or local public health agency with jurisdiction over the workplace;
  • Voluntarily wears at the worker's workplace the worker's own personal protective equipment, such as a mask, faceguard, or gloves, under specified circumstances; or
  • Opposes a practice the worker reasonably believes is unlawful or makes a charge, testifies, assists, or participates in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing of alleged unlawful acts.

Additionally, a principal is prohibited from requiring or attempting to require a worker to sign a contract or other agreement that limits or prevents the worker from disclosing information about workplace health and safety practices or hazards related to a public health emergency.

A worker who knowingly discloses false information or discloses information with reckless disregard for the truth or falsity of the information is not protected under the act.

A person may seek relief by:

  • Filing a complaint with the division of labor standards and statistics (division) in the department of labor and employment;
  • Bringing an action in district court, after exhausting administrative remedies; or
  • Bringing a whistleblower action in the name of the state in district court, after exhausting administrative remedies.

The division is authorized to adopt rules necessary to implement the act.

$270,153 is appropriated to the department of labor and employment from the employment support fund, of which $206,193 is allocated for use by the division for enforcement of worker's rights related to a public health emergency, based on the assumption that the division will require an additional 2.5 FTE, and $63,960 is reappropriated to the department of law for legal services.


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

Status: 6/4/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
6/6/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/8/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/8/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/9/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/10/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/11/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/11/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/13/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/15/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/26/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/26/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/26/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
7/11/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Monday, June 15 2020
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILLS
(1) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1420 Adjust Tax Expenditures For State Education Fund 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-06-08
Sponsors: E. Sirota (D) | M. Gray (D) / D. Moreno (D) | C. Hansen (D)
Summary:

Section 1 of the act specifies that the act shall be known as the "Tax Fairness Act".

Sections 2 and 3 of the act require taxpayers to add to federal taxable income:

  • For income tax years ending on and after the enactment of the March 2020 "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" (CARES Act), but before January 1, 2021, and for income tax years beginning on and after the enactment of the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, an amount equal to the difference between a taxpayer's net operating loss deduction as determined under federal law before the amendments made by section 2303 of the CARES Act and the taxpayer's net operating loss deduction as determined under federal law after the amendments made by section 2303 of the CARES Act;
  • For income tax years ending on and after the enactment of the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, and for income tax years beginning on and after the enactment of the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, an amount equal to a taxpayer's excess business loss as determined under federal law without regard to the amendments made by section 2304 of the CARES Act, but with regard to the technical amendment made in that section of the CARES Act;
  • For income tax years ending on and after the enactment of the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, and for income tax years beginning on and after the enactment of the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, an amount equal to the amount in excess of the limitation on business interest under federal law without regard to the amendments made by section 2306 of the CARES Act; and
  • For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2021, but before January 1, 2023, an amount equal to the deduction for qualified business income for an individual taxpayer who files a single return and whose adjusted gross income is greater than $500,000, and for an individual taxpayer who files a joint return and whose adjusted gross income is greater than $1 million. This federal deduction may be claimed for income tax years commencing prior to January 1, 2026, except that the add-back is not required for a taxpayer who files a schedule F, profit or loss from farming, or successor form, as an attachment to a federal income tax return.

Section 4 of the act specifies that for net operating losses incurred after December 31, 2017, the 80% limitation set forth in federal law applies without regard to the amendments made in section 2303 of the CARES Act.

The earned income tax credit is equal to a percentage of the federal earned income tax credit. Section 5 of the act increases the percentage from 10% to 15% beginning in 2022. Section 5 also specifies that for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2021, taxpayers filing with an individual taxpayer identification number are eligible for the earned income tax credit.

Section 6 of the act specifies that the state treasurer shall transfer $113 million on March 1, 2021, and $23 million on March 1, 2022, from the general fund to the state education fund created in section 17 (4) of article IX of the state constitution.

Section 7 of the act makes an appropriation.


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

Status: 6/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
6/9/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/10/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/10/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/11/2020 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/11/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/12/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/12/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/13/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/15/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/15/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/15/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/19/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/19/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/19/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/11/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Monday, June 15 2020
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(1) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-005 Covered Person Cost-sharing Collected By Carriers 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) | K. Priola (R) / J. McCluskie (D)
Summary:

The bill prohibits carriers from inducing, incentivizing, or otherwise requiring:

  • A health care provider to collect any coinsurance, copayment, or deductible directly from a covered person or the covered person's responsible party; or
  • A covered person to pay any coinsurance, copayment, or deductible directly to a health care provider.

The carrier is required to collect any cost-sharing amounts owed by a covered person directly from the covered person in one consolidated bill.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/27/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/13/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-006 Amend Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | T. Story (D) / C. Kipp (D) | M. Baisley (R)
Summary:

The act amends provisions relating to the Colorado opportunity scholarship initiative (COSI), including:

  • Removing the definition of "tuition assistance" and replacing it with a definition for "financial assistance", which is tied to cost of attendance, and making amendments throughout to reflect the changed terms;
  • Removing the statutory restriction that not more than 10% of money in the COSI fund in any fiscal year may be awarded to state agencies and nonprofit organizations for student success and support services and for other services, and the requirement that a certain percentage of the money awarded for student success and support services and for other services be awarded to nongovernmental entities;
  • Changing the current provision that, to the extent practicable, scholarships must be equally distributed between students who are eligible for federal PELL grants and students within a certain range of income. Instead, the act requires scholarships to be equitably distributed between students with an expected family contribution, as defined in the act, of less than 100% of the annual federal PELL grant award and students with an expected family contribution between 100% and 250% of the annual federal PELL grant award.
  • Removing references to obsolete reports and requirements.

The act amends provisions relating to the payment of administrative expenses by authorizing the department of higher education to spend from the COSI fund an amount equal to not more than 7.5% of total expenditures from the fund for the prior fiscal year unless the general assembly modifies the percentage in the annual budget act.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
1/22/2020 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/11/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/12/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/13/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/14/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
2/27/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/3/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/14/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/14/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/20/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-009 Expand Adult Education Grant Program 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | B. Rankin (R) / B. McLachlan (D) | M. Catlin (R)
Summary:

Before passage of the act, the adult education and literacy grant program (grant program) was focused on workforce development partnerships to provide adult education that leads to increased levels of employment. The act recognizes that, in addition to increasing employment, adult education is necessary to ensure an adult population that is better prepared to support the educational attainment of the next generation and actively participate as citizens in a democratic society.

The act expands the grant program to provide grants to adult education providers that enter into an education attainment partnership with elementary and secondary education providers or higher education providers to assist adults in attaining basic literacy and numeracy skills that lead to additional skill acquisition and may lead to postsecondary credentials and employment and that assist adults in providing academic support to their own children or to children for whom they provide care. The act allows the state board of education, in awarding grants, to give preference to adult education programs that serve populations that are underserved by federal funding.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
1/29/2020 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/13/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/26/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/28/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/1/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/2/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
6/6/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/8/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/9/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/13/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/19/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/19/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/8/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-010 Repeal Ban On Local Goverment Regulation Of Plastics 
Comment: 1-27-20
Position: Oppose
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: K. Donovan (D) / M. Froelich (D) | A. Valdez (D)
Summary:

The bill repeals language that prohibits local governments from banning the use or sale of specific types of plastic materials or restricting or mandating packaging or labeling of any consumer products.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
2/4/2020 Senate Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-013 Promote Innovative And Clean Energy Technologies 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:

The bill replaces the integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) program, which was repealed in 2019, with a mechanism by which an investor-owned public utility seeking to implement an innovative energy technology project (project) may apply to the public utilities commission (PUC) to acquire resources that demonstrate the use of low- and zero-emission dispatchable resources and other innovative energy technologies such as advanced renewable energy and storage.

In determining whether to grant approval to a public utility seeking to implement a project, the PUC shall consider a number of factors regarding the project, including its economic and technical feasibility, its projected environmental and public safety impacts, and its carbon dioxide emissions rates. The PUC is required to provide an opportunity for public comment and an evidentiary hearing.

A public utility may fully recover, from its retail customers in the state, the costs it incurs in researching, testing, planning, developing, constructing, starting up, and operating the project. The public utility may also recover capital investments made in connection with the project over the useful life of the project. The department of public health and environment, the governor's office of economic development, and the Colorado energy office may assist public utilities in seeking and obtaining support for a project from other federal and state agencies and institutions.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/27/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-017 Transportation Public-private Partnership Reporting 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) / M. Gray (D)
Summary:

The high-performance transportation enterprise (HPTE) enters into public-private partnerships, which are contractual agreements between HPTE and one or more private or public entities, to deliver or contribute to the delivery of surface transportation projects and provides an annual report on its activities to the legislative committees that have jurisdiction over transportation. The act requires HPTE to include in the annual report, for each of its executed or proposed public-private partnerships, summaries of:

  • The processes that HPTE has used leading up to or anticipates using to lead up to its entry into the public-private partnership, including the processes for obtaining and responding to public questions, concerns, and other comments or input, the processes for keeping the state legislators and local elected officials who represent any area in which a surface transportation infrastructure project of the public-private partnership will be located informed and updated about the project and the public-private partnership, and the processes for selecting each partner to the public-private partnership; and
  • The actual major financial, performance, and length-of-term provisions of its executed public-private partnerships and, to the extent feasible, the anticipated major financial, performance, and length-of-term provisions of its proposed public-private partnerships.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
1/23/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
1/29/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
1/30/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/31/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
2/12/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/18/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/20/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/25/2020 - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/02/2020 - No Amendments
3/3/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/13/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/13/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/20/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-018 Homeless Outreach Programs To Reduce Wildfire Risk 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: S. Fenberg (D) | D. Coram (R) / J. McCluskie (D) | M. Snyder (D)
Summary:

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill requires the division of housing within the department of local affairs (division) to create a working group to identify emerging, promising, and best practices related to homeless outreach for the purpose of reducing wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface. The bill also establishes the reducing wildfire risk through homeless outreach grant program within the division. Grant recipients can use grant money to conduct outreach among individuals experiencing homelessness to reduce wildfire risk consistent with the emerging, promising, and best practices the working group identifies. The grant program prioritizes applications that take a collaborative approach and are founded in local knowledge and expertise.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government + Finance
2/4/2020 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Finance
2/11/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/13/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-019 Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: J. Tate (R) / A. Benavidez (D) | R. Bockenfeld (R)
Summary:

Tax Expenditure Evaluation Interim Study Committee. The bill creates the legislative oversight committee concerning tax policy (committee), and the associated task force (task force).

The committee is required to consider the policy considerations contained in the tax expenditure evaluations prepared by the state auditor and is responsible for the oversight of the task force. The committee may recommend legislative changes that are treated as bills recommended by an interim legislative committee.

The task force is required to study tax policy and develop and propose for committee consideration any modifications to the current system of state and local taxation.

The task force is also authorized, upon request by a committee member, to provide evidence-based feedback on the potential benefits or consequences of a legislative or other policy proposal not directly affiliated with or generated by the task force, including any bill or resolution introduced by the general assembly that affects tax policy.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/6/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
2/11/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
2/18/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/13/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/26/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/28/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/25/2020 - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-021 Tax Expenditure Bill Requirements 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: J. Tate (R) / M. Snyder (D) | A. Benavidez (D)
Summary:

Current law requires a legislative declaration stating the intended purpose of a new tax expenditure or the intended purpose for extending an expiring tax expenditure. The act expands that law by:

  • Requiring a statutory legislative declaration, not nonstatutory;
  • Requiring any bill that creates a new tax expenditure to include a repeal of the expenditure after a specified period of tax years and any bill that extends an expiring tax expenditure to extend the expenditure for a specified period of tax years; and
  • Requiring the statement of the intended purpose to be a part of a tax preference performance statement, which includes:
  • The classification of the type of the tax expenditure; and
  • Detailed information regarding the legislative purpose of the tax expenditure, which, at minimum, includes clear, relevant, and ascertainable metrics and data requirements that allow the tax expenditure to be measured for effectiveness in achieving the intended purpose.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/6/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
2/11/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/14/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/18/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/19/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
5/28/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/3/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/4/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/5/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/8/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/19/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/19/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/19/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/30/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-026 Workers' Compensation For Audible Psychological Trauma 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: R. Fields (D) | J. Cooke (R) / J. Singer (D) | T. Exum (D)
Summary:

For the purpose of determining eligibility for workers' compensation benefits for a mental impairment caused by an accidental injury that consists of a psychologically traumatic event arising out of and in the course of employment, the act establishes that a worker's audible or visual and audible exposure to the serious bodily injury or death, or the immediate aftermath of the serious bodily injury or death, of one or more people as the result of a violent event, the intentional act of another person, or an accident is a "psychologically traumatic event".


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
1/29/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/3/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/4/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/10/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/13/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/14/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2020 - No Amendments
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 06/01/2020 - No Amendments
6/1/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/2/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/3/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/10/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/13/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/15/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/29/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-031 Improve Student Success Innovation Pilot 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: T. Story (D) / C. Kipp (D) | T. Sullivan (D)
Summary:

Making Higher Education Attainable Interim Study Committee. The bill creates the improve student success innovation pilot program (pilot program) in the department of higher education (department) to implement a program designed to incentivize collaboration among multiple institutions of higher education to improve student success and increase the number of students who complete postsecondary education.

When selecting a program or programs for the pilot program, the department and commission on higher education (commission) shall prioritize program proposals that address common barriers to student success and the completion of postsecondary education, as well as other factors.

The department and commission shall submit an annual report to the joint budget committee of the general assembly and the education committees of the house of representatives and the senate regarding the efficacy of the program.

The general assembly shall appropriate $20 million each year for the 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 fiscal years, from the general fund to the department to distribute to the state institutions of higher education selected to implement their projects.

The pilot program repeals on July 1, 2024.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
2/12/2020 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/25/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/10/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-044 Sales And Use Tax Revenue For Transportation 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-08
Sponsors: P. Lundeen (R) / T. Carver (R)
Summary:

For state fiscal years commencing on or after July 1, 2020, the bill requires 10% of net revenue from sales and use tax, as a portion of the sales and use taxes attributable to sales or use of vehicles and related items, to be credited to the highway users tax fund (HUTF) and thereafter allocated for state, county, and municipal highway system projects in accordance with the existing "second stream" formula for the allocation of HUTF money as follows:

  • 60% to the state highway fund;
  • 22% to counties; and
  • 18% to municipalities.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/29/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-080 Consumer Protection Act Damages 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-13
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D) / S. Woodrow
Summary:

The bill amends the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act" (act) to state 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 state that, under the act, a class action may be brought and damages may be awarded to the class.


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

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/19/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/24/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/26/2020 - No Amendments
2/26/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/2/2020 Senate Second Reading Lost - No Amendments
3/3/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/3/2020 Senate Second Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
3/4/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/27/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
6/4/2020 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-081 School Information For Apprenticeship Directory 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-13
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | J. Bridges (D) / T. Sullivan (D) | C. Larson (R)
Summary:

The act requires the department of labor and employment to collaborate with the department of education to include in the Colorado state apprenticeship resource directory the name and contact information for at least one designated apprenticeship training program contact for every public high school and school district.


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

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
2/6/2020 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/11/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/12/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
2/27/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/3/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/14/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/14/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/20/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-084 Prohibit Requiring Employee Immunization 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-13
Sponsors: V. Marble (R) / L. Saine (R)
Summary:

The bill prohibits an employer, including a licensed health facility, from taking adverse action against an employee or an applicant for employment based on the employee's or applicant's immunization status. The bill allows an aggrieved person to file a civil action for injunctive, affirmative, and equitable relief.


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

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/10/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-086 Alcohol Beverage License And Permit Expiration 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-13
Sponsors: A. Williams (D) | C. Holbert (R) / M. Snyder (D) | H. McKean (R)
Summary:

Under preexisting law, the executive director of the department of revenue was required to notify by first-class mail an alcohol beverage licensee of the license expiration date. The act authorizes the executive director to use any reasonable method to notify a licensee of a license expiration date, but the executive director must promulgate rules governing the notice.

The act also authorizes the executive director to set and collect a fee for applications for license or permit renewals for all types of alcohol beverages, including fermented malt beverages.


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

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
1/29/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/3/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/4/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/4/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/9/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/10/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/16/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/17/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/17/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/20/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-093 Consumer And Employee Dispute Resolution Fairness 
Comment: 1-27-20
Position: Oppose
Date Introduced: 2020-01-13
Sponsors: M. Foote (D) | S. Fenberg (D) / D. Jackson (D) | M. Weissman (D)
Summary:

The bill enacts the "Consumer and Employee Dispute Resolution Fairness Act" (act). For certain consumer and employment arbitrations, the act:

  • Prohibits the waiver of standards for and challenges for evident partiality prior to a claim being filed and requires any waiver of such provisions after the claim is filed to be in writing;
  • Provides that the right of a party to challenge an arbitrator based on evident partiality is waived if not raised within a reasonable time of learning of the information leading to the challenge but that such right is not waived if caused by the opposing party;
  • Authorizes the nonobjecting party to seek provisional remedies from court if a party objects to an arbitrator and the parties are not able to agree on an arbitrator;
  • Establishes ethical standards for arbitrators; and
  • Requires specified public disclosures by arbitration services providers to the parties but includes protections for certain confidential information.

The bill also requires an individual arbitrator for certain consumer and employment arbitrations to make additional disclosures of information that might affect the arbitrator's impartiality.

The bill specifies how attorney fees and other reasonable expenses are to be awarded if a court vacates an award because of an arbitrator's evident partiality or failure to make required disclosures. and clarifies when appeals of orders may be made in consumer and employee arbitrations.

The bill also provides that for a standard form contract involving a consumer or an employee:

  • Specified terms are unenforceable as against public policy; and
  • Including an unenforceable term constitutes a deceptive trade practice under the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act"; and
  • How certain cost-shifting provisions are to be interpreted.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
1/29/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/3/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/6/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/7/2020 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/5/2020 Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 03/09/2020 - No Amendments
3/9/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/27/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
6/4/2020 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-094 Plug-in Electric Motor Vehicle Registration Fees 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-13
Sponsors: K. Priola (R)
Summary:

For the purpose of making the amount of plug-in electric motor vehicle registration fees roughly equal to the combined amount of registration fees and motor fuel taxes levied on motor vehicles powered by internal combustion engines, the bill authorizes the high-performance transportation enterprise to impose the following fees upon the registration of a plug-in electric motor vehicle:

  • An inflation-indexed surface transportation infrastructure equivalent use fee to be imposed at a maximum initial rate of $120 and thereafter indexed to inflation; and
  • A longevity fee that annually increases for each year in which a vehicle is in service until the vehicle reaches its 18th year of service.

Fee proceeds are credited to the statewide transportation enterprise special revenue fund for use by the high-performance transportation enterprise in funding surface transportation infrastructure projects.


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

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/13/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-099 Thresholds For Sales Tax Collection Requirements 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-14
Sponsors: B. Rankin (R) / P. Will (R)
Summary:

The bill changes the dollar threshold for economic nexus for purposes of retail sales made by retailers without physical presence in the state from $100,000 to $200,000.

Current law temporarily allows small retailers with physical presence in the state that have retail sales of $100,000 or less to source sales to the business' location regardless of where the purchaser receives the tangible personal property or service, thus providing an exception to the sales tax sourcing rule. The bill changes this threshold to $200,000 or less in retail sales and makes the exception permanent.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/14/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/4/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-108 Landlord Prohibitions Tenant Citizenship Status 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-15
Sponsors: J. Gonzales (D) / S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the "Immigrant Tenant Protection Act" (Act), which prohibits a landlord from:

  • Demanding, requesting, or collecting information regarding or relating to the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant;
  • Disclosing or threatening to disclose information regarding or relating to the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant to any person, entity, or immigration or law enforcement agency;
  • Harassing, intimidating, or retaliating against a tenant for exercising the tenant's rights or opposing prohibited conduct;
  • Interfering with a tenant's rights, including influencing or attempting to influence a tenant to surrender possession of a dwelling unit or to not seek to occupy a dwelling unit based solely or in part on the immigration or citizenship status of the tenant;
  • Refusing to enter into a lease agreement or approve a subtenancy, or to otherwise preclude a tenant from occupying a dwelling unit, based solely or in part on the immigration or citizenship status of the tenant; and
  • Bringing an action to recover possession of a dwelling unit based solely or in part on the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant.

The Act is enforceable through a private right of action.


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

Status: 1/15/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
1/28/2020 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
1/31/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/3/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/4/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
5/27/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-109 Short-term Rentals Property Tax 
Comment: 2-10-20
Position: Monitor
Date Introduced: 2020-01-15
Sponsors: B. Gardner (R)
Summary:

For purposes of the property tax, the bill classifies an improvement that is used to provide short-term stays, which is overnight lodging for less than 30 consecutive days in exchange for a monetary payment. A building or a portion of a building that is designed and used as a residency by a person, a family, or families and that is leased or available to be leased for short-term stays is a residential improvement and, therefore, it is classified as residential property.

A short-term rental unit is excluded from the definition of residential improvements and, therefore, it is classified as nonresidential property. A short-term rental unit is defined to mean a building or a portion of a building that is designed for use predominantly as a place of residency by a person, a family, or families, but that is leased or available to be leased for short-term stays during the property tax year and is occupied by the owner for less than 30 days in a year.


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

Status: 1/15/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/11/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-110 Penalties For Liquor Law Violations 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-15
Sponsors: A. Williams (D) | C. Holbert (R) / M. Snyder (D)
Summary:

Currently, the state or a local licensing authority may suspend or revoke a licensee's license or permit for the licensee's violation of a law related to the regulation of alcohol beverages. The licensee may choose to pay a fine instead of the revocation or suspension.

The act:

  • Authorizes the state and local licensing authorities to fine the licensee initially;
  • Increases the potential fine for violations related to alcohol beverages from between $200 and $5,000 to between $500 and $100,000; and
  • Requires the manner in which licensees pay fines to the state licensing authority to be determined by the state licensing authority.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/15/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
1/27/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/6/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/10/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/11/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor + Appropriations
5/27/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/3/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/5/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/8/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/18/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/19/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/19/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/13/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-119 Expand Canadian Prescription Drug Import Program 
Comment: 2-10-20
Position: Oppose
Date Introduced: 2020-01-24
Sponsors: J. Ginal (D) / S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Summary:

In 2019, the Colorado general assembly enacted, and the governor subsequently signed into law, the Canadian prescription drug importation program (program) in the department of health care policy and financing (department). The department is directed to request approval of the program on or before September 1, 2020, from the United States secretary of health and human services and to implement the program upon receipt of approval.

The bill states that the department may expand the program to allow a manufacturer, wholesale distributor, or pharmacy from a nation other than Canada to export prescription drugs into the state under the program if certain conditions are met.

If, upon the satisfaction of these conditions, the department decides to expand the program, the executive director of the department shall notify the president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives, as well as the health and human services committee of the senate and the health and insurance committee of the house of representatives, or any successor committees, of the department's intent to do so. The executive director shall provide the notice at least 30 days before the program is expanded, and the notice may include any recommendations of the department for legislation to amend the program to reflect its expansion.


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

Status: 1/24/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/13/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/19/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/21/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/25/2020 - No Amendments
2/26/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
2/27/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/28/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
6/10/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-127 Committee Actuarial Review Health Care Plan Legislation 
Comment: 2-24-20
Position: Support
Date Introduced: 2020-01-27
Sponsors: J. Smallwood (R) | N. Todd (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the health benefit plan design change review committee (committee) in the division of insurance to review introduced bills that impose new requirements on, or amend existing requirements of, health benefit plans. For any such bill, the committee shall conduct an actuarial review of the near-term effects of the bill, including:

  • An estimate of the number of Colorado residents who will be directly affected by the bill;
  • Estimates of changes in the rates of utilization of specific health care services that may result from the bill;
  • Estimates concerning any changes in consumer cost sharing that would result from the bill;
  • The financial impact, if any, of the bill on group benefit plans offered under the "State Employees Group Benefits Act", regardless of whether the bill makes any amendment to that act;
  • The financial impact, if any, of the bill on medical assistance programs under the "Colorado Medical Assistance Act", regardless of whether the bill makes any amendment to that act; and
  • The financial impact, if any, of the bill on small-, medium-, and large-sized business employers.

The bill authorizes the commissioner of insurance to promulgate rules as necessary for the operation of the committee.


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

Status: 1/27/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/13/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/13/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-131 Reimbursement To P-tech Schools For College Costs 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-27
Sponsors: M. Foote (D) | C. Holbert (R) / K. Mullica (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary:

Beginning in the 2020-21 budget year, the bill allows a school district, a board of cooperative services, a charter school, or the state charter school institute (local education provider) that operates a pathways in technology early college high school (p-tech school) to apply to the department of education (department) for reimbursement for the amount of tuition and fees and the costs of books and materials incurred in enrolling p-tech school students in postsecondary courses. The amount of the reimbursement is based on the average of the in-state tuition for local district colleges or community colleges, depending on the type of institution that provides the course, and is payable only for each successfully completed course credit hour. The state board of education must promulgate rules to implement the reimbursements. For the 2020-21 budget year and each budget year thereafter, the general assembly is directed to appropriate at least $2 million for the amount of the reimbursements. As part of the annual budget preparation process, the department will report the actual amount reimbursed and the amount expected to be reimbursed in the current and future budget years.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/27/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
2/12/2020 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/13/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-133 Business Fiscal Impact Statements 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-27
Sponsors: R. Woodward (R) / T. Kraft-Tharp (D) | D. Williams (R)
Summary:

The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to prepare business fiscal impact notes (notes) on legislative bills in each regular session of the general assembly. The speaker of the house of representatives, the minority leader of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the minority leader of the senate are authorized to request 2 notes each, or more at the discretion of the director of research of the legislative council.

The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to meet with the member of leadership requesting the note and with the sponsor of the legislative bill to discuss whether a note can practically be completed for that legislative bill. If not, the member of leadership may request a note on a different legislative bill.

A business fiscal impact note is defined as a note that uses available data to analyze the potential direct economic effects of a legislative bill on Colorado businesses, including costs related to compliance, impacts on hiring or job losses, savings or cost reductions, and other fiscal impacts.

The bill requires the director of research of the legislative council to develop the procedures for requesting, completing, and updating the notes and to memorialize the procedures in a letter to the executive committee of the legislative council.

The staff of the legislative council must designate a 5-day period during which Colorado businesses can submit comments on the impacts of a legislative bill selected for the preparation of the note, or a shorter time if the bill is selected during the last 30 days of session. The staff must summarize and compile the comments as part of the note.

Finally, the legislative bill requires each state department, agency, or institution to cooperate with and provide information for a note of a legislative bill in the manner requested by the staff of the legislative council.


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

Status: 1/27/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/3/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-138 Consumer Protection Construction Defect Time Period 
Comment: 2-10-20
Position: Oppose
Date Introduced: 2020-01-27
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:

The bill:

  • Increases the statutory limitation period for actions based on construction defects from 6 years to 10 years;
  • Allows tolling of the limitation period on any statutory or equitable basis; and
  • Requires tolling of the limitation period until the claimant discovers not only some physical manifestation of a construction defect but also its cause.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/27/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/12/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/18/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/21/2020 - No Amendments
2/21/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/24/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/28/2020 - No Amendments
3/4/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/06/2020 - No Amendments
3/9/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/13/2020 - No Amendments
3/13/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/16/2020 - No Amendments
5/28/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-150 Adopt Renewable Natural Gas Standard 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-01-28
Sponsors: C. Hansen (D) | D. Coram (R) / J. Arndt (D) | M. Catlin (R)
Summary:

The bill requires the public utilities commission to adopt by rule, no later than July 31, 2021, renewable natural gas programs for large natural gas utilities (those that have at least 200,000 250,000 customer accounts in Colorado) and small natural gas utilities (those that have fewer than 200,000 250,000 customer accounts in Colorado). Municipally owned natural gas utilities may, but need not, participate in a renewable natural gas program. The rules must include reporting requirements and a process for natural gas utilities to fully recover prudently incurred costs associated with the large and small renewable natural gas programs.

"Renewable natural gas" is defined to mean any of the following products processed to meet pipeline quality standards or transportation fuel-grade requirements or delivered by an alternative energy carrier :

  • Biogas that is blended with, or substituted for, geologic natural gas;
  • Hydrogen gas derived from renewable energy sources; or
  • Methane gas derived from any combination of biogas; hydrogen gas or carbon oxides derived from renewable energy sources; waste carbon dioxide; coalbed methane resulting from human activity; naturally occurring coalbed deposits; a municipal solid waste landfill; waste tire or municipal solid waste pyrolysis; or biogas recovery from manure management systems and anaerobic digesters ; or the decomposition of organic food waste .

If a large natural gas utility's total incremental annual cost to meet the targets of the large renewable natural gas program exceeds 5% 2% of the large natural gas utility's total revenue requirement for a particular year, the large natural gas utility shall not make additional qualified investments under the large renewable natural gas program for that year without approval from the commission. The bill establishes the following portfolio targets for the percentage of gas purchased by large natural gas utilities that is renewable natural gas:

  • By January 1, 2025, at least 5% must be renewable natural gas;
  • By January 1, 2030, at least 10% must be renewable natural gas; and
  • On and after January 1, 2035, at least 15% must be renewable natural gas.

Small natural gas utilities may opt in to the small renewable natural gas program as established by the commission by rule. The rule must include tradeable credits and a rate cap limiting the small natural gas utility's costs of procuring renewable natural gas from third parties and qualified investments in renewable natural gas infrastructure.

The bill appropriates $83,555 from the fixed utilities cash fund to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the public utilities commission to implement the bill.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 1/28/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/11/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/25/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/27/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/28/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
5/28/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-167 Electric Motor Vehicle Manufacturer And Dealer 
Comment: 3-9-20
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-02-13
Sponsors: C. Hansen (D) | K. Priola (R) / K. Becker (D)
Summary:

Preexisting law prohibits, with certain exceptions, a motor vehicle manufacturer from owning, operating, or controlling any motor vehicle dealer or used motor vehicle dealer in Colorado. The act creates a new exception that allows a manufacturer to own, operate, or control a motor vehicle dealer if the manufacturer makes only electric motor vehicles and has no franchised dealers of the same line-make.


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

Status: 2/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/18/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/21/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
2/24/2020 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/28/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/2/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
3/9/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/11/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/12/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/13/2020 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/16/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/17/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/17/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/23/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-170 Update Colorado Employment Security Act 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-02-18
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) / D. Jackson (D) | M. Duran (D)
Summary:

For the purpose of establishing a worker's eligibility for unemployment benefits,"immediate family" includes:

  • A sibling of the worker who is under 18 years of age and for whom the worker stands in loco parentis; and
  • A sibling of the worker who is incapable of self-care due to a mental or physical disability or a long-term illness.

A worker who separates from a job because the worker reasonably believes that continuing employment would jeopardize the safety of the worker or any member of the worker's immediate family as a result of domestic violence no longer must provide certain documentation to establish the worker's eligibility for unemployment benefits.

The term "severance allowance" is substituted for "remuneration" in a provision that concerns remuneration received by an individual who has been separated from employment.

Subject to the approval of the executive director of the department of labor and employment, the director of the division of unemployment insurance may enter into an interagency agreement with the department of law for assistance in enforcing certain provisions concerning the misclassification of employees by an employer. Fines imposed pursuant to the enforcement of laws concerning employment security must be transferred to the department of labor and employment and credited to the unemployment revenue fund.


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

Status: 2/18/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/10/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/2/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/5/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/5/2020 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
6/5/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Appropriations
6/9/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/10/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/10/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/11/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/12/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/18/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/19/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/19/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/14/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-176 Protect Neutral Determinations In Health Insurance 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-02-20
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | J. Ginal (D) / B. Titone (D) | M. Young (D)
Summary:

The act clarifies 2008 legislation prohibiting discretionary clauses in certain plans and insurance policies and providing for the de novo standard of review (roughly translated as "anew" or "from a clean slate") in any court by:

  • Declaring that the legislation should be construed broadly to effectuate its remedial purpose, notwithstanding any contractual or statutory choice-of-law provision to the contrary;
  • Nullifying any contract provision that purports to give an insurer or its agent discretionary authority to determine the insured person's entitlement to benefits in any specific circumstance; and
  • Separating the provision requiring de novo review of policy disputes from the provision allowing a claimant to demand a jury trial, to clarify that these are separate issues.

The act applies to all plans and policies existing, offered, issued, delivered, or renewed in Colorado or providing health or disability benefits to a resident or domiciliary of Colorado on or after the applicable effective date of the act.


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

Status: 2/20/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/27/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/3/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2020 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/5/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/5/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
6/10/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/10/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/11/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/12/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/13/2020 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/23/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/29/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/29/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/14/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-188 Plain Language In Hospital Bills 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-03-02
Sponsors: R. Fields (D)
Summary:

The bill requires a health care facility to provide an itemized statement or bill to a patient within 30 days after discharge from the facility or within 7 days after the patient's written request. The statement or bill must list all medical services provided in understandable language, without using procedure codes or drug codes exclusively and with a breakdown of the charges for which payment is expected from the patient.


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

Status: 3/2/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
5/27/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-192 Staffing Agency Requirements For Employees 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-03-04
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D) | J. Gonzales (D) / E. Sirota (D) | S. Woodrow
Summary:

The bill requires a staffing agency that places temporary and part-time employees with work-site employers to provide the employees specific information concerning the terms and conditions of employment. The information must be provided in writing before the end of the first pay period.

The bill requires the staffing agency to post a notice in its workplace that includes the name and telephone number of the division of labor standards and statistics (division) in the department of labor and employment and a description of employees' rights to the receipt of the required terms and conditions of employment.

A staffing agency and a work-site employer are prohibited from charging an employee:

  • A fee for certain work-related expenses or deducting expenses from the employee's wages without authorization from the employee;
  • The cost of required specific transportation services; or
  • More than the actual cost of optional transportation.

The bill prohibits a staffing agency from knowingly issuing, distributing, circulating, or providing false, fraudulent, or misleading information to an employee or applicant for employment and from refusing to refund fees or costs owed to the employee.

The bill requires each staffing agency to annually register and pay a fee to the division. Each staffing agency is required to submit information to the division in a form and manner required by the division. The division is required to maintain a list of the registration status of each staffing agency on its website. Employers who use staffing agencies are required to verify whether the staffing agency is registered with the division. The division may assess a fine for a violation and may revoke or suspend the registration of a staffing agency for any violation.

The division is authorized to promulgate rules, including rules that state the information that a staffing agency is required to submit to the division and that establish circumstances where a staffing agency's registration may be revoked or suspended.


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

Status: 3/4/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
5/26/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB20-200 Implementation Of CO Colorado Secure Savings Program 
Comment:
Position:
Date Introduced: 2020-03-09
Sponsors: K. Donovan (D) | B. Pettersen (D) / T. Kraft-Tharp (D) | K. Becker (D)
Summary:

In 2019, the general assembly created the Colorado secure savings board (board) in the office of the state treasurer to study the costs to the state of insufficient retirement savings and 3 approaches to increasing retirement savings in Colorado. The board found that a state-facilitated automatic enrollment individual retirement account program is the best option for Colorado and recommended the establishment of such a program, coupled with the greater use of financial education tools in the state. In furtherance of the board's recommendation, the act directs the board to create and implement the Colorado secure savings program (program).

The act specifies the powers and duties of the board in connection with the creation and administration of the program and updates the criteria to which the board is required to adhere in developing the program. The board is required to adopt rules regarding enrollment in the program, contributions to and withdrawals from program accounts, the process for employer exemptions from offering the program, and required disclosures.

The act creates the Colorado secure savings program fund in the state treasury to consist of money appropriated by the general assembly, money transferred to the fund by the federal government, money from fees and penalties in connection with the program, any gifts, grants, or donations made to the fund, and any gifts, grants, donations, or investments made to the state treasurer. The state treasurer may solicit gifts, grants, donations, or investments not required to be repaid, from public or private sources to cover the costs associated with the administration of the program.

All individual account information for accounts under the program is confidential and may not be disclosed except under specified circumstances.

For the 2020-21 state fiscal year, the general fund appropriation made in the annual general appropriation act to the office of the governor for use by the office of information technology for applications administration is decreased by $1,197,552. The same amount is appropriated from the general fund to the department of the treasury for the implementation of the act. Any money appropriated that is not expended prior to July 1, 2021, is further appropriated to the department for the 2021-22 state fiscal year for the same purpose.


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

Status: 3/9/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/26/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/4/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/5/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/6/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Appropriations
6/9/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/10/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/10/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/11/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/12/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/13/2020 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/19/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/22/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/22/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/14/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-205 Sick Leave For Employees 
Comment: 6-1-20
Position: Amend
Date Introduced: 2020-05-26
Sponsors: S. Fenberg (D) | J. Bridges (D) / K. Becker (D) | Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary:

On the effective date of the act through December 31, 2020, all employers in the state, regardless of size, are required to provide each of their employees paid sick leave for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the amounts and for the purposes specified in the federal "Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act" in the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act".

Starting January 1, 2021, for employers with 16 or more employees, and starting January 1, 2022, for all employers, the act requires employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees, accrued at one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 48 hours per year.

An employee begins accruing paid sick leave when the employee's employment begins, may use paid sick leave as it is accrued, and may carry forward and use in subsequent calendar years up to 48 hours of paid sick leave that is not used in the year in which it is accrued. An employer is not required to allow the employee to use more than 48 hours of paid sick leave in a year.

Employees may use accrued paid sick leave to be absent from work for the following purposes:

  • The employee has a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; needs a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment related to such illness, injury, or condition; or needs to obtain preventive medical care;
  • The employee needs to care for a family member who has a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; needs a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment related to such illness, injury, or condition; or needs to obtain preventive medical care;
  • The employee or family member has been the victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment and needs to be absent from work for purposes related to such crime; or
  • A public official has ordered the closure of the school or place of care of the employee's child or of the employee's place of business due to a public health emergency, necessitating the employee's absence from work.

In addition to the paid sick leave accrued by an employee, the act requires an employer, regardless of size, to provide its employees an additional amount of paid sick leave during a public health emergency in an amount based on the number of hours the employee works.

The act prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who uses the employee's paid sick leave or otherwise exercises the employee's rights under the act. Employers are required to notify employees of their rights under the act by providing employees with a written notice of their rights and displaying a poster, developed by the division of labor standards and statistics (division) in the department of labor and employment (department), detailing employees' rights under the act.

The director of the division will implement and enforce the act and adopt rules necessary for such purposes. An employer found in violation of the act is liable to the employee for back pay and other equitable damages.

The act treats an employee's information about the employee's or a family member's health condition or domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment case as confidential and prohibits an employer from disclosing such information or requiring the employee to disclose such information as a condition of using paid sick leave.

The act specifies the conditions in which collective bargaining agreements result in compliance with, or exemption from, the act.

$206,566 is appropriated to the department for use by the division to implement the act, based on the assumption that the division will require an additional 2.7 FTE for such purpose.


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

Status: 5/26/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
6/3/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/6/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/8/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/9/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/9/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance + Appropriations
6/10/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/11/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/11/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/12/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/13/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/13/2020 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
6/15/2020 Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
6/15/2020 Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Reconsider - CCR produced
6/15/2020 House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
6/22/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/29/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/29/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/14/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Monday, June 15 2020
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE ON SB20-205
Upon Adjournment SCR 357
(1) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-207 Unemployment Insurance 
Comment: 6-1-20
Position: Amend
Date Introduced: 2020-05-26
Sponsors: C. Hansen (D) | F. Winter (D) / M. Gray (D) | T. Sullivan (D)
Summary:

Beginning in calendar year 2021 and each year thereafter, the act increases the amount of wages paid to an individual employee during a calendar year on which the employer of that employee is required to pay premiums to the unemployment compensation fund (fund).

The act exempts payment for services to an election judge, up to the maximum amount permissible by federal law, for the purposes of calculating total unemployment compensation benefits.

Current law requires the weekly total and partial unemployment benefit amounts to be reduced by the amount of an individual's wages that exceeds 25% of the weekly benefit amount. For the next 2 calendar years only, the act changes the deduction amount to the amount of an individual's wages that exceeds 50% of the weekly benefit amount.

When determining whether an individual qualifies for unemployment insurance, the act directs the division of unemployment insurance (division) in the department of labor and employment (department) to consider whether the individual has separated from employment or has refused to accept new employment because:

  • The employer requires the individual to work in an environment that is not in compliance with: Federal centers for disease control and prevention guidelines applicable to the employer's business and workplace at the time of the determination; state and federal laws, rules, and regulations concerning disease mitigation and workplace safety; or an executive order issued by the governor, or a public health order issued by the department of public health and environment or a local government, requiring the employer to close the business or modify the operation of the business;
  • The individual is the primary caretaker of a child enrolled in a school that is closed due to a public health emergency or of a family member or household member who is quarantined due to an illness during a public health emergency; or
  • The employee is immunocompromised and more susceptible to illness during a public health emergency.

The act changes the time period that an interested party has to respond to a notice of claim received by the division concerning unemployment benefits from 12 calendar days to 7 calendar days.

Current law authorizes the division to approve a work share plan submitted by an employer if the employee's normal weekly work hours have been reduced by at least 10% but not more than 40%. The act changes the amount that hours may be reduced to an amount consistent with rules adopted by the division and federal law.

The act removes the cap on the amount of money that can be paid into and remain in the employment support fund.

The act prohibits the division from assessing a solvency surcharge for the fund on employers for the calendar years 2021 and 2022.

The act requires the state treasurer to transfer any unexpended federal funds received by the state from the federal "CARES Act" to the fund prior to the close of business on December 30, 2022.

The act requires the office of future of work in the department to study unemployment assistance as part of a study on the modernization of worker benefits and protections and report its findings to the governor and the general assembly.


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

Status: 5/26/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/2/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/6/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/6/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/8/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
6/9/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/10/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/10/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/11/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/12/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/13/2020 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/22/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/29/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/29/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/14/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-215 Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise 
Comment: 6-8-20
Position: Oppose
Date Introduced: 2020-06-02
Sponsors: D. Moreno (D) | K. Donovan (D) / C. Kennedy (D) | J. McCluskie (D)
Summary:

The act establishes the health insurance affordability enterprise, for purposes of section 20 of article X of the state constitution, that is authorized to assess a health insurance affordability fee (insurer fee) on certain health insurers and a special assessment (hospital assessment) on hospitals in order to:

  • Provide business services to carriers that pay the insurer fee, including services to increase enrollment in health benefit plans offered by carriers across the state; increase the number of individuals who are able to purchase health benefit plans in the individual market by providing financial support for certain qualifying individuals; fund the reinsurance program that offsets the costs carriers would otherwise pay for covering consumers with high medical costs; improve the stability of the market throughout the state by providing consistent private health care coverage and reducing the movement of individuals from insured to uninsured status; reduce provider cost shifting from the individual market and the uninsured to the group market; and create a healthier risk pool for all carriers by establishing a path for consistent coverage for individuals; and
  • Provide business services to hospitals, including by reducing the amount of uncompensated care provided by hospitals; reducing the need of providers to shift costs of providing uncompensated care to other payers; and expanding access to high-quality, affordable health care for low-income and uninsured residents.

The enterprise is to start assessing and collecting the insurer fee in 2021, which fee is based on a percentage of premiums collected by health insurers in the previous calendar year on health benefit plans issued in the state. The hospital assessment is a specified amount assessed and collected in the 2022 and 2023 calendar years. Money collected from the insurer fee and hospital assessment is to be deposited in the health insurance affordability cash fund (fund), which the act creates. The act also transfers an amount of premium taxes collected by the state in 2020 or later years that exceeds the amount collected in 2019, but not more than 10% of the enterprise's revenues, to the fund.

The enterprise is required to use the insurer fee, the hospital assessment, and any premium tax revenues or other money available in the fund, in accordance with the allocation specified in the act, for the following purposes:

  • To provide funding for the Colorado reinsurance program;
  • To provide payments to carriers to increase the affordability of health insurance on the individual market for Coloradans who receive the premium tax credit available under federal law;
  • To provide subsidies for state-subsidized individual health coverage plans purchased by qualified low-income individuals who are not eligible for the premium tax credit or public assistance health care programs;
  • To pay the actual administrative costs of the enterprise and the division of insurance for implementing and administering the act, limited to 3% of the enterprise's revenues; and
  • To pay the costs for consumer enrollment, outreach, and education activities regarding health care coverage.

The enterprise is governed by an 11-member board composed of the executive director of the Colorado health benefit exchange and the commissioner of insurance or their designees and 9 members appointed by the governor and representing various aspect of the health care industry and health care consumers.

With regard to the Colorado reinsurance program and enterprise, the act:

  • Incorporates the reinsurance program enterprise within the health insurance affordability enterprise;
  • Eliminates funding for the reinsurance program from special assessments on hospitals and health insurers, excess premium tax revenues, and specified transfers from the state general fund and instead allocates a portion of the health insurance affordability enterprise revenues to the reinsurance program annually; and
  • Extends the reinsurance program, subject to federal approval of a new or extended state innovation waiver to enable the state to operate the reinsurance program and access federal funding for the program.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 6/2/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/3/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/6/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/8/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/9/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
6/10/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/11/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/11/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/12/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/13/2020 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/15/2020 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/19/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/22/2020 Sent to the Governor
6/22/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/30/2020 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Monday, June 15 2020
CONSIDERATION OF HOUSE AMENDMENTS TO SENATE BILLS
(6) in senate calendar.
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB20-216 Workers' Compensation For COVID-19 
Comment: 6-8-20
Position: Oppose
Date Introduced: 2020-06-02
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D) / K. Mullica (D)
Summary:

The bill provides that, for purposes of the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado", if an essential worker who works outside of the home contracts COVID-19, the contraction is:

  • Presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of employment; and
  • A compensable accident, injury, or occupational disease.

An essential worker is considered to have contracted COVID-19 if the worker tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a licensed physician, or has COVID-19 listed as the cause of death on the worker's death certificate.


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

Status: 6/2/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/8/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/10/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SCR20-001 Repeal Property Tax Assessment Rates 
Comment: 6-8-20
Position: Support
Date Introduced: 2020-06-01
Sponsors: J. Tate (R) | C. Hansen (D) / D. Esgar (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary:

Property tax in Colorado is generally equal to the actual value of property multiplied by an assessment rate, and the resulting assessed value is multiplied by each applicable local government's mill levy. The assessment rate for residential real property is established by the general assembly in accordance with a provision of the state constitution that is commonly known as the "Gallagher Amendment" and is limited by section 20 of article X of the state constitution (TABOR). Under the Gallagher Amendment, there are 2 relevant classes of property for the purposes of determining the residential assessment rate: residential property and nonresidential property. The assessment rate for most nonresidential property is fixed in the state constitution at 29%. The residential assessment rate was initially set at 21%, but the rate has been adjusted prior to each 2-year reassessment cycle to keep the percentage of aggregate statewide assessed value attributable to residential property the same as it was in the year immediately preceding the new reassessment cycle. Currently, the residential assessment rate is 7.15%.

The concurrent resolution repeals the Gallagher Amendment so that the general assembly will no longer be required to establish the residential assessment rate based on the formula expressed in the Gallagher Amendment. The resolution also repeals the reference to the residential rate of 21%, which last applied in 1986 prior to the first adjustment required by the Gallagher Amendment. Finally, the resolution repeals the 29% assessment rate that applies for all nonresidential property, excluding producing mines and lands or leaseholds producing oil or gas.


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

Status: 6/1/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/2/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/8/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
6/11/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/11/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/12/2020 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/23/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/23/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
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