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HB20-1004 Assistance Landowner Wildfire Mitigation 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Assistance Landowner Wildfire Mitigation
Sponsors: L. Cutter (D) | P. Will (R) / P. Lee (D)
Summary:

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill establishes the wildfire mitigation resources and best practices grant program (grant program) within the division of local government in the department of local affairs. Grant recipients use grant money to conduct outreach among landowners to inform them of resources available for wildfire mitigation and best practices for wildfire mitigation. The grant program only awards grants to applicants conducting outreach to landowners in high wildfire hazard areas and prioritizes applications based on the potential impact of the applicant's proposed outreach.

The bill also extends the increased wildfire mitigation income tax deduction that allows a landowner to claim 100%, rather than 50%, of the costs they incur in performing wildfire mitigation measures.


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

Status: 6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1037 Augmentation Of Instream Flows 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Augmentation Of Instream Flows
Sponsors: J. Arndt (D) / D. Coram (R)
Summary:

The act authorizes the Colorado water conservation board to augment stream flows to preserve or improve the natural environment to a reasonable degree by use of an acquired water right that has been previously quantified and changed to include any augmentation use, without a further change of the water right being required.


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

Status: 3/24/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1069 Add Water Well Inspectors Identify High-risk Wells 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, June 15 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(3) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Add Water Well Inspectors Identify High-risk Wells
Sponsors: L. Saine | B. Titone (D) / J. Sonnenberg (R) | D. Coram (R)
Summary:

Water Resources Review Committee. The bill requires the state engineer to employ a minimum of 4 water well inspectors in the state's water well inspection program.

The bill requires the state board of water well construction and pump installation contractors, on or before November 1, 2020, to promulgate rules for identifying high-risk water wells that should be prioritized for inspection. Thereafter, the state engineer shall use the rules to identify high-risk water wells and shall prioritize the inspection of high-risk water wells.

The bill clarifies that money in the well inspection cash fund shall be appropriated to and expended by the state engineer only for the well inspection program.


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

Status: 6/1/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1093 County Authority License And Regulate Business 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: County Authority License And Regulate Business
Sponsors: J. McCluskie (D) | J. Wilson / 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: 3/23/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1095 Local Governments Water Elements In Master Plans 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Local Governments Water Elements In Master Plans
Sponsors: J. Arndt (D) / J. Bridges (D) | C. Hansen (D)
Summary:

The act specifies that a local government master plan that contains a water supply element must include water conservation policies, to be determined by the local government, which may include goals specified in the state water plan and policies that require implementation of water conservation and other state water plan goals as a condition of development approvals. The act authorizes the department of local affairs to hire and employ a full-time employee to provide educational resources and assistance to local governments that include water conservation policies in their master plans.

$26,215 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of local affairs for use by the division of local government to implement the act, which amount is allocated as follows:

  • $24,066 for personal services, including an additional 0.5 FTE; and
  • $2,149 for operating expenses.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/24/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1113 Mental Health Educational Resources 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Mental Health Educational Resources
Sponsors: B. Titone (D) | K. Van Winkle (R) / J. Bridges (D) | P. Lundeen (R)
Summary:

Under current law, the safe2tell program is required to provide awareness and educational materials to preschools. The act removes this requirement.

The act clarifies that safe2tell does not have to provide information about a call to law enforcement and school personnel if the call was forwarded to the statewide behavioral crisis response system. The act requires the safe2tell program to develop training materials outlining appropriate responses to safe2tell tips to ensure standardized messaging. The act directs the department of law to devise a process and develop standardized protocols so that any communication related to mental health or substance use received by safe2tell may be transferred to the statewide behavioral crisis response system.


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

Status: 7/8/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1117 Misbranding Nonmeat And Imported And Artificial Meat 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(12) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Misbranding Nonmeat And Imported And Artificial Meat
Sponsors: P. Neville (R) | E. Hooton (D)
Summary:

Current law prohibits selling meat or meat products that are imported without the label indicating the fact of importation. The bill expands this to cover any meat derived from animals that were not born, raised, and harvested exclusively in the United States.

The bill provides that food is misbranded as "meat" or a cut of meat if it does not come from animals and that lab-grown meat is misbranded as "meat" or a cut of meat unless labeled as "lab-grown" or "artificially cultured".


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

Status: 5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1137 Broadband Grant Certification Of Unserved Area Requirement 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Want to know what's going on in the Colorado Legislature? We have it covered
Short Title: Broadband Grant Certification Of Unserved Area Requirement
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: 7/7/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1139 Peer Support Professionals Behavioral Health 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Peer Support Professionals Behavioral Health
Sponsors: R. Pelton (R) | Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary:

The bill adds definitions for "peer support professional" and "recovery support services organization" for the purposes of permissible claims submitted for reimbursement under the medical services program. A recovery support services organization (recovery organization) may bill and submit for reimbursement certain eligible peer support services (support services) provided by peer support professionals. The department of human services (department) is responsible for approving a recovery support services organization for reimbursement for support services. The bill sets forth detailed criteria for approval by the department, and the department is given rule-making authority to establish other criteria and standards as necessary.

The bill creates a refundable income tax credit available for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2021, but before January 1, 2031, for eligible peer support professionals (eligible individuals) who have worked in Colorado at least part-time for at least 3 years in the behavioral health sector and who either return to school or who graduate and return to work in the public or private health care sector. The tax credit is available for 4 consecutive years for eligible individuals who return to school and for 3 consecutive years for eligible individuals who return to work after attending school. The office of behavioral health in the department of human services (office) shall, in conjunction with the department of human services, review documentation supplied by eligible individuals seeking the tax credit and provide certification to the department of revenue if eligibility criteria for the tax credit is met. The office may not issue tax credit certificates that total more than $100,000 per income tax year.


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

Status: 6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1143 Environmental Justice And Projects Increase Environmental Fines 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: 12 bills Colorado lawmakers passed in 2020 that you should know about
Short Title: Environmental Justice And Projects Increase Environmental Fines
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: 7/2/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1151 Expand Authority For Regional Transportation Improvements 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Expand Authority For Regional Transportation Improvements
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: 6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1159 State Engineer Confirm Existing Use Instream Flow 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: State Engineer Confirm Existing Use Instream Flow
Sponsors: D. Roberts (D) | M. Catlin (R) / K. Donovan (D) | D. Coram (R)
Summary:

Current law specifies that the Colorado water conservation board's appropriation of water for instream flow purposes is subject to existing uses and exchanges of water. The act directs the state engineer, in administering current law, to confirm a claim of an existing use or exchange if the use or exchange has not previously been confirmed by court order or decree. The person making the claim may also seek confirmation by the water judge.


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

Status: 4/1/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1178 Increase Speed Limit On Certain Rural Highways 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Want to know what's happening in the Colorado Legislature this week? We've got it covered
Short Title: Increase Speed Limit On Certain Rural Highways
Sponsors: R. Holtorf (R) / J. Sonnenberg (R)
Summary:

The act requires the department of transportation to study relevant and appropriate state highways in rural areas of the state for the purpose of identifying portions of rural state highways where the speed limit can be raised without endangering public safety. On or before March 1, 2021, the department shall complete its study. The department shall include a summary of the study in the department's next annual report to the legislative committees of reference.


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

Status: 3/27/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1184 Sunset Colorado Seed Act 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Sunset Colorado Seed Act
Sponsors: B. Buentello | R. Pelton (R) / D. Hisey (R) | K. Donovan (D)
Summary:

The act implements recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' sunset review and report on the registration functions of the commissioner of agriculture (commissioner) regarding the "Colorado Seed Act" by:

  • Continuing the commissioner's registration functions for 11 years, until 2031;
  • Setting fees for registration in statute and allowing the commissioner to adjust the registration fees by rule up to a maximum amount set in statute;
  • Removing the fee discount afforded to registrants with respect to registering a second and any additional locations; and
  • Authorizing the commissioner to establish a registration renewal schedule by rule and repealing language that made each registration effective for one year from March 1 through the last day in February, regardless of when the registration was approved.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 6/29/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1211 Sunset Regulation Of Egg Dealers 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Sunset Regulation Of Egg Dealers
Sponsors: D. Valdez (D) | R. Holtorf (R) / R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:

The act implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies in its sunset review and report of the licensing of egg dealers by:

  • Extending the program for 11 years, until September 1, 2031;
  • Adding the regulation of non-chicken eggs from avian species and authorizing the commissioner of agriculture to adopt rules specifying how non-chicken eggs will be regulated; and
  • Changing the fund where civil penalties are deposited from the inspection and consumer services cash fund to the general fund.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 6/29/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1213 Sunset Commodity Handler And Farm Products Acts 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Sunset Commodity Handler And Farm Products Acts
Sponsors: M. Young (D) | R. Pelton (R) / R. Rodriguez (D) | J. Sonnenberg (R)
Summary:

The act implements recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' sunset review and report on the licensing functions of the commissioner of agriculture (commissioner) regarding the "Commodity Handler Act" and the "Farm Products Act", with modifications, by:

  • Continuing the commissioner's licensing functions for 5 years, until 2025;
  • Combining the "Commodity Handler Act" and the "Farm Products Act";
  • Exempting from licensure small-volume commodity handlers who buy less than $250,000 worth of commodities and farm products per year and do not buy commodities for commercial feeding of livestock;
  • Requiring the commissioner to adopt rules by December 31, 2020, regarding financial assurance requirements, including a schedule for filing a bond with the commissioner, record keeping requirements, initial and renewal license requirements, credit sale contract requirements, standard warehouse operation requirements, and animal feeding operations capacity and requiring the department of agriculture to convene a stakeholders' group to work on drafting the rules;
  • With regard to an action to demand payment on a surety bond or letter of credit based on the misconduct of a commodity handler or dealer, extending the date for filing the action, and thus the period of liability for which the surety or issuer of the letter of credit is required to pay a claim, from up to 180 days after the later of the date of the transaction or the date of the loss to up to 548 days (approximately 18 months) after the later of the date of the transaction or the date of the loss;
  • Requiring the department of agriculture, on or before November 1, 2021, to submit a report to the committees of the general assembly with jurisdiction over agricultural issues summarizing the department's progress toward implementing the act;
  • Increasing the bond amount that farm products dealers must file from between $2,000 and $200,000 to between $200,000 and $1 million; and
  • For the definition of "small-volume dealer", repealing the limitation on the amount of farm products or commodities, based on price, that a dealer can purchase in a single transaction to qualify as a small-volume dealer.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 6/29/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1226 Food Safety And Quality Labeling 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(13) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Food Safety And Quality Labeling
Sponsors: L. Cutter (D)
Summary:

The bill encourages each food manufacturer to affix a label indicating an elevated risk date on each product that poses a high level of risk to an individual who consumes the food product after the elevated risk date. On and after July 1, 2023, food that is offered for sale with such a label must:

  • Display the elevated risk date preceded by the phrase "USE BY" unless the executive director of the department of public health and environment (department) promulgates rules establishing a different phrase; and
  • Express the date by the first 3 letters of the month, followed by numerals designating the calendar day and year, or by the numerical calendar month followed by numerals designating the calendar day and year.

On and after July 1, 2023, if a food manufacturer or retail food facility includes a quality date on a food product, the quality date must be:

  • Displayed preceded by the phrase "BEST IF USED BY" unless the executive director promulgates rules establishing a different phrase; and
  • Expressed by the first 3 letters of the month followed by numerals designating the calendar day and year, or by the numerical calendar month followed by numerals designating the calendar day and year.

The bill requires the department to make publicly available on its website information indicating the distinction between elevated risk dates and quality dates on food labels.

The executive director may promulgate rules to implement the new labeling requirements.


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

Status: 5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1265 Increase Public Protection Air Toxics Emissions 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: 12 bills Colorado lawmakers passed in 2020 that you should know about
Short Title: Increase Public Protection Air Toxics Emissions
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: 7/2/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1300 Changes To Local School Food Purchasing Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Changes To Local School Food Purchasing Program
Sponsors: B. Buentello | R. Pelton (R) / J. Bridges (D) | D. Coram (R)
Summary:

For the local school food purchasing program, the act:

  • Makes technical changes to when a local education provider may apply to the program and when the department of education (department) selects providers;
  • Requires the department to ensure geographic and district pupil size diversity among providers;
  • Changes the limit for the number of lunches that all local education providers provided in the prior year to 10 million;
  • Changes the reimbursement formula to $0.05 for every meal that the local education provider provided in the previous year; and
  • Specifies that if the department does not spend the full appropriation for the program, up to 5% of the appropriation is available to the department in the following year to pay for the required evaluation and report.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/27/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB20-1349 Colorado Affordable Health Care Option 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Colorado Affordable Health Care Option
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: 6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB20-002 Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant Program 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: McLachlan’s Rural Economic Development Grant Improvements Advance
Short Title: Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant Program
Sponsors: K. Donovan (D) | D. Coram (R) / B. McLachlan (D) | B. Buentello
Summary:

The act creates the rural economic development initiative (REDI) grant program in the department of local affairs (department) to provide grants for projects that create new jobs through a new employer or the expansion of an existing employer and for projects that create diversity and resiliency in the local economies of rural communities. The department is required to administer the REDI grant program in consultation with the Colorado office of economic development.

Entities eligible to receive REDI grant program money include local governments and organizations or individuals working in partnership with a local government, where the local government serves as the grant administrator, including intergovernmental agencies, councils of government, housing authorities, beginning farmers, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, nonprofit economic development organizations, and private employers.

The act specifies criteria that the department is required to consider when evaluating grant applications and requires the department to prioritize applications that would create new jobs. The act specifies the types of projects for which REDI grants may be awarded to eligible recipients and requires grant recipients to provide matching funds.

If the department determines that a rural community needs resources or assistance because it has been impacted by a significant economic event or an anticipated event that has been announced, the department may use all or a portion of the money appropriated for the purposes of the REDI grant program for the purposes of the "Rural Economic Advancement of Colorado Towns (REACT) Act".

The executive director of the department is required to adopt policies and procedures for the administration of the REDI grant program and is also required to produce a report summarizing the use of all money that was awarded as grants from the REDI grant program in the preceding fiscal year.


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

Status: 6/29/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB20-048 Study Strengthening Water Anti-speculation Law 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Study Strengthening Water Anti-speculation Law
Sponsors: K. Donovan (D) | D. Coram (R) / D. Roberts (D) | M. Catlin (R)
Summary:

Current law specifies that an appropriation of water cannot be based on speculation. Speculation may be evidenced by either of the following:

  • The applicant for an appropriation of water does not have either a legally vested interest or a reasonable expectation of procuring such an interest in the lands or facilities to be served by the appropriation, unless the appropriator is a governmental agency or an agent in fact for the persons proposed to be benefitted by the appropriation; or
  • The applicant does not have a specific plan and intent to divert, store, or otherwise capture, possess, and control a specific quantity of water for specific beneficial uses.

The act requires the executive director of the department of natural resources to convene a work group to explore ways to strengthen current anti-speculation law and to report to the water resources review committee by August 15, 2021, regarding any recommended changes.


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

Status: 3/11/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB20-055 Incentivize Development Recycling End Markets 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Incentivize Development Recycling End Markets
Sponsors: K. Priola (R) | T. Story (D) / L. Cutter (D) | J. Arndt (D)
Summary:

Section 1 of the act directs the department of public health and environment (department) to convene stakeholders to inform the department regarding a structure and governing guidance for a recycling market development center to support the development of end-market businesses within the state. Section 1 also directs the department to conduct a literature review of what industry and other states are doing around the country regarding producer responsibility and to create policy and legislative recommendations regarding the feasibility of requiring producers to design, manage, and finance programs for end-of-life management of their products and packaging as a condition of sale.

Sections 3, 4, and 5 allow the pollution prevention advisory board (board) to use the recycling resources economic opportunity fund and the front range waste diversion cash fund to reimburse eligible recycling businesses for locally assessed personal property taxes paid in the current tax year in this state on personal property. Section 2 directs the board to establish a formula that it would use in awarding personal property tax reimbursements.

Section 6 requires the department, as soon as practicable, to administer a statewide campaign to educate Colorado residents concerning recycling. The department shall ensure the campaign includes:

  • Communications delivered via social media;
  • Television and radio public service announcements; and
  • The placement of written materials in public locations, such as community centers, recreation centers, and shopping centers.

In administering the campaign, the department shall consult with municipal governments, county governments, and private agencies that operate recycling programs. The department may contract with one or more public or private entities for the preparation of materials to be used in the campaign. The requirement is repealed, effective September 1, 2021.

Section 7 appropriates $985,283 from the recycling resources economic opportunity fund and 2.1 FTE to the department to implement the act.


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

Status: 7/13/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-090 Limit Liability For Food Donations To Nonprofits 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Limit Liability For Food Donations To Nonprofits
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) / D. Esgar (D) | B. Titone (D)
Summary:

Correctional facilities, school districts, hospitals, and retail food establishments are encouraged to donate apparently wholesome food to local nonprofit organizations for distribution to needy or poor individuals. Correctional facilities, school districts, and hospitals that donate items of food to nonprofit organizations are provided limited immunity from civil and criminal liability, which limited immunity state law already provided to donor retail food establishments. The immunity does not apply to willful, wanton, or reckless acts of donors that result in injury to recipients of the donated foods.

A farmer who allows one or more individuals to enter the farmer's property for the purpose of gleaning produce for donation to a nonprofit organization for use or distribution in providing assistance to needy or poor persons is not liable for damages in any civil action or subject to prosecution in any criminal proceeding resulting from an injury to any such individual unless the injury results from a willful or wanton act or omission of the farmer.


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

Status: 6/26/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-104 Powers Of Bureau Of Animal Protection Agents 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Powers Of Bureau Of Animal Protection Agents
Sponsors: J. Cooke (R) / D. Roberts (D)
Summary:

The act grants bureau of animal protection agents the authority to conduct investigations related to certain complaints of animal cruelty.


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

Status: 6/29/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-110 Penalties For Liquor Law Violations 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Penalties For Liquor Law Violations
Sponsors: A. Williams | 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: 7/13/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-132 Surplus Military Vehicle Farm And Emergency Vehicle 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Surplus Military Vehicle Farm And Emergency Vehicle
Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg (R) / R. Holtorf (R)
Summary:

The bill clarifies that a surplus military vehicle may be used or adapted as an implement of husbandry, which allows the vehicle to be used on the roads in the same manner as a tractor.

The bill also authorizes a surplus military vehicle to be used as an authorized emergency vehicle, which need not be registered as a motor vehicle.


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

Status: 6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-155 Keep Presumption Noninjury Well On Divided Land 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Keep Presumption Noninjury Well On Divided Land
Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg (R) / R. Pelton (R)
Summary:

Under current law, a well that is exempt from the state engineer's administration and is used for domestic purposes is afforded a rebuttable presumption that the use of the well will not cause material injury to others' vested water rights or to any other existing well. If the land on which the exempt well is located is later divided into multiple parcels, the well loses that presumption. The act maintains the presumption of noninjury to vested water rights or other wells when the land on which the well is located is later divided and use of the well continues to meet certain requirements.


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

Status: 7/2/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-197 Aligning State And Federal Law On Hemp 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Aligning State And Federal Law On Hemp
Sponsors: S. Fenberg (D) | V. Marble / B. McLachlan (D) | M. Catlin (R)
Summary:

The act aligns Colorado statutes on hemp with federal law, including adopting federal definitions; requiring authorized samplers to collect samples from each lot; changing the appointing authority for the industrial hemp advisory committee to the state agricultural commission; requiring that all key participants provide a criminal history record check from the federal bureau of investigation; eliminating authority to grow hemp for research and development purposes but authorizing a separate registration and waiver requirement; creating new reporting requirements; specifying unlawful acts and creating civil penalties for violations; and giving the commissioner of agriculture investigatory and subpoena authority.

The act appropriates $55,620 to the department of public safety from the Colorado bureau of investigation identification unit fund.


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

Status: 6/30/2020 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SJR20-005 Support State Of Colorado Comments Federal Hemp Rule 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Support State Of Colorado Comments Federal Hemp Rule
Sponsors: V. Marble | S. Fenberg (D) / E. Hooton (D) | L. Saine
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 1/27/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
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