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Economic Development Council of Colorado

HB21-1028 Annual Public Report Affordable Housing 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, March 10 2021
Transportation & Local Government
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(2) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Annual Public Report Affordable Housing
Sponsors: S. Bird (D) | J. Rich (R) / T. Story (D) | R. Woodward (R)
Summary:

Not later than October 1, 2021, and not later than October 1 of each year thereafter, the bill requires the division of housing (division) in the department of local affairs to prepare a public report that specifies the total amount of money that:

  • The division or the state housing board (board) received from any federal, state, other public, or any private source during the prior fiscal year; and
  • The division or the board expended from state funding during the prior fiscal year to make an award in the form of a grant or loan to promote the provision of affordable housing.

The bill identifies various items the report must address. The report shall be posted on the division's website and shared with the board and the general assembly.


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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
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HB21-1062 Deregulation Direct Sale Of Animal Shares 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Deregulation Direct Sale Of Animal Shares
Sponsors: D. Valdez (D) / J. Sonnenberg (R)
Summary:

Section 1 of the bill allows a person to sell, without licensure, regulation, or inspection by a public health agency, an animal or shares of the meat of an animal for future delivery if:

  • At the point of sale, the person displays a conspicuous disclaimer or gives the customer a document with a disclaimer indicating that the seller is not subject to licensure and the animal or meat is not subject to state regulation or inspection by a public health agency and that the animal or meat is not intended for resale; and
  • The animal or meat is delivered directly from the seller to an informed end consumer and is sold only in Colorado and the sale does not involve interstate commerce.

A person who makes a purchase under the bill is prohibited from reselling the animal or animal share. The bill clarifies that the seller is not liable in a civil action for damages caused by inadequately cooking or improperly preparing the animal or animal share.

Section 2 limits the number of brand inspections for an animal share sale to a single inspection before slaughter. Each purchaser must be listed on the inspection certificate. The state board of stock inspection commissioners will promulgate rules establishing procedures for a single inspection.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/22/2021 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Water Postpone Indefinitely
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1077 Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy
Sponsors: A. Benavidez (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the legislative oversight committee concerning tax policy (committee) and the associated task force (task force).

The committee is required to review 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: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1109 Broadband Board Changes To Expand Broadband Service 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: TITONE BILL TO IMPROVE BROADBAND ACCESS SPEEDS THROUGH COMMITTEE
Here's what's happening in the Colorado Legislature
Here's what's happening in the Colorado Legislature
Short Title: Broadband Board Changes To Expand Broadband Service
Sponsors: B. Titone (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary:

Sections 1 and 3 of the bill exempt certain mapping data submitted to the office of information technology (office) from public disclosure under the "Colorado Open Records Act".Section 2 adds a definition of "critically unserved", which means a household or area that lies outside municipal boundaries and lacks access to at least one provider of nonsatellite broadband service delivered at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second upstream, and a definition of "office of information technology".

Section 3 reduces the membership of the broadband deployment board (board) in the department of regulatory agencies from 16 members to 11 members.

The board is required to develop a request for proposal process through which the board will solicit bids for proposed projects to serve areas of the state that the office has determined lack access to broadband service at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second upstream. The board is required to reserve at least 75% of the money from the high cost support mechanism that is allocated for broadband deployment to award grants to proposed projects solicited through the request for proposal process.

Section 3 also directs the board to:

  • Require an applicant or appellant to submit a speed test performed on an incumbent provider's network and conducted in accordance with industry-standard speed-test protocols;
  • Give additional consideration to proposed projects that would give discounted service for low-income households;
  • Contractually require an applicant receiving a grant award to:
  • Report annually on the number of homes and businesses served by the grant-supported broadband network, the number of homes and businesses expected to be served in the following year, and the speeds, rates, and services offered to customers through the grant-supported broadband network; and
  • Provide third-party certification, after the grant money has been fully expended, that the project meets the original design of, and provides the measurable speeds, rates, and services set forth in, the application.
  • Require an applicant or appellant to submit to the office, in a form and manner determined by the office, certain granular mapping data.

Section 4 repeals the current board composition requirements on August 31, 2021.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/24/2021 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to Finance
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1117 Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, March 10 2021
Transportation & Local Government
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(3) in house calendar.
News: A bill could allow municipalities in Colorado to require affordable housing in new developments
Colorado Bill Empowers Local Governments to Require Affordable Housing
Short Title: Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units
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 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: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-042 Department of Governor, Lt Governor, & OSPB Supplemental 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, March 2 2021
State Library Appropriations
7:30 a.m. Room Old
(2) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Department of Governor, Lt Governor, & OSPB Supplemental
Sponsors: D. Moreno (D) / J. McCluskie (D)
Summary:

Supplemental appropriations are made to the offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, and state planning and budgeting.


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

Status: 2/26/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

SB21-060 Expand Broadband Service 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Expand Broadband Service
Sponsors: K. Donovan (D) / D. Roberts (D)
Summary:

Section 1 of the bill amends the definition of "broadband network" to increase downstream and upstream speed requirements and adds a definition of "critically unserved", which means a household or area that lacks access to at least one provider of nonsatellite broadband service delivered at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second upstream.Section 2 reduces the membership of the broadband deployment board (board) in the department of regulatory agencies from 16 members to 9 members.

The board is required to develop a reimbursement program to reimburse certain households for up to $600 per year for broadband service. A household is eligible to apply for reimbursement if the household:

  • Includes children enrolled in grades K-12 who receive free or reduced-price lunch through a school's lunch program; or
  • Has an income that does not exceed the higher of the federal poverty level or 30% of area median income.

The board is also required to develop a request for proposal process through which the board will solicit bids for proposed projects to serve areas of the state that the office of information technology has determined lack access to broadband service at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second upstream. Each year, the board is required to reserve at least 50% of the money from the high cost support mechanism that is allocated for broadband deployment to award grants to proposed projects solicited through the request for proposal process.

Section 2 also limits the notice and comment period for a local entity's review of an application from 60 days to 30 days and removes provisions requiring the board to apply for specific types of federal funding because the board has completed those applications.

Section 2 further requires the public utilities commission, in consultation with the board, to:

  • Adopt rules establishing speed testing protocols by which broadband grant applicants must abide; and
  • Consider, on a biennial basis starting in 2023, whether to modify by rule the definitions of "broadband network" and "critically unserved" and certain aspects of the reimbursement program, including eligibility for reimbursement and the maximum amount of money that the board may annually reimburse a household.

Section 3 repeals the current board composition requirements on August 31, 2021.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
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SB21-070 County Authority To Register Businesses 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: County Authority To Register Businesses
Sponsors: D. Moreno (D) / S. Bird (D)
Summary:

The bill authorizes a board of county commissioners to require the registration of businesses in the unincorporated portions of the county.


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

Status: 2/22/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-079 Deregulate Meat Sales Direct To Consumers 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Deregulate Meat Sales Direct To Consumers
Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg (R) / R. Pelton (R)
Summary:

Section 1 of the bill allows a person to sell, without licensure, regulation, or inspection by a public health agency, poultry meat, rabbit meat, or fish meat if the animal was raised by the seller and to sell shares in the meat of an animal, which includes cattle, calves, sheep, poultry, hogs, rabbits, and fish, for future delivery if:

  • The person displays, at the point of sale, a conspicuous disclaimer, or gives the purchaser a document with a disclaimer, that:
  • The seller is not licensed and the animals or meat are not subject to state regulation or inspection by a public health agency; and
  • The animals or meat are not intended for resale; and
  • The animals or meat are delivered directly from the seller to an informed end consumer, are sold only in Colorado, and the sale does not involve interstate commerce.

The purchaser is prohibited from reselling the animal or meat. The bill clarifies that the seller is not liable in a civil action for damages caused by inadequately cooking or improperly preparing the animal or meat for consumption.

Section 2 limits the number of brand inspections for an animal share sale to a single inspection before slaughter. Each purchaser must be listed on the inspection certificate. The state board of stock inspection commissioners will promulgate rules establishing procedures for a single inspection.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/1/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-110 Fund Safe Revitalization Of Main Streets 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, March 2 2021
State Library Appropriations
7:30 a.m. Room Old
(18) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Fund Safe Revitalization Of Main Streets
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | K. Priola (R) / L. Herod (D) | T. Exum (D)
Summary:

The bill transfers $30 million from the general fund to the state highway fund to provide additional funding for the department of transportation's revitalizing main streets and safer main streets programs.


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

Status: 2/26/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-111 Program To Support Marijuana Entrepreneurs 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, March 2 2021
State Library Appropriations
7:30 a.m. Room Old
(19) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Program To Support Marijuana Entrepreneurs
Sponsors: D. Moreno (D) | J. Gonzales (D) / L. Herod (D) | D. Ortiz
Summary:

The bill creates a program in the office of economic development and international trade (OEDIT) to support entrepreneurs in the marijuana industry, which will primarily assist social equity licensees, as that term is used in the "Colorado Marijuana Code". The program consists of:

  • Loans to social equity licensees for seed capital and ongoing business expenses;
  • Grants to social equity licensees to support innovation and job creation and organizations that support marijuana businesses to be used to support innovation and job creation of social equity licensees; and
  • Technical assistance for marijuana business owners, prioritizing social equity licensees who have been awarded a loan or grant through the program.

OEDIT is authorized to directly administer the program itself or through one or more partner entities. In consultation with other relevant state agencies, industry experts, and other stakeholders, OEDIT is required to establish policies setting forth the parameters and eligibility for the program. OEDIT is required to consult with the Colorado economic development commission regarding the administration of the program. OEDIT is also required to submit a report by July 1 of 2022 and 2023 to the governor and legislative committees detailing program expenditures.

The program is initially funded with a $4 million transfer from the marijuana tax cash fund to the newly created marijuana entrepreneur fund, from which the money is continuously appropriated to OEDIT for the program. OEDIT may use some of this money for the program's administrative expenses. Beginning with the fiscal year 2022-23, the general assembly may appropriate additional money from the marijuana tax cash fund to the marijuana entrepreneur fund.


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

Status: 2/26/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-130 Local Authority for Business Personal Property Tax Exemption 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, March 9 2021
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
2:00 PM Old Supreme Court
(5) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Local Authority for Business Personal Property Tax Exemption
Sponsors: C. Holbert (R) / K. Van Winkle (R)
Summary:

The bill allows counties, municipalities, and special districts to exempt up to 100% of business personal property from the levy and collection of property taxation for the 2021 property tax year.


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

Status: 2/25/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes: