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Economic Development Council of Colorado

HB21-1007 State Apprenticeship Agency 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: State Apprenticeship Agency
Sponsors: T. Sullivan (D) | D. Ortiz / J. Danielson (D) | R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the state apprenticeship agency (SAA) in the department of labor and employment (department) as a type 1 agency. The executive director of the department is required to appoint a director of the SAA (director). The purpose of the SAA is to:

  • Serve as the primary point of contact with the United States department of labor's office of apprenticeship concerning apprentices and registered apprenticeship programs; and
  • Oversee apprenticeship programs, including registration, required standards for registration, quality assurance, the promotion of apprenticeships, and the provision of technical assistance.

The director shall establish the state apprenticeship council (SAC) and an interagency advisory committee on apprenticeship (IAC). The governor and the director appoint the members of the SAC and the IAC. The SAC is charged with overseeing registered apprenticeship programs for the building and construction trades in this state and ensuring compliance with state and federal laws and standards. The IAC is charged with the same responsibilities for all other apprenticeships not in the building and construction trades.

The bill requires the SAA to accept applications for registration of apprenticeship programs beginning July 1, 2023. The SAA may deregister an apprenticeship program for noncompliance with the requirements in the bill. The SAA shall conduct a hearing upon request of the SAC or the IAC regarding issues of noncompliance and deregistration.

The director of the SAA is authorized to promulgate rules to implement the state apprenticeship registration program.


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

Status: 5/12/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1027 Continue Alcohol Beverage Takeout And Delivery 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Continue Alcohol Beverage Takeout And Delivery
Sponsors: C. Larson (R) | D. Roberts (D) / J. Bridges (D) | K. Priola (R)
Summary:

Colorado law authorizes certain license holders, who normally offer alcohol beverages for consumption on the licensed premises, to offer takeout and delivery of alcohol beverages. This authorization repeals on July 1, 2021. The bill removes the repeal to continue the authorization indefinitely until July 1, 2026; except that manufacturers who have a sales room may continue to deliver alcohol beverages only until January 2, 2022.Current law limits the amount of alcohol beverages that may be sold for delivery or takeout. The bill changes these amounts:

  • From 750 milliliters to 1,500 milliliters of vinous liquors;
  • From 72 fluid ounces to 144 fluid ounces of malt liquors, fermented malt beverages, and hard cider; and
  • From 750 milliliters to one liter of spirituous liquors.

The bill also creates a communal outdoor dining area program. The program allows multiple licensees to attach to the area and serve alcohol beverages to the diners in the area. A licensee may attach to the area only if the licencee's premises are within 1,000 feet of the area. The area and attachment must be approved by both the local and state licensing agencies, who may charge a fee for the approval. The following licensees may attach to a an area:

  • Tavern;
  • Hotel and restaurant;
  • Brew pub;
  • Distillery pub;
  • Vintner's restaurant;
  • Beer and wine licensee;
  • Manufacturer that operates a sales room;
  • Beer wholesaler that operates a sales room;
  • Limited winery;
  • Lodging and entertainment facility;
  • Optional premises; or
  • Fermented malt beverage retailer licensed for consumption on the premises.

(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: 4/30/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1028 Annual Public Report Affordable Housing 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON 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, Commencing in 2021, and every year thereafter as part of the presentation by the department of local affairs (DOLA) to its legislative oversight committees in connection with its "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act" hearing , the bill requires the division of housing (division) in the department of local affairs in DOLA to prepare a public report that specifies the total amount of money that:

  • The division or the state housing board (board) received was appropriated, awarded, allocated, or transferred from any federal, state, other public, or any private source during the prior fiscal year and that may be used for the preservation or production of emergency or affordable housing;
  • The division or the board has awarded from any federal, state, other public, or any private source during the prior fiscal year that may be used for the preservation or production of emergency or affordable housing; 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 on administrative costs associated with each funding source and the number of full-time employees supported by the funding source.

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 as well as DOLA's legislative oversight committees as part of its SMART Government Act hearing.For the 2021-22 state fiscal year, the bill appropriates $18,704 to DOLA from the general fund for its implementation.

(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: 5/11/2021 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


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


HB21-1065 Veterans' Hiring Preference 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, May 13 2021
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(6) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Veterans' Hiring Preference
Sponsors: D. Ortiz | T. Carver (R) / L. Garcia (D) | B. Gardner (R)
Summary:

The bill creates a statutory basis to allow a private employer to give preference to a veteran of the armed forces or the National Guard and the spouse of a disabled veteran or a service member killed in the line of duty when hiring a new employee, as long as the veteran or the spouse is as qualified as other applicants for employment. The bill allows a private employer's veterans' preference employment policy to also include the preferential hiring of veterans who have been discharged from active duty within the last 10 years, as determined by the discharge date. The bill clarifies that a private employer that adopts a program that gives preferences to veterans or their spouses is not committing a discriminatory or unfair labor practice.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 5/10/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/13/2021 - No Amendments
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1077 Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Thursday, May 13 2021
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(7) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy
Sponsors: A. Benavidez (D) | S. Bird (D) / J. Gonzales (D) | D. Moreno (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: 5/12/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1093 Remedies In Class Actions Consumer Protection Act 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Remedies In Class Actions Consumer Protection Act
Sponsors: S. Woodrow (D) / R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:

The bill states that in a class action under the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act", a successful plaintiff may recover actual damages, injunctive relief allowed by law, and reasonable attorney fees and costs.


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

Status: 3/18/2021 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1109 Broadband Board Changes To Expand Broadband Service 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Broadband Board Changes To Expand Broadband Service
Sponsors: B. Titone (D) | M. Soper (R) / J. Bridges (D) | D. Coram (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 or at measurable speeds of at least one-half of the minimum measurable speeds that qualify as broadband under the federal communications commission's definition, rounded up, whichever is faster. Section 2 also adds 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% up to 60% 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 either written certification from a local entity indicating that the area to be served by the applicant's project is an unserved area or a statistically representative number of speed test tests 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 performance-testing 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 ; and
  • Use the request for proposal process for the disbursement of any federal money the board receives for broadband deployment projects and programs so long as using the request for proposal process complies with federal requirements for use of the money.

Section 4 repeals the current board composition requirements on August 31, 2021.

(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: 5/10/2021 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1117 Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
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. 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. The bill also states that it should not be construed to authorize a local government to adopt or enforce any ordinance or regulation that would have the effect of controlling rent on any existing private residential housing unit in violation of the existing statutory prohibition on rent control .

(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: 5/7/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1124 Expand Ability Conduct Business Electronically 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Expand Ability Conduct Business Electronically
Sponsors: S. Bird (D) | M. Soper (R) / P. Lee (D)
Summary:

The bill facilitates business entities' ability to conduct business activities electronically by:

  • Defining terms, including address, delivery, document, e-mail, electronic transmission, notice, and sign, that relate to electronic communications;
  • Specifying how notice may be given by electronic transmission; and
  • Establishing requirements for remote participation in shareholders' and directors' meetings.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 4/19/2021 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1149 Energy Sector Career Pathway In Higher Education 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Energy Sector Career Pathway In Higher Education
Sponsors: D. Jackson (D) | B. Titone (D) / T. Story (D)
Summary:

The bill requires the Colorado work force development council (council), in collaboration with local work force boards, the department of education, superintendents of local school districts, the state board for community colleges and occupational education, and other postsecondary partners, to design a career pathway for students in the energy sector using an existing statutory model for the design and implementation of career pathways.

The bill defines "energy sector" to include, electromechanical generation and maintenance, electrical energy transmission and distribution, energy efficiency and environmental technology, and renewable energy production.

The bill creates the strengthening photovoltaic and renewable careers (SPARC) workforce development program in the department of labor and employment (department). The purpose of the SPARC program is to create capacity for and bolster training, apprenticeship, and education programs in the energy sector career pathway to increase employment in the energy sector, prioritizing in-demand and growing occupations in the energy sector.

The bill authorizes the department, the council, the state board for community colleges and occupational education (community college board), and the department of higher education to use money appropriated by the general assembly to expand the capacity of training programs and to support the energy sector career pathway, as described in the bill. The department, in consultation with the council, the community college board, and the department of higher education, shall determine the amount of money allocated to public institutions of higher education, local workforce development areas, and others. The bill creates the SPARC program fund.

The bill requires the council to submit an annual report to certain committees of the general assembly concerning the implementation of the program and the use of funding, and to present a summary of the report at the department's annual presentation to the general assembly.

The bill repeals the program, effective July 1, 2026.

(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: 5/4/2021 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1153 Enter Zone Child Care Income Tax Credit 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Enter Zone Child Care Income Tax Credit
Sponsors: J. Arndt (D) | D. Valdez (D) / D. Moreno (D)
Summary:

Statutory Revision Committee. The bill repeals the enterprise zone child care contributions income tax credit that was available for income tax years commencing prior to January 1, 1999.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 5/10/2021 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1223 Create Outdoor Recreation Industry Office 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Create Outdoor Recreation Industry Office
Sponsors: B. McLachlan (D) | M. Soper (R) / T. Story (D) | D. Coram (R)
Summary:

The bill creates the outdoor recreation industry office in the office of economic development. The director of the outdoor recreation industry office is designated by and reports to the director of the office of economic development.

The outdoor recreation industry office serves as a central coordinator of outdoor recreation industry matters.


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

Status: 5/11/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1231 United States Space Force 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: United States Space Force
Sponsors: D. Ortiz | M. Lynch / R. Fields (D) | J. Bridges (D)
Summary:

The bill authorizes the Space National Guard to be added to provisions in statute that mention the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. The federal government is likely to create the Space National Guard in the "FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act". Implementing the Space National Guard in existing statute now will allow the Air National Guard space units to transition to the Space National Guard once the federal government establishes the Space National Guard.

The bill also adds "Space Force" to provisions in statute that list the branches of the armed forces: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and the Coast Guard.


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

Status: 5/3/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1241 Employee-owned Business Loan Program Modifications 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Employee-owned Business Loan Program Modifications
Sponsors: L. Daugherty | M. Lynch / R. Rodriguez (D) | K. Priola (R)
Summary:

The bill modifies requirements for an existing loan program (program) created to assist transitions of businesses to employee-owned businesses. The bill repeals statutory eligibility requirements and requires the office of economic development (office) to establish eligibility criteria for the program. The criteria must include an annual gross revenues limitation for participation in the program for businesses, which amount may be set at up to or less than $50 million and establish requirements for the number of employees who will be offered the option to participate in the employee-ownership opportunity.

The bill also amends the requirements for the loans. It allows a loan to be used toward the purchase of the business by the employees. The bills repeals requirements related to the size of the loans and how the loans must be held and requires the office to establish requirements for the terms of the loans pursuant to existing statutory requirements.

Under the current statute, the program is repealed effective July 1, 2022. The bill extends the program through July 1, 2025.


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

Status: 5/11/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1253 Renewable And Clean Energy Project Grants 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, May 18 2021
SENATE TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY COMMITTEE
2:00 PM SCR 357
(1) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Renewable And Clean Energy Project Grants
Sponsors: M. Froelich (D) | M. Gray (D) / F. Winter (D) | B. Rankin (R)
Summary:

The bill transfers $5 million from the general fund to the local government severance tax fund for the purpose of funding grants to local governments for renewable and clean energy infrastructure implementation projects. The grants must be made by August 15, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter, and the department of local affairs, which makes the grants, is required to report to the general assembly regarding the grants during its 2022 annual "SMART Act" presentation to legislative committees of reference. $5 million is appropriated from the local government severance tax fund to the division of local government of the department of local affairs so that the division can make the grants.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 5/3/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1262 Money Support Agricultural Events Organization 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Money Support Agricultural Events Organization
Sponsors: S. Lontine (D) | M. Lynch / L. Garcia (D) | J. Sonnenberg (R)
Summary:

The bill creates a program in the department of agriculture to provide COVID-19 relief payments to agricultural events organizations and appropriates $2 million from the general fund for the program. In addition, the bill appropriates:

  • $3.5 million for the Colorado state fair and industrial exhibition; and
  • $3.5 million for the national western stock show.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 5/12/2021 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1263 Meeting And Events Incentive Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Meeting And Events Incentive Program
Sponsors: D. Roberts (D) | M. Soper (R) / R. Rodriguez (D) | D. Hisey (R)
Summary:

The bill creates the Colorado meeting and events incentive program (program) in the Colorado tourism office (office) to provide rebates and direct support to eligible events and eligible personal events in Colorado to assist in the state's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.An eligible personal event means a wedding, family reunion, or other personal event that:

  • Takes place in Colorado between July 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021;
  • Generates at least 25 paid overnight stays in a motel, hotel, vacation rental, or other lodging establishment;
  • Can demonstrate a significant economic benefit for the host community as determined by the office; and
  • Meets any additional criteria established by the office.

An eligible event means an event other than an eligible personal event, including a meeting, conference, or festival, that:

  • Takes place in Colorado between July 1, 2021, and December 31, 2022;
  • Can demonstrate a significant economic benefit for the host community as determined by the office;
  • Generates at least 25 paid overnight stays in a motel, hotel, vacation rental, or other lodging establishment; and
  • Meets any additional criteria established by the office.

The program may offer rebates of up to 10% of the hard costs of an eligible event or eligible personal event. A hard cost means an actual incurred cost associated with hosting the event, as determined by the office in consultation with industry stakeholders. The program may also offer rebates of up to 25% for COVID-19-related costs, which are hard costs that are directly related to complying with public health orders or other mandates issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as determined by the office in consultation with industry stakeholders. The primary organizer or booking agent, as determined pursuant to guidelines developed by the office, may apply for and receive the rebate for an eligible event.

The program may provide direct support to attract eligible events that have the potential to generate significant economic impact and affect multiple counties. The costs of all such direct support cannot exceed 5% of the total appropriation for the program.

The office is required to create guidelines for the program. In doing so, the office must consider mechanisms to:

  • Make rebates and direct support available equitably and proportionally across the state;
  • Prioritize events with significant economic impacts; and
  • Retain existing events with a demonstrated risk of cancellation, delay, or relocation in addition to attracting new events to the state.

The program is repealed, effective July January 1, 2024.

(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: 5/12/2021 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1264 Funds Workforce Development Increase Worker Skills 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Funds Workforce Development Increase Worker Skills
Sponsors: T. Sullivan (D) | M. Young (D) / C. Kolker | D. Hisey (R)
Summary:

The bill creates the stimulus investments in reskilling, upskilling, and next-skilling workers program (program) as an initiative of the state work force development council (state council) to facilitate training for unemployed and underemployed workers in the state during times of substantial unemployment, defined as a statewide an unemployment rate that exceeds 4% statewide or within a work force development area . The bill appropriates $25 million for the program and directs the state council to use the money to support individuals in need of:

  • Reskilling, which supports unemployed and underemployed workers to change industries in order to return to work or obtain more appropriate work based on their skills;
  • Upskilling, which assists workers in increasing skill levels to retain or advance in their employment; or
  • Next-skilling, which supports workers in developing future-ready skills necessary for employment in the twenty-first century.

The state council, in collaboration with the department of labor and employment (department) , is directed to allocate funding as follows:

  • $2.75 million to local work force development areas and to develop for the program;
  • $3 million for a grant program developed by the state council to award grants to other partners to provide reskilling, upskilling, and next-skilling supports to eligible individuals for up to 13 months ; and
  • $1.25 million fror the department to conduct outreach and recruitment, provide access to digital platforms for career navigation, issue licenses for virtual training classes, and implement, administer, and report on the program, with any portion of the money allocated for these that is unencumbered and unexpended as of June 30, 2022, reallocated for the program and the grant program.

Starting in 2022, as part of the Colorado talent report, the state council is directed to report on the activities and outcomes resulting from the program. The program repeals on June 30, 2024.

(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: 5/12/2021 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1265 Qualified Retailer Retain Sales Tax For Assistance 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, May 17 2021
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
1:30 PM Old Supreme Court
(4) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Qualified Retailer Retain Sales Tax For Assistance
Sponsors: K. Mullica (D) | K. Van Winkle (R) / B. Pettersen (D) | R. Woodward (R)
Summary:

The bill continues for June 2021, July 2021, and August 2021 a temporary deduction from state net taxable sales for qualifying retailers in the alcoholic beverages drinking places industry, the restaurant and other eating places industry, and the mobile food services industry in the state in order to allow such qualified retailers to retain the resulting sales tax collected as assistance for lost revenue as a result of the economic disruptions due to the presence of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Colorado.

The bill also expands the definition of qualifying retailers to include those in the catering industry, and the food service contractors industry, and the hotel-operated restaurant, bar, or catering service.

(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: 5/6/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1271 Department Of Local Affairs Innovative Affordable Housing Strategies 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Department Of Local Affairs Innovative Affordable Housing Strategies
Sponsors: J. McCluskie (D) | I. Jodeh / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

The bill creates 3 different programs in the department of local affairs (DOLA) for the purpose of offering grant money and other forms of state assistance to local governments to promote innovative solutions to the development of affordable housing across the state.

Local government affordable housing development incentives grant program (housing development incentives grant program). This program will provide grants to local governments that adopt not less than 3 policy and regulatory tools from among a menu of options that create incentives to promote the development of affordable housing. A local government that adopts such tools is eligible for a grant from the housing development incentives grant program as an incentive to develop one or more affordable housing developments in their community that are liveable, vibrant, and driven by community benefits. The division of local government (DLG) within DOLA administers the housing development incentives grant program.

The bill enumerates items included in the menu of policy and regulatory tools.

Local government planning grant program. This program will provide grants to local governments that lack one or more of the policy and regulatory tools that provide incentives to promote the development of affordable housing that forms the basis for a grant under the housing development incentives grant program and that could benefit from additional funding to be able to create and make use of these policy and regulatory tools. Money under the planning grant program will be available to a local government to enable the government to retain a consultant or a related professional service to assess the housing needs of its community or to make changes to its policies, programs, development review processes, land use codes, and related rules to become an eligible recipient of a grant under the housing development incentives grant program. The planning grant program will be administered by the DLG. As part of its administration of the planning grant program, the DLG will provide assistance to local governments on best land use practices and tools and is required to update and publish model county and municipal land use codes for the benefit of local governments across the state.The affordable housing guided toolkit and local officials guide program (housing toolkit program). This program creates the housing toolkit program within the division of housing (DOH) within DOLA. The purpose of the housing toolkit program is to award funding to qualified counties, and municipalities, and federally recognized tribes within the state selected in a competitive process who commit to the adoption of best land use practices with demonstrated success in the development of affordable housing. Under the housing toolkit program, technical assistance will be provided by consultants and related professionals to local governments who demonstrate an understanding of the housing needs of their communities, take steps to engage their entire communities in this process, make changes to their land use codes and related processes that provide incentives and reduce barriers to the development of affordable housing, obtain and support viable sites in their communities for the development of affordable housing, and attract developers committed to making such investments in their communities. The DOH is to administer the housing toolkit program.

In evaluating applications for grants from the housing development incentives grant program, the bill requires the DLG to prioritize proposals submitted by local governments based on factors specified in the bill.

On or before September 1, 2021, the bill requires the executive director of DOLA or the executive director's designee to adopt policies, procedures, and guidelines for the 3 different state assistance programs that include, without limitation:

  • Procedures and timelines by which an eligible recipient may apply for a grant;
  • Criteria for determining the amount of grant awards;
  • Performance criteria for grant recipients' projects; and
  • Reporting requirements for grant recipients.

On the effective date of the bill, or as soon as practicable thereafter, the state treasurer is required to transfer $9,300,000 from the general fund to the Colorado heritage communities fund for the creation, implementation, and administration by the DLG of the housing development incentives grant programs.

On the effective date of the bill, or as soon as practicable thereafter, the state treasurer is required to transfer $2,100,000 from the general fund to the Colorado heritage communities fund for the creation, implementation, and administration by the DLG of the planning grant program.

On the effective date of the bill, or as soon as practicable thereafter, the state treasurer is required to transfer $1,600,000 from the general fund to the housing development grant fund for the creation, implementation, and administration by the DOH of the housing toolkit program.

All costs incurred in administering any of the 3 programs created under the bill must be paid out of the money transferred under the bill. All money transferred under the bill for the 3 state programs must be expended over the subsequent 3 state fiscal years.

On or before November 1 of each year, the executive director of DOLA or the director's designee is required to publish a report summarizing the use of all assistance that was awarded from the 3 different programs created under the bill in the preceding fiscal year. The bill specifies additional required contents of the reports. The reports must be shared with the general assembly and posted on DOLA's website.

The bill updates and repeals obsolete statutory provisions concerning the office of smart growth (OSG) within DOLA and the Colorado heritage communities fund.

The bill authorizes the OSG, as money becomes available, to provide grants or other forms of assistance to counties and municipalities to address critical planning issues and specifies examples of the forms of assistance that may be provided by the office. The OSG is required to create guidelines to specify the activities on the part of local governments that will qualify for grant funding or other forms of assistance provided under the bill. The OSG is permitted to use available money to administer the Colorado heritage grant program.

The bill appropriates $9,300,000 to DOLA from the Colorado heritage communities fund for the affordable housing development incentives grant program.The bill appropriates $2,100,000 to DOLA from the Colorado heritage communities fund for the local government planning grant program.

(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: 5/11/2021 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1285 Funding To Support Creative Arts Industries 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, May 18 2021
SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE
2:00 PM SCR 352
(6) in senate calendar.
News: Colorado Legislature Erupts After State Rep. Richard Holtorf Refers to Colleague as 'Buckwheat'
Short Title: Funding To Support Creative Arts Industries
Sponsors: A. Benavidez (D) | L. Herod (D) / S. Jaquez Lewis | J. Buckner
Summary:

The bill:

  • Transfers $5 million from the general fund to the Colorado office of film, television, and media operational account cash fund and appropriates that amount to the governor's office for use in the 2021-22 state fiscal year by the Colorado office of film, television, and media in awarding performance-based incentives for film production in Colorado and for the loan guarantee program to finance production activities;
  • For the 2020-21 state fiscal year, appropriates $3.5 million, in addition to the amount appropriated pursuant to Senate Bill 20B-001, from the general fund to the creative industries cash fund for the arts relief program and removes the prohibition against an applicant that received a relief payment from the small business relief program from also receiving a relief payment under the arts relief program;
  • For the 2020-21 state fiscal year, appropriates $1.5 million from the general fund to the creative industries cash fund for allocation by the creative industries division to a nonprofit organization that administers grants to certain cultural facilities that focus on programming for and have board representation from defined historically marginalized and under-resourced communities; and
  • Transfers any money appropriated for the small business relief program that is not encumbered or expended by June 30, 2021, to the creative industries cash fund for the arts relief program.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 5/10/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1288 Colorado Startup Loan Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, May 17 2021
Finance
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(1) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Colorado Startup Loan Program
Sponsors: J. Bacon | M. Duran (D) / J. Coleman
Summary:

The bill creates the Colorado startup loan program (program) in the office of economic development (office) as a revolving loan program to provide loans and grants to businesses seeking capital to start, restart, or restructure a business. The office may contract with a business nonprofit organization, bank, nondepository community development financial institution, or other entity to administer the program.

The office or an administrator is required to establish policies for the program, including:

  • The process and deadlines for applying to the program;
  • The eligibility criteria for businesses;
  • Maximum assistance levels for loans and grants;
  • Loan terms, program fees, and underwriting and risk management policies; and
  • Reporting requirements for recipients.

The policies must be developed with the goal of generating enough return to replenish the Colorado startup loan program fund (fund) for further loan allocations.

In determining the eligibility of applicants and the size and terms of loans and grants, the office or an administrator must consider:

  • The need of the business to restructure as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic or the ability of the business to fill gaps left by closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • The financial losses or other impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic that may inhibit an entrepreneur from obtaining capital through traditional sources;
  • Whether the applicant or the applicant's community faces other barriers to accessing capital from traditional sources; and
  • The applicant's financial needs and repayment ability and any technical assistance the applicant is receiving.

The office is required to work with the minority business office and other stakeholders to promote the program to businesses that are owned by women, minorities, and veterans and to businesses in rural and underserved communities.

The bill creates the fund. The state treasurer is required to transfer $30 million to the fund on the effective date of the bill. The money in the fund is continuously appropriated to the office for the program.


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

Status: 5/5/2021 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Finance
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1289 Funding For Broadband Deployment 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Friday, May 14 2021
State Library Appropriations
8:00 a.m. Room Old
(10) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Funding For Broadband Deployment
Sponsors: C. Kennedy (D) | M. Baisley (R) / J. Bridges (D) | K. Priola (R)
Summary:

Sections 1 and 2 of the bill extend the grant award distribution and reporting dates for the connecting Colorado students grant program.Section 4 creates the Colorado broadband office (broadband office) in the office of information technology (office) as a type 1 entity. Section 4 also creates the digital inclusion grant program fund and directs the state treasurer to transfer $35 million from the general fund to the fund for use by the broadband office to implement the digital inclusion grant program to award grant money to proposed broadband deployment projects throughout the state. Grant recipients other than Indian tribe or nation recipients are prohibited from using the grant money for last-mile broadband deployment. Section 3 requires the chief information officer in the office to appoint a director of the broadband office.Section 5 defines "community anchor institution", "critically unserved", and "income-qualified plan" in relation to grants awarded by the broadband deployment board (board) for proposed broadband deployment projects throughout the state.Section 6 creates the broadband stimulus grant program (grant program) and requires the board to implement the grant program by awarding grant money from the broadband stimulus account created in the broadband administrative fund. The state treasurer is directed to transfer $35 million from the general fund to the account for this grant program. The board is encouraged to award money under the grant program to applicants that previously applied for broadband deployment grants from the board but were denied due to insufficient funding. An applicant seeking money under the grant program must submit an income-qualified plan to the board.Section 7 updates the legislative declaration related to the division of local government in the department of local affairs (division) to include language indicating the importance of broadband deployment, and section 8 defines terms related to the division's work in deploying broadband.Section 9 requires the division to submit a copy of any application it receives for broadband deployment grant money to the board for the board to review and provide a recommendation regarding the application within 30 days after the division sends the copy to the board.

Section 9 also creates the interconnectivity grant program and requires the division to implement the grant program by awarding grant money for proposed projects that seek to achieve regional broadband deployment and provide interconnection between communities. Projects awarded money under this grant program, except for projects awarded to Indian tribes or nations, cannot use the money awarded for last-mile broadband deployment. To finance this grant program, section 9 also creates the interconnectivity grant program fund into which the state treasurer is directed to transfer $5 million from the general fund.

Section 10 appropriates:

  • $35 million from the digital inclusion grant program fund to the office of information technology for use by the Colorado broadband office to implement the digital inclusion grant program;
  • $35 million from the broadband stimulus account in the broadband administrative fund to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the board to implement the broadband stimulus grant program; and
  • $5 million from the interconnectivity grant program fund to the department of local affairs for use by the division of local government to implement the interconnectivity grant program.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 5/4/2021 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1290 Additional Funding For Just Transition 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Friday, May 14 2021
State Library Appropriations
8:00 a.m. Room Old
(11) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Additional Funding For Just Transition
Sponsors: D. Esgar (D) | P. Will (R) / S. Fenberg (D) | B. Rankin (R)
Summary:

The bill makes general fund transfers of $8 million to the just transition cash fund (fund) and $7 million to a newly created coal transition worker assistance program account (account) in the fund. The just transition office (office) is required to expend at least 70% of the money transferred to the fund in state fiscal year (FY) 2021-22 and any remaining money in state FY 2022-23 to implement the final just transition plan for Colorado and to provide supplemental funding for existing state programs that the office identifies as the most effective vehicles for targeted investment in coal transition communities. In expending the money, the office is required to develop specific criteria for prioritizing the expenditures, emphasize investment in tier one transition communities, as defined by the bill, and support specified types of programs in accordance with specified requirements and limitations.

Subject to specified requirements and limitations, the department of labor and employment is required to expend at least 70% of the money transferred to the account in state FY 2021-22 and any remaining money in state FY 2022-23 first for assistance programs that directly assist coal transition workers and then, if money remains, to support family and other household members of coal transition workers and create and implement a pilot program to test innovative coal transition work support programs.

The bill also amends and supplements existing definitions of "coal transition community" and "coal transition worker" to improve the implementation of just transition.


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

Status: 5/6/2021 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


HB21-1302 Continue COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 19 2021
Business Affairs & Labor
Upon Adjournment Room 0112
(1) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Continue COVID-19 Small Business Grant Program
Sponsors: L. Herod (D) | L. Daugherty / F. Winter (D)
Summary:

Senate Bill 20-222, enacted in 2020, created a grant program financed through the federal "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" to support small businesses suffering from economic impacts of COVID-19 and related public health restrictions. The bill appropriates $15 million from the general fund to continue the grant program and modifies the criteria pursuant to which grants are awarded.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 5/5/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

SB21-042 Department of Governor, Lt Governor, & OSPB Supplemental 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON 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: 3/21/2021 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: 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: 4/5/2021 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-070 County Authority To Register Businesses 
Comment:
Position: Support
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: 4/8/2021 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-072 Public Utilities Commission Modernize Electric Transmission Infrastructure 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Public Utilities Commission Modernize Electric Transmission Infrastructure
Sponsors: C. Hansen (D) | D. Coram (R) / A. Valdez (D) | M. Catlin (R)
Summary:

Section 1 of the bill directs authorizes the public utilities commission (PUC) to approve utilities' applications to build new transmission facilities if the PUC, in its discretion consistent with its authority , finds that the new facilities would assist the utilities in meeting the state's clean energy goals established in 2019. In constructing or expanding transmission facilities, a utility must use its own employees, engage a contractor whose employees have access to federally approved apprenticeship programs, or both. Section 1 also requires the PUC to consider the ability of the proposed facilities to support future expansion as needed to enable the utility to participate in a regional transmission organization (RTO) an organized wholesale market (OWM) . An application for construction or expansion of transmission facilities is deemed approved if the PUC does not deny it within 180 days after the application is complete and public notice has been given. Section 6 imposes a similar 180-day deadline for approval by a local government if local government approval is required.Sections 4 and 5 7 create the Colorado electric transmission authority (CETA) as an independent special purpose authority, and section 4 specifies the composition and manner of appointment of the board of directors that governs the authority. CETA is authorized to select a qualified transmission operator to finance, plan, acquire, maintain, and operate eligible electric transmission and interconnected storage facilities (eligible facilities).

Under sections 4 and 6 4, 8, and 9 , CETA is granted various powers necessary to accomplish its purposes, including the power to:

  • Issue revenue bonds;
  • Identify and establish intrastate electric transmission corridors;
  • Coordinate with other entities to establish interstate electric transmission corridors;
  • Exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire eligible facilities; and
  • Collect payments of reasonable rates, fees, interest, or other charges from persons using eligible facilities.

CETA is generally subject to state open records and open meetings requirements, but proprietary confidential information that it holds, including power purchase agreements, costs of production, costs of transmission, transmission service agreements, credit reviews, detailed power models, and financing statements, is not subject to inspection. Section 8 10 authorizes payment of CETA's administrative expenses, not to exceed $500,000 annually, from an existing cash fund administered by the PUC.Section 2 sets out deadlines and conditions under which an electric utility that owns and controls transmission facilities is required to join an RTO OWM . The commission may delay or waive this requirement for a utility that is unable, despite its best efforts, to find a viable and available RTO OWM to join or if the commission finds, in the course of its ongoing study of RTOs OWM s under Senate Bill 19-236, that requiring the utility to join an RTO would not be in the public interest.

Under current law, a cooperative electric association with an electric easement on real property is authorized to install or to allow a commercial broadband supplier to install broadband facilities on the real property, subject to notice and procedural requirements. Section 3 expands the authorization to also apply to either of the following entities with an electric easement: any non-investor-owned, vertically integrated supplier of electric energy to its customers or members.

  • A generation and transmission cooperative electric association; or
  • The federal western area power administration within the United States department of energy.

Section 7 9 specifies that when a right-of-way is taken for an interstate electric transmission line, the court shall evaluate public purpose in light of the transmission system as a whole, including public use and benefits occurring both either within Colorado and or at a regional level.

(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: 4/29/2021 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
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) | D. Valdez (D)
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, bison, goats, and 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 and 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: 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: 4/29/2021 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-080 Protections For Entities During COVID-19 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Protections For Entities During COVID-19
Sponsors: R. Woodward (R) / S. Bird (D) | M. Bradfield
Summary:

An entity is not liable for any damages that result from exposure, loss, damage, injury, or death arising out of COVID-19 unless:

  • A claimant proves by clear and convincing evidence that the exposure, loss, damage, injury, or death was caused by the entity's failure to comply with public health guidelines; or
  • The exposure, loss, damage, injury, or death was caused by gross negligence or a willful and wanton act or omission of the entity.

The bill is repealed 2 years after the date the governor terminates the state of disaster emergency declared on March 11, 2020.


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

Status: 3/8/2021 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-106 Concerning Successful High School Transitions 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Concerning Successful High School Transitions
Sponsors: J. Coleman | K. Priola (R) / B. McLachlan (D) | M. Baisley (R)
Summary:

The bill amends the high school innovative learning pilot program (ILOP) that authorized school districts, district charter schools, and institute charter schools (local education providers) to count as full-time students high school students participating in innovative learning opportunities regardless of whether they meet the number of teacher-pupil instruction and contact hours for full-time enrollment. The bill allows a school of a school district to participate in an ILOP with a district or independently and requires all applicants to demonstrate how their innovative learning plan disproportionately benefits underserved students.

In selecting applicants to participate in the pilot program, the bill requires the department of education (department) and the state board of education (state board) to consider whether the innovative learning plan includes opportunities for students to participate in registered or unregistered apprenticeships, internships, and technical training or skills programs through an industry provider, teacher training opportunities, concurrent enrollment, and industry certificates.

Further, subject to available appropriations, the state board is encouraged to select up to 20 applicants and is not limited to choosing applicants that had part-time students in the prior year and that enroll fewer than 5,000 students.

The bill creates the fourth year innovation pilot program (pilot program) in the department of higher education to disburse state funding to postsecondary education and training programs on behalf of low-income students who graduate early from a high school participating in the pilot program prior to enrolling in the fourth year of high school or prior to enrolling in the second semester of their fourth year in high school.

The state funding awarded to a student graduating prior to enrolling in the fourth year of high school is equal to the greater of 75% of the average state share amount of the statewide average per-pupil funding for public elementary and secondary schools for the 2021-22 budget year or $3,500. The state funding for a student graduating prior to the second semester of their fourth year in high school is equal to the greater of 45% of the average state share amount of the statewide average per-pupil funding for public elementary and secondary schools for the 2021-22 budget year or $2,000. The state funding is disbursed to the postsecondary program on behalf of the eligible graduate and may be used for the eligible graduate's cost of attendance for the postsecondary program, as determined by the department of higher education. The local education provider from which the student graduated early prior to the fourth year of high school receives a portion of the state savings for school finance obligations due to the early graduation.

An eligible graduate must enroll in a postsecondary program and use the state funding award before the eligible graduate's twenty-first birthday , at which time the unused portion of within eighteen months after graduating or the state funding is forfeited.

The bill requires the department of higher education to report annually to certain committees of the general assembly certain information relating to the pilot program. The bill creates a fund for the pilot program.

The pilot program repeals, effective December 31, 2027.

(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: 5/12/2021 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-110 Fund Safe Revitalization Of Main Streets 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON 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: 3/19/2021 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-111 Program To Support Marijuana Entrepreneurs 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON 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 the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/21/2021 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-114 Minimum Setback New Schools From Existing Oil And Gas 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Minimum Setback New Schools From Existing Oil And Gas
Sponsors: B. Kirkmeyer
Summary:

The bill requires that proposed public school building sites be set back from existing oil and gas facilities a distance that is no less than:

  • The setback distance required by the local government having land use jurisdiction over the site for locating new oil and gas facilities from public school properties; or
  • If there are no local government setback requirements, the setback distance required by the oil and gas conservation commission for siting new oil and gas facilities from existing public school properties.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/31/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 09/15/2021 - No Amendments
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-119 Increasing Access To High-Quality Credentials 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Friday, May 14 2021
State Library Appropriations
8:00 a.m. Room Old
(13) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Increasing Access To High-Quality Credentials
Sponsors: J. Bridges (D) | P. Lundeen (R) / D. Esgar (D) | T. Geitner (R)
Summary:

The career development success program provides financial incentives for participating school districts and participating charter schools to encourage pupils enrolled in grades 9 through 12 to enroll in and successfully complete qualified industry-credential programs; qualified internship, residency, or construction industry pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship programs; and qualified advanced placement courses (programs and courses). The bill amends the list of qualified programs by removing residency programs and expanding pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs to include any industry program, not just construction industry programs.

The bill expands the definition of a qualified industry-credential program to include a career and technical education program that, upon completion, results in an industry-recognized credential with labor market value aligned with a high-skill, high-wage, in-demand job.

Current law requires the work force development council (council) to identify the programs and courses by identifying the jobs included in the Colorado talent report with the greatest regional and state demand, including jobs in in-demand industries. The bill requires the council to consult with relevant industries to identify the programs and courses by identifying high-skill, high-wage jobs in in-demand industries that have labor market value. Any programs and courses the council determines do not demonstrate labor market value may be removed from the council's website.

Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, and each school year thereafter, the department of education (department), in coordination with the department of labor and employment, the department of higher education, the Colorado community college system, and employers from in-demand industries, shall identify the top 10 industry-recognized credentials that may be awarded to high school students. For each identified credential, the department shall specify how the courses taken to earn the credential align with the state academic standards.

The bill requires each participating school district, each nonparticipating school district on behalf of its participating charter schools, and the state charter school institute on behalf of each participating institute charter school to report to the department the total number of pupils who successfully complete a program or course, disaggregated by the student's race, ethnicity, and gender, and whether the student is a student with a disability, an English language learner, or eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

Current law requires each participating school district and each participating charter school to regularly communicate to all high school students the availability of programs and courses and the benefits a student receives as a result of successfully completing one of the programs or courses. The bill expands this requirement to all middle school students and the students' families.

The bill requires each participating school district and each participating charter school to communicate how industry-recognized credentials and guaranteed-transfer pathways courses that are included in such credentials are aligned with postsecondary degrees and high-skill, high-wage, in-demand jobs, and the top 10 industry-recognized credentials identified by the department. The communications must be provided in a language that the students and the students' families understand.

The bill updates the department's annual reporting requirements to the general assembly to include:

  • Whether the students participating in the programs and courses enlisted in the military or entered the workforce after graduation;
  • How money received under the career development success program was used to promote the availability of programs and courses; and
  • How the participating school district or participating charter school determined which programs and courses to offer, including how the programs and courses are aligned with local workforce needs.

No later than July 1, 2022, the department, in collaboration with the Colorado community college system, shall publish and disseminate materials through existing and relevant platforms used to engage with districts that include, at a minimum, the top 10 industry-recognized credentials and a sample communications plan for how a participating school district or participating charter school may communicate the value of credentials and experiences to students and families.

The bill requires participating school districts and participating charter schools to utilize program funding to promote access to programs and courses.

The bill requires the return on investment report to include information specifically identifying the number of high school students enrolled and the number of degrees and certificates awarded through the career development success program.

(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: 5/5/2021 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-130 Local Authority for Business Personal Property Tax Exemption 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Local Authority for Business Personal Property Tax Exemption
Sponsors: C. Holbert (R) | B. Pettersen (D) / K. Van Winkle (R) | S. Bird (D)
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 the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 4/29/2021 Governor Signed
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-148 Creation Of Financial Empowerment Office 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, May 20 2021
House State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Creation Of Financial Empowerment Office
Sponsors: J. Gonzales (D) | C. Kolker / D. Esgar (D) | K. Tipper (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the financial empowerment office (office) and the director of the office (director) in the department of law to grow the financial resilience and well-being of Coloradans through specified community-derived goals and strategies. The director is appointed by the attorney general and may hire staff as necessary to perform the duties and functions of the office. The office also consists of a manager who is appointed by the director.

The office is authorized to partner with governmental bodies, community organizations, financial institutions, local service providers, philanthropic organizations, and other organizations as necessary to achieve the purposes of the office. The office is also authorized to develop or promote new or existing:

  • Methods to increase access to safe and affordable financial products;
  • Tools and resources that advance, increase, and improve Colorado residents' financial management;
  • Community-informed strategies that dismantle systemic barriers to building ownership and wealth for all, especially low-income communities and communities of color; and
  • Tools that promote financial stability such as those that assist with service navigation, eviction avoidance, or connections to income supports.

The financial empowerment office is required to:

  • Support the organization of community efforts to define and lead financial resilience strategies;
  • Align, support, and build ties to build financial education and well-being in communities across the state;
  • Establish a council to assist the director in increasing access to ownership, financial well-being, and safe and affordable banking and financial services that help improve the financial stability of Colorado residents and in identifying products and practices that may undermine financial stability;
  • Work with stakeholders to increase access to safe and affordable credit-building loans and financial products;
  • Work with state authorities and other stakeholders to expand access to safe and affordable banking products with low fees and easy account access, as well as safe and affordable credit-building loans offered by financial service providers licensed in Colorado at costs that do not exceed the finance charges permitted by Colorado law;
  • Work with stakeholders to identify products and practices that may undermine financial stability;
  • Develop technical assistance to launch or expand local financial coaching and counseling efforts;
  • Raise money to support coaching, safe and affordable banking, and potential loan funds; and
  • Track community feedback on consumer financial abuses and coordinate with various state agencies, connect consumers with existing resources, and educate the public on their related consumer rights.

The office is also required to submit an annual report to the general assembly regarding the activities of the office, the state of affordable banking access in Colorado, and other specified information.


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

Status: 5/5/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-161 Voluntary Reduce Greenhouse Gas Natural Gas Utility 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Voluntary Reduce Greenhouse Gas Natural Gas Utility
Sponsors: C. Hansen (D) | D. Coram (R) / J. Arndt (D)
Summary:

The bill requires the public utilities commission (PUC) to adopt by rule, no later than July 31, 2022, greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction programs (reduction programs) for large natural gas utilities (those that have at least 250,000 customer accounts in Colorado) and small natural gas utilities (those that have fewer than 250,000 customer accounts in Colorado) (collectively, utilities). Municipally owned utilities may, but need not, participate in a reduction program. The rules must include reporting requirements and a process for utilities to fully recover qualified investments, which are prudently incurred costs associated with a reduction program.

The bill establishes the following GHG emission reduction targets, using a utility's 2019 GHG emissions as a baseline:

  • By January 1, 2025, at least 5%;
  • By January 1, 2030, at least 10%; and
  • On and after January 1, 2035, at least 15%.

GHG emission reductions from the delivery of natural gas to other utilities and transportation sector retail customers are excluded from the reduction programs. The following sources of GHG emission reductions are included in the reduction programs:

  • Methane leaked from the transportation and delivery of natural gas from natural gas distribution and service pipelines; and
  • Carbon dioxide emitted by the utility's retail customers (other than those in the transportation sector) as a result of the combustion of natural gas delivered by the utility.

GHG emission reductions can be achieved by:

  • Using renewable natural gas, which must account for at least 35% of the emission reductions;
  • Emission offsets;
  • Methane emission reductions from a variety of mechanisms; and
  • Other programs developed by the utility and approved by the PUC that demonstrate GHG emission reductions.

If a large utility's total incremental annual cost to meet the GHG emission reduction targets exceeds 2% of the large utility's total revenue requirement for a particular year, the large utility shall not make additional qualified investments under the reduction program for that year without approval from the PUC.

Small utilities may opt in to the reduction program as established by the PUC by rule. The rule must include tradeable credits and a rate cap limiting the small utility's costs of making qualified investments.

For included emission reductions and until 2025, a utility participating in a reduction program is not subject to any additional GHG emission reduction requirements or required to incur any additional costs under Colorado's generally applicable GHG emission reduction requirements if the utility:

  • Files with the PUC a plan that contains approvable and cost-effective programs that make progress toward the GHG emission reduction targets and are projected to meet either the applicable emission reduction targets or the applicable retail rate impact;
  • Reports GHG emission reductions consistent with the accounting methodology established by the division of administration in the department of public health and environment; and
  • Is either projected to meet the GHG emission reduction targets in an applicable year or the PUC finds that the projected costs to achieve the emission reductions have met the applicable retail rate impact.

The bill gives the oil and gas conservation commission the authority to authorize class VI injection permits, which authorize the deep sequestration of carbon dioxide.


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

Status: 4/20/2021 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-176 Protecting Opportunities And Workers' Rights Act 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Protecting Opportunities And Workers' Rights Act
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) | B. Pettersen (D) / S. Lontine (D) | M. Gray (D)
Summary:

For purposes of addressing discriminatory or unfair employment practices pursuant to Colorado's anti-discrimination laws, the bill:

  • Allows an employment discrimination claim to be brought in any court of competent jurisdiction in the county or district where the alleged discriminatory or unfair employment practice occurred and allows an individual to file a civil action, without otherwise exhausting administrative proceedings and remedies, as long as the individual either files a charge with the Colorado civil rights commission (commission) or serves a written demand for the relief on the individual's employer and allows the employer 14 days to respond;
  • Expands the definition of "employee" to include individuals in domestic service; individuals who perform a service for a price, including independent contractors, subcontractors, and their employees; and individuals who offer services or labor without pay;
  • Adds new definitions of "caregiver", "care recipient", "child", "minor child", "harassment", "hostile work environment", and "independent contractor";
  • Adds protections from discriminatory or unfair employment practices for individuals based on their "marital status" or "caregiver status";
  • Specifies that it is a discriminatory or unfair employment practice for an employer to fail to initiate an investigation of a complaint or fail to take prompt remedial action if appropriate;
  • Prohibits certain preemployment medical examinations, imposes limitations on inquiries and examinations about an employee's disability during employment, and specifies that violations of these prohibitions and limitations constitute discriminatory or unfair employment practices;
  • Expands the time limit to file a charge with the commission from 6 months to 300 days after the alleged discriminatory or unfair employment practice occurred;
  • Repeals the limits on remedies in cases involving age discrimination; and
  • Limits the ability of an employer to require confidentiality of claims once a charge is filed with the commission.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 5/6/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-200 Reduce Greenhouse Gases Increase Environmental Justice 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Friday, May 14 2021
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(2) in senate calendar.
News: Opinion: Through his veto threat, Polis is failing to deliver on campaign promises on renewables and climate change
Short Title: Reduce Greenhouse Gases Increase Environmental Justice
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) | D. Moreno (D) / D. Jackson (D)
Summary:

Current law requires the air quality control commission (AQCC) to adopt rules that will result in the statewide reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050, as compared to 2005 emissions. Section 2 of the bill supplements these requirements by:

  • Directing the AQCC to:
  • Consider the social cost of GHG emissions;
  • Require GHG reductions on a linear or more stringent path; and
  • Finalize its implementing rules by March 1, 2022, including specific net emission weight limits for various emission sectors, subject to modification by the AQCC, including through the use of a multi-sector program;
  • Directing each wholesale generation and transmission electric cooperative to file with the public utilities commission a responsible energy plan that will achieve at least an 80% GHG reduction by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels and specifying that if a plan is not filed, the cooperative must achieve at least a 90% GHG reduction by 2030 as compared to 2005 levels; and
  • Directing each retail, wholesale, and municipal electric utility and cooperative electric association to reduce its GHG emissions by at least 95% between 2035 and 2040 and by 100% by 2040.

Section 3 adds GHG to the definition of "regulated pollutant", prohibits the AQCC from excluding GHG emissions from the requirement to pay annual emission fees that are based on emissions of regulated pollutants, gives the AQCC rule-making authority to set the GHG annual emission fee, and authorizes the use of these fees for outreach to and engagement of disproportionately impacted communities. Section 4 requires the AQCC's GHG reporting rules to establish an assumed emission rate representing the average regional fossil fuel generation emission rate for electricity generated by a renewable energy resource for which the associated renewable energy credit is not retired in the year generated.Section 5 creates an environmental justice ombudsperson position and an environmental justice advisory board in the department of public health and environment. The ombudsperson and the advisory board will work collaboratively to promote environmental justice in Colorado. Sections 2 and 5 specify processes for soliciting and facilitating input from disproportionately impacted communities regarding proposed AQCC rule changes and departmental decision-making.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 5/12/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-203 Funding For Colorado Proud 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Funding For Colorado Proud
Sponsors: J. Bridges (D) | C. Simpson / D. Valdez (D) | R. Pelton (R)
Summary:

The bill appropriates $2.5 million to the department of agriculture for the Colorado proud program.


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

Status: 5/10/2021 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Water Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-204 Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant Program Funding 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Monday, May 17 2021
Agriculture, Livestock, & Water
1:30 p.m. Room 0107
(3) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant Program Funding
Sponsors: K. Donovan (D) | B. Rankin (R) / M. Young (D) | T. Van Beber
Summary:

In 2020, the Colorado general assembly created the rural economic development initiative (REDI) grant program in the department of local affairs (department). The department, in consultation with the office of economic development, may provide grants to 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. Or, 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 REDI grant program for the purposes of the "Rural Economic Advancement of Colorado Towns (REACT) Act".Section 2 of the bill appropriates $5 million to the department for the REDI grant program. Section 1 ensures that the department will use all of this appropriation for the purposes of the grants or REACT.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 5/7/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Water
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-229 Rural Jump-start Zone Grant Program 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Friday, May 14 2021
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
8:00 AM LSB-B
(16) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Rural Jump-start Zone Grant Program
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | T. Story (D) / J. Amabile (D) | H. McKean (R)
Summary:

The bill creates the rural jump-start zone grant program (grant program) and authorizes the Colorado economic development commission (commission) to issue grants, subject to available appropriations, as follows:

  • Up to $20,000 to new businesses to establish operations;
  • Up to $40,000 to new businesses to establish operations in a tier one transition community;
  • Up to $2,500 to new businesses for each new hire; and
  • Up to $5,000 to new businesses for each new hire who is hired for operations established in a tier one transition community.

The bill creates the rural jump-start zone grant fund account in the Colorado economic development fund, which consists of any money appropriated to the fund by the general assembly, and may be used:

  • By the commission to issue grants; and
  • For the direct and indirect costs that the Colorado office of economic development incurs, not to exceed a specified amount, to administer the grant program.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 5/5/2021 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-232 Displaced Workers Grant 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 19 2021
House Education
Upon Adjournment Room 0107
(2) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Displaced Workers Grant
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | B. Kirkmeyer / C. Kipp (D) | S. Bird (D)
Summary:

The bill appropriates money to the department of higher education for the Colorado opportunity scholarship initiative's displaced workers grant.


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

Status: 5/5/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-238 Create Front Range Passenger Rail District 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, May 13 2021
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(3) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Create Front Range Passenger Rail District
Sponsors: L. Garcia (D) | R. Zenzinger (D) / D. Esgar (D) | M. Gray (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the front range passenger rail district (district) for the purpose of planning, designing, developing, financing, constructing, operating, and maintaining an interconnected passenger rail system (system) along the front range. The district is specifically required to work collaboratively with the regional transportation district (RTD) to ensure interconnectivity with any passenger rail system operated by or for the RTD and with Amtrak on interconnectivity with Amtrak's Southwest Chief, California Zephyr, and Winter Park Express trains, including but not limited to rerouting of the Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger train. If deemed appropriate by the board of directors of the district and by the board of directors of RTD, the district may share with RTD capital costs associated with shared use of rail line infrastructure in the northwest rail line corridor for passenger train service.

The area that comprises the district extends from Wyoming to New Mexico and includes:

  • The entirety of the city and county of Broomfield and the city and county of Denver;
  • All areas within Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, El Paso, Huerfano, Jefferson, Larimer, Las Animas, Pueblo, and Weld counties that are located within the territory of a metropolitan planning organization (MPO);
  • All areas within Huerfano, Las Animas, and Pueblo counties that are not located within the territory of a MPO and are located within a county precinct that is located wholly or partly within 5 miles of the public right-of-way of interstate highway 25; and
  • All areas within Larimer and Weld counties that are not located within the territory of a MPO and are located within a county precinct that is north of the city of Fort Collins and is located wholly or partly within 5 miles of the public right-of-way of interstate highway 25.

The district is governed by a board of directors composed of appointees of transportation planning organizations that have jurisdiction within the territory of the district, the governor, and the executive director of the department of transportation (CDOT), as well as a nonvoting representative of RTD, and, if the respective governors and chief executive officers choose to make appointments, nonvoting representatives of the BNSF Railway, the Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak, and communities in Wyoming and New Mexico. Of the directors appointed by the governor, one must be a representative of organized labor and one must be a representative of a conservation organization with expertise in transit-oriented land use planning. The board must be fully appointed by April 1, 2022, with an earlier appointment deadline for some appointees. The board must convene for its initial meeting not later than May 15, 2022, and on that date, the existing southwest chief and front range passenger rail commission is terminated and any remaining commission funds are transferred to the district.

The district is authorized to exercise the powers necessary to plan, design, develop, finance, construct, operate, and maintain the system including but not limited to:

  • The power, subject to the approval of the voters of the district and other specified limitations, to levy a sales and use tax and to exercise specified taxing authority common to special districts within the district and to issue bonds;
  • The power, subject to the approval of the owners of property within a 2-mile radius of any existing or proposed passenger rail station, to create a station area improvement district with the authority to levy additional sales and use tax, special assessments on real property, or both, to cover the costs of construction, operation, and maintenance of the station;
  • The power to enter into public-private partnerships; and
  • The power to employ its own personnel or contract with public or private entities, or both, for the operation and maintenance of the system.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 5/12/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-241 Small Business Accelerated Growth Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Friday, May 14 2021
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
8:00 AM LSB-B
(18) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Small Business Accelerated Growth Program
Sponsors: R. Fields (D) | J. Bridges (D) / N. Ricks | L. Daugherty
Summary:

The bill creates the small business accelerated growth program (program) administered by the Colorado office of economic development (office). The program provides business development support to small businesses with 19 or fewer employees. The office is required to develop a marketing initiative for the program in coordination with the minority business office, the small business development center, and local and regional economic development entities to promote the program. The businesses selected to participate in the program have one year to use the business development support offered by the program, and $1,350,000 in grants from the Colorado startup loan fund are for participants demonstrating need and success under the program. The bill makes an appropriation.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 5/5/2021 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-252 Community Revitalization Grant Program 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Thursday, May 13 2021
SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE
Upon Adjournment SCR 352
(1) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Community Revitalization Grant Program
Sponsors: S. Fenberg (D) | C. Holbert (R) / B. Titone (D) | S. Lontine (D)
Summary:

The bill establishes the community revitalization grant program (grant program) in the division of creative industries (division) in the office of economic development (office). The grant program is established to provide money awards to finance various projects across the state that are intended to create or revitalize mixed-use commercial centers. The grant program is intended to support creative projects in these commercial centers that would combine revitalized or newly constructed commercial spaces with public or community spaces including but not limited to certain projects specified in the bill. In allocating grant money under the grant program, preference will be given to certain projects based on prioritization factors enumerated in the bill. All grants awarded under this section must be encumbered no later than December 31, 2022.

The division will administer the grant program in consultation with the division of local government (DLG) in the department of local affairs. The division may contract out part of its administrative duties under the grant program to a third-party administrative entity.

In connection with the administration of the grant program, the division and DLG are required to collaborate in creating a process that ensures that grants are only considered and awarded after a fair and rigorous open competition among eligible grant recipients. The division and DLG are also required to collaborate on the review of grant applications and the approval of grant awards. In connection with the review of grant applications and awards, the division must solicit input from a stakeholder group that includes representation from various groups and entities as specified in the bill.

On or before September 1, 2021, the director of the division, in consultation with the director of the DLG or their designees, are required to adopt polices, procedures, and guidelines for the grant program that include without limitation:

  • Procedures and timelines by which an eligible recipient may apply for a grant;
  • Criteria for determining grant eligibility and grant amounts; and
  • Reporting requirements for grant recipients.

The bill specifies the types of projects meriting preference in the awarding of grants.

The bill creates the community revitalization fund (fund) in the state treasury. On the effective date of the bill, or as soon as practicable thereafter, the state treasurer is required to transfer $65 million from the general fund to the fund. All money transferred is to be used for either grant awards or the costs of administering the grant program.

On or before November 1, 2022, and on or before November 1, 2023, the division is required to publish a report summarizing the use of all of the money that was awarded as grants under the grant program in the preceding fiscal year. The bill specifies additional required components of the report. The report must be posted on the website of the office. The bill requires the office to summarize the information contained in the report in its "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act" hearings.


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

Status: 4/29/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
Status History: Status History
Amendments:
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note


SB21-260 Sustainability Of The Transportation System 
Comment:
Position: Conditionally Support
Calendar Notification: Friday, May 14 2021
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(3) in senate calendar.
News: Murrey: Legislature’s transportation money grab a middle finger to voters
It’s Official: ‘Historic’ Coalition Unveils Plan To Pump Billions To Colorado’s Transportation System
Colorado Democrats formally introduce their transportation-fee bill with Republican, business community support
Short Title: Sustainability Of The Transportation System
Sponsors: S. Fenberg (D) | F. Winter (D) / A. Garnett (D) | M. Gray (D)
Summary:

The bill creates new sources of dedicated funding and new state enterprises to enable the planning, funding, development, construction, maintenance, and supervision of a sustainable transportation system by preserving, improving, and expanding existing transportation infrastructure, developing the modern infrastructure needed to support the widespread adoption of electric motor vehicles, and mitigating adverse environmental and health impacts of transportation system use as follows:

  • Section 6 of the bill creates the community access enterprise within the Colorado energy office (CEO) for the purpose of supporting the widespread and equitable adoption of electric motor vehicles and electric alternatives to motor vehicles in an equitable manner. The community access enterprise is authorized to impose a community access retail delivery fee to fund its business purpose. The governance and powers and duties of the community access enterprise are specified.
  • Section 7 makes various general fund transfers to the state highway fund, the highway users tax fund (HUTF), and the multimodal transportation and mitigation options fund, including limited contingent transfers of a portion of any additional general fund revenue made available due to the restoration of the excess state revenues cap (Referendum C cap) by Section 8.
  • Section 8 restores the Referendum C cap, which the general assembly reduced in 2017, to its maximum voter-approved level.
  • Section 11 creates the clean fleet enterprise within the department of public health and environment (CDPHE) for the purpose of incentivizing and supporting the use of electric motor vehicles and other clean fleet technologies by owners and operators of motor vehicle fleets. The clean fleet enterprise is authorized to impose a clean fleet retail delivery fee to be paid by the purchaser of tangible personal property delivered to the purchaser by motor vehicle and a clean fleet per ride fee to be paid by a transportation network company (TNC) on each ride offered and accepted by the TNC to fund the clean fleet enterprise's business purpose. The governance and powers and duties of the clean fleet enterprise are specified.
  • Section 25 requires the department of revenue (DOR) to collect the per ride fees imposed by the clean fleet enterprise and the nonattainment area air pollution mitigation enterprise as authorized by sections 11 and 50 Both fees are first imposed for rides offered and accepted in state fiscal year (FY) 2022-23 and are annually adjusted for consumer price index (CPI) inflation thereafter.
  • Section 26 indexes the existing $50 registration fee imposed on electric motor vehicles to national highway construction cost index (NHCCI) inflation and imposes additional electric motor vehicle road usage equalization fees on battery electric motor vehicles at a specified level and on plug-in hybrid electric motor vehicles at a lower level, with both additional fees being phased in on a set schedule from state FYs 2022-23 through 2031-32 and thereafter indexed to NHCCI inflation. Section 26 also imposes a commercial electric motor vehicle fee. The increase and new fee revenue is credited to the HUTF for allocation to the state, counties, and municipalities; except that 40% of the revenue generated by inflation indexing of the existing $50 registration fee is credited to the electric vehicle grant fund and 30% of the revenue generated by the commercial electric motor vehicle fee is credited to the state highway fund for freight-related projects. In 2026, specified executive agencies must jointly review the fees and make recommendations to the transportation legislation review committee of the general assembly as to whether the fees should be adjusted to ensure continued equalization of the average aggregate amount of registration fees and motor fuel charges annually paid by owners of electric motor vehicles and owners of motor vehicles powered exclusively by internal combustion engines.
  • Section 33 imposes road usage fees on gasoline and diesel purchases that are phased in from state FYs 2022-23 through 2031-32 and thereafter indexed to NHCCI inflation, with the road usage fees also being adjusted beginning in state FY 2032-33 in a manner calculated to generate the same amount of additional revenue as would be generated by indexing the existing state excise taxes imposed on gasoline and diesel to construction cost inflation. The fee revenue is credited to the HUTF for allocation to the state, counties, and municipalities.
  • Section 33 also imposes a retail delivery fee on retail deliveries by motor vehicle that include tangible personal property subject to the state sales tax, requires the fee to be collected from the purchaser by the retailer, and requires simultaneous collection of community access, clean fleet, bridge and tunnel, clean transit, and air pollution mitigation retail delivery fees imposed, respectively, by the community access, clean fleet, statewide bridge and tunnel, clean transit, and nonattainment area air pollution mitigation enterprises. The fees are first collected in state FY 2022-23 and are annually adjusted for CPI inflation thereafter. Retail delivery fee revenue is credited to the HUTF for allocation to the state, counties, and municipalities and to the multimodal transportation and mitigation options fund and each enterprise's retail delivery fee revenue is collected by DOR on behalf of and credited to the cash fund controlled by the enterprise.
  • Sections 43, 44, and 46 change the name of the statewide bridge enterprise to the statewide bridge and tunnel enterprise, authorize the enterprise to complete tunnel projects, and authorize the enterprise to impose a bridge and tunnel impact fee on diesel fuel and a bridge and tunnel retail delivery fee to fund its business purpose. The bridge and tunnel impact fee is phased in from state FYs 2022-23 through 2031-32 and thereafter indexed to NHCCI inflation.
  • Section 45 indexes the existing $2 short-term daily vehicle rental fee to CPI inflation and, on or after July 1, 2022, requires a car sharing program to collect the daily vehicle rental fee for any short-term vehicle rental of 24 hours or longer that is enabled by the car sharing program.
  • Sections 47 through 49 change the name of the multimodal transportation options fund to the multimodal transportation and mitigation options fund and make greenhouse gas mitigation projects eligible for funding from the fund.
  • Section 50 creates the clean transit enterprise within the department of transportation (CDOT) for the purpose of supporting clean public transit through electrification planning efforts, facility upgrades, fleet motor vehicle replacement, and construction and development of associated electric motor vehicle charging and fueling infrastructure. The clean transit enterprise is authorized to impose a clean transit retail delivery fee of up to a specified amount to fund its business purpose. The governance and powers and duties of the clean transit enterprise are specified. Section 50 also creates the nonattainment area air pollution mitigation enterprise for the purpose of mitigating transportation-related emissions in ozone nonattainment areas. The nonattainment area air pollution mitigation enterprise is authorized to impose air pollution mitigation per ride and retail delivery fees to fund its business purpose.

Section 1 makes legislative findings and declarations that explain the purpose of the bill and the reasons why it includes the new sources of dedicated funding and new state enterprises that it does. Section 2 clarifies that an existing fee may be used to fund the functions of the freight mobility and safety branch created in section 27. Sections 3 and 4 respectively clarify that the clean fleet enterprise operates as a type 1 agency within CDPHE and that the clean transit enterprise and the nonattainment area air pollution mitigation enterprise operate as type 1 agencies within CDOT.Section 5 requires the CEO and CDPHE, after consultation with CDOT, to jointly and annually prepare a report for specified legislative committees that details the progress made toward the electric motor vehicle adoption goals set forth in the "Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan 2020" and the transportation sector greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals set forth in the "Colorado Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap". Section 5 also specifies a methodology to be used by the CEO, CDOT, and CDPHE to estimate the social costs of greenhouse gas pollution.Sections 9, 32, 42, and 51 effectuate the repeal of the requirement that a ballot question seeking approval for the issuance of transportation revenue anticipation notes be submitted to the voters of the state at the November 2021 statewide election.Section 10 requires CDOT to comply with specified transparency and contractor short-listing requirements when using the integrated project delivery method of contract procurement for a public project. Section 14 clarifies that sales and use tax is not levied on the retail delivery fees imposed by or as authorized by the bill. Sections 16 through 21 provide legal authority for collection under an existing multistate agreement of the motor fuel road usage and bridge and tunnel impact fees imposed by or as authorized by the bill. Section 22 requires the public utilities commission to conduct a certificated taxi carrier parity study.Section 27 creates the freight mobility and safety branch in CDOT's transportation development division . Section 28 requires CDOT and metropolitan planning organizations to engage in an enhanced level of planning, analysis, community engagement, and monitoring with respect to transportation capacity projects and specifies what that entails and also requires CDOT to conduct a road usage charge study and an autonomous vehicle study. Section 29 allows some of the general fund money transferred to the state highway fund pursuant to section 7 to be used for multimodal transportation projects. Section 31 specifies the manner in which revenue credited to the HUTF as required by the bill is allocated and expended.Sections 34 through 41 authorize a transportation planning organization (TPO), subject to territorial restrictions and TPO member jurisdiction approval requirements, 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 for the purpose of financing, constructing, operating, and maintaining regional transportation systems.

Any additional transportation funding obtained by a TPO exercising the power of a RTA is intended to supplement and not supplant state and federal transportation funding allocated within the boundaries of the TPO. Therefore, the transportation commission and CDOT are prohibited from taking such additional transportation funding into account when determining the amount of state and federal 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 and federal 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.

Section 45 reduces the amount of each road safety surcharge imposed on motor vehicle registration for registration periods beginning on or after January 1, 2022, but before January 1, 2024, by $5.55.


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

Status: 5/12/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Status History: Status History
Amendments: Amendments
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