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HB21-1009 Update Division Housing Function & Local Development 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: T. Bernett / J. Bridges (D) | D. Coram (R)
Summary:



The current statutory functions of the division of housing (division) within the department of local affairs include conducting research into new approaches to housing throughout the state. The act expands the list of research subjects to include:

  • Transit-oriented development that includes increased housing density near employment, education, and town centers; and
  • Advanced energy performance standards that minimize the total building operational costs during the affordability period.


The act expands the list of existing functions of the division to include collaborating with other state agencies to develop incentives that support:

  • Local development near transit corridors;
  • Increased housing density development within employment, education, and town centers; and
  • Energy performance standards that minimize total building operational costs during the affordability period.


The division is required to collaborate with other state agencies in connection with the disposition of state-owned assets to be used for low- and moderate-income housing, and maintain the confidentiality of all names, addresses, and personal identifying information of applicants, recipients, and former recipients of housing assistance. The division is permitted to publish or provide aggregate or de-identified data concerning applicants, recipients, and former recipients of housing assistance to third parties and other governmental entities, and to enter into data-sharing agreements authorizing the transfer of such information subject to certain restrictions. Outdated statutory functions of the division are eliminated.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
3/2/2021 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/4/2021 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/5/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/10/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
4/20/2021 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/23/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/26/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/30/2021 Sent to the Governor
4/30/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/10/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB21-1017 Protect Human Life At Conception 
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: P. Neville (R)
Summary:

The bill prohibits terminating the life of an unborn child and makes a violation a class 1 felony. The following are exceptions to the prohibition:

  • A licensed physician performs a medical procedure designed or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant mother, if the physician makes reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner consistent with conventional medical practice; and
  • A licensed physician provides medical treatment, including chemotherapy or removal of an ectopic pregnancy, to the mother that results in the accidental or unintentional injury to or death of the unborn child.

The pregnant mother upon whom termination of the life of an unborn child is performed or attempted is not subject to a criminal penalty. The sale and use of contraception is not prohibited by the bill. A conviction related to the prohibition of the termination of the life of an unborn child constitutes unprofessional conduct for purposes of physician licensing.

The bill states that any act, law, treaty, order, or regulation of the United States government that denies or prohibits protection of a human person's inalienable right to life is null, void, and unenforceable in this state and that the courts of the United States have no jurisdiction to interfere with Colorado's interest in protecting human life at conception when human life begins.


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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
3/24/2021 House Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB21-1028 Annual Public Report Affordable Housing 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: S. Bird (D) | J. Rich (R) / T. Story (D) | R. Woodward (R)
Summary:



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 act requires the division of housing (division) in DOLA to prepare a public report that specifies the total amount of money that:

  • The division or the state housing board (board) was appropriated, awarded, allocated, or transferred 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;
  • 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 on administrative costs associated with each funding source and the number of full-time employees supported by the funding source.


The act identifies various items the report must address. The report must be posted on the division's website and shared with the board as well as DOLA's legislative oversight committees as part of its SMART Government Act hearing.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
3/10/2021 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/28/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/28/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/29/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
5/11/2021 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/19/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/20/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/21/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/24/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/25/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
6/3/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Adhere
6/3/2021 Senate Considered House Adherence - Result was to Recede
6/14/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/14/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/15/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/30/2021 Signed by Governor
6/30/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1030 Expanding Peace Officers Mental Health Grant Program 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, June 8 2021
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILLS
(13) in house calendar.
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. McCluskie (D) | H. McKean (R) / J. Buckner | J. Cooke (R)
Summary:



The act expands the peace officers mental health support grant program (grant program) to include law enforcement agencies, behavioral health entities, county or district public health agencies, community-based social service and behavioral health providers, peace officer organizations, and public safety agencies as eligible entities. The act renames the grant program the peace officers behavioral health support and community partnerships grant program to reflect these changes.

The act also expands the purposes for which grant money can be used to include co-responder community responses and community-based alternative responses. Public safety agencies, law enforcement agencies, and peace officer organizations that apply for a grant are encouraged to do so in collaboration with mental health centers and other community-based social service or behavioral health providers in their region. The act specifies which funding opportunities each entity may apply for.

The act appropriates $1,000,000 to the department of local affairs for the grant program.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services + Appropriations
3/5/2021 House Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/7/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/7/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/10/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/10/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
5/18/2021 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/3/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/3/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/4/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/7/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
6/8/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/22/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/22/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/22/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/27/2021 Signed by Governor
6/27/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1054 Housing Public Benefit Verification Requirement 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: D. Jackson (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:



The act creates, unless otherwise required by federal law, a public or assisted housing benefit exception to the requirement that an applicant for federal, state, or local public benefits verify lawful presence in the United States.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
2/25/2021 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/2/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/3/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/5/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/23/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/26/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/29/2021 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/30/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/31/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/5/2021 Sent to the Governor
4/5/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/15/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1057 Extortion Of Immigrants Engaging In Lawful Acts 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: D. Roberts (D) | K. Tipper (D) / J. Cooke (R) | R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:



Under current law, it is criminal extortion to threaten to report another person's immigration status to law enforcement to induce the threatened person to give the person money or another item of value. The act adds to that version of criminal extortion a prohibition against threatening to report a person's immigration status to law enforcement to induce the threatened person to perform an act or refrain from performing a lawful act.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/24/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/1/2021 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/15/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/20/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/21/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/22/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/23/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/11/2021 Sent to the Governor
5/11/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/11/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/20/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1060 U Visa Certification Requirements 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) | I. Jodeh / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:



To be eligible for U nonimmigrant status (U visa) from the federal government, a requestor must receive a certification form from a certifying official attesting that the person has been the victim of certain criminal activity and has been, is being, or is likely to be helpful to the detection, investigation, or prosecution of the criminal activity. The act sets a required time frame for completion or denial of the certification request and sets forth the factors that may and may not be considered in the certification process. The act also prohibits certain disclosures to immigration authorities and requires law enforcement to provide crime victims with information about the U visa.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/9/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/11/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/16/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/17/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/19/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/15/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/20/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/21/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/30/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/30/2021 Sent to the Governor
4/30/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/10/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1072 Equal Access Services For Out-of-home Placements 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: M. Froelich (D) / R. Fields (D) | S. Jaquez Lewis
Summary:



The act requires a provider of services related to child and youth out-of-home placement (service provider) to provide fair and equal access to all available programs, benefits, and services offered by the service provider. Services related to out-of-home placement must be provided in a manner that is culturally responsive to the complex social identity of the child or youth receiving such services.

A service provider is prohibited from denying any person the opportunity to become an adoptive or a foster parent, or delaying or denying the placement of a child or youth for adoption or into foster care, on the basis of the real or perceived disability, race, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, or any communicable disease, including HIV, of the prospective adoptive or foster parent or the child unless the delay or denial of the placement is not detrimental to the health or welfare of the child or youth.

The act requires that foster parent training include instruction on the right of a foster child or youth to have fair and equal access to all available services and other health and educational services available to foster children and foster youth, including siblings in foster care.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
3/9/2021 House Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/12/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/16/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/17/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/19/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/30/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/5/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/6/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/9/2021 Sent to the Governor
4/9/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/9/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/19/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1108 Gender Identity Expression Anti-discrimination 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: D. Esgar (D) / D. Moreno (D)
Summary:



The act adds the terms "gender expression" and "gender identity" to statutes prohibiting discrimination against members of a protected class, including statutes prohibiting discriminatory practices in the following areas:

  • Membership of the Colorado civil rights commission;
  • Employment practices;
  • Housing practices;
  • Places of public accommodation;
  • Publications that advertise places of public accommodation;
  • Consumer credit transactions;
  • Selection of patients by direct primary health care providers;
  • Sales of cemetery plots;
  • Membership in labor organizations;
  • Colorado labor for public works projects;
  • Issuance or renewal of automobile insurance policies;
  • The provision of funeral services and crematory services;
  • Eligibility for jury service;
  • Issuance of licenses to practice law;
  • The juvenile diversion program;
  • Access to services for youth in foster care;
  • Enrollment in a charter school, institute charter school, public school, or pilot school;
  • Local school boards' written policies regarding employment, promotion, and dismissal;
  • The assignment or transfer of a public school teacher;
  • Leasing portions of the grounds of or improvements on the grounds of the Colorado state university - Pueblo and the Colorado school of mines;
  • Enrollment or classification of students at private occupational schools;
  • Training provided to peace officers concerning the prohibition against profiling;
  • Criminal justice data collection;
  • Employment in the state personnel system;
  • The availability of services for the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections;
  • Membership of the health equity commission;
  • The availability of family planning services;
  • Requirements for managed care programs participating in the state medicaid program and the children's basic health plan;
  • The treatment of and access to services by individuals in facilities providing substance use disorder treatment programs;
  • Employment practices of county departments of human or social services involving the selection, retention, and promotion of employees;
  • Practices of the Colorado housing and finance authority in making or committing to make a housing facility loan;
  • The imposition of occupancy requirements on charitable property for which the owner is claiming an exemption from property taxes based on the charitable use of the property;
  • Practices of transportation network companies in providing services to the public; and
  • The determination of whether expenses paid at or to a club that has a policy to restrict membership are tax deductible.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/24/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/29/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/31/2021 - No Amendments
3/31/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/1/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/6/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/21/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/26/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/11/2021 Sent to the Governor
5/11/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/11/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/20/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1117 Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Colorado cities can now require affordable housing in new developments — with a catch
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: S. Lontine (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / J. Gonzales (D) | R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:



The act 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 act 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.

The act prohibits a local government from exercising this new regulatory authority unless the local government demonstrates, at the time it enacts a land use regulation for the purpose of exercising such authority, it has taken one or more among a list of specified actions to increase the overall number and density of housing units within its jurisdictional boundaries or to promote or create incentives to the construction of affordable housing units.

The act requires the department of local affairs to offer guidance to assist local governments in connection with its implementation.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
3/10/2021 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/16/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/19/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/22/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/25/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/27/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/30/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/3/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/7/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/19/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/19/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/21/2021 Sent to the Governor
5/28/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1120 License Private Security Guards 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: Y. Caraveo (D) | M. Weissman (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the "Guard Training and Standards Act" (Act). The Act requires the following persons to obtain a license to practice their occupation:

  • Armed guards who, for financial compensation, carry a firearm and may use physical force to protect a person or property;
  • Protection guards who, for financial compensation, may use physical force to protect a person or property; and
  • Security guards who, for financial compensation, secure a person or property.

The Act also requires a guard employer to be registered with the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies (director).

The licensing is administered by the director, who, subject to the administrative procedures act, has the power and duty to:

  • Promulgate rules;
  • Establish licensure fees;
  • Investigate, hold hearings, and gather evidence;
  • Enter, during business hours, the business premises of a licensee where violations are alleged to have occurred;
  • Take disciplinary action upon proof of a violation of the Act or the rules promulgated to implement the Act;
  • Issue cease-and-desist orders;
  • Apply to a court for an order enjoining any act or practice that violates the Act;
  • Approve training programs that are required to meet the standards for licensure as a protection guard or an armed guard;
  • Implement a requirement that protection guards and armed guards wear body cameras and record interactions with members of the public in a similar manner to the requirements for peace officers;
  • Set marking, design, and equipment standards for motor vehicles used by a guard in the guard's duties;
  • Set standards for uniforms, including external identification, worn by a guard;
  • Set standards for when it is appropriate to wear plain clothes and for the issuance of a plainclothes permit; and
  • Establish a procedure and standards for waiving a portion of the training required for a protection guard or an armed guard to be issued a license.

A person may use the titles of "security guard", "protection guard", or "armed guard" only if the person is licensed. A person who engages in the occupation of being a guard without the required license or who employs a guard without a registration commits a class 2 misdemeanor for the first offense and a class 6 felony for the second or subsequent offense. Peace officers are exempt from the licensing requirements.

To be issued a license, a person must apply, pay a fee, prove qualifications as required in the Act, and submit to a criminal history background check. Upon being licensed, the person is given a license document that contains the guard's photograph and other relevant information.

Security guards are prohibited from carrying a firearm and using physical force to secure or protect people or property. To be qualified for a security guard license, a person must not have a conviction within the last 10 years for certain crimes that relate to violence or unlawful sexual behavior or for attempting or conspiring to commit these types of crimes.

Protection guards are prohibited from carrying a firearm. To be qualified for a protection guard license, a person must:

  • Not have a conviction, within the last 10 years, for the same type of crimes described for security guards; and
  • Have successfully completed 80 hours of training that is approved by rule and covers the obligations and restrictions imposed on a protection guard by the Act.

To be qualified for an armed guard license, a person must:

  • Have a concealed carry permit for firearms;
  • Not have a conviction, within the last 10 years, for the same type of crimes described for security guards;
  • Have successfully completed 80 hours of training that is approved by rule and covers the obligations and restrictions imposed on an armed guard by the Act; and
  • Have completed firearms training that is substantially equivalent to the training required to be certified as a peace officer.

To renew a protection guard license or armed guard license, the license holder must successfully complete 8 hours of training approved by the director by rule.

Within 30 days after a felony or misdemeanor conviction for certain listed crimes, which are broader than the crimes that disqualify a person to be a guard because the crimes cover certain property offenses and offenses involving fraud, a guard must report the conviction to the director. Within 30 days after terminating the employment of a guard for misconduct, a guard employer must report the termination and the misconduct that is the basis for the termination to the director. Within 30 days after using physical force to protect a person or property, a guard and the guard's employer must report the use of physical force to the director. The report must include the demographic information, as required by rule, of the guard using physical force and of the individual subjected to the physical force.

The director will maintain a database of licensed guards. The database contains the name of each licensee and the following information about each licensee:

  • Each criminal conviction of the type the guard must report; and
  • Each termination of employment for misconduct and the misconduct.

The director will make the database available, including online through the director's website, to a registered guard employer.

The Act establishes standards of conduct for guards that include obeying the Act and rules promulgated under the Act and the following standards:

  • All guards must:
  • Wear a uniform unless the guard has been issued a plainclothes permit;
  • Carry the guard's license;
  • Use a vehicle that complies with the marking, design, and equipment rules promulgated by the director; and
  • Not use a canine to detect explosive devices unless the canine is certified by a nationally recognized training association or a law enforcement agency, and the guard handling the canine is one of the canine's primary handlers.
  • An armed guard must wear a form of identification on the outermost part of the armed guard's uniform.

The director sets standards for issuing a plainclothes permit.

The director may discipline each type of guard or a guard employer for:

  • Fraud or intentional misrepresentation in obtaining or attempting to obtain, reinstate, or renew a license;
  • Violating a currently valid order of the director;
  • Violating the Act or a rule promulgated under the Act;
  • Being convicted of a felony when acting within the course and scope of the guard's duties;
  • Using false advertising or intentionally misleading advertising;
  • Failing to meet the mentioned standards of practice;
  • Failing to pay a fine assessed by the director; and
  • Using deadly force or authorizing the use of deadly force against any individual unless the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent an immediate risk of serious physical harm to an individual.

The director may discipline or require additional training of:

  • A security guard for using unlawful physical force on another person;
  • A protection guard or armed guard for:
  • Failing to use a body camera;
  • Using physical force that is prohibited for peace officers to use; or
  • Being convicted of a crime that would disqualify the protection guard or armed guard from being issued a license; and
  • A guard employer for:
  • Authorizing a guard to take an action that is a ground for discipline;
  • Failing to ensure that protection guards and armed guards use body cameras; or
  • Failing to make a required report.

The director may adopt rules establishing fines that the director may impose on a licensee for violating the Act or rules under the Act, with a minimum fine of not less than $50 and a maximum fine of not more than $5,000 per violation.

In accordance with the sunset law, the Act will repeal on September 1, 2031. Before the repeal, the Act is scheduled for review by the department of regulatory agencies.


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

Status: 2/18/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
5/4/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB21-1121 Residential Tenancy Procedures 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: D. Jackson (D) | I. Jodeh / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:



The act updates language that must be included on a court summons issued to a defendant-tenant in an eviction action explaining the consequences for failing to answer the complaint, the content of an answer, and the fees and deposits related to filing an answer.

The act prohibits a county sheriff from executing a writ of restitution, which directs the sheriff to assist the landlord in removing the tenant, until at least 10 days after a landlord wins judgment in an eviction action.

The act prohibits residential landlords from increasing rent more than one time in a 12-month period of tenancy. For a residential tenancy of any duration in which there is no written agreement, the act requires a landlord to give a tenant 60 days' notice prior to increasing rent. The act prohibits a landlord from terminating a residential tenancy in which there is no written agreement with the primary purpose of increasing a tenant's rent without providing 60 days' notice.

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

Status: 2/18/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/3/2021 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/26/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/30/2021 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/31/2021 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/1/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/6/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/27/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/30/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/07/2021 - No Amendments
5/7/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/14/2021 - No Amendments
5/14/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/18/2021 - No Amendments
5/18/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/20/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/21/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/8/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/9/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/25/2021 Signed by Governor
6/25/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1134 Report Tenant Rent Payment Information To Credit Agencies 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: N. Ricks | M. Bradfield / J. Bridges (D)
Summary:



The act creates the rent reporting for credit pilot program (pilot program) and directs the Colorado housing and finance authority (authority) to contract with a third party (contractor) to administer the pilot program in accordance with rules promulgated by the authority.

The contractor shall recruit no more than 10 landlords to participate in the pilot program and, to the extent practicable, shall attempt to include a total of at least 100 participant tenants, with an emphasis on selecting participant tenants from populations that are under-served and under-represented in home ownership. To the extent practicable, the contractor shall recruit participant landlords who offer:

  • A variety of types of dwelling units for rent, including dwelling units of various sizes;
  • Dwelling units for rent that are located in diverse areas of the state; and
  • At least 5 dwelling units for rent.


In order to become a participant landlord, a landlord must agree in writing to certain terms. A tenant may participate in the pilot program only if the tenant elects to participate and completes a financial education course.

On or before June 1, 2024, the authority, in consultation with the contractor, shall submit to the governor and the general assembly a report concerning the pilot program.

The act requires the state treasurer to issue a warrant in the amount of $205,000 from the treasury department to the authority for the implementation of the program and, accordingly, for the 2021-22 fiscal year, the act appropriates $205,000 from the general fund to the treasury department for this purpose.

The pilot program is repealed, effective September 1, 2024.

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

Status: 3/1/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
4/1/2021 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/14/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/18/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/19/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/19/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/24/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/3/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/3/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/4/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/22/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/22/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/22/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/29/2021 Signed by Governor
6/29/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1142 Eyewitness Identification Showup Regulations 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. Bacon / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:



The act requires each law enforcement agency that employs a peace officer who is required to be peace officers standards and training board (P.O.S.T.) certified to adopt written policies and procedures concerning eyewitness identifications, which must be consistent the provisions of this act. Beginning January 1, 2022, each law enforcement agency that uses a showup shall collect for each showup the date, the technique that was used, the gender and race of the suspect, the alleged crime, and the outcome of the showup. Each law enforcement agency shall create an annual report of the data collected.

The act directs that a peace officer may only utilize a showup:

  • Following the report of a crime, when a peace officer, acting on reasonable suspicion, has detained a subject in the crime within minutes of the commission of the crime and near the location of the crime;
  • When, given the circumstances, neither a live lineup nor a photo array isavailable as a means of identification and the eyewitness reasonably believeshe or she can identify the subject;
  • To verify the identity of an intimate relationship in a domestic violence case; or
  • To confirm the identity of a familial subject, including a parent, child, or sibling known to the eyewitness.


Beginning January 1, 2022, a P.O.S.T.-certified peace officer must comply with certain conditions when conducting a showup. The act requires a court to consider any failure by law enforcement to comply with the showup conditions if there is a challenge to the showup identification. The act directs a peace officer conducting a showup to communicate to the eyewitness certain information and instructions about the showup process, and the eyewitness must agree to comply with the instructions for the showup to proceed.

Under current law, local law enforcement agencies must begin collecting certain data relating to contacts conducted by the agencies' peace officers. The act adds data related to showups to that collection requirement beginning in 2023.

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

Status: 3/2/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/31/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/23/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/27/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/28/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
5/12/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/17/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/18/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/19/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/21/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/16/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/16/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/17/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/24/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1183 Induced Termination Of Pregnancy State Registrar 
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: S. Luck
Summary:

The bill requires health-care providers that perform induced terminations of pregnancies to report specified information concerning the women who obtain the procedure to the state registrar of vital statistics in the department of public health and environment. The reported information must not include information that could identify the women who obtained induced terminations of pregnancies.

The bill requires the state registrar to annually create a summary report of the information reported by health-care providers and to make the report available to the public. The bill places limitations on how and to whom the state registrar may release the information reported to the state registrar. A physician or physician assistant who falsifies or fails to submit the required information engages in unprofessional conduct pursuant to the "Colorado Medical Practice Act". An advanced practice registered nurse who falsifies or fails to submit the required information is subject to discipline pursuant to the "Nurse and Nurse Aide Practice Act".


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

Status: 3/4/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
3/24/2021 House Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB21-1191 Prohibit Discrimination COVID-19 Vaccine Status 
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: K. Ransom (R) | T. Van Beber
Summary:

The bill prohibits an employer, including a licensed health facility, from taking adverse action against an employee or an applicant for employment based on the employee's or applicant's COVID-19 immunization status. The bill allows an aggrieved employee or applicant for employment to file a civil action for injunctive, affirmative, and equitable relief and, if the employer or health facility acted with malice or wanton or willful misconduct or has repeatedly violated the law, the court may also award punitive damages and attorney fees and costs.

Additionally, the bill specifies that the COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory, that the state cannot require any individual to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, and that government agencies and private businesses, including health insurers, cannot discriminate against clients, patrons, or customers based on their COVID-19 vaccination status. A person aggrieved by a violation of these prohibitions may file a civil action for injunctive and other appropriate relief and may be awarded punitive damages and attorney fees and costs for wanton, willful, or repeated violations.


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

Status: 3/4/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
5/12/2021 House Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

HB21-1194 Immigration Legal Defense Fund 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, June 8 2021
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILLS
(6) in house calendar.
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: K. Tipper (D) | N. Ricks / D. Moreno (D)
Summary:



The act creates the immigration legal defense fund (fund). The department of labor and employment, as the administrator, awards grants from the fund to qualifying nonprofit organizations (organizations) that provide legal advice, counseling, and representation for, and on behalf of, indigent clients who are subject to an immigration proceeding. The act lists permissible uses of grant money awarded from the fund.

Organizations that receive a grant from the fund are required to report to the administrator certain information about persons served and services provided by the organization.

For the 2021-22 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $100,000 to the immigration legal defense fund from the general fund.

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

Status: 3/4/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/30/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/7/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/11/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/12/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/12/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
5/20/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/2/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/2/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/3/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/4/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
6/8/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/22/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/22/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/22/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/25/2021 Signed by Governor
6/25/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1201 Transparency Telecommunications Correctional Facilities 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) | K. Tipper (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:



The act requires penal communications service providers (providers) who provide penal communications services (services) to correctional facilities (facilities) to maintain data and records (data) related to the services provided to those facilities. The act requires providers to submit the data and a report on the services provided to the public utilities commission (commission) on a quarterly basis. The commission is required to publish the data and report on its website in a format accessible by the public.

The commission shall establish a maximum per-minute rate for in-state debit, prepaid, and collect calls to or from facilities, and shall conduct trial tests to ensure accountability and transparency. Starting on January 1, 2022, rate caps established by the federal communications commission apply to all in-state debit, prepaid, and collect calls to or from a facility.

The act requires the commission to conduct trial tests on a statistically valid sample of penal communications services and document the test results to ensure the quality of the calls and the accountability of the service.

The act requires providers to include specific language to be displayed prominently on the provider's website concerning the filing of a complaint.

Current law exempts providers and the services provided from oversight by the commission. The act grants the commission authority over providers and the services provided.

For the 2021-22 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $259,251 to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the public utilities commission. This appropriation is from the telecommunications utility fund. To implement this act, the division may use this appropriation as follows:

  • $232,101 for personal services, which amount is based on an assumption that the division will require an additional 3.0 FTE; and
  • $27,150 for operating expenses.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/4/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/16/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Finance
4/8/2021 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/28/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/28/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/3/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/3/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2021 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/12/2021 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/21/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/21/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/24/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/21/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/21/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/21/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/30/2021 Signed by Governor
6/30/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1209 Parole Eligibility For Youthful Offenders 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, June 8 2021
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILLS
(26) in house calendar.
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) | L. Daugherty / P. Lee (D)
Summary:



The department of corrections operates a specialized program for offenders who are serving a prison sentence for a felony offense committed while the offender was a juvenile as a result of criminal charges filed by direct file or transfer proceedings. The act would expand program eligibility to adults serving a sentence for a felony that was committed when the person was under 21 years of age. The act requires the court, when it sentences a person under 21 years of age, to make a statement that it is possible the defendant could serve a portion of the sentence in the specialized program.

The act appropriates $118,976 from the general fund and provides 1.4 FTE to the department of corrections to implement the act.

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

Status: 3/5/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/30/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/14/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/18/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/21/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/22/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/24/2021 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/25/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/25/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/26/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/3/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/3/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/4/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/7/2021 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
6/8/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/16/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/16/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/17/2021 Sent to the Governor
7/6/2021 Signed by Governor
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1214 Record Sealing Collateral Consequences Reduction 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: M. Weissman (D) | J. Bacon / J. Coleman | P. Lee (D)
Summary:



Under current law, adults and juveniles can file motions for relief from collateral consequences. The act states that a motion can be filed related to convictions retroactively.

The act allows the state public defender and the office of alternate defense counsel to apply for grants and accept gifts and donations for the purposes of representing defendants in record sealing proceedings. The state public defender and the office of the alternate defense counsel shall not accept a gift, grant, or donation if the gift, grant, or donation is conditioned on its use for sealing records for a specific identified individual or individuals. The state public defender and the office of the alternate defense counsel shall report on the receipt and expenditure of gifts, grants, and donations at its SMART act hearing.

The act creates an automatic sealing process for arrest records when no criminal charges are filed. For arrest records on or after January 1, 2022, the Colorado bureau of investigation (CBI) shall seal arrest records in its custody and control after a year has passed without the filing of criminal charges. For arrest records before January 1, 2022, CBI shall seal arrest records for:

  • Felonies with a 3-year statute of limitations if 3 years have passed since the date of arrest without the filing of charges; and
  • Misdemeanors, traffic misdemeanors, petty offenses, or municipal violations with an 18-month statute of limitations or less if 18 months have passed since the date of arrest without the filing of charges.


Felony arrest records with a statute of limitations of longer than 3 years or with no statute of limitations are not eligible for automatic sealing. The department of education can still access and use records sealed under these provisions.

The act creates a process for a person with multiple conviction records that are eligible for sealing due to an intervening conviction to petition the court in a civil proceeding to have the records sealed. The district attorney has an opportunity to object, and if the district attorney objects, the court sets the matter for hearing to determine whether to seal the records.

The act allows a person who receives a full and unconditional pardon to have his or her conviction record sealed.

The act creates a process to automatically seal drug convictions. The state court administrator (administrator) shall compile a list of drug convictions eligible for sealing under current law, and seal the record:

  • If the drug conviction is for a petty offense or misdemeanor, and at least 7 years have passed since the disposition of the case; or
  • If the drug conviction is for a felony, and at least 10 years have passed since the disposition of the case.


After the administrator compiles the list, the administrator shall send the list to the CBI for review and the bureau shall remove any convictions in which the identity of the defendant is unverifiable or convictions in which the defendant had another conviction during the waiting period. The bureau shall send its list to each district attorney in the state. The district attorney shall remove any convictions in which a condition of a plea was that the defendant agreed to not have the case sealed and convictions in which the defendant has pending criminal charges. Each district attorney shall send its amended list to the administrator. The administrator shall compile each of the lists into one list and sort the convictions by judicial district.

The district attorney shall send the list to the chief judge for the judicial district and the courts of that judicial district shall enter sealing orders based on the list received.

The administrator shall develop a website that allows defendants to confidentially determine whether the defendant's conviction has been sealed and information about how to receive a copy of the sealing order.

The act appropriates from the general fund $300,605 to the judicial department to implement the act. The act appropriates $39,815 from the general fund to the department of public safety for the biometric identification unit.

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

Status: 3/5/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/20/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Finance
4/29/2021 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/7/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/7/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/10/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/11/2021 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/12/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/19/2021 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/24/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/26/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/27/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/21/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/21/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/21/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
7/6/2021 Signed by Governor
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1250 Measures to Address Law Enforcement Accountability 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, June 8 2021
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILLS
(32) in house calendar.
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: L. Herod (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / R. Fields (D) | B. Gardner (R)
Summary:



The act makes changes to the provisions of Senate Bill 20-217, enacted in 2020, (SB 217) to provide clarity and address issues discovered since the passage of that bill. SB 217 used the term "exonerated", but never defined it; the act defines "exonerated" and further clarifies the term "contact".

The act clarifies some of the circumstances when a body-worn camera must be operating and provisions related to the release of the footage. The act changes the requirement that body-worn camera recordings be released within 21 days from the date of the complaint of misconduct to within 21 days from the date of the request for the video recording. The act states the sanctions for failing to activate a body-worn camera and the 21-day release requirement will take effect on passage of the act if the officer is wearing a body camera and the other body-camera provisions apply on or after July 1, 2022, if an officer is wearing a body-worn camera, even though the requirement for all officers to wear a body camera does not take effect until July 1, 2023. The act requires $2 million to be appropriated to the body-worn camera for law enforcement officers grant program in fiscal year 2021-22.

SB 217 required law enforcement to report certain information related to each contact an officer has with a person beginning January 1, 2023. The act changes the start date of the reporting requirement to April 1, 2022. The act clarifies and adds to some of the information that must be reported.

If a peace officer is convicted of, found civilly liable for, or found liable in an administrative proceeding for unlawful use of force or failure to intervene, the officer certification must be revoked if death or serious bodily injury occurred or, if serious bodily injury or death did not occur, then the certification must suspended for at least a year. The act creates a process to allow a peace officer to have a hearing by an administrative law judge to determine whether the peace officer's certification should be suspended or revoked.

The act prohibits a peace officer's employer or the employer's agent from discharging; disciplining; demoting; denying a promotion, transfer, or reassign; discriminating against; harassing; or threatening a peace officer's employment because the peace officer disclosed information that shows:

  • A danger to public health or safety; or
  • A violation of law or policy committed by another peace officer.


Under current law, there is a civil action that permits suit against employers of local law enforcement officers for misconduct. The act permits the Colorado state patrol to also be sued via that civil action. The act also requires the employer to conduct an investigation of an officer prior to determining if the officer acted in good faith.

If a person believes that a law enforcement agency has violated the investigation requirement, the person must submit a complaint to the P.O.S.T. board, which shall refer the complaint to an administrative law judge to determine whether a violation occurred. The administrative law judge shall notify the P.O.S.T. board chair of a finding that a violation occurred. If a violation is found, the P.O.S.T. board shall not provide P.O.S.T. cash fund money to the employer for one full year from the date of the finding.

Peace officers are required to intervene to prevent or stop unlawful force by another peace officer; the act clarifies the duty only applies to officers while on duty.

The act requires that prior to hiring a new employee, appointing a new employee, or transferring an existing employee to a position requiring P.O.S.T. certification, a law enforcement agency shall determine if the person has a record contained in the P.O.S.T. misconduct database. If the person is listed in the database and the law enforcement agency proceeds to employ the person in a position requiring P.O.S.T. certification, the agency shall notify the P.O.S.T. board of the hire, appointment, or transfer.

The act clarifies and adds to some of the information required to be included in the P.O.S.T. board database related to peace officer misconduct. The act requires the P.O.S.T. board to adopt procedures to allow a peace officer to seek review of the officer's status in the database.

The act requires a governmental entity that encrypts its radio communications to adopt an encryption policy to provide access to unencrypted radio transmissions for members of the media.

The act requires the attorney general to convene a study group to study procedures related to the use of no-knock entry warrants and forced entry. The attorney general shall include the study group's findings in its annual "SMART Act" hearing for the 2022 legislative session.

The act requires the division of local government in the department of local affairs to contract with a nationally recognized research and consulting entity that is an expert in data-driven, evidence-based policing that is community-focused for an independent study to assess and provide a report and findings on evidenced-based policing national best practices. The consulting entity shall complete an interim study no later than December 30, 2021, and the final study no later than July 1, 2022. An advisory committee is created to the oversee the study and make legislative recommendations based on the studies.

For the 2021-22 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $4,065,016 to the department of public safety, of which $3,101,748 is from the general fund and $963,268 is from the highway users tax fund and provides an additional 13.5 FTE. The act appropriates $582,742 from the risk management fund to the department of law and provides an additional 3.0 FTE. The act appropriates $250,000 from the general fund to the department of local affairs.

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

Status: 3/30/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/21/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/7/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/11/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/17/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/18/2021 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/19/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/19/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/25/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/3/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/3/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/7/2021 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/7/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/8/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/21/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/21/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/21/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
7/6/2021 Signed by Governor
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1271 Department Of Local Affairs Innovative Affordable Housing Strategies 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, June 8 2021
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILLS
(29) in house calendar.
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. McCluskie (D) | I. Jodeh / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:



The act 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 act 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 act requires the DLG to prioritize proposals submitted by local governments based on factors specified in the act.

On or before September 1, 2021, the act 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 act, or as soon as practicable thereafter, the state treasurer is required to transfer $30,000,000 from the affordable housing and home ownership cash fund to the Colorado heritage communities fund and $9,300,000 from the general fund to the Colorado heritage communities fund. DLG must use this money transferred for the creation, implementation, and administration of the housing development incentives grant programs.

On the effective date of the act, or as soon as practicable thereafter, the state treasurer is required to transfer $5,000,000 from the affordable housing and home ownership cash fund to the Colorado heritage communities fund and $2,100,000 from the general fund to the Colorado heritage communities fund. DLG must use this money transferred for the creation, implementation, and administration of the planning grant program.

On the effective date of the act, 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 act must be paid out of the money transferred under the act. All money transferred under the act 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 act in the preceding fiscal year. The act specifies additional required contents of the reports. The reports must be shared with the general assembly and posted on DOLA's website.

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

The act 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 act. The OSG is permitted to use available money to administer the Colorado heritage grant program.

The act appropriates $39,300,000 to DOLA from the Colorado heritage communities fund for the affordable housing development incentives grant program.

The act appropriates $7,100,000 to DOLA from the Colorado heritage communities fund for the local government planning grant program.

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

Status: 4/12/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
4/28/2021 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/4/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/4/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/5/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/6/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
5/11/2021 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/3/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/4/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/7/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/16/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/16/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/17/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/27/2021 Signed by Governor
6/27/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1280 Pre-trial Detention Reform 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: S. Woodrow (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / P. Lee (D) | R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:



The act requires a court to hold a bond setting hearing within 48 hours after an arrestee's arrival at a jail or holding center beginning on April 1, 2022.

Under current law, a person is allowed to post bond within 2 hours after the sheriff receives the bond information. The act repeals that requirement. The act states a bond may be paid at a minimum by cash, money order, or cashier's check, and a judge, judicial officer, or bond hearing officer shall not require a monetary bond be paid in the defendant's name. Unless extraordinary circumstances exist, the custodian of a jail shall release a defendant who is granted a personal recognizance bond no later than 6 hours after the defendant is back in jail, and in cases when cash bond is set, the defendant shall be released no later than 6 hours after bond is set, after the defendant is physically present in the jail, and after the defendant or surety notifies the jail that the defendant or surety is prepared to post bond. If the custodian fails to release the defendant within 6 hours after the bond has been set, the custodian shall inform the defendant and any person posting bond on behalf of the defendant the reason for the delay and shall document the reason for delay in the defendant's file. The act requires that after a bond has been paid, the defendant and surety, if any, receive a copy of the bond paperwork, a notice of rights related to bonding, and information regarding the defendant's next court date. The act requires each jurisdiction to establish a way to pay bond online by January 1, 2022. The act states that a bond is posted when the surety or defendant pays the bond as evidenced by the time stamp on the bond or bond receipt.

Each sheriff shall post a notice of rights related to bonding on the sheriff's website, including information about how to file a complaint for violations. The sheriff shall include the notice in the inmate handbook and must provide the notice free of charge to anyone requesting a copy. The sheriff shall post a notice that contains the bonding information in the common area of the jail in a location clearly visible to the inmates and clearly visible in the public portion of the jail where a person posts bond.

By October 1, 2021, each sheriff shall:

  • Create written policies to comply with statutory bonding requirements;
  • Review and update the sheriff's website, signage, paperwork, and forms related to bonding to reflect current law; and
  • File a certificate of compliance with the statutory bonding provisions with the division of criminal justice in the department of public safety.


The act provides that each defendant has a right to be represented by an attorney at a bond hearing and the prosecution has the right to be present at a bond hearing.

The act creates the position of a bond hearing officer, who is a magistrate, to conduct bond hearings on weekends and holidays throughout the state using audiovisual technology. The bond hearing officer conducts bond hearings throughout the state in the counties that request the service of the bond hearing officer. The public will be able to view the hearings. For each case heard by the bond hearing officer, the arresting jurisdiction shall electronically transmit the arrest report, pretrial services information, and all other relevant information to the bond hearing officer prior to the hearing. The act creates the district attorney assistance for bond hearing grant program to assist smaller district attorneys' offices in covering the costs associated with the bond hearing officer hearings. The act appropriates $150,000 for the grant program.

For the 2021-22 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $412,816 from the general fund and the judicial department information technology cash fund to the judicial department to implement the act. The act appropriates $67,136 from the general fund to the state public defender to implement the act. The act appropriates $19,500 from the general fund to the division of criminal justice in the department of public safety to implement the act.

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

Status: 4/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
5/5/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/14/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/18/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/19/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/20/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/20/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/25/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/3/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/3/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/4/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/23/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/23/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/23/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
7/6/2021 Signed by Governor
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1315 Costs Assessed To Juveniles In The Criminal Justice System 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: “Punishing poverty”: Colorado lawmakers confront a legal system that taxes the poor
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: L. Herod (D) | M. Soper (R) / D. Moreno (D) | J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:



The act removes the following administrative fees, costs, and surcharges in juvenile delinquency cases that a juvenile or a juvenile's parent or legal guardian must pay:

  • Cost of care, other than costs required pursuant to the federal "Social Security Act", for a juvenile sentenced to a placement out of the home or granted probation as a result of an adjudication, deferral of adjudication, or direct filing in or transfer to district court;
  • Costs of prosecution and the amount of the cost of care imposed upon a juvenile who is adjudicated a juvenile delinquent;
  • Fees for applying for court-appointed counsel and costs of the representation when a juvenile's parent, guardian, or legal custodian is determined not to be indigent;
  • Costs and surcharges levied on criminal actions and traffic offenses paid into the court district's crime victim compensation fund and the victims and witnesses assistance and law enforcement fund;
  • Surcharges paid into the sex offender surcharge fund by juveniles adjudicated, or who receive a deferred adjudication, for commission of a sex offense;
  • Cost of the juvenile's medical care in the youthful offender system provided to the minor based on the minor's consent;
  • Cost of collecting and testing biological samples from juveniles sentenced to the youthful offender system;
  • Time payment and late penalty fees assessed when a juvenile does not pay fines, fees, costs, surcharges, or other monetary assessments in criminal cases;
  • The restorative justice surcharge;
  • Costs and surcharges related to impaired driving; and
  • The fee assessed on persons required to perform community or useful public service.


A court is prohibited from including fees related to participating in restorative justice practices in a court order.

Any outstanding balance of the fees, costs, and surcharges repealed in the act are unenforceable and not collectable. Within 6 months after the effective date of the act, the court is required to vacate the portion of a court order that imposes the costs.

The act makes transfers from the marijuana tax cash fund to the restorative justice surcharge fund, the crime victim compensation fund, and the victims assistance and law enforcement fund.

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

Status: 5/13/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
5/19/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Finance
5/22/2021 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/24/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/26/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/27/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/27/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/28/2021 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/1/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/1/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/2/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/21/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/21/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/21/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
7/6/2021 Signed by Governor
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

HB21-1329 American Rescue Plan Act Money To Invest Affordable Housing 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, June 8 2021
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE - CONSENT CALENDAR
(3) in senate calendar.
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) | S. Woodrow (D) / C. Holbert (R) | J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:



The federal government enacted the "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021" (federal act) to provide support to state, local, and tribal governments in responding to the impact of COVID-19 and to assist them in their efforts to contain the effects of COVID-19 on their communities, residents, and businesses. Under the federal act, the state of Colorado receives over $500 million to address the housing needs of populations, households, or geographic areas disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The act creates the affordable housing and home ownership cash fund (fund) in the state treasury. To respond to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19 or its negative economic impacts, the act authorizes the general assembly to appropriate or transfer money from the fund to a department or cash fund for programs or services that benefit populations, households, or geographic areas disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency, focusing on programs or services that address housing insecurity, lack of affordable housing, or homelessness.

Three days after the effective date of the act, the state treasurer is required to transfer $550 million from the "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021" cash fund to the fund.

The act requires the division of housing (division) within the department of local affairs (department) to use the appropriation made by the act for programs or services of the type and kind financed through the housing investment trust fund or the housing development grant fund to support the programs or services that benefit populations, households, or geographic areas disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency to obtain affordable housing, focusing on programs or services that address housing insecurity, lack of affordable and workforce housing, or homelessness, including the programs or services that are specified as authorized uses under the federal act.

Three days after the effective date of the act, the state treasurer is required to transfer $1,500,000 from the fund to the eviction legal defense fund. The eviction legal defense fund is used to provide legal representation to indigent tenants to resolve civil legal matters resulting from an eviction or impending eviction caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Money transferred to the eviction legal defense fund is to be used to make grant awards to qualifying organizations that provide legal services to indigent clients.

The act requires the executive committee of the legislative council, by resolution, to create a task force to meet during the 2021 interim and issue a report with recommendations to the general assembly and the governor on policies to create transformative change in the area of housing using money the state receives from the federal act. The task force may include nonlegislative members and have working groups created to assist them.

For the 2021-22 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $98,500,000 to the department for use by the division. This appropriation is from the fund and of money the state received from the federal coronavirus state fiscal recovery fund. To implement the act, the division may use the appropriation for the purposes specified in the statutory provisions creating the fund.

For the 2021-22 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $200,000 to the legislative department for its implementation. This appropriation is from the fund and originates from the general fund.

For the 2021-22 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $1,500,000 to the judicial department for use by the eviction legal defense fund. This appropriation is from the eviction legal defense fund and of money the state received from the federal coronavirus state fiscal recovery fund. To implant the act, the judicial department may use the appropriation for the purpose of providing legal representation to indigent tenants.

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

Status: 6/1/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
6/2/2021 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/3/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/3/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/4/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/4/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
6/4/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/7/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/7/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/8/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/21/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/21/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/21/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/25/2021 Signed by Governor
6/25/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-006 Human Remains Natural Reduction Soil 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D) / M. Soper (R) | B. Titone (D)
Summary:



The act authorizes human remains to be converted to soil using a container that accelerates the process of biological decomposition, also known as "natural reduction". Natural reduction is added to the statutes that regulate funeral establishments, and this addition will result in the regulation of the natural reduction process. But the definitions of "cremation" and "mortuary science practitioner" are amended so that a practitioner of natural reduction is not regulated as a cremationist or mortuary science practitioner.

The act allows the disposal of abandoned naturally reduced remains if the remains are not claimed within 180 days after natural reduction.

The act prohibits the following when done in the course of business:

  • Selling or offering to sell the soil;
  • Commingling the soil of more than one person without the consent of the person or persons with the right of final disposition unless the soil is abandoned;
  • Commingling the human remains of more than one person without the consent of the person or persons with the right of final disposition within the container wherein natural reduction produces soil; or
  • Using the soil to grow food for human consumption.


Colorado law has various provisions that deal with burial, cremation, interment, and entombment. In connection with authorizing natural reduction, the act replaces these terms with the phrase "final disposition", which term is defined to include natural reduction. The act updates the following types of provisions to reflect the option to use natural reduction:

  • Life insurance statutes;
  • Preneed funeral insurance contracts;
  • The "Mortuary Science Code";
  • Funeral picketing statutes;
  • Litigation damages;
  • The "Colorado Probate Code";
  • The "Disposition of Last Remains Act";
  • The "Revised Uniform Anatomical Gift Act";
  • Missing person reports for unidentified human remains;
  • Public peace and order statutes;
  • Vital statistics statutes;
  • The "Colorado Medical Assistance Act";
  • The "Colorado Human Services Code";
  • The "Colorado Public Assistance Act"; and
  • Firefighter pension plans.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
2/16/2021 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/12/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/12/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/16/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/17/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
4/1/2021 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/23/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/26/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/29/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/30/2021 Sent to the Governor
5/10/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-009 Reproductive Health Care Program 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: S. Jaquez Lewis / Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary:



The act requires the department of health care policy and financing to administer a reproductive health care program (program) that provides contraceptive methods and counseling services to participants. The program must offer each participant at least a one-year supply of the requested contraceptive method or an alternative contraceptive method and not impose cost-sharing requirements.

Beginning in fiscal year 2023-24, the department shall analyze and report the cost-effectiveness of the program to the public during its annual SMART act hearing.

The act appropriates $4,125,347 from the general fund to the department of health care policy and financing to implement the act.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/22/2021 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/7/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/11/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/12/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/12/2021 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
5/12/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
5/26/2021 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/1/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/1/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/2/2021 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/3/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/10/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/10/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/10/2021 Sent to the Governor
7/6/2021 Signed by Governor
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-016 Protecting Preventive Health Care Coverage 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: B. Pettersen (D) | D. Moreno (D) / D. Esgar (D) | K. Mullica (D)
Summary:



The act expands certain preventive health-care services to include counseling, prevention, and screening for a sexually transmitted infection (STI). The act adds contraception as a mandatory health benefit.

Current law requires a health-care provider or facility to perform a diagnostic exam for an STI and subsequently treat the STI at the request of a minor patient. The act allows a health-care provider to administer, dispense, or prescribe preventive measures or medications where applicable. The consent of a parent is not a prerequisite for a minor to receive preventive care, but a health-care provider shall counsel the minor on the importance of bringing the minor's parent or legal guardian into the minor's confidence regarding the services.

Current law requires the executive director of the department of health care policy and financing to authorize reimbursement for medical or diagnostic services provided by a certified family planning clinic. The act removes the requirement that services be provided by a certified family planning clinic and authorizes reimbursement for family planning services and family-planning-related services provided by any licensed health-care provider.

The act appropriates $90,547 to the department of health care policy and financing and $13,353 and provides 0.2 FTE to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the division of insurance to implement the act.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/24/2021 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/30/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/4/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/5/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/5/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
5/26/2021 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/1/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/2/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/3/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/3/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/10/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/10/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/10/2021 Sent to the Governor
7/6/2021 Signed by Governor
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-025 Family Planning Service For Eligible Individuals 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: B. Pettersen (D) | D. Coram (R) / K. Tipper (D) | P. Will (R)
Summary:



The act requires the department of health care policy and financing to seek federal authorization through an amendment to the state medical assistance plan to provide family planning services to individuals who are not pregnant and whose income does not exceed the state's current effective income level for pregnant women under the children's basic health plan.

The act appropriates $272,956 to the department of health care policy and financing for use by the executive director's office and $565,614 to the office of the governor for use by the office of information technology to implement this act.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/24/2021 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/7/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/11/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/12/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/12/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
5/25/2021 House Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/2/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/2/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/3/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/10/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/10/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/10/2021 Sent to the Governor
7/6/2021 Signed by Governor
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-040 Driver's History Profession Or Occupation Decision 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: R. Scott (R) | J. Gonzales (D) / J. Rich (R) | D. Roberts (D)
Summary:



The act limits the conditions under which the appropriate regulatory authority in the department of revenue and the department of regulatory agencies may use a driver's history to make certain decisions about a license, permit, certification, or registration that is necessary to practice an occupation or profession or to operate a business. Felonies and misdemeanors are excluded from the meaning of "driver's history".

The decisions that are limited by the act concern:

  • Issuing, renewing, reinstating, or reactivating the license, permit, certification, or registration; and
  • Taking disciplinary action against the holder of the license, permit, certification, or registration.


The events in a driver's history used to make these decisions may be used only if the event is relevant to the profession or occupation and:

  • The profession or occupation involves driving;
  • The event is a part of a pattern of behavior; or
  • The event occurred within 3 years before the person applied for the license, permit, certification, or registration or the act upon which the discipline is based.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/23/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
3/2/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/5/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/8/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
4/7/2021 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/9/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/12/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/13/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/16/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/16/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/16/2021 Sent to the Governor
4/26/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-062 Jail Population Management Tools 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: P. Lee (D) / A. Benavidez (D)
Summary:

The bill gives a peace officer the authority to issue a summons and complaint for any offense committed in the officer's presence, or if not committed in the officer's presence, for any offense that the officer has probable cause to believe was committed and probable cause to believe was committed by the person charged, unless arrest is statutorily required or the offense is a crime of violence.

The bill prohibits a peace officer from arresting a person based solely on the alleged commission of a traffic offense; petty offense; municipal offense; misdemeanor offense; a class 4, 5, or 6 felony; or a level 3 or 4 drug felony unless:

  • A custodial arrest is statutorily required;
  • The officer is unable to sufficiently verify the individual's identity absent a custodial arrest;
  • The person was convicted for a violation of section 42-4-1301, Colorado Revised Statutes, in the previous 12 months; or
  • The offense is a felony or a victims' rights crime, the offense includes an element of illegal possession or use of firearm, the offense constitutes unlawful sexual behavior, or the offense is a violation a temporary or regular extreme risk protection order, a violation of a credible threat to a school, or a violation of eluding in a vehicle and:
  • The arresting officer records in the arrest documents a reasonable suspicion to conclude the person poses a threat to the safety of another, absent custodial arrest; or
  • The arresting officer records in the arrest documents a reasonable suspicion to conclude the person has indicated a clear unwillingness to cease and desist in criminal behavior, absent custodial arrest.

The bill prohibits a court from issuing a monetary bond for a misdemeanor offense; municipal offense; class 4, 5, or 6 felony; or level 3 or 4 drug felony unless the court finds the defendant will flee prosecution or threaten the safety of another and no other condition of release can reasonably mitigate the risk. The bill requires the court to issue a personal recognizance bond when the defendant fails to appear unless the defendant has failed to appear 3 or more times in the case. The bill requires the court to issue a personal recognizance bond in a failure to comply with conditions probation hearing unless it is based on a commission of a new crime.

The bill authorizes sheriffs to actively manage their jail populations in order to keep the population as low as possible while maintaining community safety, including the authority to establish jail admission standards that include offense-based admission standards that limit jail admissions.


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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/4/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/26/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-066 Juvenile Diversion Programs 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: P. Lee (D) / D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Summary:



The act makes several changes and clarifications to current juvenile diversion programs (diversion), including:

  • Clarifying the division of criminal justice in the department of public safety's (division) authority over all programs funded with diversion money;
  • Clarifying that diversion funding may be allocated to entities other than district attorneys' offices;
  • Requiring eligibility criteria for diversion be made public;
  • Establishing that a juvenile is eligible to divert if the juvenile meets the eligibility criteria;
  • Clarifying that an approved validated assessment tool may be used for decisions on the length of supervision and necessary services;
  • Clarifying that a risk screening tool is to be used to inform the level and intensity of supervision;
  • Establishing a clear process for data collection so the division can properly evaluate its diversion programs; and
  • Creating a clearer process and role for the division in the allocation process.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/18/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/23/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/24/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/25/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/25/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/7/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/12/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/13/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/14/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/19/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/19/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/20/2021 Sent to the Governor
4/29/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-071 Limit The Detention Of Juveniles 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. Buckner / L. Daugherty | A. Boesenecker
Summary:



The act prohibits the imposition of secured monetary or property conditions on a bond for juveniles charged with or accused of committing a delinquent act.

The act reduces the juvenile detention bed cap from 327 beds to 215 beds beginning in fiscal year 2021-22.

The act adds members and responsibilities to the existing statutory working group for criteria for placement of juvenile offenders. The working group's responsibilities include examining available alternatives to youth detention, the use of detention beds, and examining necessary investments in alternatives to youth detention.

The act decreases appropriations made in the annual general appropriation act for the 2021-22 state fiscal year to the department of human services.

The act makes the following appropriations to the department of human services:

  • $202,541 for use by the office of information and technology;
  • $427,979 for use by the division of child welfare, and an additional 4.5 FTE; and
  • $24,789 in federal funds for use by the division of child welfare.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/11/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/30/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/4/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/5/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/7/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
5/11/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/24/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/24/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/25/2021 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/28/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/1/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/10/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/10/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/10/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-073 Civil Action Statute Of Limitations Sexual Assault 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Colorado’s legislative session is wrapping up. Here’s what lawmakers are passing.
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | D. Coram (R) / D. Michaelson Jenet (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary:



Under existing law, the statute of limitations to bring a civil claim based on sexual assault or a sexual offense against a child is 6 years, but the statute is tolled when the victim is a person under disability or is in a special relationship with the perpetrator of the assault. The act defines sexual misconduct and removes the limitation on bringing a civil claim based on sexual misconduct, including derivative claims and claims brought against a person or entity that is not the perpetrator of the sexual misconduct. The statutory period to commence a civil action described in the act applies to a cause of action that accrues on or after January 1, 2022, or a cause of action accruing prior to January 1, 2022, so long as the applicable statute of limitations has not yet run as of January 1, 2022.

The act removes the provision that a plaintiff who is a victim of a series of sexual assaults does not need to establish which act in the series caused the plaintiff's injuries.

The act repeals the limited waiver of the doctor- or psychologist-patient privilege for claims brought by a person under disability.

Under existing law, a plaintiff who brings a civil action alleging sexual misconduct 15 years or more after the plaintiff turns 18 is limited to recovering only certain damages. The act repeals this limitation.

Under existing law, a victim who is a person under disability or is in a special relationship with the perpetrator of the assault may not bring an action against a defendant who is deceased or incapacitated. The act eliminates this restriction.

Under existing law, a claim for negligence in the practice of medicine that is based on a sexual assault is exempt from the statute of limitations for claims involving sexual assault and instead is subject to the same limitation as any other claim for negligence in the practice of medicine. The act removes this exemption.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/24/2021 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/24/2021 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/1/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/23/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/26/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/29/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/7/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/7/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/8/2021 Sent to the Governor
4/15/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-087 Agricultural Workers' Rights 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Colorado’s legislative session is wrapping up. Here’s what lawmakers are passing.
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | D. Moreno (D) / K. McCormick | Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary:



The act:

  • Prohibits an agricultural employer from retaliating against any person, including an agricultural employee who is asserting protected rights, and allows an aggrieved person to assert a claim in district court or with the division of labor standards and statistics (division) in the department of labor and employment for alleged retaliation;
  • Removes the exemption of agricultural employers and employees from the Colorado "Labor Peace Act" and authorizes agricultural employees to organize and join labor unions; engage in protected, concerted activity; and engage in collective bargaining;
  • Removes the exemption of agricultural labor from state and local minimum wage laws;
  • Establishes a separate minimum wage for agricultural employees engaged in the range production of livestock on the open range;
  • Requires the director of the division to promulgate rules to establish the overtime pay of agricultural employees, to implement procedures concerning retaliation claims, to ensure access to key service providers, and for overwork protections for agricultural workers;
  • Grants agricultural employees meal breaks and rest periods throughout each work period, consistent with protections for other employees;
  • Requires agricultural employers to provide agricultural employees with access and transportation to key service providers;
  • Authorizes agricultural employees to have visitors at employer-provided housing without interference from other persons;
  • Requires agricultural employers to provide overwork and health protections to agricultural employees;
  • Prohibits the use of the short-handled for agricultural labor except in specific circumstances;
  • During a public health emergency, requires an agricultural employer to provide extra protections and increased safety precautions for agricultural employees;
  • Creates rights, remedies, and enforcement actions for aggrieved agricultural employees, whistleblowers, and key service providers; and
  • Creates the agricultural work advisory committee to study and analyze agricultural wages and working conditions.


$474,657 is appropriated from the employment support fund to the department of labor and employment to implement the act, of which amount $38, 282 is reappropriated to the department of law to provide legal services to the department of labor and employment. Additionally, $193,882 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of agriculture for use by the plant industry division to implement the act.

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

Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/17/2021 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/7/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/11/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/19/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/20/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/24/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
6/3/2021 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/4/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/4/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/7/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/17/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/17/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/17/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/25/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-124 Changes To Felony Murder 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: P. Lee (D) / M. Weissman (D)
Summary:



Under current law, it is a class 1 felony as it pertains to first degree murder if a person commits or attempts to commit certain specified felonies and the death of a person, other than one of the participants, is caused by anyone during the crime. The act changes the current law by:

  • Moving the crime from first degree murder to second degree murder and changing the penalty from a class 1 felony to a class 2 felony that is subject to crime of violence sentencing;
  • Requiring the death be caused by a participant; and
  • Repealing certain elements of the affirmative defense.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/25/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/18/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/23/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/25/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/29/2021 - No Amendments
3/30/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/31/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/1/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/7/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/12/2021 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/13/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/16/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/16/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/16/2021 Sent to the Governor
4/26/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-142 Health Care Access In Cases Of Rape Or Incest 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: B. Pettersen (D) | K. Donovan (D) / Y. Caraveo (D) | J. McCluskie (D)
Summary:



Under current law, public funds cannot be used to pay for an abortion, except in cases of life endangerment and in cases of rape or incest for medicaid-eligible women. If every reasonable effort is made to preserve the life of the pregnant woman and unborn child, then public funds may be used for medically necessary services. The medically necessary services must be performed only in a licensed health care facility and only by a licensed physician. The act removes these requirements and allows medically necessary services to be performed by a provider who is licensed by the state and acting within the scope of the provider's license and in accordance with applicable federal regulations.

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

Status: 3/1/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/24/2021 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/29/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/30/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/1/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
5/5/2021 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/10/2021 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/11/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/13/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/13/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/13/2021 Sent to the Governor
5/21/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-146 Improve Prison Release Outcomes 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: P. Lee (D) / J. Bacon
Summary:



The act changes the eligibility criteria for inmates who are eligible for special needs parole. The act allows an inmate to request that the department of corrections (DOC) determine whether the inmate is eligible for special needs parole. The act requires the DOC, in consultation with the parole board, to develop policies and procedures related to special needs parole. The act allows the inmate to include a statement in the referral packet for special needs parole and an opportunity to provide any additional relevant information in the referral packet. The act requires the parole board to consider the age of the inmate and the DOC's ability to provide adequate medical and behavioral health treatment to the inmate in granting or denying special needs parole. The parole board cannot deny special needs parole based solely on the lack of a recommended parole plan.

The act requires the DOC to:

  • Develop a recommended parole plan for every inmate prior to release from prison;
  • Develop policies and procedures related to prerelease planning; and
  • Include in its monthly population report information related to delayed parole decisions.


The act prohibits the parole board from denying parole based solely on the lack of a recommended parole plan.

The act requires the office of the state public defender to provide liaisons to the DOC and the parole board to assist in criminal-related legal matters that would impact successful reentry. The act requires the DOC or a member of the parole board to suspend a parole hearing if they believe the offender is incompetent to proceed or has a mental health disorder and notify the public defender parole liaison of the situation. In the case of incompetency, the liaison shall file a motion to determine competency with the trial court that imposed the sentence. In the case of a mental health disorder, the liaison shall help the inmate obtain counsel if a civil commitment hearing is warranted.

The act requires the DOC to ensure that any inmate who is 65 years of age or older and is being released from prison is enrolled in medicare or health insurance if the offender would not be covered by another health insurance policy prior to release or upon release, whichever will offer more immediate and comprehensive health-care coverage. The DOC shall pay any insurance premiums and penalties for up to 6 months from the start of coverage. The DOC may provide financial assistance for longer than 6 months if the person is still under the jurisdiction of the DOC and would otherwise be uninsured or underinsured without that financial assistance. The act requires the Colorado commission on the aging to study and make recommendations related to health care for inmates who are 65 years of age or older and being released from prison and provide the report prior to January 1, 2022.

The act makes conforming changes to align with the new offense of unauthorized absence. The act requires the parole board to schedule a parole hearing for an inmate serving a sentence for escape or attempt to escape, the elements of which would now constitute the offense of unauthorized absence.

The act requires all youthful offender system (YOS) staff to be trained in the first 45 days of employment. The act repeals the requirement that district attorneys keep records of all juveniles sentenced to the YOS.

The act requires the DOC to conduct a study with external experts regarding the effectiveness of the YOS and the potential of expanding the system to serve offenders up to age 25 years old.

The act allows the Colorado state penitentiary II to be used to house inmates to facilitate movement of prisoners during a declared disaster emergency that impacts state prison operations.

For fiscal year 2021-22, the general assembly shall appropriate $1,167,297 to the community-based reentry services cash fund from the savings from this act. For fiscal year 2022-23, the general assembly shall appropriate $1,481,622 to the community-based reentry services cash fund from the savings from this act.

The act adjusts the long act appropriations to the DOC by decreasing the general fund appropriation to the external capacity subprogram by $2,815,470 and by decreasing the general fund appropriation by $314,630 for external medical services. To implement the act, the act appropriates:

  • $2,798,098 to the department of corrections;
  • $30,307 to the department of law;
  • $229,220 to the office of the governor;
  • $157,760 to the judicial department; and
  • $50,000 to the department of human services.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/1/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/15/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Lay Over Amended
5/6/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/14/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/18/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/19/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/19/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
5/26/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/28/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/2/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/3/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/4/2021 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/7/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/7/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/18/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/18/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/18/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/6/2021 Signed by Governor
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-148 Creation Of Financial Empowerment Office 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. Gonzales (D) | C. Kolker / D. Esgar (D) | K. Tipper (D)
Summary:



The act 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;
  • Work with stakeholders to increase access to safe and affordable credit-building loans and financial products and 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.


The department of law is required to report on affordable banking access in Colorado and other specified information as part of its presentation under the "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act".

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

Status: 3/1/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/22/2021 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/30/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/4/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/5/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/5/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
5/20/2021 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/24/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/25/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/26/2021 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/27/2021 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/28/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/10/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/10/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/10/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/24/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-153 Department of Corrections Offender Identification Assistance Program 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. Coleman | J. Cooke (R) / D. Ortiz | K. Tipper (D)
Summary:



The act requires the department of corrections (department) to operate a program to assist offenders with acquiring state-issued identification cards and other identification documents necessary for offenders to obtain state-issued identification. The department can enter into agreements with the Colorado department of revenue and federal social security administration as necessary to operate the program.

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

Status: 3/1/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/16/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/16/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/19/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/22/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/22/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
4/8/2021 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/13/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/20/2021 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/21/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/29/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/29/2021 Sent to the Governor
5/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-173 Rights In Residential Lease Agreements 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Colorado’s legislative session is wrapping up. Here’s what lawmakers are passing.
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. Gonzales (D) | D. Moreno (D) / Y. Caraveo (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary:



The act addresses the following items related to landlord and tenant rights in residential rental agreements:

  • After a complaint is filed by a landlord, the clerk of the court or the attorney for the plaintiff shall issue a summons, including information concerning filing an answer and legal aid. A court shall not enter a default writ of restitution before the close of business on the date upon which an appearance is due.
  • Provides additional details regarding the defendant's answer, including that a defendant does not waive any defense related to proper notice by filing an answer; that the court shall set a date for trial no sooner than 7, but not more than 10, days after the answer is filed, unless the defendant agrees to waive this provision and schedule the trial for an earlier date, except that a court may extend beyond 10 days if either party demonstrates good cause for an extension or if the court otherwise finds justification for the extension. In the time after an answer is filed and before a trial occurs, the court shall order that the landlord or tenant provide any relevant documentation that either party requests.
  • A landlord who provides a tenant with proper notice of nonpayment shall accept payment of the tenant's full amount due according to the notice, as well as any rent due under the rental agreement, at any time until a court has ordered a writ of restitution;
  • Eliminates the bond requirement for the warranty of habitability and allows the

tenant to assert an alleged breach of the warranty of habitability as an affirmative defense;

  • Establishes allowable court procedures and remedies in cases of an alleged breach of warranty of habitability;
  • Bans unreasonable liquidated damage clauses that assign a cost to a party stemming from a rental violation or an eviction action;
  • Prohibits rental agreements that contain one-way fee-shifting clauses that award attorney fees and court costs only to one party; and


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

  • Charging a tenant or mobile home owner (tenant) a late fee for late payment of rent unless the rent payment is late by at least 7 calendar days;
  • Charging a tenant a late fee in an amount that exceeds the greater of:
  • $50; or
  • 5% of the amount of the rent obligation that remains past due;
  • Requiring a tenant to pay a late fee unless the late fee is disclosed in the rental agreement;
  • Removing, excluding, or initiating eviction procedures against a tenant solely as a result of the tenant's failure to pay one or more late fees;
  • Terminating a tenancy or other estate at will or a lease in a mobile home park because the tenant fails to pay one or more late fees to the landlord;
  • Imposing a late fee on a tenant for the late payment or nonpayment of any portion of the rent that a rent subsidy provider, rather than the tenant, is responsible for paying;
  • Imposing a late fee more than once for each late payment;
  • Requiring a tenant to pay interest on late fees;
  • Recouping any amount of a late fee from a rent payment made by a tenant; or
  • Charging a tenant a late fee unless the landlord provided the tenant written notice of the late fee within 180 days after the date upon which the rent payment was due.


A landlord who commits a violation must pay a $50 penalty to an aggrieved tenant for each violation. Otherwise, a landlord who commits a violation has 7 days to cure the violation, which 7 days begins when the landlord receives notice of the violation. If a landlord fails to timely cure a violation, the tenant may bring a civil action to seek one or more of the following remedies:

  • Compensatory damages for injury or loss suffered;
  • A penalty of at least $150 but not more than $1,000 for each violation, payable to the tenant;
  • Costs, including reasonable attorney fees if the tenant is the prevailing party; and
  • Other equitable relief the court finds appropriate.


In an action for possession or collection based upon nonpayment of rent, the tenant may assert, as an affirmative defense the landlord's alleged breach of the warranty of habitability, provided that the landlord had previously received notice of the alleged breach of the warranty of habitability. If a county or district court is satisfied that the defendant is unable to deposit the amount of rent specified into the registry of the court because the defendant is found to be indigent, as described in the act, the defendant shall not be required to deposit any amounts to raise warranty of habitability claims as an affirmative defense and the claim will be perfected.

For the 2021-22 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $15,756 to the judicial department. This appropriation is from the general fund and is based on an assumption that the department will require an additional 0.2 FTE. To implement this act, the department may use this appropriation for trial court programs.

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

Status: 3/5/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/16/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/1/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/6/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/13/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/14/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/19/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
5/13/2021 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
5/20/2021 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/24/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/27/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/1/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/2/2021 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/3/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/3/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/22/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/22/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/22/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/25/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-175 Prescription Drug Affordability Review Board 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: S. Jaquez Lewis | J. Gonzales (D) / Y. Caraveo (D) | C. Kennedy (D)
Summary:



The act creates the Colorado prescription drug affordability review board (board) in the division of insurance (division) in the department of regulatory agencies as an independent unit of state government, requires the board to perform affordability reviews of prescription drugs, and authorizes the board to establish upper payment limits for prescription drugs the board determines are unaffordable for Colorado consumers. The board is also required to promulgate rules as necessary for its purposes.

The board shall determine by rule the methodology for establishing an upper payment limit for a prescription drug. An upper payment limit applies to all purchases of and payer reimbursements for the prescription drug dispensed or administered to individuals in the state in person, by mail, or by other means. Any savings generated for a health benefit plan as a result of an upper payment limit established by the board must be used by the carrier that issued the health benefit plan to reduce costs to consumers, prioritizing the reduction of out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs.

On and after January 1, 2022, the act prohibits, with certain exceptions, any purchase or payer reimbursement for a prescription drug at an amount that exceeds the upper payment limit established by the board for that prescription drug.

A person aggrieved by a decision of the board may appeal the decision within 60 days. The board shall consider the appeal and issue a final decision concerning the appeal within 60 days after the board receives the appeal. Final board decisions are subject to judicial review.

Any prescription drug manufacturer (manufacturer) that intends to withdraw from sale or distribution within the state a prescription drug for which the board has established an upper payment limit must notify, at least 180 days before the withdrawal:

  • The commissioner;
  • The attorney general; and
  • Each entity in the state with which the manufacturer has contracted for the sale or distribution of the prescription drug.


The commissioner may impose a penalty of up to $500,000 on a manufacturer that fails to comply with the notice requirement. The board is directed to adopt rules regarding notice to consumers of a manufacturer's intent to withdraw a prescription drug from sale or distribution in the state.

Beginning in the 2022 calendar year, for all prescription drugs dispensed at a pharmacy and paid for by a carrier during the immediately preceding calendar year, the act requires each carrier and each pharmacy benefit management firm acting on behalf of a carrier to report certain information to the all-payer health claims database.

The act creates the Colorado prescription drug affordability advisory council to provide stakeholder input to the board.

The board must submit an annual report to the governor and to subject matter committees of the general assembly summarizing the activities of the board during the preceding calendar year, and the chair of the board must present to those committees information concerning any prescription drug for which the board established an upper payment limit during the preceding calendar year. Upon approval of a majority of the committee members, any member of the committees may pursue legislation to discontinue the upper payment limit for a particular prescription drug, and the legislation does not count against the limit on the number of bills the member may introduce in a regular legislative session.

The board and its functions are repealed, effective September 1, 2026, following a sunset review by the department of regulatory agencies.

For the 2021-2022 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $730,711 from the division of insurance cash fund to the department of regulatory agencies. Of this amount, $325,297 is appropriated for use by the division for personal services, $22,650 is appropriated for use by the division for operating expenses, and $382,824 is appropriated for the purchase of legal services, which amount is reappropriated to the department of law for providing legal services.

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

Status: 3/8/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/17/2021 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/30/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/4/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/6/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/7/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/11/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
5/19/2021 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/25/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/27/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/3/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/4/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/7/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Pass
6/8/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Reconsider
6/8/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/15/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/15/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/15/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/16/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-178 Extend Care Subfund Deadline For COVID-19 Programs 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: D. Moreno (D) / J. McCluskie (D)
Summary:



The act extends expenditure or appropriation deadlines from December 30, 2020, to December 31, 2021, for the following programs for which the departments have not yet expended all of their appropriation from the care subfund:

  • Eviction legal assistance;
  • Human services referral services;
  • Low-income energy assistance;
  • Behavioral health services;
  • Immunization operating expenses; and
  • Local public health agencies in rural areas.

In some cases, related program repeal deadlines are also extended.

The act also extends the exclusion of the care subfund expenditures from the calculation of the general fund reserve and delays a transfer of any unused money from the care subfund to the unemployment compensation fund from December 30, 2020, to December 31, 2021.

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

Status: 3/10/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/22/2021 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/1/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/1/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/5/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/5/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/22/2021 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/28/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/28/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/6/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/6/2021 Sent to the Governor
5/6/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/13/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB21-182 School Discipline 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. Buckner / L. Herod (D)
Summary:

The bill requires the state board of education to promulgate rules to standardize the reporting method for school districts and charter schools to report disproportionate discipline data to the department of education (department) and the federal department of education's biennial survey.

The bill requires each school district and institute charter school to disaggregate reports of conduct and discipline violations by race, ethnicity, gender, status as a student with a disability, and socioeconomic status to the maximum extent possible in compliance with the federal "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974", 20 U.S.C. sec. 1232g. The bill also requires each school district and institute charter school to report the specific action taken in response to each discipline violation.

The bill prohibits law enforcement officers from arresting students, or issuing a summons, ticket, or notice requiring the appearance of a student in court or at a police station for certain offenses and conduct. The bill also prohibits a school resource officer or law enforcement officer acting in their official capacity from handcuffing an elementary school student.

The bill requires school districts and institute charter schools to adopt policies for selecting school resource officers if the school district or institute charter school elects to contract for one or more school resource officers. The bill requires each school district or institute charter school and the employing law enforcement agency to jointly create an evaluation process for school resource officers. Each school district or institute charter school and employing law enforcement agency shall enter into a memorandum of understanding to address issues such as strategies, procedures, and practices that minimize student exposure to the criminal and juvenile justice system; prioritization of strategies for enhancing student learning, safety, and well-being; and creation of a sustainable and successful balance between education and protecting students, teachers, and the school.

The bill requires each school district board of education and each institute charter school to adopt a policy to report and address disproportionate disciplinary practices in public schools. Each school district and institute charter school shall develop, implement, and annually review improvement plans to address disproportionate discipline practices by race, ethnicity, gender, status as a student with a disability, and socioeconomic status based on the policy and disciplinary data reported to the department under the safe school reporting requirements. In implementing an improvement plan to address disproportionate discipline practices, each school district and institute charter school shall provide to the parents of the students enrolled in the school written notice of the improvement plan and issues identified by the department as giving rise to the need for the plan. The written notice must include the timeline for developing and adopting the improvement plan and the dates, times, and locations of the public meeting and a public hearing.

The bill requires school districts and institute charter schools to address chronic absenteeism and disproportionate disciplinary practices in order to provide support to students who are identified as at risk of chronic absenteeism and disciplinary actions, including classroom removal, suspension, and expulsion. The bill amends the expelled and at-risk student services grant program to focus on services for students identified as at risk of dropping out of school due to chronic absenteeism and disciplinary actions.


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

Status: 3/12/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/7/2021 Senate Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments:

SB21-193 Protection Of Pregnant People In Perinatal Period 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. Buckner / L. Herod (D)
Summary:



The act:

  • Requires each carrier offering medical malpractice insurance in the state to provide information regarding the insurer's policies related to labor and delivery services to the department of public health and environment;
  • Repeals language that gives no force or effect to an advanced directive of a person who is pregnant while the person's fetus is viable;
  • Requires annual reporting to the legislature on the use of restraints on a pregnant person within each jail, private contract prison, and correctional facility;
  • Establishes requirements for each facility that incarcerates or has custody of people with the capacity for pregnancy;
  • Requires the Colorado civil rights commission to receive reports from people alleging maternity care that is not organized for, and provided to, a person who is pregnant or in the postpartum period in a manner that is culturally congruent; maintains the person's dignity, privacy, and confidentiality; ensures freedom from harm and mistreatment; and enables informed choices and continuous support; and
  • Requires each health facility that provides services related to labor and childbirth to demonstrate to the department of public health and environment that the health facility has a policy that meets certain requirements.


To implement this act:

  • $148,783 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of corrections for use by institutions; and
  • $50,215 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of public health and environment for use by the health facilities and emergency medical services division.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/22/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/22/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/7/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/11/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/12/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/12/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
5/18/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/24/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/26/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/27/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/28/2021 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/1/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/10/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/11/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/11/2021 Sent to the Governor
7/6/2021 Signed by Governor
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-194 Maternal Health Providers 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. Buckner / L. Herod (D)
Summary:



The act requires:

  • A carrier offering a health benefit plan in the state, and the department of health care policy and financing when administering the "Colorado Medical Assistance Act", to reimburse health-care providers that provide health-care services related to labor and delivery in a manner that:
  • Promotes high-quality, cost-effective, and evidence-based care;
  • Promotes high-value, evidence-based payment models; and
  • Prevents risk in subsequent pregnancies;
  • Each health-care provider licensed by the state who regularly provides health-care services related to labor and delivery to:
  • Be able to identify when to transmit and receive patient information and transfer and receive patients, across the facility's levels of care; and
  • Coordinate with other providers to effectuate services across the facility's levels of care in a way that prevents patients losing access to care;
  • The birth certificate worksheet form to include a place to report where the pregnant person intended to give birth at the onset of the person's labor;
  • The department of public health and environment to engage in a stakeholder process to:
  • Make recommendations to improve the collection and public reporting of maternal health data from various entities; and
  • Study the use of research evidence in policies related to the perinatal period in Colorado; and
  • The department of health care policy and financing, no later than July 1, 2022, to seek an amendment to the state medical assistance plan to provide 12 months of postpartum medical benefits to persons who qualified for benefits while pregnant.


To implement the act, the act appropriates:

  • $77,993 from the general fund to the department of health care policy and financing based on the assumption that the department will receive $481,379 in federal funds, and the act reappropriates the anticipated $481,379 of federal funds; and
  • $82,243 from the general fund to the department of public health and environment for use by the prevention services division.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/22/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
4/14/2021 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/7/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/11/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/12/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/12/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
5/28/2021 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/2/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/2/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/3/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/4/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/7/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/17/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/17/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/17/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
7/6/2021 Signed by Governor
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-242 Housing Development Grants Hotels Tenancy Support Program 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. Gonzales (D) | B. Pettersen (D) / S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) | S. Woodrow (D)
Summary:



The act allows the division of housing within the department of local affairs to use the housing development grant fund for rental assistance, tenancy support service programs, and awarding grants and loans for the rental, acquisition, or renovation of underutilized hotels, underutilized motels, and other underutilized properties to provide noncongregate sheltering or affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness. The act expands those who are eligible to benefit from the rental assistance and tenancy support programs to include individuals experiencing homelessness.

The act transfers $30 million from the affordable housing and home ownership cash fund to the housing development grant fund for the funding of rental assistance and tenancy support programs related to the rental, acquisition, or renovation of underutilized hotels, underutilized motels, and other underutilized properties, and the awarding of grants and loans for the rental, acquisition, or renovation of underutilized hotels, underutilized motels, and other underutilized properties. The act also transfers $15 million from the general fund to the affordable housing and home ownership cash fund.

Additionally, the act requires the department of local affairs, during its annual report to the assigned committee of reference, to report on the rental and tenancy support service programs provided by the division of housing related to the rental, acquisition, or renovation of underutilized hotels, underutilized motels, and other underutilized properties and the grants and loans awarded by the division for the rental, acquisition, or renovation of underutilized hotels, underutilized motels, and other underutilized properties.

Finally, the act further expands the permissible use of the housing development grant fund to allow the awarding of grants to nonprofit organizations for the issuance of direct assistance to individuals who are currently experiencing financial need and are not eligible for certain other types of assistance. The act transfers $15 million from the general fund to the housing development grant fund for this purpose and requires the state treasurer to transfer all unexpended and unencumbered money that is transferred to the fund for this purpose to the general fund on June 30, 2022.

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

Status: 4/12/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
5/11/2021 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/19/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/20/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/21/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/24/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
5/26/2021 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/3/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/3/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/4/2021 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/7/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/7/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Pass
6/7/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Reconsider
6/7/2021 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/15/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/15/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/15/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/25/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-271 Misdemeanor Reform 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, June 8 2021
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(1) in house calendar.
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: J. Gonzales (D) | B. Gardner (R) / D. Roberts (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary:



The act reforms the sentencing provisions related to misdemeanors and petty offenses. Under current law, there are 3 classifications for misdemeanors and 2 classifications for petty offenses. The act reduces the misdemeanor classifications to 2 and reduces the petty offenses to one classification and adds a new classification of civil infraction. A class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 364 days in jail or a fine of up to $1,000 or both, and a class 2 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 120 days in jail or a fine of up to $750 or both. A petty offense is punishable by up to 10 days in jail or a fine of up to $300 or both. A civil infraction is punishable by a fine of up to $100.

The act reclassifies various criminal offenses within the new classification system for misdemeanors, petty offenses, and civil infractions. The act changes the elements of some crimes to align with the new sentencing classifications. The act creates procedural rules for prosecution of the new civil infractions. The act updates the alternate sentencing options for misdemeanors and petty offenses. The act creates standard time credits for jail sentences.

The act appropriates $95,340 to the department of revenue for use by the division of motor vehicles. $35,940 of the appropriation is from the general fund and $59,400 of the appropriation is from the licensing services cash fund.

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

Status: 5/13/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
5/19/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/26/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/26/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/27/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/28/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
6/3/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/4/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/4/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/7/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
6/8/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/25/2021 Sent to the Governor
6/25/2021 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/25/2021 Signed by the President of the Senate
7/6/2021 Signed by Governor
7/6/2021 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments

SB21-273 Pre-trial Reform 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Audio, Floors and Committees:
Sponsors: P. Lee (D) | D. Moreno (D) / A. Benavidez (D) | J. Bacon
Summary:

The bill creates the community response to low-level offenses working group in the department of public safety to study and propose statewide policy and legislative initiatives to safely increase community response in lieu of law enforcement engagement for lower-level offenses and calls for service when there is no criminal conduct. The working group shall report its findings to the judiciary committees of the house of representatives and the senate, or any successor committees, by the February 1, 2022.

The bill prohibits a peace officer from arresting a person based solely on the alleged commission of a traffic offense, petty offense, drug petty offense, municipal offense, drug misdemeanor offense, or misdemeanor offense, unless:

  • Custodial arrest is statutorily required;
  • The offense is a victim rights crime; the offense includes an element of illegal possession or use of a firearm; or the offense constitutes unlawful sexual behavior, failure to register as a sex offender, or the offense is a violation of a temporary or regular extreme risk protection order, a violation of a credible threat to a school, or a violation of eluding in a vehicle, or motor vehicle theft ; or
  • The officer is unable to sufficiently verify the individual's identity absent a custodial arrest.

The bill prohibits a court from issuing a monetary bond for a misdemeanor offense; municipal offense; class 4, 5, or 6 felony; or a drug felony unless the court finds the defendant will flee prosecution or threaten the safety of another and no other condition of release can reasonably mitigate the risk. The bill requires the court to issue a personal recognizance bond when the defendant fails to appear, unless:

  • The defendant failed to appear when a witness was subpoenaed or a civilian witness was on call;
  • The defendant intentionally failed to appear for the purpose of interfering with or deterring victim or witness participation in the case; or
  • The defendant has failed to appear 2 or more times more than one time in the case.

The bill requires the court to issue a personal recognizance bond in a failure to comply with a probation conditions case that is not based on a criminal offense, unless:

  • The violation was for a failure to comply with any court- ordered treatment related to a sex offense or domestic violence;
  • The defendant has already had probation revoked for failure to comply in the case; or
  • The court finds the defendant is likely to flee prosecution.

The bill permits appellate review of a court's bail or bond order by either the defendant or the prosecution after a reconsideration hearing, denial of a reconsideration of bond conditions, or order for bail after conviction.

The bill requires annually each county jail to provide information regarding jail population and each judicial district to provide information regarding bonds, failures to appear, and summons to the division of criminal justice in the department of public safety. The division shall compile a report of the information and post the report on its website. The bill creates a fund to pay for the study using 25% of the money collected on a failure to appear personal recognizance bond.

The bill authorizes sheriffs to actively manage their jail populations in order to keep the population as low as possible while maintaining community safety, including the authority to establish jail admission standards that include offense-based admission standards that limit jail admissions.

The bill appropriates $24,436 from the general fund to the judicial department for trial courts to implement the bill. The bill appropriates $50,375 from the general fund to the department of public safety for the division of criminal justice to implement the bill.

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


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

Status: 5/14/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
5/20/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Finance
5/24/2021 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/26/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/26/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/27/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/28/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
6/3/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Finance
6/7/2021 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: No fiscal impact for this bill
Amendments: Amendments