HB21-1312 Insurance Premium Property Sales Severance Tax 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Weissman (D) | E. Sirota (D) / C. Hansen (D) | D. Moreno (D)
Summary:



To be deemed to maintain a home office or regional home office and pay the insurance premium tax at a rate of 1%, the act requires a company to have a minimum percentage of its total domestic workforce in the state. This percentage is 2% for 2022, 2.25% for 2023, and 2.5% for 2024 and thereafter. The act also narrows the tax exemption for annuities considerations. For the purpose of auditing a company's tax statement, the commissioner of insurance may appoint an independent examiner to conduct an examination on behalf of the commissioner.

For purposes of imposing the property tax, the act specifies that the actual value of real property reflects the value of the fee simple estate and the actual value of personal property is determined based on the property's value in use, which will be defined by the property tax administrator. The act also increases the per schedule exemption for business personal property from $7,900 to $50,000, adjusted for inflation, and the state is required to reimburse local governments for lost property tax revenue caused by the increase. Assessors are required to provide an estimate of the exempt business personal property along with the certifications to local governments.

The state sales and use tax is imposed on the sale and use of tangible personal property. The act codifies the department of revenue rule that the definition of "tangible personal property" includes "digital goods" and specifies that the state sales tax applies to amounts charged for mainframe computer access, photocopying, and packing and crating. Beginning January 1, 2022, a retailer whose total taxable sales were greater than $1 million for a filing period is not permitted to retain any portion of the sales and use tax collected as compensation for the retailer's tax-collection expenses.

The act limits the allowable deductions, which are used to determine the taxable amount of oil and gas subject to the severance tax, to direct costs actually paid or accrued by the taxpayer for those purposes. Beginning with the 2022 taxable year, the act phases out the quarterly exemption and the tax credits for the severance tax on coal. The additional revenue that results from changes to the coal severance tax is credited to the just transition cash fund.

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

Status: 5/10/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
5/14/2021 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/18/2021 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/20/2021 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/21/2021 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/22/2021 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/24/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/26/2021 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/1/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/2/2021 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/3/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/4/2021 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
6/7/2021 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
6/23/2021 Signed by Governor
6/23/2021 Governor Signed
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SB21-200 Reduce Greenhouse Gases Increase Environmental Justice 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) | D. Moreno (D) / D. Jackson (D)
Summary:

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

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

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

Status: 3/29/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
4/20/2021 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Finance
4/28/2021 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/12/2021 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/14/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/7/2021 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/09/2021 - No Amendments
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