2023 Legislative Session - Bills Related to Talent Development

HB23-1001 Expanding Assistance For Educator Programs 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: C. Kipp (D) | B. McLachlan (D) / R. Zenzinger (D)
Summary:

The act expands student eligibility for the educator preparation stipend programs by increasing students' expected family contribution from no more than 200% to no more than 250% of the maximum federal Pell-eligible expected family contribution. For the 2022-23 and 2023-24 state fiscal years, expected family contribution is temporarily expanded to no more than 300% of the maximum federal Pell-eligible expected family contribution.

The act allows a student who is eligible for the student educator stipend program to be placed as a student educator in a school- or community-based setting in Colorado or within 100 miles of the Colorado state border.

The act modifies the Colorado commission on higher education considerations of student eligibility for the educator preparation stipend programs specific to funds appropriated for the programs from the economic recovery and relief cash fund.

The act broadens the temporary educator loan forgiveness program (forgiveness program) requirements to allow applicants to be principals or special service providers in addition to teachers.

The act extends the forgiveness program through July 2023, removes requirements that a school's at-risk student population must exceed 60% in order for an educator to be eligible for the forgiveness program, and expands qualified positions to include positions in any public school, board of cooperative services, or facility school in Colorado. The act also changes how the program prioritizes applicants for the program.

The act directs a portion of the appropriation for the 2022-23 state fiscal year to the department of education for a portfolio management system to facilitate the multiple measures approach to the assessment professional competencies.

APPROVED by Governor April 10, 2023

EFFECTIVE April 10, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/9/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
1/26/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
1/31/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/1/2023 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/2/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
3/13/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/16/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/17/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/20/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/31/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/3/2023 Sent to the Governor
4/3/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/10/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1018 Timber Industry Incentives 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Lynch (R) / C. Simpson (R)
Summary:

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill creates the timber, forest health, and wildfire mitigation industries workforce development program (program) in the state forest service. The program provides partial reimbursement to timber businesses and forest health or wildfire mitigation entities for the costs of hiring interns. The forest service must adopt rules, policies, and procedures for the program, including criteria for an internship to qualify, best practices for recruiting and selecting interns to increase representation of historically underrrepresented communities in the industries, the criteria to use in selecting qualified interns, the required educational experience for an intern, and administrative requirements for the program.

For income tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, but before January 1, 2028, a business involved in forestry, logging, the timber trade, the production of wood and secondary products, or forest health and wildfire mitigation activities in Colorado may claim a credit against state income tax for 20% of the cost incurred by the taxpayer in purchasing certain equipment, vehicles, and equipment infrastructure. The total aggregate credit in any one income tax year is limited to $10,000. Any amount of the credit that exceeds the taxpayer's income tax liability is not refundable but may be carried forward for up to 5 years.


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

Status: 1/9/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources
2/6/2023 House Committee on Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources Refer Amended to Finance
2/23/2023 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/11/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1030 Prohibit Direct-hire Fee Health-care Staff Agency 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: E. Sirota (D) | M. Soper (R) / N. Hinrichsen (D)
Summary:

In a contract between a supplemental health-care staffing agency (staffing agency) and a health-care worker or health-care facility for the placement of a licensed or certified nursing professional, the act prohibits the staffing agency from requiring payment for liquidated damages, employment fees, or other compensation (contract compensation) to the staffing agency if the health care facility hires the health-care worker as a permanent employee prior to or after the termination of the contract with the staffing agency; except that the prohibition does not apply to contract compensation attributable to and chargeable for a 30-calendar-day period commencing when the health-care worker is first placed at the health-care facility.

If a staffing agency unlawfully collects or attempts to collect contract compensation from a health-care worker or health-care facility, the health-care worker or health-care facility may bring a legal action for damages, a civil penalty not to exceed $5,000 per violation, and injunctive relief. The prevailing party is entitled to reasonable attorney fees.

APPROVED by Governor May 1, 2023

EFFECTIVE May 1, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/9/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
1/31/2023 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/2/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/3/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/6/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/8/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/7/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/9/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/16/2023 - No Amendments
3/16/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/17/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/20/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
3/21/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
3/23/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
3/29/2023 First Conference Committee Result was to Adopt Rerevised w/ Amendments
3/30/2023 Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
4/12/2023 House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
4/25/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/26/2023 Sent to the Governor
4/26/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/1/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

HB23-1035 Statute Of Limitations Minimum Wage Violations 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Soper (R)
Summary:

The bill specifies that actions brought for violations of minimum wage laws must be commenced within 2 years after the cause of action accrues or, for a willful violation, within 3 years after the cause of action accrues.


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

Status: 1/9/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/14/2023 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1037 Department Of Corrections Earned Time For College Program Completion 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Martinez (D) | R. Pugliese (R) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

The act requires the department of corrections (department) to, for an inmate who was sentenced for a nonviolent felony offense, deduct earned time from the inmate's sentence for each accredited degree or other credential awarded by an institution of higher education to the inmate while the inmate is incarcerated or on parole, in the following amounts:

  • 18 months of earned time for a master's degree and 2 years of earned time for a doctoral degree;
  • One year of earned time for receiving an associate or baccalaureate degree; and
  • 6 months of earned time for receiving a certificate or other credential that requires completion of at least 30 credit hours.

The act requires the department to designate up to six regionally accredited institutions of higher education that may award a degree or credential to an inmate for which earned time must be deducted.

The act requires the general assembly to annually appropriate to the department of higher education the savings incurred during the prior state fiscal year as a result of the release of inmates from correctional facilities because of earned time granted for completion of a higher education degree or credential. The appropriation to the department of higher education is for allocation to institutions of higher education that offer accredited programs in correctional facilities.

APPROVED by Governor April 12, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/9/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/7/2023 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/10/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/17/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/21/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/23/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/13/2023 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/16/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/17/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/20/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/31/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/3/2023 Sent to the Governor
4/3/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/12/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

HB23-1045 Employee Leave For Colorado National Guard Service 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: G. Evans (R) / B. Pelton (R) | N. Hinrichsen (D)
Summary:

The act clarifies that a member of the Colorado National Guard or any other component of the military forces of the state who is an officer or employee of a public employer is entitled to a leave of absence from employment for training or active state military service for the equivalent of 3 weeks of work on the officer's or employee's regular work schedule each year. The officer or employee is entitled to use any paid leave available to the officer or employee or to use unpaid leave.

The act clarifies that a member of the Colorado National Guard or the reserve forces of the United States who is an employee of a private employer is entitled to a leave of absence from employment in order to receive military training with the United States armed forces for the equivalent of 3 weeks of work on the employee's regular work schedule each year. The employee is entitled to use any paid leave available to the employee or to use unpaid leave for the employee's period of absence for military training.

The act clarifies that a private employee is entitled to use any paid leave available to the employee or to use unpaid leave in order to engage in active service in the Colorado National Guard.

The act repeals the requirement that a public employee or officer not be physically or mentally disabled in order to be reinstated to the employee or officer's public position following a leave of absence for active military service.

APPROVED by Governor March 10, 2023

EFFECTIVE March 10, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/9/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
1/26/2023 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
1/30/2023 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/31/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/2/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/16/2023 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/21/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
2/22/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/23/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
2/27/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/6/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/6/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/7/2023 Sent to the Governor
3/10/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1064 Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Lukens (D) | M. Young (D) / J. Marchman (D) | C. Kolker (D)
Summary:

The act creates the "Interstate Teacher Mobility Compact," which is designed to make it easier for teachers from member states, especially active military members and eligible military spouses, to receive a teacher's license from other member states. The compact becomes effective when 10 or more states enact it.

APPROVED by Governor March 10, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/19/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
2/1/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/6/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/8/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
2/9/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
2/27/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/1/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/2/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/3/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/8/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/8/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/9/2023 Sent to the Governor
3/10/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1070 Mental Health Professionals Practice Requirements 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: N. Ricks (D) / J. Buckner (D)
Summary:

Effective January 1, 2024, the bill:

  • Reduces the individual and marriage and family therapy practice requirement for licensure as a marriage and family therapist from at least 2 years of post-master's or one year of postdoctoral practice to at least one year of post-master's or one year of postdoctoral practice; and
  • Reduces the post-degree clinical supervised practice period required for an applicant for licensure as a licensed professional counselor from at least 2 years of post-master's practice or one year of postdoctoral supervised clinical practice to at least one year of post-master's or post-doctoral supervised clinical practice.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/19/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
2/28/2023 House Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1072 Civil Defense Worker Compensation 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: E. Velasco (D) / D. Roberts (D) | P. Will (R)
Summary:

During disaster emergencies, the state uses incident management teams to provide on-scene incident management support during incidents or events that exceed a local jurisdiction's capability or capacity. Some of these incident management teams are staffed by civil defense workers. Under current law, certain civil defense workers are not eligible to be compensated for their response. The act removes this limitation and allows those civil defense workers to be compensated for their response.

APPROVED by Governor March 17, 2023

EFFECTIVE March 17, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/19/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
1/30/2023 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/1/2023 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/2/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/23/2023 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/28/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/1/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/6/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/6/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/7/2023 Sent to the Governor
3/17/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1074 Study Workforce Transitions To Other Industries 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Dickson | J. Amabile (D) / J. Marchman (D)
Summary:

The act requires the office of future of work (office) to contract with a third party to study workforce transitions in Colorado's economy. The office will request proposals from private or public entities to bid on performing the study. The workforce transitions study (study) must:

  • Evaluate the skill transferability of workers in the oil and gas industry and in occupations in Colorado that are facing the most disruption due to automation;
  • Explore training availability, skills needed, and transition strategies; and
  • Provide recommendations for programs and policies to prepare the workforce for these transitions.

On or before December 1, 2024, the office is required to submit a report of the study's research and findings to the governor and to specified legislative committees of reference. The office is also required to issue an update on the key findings of the study to the governor and specified legislative committees of reference by August 1, 2024.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, the act requires the general assembly to appropriate $317,318 from the general fund to the department of labor and employment for use by the executive director's office.

APPROVED by Governor May 16, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/19/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/2/2023 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/10/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/11/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/13/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/17/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/13/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/28/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/28/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/1/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/12/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/12/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/15/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2023 Signed by Governor
5/16/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1076 Workers' Compensation 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: L. Daugherty (D) / J. Marchman (D)
Summary:

Section 1 of the act increases the limit on medical impairment benefits based on mental impairment from 12 weeks to 36 weeks.

Section 2 removes language authorizing an employee to petition the division of workers' compensation in the department of labor and employment (division) for the replacement of any artificial member, glasses, hearing aid, brace, or other external prosthetic device, including dentures. The treating physician must deem such replacement necessary.

Section 3 allows an employee to request an expedited hearing when the employee's temporary total disability benefits end based on an attending physician's written release to return to regular employment.

Section 4 specifies that when a physician recommends medical benefits after maximum medical improvement, the benefits admitted by the insurer or self-insured employer are not limited to any specific medical treatment.

Current law requires an insurance carrier to provide an independent medical examiner and all other parties a complete copy of all medical records in its possession pertaining to an injury. Section 5 limits the medical records required to be provided to records relevant to the injury. Section 5 also specifies how the division is required to determine the amount and allocation of costs to be paid by the parties for an independent medical examination.

Section 6 allows a prehearing administrative law judge to issue interlocutory orders resolving disputes regarding the content and format of the independent medical examiner's medical record packet, indigency status, and the allocation of independent medical examiner costs.

Current law states that, in an unappealed case, a contingent attorney fee exceeding 20% of the amount of contested benefits is presumed to be unreasonable. Section 7 increases the amount to 25%.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, $731,640 is appropriated to the department of labor and employment from the from the workers' compensation cash fund for use by the division of workers' compensation in implementing the act.

APPROVED by Governor June 5, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/19/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/2/2023 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/18/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/18/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/19/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/21/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
5/2/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/4/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/4/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/5/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/17/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/17/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/17/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/5/2023 Signed by Governor
6/5/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1078 Unemployment Compensation Dependent Allowance 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Willford (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez / C. Hansen (D)
Summary:

The bill creates a dependent allowance for an individual receiving unemployment compensation (eligible individual) for each of the eligible individual's dependents. The dependent allowance starts on July 1, 2025 2026, is $35 per dependent per week, and increases annually for inflation if necessary. The bill defines "dependent" as a child of an eligible individual who receives at least half of the child's financial support from the eligible individual and who is:

  • Under 18 years of age; or
  • 18 years of age or older and incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability.

The bill requires the division of unemployment insurance to report to the general assembly regarding the dependent allowance annually, beginning August 31, 2025 2026, and by August 31 of each year thereafter. The bill appropriates $655,530 to the department of labor and employment for the 2023-24 state fiscal year to implement the act.

(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: 1/19/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/9/2023 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/18/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/20/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/24/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
5/2/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1081 Employee Ownership Tax Credit Expansion 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: W. Lindstedt (D) | R. Taggart (R) / N. Hinrichsen (D)
Summary:

Under the law, a qualified business is allowed a tax credit in the amount of 50% of the costs to convert the qualified business to a form of employee ownership. The tax credit has been capped at $25,000 for converting a qualified business to a worker-owned cooperative or employee ownership trust and $100,000 for converting a qualified business to an employee stock ownership plan.

The act:

  • Increases the caps for converting a qualified business to a worker-owned cooperative or employee ownership trust from $25,000 to $40,000, and for converting a qualified business to an employee stock ownership plan from $100,000 to $150,000;
  • Expands the tax credit to include 50% of the costs of a qualified employee-owned business expanding its employee ownership by at least 20%, not to exceed $25,000;
  • Expands the tax credit to include 50% of the costs of a qualified business converting to or expanding an alternate equity structure, not to exceed $25,000. An alternate equity structure is a mechanism under which an employer grants to employees a form of employee ownership, including an employee stock ownership plan, LLC membership, phantom stock, profit interest, restricted stock, stock appreciation right, stock option, or synthetic equity.
  • Establishes certain minimum requirements for an alternate equity structure and requires the Colorado office of economic development in the office of the governor to develop guidelines for the types of employee ownership grants that qualify as an alternate equity structure; and
  • Specifies that a qualified business or qualified employee-owned business may apply for and claim only one credit for the conversion or expansion costs per tax year.

APPROVED by Governor May 23, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/19/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
2/2/2023 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/18/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/20/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/21/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/2/2023 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/4/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/4/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/5/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/11/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/12/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/12/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/23/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1083 Qualified Higher Education Expenses Aviation Training 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: B. Titone (D) | R. Taggart (R)
Summary:

Current law excludes expenses related to aviation training programs for commercial pilots from qualified higher education expenses. The bill expands the definition of "qualified higher education expense" to include commercial pilot aviation training course expenses for fees, books, supplies, and equipment if the course complies with the requirements of federal law and the federal aviation administration.


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

Status: 1/19/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
2/9/2023 House Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1094 Extend Agricultural Workforce Development Program 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Lukens (D) | M. Catlin (R) / D. Roberts (D) | R. Pelton (R)
Summary:

The act extends the duration of internships under the agricultural workforce development program from up to 6 months to up to one year. The act also extends the repeal date of the program by 5 years, to July 1, 2029.

APPROVED by Governor April 25, 2023

EFFECTIVE April 25, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/19/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources
1/30/2023 House Committee on Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/10/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/11/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/13/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/16/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
3/23/2023 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/6/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/6/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/10/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/24/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/25/2023 Sent to the Governor
4/25/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1104 Delay Implementation Paid Family Medical Leave 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: L. Frizell (R)
Summary:

On January 1, 2024, the statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program will begin allowing covered individuals to take paid family and medical leave for qualifying reasons. The bill postpones the implementation of this program for one year, to January 1, 2025.

The bill requires the division of paid family and medical leave insurance to credit employers for premiums paid between January 1, 2023, and March 1, 2023, as an offset against premiums owed starting January 1, 2024.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/23/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
2/9/2023 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1114 First-generation-serving Higher Education Institutions 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Taggart (R) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez
Summary:

The bill requires the department of higher education (department) to:

  • Identify and designate state institutions of higher education (state institutions) as first-generation-serving institutions if the resident first-generation undergraduate population represents 45% or more of the institution's overall resident student population;
  • Post on the department's website the names of the state institutions that are so designated; and
  • Notify the state institutions that receive the designation.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/23/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
2/16/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/22/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/8/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over to 07/01/2023 - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1118 Fair Workweek Employment Standards 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: E. Sirota (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez / J. Gonzales (D) | F. Winter (D)
Summary:

The bill imposes requirements for certain types of employers with regard to:

  • The determination of employee work schedules;
  • Employee requests for changes to work schedules; and
  • Notices and posting of employee work schedules.

In addition to pay for hours worked by the employee, the bill requires certain types of employers to pay employees:

  • Predictability pay when an employer makes certain changes to an employee's work schedule;
  • Rest shortfall pay when an employee is required to work hours without a minimum period of rest after a prior shift;
  • Retention pay when an employer provides work hours to a new employee without first offering the work hours to existing employees; and
  • Minimum weekly pay in an amount that corresponds to 15% of the average weekly hours indicated on the employee's anticipated work plan, paid at the greater of the employee's regular rate of pay or the minimum wage, regardless of whether the employee works such hours.

The bill prohibits employers from discriminating or taking any adverse action against an employee based on the hours an employee is scheduled or actually works, the expected duration of employment, or the employee's desired work schedule. The bill also prohibits retaliation against an employee for attempting to exercise any right created in the bill. Employers are required to retain records demonstrating their compliance with the requirements of the bill.

A person who is aggrieved by a violation of the requirements of the bill may file a complaint with the division of labor standards and statistics (division) in the department of labor and employment or bring a civil action in district court. The division is authorized to investigate complaints and, upon determining that a violation occurred, to impose fines, penalties, or damages and award attorney fees and costs. The division is also authorized to bring a civil action to enforce the requirements of the bill. The bill includes protections for whistleblowers and establishes penalties for violations.

The director of the division is required to promulgate rules to implement the bill.


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

Status: 1/24/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/16/2023 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
3/2/2023 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
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HB23-1124 Funding For Services For Colorado Employment First Participants 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Lindsay (D) / R. Fields (D)
Summary:

The bill requires the general assembly to annually appropriate $1.5 million from the general fund to the department of human services for continued employment support and job retention services and to continue to support work-based learning opportunities for Colorado employment first participants.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/30/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
2/8/2023 House Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/11/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1148 Temporary Prohibition On Rule-making After Rule Adopted 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: G. Evans (R) / B. Pelton (R)
Summary:

The bill prohibits an executive rule-making agency, on or after September 1, 2023, from amending an existing rule or adopting a new rule concerning the same subject matter as the existing rule for the 3 years following the existing rule's adoption. The following rules are exempt from the 3-year prohibition period:

  • Rules required by state statute, federal statute, or federal regulation;
  • Rules that the rule-making agency determines are imperatively necessary for the preservation of public health, safety, or welfare and for which compliance with the 3-year prohibition would be contrary to the public interest;
  • Rules adopted as temporary or emergency rules, which remain effective for 120 days or less; and
  • Rules that a member of the regulated community petitions to be amended and for which the rule-making agency grants the petition.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/31/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
2/27/2023 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1153 Pathways To Behavioral Health Care 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Armagost (R) | J. Amabile (D) / B. Pelton (R) | R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:

The act requires the state department of human services (state department) to contract with an independent third party to conduct a feasibility study to determine the feasibility of creating a system to support individuals with serious mental illness through a collaboration between Colorado's behavioral health and judicial systems.

The act requires the state department to work with the behavioral health administration, department of local affairs, department of public safety, department of health care policy and financing, judicial department, and other state agencies to determine the eligibility requirements and application process for selecting the independent third party.

The act requires the state department to submit a report detailing the findings and recommendations from the feasibility study to the general assembly, the governor's office, and impacted state agencies by March 1, 2024.

The act appropriates $300,000 to the state department in state fiscal year 2023-24 for purposes of conducting the feasibility study. The appropriation consists of $160,000 from the general fund and $140,000 from the behavioral and mental health cash fund.

APPROVED by Governor May 30, 2023

EFFECTIVE May 30, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/31/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
2/14/2023 House Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/10/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/10/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/11/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/12/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/13/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/14/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
4/27/2023 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/1/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/1/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/17/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/17/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/17/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/30/2023 Signed by Governor
5/30/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1189 Employer Assistance For Home Purchase Tax Credit 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: S. Bird (D) | R. Weinberg (R) / R. Zenzinger (D) | K. Mullica (D)
Summary:

The act creates a state income tax credit for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2024, but before January 1, 2027, for employers who make a monetary contribution to an employee for use by the employee in purchasing a primary residence. The amount of the credit allowed is 5% of an employer's contribution to an employee, but the credit is capped at $5,000 per employee per year and an employer cannot receive a credit of more than $500,000 for all contributions made in a year to employees. The employee must use the money contributed for eligible expenses which include a down payment and closing costs, including fees for appraisals, mortgage origination, and inspections. An employee may authorize their employer to withhold a specified amount of the employee's earnings as an employee contribution into the savings account established by the employer that holds the employer contribution. If an employee ends their employment with the employer or if the employee intends to use the employee contribution in a manner that is not consistent with an eligible expense, the employee forfeits any unexpended amount of the employer contribution and the amount of the credit allowed to the employer for the employer contribution is subject to recapture. In such an occurrence, the employee is entitled to the employee contribution, plus any interest earned. The credit is not refundable but may be carried forward by the employer for a period of not more than 5 years. The executive director of the department of revenue may promulgate rules related to the implementation of the credit.

For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2024, but before January 1, 2027, the amount contributed by the employer may be subtracted by the employee from the employee's federal taxable income for the purpose of determining their state taxable income; except that, if an employee forfeits the employer contribution, then the amount that the employee had subtracted from their federal taxable income is added back to their federal taxable income for the purpose of determining their state taxable income for the subsequent tax year.

APPROVED by Governor June 7, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/10/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
2/27/2023 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/28/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/28/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/29/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/1/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/4/2023 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/5/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/5/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/6/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/7/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/22/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/22/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/22/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/7/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1192 Additional Protections In Consumer Code 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Weissman (D) / J. Gonzales (D) | R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:

Under current law, a person commits an unfair and unconscionable act or practice if the person engages in price gouging with regard to the sale or provision of certain goods or services during, and for a certain period after, a declared emergency disaster (disaster period). The act extends the disaster period from 180 days after the first declaration of the disaster to 180 days after the final declaration concerning the disaster expires.

The act also repeals and reenacts the "Colorado Antitrust Act of 1992" as the "Colorado State Antitrust Act of 2023" (antitrust act) and:

  • Establishes that the facilitation or aiding and abetting of another person's violation of the antitrust act is itself a violation of the antitrust act;
  • Authorizes the attorney general (AG) to request discovery from any person that the AG believes may in the future engage in, or has information related to, a violation of the antitrust act;
  • Authorizes the AG to deem investigatory or intelligence records related to the antitrust act available for public inspection and allows the AG to issue public statements or warnings regarding conduct forming the basis of the investigatory or intelligence records;
  • Authorizes a court, upon request of the AG, to compensate a person that has been injured from a violation of the antitrust act as part of a civil action that the AG brings on behalf of the person;
  • Increases the maximum civil penalty that a court may award for a violation of the antitrust act from $250,000 to $1,000,000 per violation; and
  • With regard to the statute of limitations for commencing a civil action under the antitrust act:
  • Clarifies that a cause of action accrues on the date of the last in a series of acts or practices that, in the aggregate, constitute a violation of the antitrust act; and
  • Tolls the statute of limitations for any civil action pertaining to an alleged violation of the antitrust act during the pendency of a federal proceeding regarding the conduct forming the basis of the alleged violation of the antitrust act.

APPROVED by Governor June 7, 2023

EFFECTIVE June 7, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/10/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/28/2023 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/3/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/6/2023 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/7/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/16/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/22/2023 Senate Committee on Judiciary Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
5/1/2023 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/2/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/3/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/22/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/22/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/22/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/7/2023 Signed by Governor
6/7/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1196 Remedies At Law For Violating Colorado Youth Act 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: S. Lieder (D) / T. Sullivan (D)
Summary:

The act amends the "Colorado Youth Employment Opportunity Act of 1971" (CYEOA) to allow aggrieved parties, including parents of children protected by the CYEOA, to pursue remedies at law and in equity for violations of the act, in addition to workers' compensation remedies, if:

  • An injury occurs to a minor during a week when the employer intentionally required the minor to work hours in violation of those allowed by the CYEOA; or
  • An injury occurs to a minor while the minor was engaging in work prohibited by the CYEOA.

The act clarifies that economic damages for claims in tort recovered by a party aggrieved by a violation of the CYEOA against the employer of a minor pursuant to the act must be reduced by the amount of compensation and benefits that the minor or the minor's dependents received for the same harm through the employer's workers' compensation insurance.

APPROVED by Governor June 7, 2023

EFFECTIVE July 1, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/13/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/9/2023 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/13/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/14/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/16/2023 - No Amendments
3/17/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/20/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/24/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/11/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/14/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/5/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/5/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/7/2023 Signed by Governor
6/7/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1198 Teacher Externship Program For Science Technology Engineering And Math Disciplines 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: B. Titone (D) | M. Lukens (D) / J. Rich (R)
Summary:

The act requires the department of labor and employment (department) to establish, on or before January 1, 2024, a teacher externship program to provide work-based learning opportunities for kindergarten through twelfth grade public school teachers (K-12 teachers) in order for the teachers to gain knowledge and expand their curriculum in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines and other disciplines that may be of value to a particular school district.

The department is required to establish at least one externship model and develop consistency in offering the ability for teachers to apply for graduate credits, career and technical education credits, and professional development credits. The act requires the department to collaborate with the department of education to establish minimum standards for the work-based learning opportunities.

The department is authorized to allocate money directly to local education providers for teacher compensation and to work-based intermediaries, if applicable, to defray the costs of placing the teachers in externships with employers.

The act requires the department to compile and report data on the externship program on an annual basis. The director is authorized to accept gifts, grants, and donations for the purposes of providing compensation to teachers who participate in the program.

The executive director of the department may promulgate rules to implement the program. The program is scheduled to repeal on September 1, 2025.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $223,039 from the general fund to the department of labor and employment for use by the division of employment and training to implement the teacher externship program and authorizes the department to expend a portion of the 2023-24 state fiscal year appropriation that is not expended prior to July 1, 2024, in the 2024-25 state fiscal year for the same purpose.

APPROVED by Governor May 22, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/13/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
3/8/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Finance
3/16/2023 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/28/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/1/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/2/2023 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/2/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/4/2023 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/5/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/5/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/6/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/17/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/17/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/17/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/22/2023 Signed by Governor
5/22/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1212 Promotion Of Apprenticeships 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: E. Hamrick (D) | S. Lieder (D) / C. Kolker (D) | J. Danielson (D)
Summary:

The act directs the office of future of work (office) in the department of labor and employment (department) to create a two-year apprenticeship navigator pilot program (program) with 2 full-time apprenticeship navigators, with each apprenticeship navigator assigned to a different school district selected by the office. The purpose of the program is to increase awareness of registered apprenticeship programs among graduating high school students in the selected school districts.

Upon completion of the program, the act requires that the department issue a report detailing the direct and indirect costs of the operation and administration of the program to specified legislative committees of reference.

The act directs the office to promote apprenticeship programs to high school students by creating and maintaining a web-based job board of apprenticeships and incorporating apprenticeships in the state's career planning tools.

The department may promulgate rules for the administration of the program.

The program is repealed, effective January 1, 2027.

The act appropriates $342,638 from the general fund to the department for use by the department's executive director's office for the 2023-24 state fiscal year. The act also appropriates $44,000 to the department of education from the general fund for the 2023-24 state fiscal year.

APPROVED by Governor May 16, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/21/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
3/23/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/14/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/14/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/15/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/24/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/1/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/1/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/2/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/4/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/12/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/15/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/15/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2023 Signed by Governor
5/16/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1215 Limits On Hospital Facility Fees 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: E. Sirota (D) | A. Boesenecker (D) / K. Mullica (D) | L. Cutter (D)
Summary:

On and after July 1, 2024, the act prohibits a health-care provider (provider), which is an individual provider or a health facility, or a health system, which is a corporation or organization that owns, contains, or operates 3 or more hospitals, from charging, billing, or collecting a facility fee directly from a patient that is not covered by the patient's insurance for mandatory coverage for preventive health-care services that are provided in an outpatient setting. The act defines "facility fee" as any fee that a hospital or health system charges or bills for outpatient services that is intended to compensate the hospital or health system for its operational expenses and that is separate and distinct from a professional fee charged or billed by a provider for professional medical services. The limitation on charging, billing, or collecting a facility fee does not apply to a critical access hospital, a sole community hospital in a rural or frontier area, a community clinic affiliated with a sole community hospital in a rural or frontier area, or a hospital established by the Denver health and hospital authority.

The act:

  • Requires a provider that charges a facility fee to provide notice to a patient that the provider charges the fee and to use a standardized bill that includes itemized charges identifying the facility fee, as well as other information;
  • Requires a health facility that is newly affiliated with or owned by a hospital or health system on or after July 1, 2024, to provide written notice to patients of the health facility during the previous 12 months concerning the change in ownership and that the health facility may now charge a facility fee, and prohibits the collection of a facility fee until at least 30 days after the notice is sent; and
  • Makes it a deceptive trade practice to charge, bill, or collect a facility fee when doing so is prohibited.

The act creates a steering committee (steering committee) in the department of health care policy and financing (department) to facilitate the development of a preliminary report by August 1, 2024, and a final report by October 1, 2024, detailing the impact of outpatient facility fees on the Colorado health-care system, including the impact on consumers, employers, and providers.

The steering committee consists of 7 members appointed by the governor with relevant expertise in health-care billing and payment policy, including, among others, members representing consumers, payers, and providers. The act lists specific data and information to be collected, identified, evaluated, and analyzed, including:

  • Data from:
  • The all-payer health-claims database;
  • Hospital and health systems;
  • The department, the division of insurance, and commercial payers; and
  • Independent health-care providers that are not affiliated with or owned by a hospital or health system evaluated in the report;
  • The impact of facility fees and payer coverage policies on the Colorado healthcare affordability and sustainability enterprise, the medicaid expansion, uncompensated care, and undercompensated care;
  • The impact of facility fees on access to care, integrated care systems, health equity, and the health-care workforce; and
  • A description of the way in which providers may be paid or reimbursed by payers for outpatient health-care services.

To the extent feasible, data must be sourced from 2014 through 2022, as determined by the steering committee and any third-party contractors, and disaggregated, as described in the act. The steering committee shall seek to exhaust existing data sources before making additional requests and shall minimize the number of data requests.

To implement the act, for the 2023-24 state fiscal year, the act:

  • Increases general fund appropriations to the department in the 2023 long bill by $18,326 for personal services and $337 for operating expenses;
  • Decreases anticipated federal funds received by the department by $18,663; and
  • Appropriates $516,950 from the general fund to the department for general professional services and special projects.

APPROVED by Governor May 30, 2023

EFFECTIVE May 30, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/22/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
3/24/2023 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/14/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/17/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/18/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
4/27/2023 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/3/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/3/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/4/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/5/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/7/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/17/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/17/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/17/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/30/2023 Signed by Governor
5/30/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1246 Support In-demand Career Workforce 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. McCluskie (D) | R. Pugliese (R) / J. Buckner (D) | P. Will (R)
Summary:

The act directs the state board of community colleges and occupational education (board) to administer the in-demand short-term credentials program (program) to support the expansion of the number of available and qualified professionals who are able to meet Colorado's in-demand workforce needs. Under the program, the board is required to allocate funds to community and technical colleges, area technical colleges, local district colleges, and Colorado Mesa university to provide assistance to students for eligible expenses that support their enrollment in eligible programs. If unexpended resources exist, the funds must be used to pay for a student's housing, transportation, child or dependent care, or food expenses. The act requires the Colorado commission on higher education to submit a report regarding the program to the house of representatives and senate education committees during its annual "SMART Act" hearing.

The act requires the office of future work (office) to provide grants to registered apprenticeship programs that provide training in the building and construction trade at no cost to apprentices (grant program). The act requires the office to submit a report regarding the grant program to the house of representatives business affairs and labor committee and senate business, labor, and technology committee during its annual "SMART Act" hearing.

In the 2022-23 state fiscal year, the general assembly appropriated $10 million to the department of public health and environment (department) for the purpose of recruitment and re-engagement efforts with health-care professionals with licenses and staffing. The act extends the authority for the department to use the appropriation through December 30, 2024.

In the 2022-23 state fiscal year, the general assembly appropriated $3 million to the department for the school nurse grant program, which provides grants for hiring school nurses for public schools. The act extends the authority for the department to use the appropriation through December 30, 2024.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, $43,600,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of higher education, of which:

  • $38,600,000 for the program; and
  • $5,000,000 to establish 2 new short-term degree nursing programs at community or technical colleges.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, $1,400,000 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of labor and employment for the grant program.

APPROVED by Governor May 16, 2023

EFFECTIVE May 16, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/14/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
3/22/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/10/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/10/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/12/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/13/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/14/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/17/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/21/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/25/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/26/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/27/2023 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/28/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/11/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/12/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/12/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1247 Assess Advanced Energy Solutions In Rural Colorado 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Lukens (D) | T. Winter (R) / D. Roberts (D) | R. Pelton (R)
Summary:

The director of the Colorado energy office or the director's designee (director) is required to conduct studies of electric transmission and advanced energy solutions technologies in rural Colorado. One study must consider ways to assist northwestern and west end of Montrose county, Colorado as it transitions to producing advanced firm dispatchable energy resources. The other study must consider the potential for the development of new energy resources in southeastern Colorado. The act specifies information that the director is required to consider in the studies.

On or before July 1, 2025, the director is required to submit the director's findings and conclusions of both studies to the legislative committees of reference with jurisdiction over energy matters and to the just transition office.

The act appropriates $50,000 from the just transition cash fund to the office of the governor for use by the Colorado energy office to implement the act.

APPROVED by Governor May 20, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/14/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
3/29/2023 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/18/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/20/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/21/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
5/1/2023 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/2/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/2/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/17/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/17/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/17/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/20/2023 Governor Signed
5/22/2023 Signed by Governor
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1252 Thermal Energy 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: S. Lieder (D) | C. Kipp (D) / T. Exum (D) | C. Hansen (D)
Summary:

The act authorizes the Colorado energy office to award grants for retrofitting existing buildings for installation of geothermal systems for heating and cooling under the single-structure geothermal grant that the office administers, and for generating geothermal energy through direct air capture technology under the geothermal electricity generation grant that the office administers.

The act establishes labor standards for thermal energy public projects that a state agency or a state institution of higher education procures.

In Colorado, a gas distribution utility providing gas service to more than 90,000 retail customers is required to file with the public utilities commission (commission) a clean heat plan, which plan demonstrates how the utility will use clean heat resources to meet clean heat targets for reducing carbon dioxide and methane emissions. The act adds thermal energy as an eligible clean heat resource for helping to meet clean heat targets.

A gas utility that the commission regulates is authorized to apply for review and approval of the use of thermal energy networks in the gas utility's service area. A gas utility that the commission regulates and that serves more than 500,000 customers is additionally required to propose pilot thermal energy network projects for the commission's review and approval. The commission shall initiate a proceeding on or before January 1, 2025, to determine if rule-making or legislative changes are needed to facilitate the development of thermal energy in the state.

The act repeals the "Geothermal Heat Suppliers Act", which requires geothermal heat suppliers to obtain operating permits from the commission.

APPROVED by Governor May 11, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/20/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
3/29/2023 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/18/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/20/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/21/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
5/1/2023 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/2/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/2/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/10/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/10/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/11/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/11/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1253 Task Force To Study Corporate Housing Ownership 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: S. Sharbini | M. Lindsay (D) / N. Hinrichsen (D)
Summary:

The act creates the task force on corporate housing ownership (task force) in the state demography office in the department of local affairs and directs the task force to:

  • Examine housing ownership by corporate entities and residential real estate transactions by corporate entities in Colorado since January 1, 2008, including purchases resulting from foreclosures;
  • Determine a methodology by which to examine the impacts of corporate acquisition and ownership of residential property, with a focus on single-family homes, condominiums, and townhomes;
  • Gather and analyze data, reports, and public records related to corporate ownership of housing;
  • Make legislative recommendations to mitigate any negative impacts related to corporate ownership of housing that are identified by the task force; and
  • Report to specified legislative committees certain information concerning the impacts of corporate ownership of housing.

The task force must report its findings to the transportation, housing, and local government committee of the house of representatives and the local government and housing committee of the senate, or to any successor committees, by October 1, 2025. The task force is repealed, effective September 1, 2027.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, the act appropriates from the general fund:

  • $122,549 to the department of local affairs for use by the state demography office; and
  • $1,416 to the legislative department for use by the general assembly.

APPROVED by Governor June 7, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/20/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
4/5/2023 House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/25/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/27/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/1/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/2/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government & Housing
5/4/2023 Senate Committee on Local Government & Housing Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/5/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/5/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/6/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/7/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/17/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/17/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/17/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/7/2023 Signed by Governor
6/7/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1255 Regulating Local Housing Growth Restrictions 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: W. Lindstedt (D) | R. Dickson / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

The act preempts any existing local governmental entity housing growth restriction that explicitly limits either the growth of the population in the local governmental entity's jurisdiction or the number of development permits or building permit applications for residential development or the residential component of any mixed use development submitted to, reviewed by, approved by, or issued by a governmental entity for any calendar or fiscal year and forbids the enactment or enforcement of any such future local housing growth restriction unless the governmental entity has experienced a disaster emergency, has developed or amended land use plans or land use laws covering residential development or the residential component of a mixed-use development, or is extending or acquiring public infrastructure, public services, or water resources. A governmental entity that experiences one of these events may implement a growth cap for up to 24 months in a 5-year period.

APPROVED by Governor June 7, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/24/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
4/5/2023 House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/11/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/21/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/24/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government & Housing
5/2/2023 Senate Committee on Local Government & Housing Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/3/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/4/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/5/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/7/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/11/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/12/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/12/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/7/2023 Signed by Governor
6/7/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1260 Advanced Industry and Semiconductor Manufacturing Incentives 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Soper (R) | A. Valdez (D) / M. Baisley (R) | K. Priola (D)
Summary:

The act creates new and modifies existing state income tax credits to maximize federal government funding for taxpayers engaged in semiconductor and advanced manufacturing in Colorado. Specifically, the act creates a refund mechanism, available from fiscal year 2023-24 through fiscal year 2028-29, that allows a taxpayer engaged in semiconductor or advanced manufacturing to apply for conditional approval of one or more types of income tax credits based on a specified project in the state and includes the maximum amount of credit for which the taxpayer may claim a refund of 80% (refund mechanism). The income tax credit types that may be the basis for such a refund are:

  • The 3 enterprise zone credits for qualified investments, business facility employees, and expenditures for research and experimental activities;
  • The Colorado job growth incentive income tax credit; and
  • 3 semiconductor manufacturing zone (CHIPS zone) credits for qualified investments, business facility employees, and expenditures for research and experimental activities, the zones for which are created in the act.

Semiconductor and advanced manufacturers must apply to the Colorado economic development commission (commission) for a refund certificate approving their project and setting the maximum amount of income tax credits that the manufacturer may claim as the basis for a refund in connection with the project. In reviewing applications, the commission must prioritize taxpayers engaged in semiconductor or advanced manufacturing that have received or applied to receive matching funds under the "American Rescue Plan Act of 2021", the "Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors and Science Act of 2022" (CHIPS Act), or other similar federal legislation.

The CHIPS zone tax credit program created by the act is similar to the enterprise zone tax credit program in that a local government may propose an area for designation as a CHIPS zone, which designation may promote the local economy through incentivizing businesses to locate in the area. A taxpayer located in a CHIPS zone may be eligible to claim an income tax credit under existing enterprise zone statutes for the taxpayer's qualified investments, business facility employees, or research and experimental activities. However, the tax benefits of CHIPS zones are only available to taxpayers engaged in semiconductor manufacturing, as that term is defined under the CHIPS Act.

All CHIPS zone tax credits must be precertified by the CHIPS zone administrator. All such credits may be used to offset a taxpayer's income tax liability or carried forward for a period not to exceed 12 years. Or, if the credits are included in a refund certificate approved by the commission pursuant to the refund mechanism, they may be used to claim a refund of 80% of the total amount of the credits.

CHIPS zones may be modified or terminated at the discretion of the commission beginning in income tax year 2023 and through income tax year 2040; however, all CHIPS zones will terminate as a matter of law on December 31, 2040.

The act creates, within the office of economic development (office), a temporary task force comprised of state legislators, representatives of the office, and citizens with industry experience to study the effectiveness of financial incentives and other resources intended to attract and promote the development of advanced manufacturing and other science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) companies in Colorado during the 2023 legislative interim. The task force is required to report its findings to the general assembly and the governor by a specified date.

The act amends the law regarding confidential taxpayer information to allow the department of revenue to disclose pertinent information to the office as necessary to administer the CHIPS zone tax credit program. For th 2023-24 state fiscal year, $300,1098 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of revenue and $117,583 is appropriated from the general fund to the office of the governor for implementation of the act.

APPROVED by Governor May 20, 2023

EFFECTIVE May 20, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/26/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/3/2023 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/18/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/20/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/2/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/3/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
5/4/2023 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/5/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/5/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/6/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/7/2023 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/11/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/12/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/12/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/20/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB23-1262 Colorado Re-engaged Iniative Modifications 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: N. Ricks (D) | B. Bradley (R) / K. Priola (D)
Summary:

The act requires that, to receive an associate degree through the Colorado re-engaged initiative, a student must not have received 15 or more credit hours from a community college or occupational education institution before transferring to the initiative.

APPROVED by Governor June 7, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/26/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/10/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/12/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/13/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/14/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/26/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/28/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/22/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/22/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/22/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/7/2023 Signed by Governor
6/7/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HJR23-1015 United States Space Command 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Bradfield (R) | M. Snyder (D) / T. Exum (D) | B. Gardner (R)
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
Status: 2/9/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to
2/10/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to
2/22/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
2/23/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
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SB23-003 Colorado Adult High School Program 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Buckner (D) | B. Gardner (R) / M. Weissman (D) | D. Wilson (R)
Summary:

The act creates the Colorado adult high school program (program) in the office responsible for adult education within the department of education (department). The purpose of the program is to create a pathway for Coloradans who are 21 years of age or older and do not have a high school diploma to attend high school and earn a diploma at no cost. Students may also earn industry-recognized certificates, career and technical education certificates, or college credits at no cost through the program.

The act requires the department to award a grant to a Colorado community-based nonprofit organization (organization) to operate the program as an education provider. The education provider is required to:

  • Secure and maintain a building for the program;
  • Contribute funding annually for operating and facility costs;
  • Hire educators and school personnel, including life coaches who help students navigate academic and personal challenges;
  • Propose an academic accountability system with the approval of the department;
  • Establish minimum graduation requirements;
  • Award Colorado high school diplomas to students who successfully complete the graduation requirements;
  • Use an evidence-based educational model that a third-party evaluator has proven effective;
  • Develop courses that may be offered to student in person;
  • Develop online courses for students who take classes in person and demonstrate academic readiness for remote course work;
  • Consult with a nonprofit organization that has successfully implemented an evidence-based educational model for adults in another state;
  • Serve all students, regardless of immigration status;
  • Enroll no more than 400 students at one time;
  • Comply with state and federal laws concerning students with disabilities, including students with accommodations pursuant to section 504 of the federal "Rehabilitation Act of 1973";
  • Create individualized education programs for students with disabilities;
  • Collaborate with local district colleges, community colleges, area technical colleges, or local career and technical education programs to ensure access to courses that can lead students to graduate with industry-recognized certificates;
  • Fund industry-recognized and career and technical certificate programs at no cost to students;
  • Create a plan in collaboration with institutions of higher education to authorize teachers to teach courses for students to obtain college credit and to align teacher qualification requirements with the state concurrent enrollment program;
  • Operate a licensed, on-site child care center for students with children; and
  • Offer transportation assistance to students who enroll in the program.

The department is required to establish a fair and transparent application process in order to select an organization to operate the program. The application process must include input from the office within the department responsible for adult education.

On or before July 31, 2025, July 31, 2026, and March 30, 2027 the education provider is required to report to the department on the status of the program. On or before November 30, 2025, November 30, 2026, and June 30, 2027, the department is required to report the status of the program to the house of representatives education committee and the senate education committee, or their successor committees, including but not limited to:

  • Student demographic data disaggregated by race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, gender, and disability;
  • Accountability measure outcomes; and
  • The number of industry-recognized certificates, college credits, and overall average credit attainment that students earn each term.

The program repeals July 1, 2027.

The act appropriates $5 million from the general fund to the department for the program and for legal services.

APPROVED by Governor June 6, 2023

EFFECTIVE June 6, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/9/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
1/25/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/24/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/24/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/25/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
5/1/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/4/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/4/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/5/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/6/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/8/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/15/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/15/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/15/2023 Sent to the Governor
6/6/2023 Governor Signed
6/6/2023 Signed by Governor
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-004 Employment Of School Mental Health Professionals 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Marchman (D) | S. Jaquez Lewis (D) / D. Michaelson Jenet (D) | M. Young (D)
Summary:

Under current law, a mental health professional must be licensed by the department of education (department) in order to work in a school. The act authorizes a school or school district, the state charter school institute, a board of cooperative services that operates a school, or the division of youth services to employ school-based therapists who are not licensed by the department but hold a Colorado license for their profession to work in coordination with licensed special service providers to coordinate mental health supports for students. Before being employed, the school-based therapists must satisfy certain requirements for nonlicensed school employees, including a fingerprint-based criminal background check. Any school-based therapists may be supervised by a mentor special services provider or a licensed administrator. If an eligible school-based therapist provides services to a student related to the student's individualized education program, the eligible school-based therapist must have qualifications consistent with the student's individualized education program.

APPROVED by Governor May 4, 2023

EFFECTIVE May 4, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/9/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/9/2023 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/15/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/16/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/21/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/6/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/12/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/17/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/18/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/26/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/27/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/27/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/4/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-005 Forestry And Wildfire Mitigation Workforce 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: S. Jaquez Lewis (D) | L. Cutter (D) / M. Lynch (R) | M. Snyder (D)
Summary:

The act directs the Colorado state forest service (state forest service) to consult with other entities to develop educational materials relating to career opportunities in forestry and wildfire mitigation for distribution to high school guidance counselors to provide to high school students.

The act creates the timber, forest health, and wildfire mitigation industries workforce development program (development program) in the state forest service to provide partial reimbursement to timber businesses and forest health or wildfire mitigation entities for the costs of hiring interns.

The act requires the state treasurer, on June 30, 2023, and on June 30 each year thereafter, to transfer $1,000,000 from the general fund to the wildfire mitigation capacity development fund for allowable uses of the fund.

The act authorizes the expansion of existing forestry programs, including wildfire mitigation programs, and the creation of new forestry programs at public institutions of higher education (public institutions) to include state institutions of higher education, local district colleges, and area technical colleges. The commission on higher education (commission) shall determine which public institutions receive funding for expanded or new forestry programs, prioritizing public institutions that can provide a trained workforce expeditiously. The act provides for the acquisition of a harvesting simulator to train students, which may be shared among the forestry programs. The act includes funding for the forestry programs.

The act directs the state board for community colleges and occupational education (community college board) to administer the recruitment of wildland fire prevention and mitigation educators program (recruiting program) to increase the number of qualified educators at community colleges, area technical colleges, and local district colleges that deliver a wildfire prevention and mitigation program or course.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year:

The act appropriates $15,000 to the healthy forests vibrant communities cash fund from the general fund; and

The act appropriates $1,545,034 to the department of higher education from the general fund, including:

  • $114,384 for the Colorado state forest service at Colorado state university;
  • $1,180,650 for use by the commission for new and expanded forestry programs; and
  • $250,000 for the college opportunity program to be used for fee-for-service contracts for the community college board state system colleges for the recruiting program.

APPROVED by Governor May 12, 2023

EFFECTIVE May 12, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/9/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
1/26/2023 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/11/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/13/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/14/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/14/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources
4/17/2023 House Committee on Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/21/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/21/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/24/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/26/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Pass
4/26/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Reconsider
4/26/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/4/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/5/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/5/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/12/2023 Governor Signed
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SB23-006 Creation Of The Rural Opportunity Office 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Roberts (D) | J. Rich (R) / B. McLachlan (D) | M. Catlin (R)
Summary:

The act codifies the rural opportunity office (office), which began its work in the office of economic development in 2019. The director of the office is designated by and reports to the director of the office of economic development.

The office is required to serve as Colorado's central coordinator of rural economic development matters with certain staff physically located in rural communities across Colorado, work with coal transitioning communities to explore unique business and economic development opportunities, make recommendations that inform the governor's policy on rural economic development matters, and measure the success of program outreach and determine whether Colorado's rural communities receive more statewide funding as a result of the efforts of the office.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, $299,193 is appropriated from the general fund to the office of the governor for use by economic development programs for implementation of the act.

APPROVED by Governor May 20, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/9/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
1/26/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/17/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/17/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/20/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources
3/20/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/27/2023 House Committee on Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/18/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/20/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/21/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/5/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/5/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/20/2023 Governor Signed
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SB23-007 Adult Education 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | B. Kirkmeyer (R) / C. Kipp (D) | M. Catlin (R)
Summary:

Current law requires adult education providers (providers) that participate in the department of education's (department) adult education and literacy grant program (program) to offer eligible adults basic education in literacy and numeracy that leads to additional skills acquisition, postsecondary credential attainment, and employment. The act adds "digital literacy" to the basic education offered to eligible adults and adds that an eligible adult may earn a high school diploma or equivalency certificate.

The act describes services that providers may offer to eligible adults, which include in-person or online instruction, the development of learning plans, coaching, and mentorship. The act amends the reporting requirements for providers of the program, including that administrative costs not exceed 10% of the awarded funds.

The act permits the office within the department that is responsible for adult education to use data matching with relevant state agencies to determine post-program participation outcomes.

The act allows community colleges, area technical colleges, and local district colleges (colleges) to develop and implement minimum graduation requirements for a high school diploma based on the high school graduation requirements of a school district within the geographic area of the colleges. Colleges are required to award a high school diploma to a student who successfully completes the high school graduation requirements implemented by the colleges.

The act appropriates $2 million from the general fund to the department for the program.

APPROVED by Governor June 2, 2023

EFFECTIVE June 2, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/9/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
1/23/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/11/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/11/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/12/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/13/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/20/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/25/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/25/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/26/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Not Repassed
5/1/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/3/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/4/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/4/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/2/2023 Signed by Governor
6/2/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-008 Youth Involvement Education Standards Review 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Moreno / M. Lindsay (D)
Summary:

The act creates several opportunities for youth, defined as the age of eligibility for membership in the Colorado youth advisory council, to be involved in the review of the state's education standards. Youth representatives are appointed as follows:

  • The commissioner of education (commissioner) shall appoint youth representatives from nominations submitted by schools throughout the state to participate in the standards development process, which includes community engagement;
  • The commissioner shall appoint 2 youth representatives to any regional educator meetings; and
  • Each local education provider shall appoint 2 youth representatives to any review committees for local education providers.

In each instance, the appointing authority shall select the youth representatives from nominations submitted by schools throughout the state, and, when possible, one must be from an urban area and one must be from a rural area.

Youth representatives may be reappointed pursuant to each committee's process. The department of education (department) may compensate youth representatives for actual expenses incurred with participation, and, if appropriate, provide a stipend in an amount determined by the department.

The department shall promote the opportunities for youth involvement and request schools nominate youth to participate.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $7,650 to the department of education from the general fund. The department may use this appropriation for content specialists.

APPROVED by Governor April 26, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/9/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
2/6/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/17/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/21/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/22/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/23/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
3/2/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/30/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/3/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/10/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/12/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/13/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/20/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/21/2023 Sent to the Governor
4/21/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/26/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-017 Additional Uses Paid Sick Leave 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) / J. Willford (D) | J. Joseph (D)
Summary:

The act allows an employee to use accrued paid sick leave when the employee needs to:

  • Care for a family member whose school or place of care has been closed due to inclement weather, loss of power, loss of heating, loss of water, or any other unexpected occurrence or event that results in the closure of the family member's school or place of care;
  • Grieve, attend funeral services or a memorial, or deal with financial and legal matters that arise after the death of a family member; or
  • Evacuate the employee's place of residence due to inclement weather, loss of power, loss of heating, loss of water, or any other unexpected occurrence or event that results in the need to evacuate the employee's residence.

To implement the act, $74,927 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of labor employment for use by the division of labor standards and statistics.

APPROVED by Governor June 2, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/10/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
1/31/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/10/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/14/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/15/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/15/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/23/2023 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/18/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/20/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/21/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/28/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/28/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/2/2023 Sent to the Governor
6/2/2023 Signed by Governor
6/2/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB23-044 Veterinary Education Loan Repayment Program 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Ginal (D) | R. Pelton (R) / K. McCormick (D) | T. Winter (R)
Summary:

The act updates the veterinary education loan repayment program in the following ways:

  • Increases the number of qualified applicants per year from 4 to 6;
  • Eliminates the requirement that an applicant must have graduated from an accredited veterinary school in 2017 or later;
  • Increases the total amount an applicant is eligible for over a 4-year period from $70,000 to $90,000;
  • Increases the yearly repayment amounts for successful applicants; and
  • Requires the state treasurer to transfer $540,000 from the general fund to the veterinary education loan repayment fund on September 1, 2023.

APPROVED by Governor June 2, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/12/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
2/9/2023 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/6/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/6/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/10/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/10/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources
4/17/2023 House Committee on Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/21/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/21/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/28/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/28/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/2/2023 Sent to the Governor
6/2/2023 Signed by Governor
6/2/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments:

SB23-046 Average Weekly Wage Paid Leave Benefits 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) / M. Duran (D)
Summary:

The act eliminates the requirement that an individual's weekly paid family and medical leave benefit be calculated based on the average weekly wage earned only from the job or jobs from which the individual is taking paid family and medical leave.

APPROVED by Governor March 23, 2023

EFFECTIVE March 23, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/12/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
1/31/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/3/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/22/2023 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/27/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
2/28/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/17/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/17/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/20/2023 Sent to the Governor
3/23/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments:

SB23-048 Non-tenured Track Faculty 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Baisley (R) | J. Bridges (D) / J. Amabile (D) | E. Hamrick (D)
Summary:

The act extends the maximum length of an employment contract between a state system of higher education, or a campus of a state institution of higher education, and an individual who has a non-tenure-track classroom teaching or librarian appointment from 3 years to 5 years.

APPROVED by Governor March 23, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/12/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
1/30/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/1/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/2/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
2/23/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/27/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/28/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/10/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/13/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/13/2023 Sent to the Governor
3/23/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB23-051 Conforming Workforce Development Statutes 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: N. Hinrichsen (D) | T. Sullivan (D) / D. Ortiz (D) | M. Lukens (D)
Summary:

The office of future of work (OFW) was created in the department of labor and employment (department) by executive order of the governor in 2019 to respond to the changing nature of work in the state. The act creates the OFW in statute and expands the duties of the OFW. The purpose of the OFW is to:

  • Identify opportunities for Colorado's communities to transition effectively to emerging industries;
  • Ensure the inclusion of key stakeholders and engage partnerships across public and private sectors;
  • Host, organize, and convene task forces, summits, and other appropriate meetings with diverse stakeholders, designed to improve the state's understanding of the social and economic impacts of the changing nature of work;
  • Explore ways that the state can prepare for current and future impacts, including through the modernization of worker benefits and protections, the development of a skilled and resilient workforce through coordination of registered apprenticeship programs, and the identification of new policy and program solutions; and
  • Undertake studies, research, and factual reports related to issues of concern and importance to Colorado's future workforce.

The executive director of the department is required to submit a report to the governor, at least once per calendar year, that includes recommendations for potential policy initiatives.

In 2021, House Bill 21-1007 created the state apprenticeship agency (SAA) in the department. The act amends provisions governing the SAA to enable the United States department of labor's office of apprenticeship to recognize Colorado's state apprenticeship agency and authorize the SAA to register and oversee apprenticeship programs. To conform with regulations promulgated by the United States secretary of labor under the federal "National Apprenticeship Act", the act:

  • Modifies references to apprenticeships in Colorado statutes;
  • Directs the SAA to establish the state apprenticeship council (SAC) to provide advice and guidance to the SAA;
  • Creates the committee for apprenticeship in the building and construction trades (CABCT) as a subcommittee of the SAC to advise the SAA on registered apprenticeship programs for the building and construction trades in the state; and
  • Changes the name of the interagency advisory committee on apprenticeship to the committee for apprenticeship in new and emerging industries (CANEI), designated as a subcommittee of the SAC and tasked with advising the SAA on apprenticeship programs that are not within the jurisdiction of the CABCT.

The bill allows the general assembly to appropriate money from the general fund or any other available source to the department to pay for the OFW to carry out the duties specified in the act. The OFW is also authorized to seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations to fund its duties.

APPROVED by Governor March 23, 2023

EFFECTIVE March 23, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/17/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
1/26/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
1/31/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/1/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/23/2023 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/27/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/28/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/17/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/17/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/20/2023 Sent to the Governor
3/23/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB23-053 Restrict Governmental Nondisclosure Agreements 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: B. Kirkmeyer (R) | R. Rodriguez (D) / S. Woodrow (D) | G. Evans (R)
Summary:

The act prohibits the state, counties, cities and counties, municipalities, school districts, and any of their departments, institutions, or agencies (public employers) from making it a condition of employment that an applicant for employment or current or past employee (employee) executes a contract or other form of agreement that prohibits, prevents, or otherwise restricts the employee from disclosing factual circumstances concerning the employee's employment with the public employer (nondisclosure agreement) unless the nondisclosure agreement is necessary to prevent disclosure of:

  • The employee's identity, facts that might lead to the discovery of the employee's identity, or factual circumstances relating to the employment that reasonably implicate legitimate privacy interests held by the employee who is a party to the agreement if the employee elects to restrict such disclosure;
  • Data, information, including personal identifying information, or matters that are required to be kept confidential by federal law or regulations, the state constitution, state law, state regulations, state rules, or a court of law or as attorney-client privileged communications, privileged work product, communications related to a threatened or pending legal or administrative action, or materials related to personnel or regulatory investigations by the employer;
  • Information bearing on the specialized details of security arrangements or investigations, including security arrangements for or investigations into elected officials or other individuals, physical infrastructure, or cybersecurity;
  • Information derived from communications of the employer related to threatened or pending legal or administrative action;
  • Discussions that occur in an executive session authorized by the "Colorado Open Meetings Law";
  • Trade secrets or other confidential or sensitive information provided to or made accessible to the employee by a current or prospective contractor, vendor, or grantee or as part of a public-private partnership or entity working with the state as part of an economic development activity;
  • Trade secrets or information derived from trade secrets or proprietary information of the employer;
  • Information and records not subject to disclosure under the "Colorado Open Records Act" (CORA); or
  • Trade secrets owned by the employer.

For a public employer that is the state or a department, institution, or agency of the state, a nondisclosure agreement is also allowed if it is necessary to prevent disclosure of:

  • Nonpublic and confidential labor relations positions and strategies;
  • Attorney work product;
  • Vendor lists and vendor preferences;
  • State business-related information received from a third party that the third party has designated confidential; or
  • Information and matters related to state active duty orders of national guard soldiers and airmen and personnel disputes subject to the jurisdiction of the United States department of defense;

For a public employer that is a county, a city and county, a municipality, or a department, institution, or agency of a county, a city and county, or a municipality, a nondisclosure agreement is also allowed if it is necessary to prevent disclosure of:

  • Trade secrets or other confidential or sensitive information provided to or made accessible to the employee by an employer's current or prospective customer, contractor, lessee, lessor, business partner, or affiliate; or
  • Trade secrets or other confidential or sensitive information provided to or made accessible to the employee by a purchaser or seller of property that is engaged in negotiations or under contract with the employer.

The act specifies that any provision in any contract or agreement that amounts to a nondisclosure agreement is deemed to be against public policy and unenforceable against an employee of a public employer who is a party to the contract or agreement unless the provision is intended to prevent disclosure of any information or matters for which an exception to the general prohibition against nondisclosure agreements for the public employer applies.

The act prohibits a public employer from taking any materially adverse employment-related action, including withdrawal of an offer of employment, discharge, suspension, demotion, or discrimination in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, against an employee on the grounds that the employee does not enter into a contract or agreement deemed to be against public policy and unenforceable under the act. The act also states that the taking of a materially adverse employment-related action after an employee has refused to enter into such a contract or agreement is prima facie evidence of retaliation and that any public employer that enforces or attempts to enforce a contract or agreement provision deemed by a court to be against public policy and unenforceable under the act is liable for the employee's reasonable attorney fees and costs in defending against the action.

The act requires an action to enforce a provision of the act to be brought in the district court for the district in which the employee is primarily employed. A settlement agreement between an employer that is subject to the act and an employee of the employer must be signed by both the employer and the employee.

A nondisclosure agreement must not prohibit the release of information required to be released under CORA. In addition, a nondisclosure agreement executed by a public employer that is the state or a department, institution, or agency of the state and an employee must state that state employees are protected from retaliation for disclosure of information about state agencies that are working outside the public interest. A public employer may require an employee to enter into a nondisclosure agreement with a third party in the employee's official capacity and on behalf of the employer.

APPROVED by Governor June 2, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/17/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/2/2023 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
2/2/2023 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
2/16/2023 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/22/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/23/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/03/2023 - No Amendments
3/3/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/10/2023 - No Amendments
3/10/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/17/2023 - No Amendments
3/17/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/21/2023 - No Amendments
3/23/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/24/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/26/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
4/10/2023 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/12/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/28/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/29/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/1/2023 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/2/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/4/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/5/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/5/2023 Sent to the Governor
6/2/2023 Signed by Governor
6/2/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB23-058 Job Application Fairness Act 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | S. Jaquez Lewis (D) / J. Willford (D) | M. Young (D)
Summary:

Starting July 1, 2024, the act prohibits employers from inquiring about a prospective employee's age, date of birth, and dates of attendance at or date of graduation from an educational institution on an initial employment application.

An employer may request an individual to verify compliance with age requirements imposed pursuant to or required by:

  • A bona fide occupational qualification pertaining to public or occupational safety;
  • A federal law or regulation; or
  • A state or local law or regulation based on a bona fide occupational qualification.

The act allows an employer to request or require an individual to provide additional application materials, including copies of certifications, transcripts, and other materials created by third parties, at the time of an initial employment application if the employer notifies the individual that the individual may redact information that identifies the individual's age, date of birth, or dates of attendance at or graduation from an educational institution.

The department of labor and employment (department) is charged with enforcing the requirements of the act and may issue warnings and orders of compliance for violations and, for second or subsequent violations, impose civil penalties. A violation of the restrictions does not create a private cause of action. The department is directed to adopt rules regarding procedures for handling complaints against employers.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, $56,468 is appropriated from the general fund to the department for use by the division of labor standards and statistics to pay program costs related to labor standards.

APPROVED by Governor June 2, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/17/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/2/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/10/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/14/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/15/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/15/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
4/5/2023 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/18/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/20/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/21/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/26/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/9/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/10/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/10/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/2/2023 Signed by Governor
6/2/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-065 Career Development Success Program 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: P. Lundeen (R) | J. Bridges (D) / S. Bird (D) | D. Wilson (R)
Summary:

For the career development success program (program), the act removes the requirement for successful completion of a qualified industry pre-apprenticeship program and the requirement for successful completion of a qualified industry apprenticeship. The act adds boards of cooperative services to the program.

Current law requires the general assembly to annually appropriate $1 million to the department of education for the program. Beginning in the 2023-24 budget year, and each budget year thereafter, the act increase the appropriation to $9.5 million.

The act requires a school district or charter school participating in the program to receive 120% of the per-pupil amount for each pupil who is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch and who successfully earned an industry certificate by completing a qualified industry-credential program, a qualified workplace training program, or a qualified advanced placement course.

The act authorizes a participating school district or participating charter school to contract with a third party to provide specified services under the program.

The act extends the repeal date from September 1, 2024, to September 1, 2034.

APPROVED by Governor May 16, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/23/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
2/14/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/11/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/13/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/14/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/14/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
5/1/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/2/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/3/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/6/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/9/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/10/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/10/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2023 Signed by Governor
5/16/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-067 Participant Facilitated Recidivism Reduction Program 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Coleman (D) / J. Bacon (D) | R. Holtorf (R)
Summary:

The act requires the department of corrections (department) to contract with a third-party organization to assign an employee of the organization (program developer) to develop and study strategies for implementing a pre-release and reentry program (program) at the Sterling correctional facility (facility). The program must be designed in consultation with the facility's residents and provide program participants with resources to support their rehabilitation and to reduce recidivism. The act requires the department to allow the program developer to work in the facility with residents.

The program must provide participants with training in skilled or professional trades and other employment-focused activities, education in skills beneficial to a participant following release from confinement, and mental and behavioral health counseling sessions.

The program developer is required to report, on or before December 31, 2023, to the house of representatives judiciary committee, the senate judiciary committee, and the department, about the development of the program.

The act requires the department to begin operating the program at the facility no later than September 1, 2024.

The act appropriates $100,000 from the general fund to the department for contract services related to the program.

APPROVED by Governor June 2, 2023

EFFECTIVE June 2, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/27/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/22/2023 Senate Committee on Judiciary Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
2/27/2023 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/17/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/21/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/23/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/24/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/26/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/11/2023 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/21/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/24/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/25/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/26/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/29/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/5/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/7/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/8/2023 Sent to the Governor
6/2/2023 Signed by Governor
6/2/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-083 Physician Assistant Collaboration Requirements 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) | C. Simpson (R) / T. Winter (R) | D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Summary:

The act modifies the relationship between a physician assistant and a physician or podiatrist by removing the requirement that a physician assistant be supervised by a physician or podiatrist except in certain circumstances. Instead, a physician assistant must enter into a collaborative agreement with a physician or podiatrist or physician group. The physician or podiatrist must be licensed in good standing in Colorado and be actively practicing with a regular and reliable physical presence in the state.

The collaborative agreement must include:

  • The physician assistant's name, license number, and primary location of practice;
  • The signature of the physician assistant and the physician or physician group with whom the physician assistant has entered into the collaborative agreement;
  • A description of the physician assistant's process for collaboration;
  • A description of the performance evaluation process, which may be completed by the physician assistant's employer in accordance with a performance evaluation and review process established by the employer; and
  • Any additional requirements specific to the physician assistant's practice required by the physician or physician group entering into the collaborative agreement, including additional levels of oversight, limitations on autonomous judgment, and the designation of a primary contact for collaboration.

For a physician assistant with fewer than 5,000 practice hours, or a physician assistant changing practice areas with fewer than 3,000 practice hours in the new practice area, the collaborative agreement is a supervisory agreement that must include required elements and must also:

  • Require that collaboration during the first 160 practice hours be completed in person or through technology, as permitted by the physician or physician group with whom the physician assistant is collaborating;
  • Incorporate elements defining the expected nature of collaboration; and
  • Require a performance evaluation and discussion of the performance evaluation with the physician assistant.

For a physician assistant entering into a collaborative agreement with a physician or physician group in the emergency department of a hospital with a level I or level II trauma center, the collaborative agreement remains a supervisory agreement and continues indefinitely.

For a physician assistant changing practice areas to practice in an emergency department of a hospital that is not a level I or level II trauma center, the supervising physician or physician group may increase the number of hours for which the collaborative agreement is a supervisory agreement.

The act also eliminates the 3-year time limit for physician assistants to satisfy certain financial responsibility requirements from which such physician assistants are exempt under current law.

APPROVED by Governor April 26, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/27/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/2/2023 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/7/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/8/2023 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/9/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/11/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
3/22/2023 House Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/23/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/24/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/27/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/28/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/3/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/19/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/19/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/19/2023 Sent to the Governor
4/26/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-086 Student Leaders Institute 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: C. Hansen (D) / E. Hamrick (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary:

The act continues the Colorado student leaders institute program and changes responsibility for the program from the department of higher education to the department of education. This change shifts oversight of the program from a governor-appointed executive board to the state board of education.

The act transfers the long bill appropriation for the program from the department of higher education to the department of education. The bill appropriates $8,184 from the general fund to department of education to implement the act.

APPROVED by Governor April 27, 2023

PORTIONS EFFECTIVE June 30, 2023

PORTIONS EFFECTIVE July 1, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/27/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
2/7/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/17/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/21/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/22/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/23/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
3/15/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/14/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/14/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/15/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/17/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/20/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/21/2023 Sent to the Governor
4/21/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/27/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-087 Teacher Degree Apprenticeship Program 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Marchman (D) | M. Baisley (R) / C. Kipp (D) | D. Wilson (R)
Summary:

As an alternative route to teacher licensure, the act creates a teacher degree apprenticeship program (apprenticeship program). The apprenticeship program builds on elements of current alternative teacher licensure programs, including a bachelor's degree requirement, training programs approved by the state department of education (CDE), and structured on-the-job training. The apprenticeship program is run collaboratively with the United States department of labor office of apprenticeship (DOL office) and the state apprenticeship office (state office) and utilizes apprentice mentor teachers and teacher apprenticeship program sponsors (sponsor).

The act allows CDE to issue a teacher apprenticeship authorization (authorization) to a person (apprentice) who is employed by a school district, board of cooperative services, charter school, or institute charter school (school) who is actively registered in an apprenticeship program, and who is actively enrolled in an affiliated bachelor's degree program from an accredited institution. The authorization is valid for 4 years while the apprentice completes the bachelor's degree requirement of the program. CDE may renew the authorization for up to 2 successive terms, in increments of 2 years, as necessary for the apprentice to fulfill the apprenticeship requirements. An authorization is invalid if the apprentice withdraws from any part of the apprenticeship program or fails to make satisfactory progress.

Upon application from an entity with expertise in apprenticeship or teacher preparation, CDE shall authorize the entity to serve as a sponsor. Applications to serve as a sponsor must include a proposed work process schedule and related instruction plan required by the DOL office and state office. CDE shall review each application and approve or disapprove the sponsor. If approved, the sponsor may apply to CDE for approval of an apprenticeship program.

An apprenticeship program must meet the following criteria:

  • Be registered with the DOL office or state office;
  • Incorporate a bachelor's degree program from an accredited institution in a related field of study relative to the licensure type; and
  • Incorporate on-the-job training in meaningful and time-saving ways.

Every 5 years after apprenticeship program approval, CDE shall consult with the DOL office or state office concerning the federally required audit of the apprenticeship program to ensure the apprenticeship program continues to meet requirements.

The state board of education is authorized to promulgate rules for the implementation of the apprenticeship program.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, $116,134 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of education.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, $26,435 is appropriated to the department of law from reappropriated funds received from the department of education. The department of law may use this appropriation to provide legal services for the department of education.

APPROVED by Governor May 15, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/27/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
2/8/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/10/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/10/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/13/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/14/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/15/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/15/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/3/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/18/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/20/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/21/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/5/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/5/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/15/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB23-102 Rule Review Bill 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: B. Gardner (R) | R. Rodriguez (D) / M. Weissman (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary:


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

Status: 1/31/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Legal Services
2/23/2023 Senate Committee on Legal Services Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/1/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Legal Services
4/20/2023 House Committee on Legal Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/24/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/25/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/26/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/3/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/4/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/4/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/12/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-105 Ensure Equal Pay For Equal Work 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | J. Buckner (D) / S. Gonzales-Gutierrez | J. Bacon (D)
Summary:

Current law authorizes the director of the division of labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment (director) to create and administer a process to accept and mediate wage complaints, to provide legal resources concerning alleged wage inequity, and to promulgate rules as necessary for this purpose. The act changes these authorizations to requirements and further requires the director to create and administer a complaint mediation process by July 1, 2024.

Additionally, the act requires the director to:

  • Investigate complaints or other leads concerning employer violations of wage inequity;
  • Upon finding a violation, order compliance and relief; and
  • Promulgate rules to enforce the act.

The act also requires an employer to:

  • For each job opportunity, follow specific guidelines for posting the opportunity and provide specific information to employees regarding the compensation, benefits, and date that the application window is anticipated to close; and
  • Make reasonable efforts to make known information regarding the candidate who is selected for the job opportunity.

For positions with career progression, the act requires an employer to disclose and make available to all eligible employees the requirements for the career progression.

$412,438 is appropriated from the general fund to implement the act. Of that sum, $292,590 is appropriated to the department of labor and employment and $119,848 is appropriated to the department of personnel.

APPROVED by Governor June 5, 2023

EFFECTIVE January 1, 2024

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/31/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/21/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
2/28/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/6/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/11/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/12/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/13/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/13/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
4/24/2023 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/28/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/29/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/1/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/4/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/4/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Reconsider
5/4/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
5/9/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/10/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/10/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/5/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-111 Public Employees' Workplace Protection 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D) / S. Woodrow (D) | B. Titone (D)
Summary:

The "National Labor Relations Act" does not apply to federal, state, or local governments and the "Colorado Labor Peace Act" excludes governmental entities, with an exception for mass transportation systems, which means that these labor laws do not cover most public employees. The act grants certain public employees, including individuals employed by counties, municipalities, fire authorities, school districts, charter schools, public colleges and universities, library districts, special districts, public defender's offices, the university of Colorado hospital authority, the Denver health and hospital authority, the general assembly, and a board of cooperative services, the right to:

  • Discuss or express views regarding public employee representation or workplace issues;
  • Engage in protected, concerted activity for the purpose of mutual aid or protection;
  • Fully participate in the political process while off duty and not in uniform, including speaking with members of the public employer's governing body on terms and conditions of employment and any matter of public concern and engaging in other political activities in the same manner as other citizens of Colorado without discrimination, intimidation, or retaliation; and
  • Organize, form, join, or assist an employee organization or refrain from organizing, forming, joining, or assisting an employee organization.

However, a public employer that has a nonpartisan role may limit the right of an employee to fully participate in the political process while off duty and not in uniform to the extent necessary to maintain the nonpartisan role of the employer.

The act also prohibits certain public employers from discriminating against, coercing, intimidating, interfering with, or imposing reprisals against a public employee for engaging in any of the rights granted.

The division of labor standards within the Colorado department of labor and employment (division) is charged with enforcing any alleged violation of these rights and is granted rule-making authority. A party may appeal the department's final decision to the Colorado court of appeals. The act requires the court of appeals to give deference to the final decision of the department.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, $151,751 is appropriated to the department of labor and employment for use by the division and for the purchase of legal services as needed to implement the act.

APPROVED by Governor June 6, 2023

PORTIONS EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

PORTIONS EFFECTIVE July 1, 2024

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and portions of it take effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 1/31/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government & Housing
2/28/2023 Senate Committee on Local Government & Housing Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/11/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/13/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/14/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/17/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
4/24/2023 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/26/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/28/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/29/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/5/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/7/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/8/2023 Sent to the Governor
6/6/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-137 Transfer to Colorado Economic Development Fund 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Bridges (D) | B. Kirkmeyer (R) / S. Bird (D) | R. Bockenfeld (R)
Summary:

The act requires the state treasurer to transfer $5 million from the general fund to the Colorado economic development fund and requires the Colorado office of economic development (office) to use the transferred money in connection with the federal "Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act of 2022". The act also requires the office to submit an annual report to the joint budget committee detailing how the office is expending the transferred money.

APPROVED by Governor March 6, 2023

EFFECTIVE March 6, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/6/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
2/7/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/8/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
2/9/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/9/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
2/14/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/15/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
2/16/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/28/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
2/28/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
2/28/2023 Sent to the Governor
3/6/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-146 Colorado Apprenticeship Directory Information 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) / S. Lieder (D) | R. English (D)
Summary:

In 2019, the general assembly created the Colorado state apprenticeship resource directory (directory), established by the department of labor and employment (department), that lists registered apprenticeship program sponsors that operate programs in Colorado. The act expands the information the department requires apprenticeship programs to submit to include the credits, certificates, or other credentials earned or prepared for through a program; program completion metrics; and wage-related information. The directory must also include information regarding each program's registration information and registered apprenticeship program standards.

The act requires the department, in its efforts to promote awareness of the directory, to conduct annual outreach that includes providing technical assistance and resources to promote apprenticeship openings.

APPROVED by Governor April 17, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/8/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/28/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/3/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/6/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/7/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/22/2023 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/23/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/24/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/27/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/28/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/3/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/10/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/10/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/10/2023 Sent to the Governor
4/17/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-172 Protecting Opportunities And Workers' Rights Act 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) | J. Gonzales (D) / M. Weissman (D) | J. Bacon (D)
Summary:

For purposes of addressing discriminatory or unfair employment practices pursuant to Colorado's anti-discrimination laws, the act enacts the "Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights (POWR) Act", which:

  • Directs the Colorado civil rights division (division) to include "harassment" as a basis or description of discrimination on any charge form or charge intake mechanism;
  • Repeals the current definition of "harass" that requires creation of a hostile work environment and redefines "harass" or "harassment" as unwelcome conduct directed at an individual or group of individuals in, or perceived to be in, a protected class, which conduct is subjectively offensive to the individual alleging harassment and objectively offensive to members of the same protected class as the individual alleging harassment, and which conduct need not be severe or pervasive to constitute a discriminatory or an unfair employment practice;
  • Adds protections from discriminatory or unfair employment practices for individuals based on their marital status;
  • For purposes of the exception to otherwise discriminatory practices for an employer that is unable to accommodate an individual with a disability who is otherwise qualified for the job, eliminates the ability for the employer to assert that the individual's disability has a significant impact on the job as a rationale for the employment practice and specifies that the exception is limited to situations in which there is no reasonable accommodation that would allow the individual to satisfy the essential functions of the job;
  • Specifies the requirements for an employer to assert an affirmative defense to an employee's proven claim of unlawful harassment by a supervisor;
  • Specifies the requirements that must be satisfied for a nondisclosure provision in an agreement between an employer and an employee or a prospective employee to be enforceable; and
  • Requires an employer to maintain personnel and employment records for at least 5 years and, with regard to complaints of discriminatory or unfair employment practices, to maintain those records in a designated repository.

The act appropriates a total of $1,248,170 from the general fund for the 2023-24 state fiscal year, allocated as follows to the following state departments and offices, to implement the act:

  • $152,866 to the department of corrections;
  • $23,469 to the department of education;
  • $35,415 to the office of the governor;
  • $23,363 to the department of health care policy and financing;
  • $129,081 to the department of human services;
  • $146,894 to the judicial department;
  • $46,833 to the department of labor and employment;
  • $17,708 to the department of law;
  • $76,276 to the department of natural resources;
  • $89,090 to the department of personnel;
  • $52,912 to the department of public health and environment;
  • $52,912 to the department of public safety;
  • $266,298 to the department of regulatory agencies; and
  • $47,045 to the department of revenue.

Additionally, $88,008 is appropriated from the state highway fund to the department of transportation to implement the act.

APPROVED by Governor June 6, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 2/27/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/5/2023 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/14/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/18/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/19/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/20/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/20/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/25/2023 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/26/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/26/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/27/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/29/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/9/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/10/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/10/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/6/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-205 Universal High School Scholarship Program 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Bridges (D) | P. Lundeen (R) / M. Martinez (D) | D. Wilson (R)
Summary:

The act establishes the universal high school scholarship program (program) in the office of economic development (office) to provide scholarships for the 2024-25 academic year to students who pursue an in-demand or high-priority postsecondary pathway, including degrees, certificates, and registered apprenticeships, with a provider on the eligible training provider lists disseminated by the department of labor and employment, a provider in the Colorado state apprenticeship resource directory, a public or private institution of higher education operating in Colorado, or an organization approved by the office (service providers).

The office, or a vendor contracted by the office, administers the program. The office shall develop policies and procedures necessary to administer the program.

A student is eligible for the program if the student graduated from a Colorado high school or was awarded a high school equivalency credential during the 2023-24 academic year; completes the free application for federal student aid or the Colorado application for state financial aid; and did not receive a grant from the Colorado opportunity scholarship initiative.

Scholarships are awarded in the following priority: First, to all eligible students who intend to enroll at a service provider to pursue an in-demand or high-priority postsecondary pathway, then to other eligible students who intend to enroll at a service provider. The office or vendor determines the amount of each scholarship award, up to a maximum $1,500. Scholarship money is distributed to the service provider for use by the student for tuition, fees, and books.

The act requires the office to contract with vendors to provide postsecondary and career advising at schools identified by the office. The office shall make efforts to identify a diversity of schools in rural and urban areas of the state to receive postsecondary advising support.

The act requires the state treasurer to transfer $25 million from the general fund to the universal high school scholarship cash fund (cash fund). The act appropriates $25 million from the cash fund to the office of the governor for the program.

APPROVED by Governor May 16, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/20/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/3/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/11/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/13/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/14/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/14/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/20/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/28/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/29/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/2/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/8/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/8/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/9/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/16/2023 Signed by Governor
5/16/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-213 Land Use 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Moreno / I. Jodeh (D) | S. Woodrow (D)
Summary:

Housing needs planning. The executive director of the department of local affairs (director) shall, no later than December 31, 2024, and every 5 years thereafter, issue methodology for developing statewide, regional, and local housing needs assessments. The statewide housing needs assessment must determine existing statewide housing stock and current and future housing needs. The regional housing needs assessments must allocate the addressing of housing needs identified in the statewide housing needs assessment to regions of the state. Similarly, the local housing needs assessments must allocate the addressing of the housing needs allocated in the regional housing needs assessment to localities in the relevant region.

The director shall, no later than December 31, 2024, issue guidance on creating a housing needs plan for both a rural resort job center municipality and an urban municipality. Following this guidance, no later than December 31, 2026, and every 5 years thereafter, a rural resort job center municipality and an urban municipality shall develop a housing needs plan and submit that plan to the department of local affairs (department). A housing needs plan must include, among other things, descriptions of how the plan was created, how the municipality will address the housing needs it was assigned in the local housing needs assessment, affordability strategies the municipality has selected to address its local housing needs assessment, an assessment of displacement risk and any strategies selected to address identified risks, and how the locality will comply with other housing requirements in this bill.

The director shall, no later than December 31, 2024, develop and publish a menu of affordability strategies to address housing production, preservation, and affordability. Rural resort job center municipalities and urban municipalities shall identify at least 2 of these strategies that they intend to implement in their housing plan, and urban municipalities with a transit-oriented area must identify at least 3.

The director shall, no later than December 31, 2024, develop and publish a menu of displacement mitigation measures. This menu must, among other things, provide guidance for how to identify areas at the highest risk for displacement and identify displacement mitigation measures that a locality may adopt. An urban municipality must identify which of these measures it intends to implement in its housing plan to address any areas it identifies as at an elevated risk for displacement.

The director shall, no later than March 31, 2024, publish a report that identifies strategic growth objectives that will incentivize growth in transit-oriented areas and infill areas and guide growth at the edges of urban areas. The multi-agency advisory committee shall, no later than March 31, 2024, submit a report to the general assembly concerning the strategic growth objectives.

The bill establishes a multi-agency advisory committee and requires that committee to conduct a public comment and hearing process on and provide recommendations to the director on:

  • Methodologies for developing statewide, regional, and local housing needs assessments;
  • Guidance for creating housing needs plans;
  • Developing a menu of affordability strategies;
  • Developing a menu of displacement mitigation measures;
  • Identifying strategic growth objectives; and
  • Developing reporting guidance and templates.

A county or municipality within a rural resort region shall participate in a regional housing needs planning process. This process must encourage participating counties and municipalities to identify strategies that, either individually or through intergovernmental agreements, address the housing needs assigned to them. A report on this process must be submitted to the department. Further, within 6 months of completing this process, a rural resort job center municipality shall submit a local housing needs plan to the department. Once a year, both rural resort job centers and urban municipalities shall report to the department on certain housing data.

A multi-agency group created in the bill and the division of local government within the department shall provide assistance to localities in complying with the requirements of this bill. This assistance must include technical assistance and a grant program.

Accessory dwelling units. The director shall promulgate an accessory dwelling unit model code that, among other things, requires accessory dwelling units to be allowed as a use by right in any part of a municipality where the municipality allows single-unit detached dwellings as a use by right. The committee shall provide recommendations to the director for promulgating this model code. In developing these recommendations, the committee shall conduct a public comment and hearing process.

Even if a municipality does not adopt the accessory dwelling unit model code, the municipality shall adhere to accessory dwelling unit minimum standards established in the bill and by the department. These minimum standards, among other things, must require a municipality to:

  • Allow accessory dwelling units as a use by right in any part of the municipality where the municipality allows single-unit detached dwellings as a use by right;
  • Only adopt or enforce local laws concerning accessory dwelling units that use objective standards and procedures;
  • Not adopt, enact, or enforce local laws concerning accessory dwelling units that are more restrictive than local laws concerning single-unit detached dwellings; and
  • Not apply standards that make the permitting, siting, or construction of accessory dwelling units infeasible.

Middle housing. The director shall promulgate a middle housing model code that, among other things, requires middle housing to be allowed as a use by right in any part of a rural resort job center municipality or a tier one urban municipality where the municipality allows single-unit detached dwellings as a use by right. The committee shall provide recommendations to the director for promulgating this model code. In developing these recommendations, the committee shall conduct a public comment and hearing process.

Even if a rural resort job center municipality or a tier one urban municipality does not adopt the middle housing model code, the municipality shall adhere to middle housing minimum standards established in the bill and by the department. These minimum standards, among other things, must require a municipality to:

  • Allow middle housing as a use by right in certain areas;
  • Only adopt or enforce local laws concerning middle housing that use objective standards and procedures;
  • Allow properties on which middle housing is allowed to be split by right using objective standards and procedures;
  • Not adopt, enact, or enforce local laws concerning middle housing that are more restrictive than local laws concerning single-unit detached dwellings; and
  • Not apply standards that make the permitting, siting, or construction of middle housing infeasible.

Transit-oriented areas. The director shall promulgate a transit-oriented area model code that, among other things, imposes minimum residential density limits for multifamily residential housing and mixed-income multifamily residential housing and allows these developments as a use by right in the transit-oriented areas of tier one urban municipalities. The committee shall provide recommendations to the director for promulgating this model code. In developing these recommendations, the committee shall conduct a public comment and hearing process.

Even if a tier one urban municipality does not adopt the transit-oriented model code, the municipality shall adhere to middle housing minimum standards established in the bill and by the department. These minimum standards, among other things, must require a municipality to:

  • Create a zoning district within a transit-oriented area in which multifamily housing meets a minimum residential density limit and is allowed as a use by right; and
  • Not apply standards that make the permitting, siting, or construction of multifamily housing in transit-oriented areas infeasible.

Key corridors. The director shall promulgate a key corridor model code that applies to key corridors in rural resort job center municipalities and tier one urban municipalities. The model code must, among other things, include requirements for:

  • The percentage of units in mixed-income multifamily residential housing that must be reserved for low- and moderate-income households;
  • Minimum residential density limits for multifamily residential housing; and
  • Mixed-income multifamily residential housing that must be allowed as a use by right in key corridors.

The committee shall provide recommendations to the director for promulgating this model code. In developing these recommendations, the committee shall conduct a public comment and hearing process.

Even if a rural resort job center municipality or a tier one urban municipality does not adopt the key corridor model code, the municipality shall adhere to key corridor minimum standards promulgated by the director and developed by the department. These minimum standards, among other things, must identify a net residential zoning capacity for a municipality and must require a municipality to:

  • Allow multifamily residential housing within key corridors that meets the net residential zoning capacity as a use by right;
  • Not apply standards that make the permitting, siting, or construction of multifamily housing in certain areas infeasible; and
  • Not adopt, enact, or enforce local laws that make satisfying the required minimum residential density limits infeasible.

The committee shall provide recommendations to the director on promulgating these minimum standards. In developing these recommendations, the committee shall conduct a public comment and hearing process.

Adoption of model codes and minimum standards. A relevant municipality shall adopt either the model code or local laws that satisfy the minimum standards concerning accessory dwelling units, middle housing, transit-oriented areas, and key corridors. Furthermore, a municipality shall submit a report to the department demonstrating that it has done so. If a municipality fails to adopt either the model code or local laws that satisfy the minimum standards by a specified deadline, the relevant model code immediately goes into effect, and municipalities shall then approve any proposed projects that meet the standards in the model code using objective procedures. However, a municipality may apply to the department for a deadline extension for a deficiency in water or wastewater infrastructure or supply.Additional provisions. The bill also:

  • Requires the advisory committee on factory-built structures and tiny homes to produce a report on the opportunities and barriers in state law concerning the building of manufactured homes, mobile homes, and tiny homes;
  • Removes the requirements that manufacturers of factory-built structures comply with escrow requirements of down payments and provide a letter of credit, certificate of deposit issued by a licensed financial institution, or surety bond issued by an authorized insurer;
  • Prohibits a planned unit development resolution or ordinance for a planned unit with a residential use from restricting accessory dwelling units, middle housing, housing in transit-oriented areas, or housing in key corridors in a way not allowed by this bill;
  • Prohibits a local government from enacting or enforcing residential occupancy limits that differ based on the relationships of the occupants of a dwelling;
  • Modifies the content requirements for a county and municipal master plan, requires counties and municipalities to adopt or amend master plans as part of an inclusive process, and requires counties and municipalities to submit master plans to the department;
  • Allows a municipality to sell and dispose of real property and public buildings for the purpose of providing property to be used as affordable housing, without requiring the sale to be submitted to the voters of the municipality;
  • Requires the approval process for manufactured and modular homes to be based on objective standards and administrative review equivalent to the approval process for site-built homes;
  • Prohibits a municipality from imposing more restrictive standards on manufactured and modular homes than the municipality imposes on site-built homes;
  • Prohibits certain municipalities from imposing minimum square footage requirements for residential units in the approval of residential dwelling unit construction permits;
  • Requires certain entities to submit to the Colorado water conservation board (board) a completed and validated water loss audit report pursuant to guidelines that the board shall adopt;
  • Allows the board to make grants from the water efficiency grant program cash fund to provide water loss audit report validation assistance to covered entities;
  • Allows the board and the Colorado water resources and power development authority to consider whether an entity has submitted a required audit report in deciding whether to release financial assistance to the entity for the construction of a water diversion, storage, conveyance, water treatment, or wastewater treatment facility;
  • Prohibits a unit owners' association from restricting accessory dwelling units, middle housing, housing in transit-oriented areas, or housing in key corridors;
  • Requires the department of transportation to ensure that the prioritization criteria for any grant program administered by the department are consistent with state strategic growth objectives, so long as doing so does not violate federal law;
  • Requires any regional transportation plan that is created or updated to address and ensure consistency with state strategic growth objectives;
  • Requires that expenditures for local and state multimodal projects from the multimodal transportation options fund are only to be made for multimodal projects that the department determines are consistent with state strategic growth objectives; and
  • For state fiscal year 2023-24, appropriates $15,000,000 from the general fund to the housing plans assistance fund and makes the department responsible for the accounting related to the appropriation.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/22/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government & Housing
4/18/2023 Senate Committee on Local Government & Housing Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/26/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/27/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/28/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
4/28/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2023 House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/4/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/4/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/5/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/6/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB23-216 Colorado Universal Preschool Program Funding 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Bridges (D) | R. Zenzinger (D) / E. Sirota (D) | R. Bockenfeld (R)
Summary:

Current law requires the general assembly to transfer money to the preschool programs cash fund from the general fund or the state education fund in the 2023-24 and 2024-25 state fiscal years. Beginning in the 2024-25 state fiscal year, the amount transferred is required to increase by the rate of inflation.

The act repeals those requirements and instead requires the general assembly to appropriate money to the department of early childhood (department) for the 2023-24 state fiscal year for purposes of the Colorado universal preschool program. Beginning in the 2024-25 state fiscal year, and each year thereafter, the amount appropriated must increase annually by the rate of inflation.

APPROVED by Governor April 20, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/24/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
3/28/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/29/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
4/3/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/4/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/5/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/6/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/12/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/12/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/13/2023 Sent to the Governor
4/20/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-220 Public School Capital Construction Assistance Grants 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | B. Kirkmeyer (R) / S. Bird (D) | E. Sirota (D)
Summary:

During the 2021 legislative session, the general assembly transferred $10 million from the general fund to the public school capital construction assistance fund (fund) and appropriated this money for air quality improvement grants for schools. Of the money transferred and appropriated for air quality improvement grants, $4,705,220 remains in the fund and has not been distributed. The appropriation for fiscal year 2021-22 has expired. The act specifies that the unspent money transferred and appropriated for air quality improvement grants must not be used for air quality improvement grants and instead must be used for financial assistance as provided in the "Building Excellent Schools Today Act".

During the 2022 legislative session, the general assembly scheduled a transfer of $30 million from the marijuana tax cash fund to the fund for June 1, 2023. The act repeals this scheduled transfer before it occurs.

For state fiscal year 2023-24, the act requires the public school capital construction assistance board (board) to allocate $49,705,220 from public school capital construction assistance board cash grants to be used for supplemental grants at schools experiencing capital construction project cost overruns as a result of COVID-19 inflationary pressure.

The act changes the financial capacity factors for evaluating the match requirement for public school capital construction projects for school districts and boards of cooperative services. The new factors apply to grants awarded on or after September 1, 2023, and funded on or after July 1, 2024.

The act transfers $15 million from the state education fund to the fund on June 1, 2023. $10 million in royalties and other payments for depletion or extraction of natural resources on state lands is credited to the fund for the 2022-23 state fiscal year. The act provides for a reduction of $294,780 in cash funds appropriated from the fund to the department of education for board cash grants in the 2023 long bill.

APPROVED by Governor May 12, 2023

EFFECTIVE May 12, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/24/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
3/28/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/29/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/30/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
4/3/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/5/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/6/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/10/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
4/26/2023 House Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
4/27/2023 Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
5/3/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/4/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/4/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/12/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-231 Amend Fund To Allow Payment Overdue Wage Claims 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Bridges (D) | R. Zenzinger (D) / E. Sirota (D) | R. Bockenfeld (R)
Summary:

Starting April 1, 2024, the act allows the division of labor standards and statistics (division) in the department of labor and employment (department) to use money in the wage theft enforcement fund (fund) to pay employees who are owed money from their employers due to obligations and liabilities related to the payment of wages or other compensation. The division may pay an employee if an employer fails to fulfill an order by the division to pay the employee that results from a wage claim or an investigation:

  • Within 6 months after the division issues a citation and notice of assessment to the employer; or
  • If the employer requests a hearing, within 6 months after the hearing officer issues a decision.

The act specifies that after the division pays the employee:

  • The employee cannot recover that payment amount from the employer;
  • The division replaces the employee as creditor and shall continue to pursue the payment from the employer; and
  • Any money recovered from the employer by the division will be credited to the fund.

The act requires the division to promulgate rules specifying procedures and criteria for employees to request payments and for the division to make determinations on employee requests.

The act continuously appropriates money in the fund to the division for the purpose of making payments to employees for unpaid liabilities, but for purposes of the division's direct and indirect costs implementing wage laws, the money in the fund is subject to annual appropriation by the general assembly. The act excludes the fund from the limit on cash fund reserves. For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $12,657 from the fund to the department for use by the department's office of the executive director for personal services.

APPROVED by Governor April 17, 2023

EFFECTIVE April 17, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/24/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
3/28/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/29/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
4/3/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/4/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/5/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/6/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/11/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/11/2023 Sent to the Governor
4/11/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/17/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-232 Unemployment Insurance Premiums Allocation Federal Law Compliance 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | B. Kirkmeyer (R) / S. Bird (D) | E. Sirota (D)
Summary:

For purposes of complying with requirements of the "Federal Unemployment Tax Act", the act reduces employer premium rates by 10% across all rates in the standard premium rate schedule. Additionally, the act creates a schedule for the support surcharge rate (schedule), which is used to establish contributions to the employment support fund, the employment and training technology fund, and the benefit recovery fund. The new schedule uses the same methodology as is used in calculating an employer's percent of excess, which is the percentage resulting from the calculation of an employer's excess of premiums paid over benefits charged, divided by the average chargeable payroll.

The act changes the cap on the amount of money in the employment support fund at the end of any state fiscal year from an amount calculated based on a portion of the employer premium plus $17 million to a total of $32.5 million for the next state fiscal year, which amount is adjusted annually based on changes in average weekly earnings.

The act expands the authorized use of money in the Title XII repayment fund to allow the division of unemployment insurance (division) in the department of labor and employment to use the money for costs associated with bonds or notes issued by the division, including interest on the bonds or notes, to the extent permitted by federal law.

The act eliminates the requirement for employers to submit premium reports to the division and instead requires employers to submit wage reports.

APPROVED by Governor May 1, 2023

EFFECTIVE May 1, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/24/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
3/28/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/30/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 004/03/2023 - No Amendments
3/30/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/03/2023 - No Amendments
4/3/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/4/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/5/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
4/14/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/14/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/15/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/18/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Pass
4/18/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Reconsider
4/18/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/26/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/27/2023 Sent to the Governor
4/27/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/1/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB23-233 Employment Services Funded By Wagner-Peyser Act 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | B. Kirkmeyer (R) / E. Sirota (D) | R. Bockenfeld (R)
Summary:

The act requires a county that seeks to use county department employees (employees) to deliver employment services that are funded through the federal "Wagner-Peyser Act" to create a merit system for the selection, retention, and promotion of these employees. The act requires each county's merit system to conform to specific standards. If a county already has a system in place, the county is required to update the system to comply with the standards.

APPROVED by Governor April 17, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/24/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
3/28/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/29/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
4/3/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/3/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/4/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/6/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/11/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/11/2023 Sent to the Governor
4/11/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/17/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-248 Attorney General Regulated Consumer Credit Transactions 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D) | L. Liston (R) / J. Mabrey (D) | R. Weinberg (R)
Summary:

The act amends the "Uniform Consumer Credit Code" (code) by:

  • Updating the renewal dates for entities required to be licensed under the code from January 31 of each year to July 1 of each year;
  • Creating the consumer credit unit cash fund, into which all fees collected under the code on and after July 1, 2024, must be deposited; and
  • Repealing the uniform consumer credit code cash fund and the collection agency cash fund and transferring the balances remaining in the funds to the consumer credit unit cash fund.

The act amends language in the "Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practices Act" relating to the duty of the code administrator to maintain confidentiality to align with the code and the "Colorado Student Loan Equity Act".

The act amends the "Colorado Student Loan Equity Act" by:

  • Requiring licensed entities to include an annual report upon application for license renewal;
  • Changing the term "private education loan" to "private education credit obligation" and updating corresponding terms accordingly;
  • Defining the term "refinanced" and excluding student loans subject to refinancing from registration requirements; and
  • Including a cosigner within the definition of "borrower".

The act authorizes collection agencies, persons who provide debt-management services, and student loan servicers to allow their employees to work remotely.

APPROVED by Governor June 5, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/24/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/11/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Finance
4/18/2023 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/21/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/24/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
5/3/2023 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/5/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/6/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/16/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/17/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/17/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/5/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-258 Consolidate Colorado Educator Programs In Colorado Department of Education 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Buckner (D) | P. Lundeen (R) / D. Michaelson Jenet (D) | M. Bradfield (R)
Summary:

The act consolidates the review and approval process for educator preparation programs under the department of education and the state board of education.

The act creates an advisory committee to the state board of education and the department to provide input on relevant topics related to educator preparation and educator quality.

The act anticipates an appropriation of $108,990 from the educator licensure cash fund to the department of education for the office of professional services.

APPROVED by Governor June 2, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die; except that section 22-60.5-121 (2)(h) takes effect only if House Bill 23-1231 becomes law and takes effect on the effective date of this act or the effective date of House Bill 23-1231, whichever is later. House Bill 23-1231 took effect May 15, 2023.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/30/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/10/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/14/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/14/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/17/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/19/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/27/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/28/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/1/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/2/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2023 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/4/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/9/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/10/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/10/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/2/2023 Signed by Governor
6/2/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-261 Direct Care Workforce Stabilization Board 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | T. Exum (D) / M. Duran (D) | J. Willford (D)
Summary:

The act creates the direct care workforce stabilization board (board) in the department of labor and employment (department) to review the direct care industry, which is the industry of workers who provide home-based or community-based direct care to individuals who require assistance in accomplishing activities of daily living. The act directs the board, at least once every 2 years, to review the direct care industry and develop recommendations for:

  • Minimum employment standards for direct care workers based on information gathered through an investigation of the direct care industry market in relation to the Colorado labor market; and
  • Improving state communications with direct care workers about their rights and the obligations of direct care employers.

The board must conduct public hearings to engage direct care workers, direct care employers, and direct care consumers in the development of the standards and recommendations for improved communications. The executive director of the department may direct the board to review minimum direct care employment standards more frequently.

The board must report any recommendations approved by at least 8 board members to the governor and specified committees of the general assembly by September 1, 2024, and at least every 2 years thereafter. Direct care employers are required to provide annual notices to direct care workers regarding:

  • Their rights and the obligations of direct care employers under the act;
  • Any minimum direct care employer standards and local jurisdiction employment standards applicable to direct care workers; and
  • Contact information for obtaining assistance from the department.

Direct care employers are prohibited from retaliating against direct care workers for participating in board meetings and activities. The board is subject to a sunset review and repeal on September 1, 2029.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, the act appropriates:

  • $186,876 from the general fund to the department of labor and employment for use by the executive director's office to implement the act; and
  • $60,358 from the general fund and anticipates $60,358 in federal funds to the department of health care policy and financing to implement the act.

APPROVED by Governor June 5, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 3/31/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/11/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/18/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/20/2023 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/21/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/24/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/24/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
4/27/2023 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/28/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/28/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/29/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/9/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/10/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/10/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/5/2023 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB23-269 Colorado Preschool Program Provider Bonus Payments 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Buckner (D) | J. Rich (R) / M. Lukens (D) | M. Bradfield (R)
Summary:

The act creates the Colorado universal preschool program provider participation bonus program (bonus program). The bonus program requires a one-time bonus payment to any eligible preschool provider (provider) that participates in the preschool program established in the department of early childhood (department). The department can award additional bonus payments to eligible recipients that maintain or increase their licensed capacity to serve infants and toddlers between April 1, 2022, and April 1, 2024. Subject to available appropriations, the department shall also award bonus payments to eligible recipients located in low-capacity preschool areas.

The purpose of the bonus program is to:

  • Increase provider participation in the Colorado universal preschool program (preschool program) to ensure that all children have access to a universal preschool classroom in their communities;
  • Strengthen the mixed delivery system by supporting providers that have not previously participated in the Colorado state-run preschool program; and
  • Preserve access to infant and toddler care.

Providers are required to use the bonus payments to implement or support the preschool program or maintain or expand infant and toddler care.

The department is required to report to the joint budget committee on or before September 1, 2024, on the number and types of providers that receive bonus payments and the number and types of bonus payments awarded.

The bonus program is repealed, effective July 1, 2025.

The act appropriates $2,500,000 from the general fund to the department for purposes of the program.

APPROVED by Governor June 2, 2023

EFFECTIVE June 2, 2023
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 4/5/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/12/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/18/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/18/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/19/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
4/27/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/28/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/2/2023 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/3/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/6/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/15/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/15/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/15/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/2/2023 Governor Signed
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SB23-281 Limited Transferability Of College Credits Notice 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) / B. McLachlan (D)
Summary:

The act requires all non-regionally-accredited higher education institutions to provide incoming students with an enrollment agreement before the student enrolls. The agreement must include information about where students can obtain statewide credit for prior learning and a notice explaining that individual credits obtained at the non-regionally-accredited higher institution may not transfer to other colleges or universities in certain circumstances. The act does not apply to private occupational schools.

APPROVED by Governor June 6, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 4/12/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
4/24/2023 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/26/2023 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/27/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
5/1/2023 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/3/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/4/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/6/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/15/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/15/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/15/2023 Sent to the Governor
6/6/2023 Governor Signed
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SB23-292 Labor Requirements For Energy Sector Construction 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: C. Hansen (D) | S. Fenberg (D) / M. Duran (D) | S. Bird (D)
Summary:

In 2019, the general assembly adopted an apprenticeship utilization law (apprenticeship utilization law) that requires the general contractor for a public project that does not receive federal money, and that is in the amount of $1,000,000 or more, to submit, at the time a mechanical, electrical, or plumbing subcontractor is put under contract, certain documentation regarding the contractors that will do the work to the contracting agency. At the same time, the general assembly also adopted a prevailing wage law (prevailing wage law) that requires any contractor who is awarded a contract for a public project by an agency of government for $500,000 or more and that does not include federal money, and any subcontractors working on the public project, to pay their employees a prevailing wage at weekly intervals.

The act creates a new category of public projects defined as "energy sector public works projects", and requires these projects to comply with the requirements of the apprenticeship utilization law and the prevailing wage law. An "energy sector public works project" is any project that:

  • Has the purpose of generating, transmitting, or distributing electricity or natural gas to provide energy to Colorado individual consumers and businesses, is built by or for a public utility, and is funded in whole or in part by the state or utility customer funding; or
  • Has the purpose of generating or distributing electricity or natural gas for the purpose of providing energy to Colorado individual consumers and businesses from utility customer funding as approved by a cooperative electric association.

With certain exceptions, the act requires that a contract between public utilities, cooperative electric associations, or independent power producers and lead contractors for an energy sector public works project include provisions that expressly require that all work performed under the contract comply with the apprenticeship utilization law and the state prevailing wage law if the project is an electric power generation project with a nameplate generation capacity of one megawatt or higher or if the project is a project other than an electric power generation project with a total cost of one million dollars or more. All contracts with subcontractors on the project are also required to include such provisions. If the contract for an energy sector public works project does not include such provisions, the project will not be eligible to receive state funding or to receive required authorizations or approvals from the public utilities commission (PUC).

For projects funded in whole or in part by the state, the requirements to comply with the apprenticeship utilization law and the prevailing wage law apply only when the project is a power generation project with a nameplate generation capacity of one megawatt or higher or an energy storage system with an energy rating of one megawatt of power capacity or 4 megawatt hours of useable energy capacity or higher and the aggregated public assistance from the state is $500,000 or more. For other projects, the apprenticeship utilization law and the prevailing wage law apply only when the total project cost is one million dollars or more and the aggregated public assistance from the state, funding from a public utility, or funding from a cooperative electric association is $500,000 or more.

The requirements to comply with the apprenticeship utilization law and the prevailing wage law do not apply to a project that is covered by a project labor agreement, work on an energy sector public works project performed by employees of a utility company, work on an energy sector public works project put out to bid on or after January 1, 2024, that is qualified for and claims the increased federal production tax credit or investment tax credit amount by having satisfied federal "Inflation Reduction Act" requirements, a utility-incentivized demand-side management or electrification program, a utility or state-funded building energy efficiency program, service agreements that were entered into on or before March 1, 2023, projects that involve an electric distribution line with a specified capacity, and projects that involve pipelines with a specified minimum yield strength.

The lead contractor for an energy sector public works project is required to prepare certified payroll records for workers directly employed by the contractor, obtain certified payroll records from all contractors and subcontractors on the project, and submit the records to the public utility or other owner of the energy sector public works project weekly. The lead contractor is also required to prepare a quarterly craft labor certification that attests that the lead contractor and all subcontractors are compliant with the apprenticeship utilization law and the prevailing wage law. The public utility, cooperative electric association, independent power producer, or other owner of an energy sector public works project is required to maintain the records for all craft labor certifications and is required to either provide copies quarterly to the department of labor and employment or require the lead contractor to provide such copies.

The state auditor's office is required to conduct an audit of the PUC's approval of energy sector public works projects no later than January 1, 2029, and at least 5 years thereafter. The purpose of the audit is to establish oversight and accountability for compliance with the "best value" employment metrics for electric resources acquisition and the employment, training, wage, and apprenticeship requirements specified in the act.

Violations of the requirements for energy sector public works project contracts are subject to the penalties described in the apprenticeship utilization law and the prevailing wage law.

In lieu of compliance with the apprenticeship utilization law and the prevailing wage law, a public utility, cooperative electric association, or independent power producer may incorporate a project labor agreement requirement for an energy sector public works project. The PUC is prohibited from denying approval of an energy sector public works project solely because it uses a project labor agreement.

The act specifies which provisions of the apprenticeship utilization law for public projects apply to energy sector public works projects.

Regarding "best value" employment metrics that the PUC is required to consider when it evaluates electric resource acquisitions and requests for certificates of public convenience and necessity for construction or expansion of generating facilities, the act requires the PUC to promulgate rules requiring utilities, when submitting annual progress reports for an electric resource acquisition, to collect and provide to the PUC information concerning the implementation of "best value" employment metrics and requires the PUC to report annually to committees of reference of the general assembly concerning the information that is reported.

The act adds enforcement mechanisms for the existing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing apprenticeship utilization requirements for gas demand-side management projects and beneficial electrification projects. In addition, the act requires that projects undertaken pursuant to specified existing state laws comply with the state mechanical, electrical, and plumbing apprenticeship utilization law and the state prevailing wage law.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, the act appropriates $108,401 from the general fund to the department of labor and employment for use by the division of labor standards and statistics to implement the act.

APPROVED by Governor May 23, 2023

EFFECTIVE January 1, 2024

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 4/18/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/25/2023 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/28/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/28/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/1/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/1/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
5/3/2023 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/4/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/4/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/5/2023 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/6/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/16/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/17/2023 Sent to the Governor
5/17/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/23/2023 Governor Signed
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SB23-302 Colorado Veterans' Service-to-career Program 
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: B. Pelton (R) | N. Hinrichsen (D) / D. Ortiz (D) | A. Hartsook (R)
Summary:

Current law includes a Colorado veterans' service-to-career program (program), which authorizes nonprofit agencies to partner with work force centers selected by the department of labor and employment to provide veterans and other eligible participants with skills training, internships, work placements, mentorship opportunities, career and professional counseling, and support services. The program requires that if a program participant is eligible for federal funding that federal funding must be used first. The act repeals that requirement. The act requires work force center staff to vet potential program participants and leverage additional funding sources to deliver comprehensive services. Obsolete language related to the program is repealed. The act extends the repeal date for the program to July 1, 2024.

APPROVED by Governor June 6, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 4/25/2023 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/27/2023 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/1/2023 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/1/2023 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/2/2023 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2023 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
5/3/2023 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/6/2023 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/7/2023 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/8/2023 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/8/2023 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/15/2023 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/15/2023 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/15/2023 Sent to the Governor
6/6/2023 Governor Signed
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