CSFC 2024 Priority Bill List
CSFC 2024 Priority Bill List

HB24-1006 Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant Application 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Assist Rural Community Wildfire-Related Grant Application
Sponsors: E. Velasco (D) | M. Snyder (D) / L. Cutter (D) | P. Will (R)
Summary:

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill directs the rural opportunity office (office) in the Colorado office of economic development to assist rural communities with identifying and applying for state or federal grants for wildfire mitigation, prevention, response, or risk management efforts (wildfire-related grants).

On or before July 1, 2025, and on or before July 1 of every odd year thereafter, the office is required to prepare a report summarizing its work to assist rural communities with identifying and applying for wildfire-related grants. The report must include information about the rural communities that the office assists and the grants awarded to rural communities that the office assists. The office is required to submit the report to the wildfire matters review committee or, if the committee no longer exists, to the legislative committees with jurisdiction over natural resources matters.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/10/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources
3/4/2024 House Committee on Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB24-1015 Workplace Suicide Prevention Education 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Workplace Suicide Prevention Education
Sponsors: S. Vigil (D) / D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Summary:

The bill requires the division of labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment to create and make available to employers suicide prevention education posters and notices.

Starting July 1, 2025, employers are required to display the suicide prevention education posters in their workplaces and certain employers are required to include the suicide prevention education notices in documents provided to employees.

The office of suicide prevention within the department of public health and environment must create a website to provide information about workplace suicide prevention. The bill requires the suicide prevention education posters to include a quick response (QR) code and a website link to connect to the website.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/10/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
1/31/2024 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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HB24-1016 Defined Personnel for Emergency Telephone Services 
Comment: Governor Signed
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Defined Personnel for Emergency Telephone Services
Sponsors: S. Lieder (D) | R. Armagost (R) / C. Kolker (D) | K. Van Winkle (R)
Summary:

The bill defines "emergency communications specialist" as a first responder whose duties involve emergency and nonemergency dispatch services. The bill also clarifies that the currently authorized use of the emergency telephone charge, the 911 surcharge, and the prepaid wireless 911 charge, for training for public safety answering point (PSAP) personnel includes training for emergency communications specialists, technical support PSAP personnel, and other personnel essential for the provision of emergency telephone services, emergency notification services, and emergency medical dispatch.


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

Status: 1/10/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
1/31/2024 House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/2/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
2/5/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/7/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government & Housing
2/20/2024 Senate Committee on Local Government & Housing Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/22/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/23/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2024 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/4/2024 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/5/2024 Sent to the Governor
3/15/2024 Governor Signed
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HB24-1030 Railroad Safety Requirements 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 24 2024
SENATE TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 352
(1) in senate calendar.
News: Colorado lawmakers weigh limits, safety regulations for trains as derailed Uinta Basin Railway trains seek fresh tracks
Short Title: Railroad Safety Requirements
Sponsors: J. Mabrey (D) | T. Mauro (D) / L. Cutter (D) | T. Exum (D)
Summary:

Transportation Legislation Review Committee. The bill imposes safety requirements on railroads operating trains in the state. The bill specifies that:

  • The length of a train must not exceed 8,500 feet;
  • With certain exceptions, on or before July 1, 2026, and thereafter, railroads must operate, maintain, and report the location of wayside detector systems. A wayside detector is an electronic device or a series of devices that monitors passing trains for defects.
  • A train may not obstruct a public crossing for longer than 10 minutes unless the train is continuously moving or is prevented from moving by circumstances beyond the railroad's control; With certain exceptions, any train or equipment operating on a main line or siding in the state must be operated in such a manner as to minimize obstruction of emergency vehicles at highway-rail crossings. Where such obstruction occurs and the train crew is aware of the obstruction, the train crew must immediately take any action, consistent with safe operating procedures, necessary to clear the highway-rail crossing.
  • Upon the approach of an emergency vehicle at a crossing, if the emergency vehicle gives warning of its approach by the sounding of sirens, flashing of lights, waving of a flag, or any other warning sufficient to attract attention to the emergency vehicle, a train crew must separate the train or equipment and clear the crossing with all possible dispatch to permit the emergency vehicle to pass.
  • Any crew member of a train may report to the crew member's designated union representative a safety violation, injury, or death that occurred during the operation of a train. After receiving a report of a violation, a designated union representative may enter a railroad's place of operation to investigate the report during reasonable hours and after notifying providing reasonable notice to the railroad.
  • The public utilities commission (PUC) may impose fines for the violation of these safety requirements or for denying a union representative's access to the railroad's place of operation. The bill requires the PUC to develop guidelines for determining, imposing, and appealing fines.

The bill also creates the front range passenger rail district maintenance and safety fund (fund), which consists of money collected as fines imposed by the PUC. For the 2025-26 state fiscal year and each state fiscal year thereafter, money in the fund is continuously annually appropriated to the state treasurer for the purpose of issuing warrants from the fund to the front range passenger rail district transit and rail division in the department of transportation to be expended for safety planning and development during the research, development, and construction of a passenger rail system; maintaining a passenger rail system; and completing capital development projects to improve the safety of a passenger rail system.

The bill requires that on or before July 1, 2025, and at least once every 3 years thereafter, each railroad offer training to each fire department having jurisdiction along tracks upon which the railroad operates in the state. The PUC is required to promulgate rules concerning the training.

The bill requires railroads that transport hazardous material in Colorado to maintain insurance coverage that is adequate to cover costs and liabilities resulting from accidents. The PUC is required to promulgate rules establishing minimum coverage amounts.

For the 2024-25 state fiscal year, the bill appropriates $11,651 from the general fund to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the PUC.

(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: 1/10/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
2/28/2024 House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/15/2024 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/19/2024 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/3/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/4/2024 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/5/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/8/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
Fiscal Notes:

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HB24-1055 Child Passenger Safety & Education 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Child Passenger Safety & Education
Sponsors: M. Froelich (D) | R. Pugliese (R) / F. Winter (D) | K. Priola (D)
Summary:

Transportation Legislation Review Committee. The bill creates the child passenger safety education and distribution grant program (grant program) within the department of transportation (department). The department is required to promulgate rules specifying the time frames for applying for grants, the form of the grant program application, the criteria for determining who is eligible for the grant program, the criteria the department shall consider in awarding grants, and the deadlines for distributing grant money.

Grant recipients shall use the money received through the grant program for the following purposes:

  • To provide funding for the certification or recertification of child passenger safety technicians;
  • To educate families on the child passenger safety laws; or
  • To create child restraint system distribution programs for families of children who do not have a legally compliant child restraint system.

The bill creates the child passenger safety education and distribution grant program fund (fund) to pay for the grant program. The fund consists of general fund money and any other gifts, grants, or donations that the department receives. The department may use money from the fund to pay the direct and indirect costs that the department incurs to administer the grant program.

The bill changes the child restraint system requirements in existing law as follows:

  • Increases the age at which children are required to use a child restraint system from under 8 years of age to under 9 years of age and adds that a child under 57 inches in height, regardless of age, must use a child restrain system;
  • Increases the age, from under one year of age to under 2 years of age, and the weight, from under 20 pounds to under 40 pounds, of children who must be restrained in a rear-facing child restraint system in a rear seat of the vehicle;
  • Increases the age, from one year of age or older to 2 years of age or older, of children who must be restrained in a rear-facing or forward-facing child restraint system in a rear seat of the vehicle, if a rear seat is available;
  • Adds a requirement that children who are at least 4 years of age but under 9 years of age and who weigh at least 40 pounds utilize a booster seat, which must be situated in a rear seat of the vehicle, if a rear seat is available; and
  • Adds a requirement that children who are at least 9 years of age but under 13 years of age sit in the rear seat of a vehicle, if a rear seat is available, and be properly secured with a safety belt.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/10/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
2/13/2024 House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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HB24-1091 Fire-Hardened Building Materials in Real Property 
Comment: Governor signed
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Colorado lawmakers target HOAs with more restrictions to protect homeowners from foreclosure
Short Title: Fire-Hardened Building Materials in Real Property
Sponsors: K. Brown (D) | B. Titone (D) / L. Cutter (D) | S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Summary:

The bill generally prohibits covenants and other restrictions that disallow the installation, use, or maintenance of fire-hardened building materials in residential real property, including in common interest communities. However, the bill allows a unit owners' association of a common interest community to develop reasonable standards regarding the design, dimensions, placement, or external appearance of fire-hardened building materials used for fencing within the community.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/22/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
1/31/2024 House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/2/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/5/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/7/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government & Housing
2/20/2024 Senate Committee on Local Government & Housing Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/22/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/23/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2024 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/4/2024 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/5/2024 Sent to the Governor
3/12/2024 Governor Signed
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HB24-1104 Prohibiting Firefighter Personal Information on Internet 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Prohibiting Firefighter Personal Information on Internet
Sponsors: M. Snyder (D) | R. Armagost (R) / T. Exum (D)
Summary:

The bill adds firefighters to the class of people whose personal information is protected from publication on the internet by public entities upon a firefighter's request.


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

Status: 1/25/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/7/2024 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/9/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
2/12/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/20/2024 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/25/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/26/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/8/2024 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/9/2024 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/10/2024 Sent to the Governor
4/11/2024 Governor Signed
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HB24-1112 First Responder with Disability License Plate 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: First Responder with Disability License Plate
Sponsors: G. Evans (R)
Summary:

The bill creates a special license plate to honor first responders who have a permanent occupational disability (first responder). A first responder may obtain a special license plate without paying taxes or fees for the plate or the vehicle. For additional vehicles, a first responder must pay the standard motor vehicle fees plus 2 one-time fees of $25. One fee is credited to the highway users tax fund and the other fee is credited to the licensing services cash fund. An individual may obtain the license plate with the identifying figure that allows the use of reserved parking for people with disabilities.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/26/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
2/15/2024 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB24-1139 Death Benefit for State Employee Surviving Spouse 
Comment: Awaiting Governor signature
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Death Benefit for State Employee Surviving Spouse
Sponsors: S. Lieder (D) | R. Armagost (R) / P. Will (R) | T. Exum (D)
Summary:

Pursuant to the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado", if an employee dies, death benefits are paid to a dependent surviving spouse of the employee for life or until remarriage. The bill specifies that death benefits will be paid to a dependent surviving spouse of a deceased employee for life, regardless of remarriage, if the surviving spouse receives death benefits pursuant to current law, and the deceased employee was a state employee who worked in a job with a high-risk classification.

The bill specifies that a job with a "high-risk classification" includes certain employees of the Colorado state patrol, certain employees of the Colorado bureau of investigation, certain employees of the department of corrections, certain firefighters, investigators, or fire marshals employed by the division of fire prevention and control in the department of public safety, wildlife officers and parks and recreation officers employed by the division of wildlife in the department of natural resources, and employees of the department of transportation responsible for highway safety and maintenance.

(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: 1/29/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/8/2024 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/9/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/12/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/7/2024 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/12/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/13/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/15/2024 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/26/2024 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/27/2024 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/28/2024 Sent to the Governor
4/4/2024 Governor Signed
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HB24-1155 Management of Certain Public Safety Emergencies 
Comment: Awaiting Governor Signature
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Management of Certain Public Safety Emergencies
Sponsors: E. Velasco (D) / L. Cutter (D)
Summary:

Current law regarding the authority over wildland fires is not aligned with current practice for managing wildland fires in the state. The bill aligns the statutes that address the management of wildland fires with current practice.

Transfer of wildland fire management from a fire response agency to the county sheriff. Current law specifies that a fire protection district may transfer the management of a wildland fire to the county sheriff (sheriff) when the fire exceeds the fire chief of a fire protection district's (fire chief) capability to manage, but does not contemplate such transfer by a municipal fire department, volunteer fire department, fire authority, or other fire response agency. To specify the authority of all fire response agencies to transfer the management of a wildland fire to the sheriff, the bill authorizes a fire department, as currently defined in law, to transfer the management of a wildland fire and repeals references to transfers by a fire protection district.

In addition, current law allows a sheriff to develop a wildfire preparedness plan for the unincorporated area of a county in cooperation with any fire district with jurisdiction over the unincorporated area. The bill specifies that the sheriff may also develop such plan in cooperation with any fire department with jurisdiction over the unincorporated area.

Management of wildland fires subject to the provisions of relevant plans or agreements. Current law specifies that the duties of the sheriff and the fire chief are subject to the community wildfire protection plan (CWPP). However, the CWPP addresses the identification and reduction of hazards and is not focused on the response to or management of wildland fires. The bill repeals references to the CWPP in the statutes that address the response to and management of wildland fires and specifies that the sheriff and the fire chief are subject to any relevant plans or agreements. Management strategy when a wildland fire has been transferred to the state. Current law specifies that when a sheriff transfers the management of a wildland fire to the division of fire prevention and control in the department of public safety (division), the division is required to use unified command, which is a management strategy that uses multiple incident commanders with shared objectives. This requirement does not allow the division and the sheriff to determine the most appropriate management strategy for each wildland fire. The bill repeals the requirement that the division and the sheriff use unified command when a wildland fire has been transferred to the division. Management strategy for hazardous substance incident response. In addition, current law requires that unified command be used in the response to a hazardous substance incident, which does not allow responding agencies to determine the most appropriate response to and management of such an incident. The bill repeals the requirement that unified command be used in a hazardous substance incident. Use of the current incident command system for wildland fire management. Current law requires a sheriff to appoint a local incident management team to provide command and control to manage a wildland fire. However, a sheriff, the fire department, or the state may instead assign an incident commander or a non-local incident management team to manage the fire. The bill repeals the requirement that a sheriff appoint a local incident management team and instead requires the sheriff to appoint an incident commander for a wildland fire. In addition, the bill specifies that the agency that has jurisdiction over any wildland fire in the state is required to manage the fire using the incident command system as currently defined in law. References to the state emergency operations plan in wildland fire response and suppression statutes. Current law specifies that the division is the lead state agency for wildland fire suppression as identified in the Colorado state emergency operations plan (SEOP) and in accordance with the Colorado state forest service statute. However, the SEOP can only be activated by an executive order and does not apply to the majority of wildland fire operations or the majority of assistance and support that the division provides to local agencies. In addition, the reference to the state forest service is no longer accurate. The bill repeals references to the SEOP and the state forest service in the statute designating the division as the lead state agency for wildland fire response and suppression.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/30/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources
2/12/2024 House Committee on Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/14/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
2/15/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/20/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
3/7/2024 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/12/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/13/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/15/2024 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/26/2024 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/27/2024 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/28/2024 Sent to the Governor
4/4/2024 Governor Signed
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HB24-1168 Equal Access to Public Meetings 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Equal Access to Public Meetings
Sponsors: M. Froelich (D) | M. Rutinel (D) / N. Hinrichsen (D)
Summary:

The bill requires state and local public bodies (public bodies) to ensure that the following accessibility requirements are implemented by July 1, 2025:

  • Any public meeting at which public business is discussed, formal action may be taken, or recommendations to the governing body of the public body may be discussed (meeting) held by a public body is required to be accessible in real time by live streaming video or audio that is recorded and accessible to individuals with disabilities;
  • A public body is required to post on its website, at least 24 hours before a meeting, any documents that will be distributed during the meeting;
  • For any meeting of a public body during which public testimony will be heard, the public body is required to allow any individual to participate in the meeting and offer public testimony by using a video conferencing platform unless the meeting occurs in a geographic location that lacks broadband internet service; and
  • A public body is required to provide any auxiliary aids or services requested in time for the meeting for which they were requested. A public body may require that a request for auxiliary aids or services to attend a meeting of the public body with the use of the video conferencing platform be made up to 7 days before the date of the meeting.

Nothing in the bill prohibits a public body from promulgating rules for the administration of public testimony so long as the rules apply to both in-person and remote testimony, and nothing in the bill requires a public body to provide hardware or software or internet or phone access at an individual's home.

The failure of any public body to comply with the applicable requirements of the bill constitutes discrimination on the basis of disability. Any individual who is subjected to a violation is entitled to seek relief as currently provided in law.


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

Status: 1/31/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
3/20/2024 House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB24-1218 Ground Ambulance Service Rates & Billing 
Comment: Bill dead
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Ground Ambulance Service Rates & Billing
Sponsors: K. McCormick (D) | M. Soper (R) / K. Mullica (D) | M. Baisley (R)
Summary:

For ground ambulance services, the bill:

  • Allows a political subdivision, or an ambulance service providing ambulance services on behalf of the political subdivision, to submit to the division of insurance the established rates for the ambulance services;
  • Establishes reimbursement rates for ambulance services that are out-of-network; and
  • Prohibits an out-of-network ambulance service from billing a covered person any outstanding balance for a covered service not paid for by a carrier, except for any coinsurance, deductible, or copayment amount required to be paid by the covered person.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/5/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/19/2024 House Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
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HB24-1219 First Responder Employer Health Benefit Trusts 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: First Responder Employer Health Benefit Trusts
Sponsors: J. McCluskie (D) | M. Lynch (R) / B. Pelton (R) | K. Mullica (D)
Summary:

The bill makes 2 principal changes to current firefighter benefit programs. First, the bill expands state funding for the firefighter heart and circulatory malfunction benefits program to include paid part-time and volunteer firefighters. Second, the bill provides state funding for the firefighter cancer benefits program for eligible firefighters.

Current law requires an employer to provide access to specified heart and circulatory malfunction benefits to eligible, full-time firefighters and the employer is reimbursed by the state for providing the full-time firefighter benefits. Current law also specifies that if funding to reimburse the employer is insufficient, then the requirement to provide the specified cardiac benefits is optional. The bill requires employers to provide access to certain heart and circulatory malfunction benefits to part-time and volunteer firefighters. This requirement likewise becomes voluntary if funding is insufficient.

Current law authorizes employers to voluntarily participate in a cancer trust for firefighter benefits. The bill requires an employer of an eligible firefighter to participate, but specifies that if funding to reimburse the employer is insufficient, participation in the trust becomes optional.

The bill also requires an employer to participate in a funded trust to provide cardiovascular screenings, at a minimum, and other health screenings and prevention, as practicable, to peace officers. The trust is reimbursed by the state for providing the benefits, and if funding to reimburse the trust is insufficient, then the requirement for employers to provide the specified program is optional.


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

Status: 2/7/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
3/11/2024 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB24-1239 Single-Exit Stairway Multifamily Structure 
Comment:
Position: Actively Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Opposition from Colorado fire chiefs sinks bid to allow taller single-stair apartment buildings
Short Title: Single-Exit Stairway Multifamily Structure
Sponsors: A. Valdez (D) | A. Boesenecker (D) / K. Priola (D)
Summary:

On or before December 1, 2026, the bill requires a board of county commissioners or the governing body of a municipality to adopt a building code, or amend an existing building code, to allow up to 5 stories of a multifamily residential building to be served by a single exit. To satisfy this requirement, a local government shall incorporate by reference and adopt or adapt and adopt language from a portion of an existing building code that allows a single exit to serve no more than 5 stories of a group r-2 occupancy in the same building. If a local government so requests, the department of local affairs shall provide technical assistance to the local government in satisfying this requirement.

The bill also clarifies that the adoption or amendment of a building code to satisfy the requirements of the bill does not qualify as adopting or enforcing a building code for the purpose of determining whether a board of county commissioners or the governing body of a municipality is required to adopt an energy code.


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

Status: 2/12/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
4/10/2024 House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
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HB24-1267 Metropolitan District Covenant Enforcement Policy 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Colorado lawmakers target HOAs with more restrictions to protect homeowners from foreclosure
Short Title: Metropolitan District Covenant Enforcement Policy
Sponsors: I. Jodeh (D) | J. Bacon (D) / J. Coleman (D) | C. Hansen (D)
Summary:

A metropolitan district is a type of special district that provides at least 2 types of services and may perform covenant enforcement similar to the role of a homeowners' association. The bill requires a metropolitan district engaging in covenant enforcement and design review services to comply with certain procedural requirements, including:

  • Adopting a written policy governing the imposition and collection of fines;
  • Adopting a written policy governing how disputes between the metropolitan district and a resident are addressed; and
  • Refraining from prohibiting residents from engaging in certain activities regarding the use of their property, including displaying flags and signs; parking a motor vehicle in a driveway; removing certain vegetation to create a defensible space for fire mitigation purposes; performing reasonable property modifications to accommodate disabilities; using xeriscape, nonvegetative turf grass, or drought-tolerant landscaping ; using a rain barrel; operating a family child care home; using renewable energy generation devices; and installing or using an energy efficiency measure. Additionally, a metropolitan district is prohibited from requiring residents to use cedar shakes or other flammable roofing materials.

The bill prohibits a metropolitan district from foreclosing on any lien based on a resident's delinquent fees or other charges owed to the metropolitan district. The bill also imposes certain procedural requirements regarding court actions filed by or against a metropolitan district based on an alleged violation of the metropolitan district's declaration, rules and regulations, or other instrument.

A metropolitan district that engages in design review services, but does not engage in covenant enforcement or form a homeowners' association, cannot pursue other remedies against residents to enforce its design review requirements and need not adopt the written policies required under the bill.

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


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

Status: 2/13/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
2/28/2024 House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/1/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/6/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/7/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government & Housing
3/21/2024 Senate Committee on Local Government & Housing Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/25/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/26/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/11/2024 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/12/2024 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/12/2024 Sent to the Governor
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HB24-1272 Sunset Colorado Fire Commission 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Sunset Colorado Fire Commission
Sponsors: E. Velasco (D) | M. Soper (R) / T. Exum (D)
Summary:

Sunset Process - House Agriculture, Water, and Natural Resources Committee. The Colorado fire commission (commission) was created in the division of fire prevention and control in the department of public safety. The commission is set to be repealed, effective September 1, 2024, and is subject to a sunset review prior to its repeal. The bill implements the recommendations in the department of regulatory agencies' 2023 sunset report to continue the commission indefinitely extend the commission's repeal date until September 1, 2033, and requires a sunset review prior to its repeal .

(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: 2/13/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources
2/26/2024 House Committee on Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/1/2024 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/1/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/4/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/7/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
3/20/2024 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/12/2024 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/12/2024 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/15/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
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HB24-1293 Voluntary Payroll Deductions for State Employees 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Voluntary Payroll Deductions for State Employees
Sponsors: C. Clifford (D) / C. Kolker (D) | J. Smallwood (R)
Summary:

Current law allows employees in the state personnel system and state employees that are covered under the "State Employee Group Benefits Act" to participate in a group benefit plan that includes any group benefit coverages contracted for or administered by the state personnel director (director).Such group benefit coverages include but are not limited to medical, dental, life, and disability benefits.

The bill expands the definition of group benefit plans to include voluntary and flexible benefits. The bill also defines voluntary benefit to mean a variety of benefit plans contracted for or administered by the director for which an employee may select voluntary payroll deductions that may be matched by a state contribution.


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

Status: 2/14/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/28/2024 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/1/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/7/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/9/2024 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/12/2024 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/15/2024 - No Amendments
4/15/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
4/16/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2024 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
4/19/2024 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
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HB24-1299 Short-Term Rental Unit Property Tax Classification 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Short-Term Rental Unit Property Tax Classification
Sponsors: S. Bird (D) / K. Mullica (D)
Summary:

The bill defines a short-term rental unit as a building that is designed for use predominantly as a place of residency by a person, a family, or families, is leased or available to be leased for short-term stays, and includes the land upon which the building is located. A commercial short-term rental unit is defined as a short-term rental unit that is not the owner's primary or secondary residence.

A commercial short-term rental unit is classified as lodging property, which is a subclass of nonresidential property for purposes of valuation for assessment. A short-term rental unit that is the owner's primary or secondary residence will continue to be classified as residential property.

On or before November 15, 2024, and on or before November 15 of each year thereafter, an owner of a short-term rental unit shall submit to the assessor of the county in which the property is located an affidavit signed by the owner, under the penalty of perjury in the second degree, identifying whether the property will continue to be used as a short-term rental unit in the following property tax year commencing on January 1, and if so, whether it will be the owner's primary or secondary residence. Absent contrary information, the assessor shall use the information in the affidavit to determine whether the property is a commercial short-term rental unit. If a commercial short-term rental unit is sold, the new owner shall submit an affidavit to the county assessor if the property will no longer be a commercial short-term rental unit for the classification of the property to change for the subsequent property tax year.


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

Status: 2/14/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/22/2024 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
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HB24-1300 Home Sale Wildfire Mitigation Requirements 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 24 2024
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(20) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Home Sale Wildfire Mitigation Requirements
Sponsors: T. Story (D) | K. Brown (D) / J. Marchman (D)
Summary:

Currently, 12 Colorado counties, including Archuleta, Boulder, Chaffee, Clear Creek, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Gilpin, Gunnison, Jefferson, Ouray, and Summit (affected counties), require some form of wildfire mitigation in connection with the construction of a new residence but not with the sale of an existing residence. Because the affected counties are among the most at-risk counties for wildfires, section 2 of the bill requires the affected counties to leverage their existing wildfire mitigation expertise to establish a program for point-of-sale wildfire mitigation certification in connection with the sale of an existing residence located in the county. Section 3 details the minimum requirements for a county point-of-sale wildfire mitigation certification program. The bill also specifies limitations on such programs and encourages counties to create and maintain a web-based clearing house of state and county-level technical assistance and funding resources. Section 3 also authorizes any county that is not an affected county and any municipality to establish by ordinance or regulation a program for a homeowner to obtain certification of compliance with the Colorado state forest service's phase one wildfire mitigation standards in connection with the sale of the homeowner's residence. Section 4 makes a conforming amendment to the existing Colorado state forest service web-based clearing house to require the inclusion of information to educate and assist homeowners in accessing resources to comply with the county point-of-sale programs established pursuant to section 3.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/14/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
3/26/2024 House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/19/2024 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/22/2024 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
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HB24-1302 Tax Rate Information to Real Property Owners 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Tax Rate Information to Real Property Owners
Sponsors: J. Parenti (D)
Summary:

Section 1 of the bill requires taxing authorities to submit, with their annual certification of levies, the following information:

  • The rate of each levy that it imposes;
  • Any adjustments from the prior year's levies;
  • Whether the levy is fixed or floating;
  • The applicable statutory or constitutional limits on annual levy or revenue increases, and whether the taxing authority is exempt from or has waived these statutory or constitutional limits;
  • The annual rate of growth of the levy; and
  • The mechanism for determining the annual rate of growth of the levy.

The board of county commissioners or other body authorized by law to levy taxes must provide this information, along with the identity of the entity that fixes each levy rate, with its annual certification of levies. The counties are required to ensure that this information is publicly available.

Section 2 removes the requirement that an annual notice of valuation sent to a property owner by a county assessor contain an estimate or an estimated range of the taxes owed for the current property tax year.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/14/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
3/13/2024 House Committee on Transportation, Housing & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB24-1309 Use of Aircraft in Search and Rescue Operations 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Use of Aircraft in Search and Rescue Operations
Sponsors: R. Taggart (R) | E. Velasco (D) / D. Roberts (D) | J. Rich (R)
Summary:

The bill extends immunity from civil liability for damage or injury, other than that which arises from gross negligence or willful misconduct, to an individual, nonprofit organization, for-profit corporation, private organization, or other person (person) that voluntarily operates or arranges for the use of a helicopter, or assists as a helicopter crew member, during backcountry search and rescue operations (search and rescue operations), if the person:

  • Arranges or operates, or assists as a crew member of, the helicopter on behalf of the governmental entity that is leading the search and rescue operation;
  • Has an agreement with the governmental entity;
  • Is, employs, or otherwise contracts with a pilot that is properly licensed to operate the helicopter; and
  • Meets certain safety and training certifications and requirements.

The bill also establishes criteria that volunteer helicopter pilots and the helicopters used in search and rescue operations must satisfy in order for the volunteer helicopter owner or operator to qualify for immunity under the bill.

The bill requires the office of emergency management, the department of military and veterans affairs, and relevant county sheriffs to establish safety, notification, and airspace deconfliction guidelines during search and rescue operations establishes the airspace deconfliction working group within the department of public safety. The working group consists of representatives from the department of public safety, the department of military and veterans affairs, and county sheriffs' offices. The working group must develop guidelines for airspace deconfliction when there could be multiple aircraft involved in a search and rescue operation.

(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: 2/14/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources
3/4/2024 House Committee on Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/6/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/7/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources
3/27/2024 Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/1/2024 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/2/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
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HB24-1315 Study on Remediation of Property Damaged by Fire 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Study on Remediation of Property Damaged by Fire
Sponsors: K. Brown (D) | J. Amabile (D)
Summary:

The bill requires the division of insurance (division) to conduct a study regarding the remediation of residential premises that have been damaged from smoke, soot, ash, and other contaminants as a result of a fire. The study focuses on existing practices for the remediation of homes that have been damaged by smoke, soot, ash, and other contaminants as a result of a fire and requires the division to make recommendations for establishing uniform standards related to such remediation. The division may contract with a third party to conduct all or part of the study. The division must submit a report of the study's findings and recommendations to certain committees of the general assembly by January 1, 2026.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/20/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/6/2024 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB24-1319 Fire Fighters License Plate Expiration on Transfer 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 23 2024
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(14) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Fire Fighters License Plate Expiration on Transfer
Sponsors: M. Duran (D) | T. Winter (R) / J. Danielson (D)
Summary:

The Colorado professional fire fighters license plate is a distinctive special license plate. Under current law, distinctive special license plates do not expire when an owner of a motor vehicle who has been issued a distinctive special license plate transfers or assigns the owner's title or interest in the motor vehicle.

The bill provides that the Colorado professional fire fighters license plate expires upon the transfer or assignment of the motor vehicle. A person whose Colorado professional fire fighters license plate expires as a result of the transfer or assignment of the motor vehicle may apply again for the license plate by paying the required fees and fulfilling the application requirements.


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

Status: 2/20/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
3/7/2024 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/15/2024 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/19/2024 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/20/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/21/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/22/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/11/2024 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/19/2024 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
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HB24-1343 Wildfire Evacuation Modeling Grant Program 
Comment:
Position: Amend
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Wildfire Evacuation Modeling Grant Program
Sponsors: M. Snyder (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the wildfire evacuation modeling grant program (program) within the office of emergency management (office) for the purpose of awarding grants to eligible recipients to perform wildfire evacuation modeling and generate reports that include times, maps showing evacuation routes, and any other relevant metrics for the area for which the modeling is being conducted. The program is initially administered as a pilot program and the office must establish a limited number of eligible recipients to receive grants. On or before December 1, 2025, the office must submit a report to the house of representatives agriculture, water, and natural resources committee and the senate agriculture and natural resources committee, or their successor committees, regarding the pilot program, which may include recommendations for improving the program and recommendations on whether to continue the program.

The bill also creates the wildfire evacuation modeling grant program cash fund (fund) for the purposes of awarding grants and covering administrative costs of the office for administering the program. On August 15, 2024, the state treasurer shall transfer $120,000 from the general fund to the fund.


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

Status: 2/26/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources
4/1/2024 House Committee on Agriculture, Water & Natural Resources Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB24-1359 Public Notification of Hazardous Chemical Releases 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Public Notification of Hazardous Chemical Releases
Sponsors: E. Hamrick (D) | E. Velasco (D) / L. Cutter (D) | S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Summary:

Current rules of the energy and carbon management commission (commission) require oil and gas operators to submit certain reports (covered report) to the commission in the event of a spill or release of a hazardous chemical (incident). The bill enacts the "Community Right to Know Act" to create additional notification requirements in the event of an incident (notification requirements). On and after July 1, 2024, oil and gas operators must, within 24 hours after the discovery of an incident, submit a covered report to the commission and the following state agencies (notification agency):

  • For an incident involving air emissions or water contamination, the department of public health and environment;
  • For an incident involving public conveyances, the department of transportation; and
  • For an incident that results from a clear act of sabotage, vandalism, or a terrorist activity, the division of homeland security and emergency management in the department of public safety.

The oil and gas operator must also, within 24 hours after the operator's submission of the covered report to a notification agency, deliver the covered report to certain persons that are located near the well site where the incident was caused (affected persons).

Within 24 hours after the receipt of a covered report from an oil and gas operator, a notification agency must:

  • Confirm with the oil and gas operator that the oil and gas operator has provided the covered report to any affected persons;
  • Provide the covered report to any affected persons that have not yet received a covered report from the oil and gas operator;
  • Provide the covered report to the county public health department and the county emergency notification party of the county or counties where the incident occurred; and
  • On and after July 1, 2025, provide the covered report to the person designated by the executive director of the department of local affairs (DOLA) to receive covered reports from the notification agencies (designated person).

On and after July 1, 2025, no later than 24 hours after the receipt of a covered report for a certain heightened level of an incident (warning-level covered report) from a notification agency, if the county public health department has an existing opt-in notification system, the county public health department must notify medical professionals in the county that have opted in to the county public health department's notification system about the incident.

On and after July 1, 2025, no later than 24 hours after the receipt of a warning-level covered report from a notification agency, the county emergency notification party must:

  • If the county has an existing opt-in public emergency notification system, notify all individuals residing in the county that have opted in; and
  • If the county does not have an existing opt-in public emergency notification system but has an existing public emergency notification system, notify all individuals residing in the county.

On and after July 1, 2024, DOLA must maintain and routinely update a list of contact information for the county public health department and the county emergency notification party for each county in the state on DOLA's website.

The bill also creates the hazardous chemical notification committee (committee) in DOLA. On or before July 1, 2025, the committee is required to develop content for a hazardous chemical notification website (website) that includes certain informational and educational content about hazardous chemicals, including short-term and long-term adverse health impacts, and an entry for each covered report received by the designated person on and after July 1, 2025.

Beginning in the 2026 calendar year, and in each calendar year thereafter, the committee must meet on a quarterly basis to make updates to the content of the website.

On or before July 1, 2026, and on or before each July 1 thereafter, DOLA must submit a written report (hazardous chemical notification report requirement) to the health and human services committee of the house of representatives and the health and human services committee of the senate, which report must include a summary of the notifications made by oil and gas operators, the notification agencies, county public health departments, and county emergency notification parties in the previous year.

On or before July 1, 2025, and each calendar year thereafter, county public health departments and county emergency notification parties are required to provide a training to medical professionals and the public on the short-term and long-term adverse health impacts of exposure to hazardous chemicals and the notification requirements (training requirement).

The bill provides for a repeal of the committee, the hazardous chemical notification report requirement, and the training requirement, effective September 1, 2034, after review in accordance with the general assembly's sunset review process.

The bill also:

  • Creates a $1,000 per day penalty for an oil and gas operator that does not comply with the notification requirements (violation); and
  • Provides that if an oil and gas operator commits a violation 3 or more times, the oil and gas operator may not claim a waiver of liability for damages related to the third or subsequent violation.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/5/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
3/27/2024 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB24-1367 Repeal Severance Tax Exemption for Stripper Wells 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Repeal Severance Tax Exemption for Stripper Wells
Sponsors: C. Kipp (D) / F. Winter (D)
Summary: Oil produced from wells that on average produce 15 barrels per day or less of oil and gas produced from wells that on average produce 90,000 cubic feet or less per day of gas are commonly referred to as stripper wells and are currently exempt from the state severance tax. Section 2 of the bill repeals the stripper well severance tax exemption beginning in 2025 and removes outdated language applicable Capital letters or bold & italic numbers indicate new material to be added to existing law. only to taxable years prior to 2000. Sections 3 and 4 make conforming amendments.
Status: 3/11/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
3/21/2024 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Unamended to Finance
4/8/2024 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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HCR24-1006 Property Tax Revenue Growth Limit 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Property Tax Revenue Growth Limit
Sponsors: B. Marshall (D)
Summary:

If approved by the voters of the state at the 2024 general election, the concurrent resolution will amend the state constitution to create a new annual property tax revenue growth limit (district limit) for each jurisdiction that levies property tax (district). The district limit limits a district's property tax revenue growth for any property tax year commencing on or after January 1, 2025, to an amount equal to the sum of:

  • The amount of revenue generated by the district's mill levy for the immediately preceding property tax year (base revenue); plus
  • An amount equal to the base revenue multiplied by a percentage equal to the percentage change allowed for state revenue growth under the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR) plus 2 percentage points; plus
  • The net dollar amount of district property tax revenue gained from newly taxed property such as new construction and lost from newly untaxed property such as taxable improvements to real property that are destroyed.

If the estimated amount of property tax revenue subject to the district limit that will be generated by a district's current mill levy will exceed the district limit, then the mill levy must be reduced so that the amount of property tax revenue generated does not exceed the district limit unless maintenance of the current mill levy is approved:

  • By the voters of the district for a district that has not received voter approval to exceed its TABOR fiscal year spending and property tax revenue limits; or
  • By the governing body of the district for a district that has received such voter approval.

Notwithstanding the TABOR voter approval for a mill levy increase above the mill levy for the prior year, if a district's mill levy is reduced as required to comply with the district limit, the district may increase the mill levy to any rate up to the pre-reduction rate without voter approval so long as the increase does not cause the district's property tax revenue to exceed the district limit.


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

Status: 4/11/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
4/22/2024 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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SB24-033 Lodging Property Tax Treatment 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Plan to quadruple property taxes on short-term rentals in Colorado fails in late-night Capitol committee vote
Short Title: Lodging Property Tax Treatment
Sponsors: C. Hansen (D) / M. Weissman (D)
Summary:

Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy. The bill establishes that, for property tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2026, a short-term rental unit, which is an improvement that is designated and used as a place of residency by a person, family, or families, but that is also leased for overnight lodging for less than 30 consecutive days in exchange for a monetary payment (short-term stay) and is not a primary residence, and the land upon which the improvement is located, may be classified as either residential real property or lodging property. If, during the previous property tax year, a short-term rental unit was leased for short-term stays for more than 90 days, then it is classified as lodging property. Otherwise, it is classified as residential real property. Actual value for a short-term rental unit that is classified as lodging property is to be determined solely by application of the market approach to appraisal.

The bill also specifies, with an exception for a property that qualifies as a bed and breakfast, that a building designed for use predominantly as a place of residency by a person, a family, or families but that is actually used, or available for use, to provide short-term stays only is a hotel and motel.

For purposes of applying the classification of either residential or lodging to a short-term rental unit, annually, the assessor is required to send notice to owners of short-term rental units of the number of days during the prior property tax year that the assessor has determined the property was leased for short-term stays. An owner must sign and return the notice and, if the owner disputes the number of days the property was leased for short-term stays, the owner must provide evidence demonstrating a different number of days the property was leased for short-term stays.

Additionally, the property tax administrator is required to establish and administer a pilot program to develop a statewide database and uniform reporting system to track short-term rental units.


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

Status: 1/10/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/16/2024 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
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SB24-052 Ongoing Funding for 911 Resource Center 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Ongoing Funding for 911 Resource Center
Sponsors: R. Fields (D) / R. English (D)
Summary:

Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment of Persons with Behavioral Health Disorders in the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Systems. The bill requires the general assembly to annually appropriate $250,000 from the general fund to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the public utilities commission (PUC) to fund the operations of the Colorado 911 resource center (center). The center is required to provide to the PUC quarterly a report outlining the use of the funding provided, and the PUC is required to include an accounting of the expenditure and uses of this funding in an annual report that current law requires it to make to the members of the general assembly.

To help ensure that the training, guidance, and assistance provided by the center to 911 professionals, including public safety access point (PSAP) personnel, local 911 emergency call service authorities, and PSAPs, is useful and is being effectively implemented, and that the funding provided by the bill is being expended efficiently and effectively, the center is required to:

  • Survey 911 professionals regarding their perception of the quality of the training;
  • Survey local 911 emergency call service authorities and PSAPs to determine the extent to which the training, guidance, and assistance is being implemented and the extent to which it is helping them to improve efficiency, crisis response decisions, and outcomes in response to both behavioral health crisis calls specifically and all emergency calls received; and
  • Summarize survey results in each quarterly report to the PUC.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/17/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
1/29/2024 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
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SB24-063 Confidentiality of Group Peer Support Services 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Confidentiality of Group Peer Support Services
Sponsors: J. Rich (R) | J. Coleman (D) / R. Taggart (R)
Summary:

The bill prohibits a peer support team member or recipient of group peer support services from being examined as a witness without the consent of the person to whom the examination relates.


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

Status: 1/19/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/7/2024 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/12/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/5/2024 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/8/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/21/2024 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/21/2024 Sent to the Governor
3/21/2024 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/22/2024 Governor Signed
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SB24-089 Firefighter Heart Benefits Trust 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 24 2024
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(11) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Firefighter Heart Benefits Trust
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D) / L. Daugherty (D)
Summary:

The bill removes the ability of a firefighter employer to select accident insurance, self-insurance, or a self-insurance pool as options to provide statutorily required monetary benefits to a firefighter who has experienced a heart and circulatory malfunction. As a result, a firefighter employer must participate in a multiple employer health trust in order to provide such benefits.


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

Status: 1/24/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government & Housing
2/15/2024 Senate Committee on Local Government & Housing Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/21/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/22/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/22/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Human Services
4/16/2024 House Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/19/2024 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
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SB24-108 Prohibit Unauthorized Use Public Safety Radio 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Prohibit Unauthorized Use Public Safety Radio
Sponsors: K. Priola (D) | M. Baisley (R) / J. Parenti (D) | R. Weinberg (R)
Summary:

Joint Technology Committee. The bill prohibits a person from knowingly affiliating with a public safety radio network without authorization from the network's authorizing entity. Unlawful affiliation with a public safety radio network is a class 2 misdemeanor.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 2/5/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/29/2024 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/4/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/5/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/6/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
4/2/2024 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/5/2024 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/12/2024 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/14/2024 - No Amendments
4/15/2024 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/16/2024 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/17/2024 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
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SB24-139 Creation of 911 Services Enterprise 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 25 2024
Finance
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(5) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Creation of 911 Services Enterprise
Sponsors: J. Gonzales (D) / C. deGruy Kennedy (D) | W. Lindstedt (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the 911 services enterprise in the department of regulatory agencies (enterprise). The enterprise is authorized to impose a fee on service users (fee). A service user is a person who is provided a 911 access connection in the state. The fee is set annually by the enterprise and, together with the 911 surcharge that the public utilities commission (commission) imposes on service users for the benefit of meeting the needs of governing bodies to pay for basic emergency service and provide emergency telephone service (911 surcharge), must not exceed $0.50 per month per 911 access connection. The fee is collected in the same manner as the 911 surcharge. Revenue from the fee will fund expenses and costs related to the provision of 911 services, including:

  • Statewide Training initiatives and programs and public education campaigns for the public as determined by individual governing bodies or public safety answering points (PSAPs) throughout the state ;
  • Cybersecurity support;
  • GIS programs;
  • Grant programs for the benefit of governing bodies and public safety answering points PSAPs ;
  • Providing matching funds for federal, state, or private grants related to 911 services or emergency notification services;
  • Any other items related to a statewide benefit for governing bodies and public safety answering points PSAPs for 911 services across the state as proposed by a group of such entities or by statewide associations representing Colorado 911 stakeholders ; and
  • Administrative expenses of the enterprise.

The bill also creates the 911 services enterprise cash fund, adds a requirement for the commission to include in its "state of 911" annual report the activity of the enterprise including its use of its revenue, and makes several technical updates to the statutes concerning the 911 surcharge and the commission's "state of 911" report.

(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: 2/7/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/5/2024 Senate Committee on Finance Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
4/2/2024 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/16/2024 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/18/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/19/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
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SB24-169 State Firefighter Public Employees' Retirement Association Job Classification 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 23 2024
State Library Appropriations
7:30 a.m. Room Old
(23) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: State Firefighter Public Employees' Retirement Association Job Classification
Sponsors: T. Exum (D) / M. Snyder (D)
Summary:

Beginning July 1, 2025, the bill requires a duly sworn employee of the division of fire prevention and control in the department of public safety (department) to be classified as a "state trooper" for purposes of the public employees' retirement association if the employee's duties include structural or wildfire management, wildfire response, live-fire training, or wildfire leadership, as determined by the executive director of the department.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 2/26/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/26/2024 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/29/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/2/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/2/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
4/8/2024 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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SB24-194 Special District Emergency Services Funding 
Comment:
Position: Actively Support
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 23 2024
Transportation, Housing & Local Government
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(3) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Special District Emergency Services Funding
Sponsors: D. Roberts (D) | P. Will (R) / B. McLachlan (D) | R. Armagost (R)
Summary:

Currently, a fire protection district ( fire district) may receive and spend an impact fee or other similar development charge in connection with a local government's imposition of such fee or charge to fund expenditures by a fire and emergency services provider. Section 1 of the bill repeals these statutory provisions for funding fire and emergency services and section 2 prohibits a fire district from , on its own authority , imposing a fee, rate, toll, or charge for responding to, combating, and or extinguishing a fire occurring within the district's jurisdictional boundaries, but continues to allow a fire district to charge or seek reimbursement for such services as authorized by separate state or federal law.

In place of the repealed funding mechanisms, section 3 authorizes a fire district to impose its own impact fee on the construction of new buildings, structures, facilities, or improvements on real property within fire the district's jurisdictional boundaries so long as the fee is imposed pursuant to a schedule that is :

  • Reasonably related to the overall cost of the district's services Legislatively adopted ; and
  • Imposed in accordance with a fee schedule that is legislatively adopted by the district's board and that applies to all similarly situated property. Generally applicable to a broad class of property; and
  • Intended to defray the projected impacts on capital facilities caused by the proposed construction.

A fire district impact fee must be set at a level no greater than necessary to defray the quantified reasonable impacts of proposed construction and cannot be used to remedy any capital facility deficiency that exists without regard to the proposed construction. Additional limitations on a fire district's authority to impose an impact fee pursuant to section 3 include that:

  • No individual landowner may be required to provide any site-specific dedication or improvement to meet the same need for capital facilities for which an impact fee is imposed;
  • An impact fee may not be imposed on construction for which an individual or entity has submitted a completed application for a development permit to an approving local government prior to the fire district's adoption of a schedule of impact fees;
  • A district shall not collect an impact fee before the issuance of a building permit by the approving local government;
  • Any person or entity that owns or has an interest in land that becomes subject to a fire district's schedule of impact fees, by receiving a building permit, has standing to file an action for declaratory judgment to determine whether the impact fee complies with the requirements and limitations set forth in section 3 and such a person or entity may also pay the fee and proceed with construction without prejudice to their right to challenge the impact fee in a subsequent legal proceeding; and
  • No later than 60 days before adopting an impact fee schedule, a fire district must provide notice and an opportunity to submit written comments to every municipality or county that includes territory that is wholly or party located within the fire district's jurisdictional boundaries and that may be impacted by the proposed impact fee schedule.

Notwithstanding any other provision of section 3 , a fire district may waive an impact fee on the development of low- or moderate-income housing or affordable employee housing as defined by the fire district. Section 4 gives ambulance districts identical authority to impose an impact fee on the construction of new buildings, structures, facilities, or improvements on real property within the ambulance district's jurisdictional boundaries, subject to the same requirements and limitations that are applicable to fire district impact fees pursuant to section 3. Sections 5 gives fire districts the additional financial power to levy a sales tax within the fire district's jurisdiction, at a rate determined by the fire district's board, upon every transaction or other incident with respect to which a sales tax is levied by the state. The tax must be approved by a majority of the eligible electors within the district voting at a regular special district election or at a special election that complies with section 20 of article X of the state constitution and related statutory requirements. Such a sales tax must be collected, administered, and enforced by the executive director of the department of revenue in the same manner as the state sales tax. Section 6 is largely duplicative of section 5 but contains different language regarding collection, administration, and enforcement, which will only become law if another pending bill does not become law. Section 7 gives ambulance districts identical authority to levy a sales tax within the ambulance district's jurisdiction as is provided for fire districts in section 5. Section 8 , like section 6 , is a duplicate sales tax provision which will only become law if another pending bill does not become law.

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


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

Status: 4/2/2024 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government & Housing
4/11/2024 Senate Committee on Local Government & Housing Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/16/2024 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/17/2024 - No Amendments
4/17/2024 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/18/2024 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/18/2024 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation, Housing & Local Government
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