Rollie's Bills

Before we get to brief overviews of bills, please understand that you may read any state bill that's been introduced on the General Assembly Web site, www.leg.state.co.us

Also, the bills can seem a little bit complex at times, so here are a few hints for reading them:

  • * After you get past the Bill Summary, anything that is printed in lower-case lettering is part of existing law.
  • * Anything that is printed in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS is new text, such as a new section or an amendment.
  • * Anything that is crossed out is text that would be deleted if the bill passes in that form.
  • * During the session, bills can be amended rapidly and often, so what you read just days ago may no longer be accurate.
  • * Check the "History" section to find out a bill's status.
  • * The "Fiscal Notes" section not only contains fiscal impacts of a bill - it also often contains a very understandable overview of what the bill does.

Feel free to contact us if you have questions about the bills I sponsored, and here are some brief overviews of all of them.

 

2016 BILLS

SENATE BILL 012: Property Tax Valuation When Home is Destroyed in a Natural Disaster

When homes are destroyed in a natural disaster, such as flood or fire, the property is taxed at a lower rate than vacant property for roughly five years. If the owner does not decide to rebuild, the property becomes classified as vacant land, which is taxed at a higher rate than residential land. This bill would allow county assessors to extend the allowable time frame for deciding to rebuild, based on evidence that additional time is necessary.

Rep. Singer is the House sponsor on the bill.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-012 into law on April 5, 2016.  

SENATE BILL 029: Insurance Holding Company System Law Update

This bill would update Colorado's insurance company holding systems law. It would give the state Commissioner of Insurance authority to compel production of information, and require insurers to maintain a risk management framework as modeled by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC).

Sen. Scheffel is a Senate co-prime sponsor with me on this bill.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-029 into law on March 18, 2016.

SENATE BILL 032: Economic Development Working Group for Distressed Regions

This bill would establish a working group to address economic growth strategies for economically distressed regions in Colorado. Some areas in Colorado have recovered from the recession fairly well, but others are still experiencing double-digit unemployment rates or other undesirable economic statistics, and the working group would search for best practices that could help these regions bring economic activity and jobs into communities that need them.

Sen. Merrifield is a Senate co-prime sponsor with me on this bill.

6/22/16: SB-032 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on Feb. 17, 2016.

SENATE BILL 067: Rural Broadband Expansion

Certain areas of rural Colorado are lacking access to dependable broadband service. This bill would give counties of less than 60,000 people the option to grant Business Personal Property Tax exemptions to broadband service providers, which could make providing service in rural Colorado economically viable for the providers.

Sen. Scheffel is a Senate co-prime sponsor with me on this bill, and Rep. Williams is the House sponsor.

6/22/16: SB-067 passed the Senate on third reading, but was defeated in the House Finance Committee on May 10, 2016. 

SENATE BILL 096: Pay Equity Commission

This bill would recreate a Pay Equity Commission to study the issue of unequal pay in Colorado and offer recommendations for future action. The commission existed from 2011 until July 1, 2015, when its statutory authority expired. The new commission would have 11 members, including representation from state agencies, business and labor organizations, women's organizations, communities of color, and labor attorneys. Appointments to the commission would be made by at least September 1, 2016, and meetings would begin by at least November 1, 2016.

6/22/16: SB-096 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee on Feb. 24, 2016.

SENATE BILL 134: Professional Licensing for Military Veterans

Men and women who serve in the military might receive training, education, or experience that is equivalent to what civilians might need to obtain certain types of professional licensing. However, since they spent years in the service, they might not have the credentials they need to work as a licensed professional when they return to civilian life. This bill would allow specified state departments to consider relevant training in the military, and credit it toward licenses or certifications if the experience is deemed sufficient.

Sen. Garcia is a Senate co-prime sponsor with me on this bill, and Reps. Danielson and Kagan are the House co-prime sponsors.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-134 into law on May 27, 2016.

SENATE BILL 173: Golf Cars Crossing State Highways

This bill would allow golf cars to cross state highways, with approval from a local government with a state highway within its jurisdiction, and with qualifications for legal crossings. The golf cars would only be allowed to cross at at-grade crossings, and crossings must not interfere with normal operation of the state highway.

Rep. KC Becker is the House sponsor.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-173 into law on June 10, 2016.

SENATE BILL 177: Urban Renewal Technical Update

In 2015, House Bill 15-1348 made major updates to existing state law regarding Urban Renewal Authorities and Tax Increment Financing. This bill was signed into law, and this year's SB 16-177 would make several technical updates to statutes enacted under 15-1348. For example, the new bill addresses mediation in case it's necessary to decide the allocation of tax revenue from various taxing entities to pay for an urban renewal project.

Sen. Martinez-Humenik is the Senate co-prime sponsor with me on this bill. Reps. Hullinghorst and Lawrence are the House sponsors.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-177 into law on May 18, 2016.

SENATE BILL 179: Employee Classification for Unemployment Insurance Eligibility

This bill would require the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) to update its processes in determining whether workers are classified as "employees" of a business or "independent contractors." This would include developing guidance for employer's reference, and establishing an individual to serve as a resource for employers.

Sen. Roberts is the Senate co-prime sponsor with me on this bill. Reps. DelGrosso and Lee are the House sponsors.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-179 into law on June 10, 2016.  

HOUSE BILL 1008: Buses on Shoulder

Colorado is experiencing growth in transit services, but on certain roads, an accident or bad weather could grind both single-occupancy vehicle traffic and transit to a halt. This bill would allow the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to designate areas where buses could operate on shoulders in case of need. CDOT must also establish rules of usage.

Reps. Winter and J. Becker are the House co-prime sponsors on this bill, and Sen. Cooke is a Senate co-prime sponsor with me.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1008 into law on March 9, 2016.

HOUSE BILL 1129: Enhanced Enforcement Against Charitable Fraud

This bill would create enhanced allowable penalties for acts of charitable fraud.

Reps, Lawrence and McCann are the House sponsors of HB-1129.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1129 into law on June 8, 2016.

HOUSE BILL 1156: No Employer Retribution for Employee Discussion of Wage Information

This bill updates existing law protecting certain classes of employees from employer retribution in case the employees inquire about or discuss their wages. The bill would remove an exemption to existing law for employers exempt from the National Labor Relations Act, therefore providing discrimination protection to all employees.

Reps. Danielson and Salazar are the House co-prime sponsors. Sen. Donovan is the Senate co-prime sponsor with me on this bill.

6/22/16: HB-1156 passed the House but was defeated in a Senate third reading.

HOUSE BILL 1182: Extending the Commodity Metals Task Force

This bill would extend the existence of the state's Commodity Metals Task Force until Sept. 1, 2025. Currently, it is set to expire July 1, 2016. The Task Force studies the issues of commodity metal theft and preventing illegal re-sales of the stolen metal, and makes recommendations on how to minimize the problems.

Reps. Court and Duran are the House co-prime sponsors, and Sen. Cooke is a co-prime sponsor with me in the Senate.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1182 into law on April 12, 2016.

HOUSE BILL 1270: Limitation of Laws on Security Interests to an Owner's Interest in a Business

This bill narrows exemptions in current statutes established in the "Colorado Corporations and Associations Act," which allow small businesses to control ownership interests.

Rep. Lee is the House sponsor of this bill. Sen. Scheffel is a co-prime sponsor with me in the Senate.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1270 into law on April 21, 2016.

HOUSE BILL 1304: Public Transportation Meetings

This bill requires CDOT to assist each of 15 statewide Transportation Planning Regions in holding at least one public meeting on transportation planning and funding by Oct. 1, 2016.

Rep. Tyler is the House sponsor of this bill.

6/22/16: HB-1304 passed the House but was defeated in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on May 4, 2016. 

HOUSE BILL 1329: Limited Liability Companies

This bill updates several sections of current law regarding limited liability corporations (LLC). It a) deletes a requirement that a partner's contribution is a prerequisite to become a member of the LLC; b) clarifies that tax status does not affect the immunity of a member from liability; c) limits the applicability of the statute of frauds; and d) reconciles requirements for compensation of a member as an entity is in the process of winding up its business.

Rep. Lee is the House sponsor, and Sen. Scheffel is the Senate co-prime sponsor with me on this bill.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1329 into law on June 6, 2016. 

HOUSE BILL 1330: Filing Corrections with the Secretary of State in case of Erroneous Documents

This bill allows a person to file a statement of correction with the Secretary of State if a document was delivered to this office in error.

Rep. Lee is the House sponsor, and Sen. Scheffel is the Senate co-prime sponsor with me on this bill.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1330 into law on June 6, 2016. 

HOUSE BILL 1333: Partnership Law Update

This bill limits the applicability of the statute of frauds for partnership agreements, and specifies which laws govern limited partnerships.

Rep. Lee is the House sponsor, and Sen. Scheffel is the Senate co-prime sponsor with me on this bill.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1333 into law on June 6, 2016. 

HOUSE BILL 1443: Youth Sports Background Checks

This bill would require private youth sports programs to notify parents or guardians whether or not the organization requires its personnel to undergo criminal background checks.

Rep. Singer is the House sponsor.

6/22/16: HB-1443 passed the House, but was defeated in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on May 5, 2016.

HOUSE BILL 1451: State Procurement Code

This bill requires the director of the state Department of Personnel and Administration to convene a working group for the 2016 interim, to work on improving the state Procurement Code.

Reps. Ryden and Rankin are the House sponsors, and Sen. Scott is the co-prime sponsor with me in the Senate.

6/22/16: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1451 into law on June 10, 2016. 

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1007: Fallen Soldiers

This resolution honors and recognizes Colorado members of the military who have given their lives for their country. It also directly honored Major Phyllis Joy Pelky, an instructor from the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Reps. Melton and Landgraf are the House co-prime sponsors of this resolution, and Sen. Hill is a Senate co-prime sponsor with me.

6/22/16: HJR-1007 has been signed by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President.

2015 BILLS

SENATE BILL 043: Prosecutor's Fellowship Cleanup

In 2014, we passed a bill authorizing a prosecutor's fellowship program, in which recent law school graduates could work for district attorney's offices in rural Colorado. This year's bill simply clarifies that the fellows are contract employees, not permanent employees.

Rep. Pabon is the House sponsor on the bill.

6/5/15: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-043 into law on April 3, 2015.

SENATE BILL 048: Youth Sports Organization Background Checks

This bill would have required employees and volunteers of non-licensed youth sports organizations, who work with a program at least five days per month, to undergo criminal background checks.

Rep. Singer is the House sponsor on the bill.

6/5/15: SB-048 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Jan. 28, 2015

SENATE BILL 050: Awarding Colorado's Excellent Scholars Program

This bill would have authorized scholarships to institutions of higher education for the top three graduates from each Colorado high school.

6/5/15: SB-050 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Education Committee on March 19, 2015.

SENATE BILL 107: Classification of Independent Contractors

This bill would have clarified that an independent contractor situation may exist when freedom from control and direction is reflected in contractual and factual relationships between parties.

6/5/15: SB-107 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee on May 4, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1002: Economic Gardening Extension

This bill would have expanded an existing state pilot program known as economic gardening, in which qualifying businesses receive high-level strategic research services designed to help the businesses grow.

Rep. Lee is the House sponsor on this bill.

6/5/15: HB-1002 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee on April 29, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1157: Working Group For Economic Development in Distressed Regions

This bill would have authorized creating a working group devoted to fostering economic development in regions of Colorado with significant economic difficulties. The group would have focused on identifying distressed regions, and the tools that could bring jobs and economic activity to those areas.

Reps. Willet and Pabon are the House sponsors on this bill, and Sen. Merrifield is the co-prime sponsor with me in the Senate.

6/5/15: HB-1157 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee on April 22, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1170: Increasing Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

This bill is designed to boost the readiness of Colorado high school graduates for postsecondary education or entry into the workforce. It would create a new statewide coordinator's position to work toward this goal, and the coordinator would collaborate with entities such as vocational schools, the Department of Higher Education, business and industry, and career and technical education.

Reps. Kraft-Tharp and Wilson are the House sponsors on this bill, and Sen. Hill is the co-prime sponsor with me in the Senate.

6/5/15: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1170 into law on May 26, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1180: Sales and Use Tax Refund, Medical and Clean Technology

This bill would recreate a sales and use tax refund for equipment used in research and development for medical and clean technology businesses. The refunds would be limited to $50,000 per taxpayer per year, and to businesses with 35 employees or less. We passed a similar bill in 2009, but the refund program expired and this year's bill would reinstate it.

Reps. Kraft-Tharp and Wilson are the House sponsors on this bill, and Sen. Holbert is the co-prime sponsor with me in the Senate.

6/5/15: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1180 into law on May 26, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1227: Tax Credits for Helping Repay Student Loans

This bill would have created a state income tax credit for qualifying companies that help employees repay student loans. To qualify, the new employees must be Colorado residents, full-time workers, and earn less than $60,000 per year.

Rep. KC Becker is the House sponsor on this bill.

6/5/15: HB-1227 was postponed indefinitely in the House Appropriations Committee on April 10, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1230: Innovative Industries Workforce Development Program

This bill would create a new program for internships with innovative companies, defined here as firms specializing in fields such as advanced manufacturing, electronics, energy, information technology and others. Businesses could be reimbursed for half of the expenses relating to a qualifying internship.

Reps. Lee and Foote are the House prime sponsors on this bill.

6/5/15: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1230 into law on May 26, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1275: Career and Technical Education in Concurrent Enrollment

With this bill, apprenticeship and internship programs could become part of Colorado concurrent education programs - in which students can obtain higher education degrees or certificates while still enrolled in high school. A number of state agencies involved with education and employment would team up with the concurrent education advisory board, with a goal of creating agreements to make qualifying apprenticeships and internships part of concurrent enrollment programs.

Sen. Marble is a Senate co-prime sponsor, and Rep. Winter is the prime House sponsor on this bill.

6/5/15: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1275 into law on May 23, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1276: Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Act

This bill would help increase awareness about opportunities available to Coloradans interested in skilled worker training programs. It would create a matching grant program to help organizations that offer such programs with outreach, recruitment, and training programs.

Sen. Cooke is a Senate co-prime sponsor, and Reps. Pabon and Williams are the House co-prime sponsors.

6/5/15: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1276 into law on May 26, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1308: Adjust Legislative Branch Responsibilities in SMART Act

The state adopted the "SMART Act" several years ago in the interest of good governance and fiscal responsibility. This bill makes several amendments to the SMART Act requirements, including requiring committees of reference to hold at least one but not more than three SMART Act meetings before the beginning of the next legislative session, and and requiring all members of each legislative committee of reference to be appointed by Dec. 1.

Reps. Moreno and Lawrence are the House sponsors, and Sen. Lundberg is a Senate co-prime sponsor with me on this bill.

6/5/15: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1308 into law on May 11, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1328: Background Checks for Youth Sports Organizations

This bill would have required employees and volunteers of non-licensed youth sports organizations, who work for the organization at least five days per month, to undergo criminal background checks.

Rep. Singer is the House sponsor on this bill.

6/5/15: HB-1328 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee on May 4, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1348: Urban Redevelopment Fairness Act

This bill would create certain changes in procedures surrounding Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Normally, TIF would be used for urban redevelopment projects within city boundaries, but property tax revenue would be used to finance the project. Counties, school districts, and special districts are more likely to depend on property tax revenue than cities, although a project's improvements are likely to increase property values and therefore property tax revenues. This bill requires cities to negotiate with the other entities on allocation of expenses, which could mean the cities might supply sales tax revenue as part of the agreement. The bill would also require urban renewal boards to include up to three additional members, including representation from counties, school districts, and special districts.

Reps. Hullinghorst and Lawrence are the House sponsors, and Sen. Balmer is a co-prime Senate sponsor with me on this bill.

6/5/15: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1348 into law on May 29, 2015.

HOUSE BILL-1372: Raise the Public Utility Fee Cap

This bill would increase slightly, from its current 0.20 percent to 0.25 percent, the allowable percentage of fee revenue assessed on utilities to fund Public Utilities Commission (PUC) operations.

Reps. Tyler and J. Becker are the House sponsors, and Sen. Balmer is the co-prime Senate sponsor with me on this bill.

6/5/15: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1372 into law on May 29, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1382: Colorado Work Force Innovation and Opportunity Act.

This bill would have aligned Colorado's existing Work Force Investment Act with the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. It was designed to steer Colorado's workforce development process in a positive direction through such means as: requiring a one-stop career center for veterans; allowing the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to partner with other state departments on employment and training services; and authorizing local workforce development boards to designate committees to address local workforce issues.

Reps. DelGrosso and Duran are the House sponsors, and Sen. Martinez Humenik is the co-prime Senate sponsor with me on this bill.

6/5/15: HB-1382 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee on May 4, 2015.

HOUSE BILL 1386: Recycling

This bill would have created a state sales and use tax exemption for recycling and composting equipment purchased after Jan. 1, 2015.

Reps. Singer and Priola are the House sponsors, and Sen. Scott is the co-prime Senate sponsor with me on this bill.

6/5/15: HB-1386 was postponed indefinitely in the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 5, 2015

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1011: Honoring Fallen Soldiers

This resolution honors Colorado soldiers who died while fighting in the war on terror.

Reps. Melton and Landgraf are the House sponsors of this resolution, and Sen. Balmer is the co-prime sponsor with me in the Senate.

6/5/15: HJR-1011 was approved on third reading in the House on Jan. 30, and approved on third reading in the Senate on Feb. 6.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 024: 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Death

This resolution honored former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on the 150th anniversary of his death. Lincoln will forever be remembered for his efforts on behalf of civil rights, and for keeping the Union together despite a Civil War that basically lasted throughout his presidency.

Sen. Holbert is a Senate co-prime sponsor with me, and Rep. Ransom is the House sponsor on this resolution.

6/5/15: SJR-024 passed both the House and Senate.

2014 BILLS

SENATE BILL 011: Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory

The Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory is a research partnership between CU-Boulder, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. SB-011 would provide $2 million yearly for a period of five years, to be used for grants allowing qualifying energy research projects to apply for matching funds. Rep. Hullinghorst is the House sponsor on this bill. 

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-011 into law on May 16, 2014.

SENATE BILL 049: Protecting Public Utility Transmission

SB-049 updates our laws regarding endangerment of public utility transmission. Metal theft has been a major problem in recent years, but theft that can disrupt transit operations or electrical utilities can also be extremely dangerous to employees or customers. Under SB-049, the crime of endangering utility transmission would be a class 3 felony. Rep. Priola is the House sponsor of this bill.

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-049 into law on May 29, 2014.

SENATE BILL 057: Continuation of Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

SB-057 would extend the availability of enhanced unemployment benefits, which can be granted to unemployed individuals who are participating in approved job training programs. This program is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2014, and this bill would extend it until June 30, 2017. Rep. Hullinghorst is the House sponsor of this bill.

6/12/14: SB-057 was pulled from consideration in committee.

SENATE BILL 119: Decriminalization of Certain Lobbying Practices

This bill would remove criminal liability and penalties for a limited number of lobbying practices. Currently, lobbyists can be fined up to $5,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 12 months for these violations. Sen. Cadman is the Senate co-prime sponsor, and Reps. Hullinghorst and DelGrosso carried the bill in the House.

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB 14-119 into law on April 7, 2014.

SENATE BILL 153: Uniform Expense Payment

This bill would establish uniform payments of per diem and other expenses for legislators serving on state entities that are not normal committees of reference, such as interim committees. Sen. Cadman is the Senate co-prime sponsor, and Reps. Hullinghorst and DelGrosso are carrying the bill in the House.

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-153 into law on June 6, 2014.

SENATE BILL 156: Benefit Corporation Annual Report

In 2013, the General Assembly passed a bill allowing qualifying corporations to file as Public Benefit Corporations. SB 14-156 simply requires these corporations to file an annual report. Sen. Kefalas is the Senate co-prime sponsor, and Rep. Lee is carrying the bill in the House.

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-156 into law on May 15, 2014. 

SENATE BILL 174: Rural Fellowship Program

This bill would create a prosecution fellowship program in Colorado, partially to help with staffing shortfalls in rural areas. The program would select six recent law school graduates from CU or DU for one-year fellowships in District Attorney's offices in rural Colorado. A seven-member committee would be formed to choose the fellows and oversee the program. Rep. McLachlan is the House sponsor.

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-174 into law on May 19, 2014.

SENATE BILL 183: Business Incentive Agreements

This bill would extend the allowable effective length of qualifying business incentive agreements from the current 10 years to 35 years. Sen. Scheffel is the Senate co-prime sponsor, and Reps. Pabon and Holbert are carrying the bill in the House.  

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-183 into law on May 15, 2014.

SENATE BILL 209: Permissable Investments by Insurers

This bill would expand certain limits on investments that insurers may make in mortgage loans and similar instruments. It increases the allowable loan-to-value ration to 90% for purchase-money mortgages, 80% for commercial property, up to 97% for mortgages on residential property, and 75% in all other cases. 

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-209 into law on June 9, 2014. 

HOUSE BILL 1011: Funding for Advanced Industries Economic Development Programs

Thanks to last year's HB 13-1001, the state is required to make annual appropriations to fund grant programs for commercialization efforts in Advanced Industries business sectors. This year's bill would simply move up the timeline for the annual appropriations by six months - from Jan. 1 to July 1. Reps. Young and Gerou are carrying this bill in the House.

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1011 into law on May 17, 2014.

HOUSE BILL 1014: Modifications to the Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit Program

HB 09-1001 authorized income tax credits for companies that would create 20 new jobs in Colorado, or 5 new jobs in enterprise zones. This year's bill would make several modifications to the program, including extending the tax credit claim period from 60 to 96 months, and changing language regarding demonstration that the tax credit was a substantial reason for bringing the jobs to Colorado. Sen. Scheffel is a co-sponsor with me in the Senate, and Reps. DelGrosso and Kraft-Tharp are carrying the bill in the House.

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1014 into law on May 16, 2014. 

HOUSE BILL 1163: Cap on Enterprise Zone Tax Credit

HB-1163 clarifies a $750,000 cap on enterprise zone tax credits established in last year's HB 13-1142. The new bill states that tax credits to be carried forward from tax years before 2014 would be exempt from the $750,000 limit. Rep. Hullinghorst is the House sponsor.

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 14-1163 into law on March 27, 2014.

HOUSE BILL 1279: Income Tax Credit for Business Personal Property Tax Expenses

HB-1279 would create an income tax credit for businesses paying business personal property taxes if they don't already receive a state or federal income tax benefit. This is intended to help small business owners, and taxpayers may only have $25,000 or less in taxable business personal property for any tax year. Reps. Primavera and Young are carrying this bill in the House, and Sen. Scheffel is co-sponsoring the bill with me in the Senate.

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1279 into law on June 5, 2014. 

HOUSE BILL 1293: Legislative Department Expenses

This bill simply appropriates payments for expenses of the Colorado legislative department and youth advisory council cash fund. Rep. Hullinghorst is the House sponsor.

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 14-1293 into law on March 21, 2014.

HOUSE BILL 1318: Continuation of Enhanced Unemployment Benefits

This bill would extend availability of enhanced unemployment benefits until June 30, 2017, when they are currently scheduled to expire on June 30, 2014. Such benefits can be granted to unemployed individuals who are participating in approved job training programs. Rep. Hullinghorst is the House sponsor.

6/12/14: HB-1318 was postponed indefinitely.

HOUSE BILL 1325: Clean Tech and Medical Device Tax Exemption Extension

In 2009, the General Assembly passed HB 09-1035, which established a sales and use tax exemption for qualifying companies in the clean tech and medical device fields. The original law is set to sunset on July 1, 2014, but HB 14-1325 would extend it until Dec. 31, 2015. Rep. Fischer is the House sponsor.

6/12/14: HB-1325 was postponed indefinitely.

HOUSE BILL 1348: Retail Sales Tax Date

In 2013, the General Assembly passed HB 13-1295, which would put the state in alignment with the federal Marketplace Fairness Act regarding taxation on certain retail sales. HB 14-1348 would delay the date of 13-1295's effectiveness from July 1, 2014, until Congress enacts legislation authorizing states to collect taxes from such retailers. Rep. Ferrandino is the House sponsor.

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1348 into law on May 31, 2014.

HOUSE BILL 1349: Tax Exemptions for Qualifying Nonprofits

This bill would create property tax exemptions for qualifying nonprofit organizations, if a partnership or LLC was formed for the purpose of obtaining federal tax credits. Reps. Hullinghorst and DelGrosso are carrying the bill in the House.

6/12/14: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1349 into law on May 17, 2014.

 


2013 BILLS

SENATE BILL 012: Reporting of Child Abuse or Neglect

SB-012 would require athletic officials from private sports organizations to report suspected incidents of child abuse or neglect to authorities. The athletic officials listed in this bill are coaches and assistant coaches, directors, and athletic program personnel. Rep. Singer is the House sponsor on this bill.

6/5/13Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-012 into law on March 22, 2013.

SENATE BILL 157: Continuation of the Colorado Work Share Program

The Colorado Work Share Program allows employees whose hours have been reduced to collect prorated unemployment. The original bill establishing the Program had a sunset date, but SB-157 would extend the program indefinitely. Currently the federal government reimburses employers for unemployment benefits through this program; this bill clarifies that employers are billed only if federal funds are not available. Additionally this bill increases the number of weeks an employee is eligible for benefits from 18 weeks to 26 weeks.  Senator Tochtrop is my Senate co-sponsor, and Representatives Kraft-Tharp and Exum are the House co-sponsors.

6/5/13: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-157 into law on April 26, 2013.  

SENATE BILL 161: Amending Licensure Standards for Architects, Professional Engineers, and Professional Land Surveyors to Align with the 2012 Sunset Report from the Department of Regulatory Agencies

6/5/13: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-161 into law on May 28, 2013.

Sunset Report

SENATE BILL 189: Civil Penalties on Motor Carriers

SB-189 would allow the Public Utilities Commission to revoke operating permits for motor carriers, such as moving companies, if they fail to pay civil penalties. Rep. Tyler is the House sponsor.

6/5/13: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-189 into law on June 5, 2013. 

SENATE BILL 192: Extending Deadlines for Certain Background Checks

SB-192 would allow extensions for deadlines to complete fingerprint-based criminal record checks for taxicab drivers and other regulated professions, if there is a backlog of record check requests. 

6/5/13: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-192 into law on April 19, 2013.

SENATE BILL 211: Notice Requirements For Termination of Homeowner's Insurance

SB-211 would require insurers to provide notice of cancellation or nonrenewal of a homeowner's insurance policy by certified mail. Currently, notice is required, but only first-class mail is required.

6/5/13: SB-211 lost on second reading in the Senate.

SENATE BILL 213: School Finance Act

 

SB-213, which is roughly 140 pages long, would lead to a major revamp of the state's system of financing K-12 schools for the first time since 1994. A coalition of education supporters has worked in the process leading up to the introduction of SB-213 for several years, and the coalition's goals include greater equity between schools of lesser financial means and schools with more substantial revenue streams. It also includes goals of increasing funding for full-day kindergarten and increasing enrollment in preschool. School Finance formula amendments could include re-weighting funding allocations for at-risk students and English Language Learners, along with the ratio of funding responsibility between local and state sources of revenue. The system improvements called for in SB-213 would require increased revenue for education in Colorado. Sen. Johnston is the co-prime sponsor with me in the Senate, and Rep. Hamner is the House sponsor.

6/5/13: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-213 into law on May 21, 2013. 

 

SENATE BILL 218: Concerning Workforce Development For Key Industries in Colorado

 

6/5/13: SB-218 was postponed indefinitely in the House.

SENATE BILL 247: Reciprocal Debt Collection Agreements

SB-247 allows the state to use moneys owed by a person, including tax refunds, to pay debts to the federal government or another state. It also allows the federal government or other states to use moneys owed to a person (excluding federal tax refunds) to pay off their debts to the state of Colorado.

6/5/13: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-247 into law on May 28, 2013.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 011: Career and Technical Education Month

SJR-011 recognized February 2013 as Career and Technical Education Month, and the resolution text included key statistics pertaining to career and technical education in Colorado. For example: more than 147,000 students are enrolled in career and technical programs; nearly two-thirds of high school students enrolled in our programs go on to a postsecondary program, and postsecondary students can choose from more than 700 career and technical education programs. Rep. Court was the House sponsor.

6/5/13: SJR-011 has been signed by the Senate President and the Speaker of the House.

HOUSE BILL 1001: Advanced Industries Acceleration Act

HB-1001 would create a new Advanced Industries Acceleration Fund, designed to fund grants to qualifying firms in seven industry categories. The Advanced Industries designated in HB-1001 are: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, electronics, energy and natural resources, infrastructure engineering, and information technology. Investments in Advanced Industries will help drive growth in high-paying, high-skill employment in Colorado. Reps. Young and Gerou are the House sponsors, and Sen. Steadman is a co-sponsor with me in the Senate. 

6/5/13: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB-1001 into law on May 15, 2013.

HOUSE BILL 1003: Economic Gardening Pilot Program

HB-1003 would create an economic gardening pilot program through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Economic gardening is an approach to economic development that is based on nurturing and cultivating local small businesses to help them grow to the next level. Typically this type of assistance is only available to Fortune 500 companies. This program would provide high-level strategic counseling to second-stage businesses that have been headquartered in Colorado for 2 years, have between 6 and 99 employees, have gross revenue between $500,000 and $50 million, and have a product or service that is exportable beyond Colorado.

6/5/2013: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1003 into law on May 24, 2013.

HOUSE BILL 1036: Modifying Local Improvement District Authority

HB-1036 would allow local improvement districts to apply a sales tax on noncontiguous areas, and allow them to use revenues from their sales tax to fund public events in that district. This bill modifies city and county law to align with Colorado state law concerning improvement districts. The House sponsor is Representative Singer.

6/5/13: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB-1036 into law on May 10, 2013.

HOUSE BILL 1043: Statutory Definition of a Deadly Weapon

HB-1043 would modify the statutory definition of a deadly weapon. Currently, weapons such as firearms, knives or blunt objects are classified as deadly weapons based on if the manner the weapon is used or is intended to be used is capable of producing death or serious bodily injury. This bill would reclassify firearms as deadly weapons regardless of the manner of use or intended use. Rep. Foote is the House sponsor.

6/5/13: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1043 into law on March 15, 2013.

HOUSE BILL 1121: Use of Biosimilars as Substitutes for Biological Products

HB-1121 would allow pharmacists to substitute biosimilar products for prescribed biological products, but only if the FDA has determined that the biosimilar is interchangeable with the biological product. Reps. Schafer and Murray are the House sponsors, while Sen. Roberts is a co-sponsor with me in the Senate.

6/5/13: HB-1121 was postponed indefinitely in a Senate committee.

HOUSE BILL 1142: Reforms to the Enterprise Zone Act

HB-1142 would amend several provisions in the state's Urban and Rural Enterprise Zone Act. The state currently has a system that allows tax credits for qualifying businesses located in enterprise zones, generally rural or economically underperforming areas. Questions have been raised in recent years as to whether certain tax credits actually spur enough economic development, so I was a sponsor of last year's HB 1241. This created an Enterprise Zone Task Force to examine our system, and this year's bill reflects the findings of the Task Force. In brief, this year's bill would put new caps on credits (although these caps could be appealed), increase tax credits for investments made in job training, increase credits for establishing a new business facility, and increasing credits for each new employee who is covered by a company health plan. Rep. Hullinghorst is the House sponsor with me on this bill. 

6/5/13: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB-1142 into law on May 15, 2013.  

HOUSE BILL 1165: Manufacturing Career Pathway

HB-1165 would require stakeholders in secondary education, higher education, state departments and others to design a manufacturing career pathway for students interested in employment in manufacturing fields. The process would include considerations of what skills are necessary, how to prepare students to earn certifications, how to provide counseling, and how to develop curriculum. Rep. Wilson is the House sponsor.

6/5/13: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1165 into law on May 28, 2013.

HOUSE BILL 1190: Donations to Intermediary Nonprofit for the Enterprise Zone Tax Credit

Currently a taxpayer may receive a tax credit if they make a donation directly to an enterprise zone development project.  This bill adds a provision to allow taxpayers to be eligible for this same tax credit when they make donations to intermediary nonprofits who will distribute the funds to an enterprise zone development project. The House sponsors are Representatives Moreno and Young.

6/5/13: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB-1190 into law on May 3, 2013.

HOUSE BILL 1220: Educator Evaluation Confidentiality

HB-1220 would clarify that school districts can collect information about an individual educator's performance, but the information must remain confidential and cannot be published in a way that would identify the educator.

6/5/13: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB-1220 into law on May 3, 2013. 

HOUSE BILL 1226: Concealed Carry on College Campuses

HB-1226 would prohibit the possession of a concealed handgun on the campus of an institution of higher education in: a) any building or structure, b) any stadium or arena, or c) any outdoor event sponsored by the institution of higher education where campus administration has elected not to allow concealed carry. Rep. Levy is the House sponsor.

6/5/13: HB-1226 was postponed indefinitely on the Senate floor.

HOUSE BILL 1228: Fees for Background Checks

HB-1228 would allow the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to charge a fee for performing an instant background check when a firearm is sold. The fee would not be allowed to be higher than what it would take to defray the costs incurred by the CBI in performing the background check.

6/5/13: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1228 into law on March 20, 2013. 

HOUSE BILL 1263: Regulation of Occupational Schools

HB-1263 would make private nonprofit occupational schools subject to regulation by the state's private occupational school board. It would also require private occupational schools to provide documentation showing financial stability, and would allow people with complaints against a school to file the complaint directly with the board. Rep. Primavera is the House sponsor of this bill.

6/5/13: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB-1263 into law on May 11, 2013.

HOUSE BILL 1265: Income Tax Credits in Enterprise Zones

HB-1265 would end a current income tax credit for businesses located in Colorado Enterprise Zones that qualify for the state's "new business facility employee’s income tax program." The bill would also create a new tax credit for business facility employees, without requiring businesses to meet at least one of six criteria for being designated a "new business facility." Rep. Hullinghorst is the House sponsor of this bill.

6/5/13: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB-1265 into law on May 3, 2013.

HOUSE BILL 1287: Colorado Job Growth Incentive Tax Extension

HB-1287 extends the Colorado Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit by an additional five income tax years. In 2008, the nation was in the grips of one of the worst financial crises most Americans had ever experienced. In response, the General Assembly formed a Joint Select Committee on Job Creation and Economic Growth, and Sen. Heath was a member of that committee. The committee got 18 job-related bills signed into law in 2009, and Sen. Heath's HB 09-1001 created the original Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit program. 

6/5/13: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed HB-1287 into law on May 13, 2013.

HOUSE BILL 1293: Climate Change Position

HB-1293 directs the Governor to establish a position to address climate change issues. The person appointed to this position will be required to develop climate action plans and to report annually to the General Assembly regarding how climate change impacts the state. Rep. Rosenthal is the House sponsor of this bill. 

6/5/13: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1293 into law on May 28, 2013.

HOUSE BILL 1295: Marketplace Fairness

HB-1295 aligns with the "Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013" which is currently being considered by congress. This bill compels out-of-state retailers who gross over $1,000,000 to collect and transfer state and local sales tax. Under this bill, the department of revenue is required to provide free software to businesses to help them identify local taxing jurisdictions. This bill allows local taxing jurisdictions to opt in to this resolution through passing a local ordinance.

6/5/13: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1295 into law on May 28, 2013. 

HOUSE BILL 1320: Merit-based Financial Support in Higher Education

HB-1320 pertains to institutions of higher education that have a Colorado Scholar Program, which awards financial support to in-state undergraduates on merit-based criteria. Under current law, Colorado public institutions must maintain a required ratio of resident students compared to non-resident students, and HB-1320 allows schools to count Colorado Scholars as two in-state students for the purposes of calculating this ratio. Reps. Waller and Hullinghorst are the House co-sponsors of this bill. 

6/5/13: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1320 into law on June 5, 2013.

HOUSE BILL 1321: Procurement Improvement Task Force

HB-1321 would authorize creation of a Procurement Improvement Task Force. Its mission would include reviewing the state's current procurement practices and making recommendations for improvement to the General Assembly. Rep. Ryden is the House sponsor of this bill. 

6/5/13: HB-1321 was postponed indefinitely in the Legislative Council committee.

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1011: Recognition of Military Personnel

HJR-1011 recognized the military personnel from Colorado who have served in the global war on terrorism, and honoring those who sacrificed their lives while serving our country in overseas conflicts. Sen. Balmer co-sponsored this resolution with me in the Senate, while Reps. Melton and Landgraf co-sponsored this resolution in the House.

6/5/13: HJR-1011 has been signed by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President.


2012 BILLS:

SENATE BILL 058: Venture Capital Advisory Board

SB-058 would have authorized the creation of a Venture Capital Advisory Board, which would focus on increasing the availability of venture capital in Colorado. Venture capital can be used to invest in Colorado businesses and industry sectors, or it could be used to help attract businesses and jobs to our state. The VCAB could look at a number of strategies, possibly including the creation of a Fund of Funds like other states have done.

6/8/12: SB-058 passed the Senate, but was postponed indefinitely in the House Economic and Business Development committee.

SENATE BILL 144: Key Industry Growth

SB-144 would have directed the state Office of Economic Development and International Trade to develop strategies and working groups geared toward facilitating growth in Colorado's key industries. The Key Industries effort would build upon concepts identified in the existing "Colorado Blueprint" document, so business sectors can work collaboratively on job growth, business attraction and innovation, among other objectives. Reps. Summers and Ryden were the House sponsors of this bill.

6/8/12: SB-144 passed the Senate but was postponed indefinitely in the House Appropriations committee on May 4, 2012.

SENATE BILL 155: Open Records and Ballots

SB-155 set standards for when and how ballots may be observed as open records under the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA). Topics include the time period during which CORA requests would not be fulfilled, means of protecting voter privacy, procedures when small numbers of voters use a given type of ballot, and when a military or overseas ballot would be allowed to be viewed as an open record. Sen. White was the Senate co-sponsor, and Reps. Court and Murray were the House co-sponsors.

6/8/12: SB-155 passed a Senate third reading and the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs committee by unanimous votes, but the bill did not go to the House floor and its language was included in HB-1036, which Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law on June 7, 2012.

SENATE BILL 164: Private Postsecondary Institutions of Education

SB-164 made several changes to existing statutes regarding the authorization of private colleges, universities, bible colleges and seminaries in Colorado. In brief, it clarified the types of institutions subject to authorization; required the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) and Department of Higher Education (DHE) to set procedures for authorizations, renewals and revocations; required institutions that cease operations to turn records over to DHE; and changed the number of members appointed to the Private Occupational Schools Board.

6/8/12: SB-164 has passed a Senate third reading, has passed the House Education, Finance and Appropriations committees, but it did not go to the House floor and its language was included in HB-1155, which Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law on June 5, 2012.

SENATE BILL 167: Student Health Trusts

SB-167 would have allowed the governing boards of Colorado institutions of higher education (example: CU Board of Regents) to establish student health trusts. The trusts would be used to provide health benefits to students of institutions with self-funded health plans. The plans could be funded by student premiums and/or contributions from the institution of higher education. Reps. Pabon and Summers were the House sponsors.

6/8/12: SB-167 was lost on a Senate second reading.

HOUSE BILL 1162: Desert Storm License Plates

HB-1162 authorized creation of special license plates for veterans of Operation Desert Storm. Rep. Todd was the House sponsor.

6/8/12: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1162 into law on May 3, 2012.

HOUSE BILL 1241: Enterprise Zone Designations

HB-1241 created a 15-member enterprise zone review task force to review the effectiveness of Colorado's "Urban and Rural Enterprise Zone Act." The task force would be charged with reporting its findings to finance and business committees in the House and Senate by Nov. 1, 2013. Rep. Ferrandino was the House sponsor.

6/8/12: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1241 into law on June 6, 2012.

HOUSE BILL 1251: Enterprise Zone Reforms

HB-1251 would have made several changes to the state Urban and Rural Enterprise Zone Act. In brief, it would limit certain income tax credits while allowing appeals to the limitations, and require the state Economic Development Commission to post information about current enterprise zone tax credits on its Web site.

6/8/12: HB-1251 was postponed indefinitely on Feb. 29, 2012.

HOUSE BILL 1267: Inactive-Failed to Vote Status

HB-1267 would have amended several statutes relating to the conduct of elections. It would eliminate the voter status of "Inactive-Failed to Vote," which under current law refers to registered voters who did not vote in one even-year election. For example, a person who registered in 2008 but did not vote in 2010 would be considered "Inactive-Failed to Vote." Under HB-1267, those voters would now be considered active voters, and they would receive mail ballots if they signed up to become permanent mail-in voters. 

6/8/12: HB-1267 passed a House third reading and a Senate third reading, but it was amended in the Senate and the amended version did not pass.

HOUSE BILL 1270: Increase Amount of Alcohol Licensees Can Purchase from Retail Vendors

HB-1270 increased the annual amount of alcohol that licensed vendors (such as bar, restaurant, casino, club, racetrack, and vintner owners) can purchase from alcohol beverage retailers rather than wholesalers.  By 2015, all of the aforementioned licensed vendors can purchase a maximum of $2000 of alcohol a year from retail alcohol sellers.

6/8/12: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1270 into law on May 29, 2012.

HOUSE BILL 1284: Small Business Financing Committee

HB-1284 would have authorized the creation of an interim (between legislative sessions) legislative committee to study the issue of small business financing in Colorado. A large majority of the numbers of businesses in Colorado are small businesses, and the committee would be tasked with determining whether there are unfilled needs for business capital in our state. Rep. Wilson was the House sponsor.

6/8/12: HB-1284 was postponed indefinitely by the House Economic and Business Development committee on Feb. 14, 2012.

HOUSE BILL 1292: Election Law Cleanup

HB-1292 is a lengthy bill that altered a number of our current sections of election law. For a few examples, it added tribal IDs to the list of acceptable elector IDs; made gender an optional response for voter registration forms; allowed electors to mail in change of address applications; allowed clerks to cancel incomplete voter registration applications two years after notification; and allowed electors to obtain their mail ballot in person after the ballot is printed but before it's mailed. Rep. Murray was the House sponsor.

6/8/12: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1292 into law on May 17, 2012.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 009: Career and Technical Education Month

SJR-009 designated February 2012 as Career and Technical Education Month, and recognized the many accomplishments of those involved in career and technical education in Colorado. About 147,000 secondary and postsecondary students in Colorado are enrolled in some form of career and technical program, and those who complete such programs go on to perform important jobs and help build Colorado's economy. Career and technical education has long been a passion of mine, and I was proud to sponsor this resolution along with Reps. Summers and Miklosi.

6/8/12: SJR-009 has been signed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 020: Achievements of CU

SJR-020 formally recognized the many achievements of the University of Colorado since it was established in 1876, including educating more than 358,000 students. Today, it generates about $6 billion annually in economic impact for the state, and last year its Technology Transfer department registered more than 250 U.S. patent applications. As the senator from Boulder, I've long been proud of the CU-Boulder campus, but SJR-020 also honored the campuses in Colorado Springs and Denver, along with the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora that teaches more than 3,600 students per year.

6/8/12: SJR-020 has been signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.

 

2011 BILLS:

SENATE BILL 037: World War II Special License Plate

SB-037 created a special World War II license plate that all qualifying Colorado resident WWII veterans may display on their vehicles.

6/12/11: Governor John Hickenlooper signed SB-037 into law on April 22, 2011.

SENATE BILL 047: Bioscience and Clean Technology Reinvestment

Representatives Gerou and Riesberg were the House sponsors, and I was the Senate sponsor. SB-047 will require that 50% of any yearly bioscience and clean technology income tax withholding growth be transferred to discovery evaluation cash funds for each respective industry, which will help enable growth for these industry sectors. Investing in bioscience and clean technology will help expand both higher education research and economic development, and potentially place Colorado among the national leaders in these sectors.

6/12/11: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed SB-047 into law on May 26, 2011.

SENATE BILL 052: Expectations for Higher Education Institutions in Colorado

Representative Massey was the House sponsor, and I was the Senate sponsor. The bill is designed to help move Colorado's institutions of higher education forward when it comes to outcome-based evaluations, and each college or university will work with stakeholders to establish goals in individualized performance contracts. By the 2017-18 fiscal year, 25% of Colorado's higher education funding would be allocated to the institutions based on each institution's success in meeting the specified goals.

6/12/11: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed SB-052 into law on May 27, 2011.

SENATE BILL 174: Fund of Funds

SB-174 would have created an advisory board to examine the feasibility of creating a "Fund of Funds" in Colorado.  A "Fund of Funds" is a pool of capital that is raised to be invested by a management team in multiple venture and private equity partnerships. Click this link for an example of the Utah Fund of Funds.  Representatives Gerou and Riesberg were the House sponsors and I was the Senate sponsor.

6/12/11: The Senate Business, Labor, and Technology committee postponed SB-174 indefinitely on May 4, 2011.

SENATE BILL 189:  Adjustment of Election Dates to Comply with the MOVE Act

SB-189 adjusted certain dates related to the administration of elections in order to comply with the Federal "Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment" (MOVE) Act.  However, the bill excluded the adjustment of any dates related to voter registration.  Representative Murray was the House sponsor and I was the Senate sponsor.

6/12/11: Gov. John Hickenlooper signed SB-189 into law on May 27, 2011.

SENATE BILL 268: Redistricting Map

SB-268 was a congressional redistricting bill, and it would have established new boundaries for Colorado's seven congressional districts if signed into law.

6/12/11: SB-268 was not approved and Colorado's new congressional district maps will be decided in the courts.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 014: Career & Technical Education Month

SJR-014 was introduced and read on February 10, 2011.  The joint resolution designated February as the career and technical education month by the Association for Career & Technical Education.  The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Summers in the House.  Senator King and I sponsored this resolution in the Senate.

6/12/11: SJR-014 was signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House on Feb. 16, 2011.

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 1004: Military Appreciation Day

HJR-1004 was introduced and read on January 24, 2011 in recognition of all of the State's service men and women.  The resolution was sponsored by Reps. Todd and Waller in the House.  Senator Cadman and I sponsored this resolution in the Senate.

6/12/11: HJR-1004 was signed by the Speaker of the House on Jan. 17, 2011 and the President of the Senate on Jan. 18.

HOUSE BILL 1130:  Commodity Metals Regulation

HB 1130 was introduced on January 21, 2011 in the House.  The bill regulates specific commodity metal transactions.  Stricter identification and payment requirements are now required for transactions involving commodity metals, and the potential punishments for individuals found to violate Colorado's commodity metal law have been increased.  Representative Priola was the House sponsor and I was the Senate sponsor.

6/12/11: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB 1130 into law on April 13, 2011.

HOUSE BILL 1137: Authority of a Local Improvement District

HB-1137 would have allowed local improvement districts who fund their improvements through sales tax to also use those funds to provide certain services. The bill would have also allowed a district to impose a sales tax on noncontiguous areas of a county, and allowed districts in which a sales tax is levied to provide transportation, vehicles, equipment, and improvement. Property owners would have been authorized to petition to have their property included in the boundaries of a district that levies a sales tax. Representative Hullinghorst was the House sponsor and I was the Senate sponsor. 

6/12/11: HB-1137 was postponed indefinitely on Feb. 16, 2011.

HOUSE BILL 1169: Information Sharing at Colorado State Institutions of Higher Education

HB-1169 allows the police departments of state higher education institutions to share information involving risks of violence to the campus community with certain designated administrators or recipients of a specific threat. Any person who shares this information in good faith will be immune from civil liability. Representative Levy was the House sponsor and I was the Senate sponsor. 

6/12/11: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB -1169 into law on April 20, 2011.

HOUSE BILL 1209: Small Business Navigator

HB-1209 requires the small business assistance center under the office of economic development to create a small business navigator, one who would assist small businesses in diagnosing problems, refer small business owners to the proper offices and departments, and create a single point of contact to expedite the process of assisting small businesses. Representative Jones was the House sponsor and I was the Senate sponsor.

6/12/11: Governor John Hickenlooper signed HB-1209 into law on May 9, 2011.

HOUSE BILL 1290: Nonrefundable Origination Fee for Deferred Deposit Loans

HB-1290 would have specified that a lender may charge a nonrefundable origination fee deemed fully earned as of the date of a deferred deposit loan. The fee could not have exceeded 20 percent of the first $300 of the loan plus 7.5% of any amount loaned exceeding $300. The bill also specified authorized interest rates and maintenance fees. Representatives Liston and Riesberg were the House sponsors and I was the Senate sponsor.

6/12/11: HB-1290 was postponed indefinitely on May 5, 2011.

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2010 BILLS:

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 001: Constitutional Commission

The concept for SCR-001 began during last summer's Long-Term Fiscal Stability Commission, which I chaired. Rep. Mark Ferrandino is the House sponsor, and I am the Senate sponsor.

If approved, SCR-001 would refer a ballot measure to voters in the 2010 election that would authorize the creation of appointed Constitutional Review Commissions (CRCs). The CRCs would convene every six years, study a broad topic within the Constitution and hold a series of public meetings throughout the state. The CRCs would then be authorized to propose a measure(s) on the next ballot that could amend our Constitution, and the General Assembly would need to approve the measure for inclusion on the ballot.

6/14/10: SCR-001 lost on a Senate third reading.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 002: Tax Study

SJR-002 was also a product of the Long-Term Fiscal Stability Commission, and it calls for Colorado to conduct a comprehensive tax study. Rep. Lois Court is the House sponsor, and I am the Senate sponsor.

Colorado has not had such a study since 1958. SJR-002 would mandate that the University of Denver would complete a formal study of the stats's present tax system and report their findings in one year. Only private sector money would be used to fund the study.

6/14/10: SJR-002 has been signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 009: CU Anschutz Medical Campus Recognition

SJR-009 recognizes the outstanding work being performed by the doctors, faculty, and students at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.  Reps. Dianne Primavera and Michael Merrifield are the House Sponsors, and I am the Senate sponsor.  This joint resolution specifically points out the extraordinary job of the University of Colorado Cancer Center and its affiliated faculty and staff. 

At completion, the estimated economic impact of the Anschutz Medical Campus is $6 billion per year.  For every dollar the state invests in the Anschutz Medical Campus, the campus puts $30 back into the state economy.  The Anschutz Medical Campus is truly state of the art and the State of Colorado is fortunate to have it as a key component of our higher education system. 

6/14/10: SJR-009 has been signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 013: Career and Technical Education Month

SJR-013 called for the designation of February 2010 as Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month in Colorado. In short, CTE will be a vital part of our economy of the future, as our young adults gain training and degrees that will help them find gainful employment. According to SJR-013, more than 116,000 secondary students are enrolled in CTE courses, and the nearly 30,000 postsecondary students enrolled in CTE can choose from more than 700 programs. I was absolutely pleased to sponsor this resolution since career and technical education has long been a passion of mine.

6/14/10: SJR-013 has been signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.

SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 023: Community Health Centers

SJR-023 called for the recognition of Colorado's Community Health Centers, which provide affordable health care for people of low income and people without health insurance. According to the resolution, entities under the banner of the Colorado Community Health Network provide primary care to more than 500,000 people - including 176,000 children - while about 3,000 Coloradans are employed in the various centers. I was proud to sponsor this resolution with Rep. Spencer Swalm, in part because the health centers improve the overall health of our state by making sure that people have access to physicians and to forms of preventative care.

6/14/10: SJR-023 has been signed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House.

SENATE BILL 028: WorkShare Program

SB-028 would establish the Colorado WorkShare Program. Rep. Sal Pace is the House sponsor with me on this bill. In response to the recent economic downturn, we drafted SB-028, which would allow payment of unemployment compensation benefits to eligible employees who have received a reduction in work hours. Companies would participate voluntarily in this program, and it could allow participating firms to share cuts in hours among employees as opposed to laying certain employees off completely.

6/14/10: Governor Bill Ritter signed SB-028 into law on June 9, 2010.

SENATE BILL 048: Commodity Metal Theft

SB-048 is intended to add standards to the purchase of commodity scrap metals such as copper and aluminum by commodity recyclers. Rep. Claire Levy is the House sponsor, and I am the Senate sponsor.

The State of Colorado has witnessed an increase in crime directly related to the theft of commodity metals, with the intent to sell the metals to recyclers. SB-048 would update our present laws regarding commodity metal sales with the intent of creating a deterrent for potential thieves.

6/14/10: SB-048 was postponed indefinitely in the House.

SENATE BILL 077: Appraisal Management

SB-077 concerns the regulation of appraisal management companies. Rep. Mark Ferrandino is the House sponsor, and I am the Senate sponsor. The bill would authorize the board of real estate appraisers in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to regulate appraisal management companies.

6/14/10: SB-077 was postponed indefinitely.

SENATE BILL 133: Credit for Rehiring Workers

SB-133 would establish an income tax credit to incentivize businesses to rehire laid-off workers sooner. The worker must have worked for the business for at least a full year before being laid off, and must be retained by the business for at least a year after being rehired. Sen. Chris Romer and I will co-sponsor this bill in the Senate.

6/14/10: SB-133 was postponed indefinitely.

SENATE BILL 138: Valuation Appeals

SB-138 would require both the property owner and the Colorado county to be responsible for court costs in the case of an appeal of the valuation of the property for tax purposes.

6/14/10: Governor Bill Ritter signed SB-138 into law on April 21, 2010.

SENATE BILL 156: Mobile Homes

SB-156 would add new legal protections for mobile home owners, along with new standards for mobile home park owners. It would increase the notice period for eviction unless the homeowner commits a substantial violation, and would increase the notice period for the park owner to notify tenants about intent to change the use of the park. It would also require park owners to ensure adequate water and sewer infrastructure. Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst is the House sponsor, and I am the Senate sponsor.

6/14/10: Governor Bill Ritter signed SB-156 into law on June 5, 2010. 

SENATE BILL 162: Enterprise Zone Act Modifications

SB-162 would increase population limitations for urban enterprise zones from the current 80,000 people to 115,000, and increase limitations for rural zones from 100,000 to 150,000. It would create a new precertification process for applicants, and require enterprise zone administrators to create a policy regarding their enterprise zone fees. Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst is the House sponsor, and I am the Senate sponsor.

6/14/10: Governor Bill Ritter signed SB-162 into law on June 9, 2010. . 

SENATE BILL 216: Ballot Measure Order

SB-216 would change the order by which initiatives and referendums are listed on state ballots. Currently, initiated amendment measures are listed first, followed by referred amendments, initated statutory measures and referred statutory measures. If SB-216 passes, the new order of referred amendments, initiated amendments, referred statutory measures and initiated statutory measures would start with the 2010 ballot. Rep. Lois Court is the House sponsor with me on this bill.

6/14/10: Governor Bill Ritter signed SB-216 into law on June 10, 2010.  

HOUSE BILL 1071: Forest Service

HB-1071 would eliminate the requirement that a person employed in a technical forestry capacity by the board of governors of the Colorado State University system possess at least two years' experience in forest practice. Rep. Jeanne Labuda is the House sponsor, and I am the Senate sponsor.

6/14/10: Gov. Bill Ritter signed HB-1071 into law on March 25, 2010.

HOUSE BILL 1072: Budget Stabilization Fund

HB-1072 is a product of the 2009 Long-Term Fiscal Stability Commission. It would set longer-term standards for funding a Budget Stabilization Fund, also known as a rainy day fund. The availability of such a fund could help ease the impacts of future economic downturns.

6/14/10: HB-1072 has been postponed indefinitely.

HOUSE BILL 1076: Tax Work-off Program

HB-1076 would allow entities that have contracts with a governmental entity for a property tax work-off program to opt the participant in or out of the Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado and the Colorado Employment Security Act. Rep. Brian DelGrosso is the House sponsor and I am the Senate sponsor.

6/14/10: Governor Bill Ritter signed HB-1076 into law on April 28, 2010.

HOUSE BILL 1139: Special License Plates

HB-1139 would authorize the creation of special license plates for veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan or Iraq.A one-time fee of $25 for the plates would be credited to the Colorado State Veterans Trust Fund. Rep. Dennis Apuan is the House sponsor with me on this bill.

6/14/10: Governor Bill Ritter signed HB-1139 into law on May 19, 2010.

HOUSE BILLS 1189-1200: Tax Exemptions and Credits

HBs 1189-1200 cover 12 current tax exemptions or credits that could be suspended to help shore up our budget shortfall. Three different House sponsors will carry their respective bills, and I am the prime Senate sponsor for all 12.

HB-1189 (Rep. Jack Pommer, House sponsor): would eliminate the state sales and use tax exemption for cooperative direct mail advertising materials.

6/14/10: HB-1189 was signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter on 2/24/10.

HB-1190 (Rep. Pommer): would suspend the tax exemption from the state sales and use tax for fuels used for industrial purposes.  Currently, 35 other states tax energy used in industrial or manufacturing processes.  This bill would suspend the exemption for energy used in manufacturing and industrial uses for two years and four months.

6/14/10: HB-1190 was signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter on 2/24/10.

HB-1191 (Rep. Pommer): would suspend the sales tax exemption for candy and soft drinks. 

6/14/10: HB 1191 was signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter on 2/24/10. 

HB-1192 (Rep. Pommer): would make standardized software subject to state sales and use taxes.

6/14/10: HB 1192 was signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter on 2/24/10.  

HB-1193 (Rep. Pommer): would require out of state online retailers to notify customers that they have made purchases that are subject to state use taxes.

6/14/10: HB 1193 was signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter on 2/24/10.

HB-1194 (Rep. Mark Ferrandino): would narrow the existing exemptions for articles sold to sellers of items intended for human consumption that are not essential for food service. For example, sales of items such as cartons, bags or napkins would no longer be exempt under HB-1194.

6/14/10: HB 1194 was signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter on 2/24/10. 

HB-1195 (Rep. Ferrandino): would suspend the sales and use tax exemption for certain items used in agricultural production.

6/14/10: HB 1195 was signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter on 2/24/10.

HB-1196 (Rep. Ferrandino): would remove the tax credit afforded to buyers of Category 7 motor vehicles, including alternative fuel vehicles.

6/14/10: HB 1196 was signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter on 2/24/10.

HB-1197 (Rep. Ferrandino): would decrease the maximum amount of a state income tax credit that can be claimed for the donation of a conservation easement.

6/14/10: HB 1197 was signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter on April 29, 2010.

HB-1198 (Rep. Ferrandino): would suspend the credit against the state income tax of a portion of the credit allowed for payment of the alternative minimum tax.

6/14/10: HB 1198 was postponed indefinitely by the House Finance Committee on 1/29/10.

HB-1199 (Rep. Ferrandino): would cap the amount that could be carried over on tax returns for a net operating loss at $250,000.

6/14/10: HB 1199 was signed into law by Governor Bill Ritter on 2/24/10.

HB-1200 (Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst): would temporarily require that taxpayers defer claiming any amount of an enterprise zone investment income tax credit that exceeds $250,000.

6/14/10: Governor Bill Ritter signed HB-1200 into law on May 27, 2010.

HOUSE BILL 1264: Cost Savings

HB-1264 would make available to all state employees an "idea application" that would allow employees to make suggestions on how to reduce state expenses. The executive director of a given department would review the application in a timely fashion, and a projected savings calculation would be performed befor a decision is reached. Rep. Kevin Priola is the House sponsor and I am the Senate sponsor.

6/14/10: Governor Bill Ritter signed HB-1264 into law on May 26, 2010.

HOUSE BILL 1423: Petitions

HB-1423 would remove a current requirement that initiative petition circulators must be residents of the State of Colorado. Rep. Lois Court is the House sponsor with me on this bill.

6/14/10: HB-1423 was introduced in the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs committee but did not advance.

HOUSE BILL 1424: Petition Deadlines

HB-1424 would set the deadline for filing an initiative petition with the Secretary of State at three months prior to the election at which the initiative is to be voted on. The deadline is currently at three months and three weeks before the election. Rep. Lois Court is the House sponsor with me on this bill.

6/14/10: HB-1424 was introduced in the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs committee but did not advance.

HOUSE BILL 1427: University Employee Health Coverage

HB-1427 would clarify that the governing board of any state institution of higher education, such as the CU Board of Regents, has the authority to offer its employees an insurance plan in addition to or in lieu of the plan offered by the state Department of Personnel. The employees of the institution of higher education must be in the state personnel system. Rep. Nancy Todd is the House sponsor with me on this bill.

6/14/10: Governor Bill Ritter signed HB-1427 into law on June 10, 2010. .

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION: 1004: Military Appreciation Day

HJR-1004 was introduced and read on January 25, 2010 in recognition of all of the State's service men and women.  The resolution was sponsored by Reps. Todd and Nikkel in the House.  Senator Cadman and I sponsored this resolution in the Senate.

6/14/10: HJR-1004 has been signed by the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House.

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2009 BILLS:

SENATE BILL 031: Clean Tech

SB 031 was designed to help accelerate the process of moving renewable energy or energy efficiency developments that come out of Colorado research institutions to the marketplace. Rep. Jim Riesberg was the House sponsor, and I was the Senate sponsor. It's a multifaceted bill that will, in part, allow us to allocate money to provide grants for "clean tech" commercialization efforts.

Departments of technology transfer at research institutions, such as CU-Boulder, will be able to qualify for grants of up to $50,000 per project. Early-stage businesses could qualify for grants of up to $150,000 per project.

The state Office of Economic Development and International Trade may also choose to use money to fund partnerships between clean tech industries and state research institutions, including the Colorado Renewable Energy Authority. The Authority directs the Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, a joint research effort between the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

6/4/09: Governor Bill Ritter signed SB-031 into law on May 4, 2009.

SENATE BILL 067: Colorado Credit Reserve Program

SB 067 revived a Colorado Credit Reserve (CCR) program that has not existed since 2006. Reps. Don Marostica and Sara Gagliardi were the House sponsors, and I was the Senate sponsor.

In today's unstable financial market, many businesses are finding it more difficult to obtain the access to financial capital that they need to grow or maintain their operations. The state Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will contract with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) to operate the CCR program, which has already expanded access to capital for Colorado businesses.

Under SB-067, the state appropriated $2,500,000 from the General Fund for the CCR program in June 2009. Potential borrowers may apply for loans of up to $500,000, and the state estimates that its $2,500,000 allocation could be leveraged to generate more than $50 million in new loans. All loans will come from private institutions, but borrowers must remit a registration fee, to be matched by CCR funds, that will be held in an account with the lender.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed SB-067 into law on May 7, 2009..

SENATE BILL 076: Unemployment Technology Fund

 SB-076 will create a fund that could eventually be used to update Colorado's antiquated unemployment benefit information technology systems. Rep. Lois Court was the House sponsor, and I was the Senate sponsor.

To build up the fund, we will reallocate 20 percent of money collected for an unemployment insurance surcharge from the unemployment Trust Fund to the technology fund. We anticipate that the new formula could yield $9 million per year for the technology fund, and the state could need roughly $75 million to put the new systems in place.

We understand that it's quite uncertain how long the current recession will last, and that unemployment insurance claims could remain high for quite some time. So, we included a provision in SB-076 that allows the state to put the technology fund money back in the Trust Fund if the fund balance dips below $25 million.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed SB-076 into law on June 2, 2009.

SENATE BILL 150: Liens

SB-150 will give a perfected purchase-money lien priority over a conflicting lien in a motor vehicle, and priority in proceeds if the purchase-money loan is perfected within 20 days after the debtor receives possession of the vehicle. Rep. Don Marostica was the House sponsor, and I was the Senate sponsor. 

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed SB-150 into law on April 22, 2009. 

SENATE BILL 178: Job-attached Unemployment

SB-178 will waive a requirement for people with job-attached unemployment status, which says they must register for work and report to an unemployment office. The requirement would be waived for up to 26 weeks. We believe SB-178 will help companies retain trained employees who might be temporarily out of work, but wish to return to the same job when work is available. Rep. Larry Liston was the House sponsor with me on this bill.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed SB-178 into law on May 18, 2009. 

SENATE BILL 234: Enterprise Zones

Rep. Joe Rice was the House sponsor, and Sen. Shawn Mitchell was the other Senate sponsor with me on SB-234. The bill directed the state Economic Development Commission, with assistance from the state Office of Economic Development, to develop criteria for the establishment of enterprise zones. The commission could consider creating a statewide enterprise zone, or modifying existing zones. The commission could also consider the economic impacts of enterprise zone tax credits, such as whether certain industries would benefit, or if new companies might be attracted to do business in the state.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed SB-234 into law on June 1, 2009.

SENATE BILL 248: Surety Requirements

Rep. Frank McNulty was the House sponsor with me on SB-248. The bill amended existing statutes regarding contractor bonding. It allows contractors of public works contracts with a total value of $500 million or more to provide a letter of credit, or another form of acceptable surety, to the public entity that awarded the contract.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed SB-248 into law on May 18, 2009.

SENATE BILL 285: Concurrent Enrollment

Reps. Ken Summers and Judy Solano were the House sponsors with me on SB-285, a concurrent enrollment bill. SB-285 adds "career and technical education" programs to the types of higher education coursework that a student could enroll in while still in high school. We believe SB-285 will accelerate the process for young adults of becoming skilled members of the workforce.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed SB-285 into law on June 4, 2009.

HOUSE BILL 1001: Job Growth Incentive Program

Rep. Joe Rice was the House sponsor of HB-1001, which created a tax credit for certain companies that create 20 new jobs or more. I was the Senate sponsor, and both Rep. Rice and I were members of the Select Committee on Job Creation and Economic Growth.

HB-1001 was designed with job creation in mind, and we believe it will offer a solid incentive to companies willing to grow the work force in our state. It offers a tax credit to qualifying employers that create at least 20 jobs in Colorado, worth up to 50 percent of their Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) obligation on the new employees.

Qualifications include that the employer would need to demonstrate that the project would not have occurred in Colorado without the tax credit. Also, the bill language says that the project should stimulate economic growth in sectors "including, but not limited to" aerospace, bioscience, life science, clean tech, tourism and information technology.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed HB-1001 into law on May 4, 2009.

HOUSE BILL 1035: Sales and Use Tax Refunds for Certain Tech Companies

Rep. Jim Riesberg was the House sponsor with me on HB-1035, which created sales and use tax refunds for tangible personal property used in clean tech or medical companies. We believe that the bill will create an incentive for Colorado entities to continue doing their business in this state.

Only companies with less than 50 employees would be able to qualify for the refunds, and each company would have a limit of $50,000 in refunds per year.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed HB-1035 into law on June 1, 2009.

HOUSE BILL 1052: Donation Bin Signs

Rep. Mark Waller was the House sponsor with me on HB-1052. The bill requires for-profit entities, or individuals who sell donated goods for a profit, to make it known that they are selling the goods for a profit. The entities or individuals must clearly label collection bins, stating that the items will be sold for a profit and that they are not tax-deductible.

6/4/09: Gov. Bill Ritter signed HB-1052 into law on March 24, 2009.

HOUSE BILL 1085: Mortgage Loan Originator Regulation

Rep. Joe Rice was the House sponsor with me on HB-1085. The bill amended the state Mortgage Broker Licensing Act to conform to the federal Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) for Mortgage Licensing Act of 2008.

It's a 42-page bill, but it basically updated the standards that mortgage loan originators in Colorado must live up to. For example, they are now required to register with the nationwide mortgage licensing system. Applicants for a license are now required to submit fingerprints for a criminal background check, and licensees are now required to enroll in continuing education courses.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed HB-1085 into law on May 21, 2009.

HOUSE BILL 1132: Use of Messaging Systems to Commit Unlawful Activity

Reps. Carole Murray and Kevin Priola were the House co-sponsors with me on HB-1132. The bill added four new items - telephone networks, data networks, text messages and instant messages - to the list of devices or systems that a person will not be legally able to use in the transmission of certain forms of sexual crime.

It was already illegal to commit the crimes of Internet luring of a child, computer dissemination of indecent material to a child, Internet exploitation of a child, and harassment by "computer, computer network or computer system." The only thing that HB-1132 did was to add the four items in the first paragraph to the list of prohibited tools that could be used to commit the crimes, and HB-1132 has helped us update our system of protecting children from digital predators.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed HB-1132 into law on June 1, 2009.

HOUSE BILL 1151: School Building Inspections

Rep. Nancy Todd was the House sponsor with me on HB-1151. The bill put the Department of Public Safety in charge of school building code inspections, as opposed to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Inspections were handled by both the DOLE and the Division of Fire Safety, but under HB-1151, the duties will now be carried out by a newly created Public School and Inspection Section within the Division of Fire Safety. We believe this change will streamline the process, decreasing the administrative burden on the state and on school districts.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed HB-1151 into law on May 4, 2009.

HOUSE BILL 1295: Metro State Masters

Reps. Nancy Todd and Tom Massey were the House sponsors with me on HB-1295. The bill simply authorizes Metropolitan State College of Denver to offer master's degree programs.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed HB-1295 into law on May 4, 2009..

HOUSE BILL 1310: Employee Misclassification

Rep. Claire Levy was the House sponsor with me on HB-1310. The bill created an office of employee misclassification. The office will investigate complaints of employers misclassifying employees as independent contractors, a practice that could allow employers to avoid the payment of employment taxes. HB-1310 also requires that a statewide study be conducted, to determine the scope and the economic impact of employee misclassification.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed HB-1310 into law on June 2, 2009.

HOUSE BILL 1349: Continuing Insurance for Employees of Small Businesses

HB-1349 allows qualifying employees, who were involuntarily terminated from employment between Sept. 1, 2008 and Feb. 16, 2009, to continue their health care coverage. Assistance-eligible employees could continue health care coverage, through COBRA or state coverage, with a 65 percent premium subsidy available through the federal stimulus package. Rep. Randy Fischer was the House sponsor with me on this bill.

6/4/09: Gov. Ritter signed HB-1349 into law on June 1, 2009.  

HOUSE BILL 1350: Renewable Energy Loans

Rep. Joe Miklosi was the House sponsor with me on HB-1350. The bill would have created a loan program for home energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements, in a manner that would have been similar to the existing loan program in Boulder County.

6/4/09: HB-1350 was laid over until after the 2009 session ends, and it was not introduced in the Senate.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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