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. Just click "Bills" underneath the heading for House or Senate, and find the bill number.
Also, the bills can seem a little bit complex at times, so here are a few hints for reading them:
Feel free to contact us if you have questions about the bills I sponsored, and here are some brief overviews of all of them.
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.
5/17/13: Governor 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.
5/17/13: 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
This bill aims to implement the recommendations for licensure and the continuation of licensure for architects, professional engineers, and professional land surveyors to the 2012 Sunset report from the Department of Regulatory Agencies. There are 13 recommendations some of which include: An extension of the real date of the board until 2024, requiring architects to report malpractice, and allowing professional engineers and land surveyors from other states to advertise in Colorado if they have a Colorado state license. The House sponsor is Representative Fischer.
5/17/13: SB-161 has passed a Senate and House third reading, and the Senate repassed the bill after considering House amendments.
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.
5/17/13: SB-189 has passed a Senate and House third reading, and the Senate repassed it after considering House amendments.
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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: SB-211 lost on second reading in the Senate.
SENATE BILL 213: School Finance Act
SB-213, which is roughly 190 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.
5/17/13: SB-213 has passed a Senate and House third reading, and the Senate has repassed the bill after considering House amendments.
SENATE BILL 218: Concerning Workforce Development For Key Industries in Colorado
SB-218 creates the Colorado Key Industries Workforce Program. This program provides grants to institutions of higher education that assist students that are pursuing their bachelor’s degree in key industries sectors. The key industries listed in this bill include advanced manufacturing, aerospace, bioscience, and information technology, just to list a few. These grants will be provided to higher education institutions in the likelihood that partnerships with these key industries will result in employment of students who complete their degrees.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: SB-247 has passed a Senate and House third reading.
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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/2013: HB-1003 has passed a third reading in the House and Senate, and the House repassed the bill after considering Senate amendments.
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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: HB-1165 has passed a House and Senate third reading.
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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: HB-1293 has passed a House and Senate third reading.
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.
5/17/13: HB-1295 has passed a House and Senate third reading.
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.
5/17/13: HB-1320 has passed a third reading in the House and Senate, and the House repassed the bill after considering Senate amendments.
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.
5/17/13: 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.
5/17/13: HJR-1011 has been signed by the Speaker of the House and the Senate President.
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.
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.
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.
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 has 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.
I also signed on as a co-sponsor of SBs 052, 064, 075, 090, 093, 094, 100, 112, 162, 164, 171, 228, 232, 233 and 238, as well as HBs 1126, 1272, 1275, 1298, 1300, 1305, 1313, 1319, 1321, 1323, 1326 and 1327.