Last Week of Session: Bill Signings Continue
It's hard to believe, but we're down to our last three working days of the 2013 legislative session. Over the past few weeks, three of the bills I sponsored have been signed into law, and I'm hoping to be at many more ceremonies before Governor John Hickenlooper's deadline to sign or veto bills.
On April 19, Gov. Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 13-192 into law (pictured above, at left). The bill allows governmental entities to extend the amount of time needed to act on the results of criminal background checks, especially in the case of unforseen delays or backlogs. Rep. Max Tyler, pictured to the right of the Governor, was the House sponsor of this bill. I was pleased to have Tom Roberts, a Fairview High School student who was "shadowing" me for the day, join us for the ceremony. Tom is pictured at the left.
On April 26, the Governor signed SB-157 into law (pictured above, at right). This bill extends the Colorado Work Share Program indefinitely, which was important since the program was to have ended on July 1, 2013. The Work Share Program allows employees who might be in danger of being completely laid off to accept partial work and partial unemployment benefits. I sponsored SB 10-028 in 2010 to put the program into motion, and the fiscal note for SB 13-157 notes that the program has saved our unemployment trust fun just less than $650,000 since being created. Rep. Tracy Kraft-Tharp, pictured to the left of Gov. Hickenlooper, was the House sponsor of SB 13-157.
On May 3, Gov. Hickenlooper signed HB-1190 into law. This bill allows taxpayers to make Enterprise Zone donations through qualified intermediary nonprofit organizations. The nonprofit would be required to distribute 100 percent of the donation to the recipient nonprofit as directed by the donor. Rep. Dominick Moreno was the House sponsor of this bill.
Moving into the last week of the session, six of my sponsored bills have been signed into law, while 16 other bills still have a chance of earning the Governor's signature. It's been a productive session so far, and we'll all know just how productive by the end of business Wednesday evening.