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Bill # Short TitleSponsorsBill SummaryCalendar NotificationMost Recent StatusNews LinksFiscal NoteComments
HB12-1002The CLEAR Act & Application Permit Rules SONNENBERG / JAHN H.B. 12-1002 Rules - permits - applicability of existing or new rules and written statements of agency interpretation - exceptions. The act creates the "CLEAR Act", which stands for "Creating Level Expectations For Application Review". The act amends the "State Administrative Procedure Act" (APA) to state that the rules and any written statements of agency interpretation of the statutes of a state agency in effect on the date that a person applies for a new or renewed permit govern the application for a new permit or for renewal of the permit. If the rules or any written statements of agency interpretation governing the agency's permit process or the requirements to qualify for a permit have been amended, the agency must grandfather in the application under the rules and any written statements of agency interpretation in effect on the date of the application, unless the agency determines in writing that: The new rules materially affect the health and safety of the public and that use of the rules in effect on the date of application is likely to result in an unsafe situation if the applicant does not comply with new rules; or New rules or new requirements are necessary to ensure that the agency and the permit will be in compliance with the requirements of federal law and federal regulations; or New rules or new requirements are necessary to ensure that the agency and the permit will not be in conflict with state statutes; or New rules or new requirements are necessary to ensure that the agency and the permit will be in compliance with the requirements of a court order. If the agency determines that one of these four exceptions will occur, the agency must treat the application as pending, provide a written notice to the person that states the reasons the application is incomplete, and give the person a reasonable opportunity to comply with the new law or new requirements. The act states that if an agency adopts or amends rules that govern or impact the application process or any permit eligibility requirements after a person has applied for a permit or renewal of a permit and while the application is pending with the agency, the person shall have the option to have the application processed under the rules in existence at the time of the filing of the application or under the new rules. The act defines "permit" as a grant of authority by an agency that authorizes the holder of the permit to do some act not forbidden by law but not allowed to be performed without such authority. "Permit" does not include a professional license issued by a licensing board or agency to conduct a profession or occupation. "Permit" does not include a registration or certification issued by a board or state agency to an individual to pursue a profession, practice, or occupation. "Permit" does not include a water well permit issued by the state engineer. APPROVED by Governor June 4, 2012 EFFECTIVE August 8, 2012 NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause. NOT ON CALENDAR06/04/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1008GA & Public Input Proposed Agency Rules & Fees ACREE / JAHN H.B. 12-1008 Rules - notice to representative groups of proposed rule-making - notice to general assembly of increases in fees and fines - departmental regulatory agendas. An executive branch agency of state government considering adopting rules shall establish a representative group of participants with an interest in the subject of the rule-making to submit views or otherwise participate in conferences or to participate in the rule-making hearing on the proposals under consideration. If the agency convenes a representative group prior to issuing a notice of proposed rule-making, the agency shall include the group participants in the notice of the actual rule-making hearing. If an agency proposes a rule to increase fees or fines, at the time of giving notice of proposed rule-making under the State Administrative Procedure Act or within 10 days following the adoption of an emergency or temporary rule that increases fees or fines, the agency shall send a written or electronic notification to each member of the general assembly notifying the members about the proposed rule or about the adoption of an emergency rule and specifying the amount of the increase in the fees or fines. Principal departments of state government shall submit a departmental regulatory agenda each November 1 to the legislative council staff for distribution to the applicable oversight committee of reference of the general assembly. The departmental regulatory agenda shall include: A list of new rules or revisions to existing rules that the department expects to propose during the next calendar year; The statutory or other basis for adoption of the proposed rules; The purpose of the proposed rules; The contemplated schedule for adoption of the rules; An identification and listing of persons or parties that may be affected positively or negatively by the rules; and An update and brief summary of all permanent and temporary rules actually adopted since the previous departmental regulatory agenda was filed. Each principal department shall present its departmental regulatory agenda to the applicable oversight committee of reference of the general assembly during the departmental presentations on strategic plans and performance-based budgeting held during the first 15 days of the legislative session. APPROVED by Governor May 17, 2012 EFFECTIVE May 17, 2012 NOT ON CALENDAR05/17/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1012Increase Agency Displacement Expenses Payment Cap WILLIAMS A. / GUZMAN The bill increases from $10,000 to $50,000 the maximum amount of actual reasonable expenses to be paid by a state agency in connection with the reestablishment at a new site of a farm, nonprofit organization, or small business displaced by the agency. NOT ON CALENDAR05/03/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1037Classify Certain Ag Products Wholesale Sales BECKER The bill classifies the sales of certain agricultural items as wholesale sales rather than retail sales. The effect of such a classification is that the following sales will not be subject to sales tax:
* Sales of agricultural compounds to be consumed by, administered to, or otherwise used in caring for livestock;
* Sales of semen for agricultural or ranching purposes; and
* Sales of pesticides that are registered by the commissioner of agriculture for use in the production of agricultural and livestock products. 
NOT ON CALENDAR06/04/2012 Governor Action - Signed
Release: Becker’s laws benefiting energy development and rural Colorado to go in effect

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HB12-1042Income Tax Credit For Estate Taxes On Ag Land PACE The bill establishes an income tax credit for a person who inherits agricultural land located within the state that is equal to the portion of Colorado estate taxes attributable to the transfer of the land. The tax credit is subject to the following requirements:
* If more than one person inherits the land, the credit is apportioned among all beneficiaries;
* If the credit exceeds the income taxes owed, the excess is refundable to the taxpayer; and
* If the land is reclassified in the 10 years after the credit is claimed, the taxpayer is required to repay the credit, with interest, to the state as part of an amended income tax return. 
NOT ON CALENDAR05/21/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1083Continue Environmental Agriculture Program Fees SONNENBERG / SCHWARTZ In 2009, the general assembly increased the maximum annual fee that the water quality control agency in the division of administration of the department of public health and environment may impose upon concentrated animal feeding operations and housed commercial swine feeding operations dischargers under the "Colorado Water Quality Control Act" until July 1, 2012. The bill maintains the current fee structure until July 1, 2015, in order to continue the environmental agriculture program. NOT ON CALENDAR04/16/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1099Phytoremediation Hemp Remediation Pilot Program MCKINLEY The chair of the agriculture, livestock, and natural resources committee in the house of representatives and the chair of the agriculture, natural resources, and energy committee in the senate will appoint 7 members to the industrial hemp remediation pilot program committee (committee). The committee will establish an industrial hemp remediation pilot program (pilot program) to study how soils and water may be made more pristine and healthy by phytoremediation, removal of contaminants, and rejuvenation through the growth of industrial hemp. The committee consists of members with various scientific backgrounds and with knowledge about the growth of industrial hemp. The growth of industrial hemp is prohibited until the commissioner of agriculture (commissioner) approves the site chosen by the committee, the security measures that have been put in place by the committee at the pilot program location, and the cleanup plan for the site at the conclusion of the pilot program. The committee will make a final report of its findings and submit the report to the commissioner. The committee may accept gifts, grants, and donations for the pilot program. The pilot program is repealed on July 1, 2022. NOT ON CALENDAR06/04/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1105Wind Energy Property Rights BECKER The bill establishes a nonseverable wind energy right in real property. NOT ON CALENDAR05/29/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1125Modify Procedures Regarding Impounded Animal Costs RAMIREZ / STEADMAN H.B. 12-1125 Impounded animals - payment of costs for impoundment, care, and provision of animals - hearing - procedures - refund of moneys paid for costs - when - independent veterinary exam. The act modifies procedural requirements related to the payment of impoundment, care, and provision costs for an animal that has been impounded because of alleged neglect or abuse or other criminal acts involving the animal. Currently, the owner or custodian (owner) of the impounded animal may request a hearing to contest the reasonableness of those costs. The act specifies that the owner must make that request within 10 days after the date of impoundment. Because costs associated with caring for the animal continue to accrue during the pendency of an animal's impoundment, the act requires the hearing to be conducted in a criminal court of competent jurisdiction no later than 10 days after the request. The act also: Upon request by the owner of an impounded animal, requires an impound agency to allow a licensed veterinarian of the owner's choosing and at his or her expense to examine the animal; For an owner requesting a hearing, delays the payment of costs until the date of the hearing; Expands the scope of the hearing to include a judicial determination as to whether probable cause existed to justify the impoundment; Describes circumstances under which a payment for impoundment, care, and provision costs must be refunded to an owner; and Clarifies that the criminal law procedures governing impoundments do not apply to matters solely brought in an administrative context. In order to increase clarity, the act also reorganizes the existing statute governing impounded animals and makes corresponding nonsubstantive amendments to conform current law to that reorganization. APPROVED by Governor April 12, 2012 EFFECTIVE September 1, 2012 NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause. NOT ON CALENDAR04/12/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1158Commercial Livestock Feed Reg By Commr Of Ag BAUMGARDNER / GIRON H.B. 12-1158 Livestock - commercial feed - rendering and processing - authority of commissioner of agriculture. The act repeals the "Colorado Inedible Meat Rendering and Processing Act of 1967" and grants rule-making authority to the commissioner of agriculture to specify labeling and operating requirements for the production of commercial feed under the existing "Colorado Feed Law". APPROVED by Governor March 15, 2012 EFFECTIVE July 1, 2012 NOT ON CALENDAR03/15/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1178Notice For Tax Refund Of Lost Gas Or Special Fuel VIGIL / SCHWARTZ Under current law, a distributor or transporter is entitled to a refund or credit for the tax paid or accrued on gasoline or special fuel that is lost or destroyed by fire, lightning, flood, windstorm, explosion, accident, or other cause beyond the control of the distributor or transporter of the gasoline or special fuel. In order to claim this refund or credit, the distributor or transporter is required to notify the department of revenue (department) within 7 days of the loss or destruction. The bill increases the deadline for notifying the department to 30 days from the loss or destruction. NOT ON CALENDAR04/06/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1278South Platte Groundwater Study Augmentation FISCHER The bill authorizes a study of the interaction between the South Platte alluvial aquifer and surface streams. It also authorizes the state engineer to respond to damaging conditions caused by high groundwater levels in water division 1 in the following manners:
* Approve temporary substitute water supply plans that do not require the replacement of all out-of-priority depletions when deemed necessary to remedy adverse conditions caused by high groundwater levels;
* Permit out-of-priority well pumping without requiring replacement of depletions;
* Request that the water judge for water division 1 use the retained jurisdiction provisions to reconsider augmentation plan decrees based on information obtained from the authorized study; and
* Withhold approval for new recharge projects until completion of the authorized study. 
NOT ON CALENDAR05/30/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1290Create Colorado Healthy Landscapes Tax Checkoff BROWN / TOCHTROP The bill creates the Colorado for Healthy Landscapes fund (fund) in the state treasury. For the 5 income tax years following the year in which the executive director of the department of revenue certifies to the revisor of statutes that there is a space on the income tax return form and that the Colorado for Healthy Landscapes fund voluntary contribution is next in the queue, the bill requires a voluntary contribution designation line for the fund to appear on state individual income tax return forms. The department of revenue (department) must determine annually the total amount designated to the fund and report that amount to the state treasurer and the general assembly. The state treasurer shall credit that amount to the fund. Finally, the general assembly must appropriate annually from the fund to the department its costs of administering contributions to the fund. All moneys remaining in the fund at the end of a fiscal year shall be transferred to the Colorado Weed Management Association, the nonprofit organization that acts as fiscal manager for Colorado for Healthy Landscapes. NOT ON CALENDAR04/26/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1321Modernization Of The State Personnel System Act FERRANDINO / JOHNSTON The state personnel system (system) is established in the state constitution. The following changes are contingent upon the voters approving an amendment to the constitutional provisions related to the system in 2012:
* Merit principles. The bill makes changes to reflect that appointments and promotions will be based on a comparative analysis of candidates based on objective criteria instead of competitive tests of competence. Section 9 of the bill requires the state personnel director (director) to develop evaluation and examination procedures, describes a comparative analysis and its acceptable forms, and makes conforming amendments related to the change.
* Exemptions. Section 12 of the bill requires the director to establish procedures to approve the exemption of an employee from the state personnel system pursuant to the newly created constitutional exemptions.
* Rule of 6. Section 9 of the bill makes changes to reflect that the number of persons eligible for appointment within the system is increased from the 3 highest persons on the eligible list to the 6 highest.
* State personnel board. Section 5 makes conforming amendments to reflect the constitutional changes related to the state personnel board and eliminates language that duplicates constitutional language.
* Temporary employment. Section 10 of the bill reflects the new constitutional limit on the length of temporary employment and establishes a 4-month waiting period between temporary appointments for the same position. For persons within the state personnel system, the bill replaces the performance awards with merit pay. Section 6 of the bill establishes the following features of the merit pay system:
* The purpose of the merit pay system is to provide salary increases for employees in the state personnel system based on performance evaluations and salary positions within the appropriate salary range;
* The initial system must include quartiles for the salary range distribution and 3 performance categories, but the director may change the number of distribution zones or performance categories based on a biennial review;
* The director shall establish one or more priority groups of employees that have priority to receive merit pay based on available moneys;
* An institution of higher education is permitted to enact its own merit pay system;
* Merit pay is subject to available appropriations;
* The general assembly is required to appropriate any moneys for merit pay in the personal services line item;
* The director must include information about merit pay in the annual compensation report and recommendations; and
* The state employee reserve fund is created with separate accounts for each principal department. If a department does not expend all of the moneys in its operating or personal services line item appropriation, the treasurer is required to transfer an amount equal to the unused appropriation to the department's account. Moneys in a department's account are continuously appropriated to the department to be used for merit pay, but the director of the office of state planning and budgeting must approve such use. In addition, section 8 of the bill requires each department to include the costs of merit pay as part of the costs of personal services in the annual departmental budget requests. Conforming amendments related to merit pay are included in sections 4, 7, and 13 of the bill. Section 11 of the bill makes the following changes related to persons in the system who are separated from state service due to lack of work, lack of funds, or reorganization:
* Bumping rights, which allow a separated employee to take the job from a person with less seniority, are limited to those persons who, as of January 1, 2013, are within 5 years of being eligible for full retirement;
* The director is required to establish by rule procedures for the separation and demotion of certified employees who do not have bumping rights, which procedures give consideration to performance evaluations and seniority;
* All departments are required to consider placing an employee who would otherwise be separated into a funded, vacant position for which the employee is qualified; and
* The director is required to create a layoff plan that may be used by a department to provide postemployment compensation or other benefits to a separated employee, which may include a hiring preference, health benefits, educational training, and severance pay. Section 3 of the bill establishes an exception for the postemployment compensation authorized by the layoff plan established by the director from the current prohibition on such compensation to any government-supported official or employee. The changes related to merit pay, bumping rights, and severance awards are not contingent on the voters approving an amendment to the state constitution. 
NOT ON CALENDAR06/06/2012 Governor Action - Signed
Employed by the state? A merit raise could be in your future

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HB12-1334Severence Tax Funding Agricultural Energy Projects BECKER / HODGE H.B. 12-1334 Agricultural energy-related projects - funding - appropriation. In 2006, the general assembly approved a transfer of $500,000 from the operational account of the severance tax trust fund to the agricultural value-added cash fund for 3 years to promote agricultural energy-related projects. In 2009, the general assembly approved a 2-year extension. The act extends the funding for an additional 5 years. The act appropriates $500,000 to the department of agriculture for the projects. APPROVED by Governor May 24, 2012 EFFECTIVE July 1, 2012 NOT ON CALENDAR05/24/2012 Governor Action - Signed
Release: Becker’s laws benefiting energy development and rural Colorado to go in effect

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HB12-13352012-13 Long Appropriations Bill GEROU / HODGE H.B. 12-1335 General appropriation - long bill. For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012, the act provides for the payment of expenses of the executive, legislative, and judicial departments of the state of Colorado, and of its agencies and institutions. The grand total for the operating budget is set at $20,366,570,960 of which $6,583,752,739 is from the general fund portion of the appropriation, $896,683,201 is from the general fund exempt portion, $6,196,911,073 is from the cash funds portion, $1,493,352,169 is from the reappropriated funds portion, and $5,195,871,778 is from the federal funds portion. For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012, the act provides for the payment of capital construction projects. The grand total for capital construction projects is $170,326,213 of which $62,108,178 is from the capital construction fund portion of the appropriation, $87,677,809 is from the cash funds portion, $8,626,790 is from the reappropriated funds portion, and $11,913,436 is from the federal funds portion. The funds designated to constitute the state emergency fund in the 2011 general appropriation act was amended to increase the amount designated for state properties. The 2010 general appropriation act is amended to make additional changes to those appropriations made to the departments of education, health care policy and financing, and higher education. The 2011 general appropriation act is amended to make additional changes to those appropriations made to the departments of education, health care policy and financing, higher education, human services, law, and public safety. The 2011 appropriation for funding capital construction projects was also amended. The appropriation made in Senate Bill 11-177, concerning the teen pregnancy and dropout prevention program, was amended to decrease the total amount appropriated for medical services premiums. APPROVED by Governor May 7, 2012 EFFECTIVE May 7, 2012 NOT ON CALENDAR05/07/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1343Transfer From State Rail Bank Fund To General Fund GEROU / HODGE Joint Budget Committee Budget Package Bill. The bill requires the state treasurer to transfer to the general fund any unexpended and unencumbered moneys remaining in the state rail bank fund as of June 30, 2012. Currently, there is $9,356,000 in the state rail bank fund, and the transfer will be for this amount plus any interest that may accrue. NOT ON CALENDAR05/03/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1352Lower North Fork Wildfire Commission GARDNER B. / CADMAN The bill creates the lower north fork wildfire commission (commission), comprised of 6 members, for the purpose of:
* Receiving, hearing, and evaluating claims against the state of persons who have suffered personal or property damage or loss of life as a result of the lower north fork wildfire (wildfire);
* Investigating the causes of the wildfire; and
* Making recommendations for legislative or other action that would prevent the reoccurrence of this tragedy. The bill specifies the members of the commission to be:
* The chairs of the judiciary committees of the senate and the house of representatives, or their designees;
* One member each from the senate and the house of representatives who is serving on the judiciary committee and is a member of the minority political party in the particular chamber, as selected by the respective minority leader in the senate and house;
* The executive director of the department of public safety; and
* The state treasurer. The bill specifies administrative procedures of the commission. In connection with its investigative functions, the bill specifies additional procedures attendant to this power and further requires the commission, not later than December 31, 2012, to submit a written report of its findings and any recommendations for legislative or other action to the judiciary and local government committees of the senate and the house of representatives. In connection with the evaluation of potential claims, the bill specifies that the jurisdiction of the commission is limited to claims for injury to person or property or loss of life asserted against the state arising out of the wildfire. The bill specifies procedures for filing a claim with the commission and the commission's powers and duties with respect to the evaluation of claims filed. Not later than September 30, 2012, any person claiming to have suffered an injury as a result of the wildfire is required to file a written notice of the person's claim. The bill specifies the contents of the notice. Compliance with this requirement is a jurisdictional prerequisite to filing a claim with the commission, and failure of compliance forever bars any such action. The bill specifies the required components of the claimant's petition. The bill authorizes the commission to retain special masters to assist in the evaluation of claims. The bill requires the commission to make its findings of fact and recommendations for the disposition of each claim, including, without limitation, the extent and type of damages sustained, if any. Upon the completion of its evaluation of the claims before it, the bill requires the commission to prepare a report containing a plan for the payment of claims. As soon as practicable after the commission has produced its report, it is required to file the report with the joint budget committee, along with copies of any supporting documentation used in the preparation of the plan. All such documentation is to be made available to any member of the general assembly. Subject to available appropriations, the joint budget committee shall either:
* Recommend that the general assembly approve the plan recommended by the commission in its entirety or recommend that the general assembly make modifications to the plan; or
* Decline the plan recommended by the commission and take no action thereon. The bill requires that any plan approved in its entirety or modified be presented for the consideration of the general assembly in the form of one or more appropriation bills. The bill contains additional restrictions on an award that the state may provide a claimant. 
NOT ON CALENDAR06/04/2012 Governor Action - Signed
House GOP Lower North Fork Fire agreement signed into law
Hickenlooper signs bills to pay Lower North Fork Fire victims

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HB12-1353Proportional Reductions Tier 2 Sev Tax Transfers BECKER / STEADMAN Joint Budget Committee. Tier 2 transfers from the operational account of the severance tax trust fund occur in 3 installments: July 1, January 4, and April 1. Current law provides that in case of revenue shortfalls, as projected in the revenue estimate prepared by the staff of the legislative council, the January and April installments are to be proportionally reduced. The bill changes the automatic proportional reduction mechanism to commence with the July installment so that the effect of a proportional reduction to the entire transfer is spread over 3 installments instead of 2. The bill specifies that the 15% reserve be used to offset any proportional reduction as follows:
* One-third of the reserve for the July installment;
* One-third of the reserve for the January installment; and
* Any remaining reserve for the April installment. The bill allows the April installment to include an increase to offset proportional reductions made in the July and January payments if revenue estimates indicate that the amount of severance tax revenues are sufficient to fund such increased installments and still meet the reserve requirement in current law. The bill also reduces the required tier 1 operating appropriations portion of the total reserve calculation for the 2012-13 fiscal year by $1 million. 
NOT ON CALENDAR05/24/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1354Dog Breeder Provide Solid Flooring For Dogs MCKINLEY The bill requires a dog breeder to provide dogs with access to sanitary, ventilated, solid flooring in the cages where they are kept in the dog breeder's pet animal facility. NOT ON CALENDAR05/02/2012 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily
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HCR12-1001State Personnel System FERRANDINO & ... / JOHNSTON & ... *** No bill summary available *** NOT ON CALENDAR05/08/2012:48 AM 04:10 Signed by the President of the Senate
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HJR12-1015National Agriculture Day March 8 SONNENBERG / SCHWARTZ *** No bill summary available *** NOT ON CALENDAR04/10/2012:19 AM 04:10 Signed by the President of the Senate
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SB12-048Local Foods Local Jobs SCHWARTZ / CORAM The bill creates the "Colorado Cottage Foods Act", exempting small producers from the licensing requirements placed on retail food establishments and requiring producers to be certified in safe food handling and processing. The bill limits the liability of food banks that distribute food produced pursuant to the "Colorado Cottage Foods Act". The bill also limits the liability of schools and nonprofit organizations when their kitchens are used by producers to prepare goods for sale directly to consumers. The bill also exempts a person who produces and sells less than 250 dozen eggs per month on the premises at which the eggs are produced or at a farmer's market or similar venue from the licensing requirements for sellers of eggs. NOT ON CALENDAR03/15/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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SB12-059Commercial Vehicle Standards Livestock & Weight BROPHY / SONNENBERG The bill raises from 10,001 to 26,001 pounds the gross combination rating of a motor vehicle and trailer that triggers compliance with the commercial vehicle standards. In addition, a person who is transporting livestock in a motor vehicle and trailer combination is exempt from the standards if the motor vehicle without the trailer is not a commercial vehicle exceeding 14,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating, regardless of whether the trailer would make it exceed that weight. NOT ON CALENDAR04/16/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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SB12-068No Trans Fats In Public School Foods GUZMAN / MASSEY S.B. 12-68 School district - boards - powers and duties - children's nutrition - no trans fats in school foods - appropriation. The act prohibits a school of a school district, a district charter school, or an institute charter school from making available to a student a food item that contains any amount of industrially produced trans fat. The prohibition applies to all food and beverages made available to a student on school grounds during each school day and extended school day, including but not limited to a food or beverage item made available to a student in a school cafeteria, school store, vending machine, or other food service entity existing upon school grounds. The prohibition does not apply to any food or beverage that is made available to a student as part of a meal program of the United States department of agriculture; that is made available to a student as part of any fundraising effort conducted by one or more students, teachers, or parents; or that is donated to the school to be given to a student for consumption off of school premises and not during the school day. The act appropriates to the department of education, for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2012, the sum of $6,800 for allocation to the federal nutrition programs for consulting services related to the implementation of the act. APPROVED by Governor June 4, 2012 EFFECTIVE August 8, 2012 NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause. NOT ON CALENDAR06/04/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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SB12-086Study Cost Of Regulatory Compliance CADMAN This bill creates a legislatively appointed task force to study the cost of regulatory compliance for businesses in Colorado subject to Colorado's regulatory system. The task force consists of 9 members: 2 of the members are appointed by the president of the senate; 2 by the minority leader of the senate; 2 by the speaker of the house of representatives; and 2 by the minority leader of the house of representatives, respectively. The president of the senate and the speaker of the house of representatives jointly appoint one member of the task force. The bill establishes the qualifications required for each of the members of the task force. The duration of the study is 2 years with an interim report and a final report to the general assembly of the results of the study at its conclusion. The bill establishes the general guidelines for the contents of the study and authorizes the task force to consult similar studies, including studies that have been carried out for the federal government. The bill requires the task force to be funded privately by gifts, grants, and donations and adequate funding for the study must be tracked by the legislative council staff as provided by law. The bill authorizes the directors of the legislative council staff and the office of legislative legal services and the state auditor to provide staff to the task force if adequate funding is received. The task force may also accept staff support from the private sector. NOT ON CALENDAR05/08/2012 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
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SB12-097Streamline Change Of Surface Water Diversion Point HODGE Under current law, all changes of water rights, including changes in the point of diversion, must be adjudicated. The bill creates a simplified procedure for the adjudication of a simple change in a surface point of diversion, which is defined as a change in the point of diversion from a decreed surface diversion point that is not combined with and does not include any other type of change of water right and for which there is no intervening surface diversion point or inflow from a surface stream or other surface discharge between the new point of diversion and the diversion point from which a change is being made. The new procedure applies to a change of point of diversion that has already been physically accomplished or with respect to a requested future change of point of diversion. There is a rebuttable presumption that a simple change in a surface point of diversion will not cause an enlargement of the historical use associated with the water rights being changed. The resulting decree must not requantify the water rights for which the point of diversion is being changed. The applicant is not required to prove:
* That the water diverted at the new point of diversion can and will be diverted and put to use within a reasonable period of time;
* Compliance with the anti-speculation doctrine; or
* Future need for the water or other similar requirements imposed by case law or statute. 
NOT ON CALENDAR03/22/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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SB12-169County Pest Control Inspector TOCHTROP Section 1 of the bill removes the statutory cap of $5,000 on the amount that a county may seek reimbursement for in connection with pest control efforts on private property. Section 2 authorizes a county pest inspector to exercise the powers already granted to counties to control weeds and rodents. NOT ON CALENDAR05/07/2012 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
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SJR12-002Use Severance Tax Water Infrastructure ROBERTS / WILSON *** No bill summary available *** NOT ON CALENDAR02/08/2012:22 PM 04:20 Signed by the Speaker of the House
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SJR12-003Water Projects Eligibility Lists SCHWARTZ / SONNENBERG *** No bill summary available *** NOT ON CALENDAR03/09/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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SJR12-005Colorado 4-H Day SCHWARTZ / TODD *** No bill summary available *** NOT ON CALENDAR02/08/2012:28 PM 04:20 Signed by the Speaker of the House
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SJR12-011Colorado Centennial Farms SCHWARTZ / SONNENBERG *** No bill summary available *** NOT ON CALENDAR02/08/2012:11 PM 04:20 Signed by the Speaker of the House
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SR12-003Colorado Forest Energy Jobs SCHWARTZ & ... *** No bill summary available *** NOT ON CALENDAR05/16/2012:18 AM 04:10 Signed by the President of the Senate
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