HB12-1062 Employment Protections For Colorado Peace Officers 
Sponsors: BARKER
Summary: The bill declares that rights and protections afforded to peace officers are a matter of statewide concern. An agency that employs a peace officer (employing agency) shall not enter into a peace officer's personnel file any comment or material that is adverse to the peace officer unless the peace officer is given an opportunity to:
* Review the comment or material;
* Receive a copy of the comment or material; and
* Respond to the comment or material in writing. If a peace officer reviews any such comment or material, he or she may sign it upon completing his or her review. The signature indicates only that the peace officer is aware of the comment or material and does not constitute a confirmation by the peace officer of the accuracy of the comment or material. If the peace officer refuses to sign the comment or material, the employing agency shall include with the comment or material an acknowledgment of the peace officer's refusal. If the peace officer prepares a written response, the employing agency shall place it in the peace officer's personnel file. A peace officer shall have the same right to engage in political activities as is afforded to each resident of the state so long as he or she is not on duty or in uniform. Neither an employing agency nor any person may coerce or require a peace officer to engage in political activity. A peace officer may form, join, support, or participate in an employee organization or its lawful activities. An employing agency shall not retaliate or discriminate against a peace officer for joining or advocating for any employee organization or for advocating for the formation thereof. A peace officer, other than a peace officer who has not yet completed a reasonable initial new-hire probationary period, is subject to disciplinary action only for just cause. A peace officer who is accused of a violation of law or of a policy of his or her employing agency (violation) is presumed innocent, and an investigation into such an allegation shall be conducted in a fair and impartial manner. Before an employing agency imposes any disciplinary action upon a peace officer, the peace officer has the right to be heard during a meeting with a designated representative of the employing agency. A peace officer who is accused of a violation is entitled to have a peace officer representative present during any meeting with one or more members of the employing agency, or with a representative of the employing agency, if the peace officer reasonably believes the meeting may result in disciplinary action against him or her. Each employing agency shall establish a fair and just appeal process to allow a peace officer who is subjected to disciplinary action to challenge the disciplinary action or to assert that the employing agency lacked just cause to impose the disciplinary action. The appeal process includes a hearing that provides the disciplined peace officer with due process, including but not limited to the right to have a peace officer representative present, offer live testimony, offer documentary evidence, and cross-examine any witness who offers testimony against him or her. The hearing is confidential unless the disciplined peace officer waives such confidentiality. Any document generated or presented in connection with the hearing shall be treated as a personnel record and is subject to the legal protections afforded to personnel records. An employing agency shall not adopt any regulation, ordinance, policy, or procedure preventing a peace officer from filing a civil suit arising from the performance of his or her duties as a peace officer. An employing agency shall not discharge, demote, or discipline; or deny promotion, transfer, or reassignment to; or otherwise discriminate against; or threaten any such action against a peace officer as retaliation for the peace officer's lawful exercise of his or her rights.
Status: 01/11/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
02/06/2012 House Committee on Local Government Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
02/27/2012 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
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HB12-1172 Electric Utility No Imputed Carbon Tax 
Sponsors: SWALM
Summary: The 2004 voter initiative known as "Amendment 37" committed Colorado to a policy of increasing the portion of the state's electricity generated from renewable sources. Subsequent legislation allows the Colorado public utilities commission (PUC) to impute the cost of a carbon tax imposed at the federal level when calculating an electric utility's investments and comparing the cost of maintaining existing infrastructure with the cost of replacing existing power plants with more energy-efficient power plants. Section 1 of the bill conditions the PUC's imputation of the carbon tax on the actual adoption of a carbon tax as part of federal law. Section 2 prohibits an investor-owned electric utility from charging residential customers tiered rates according to their monthly consumption.
Status: 01/20/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
02/15/2012 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
02/20/2012 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily
02/27/2012 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments
02/28/2012 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily
02/29/2012 House Third Reading Passed
03/07/2012 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans & Military Affairs
03/21/2012 Senate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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News: Release: Senate Democrats Protect Unnecessary Carbon Tax
Audio, Floors and Committees: Colorado House Audio 2012 Legislative Day 50: HB12-1172
Colorado House Audio 2012 Legislative Day 49: HB12-1172
Colorado House Audio 2012 Legislative Day 48: HB12-1172
Video Center: House Legislative Day 50: HB12-1172
House Legislative Day 49: HB12-1172
House Legislative Day 48: HB12-1172

HB12-1203 Reenact Comprehensive Primary Care Serv Statutes 
Sponsors: GEROU / STEADMAN
Summary: Joint Budget Committee. In the 2011 legislative session, the statutes authorizing expenditures from the primary care fund for comprehensive primary care services were erroneously repealed. This bill recreates and reenacts those repealed statutes, which will reauthorize the department of health care policy and financing to expend funds from the primary care fund for the purpose of providing grants to providers who provide comprehensive primary care and who are either a community health center or who serve a large percentage of people who are uninsured or medically indigent patients, patients receiving medicaid, or patients enrolled in the children's basic health plan. The bill defines terms used in the recreated statutes, including "comprehensive primary care", which means the basic, entry-level health care provided by health practitioners or non-physician health care practitioners that is generally provided in an outpatient setting.
Status: 01/30/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
02/06/2012 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
02/07/2012 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed
02/08/2012 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily
02/09/2012 House Third Reading Passed
02/10/2012 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
02/13/2012 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/14/2012 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed
02/15/2012 Senate Third Reading Passed
02/23/2012 Sent to the Governor
02/23/2012:46 PM 04:10 Signed by the President of the Senate
02/23/2012:43 PM 04:20 Signed by the Speaker of the House
03/01/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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Audio, Floors and Committees: Colorado Senate Audio 2012 Legislative Day 36: HB12-1203
Colorado House Audio 2012 Legislative Day 30: HB12-1203
Colorado House Audio 2012 Legislative Day 28: HB12-1203
Video Center: Senate Legislative Day 36: HB12-1203
House Legislative Day 30: HB12-1203
House Legislative Day 28: HB12-1203

SB12-068 No Trans Fats In Public School Foods 
Sponsors: GUZMAN / MASSEY
Summary: 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.
Status: 01/13/2012 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
01/13/2012 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy + Appropriations
02/16/2012 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations
03/23/2012 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/27/2012 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily
04/09/2012 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments
04/10/2012 Senate Third Reading Passed
04/13/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
04/30/2012 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
05/03/2012 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily
05/08/2012 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments
05/09/2012 House Third Reading Passed
05/09/2012 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/9/2012 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Reconsider
05/9/2012 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/14/2012:22 PM 04:10 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/16/2012:44 PM 04:20 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/16/2012 Sent to the Governor
06/04/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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News: House panel passes measure to ban trans-fats
Legislation kicks trans fats off campus; some say ban is moot
One health bill dies, one lives for now
Audio, Floors and Committees: Colorado House Audio 2012 Legislative Day 120: SB12-068
Colorado House Audio 2012 Legislative Day 119: SB12-068
Colorado Senate Audio 2012 Legislative Day 91: SB12-068
Colorado Senate Audio 2012 Legislative Day 90: SB12-068
Colorado Senate Audio 2012 Legislative Day 78: SB12-068
Video Center: House Legislative Day 115: SB12-068
House Legislative Day 119: SB12-068
Senate Legislative Day 91: SB12-068
Senate Legislative Day 90: SB12-068
Senate Legislative Day 78: SB12-068

SB12-090 Restore Medicaid Funding Circumcision 
Sponsors: FOSTER / COURT
Summary: The bill includes male circumcision as a physician's service under Colorado's medicaid program.
Status: 01/19/2012 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health and Human Services
01/19/2012 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health and Human Services + Appropriations
02/02/2012 Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/24/2012 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/26/2012 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments
04/27/2012 Senate Third Reading Passed
05/01/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health and Environment
05/03/2012 House Committee on Health and Environment Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/04/2012 House Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
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Audio, Floors and Committees: House Health and Environment : SB12-090
House Health and Environment : SB12-090
Colorado Senate Audio 2012 Legislative Day 108: SB12-090
Colorado Senate Audio 2012 Legislative Day 107: SB12-090
Senate Health and Human Services : SB12-090
Video Center: Senate Legislative Day 108: SB12-090
Senate Legislative Day 107: SB12-090

SB12-113 Direct Public Assistance Recoveries In Long Bill 
Sponsors: LAMBERT / GEROU
Summary: Joint Budget Committee. The bill clarifies that the amount of the state's share of recoveries for public assistance paid for child support and maintenance that is redirected to the counties will be specified in a footnote in the annual general appropriations act.
Status: 01/31/2012 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
02/03/2012 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/10/2012 Senate Second Reading Passed
02/13/2012 Senate Third Reading Passed
02/15/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
03/02/2012 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
03/05/2012 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed
03/06/2012 House Third Reading Passed
03/12/2012:13 AM 04:10 Signed by the President of the Senate
03/14/2012:51 PM 04:20 Signed by the Speaker of the House
03/14/2012 Sent to the Governor
03/19/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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News: Gov. Hickenlooper signs several bills
Audio, Floors and Committees: Colorado House Audio 2012 Legislative Day 56: SB12-113
Colorado House Audio 2012 Legislative Day 55: SB12-113
Colorado Senate Audio 2012 Legislative Day 34: SB12-113
Video Center: House Legislative Day 56: SB12-113
House Legislative Day 55: SB12-113
Senate Legislative Day 34: SB12-113
Senate Legislative Day 31: SB12-113