2012 Police
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HB12-1062Employment Protections For Colorado Peace Officers BARKER 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. 
02/27/2012 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
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HB12-1064Firearm Possession During State Of Emergency STEPHENS The bill prohibits the state or any political subdivision of the state (state), during a declared state of emergency, from prohibiting or restricting the otherwise lawful possession, use, carrying, transfer, transportation, storage, or display of a firearm or ammunition; seizing or confiscating a lawfully possessed firearm, except in specific, described circumstances; or requiring registration of a firearm or ammunition for which registration is not otherwise required by law. An exception is made for the commercial sale of firearms if an authorized authority has ordered an evacuation or a general closure of business. An individual whose rights are violated by the state in conflict with these prohibitions has legal recourse against the state. 03/05/2012 Senate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
NOT ON CALENDARRelease: Senator Steve King on HB12-1064
HB12-1084Penalty For Leaving The Scene Of Traffic Accident FIELDS / JAHN Under current law, a driver of any vehicle directly involved in an accident resulting in injury or worse to any person is required to remain at the scene of the accident until the driver has fulfilled certain statutory requirements. The penalty for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury to any person is increased from a class 5 felony to a class 4 felony. 06/06/2012 Governor Action - Signed
NOT ON CALENDARGov. signs bill toughening penalty for hit-and-run drivers
HB12-1088Deadly Force Against Intruder At Place Of Business HOLBERT / GRANTHAM The bill extends the right to use deadly force against an intruder under certain conditions to include owners, managers, and employees of businesses. 03/05/2012 Senate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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HB12-1092Concealed Handgun Carry Without Permit PRIOLA / BROPHY The bill creates exceptions to the offenses of carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon on school, college, or university grounds if the person is at least twenty-one years of age and may legally possess a handgun under the laws of Colorado and of the United States. A person who carries a concealed handgun under the exception has the same carrying rights and is subject to the same limitations as apply to a person who holds a permit to carry a concealed handgun, including but not limited to the existing limitations concerning the carrying of a concealed handgun on the real property, or in any improvements erected thereon, of a public elementary, middle, junior high, or high school. 05/07/2012 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
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HB12-1163Conditional & Provisional Peace Officer Status WALLER The bill repeals the peace officers standards and training board's authority to grant conditional peace officer status. A peace officer may be granted provisional peace officer status if he or she has been a certified peace officer in good standing in another jurisdiction in the last 3 years. 03/22/2012 Governor Action - Signed
NOT ON CALENDARRelease: Gov. Hickenlooper signs several bills
SB12-020Immunity For Reporters Of Overdoses AGUILAR / SUMMERS S.B. 12-20 Justifications and exemptions from criminal responsibility - immunity for persons who suffer or report in good faith an emergency drug or alcohol overdose event. A person is immune from criminal prosecution for any of the following offenses if the person reports in good faith an emergency drug or alcohol overdose event (overdose event) to a law enforcement officer, to the 911 system, or to a medical provider; the person remains at the scene of the overdose event until a law enforcement officer or an emergency medical responder arrives, or the person remains at the facilities of the medical provider until a law enforcement officer arrives; the person identifies himself or herself to, and cooperates with, the law enforcement officer, emergency medical responder, or medical provider; and the offense arises from the same course of events from which the overdose event arose: Class 6 felony and misdemeanor unlawful possession of a controlled substance; Unlawful use of a controlled substance; Unlawful possession of 12 ounces or less of marijuana or 3 ounces or less of marijuana concentrate; Open and public display, consumption, or use of less than 2 ounces of marijuana; Transferring or dispensing 2 ounces or less of marijuana from one person to another for no consideration; Unlawful use or possession of synthetic cannabinoids or salvia divinorum; Possession of drug paraphernalia; and Illegal possession or consumption of ethyl alcohol by an underage person. APPROVED by Governor May 29, 2012 EFFECTIVE May 29, 2012 05/29/2012 Governor Action - Signed
NOT ON CALENDARRelease: SummersÂ’ immunity bill for reporting drug or alcohol overdose signed into law
Drug overdose reporting bill heads to governor
SB12-025Concealed Handgun Carry With No Permit NEVILLE / BAUMGARDNER The bill creates exceptions to the offenses of carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon on school, college, or university grounds if the person legally possesses a handgun under the laws of Colorado and of the United States. A person who carries a concealed handgun under one of the exceptions has the same carrying rights and is subject to the same limitations that apply to a person who holds a permit to carry a concealed handgun. 01/23/2012 Senate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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