2012-2013 Long Bill and Budget Balancing Bills
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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 05/07/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1336Prison Utilization Study BECKER / STEADMAN H.B. 12-1336 System-wide department analysis - office of state planning and budgeting and joint budge committee - utilization options. The office of state planning and budgeting (OSPB) will contract for a department of corrections system-wide analysis by July 1, 2012, with a vendor who does not have a known conflict of interest. The OSPB is encouraged to convene an advisory group of interested stakeholders and persons with correctional expertise to assist the OSPB and the joint budget committee (JBC) in developing options based on the study. The OSPB will provide an opportunity for public comment regarding development of the options. Using the results of the analysis, the OSPB and the JBC and any advisory group convened will identify, evaluate, and prioritize state and private contract prison-bed utilization options for 5 fiscal years beginning with fiscal year 2013-14. The OSPB will provide the JBC with quarterly updates of the analysis and engage in discussions regarding developing the options. The OSPB will provide the judiciary committees with a status report by January 31, 2013. In developing the options, the OSPB and the JBC shall consider the following factors: Public safety; The operational needs of the department of corrections; Facility characteristics including, but not limited to, the location, physical plant, mission, custody level, and potential for repurposing; Inmate classifications, rights, and needs; Efficiency and cost of operations; Impact on the local community with emphasis on economic impact and impact to public school funding; Impact on the public and private workforce; Impact on staffing levels on safety, outcomes, turnover rates, and payroll practices, including overtime and compensation policies; Impact on relevant stakeholders; Effectiveness of programming and outcomes; State constitutional limitations related to the state personnel system; and Any other relevant factors. APPROVED by Governor May 3, 2012 EFFECTIVE May 3, 2012 05/03/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1337Close Colorado State Penitentiary II GEROU / STEADMAN H.B. 12-1337 Closure of CSP II - encourage sale or lease - proceeds for certificate of participation payments. The act closes the south campus of the Centennial correctional facility (south campus) for inmate housing purposes but, if necessary, allows the south campus to be maintained to provide support and services to the rest of the Centennial correctional facility. The act encourages the department of corrections to actively pursue options to sell or lease the south campus and requires any proceeds from a sale or lease to be first used towards the payment of the certificates of participation. APPROVED by Governor May 3, 2012 EFFECTIVE August 8, 2012 NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause. 05/03/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1338Transfer Of General Fund Surplus To State Ed Fund GEROU / HODGE Joint Budget Committee Budget Package Bill. On the date on which the state controller publishes the comprehensive annual financial report of the state for the fiscal year 2011-12, the state treasurer is required to transfer to the state education fund $59 million from the general fund surplus for the fiscal year 2011-12. On the date on which the state controller publishes the comprehensive annual financial report of the state for the fiscal year 2012-13, the state treasurer is required to transfer to the state education fund the entire amount of the general fund surplus for the fiscal year 2012-13. 05/03/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1339Colorado Benefits Management System Project BECKER / LAMBERT Joint Budget Committee Budget Package Bill. The bill authorizes the general assembly to appropriate moneys for the Colorado benefits management system improvement and modernization project (project). In addition, the bill requires the chief information officer of the governor's office of information technology to submit a written report to the joint budget committee on a quarterly basis concerning the project. Each quarterly report shall include an overview of the project and the management structure of the project. Each quarterly report shall also include a general overview indicator of the status for each project component and a detailed update for each project component. The statute repeals, effective July 1, 2014. 05/03/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1340Nursing Facility Reduction Per Diem Rate BECKER / LAMBERT Joint Budget Committee Budget Package Bill. The bill reduces the general fund portion of the per diem rate paid to nursing facilities commencing in the 2012-13 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter. 05/03/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1341TANF Strategic Use Fund Repeal GEROU / HODGE Joint Budget Committee Budget Package Bill. The bill provides for the reversion of unencumbered and unexpended funds in the Colorado works statewide strategic use fund on December 30, 2012, to the Colorado long-term works reserve. The bill repeals the statewide strategic use fund and the strategic allocation committee, effective April 1, 2013, and makes conforming amendments. 05/03/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1342Work Therapy Program And Fund LEVY / HODGE Joint Budget Committee Budget Package Bill. The bill creates the work therapy program to provide training and employment opportunities for persons at certain facilities operated by the department of human services. The bill establishes a fund to receive payments under the program. 05/03/2012 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. 05/03/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1344Transfers Of Capital Construction Moneys GEROU / HODGE Joint Budget Committee Budget Package Bill. For the 2011-12 fiscal year, the bill reduces the transfer from the general fund to the capital construction fund from $48,171,749 to $47,671,749 and specifies a new transfer of $500,000 from the general fund exempt account of the general fund to the capital construction fund. For the 2012-13 fiscal year, the bill transfers $59,919,309 from the general fund to the capital construction fund and $500,000 from the general fund exempt account of the general fund to the capital construction fund. 05/03/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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HB12-1345Financing Of Public Schools MASSEY / BACON H.B. 12-1345 School finance - base per pupil funding - district total program funding amount - negative factor - charter school capital construction - boards of cooperative services - children with disabilities - early literacy assessment tool - charter school at-risk supplemental aid - assessment tests for students in grades 9 through 12 - school discipline - appropriation. Funding for public schools from kindergarten through the twelfth grade, as determined by the "Public School Finance Act of 1994" (Act) is modified for the 2012-13 budget year and, in some circumstances, for budget years thereafter, as follows: Statewide base per pupil funding. For the 2012-13 budget year, the statewide base per pupil funding is increased to $5,843.26 to account for a 3.7% inflation rate. Negative factor. For the 2012-13 budget year, the negative factor is applied to the annual appropriation to fund the state's share of total program funding for all school districts and the funding for institute charter schools (total program funding), but without an additional reduction in the amount of the annual appropriation to fund the state's share of total program funding. For the 2012-13 budget year, the total program funding amount is increased by approximately $57 million compared with the amount previously required in law to account for increases in student enrollment. Charter school capital construction. For the 2012-13 budget year and each budget year thereafter, the annual appropriation from the state education fund for capital construction costs for all eligible districts and for all eligible institute charter schools is increased by $1 million for a total of $6 million. In addition to the changes to the Act, other provisions related to funding for public schools are modified as follows: BOCES - supplemental on-line education services contracts. Beginning on August 1, 2012, subject to available appropriations, the mountain board of cooperative services (BOCES) shall contract every 3 years, rather than every year, with an entity that sells supplemental on-line education courses to provide the courses to school districts, charter schools, and BOCES that choose to purchase the courses. BOCES - assistance for meeting state educational priorities. Beginning in the 2012-13 fiscal year, a BOCES may receive additional moneys to assist its participating school districts in implementing and meeting the state's educational priorities as determined by the commissioner of education every 3 years. To receive additional moneys, a BOCES must submit a plan to the state board of education (state board) that details how the BOCES will use the moneys to assist its participating school districts in implementing and meeting the state's educational priorities. The department of education (department) will distribute the moneys to the BOCES based on specified requirements and may retain a portion of the moneys to hire a rural school district liaison and to support a rural school district council that the commissioner of education created in the department. Children with disabilities. The definition of "children with disabilities" is clarified to include persons 3 through 8 years old who have been found to be children experiencing developmental delays, as defined in the code of federal regulations. Early literacy assessment tool. By October 1, 2012, the department shall issue a request for proposals for the purchase of an early literacy assessment tool that teachers may use to obtain real-time assessments of the reading skill levels of students enrolled in kindergarten and first, second, and third grades and, based on the assessment results, generate intervention plans and materials. The request for proposals must include software with specified capabilities, training for software use, and a sufficient number of software licenses for each local education provider in the state to use the early literacy assessment tool in all of its kindergarten and first-, second-, and third-grade classes. The department shall select from among the responses and enter into a contract by March 1, 2013. In negotiating the terms of the contract, the department shall include performance measures, which may include student outcomes, as conditions affecting the amounts payable under the contract. The department must provide certain information to local education providers in connection with the early literacy assessment tool. Charter school at-risk supplemental aid. For the 2012-13 budget year and each budget year thereafter, certain qualified districts, district charter schools, and institute charter schools will receive at-risk supplemental aid (aid) in addition to the at-risk funding received pursuant to the Act as follows: A qualifying school district will receive aid if the percentage of at-risk pupils in a district charter school authorized by the qualifying school district before July 1, 2004, is less than the percentage of at-risk pupils in the qualifying school district. The amount of the aid is equal to the difference between 100% of district per pupil revenues and 100% of adjusted district per pupil revenues for each pupil enrolled in the district charter school, not including on-line pupils or pupils enrolled in the ASCENT program. A district charter school in a qualifying school district that was initially authorized before July 1, 2004, will receive aid if the percentage of at-risk students in the district charter school exceeds the percentage of at-risk pupils in the qualifying school district. The amount of the aid is equal to the difference between 100% of adjusted district per pupil revenues and 100% of district per pupil revenues for each pupil enrolled in the district charter school, not including on-line pupils or pupils enrolled in the ASCENT program. A school district shall pass through100% of a district charter school's aid to the district charter school. A district charter school in a school district that is not a qualifying district and whose percentage of at-risk pupils exceeds the percentage of at-risk pupils in the chartering school district will receive aid. The amount of the aid is equal to the difference between 100% of adjusted district per pupil revenues and 100% of district per pupil revenues for each pupil enrolled in the district charter school, not including on-line pupils or pupils enrolled in the ASCENT program. A school district shall pass through100% of a district charter school's aid to the district charter school. An institute charter school whose percentage of at-risk pupils is less than the percentage of at-risk pupils in the accounting district will receive aid. The amount of the aid is equal to one-half of the difference between 100% of the accounting district's per pupil revenues and 100% of the accounting district's adjusted per pupil revenues for each pupil enrolled in the district charter school, not including on-line pupils or pupils enrolled in the ASCENT program. The charter school institute shall pass through 100% of an institute charter school's aid to the institute charter school. If the appropriation to the department of education is insufficient to fund one hundred percent of the aid calculated, the department shall proportionately reduce the aid for each school district, district charter school, and institute charter school. Assessment tests for students in grades 9 through 12. The general assembly recognizes the federal high school testing requirements; recognizes that most states have adopted the common core state standards in mathematics and English language arts; and states its intent and expectation that ACT, Inc., will reconfigure the ACT to align with the common core state standards and thereby enable the states to administer the ACT as the statewide high school assessment that meets the federal high school testing requirements. Each public school, including each charter school, must assist each student and his or her parent in creating and maintaining an individual career and academic plan (ICAP) by ninth grade. The school will work with the student to use the ICAP to guide course selections and performance expectations with the goal of ensuring that the student demonstrates postsecondary and workforce readiness upon graduation at a level that enables the student to progress toward his or her postsecondary goals, as identified in the ICAP, without needing remedial educational services. Starting in the 2012-13 school year, each school district and each charter school that includes grades 9 through 12 may administer to students in those grades the basic skills placement or assessment tests (basic skills tests) that the community colleges use for first-time freshman students. The school district or charter school will receive state funding to reimburse the district or charter school for one administration per student of all of the basic skills test units. If indicated by a student's scores, the school will create an intervention plan for the student to ensure that the student receives the classes and other educational services necessary for the student to demonstrate postsecondary and workforce readiness at graduation at a level that allows the student to advance toward his or her identified postsecondary goals without needing remedial educational services. The school, the student, and the student's parent may agree to concurrently enroll the student in basic skills courses at an institution of higher education if the student is in twelfth grade. If the school district or charter school that the student attends chooses to administer the basic skills tests, each student's ICAP will include the student's scores on the basic skills tests and the student's intervention plan, if any. Subject to available appropriations, the department will allocate moneys to school districts and charter schools to reimburse them for the costs of administering the basic skills tests. When adopting the criteria for endorsed high school diplomas, the state board will establish the criteria for demonstrating postsecondary and workforce readiness at various levels that reflect the postsecondary education options available to students. The beginning date on which schools and school districts will be held accountable for the number of students who receive endorsed high school diplomas is changed because the criteria for issuing endorsed high school diplomas are not yet adopted. School discipline. The statutory grounds for suspension or expulsion of a student are amended to increase the discretion of school administrators and school district boards of education (local boards). The only circumstances under which expulsion remains mandatory are those that involve a student who is found to have brought a firearm to school or possessed a firearm at school. Each school district is encouraged to consider each of many specific factors before suspending or expelling a student, including the student's age, the student's disciplinary history, whether the student has a disability, the seriousness of the student's violation, whether the student's violation threatened the safety of any student or staff member, and whether a lesser intervention would properly address the student's violation. Each school district accountability committee shall provide input to the local board concerning the creation and enforcement of its school conduct and discipline code (code). Each school district shall take reasonable measures to ensure that each student enrolled in each public school of the school district is familiar with the code. In creating and enforcing a code, each local board shall: Impose proportionate disciplinary interventions and consequences, including in-school suspensions, in response to student misconduct that are designed to reduce the number of expulsions, out-of-school suspensions, and referrals to law enforcement, except for referrals to law enforcement that are required by state or federal law; Include plans for the appropriate use of prevention, intervention, restorative justice, peer mediation, counseling, or other approaches to address student misconduct that are designed to minimize student exposure to the criminal and juvenile justice system. The plans must state that a school administration shall not order a victim's participation in a restorative justice practice or peer mediation if the alleged victim of an offending student's misconduct alleges that the misconduct constitutes unlawful sexual behavior, a crime in which the underlying factual basis involves domestic violence, stalking, or violation of a protection order; Ensure that the implementation of the code complies with all state and federal laws concerning the education of students with disabilities; and Ensure that, in implementing the code, each school of the school district shows due consideration of the impact of certain violations of the code upon victims of such violations, in accordance with the provisions of Title IX of the United States Code and other state and federal laws. A child who is denied admission or expelled as an outcome of a hearing has 10 days after the denial of admission or expulsion to appeal the decision of the executive officer to the local board, after which time the local board has the discretion to grant or deny the appeal. If a student is suspended from school, the suspending authority, to the extent possible, shall provide an opportunity for the student to make up school work during the period of suspension for full or partial academic credit. On or before January 1, 2014, the peace officer standards and training (P.O.S.T.) board shall identify a training curriculum to prepare peace officers to serve as school resource officers (SROs). To the extent practicable, the training curriculum must incorporate the suggestions of relevant stakeholders. The training curriculum must include a means of recognizing and identifying peace officers who successfully complete the training curriculum. In assigning peace officers to serve as SROs, each law enforcement agency is encouraged to ensure that the peace officers have successfully completed the SRO training curriculum or will complete the training within 6 months after beginning the assignment. On and after January 1, 2015, each county sheriff and each municipal law enforcement agency of the state shall employ at least one peace officer who has successfully completed the training curriculum. In providing the training curriculum, the P.O.S.T. board may include provisions to authorize awarding credit to a peace officer who has successfully completed an SRO certification curriculum offered by one or more public or private entities that are identified by the P.O.S.T. board. The P.O.S.T. board may charge a fee to each peace officer who enrolls in the training curriculum. The amount of the fee shall not exceed the direct and indirect costs that the P.O.S.T. board incurs in providing the training curriculum. If an SRO or other law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity on school grounds, in a school vehicle, or at a school activity or sanctioned event (on school grounds) arrests a student of the school, the officer shall notify the principal of the school or his or her designee of the arrest within 24 hours after the arrest. If an SRO or other law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity on school grounds issues a summons, ticket, or other notice requiring the appearance of a student of the school in court or at a police station for investigation relating to an offense allegedly committed on school grounds, the officer shall notify the principal of the school or his or her designee of the issuance of the summons, ticket, or other notice within 10 days after such issuance. An SRO shall be familiar with the provisions of the code of the school to which he or she is ass 05/19/2012 Governor Action - Signed
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