Jefferson County Business Lobby Bill Tracker


HB16-1001 State Contr Certify Compliance With Equal Pay Laws 
Summary: The bill requires a business that bids for a contract with a governmental body to submit with its bid certification that it is in compliance with state and federal equal pay standards and laws; except that this requirement does not apply to businesses that have 50 or fewer employees. Tharp, Lebsock, Lee, Lontine, McCann, Melton, Moreno, Pettersen, Salazar, Singer, Tyler, Arndt, Becker K., Fields, Garnett, Ginal, Mitsch Bush, Pabon, Primavera, Rosenthal, Ryden, Vigil, Williams, Winter, Young The executive director of the department of personnel, or the executive director's designee (executive director), is required to develop a form for a business to use to certify that it is in compliance with equal pay standards and laws and that, if awarded a contract, it will remain in compliance with such standards and laws throughout the term of the contract. The executive director is required to ensure that the form requires a business to certify certain general information regarding its employees and employment and hiring practices in connection with equal pay laws. A business that is awarded a contract is required to ensure that any subcontractor that it uses to fulfill the terms of the contract is also in compliance with equal pay standards and laws. All businesses that are awarded contracts by a governmental body or that are subcontractors for a business that was awarded a contract by a governmental body are required to keep and maintain certain information related to their employees, broken down into categories by gender, race, ethnicity, and national origin, for the term of the contract with the governmental body. If, after awarding a contract to a business, a governmental body determines that the business knowingly submitted false information on the certification form for equal pay compliance required by the bill, the governmental body is required to terminate the contract.
Sponsors: DANIELSON
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/13/2016 00:10 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
01/13/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
03/15/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
03/17/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/21/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
03/22/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
03/24/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/24/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/30/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1011 Metro Dist Authority Promote Business Development 
Summary: The bill removes a specified minimum dollar amount of valuation for assessment of commercial property in a metropolitan district that is currently required for the district's board to provide activities in support of business development within the district.
Sponsors: VIGIL
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/13/2016 00:10 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
01/13/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
01/28/2016 House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
02/01/2016 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/02/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/03/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
03/07/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/10/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/11/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/11/2016 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
03/11/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
03/30/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
Signed by the Speaker of the House
Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/04/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
Signed by the President of the Senate
Signed by the President of the Senate
04/05/2016 Sent to the Governor
Sent to the Governor
Sent to the Governor
04/15/2016 Governor Signed
Governor Signed
Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1014 SOS Business Intelligence Center 
Summary: The bill creates the business intelligence center program (program) within the department of state (department). The purpose of the program is to streamline access to public data collected by state agencies and to provide resources to make the data more useful. In operating the program, the department is authorized to assist state agencies in formatting and publishing their public data to a publicly available platform and provide resources to help users effectively use the data. To create those resources, the department may conduct public contests with cash awards and other incentives for the development of application software or other tools to help people effectively use the published public data. The business intelligence center advisory board is created in the department to assist the department in the operation of the program, and the advisory board will sunset in 10 years after a review by the department of regulatory agencies. The department is authorized to solicit, receive, and expend gifts, grants, or donations for direct and indirect costs.
Sponsors: WILLIAMS / TATE
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/13/2016 00:10 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
01/13/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
01/28/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
03/18/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
03/21/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/22/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/22/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/30/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/22/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/25/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
04/26/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
Signed by the Speaker of the House
Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/03/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
Signed by the President of the Senate
Signed by the President of the Senate
05/04/2016 Sent to the Governor
Sent to the Governor
Sent to the Governor
06/10/2016 Governor Signed
Governor Signed
Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1015 Contingent Repeal Hlth Ins Laws Aligning With ACA 
Summary: In 2013, the general assembly enacted House Bill 13-1266 to align state health insurance laws with the requirements of the federal "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (ACA). The bill adds an automatic repeal to the following provisions in the state health insurance laws that is triggered if the comparable federal law requirement under the ACA is repealed by congress and approved by the president:
* The requirement that carriers offer health benefit plans that cover an essential health benefits package with bronze, silver, gold, and platinum levels of coverage;
* The requirement that dependent coverage under a health plan be available to a child under 26 years of age, regardless of dependency or marital status;
* The requirement that carriers issue or renew a plan to any eligible individual or small employer that agrees to pay the required premiums;
* The requirements regarding open and special enrollment periods;
* The prohibition against discriminating with respect to participation under the plan or coverage by any provider acting within the scope of his or her license;
* The requirement to offer continuation coverage to an employee who is no longer employed by the employer through whom the employee was covered under a health benefit plan;
* Fair market standards;
* Procedures for denial of benefits and internal reviews;
* The prohibition against preexisting condition exclusions; and
* The requirements pertaining to grace periods for a newly insured individual to pay premiums for coverage.
Sponsors: KLINGENSCHMITT
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/13/2016 00:10 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
01/13/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
02/03/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1020 No Drones Near Airports Or Jails 
Summary: A person commits introducing contraband in the first degree if he or she knowingly and unlawfully operates any unmanned aircraft system (UAS) within 5 miles of a detention facility with the intent to introduce or attempt to introduce a dangerous instrument, alcohol or an alcoholic beverage, a controlled substance, or marijuana or marijuana concentrate into the detention facility. A person shall not operate a UAS:
* Within 5 miles of an airport unless the person is authorized by the airport's air traffic control tower;
* In a manner that interferes with the operation of manned aircraft;
* More than 400 feet above the earth's surface;
* In a manner that is prohibited by any federal law or rule;
* In violation of any temporary flight restriction (TFR) or notice to airmen (NOTAM) issued by the federal aviation administration (FAA); or
* In the airspace directly above any detention facility. A person who violates any of these prohibitions commits a class 1 misdemeanor. These prohibitions do not apply to the operation of a public UAS operated in compliance with any current and enforceable authorization granted by the FAA.
Sponsors: ROSENTHAL / COOKE
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/13/2016 00:10 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
01/13/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
01/26/2016 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1023 Deadly Force Against An Intruder At A Business 
Summary: The bill extends the right to use deadly force against an intruder under certain conditions to include owners, managers, and employees of businesses.
Sponsors: EVERETT
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/13/2016 00:10 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
01/13/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
03/07/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1037 Income Tax Credit Empl Of Persons With Disab 
Summary: Interim Committee to Study Vocational Rehabilitative Services for the Blind. The bill creates an income tax credit with 2 different incentives for employers in order to encourage the employment of persons with disabilities who are determined to be qualified employees, as defined in the bill. First, it would provide a credit for a certain percentage of the qualified employee's gross wages for a limited period of time. Second, it would provide a 3-year credit for a portion of the annual costs the employer incurs for the maintenance, repair, or upgrade of assistive hardware or software technology that is specifically designed for use by the qualified employee in order for the qualified employee to perform his or her job.
Sponsors: WINDHOLZ / AGUILAR
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/13/2016 00:10 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Finance
01/13/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Finance
Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Finance
Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Finance
01/26/2016 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Finance
House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Finance
House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Finance
02/17/2016 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1067 Regional Transportation Authority Mill Levy 
Summary: Current law authorizes a regional transportation authority to impose a uniform mill levy of up to 5 mills on all taxable property within its territory, but the authorization is scheduled to repeal on January 1, 2019. The bill extends the authorization until January 1, 2029.
Sponsors: MITSCH BUSH / DONOVAN
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/13/2016 00:10 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
01/13/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
02/10/2016 House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
02/16/2016 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/17/2016 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
02/18/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
02/19/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
03/08/2016 Senate Committee on Transportation Postpone Indefinitely
Senate Committee on Transportation Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1087 Increase Vendor Fee For Collecting State Sales Tax 
Summary: A retailer that collects sales tax is currently allowed to retain 3 1/3% of the tax reported to cover the expense of collecting and remitting the tax. This amount is know as the "vendor's fee". The bill increases this amount gradually over a period of 5 years until it equals 5 1/2% of the tax reported.
Sponsors: BECKER J.
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 1-25 and 3-7-16. Position changed from neutral to support.
Status: 01/19/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Finance
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Finance
02/17/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Finance
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Finance
03/16/2016 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1088 Fire Protection Dist Impact Fee On New Development 
Summary: The bill authorizes the board of a fire protection district to impose an impact fee on the construction of new buildings, structures, facilities, or improvements, including oil and gas wells, on previously improved or on unimproved real property, if the impact fee is:
* Reasonably related to the overall cost of the fire protection district's services; and
* Imposed in accordance with a fee schedule that is legislatively adopted by the board and that applies to all construction of new buildings, structures, facilities, or improvements. At least 60 days before imposing the impact fee, a district shall notify in writing overlapping municipalities and counties of their right to comment on the district imposing impact fees.
Sponsors: DORE
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/19/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
02/10/2016 House Committee on Local Government Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
House Committee on Local Government Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
03/16/2016 House Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/21/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/22/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/22/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/29/2016 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/31/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/01/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/01/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
04/05/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
04/05/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/05/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/05/2016 Sent to the Governor
Sent to the Governor
Signed by the Speaker of the House
06/08/2016 Signed by Governor
06/08/2016 Governor Signed
Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1114 Repeal Duplicate Reporting Requirements 
Summary: The bill eliminates current employment verification standards that:
* Require each employer in Colorado to attest that the employer has verified the legal work status of each employee, has not altered or falsified the employee's identification documents, and has not knowingly hired an unauthorized alien;
* Require each employer in Colorado to submit documentation to the director of the division of labor (director) within the department of labor and employment that demonstrates that the employer is in compliance with federal employment verification requirements;
* Authorize the director to conduct random audits of employers to ensure compliance with the federal laws;
* Require the director to request documentation if the director receives a valid complaint that an employer is not in compliance with federal law; and
* Fine an employer for failing to provide documentation or for the provision of fraudulent documentation.
Sponsors: DELGROSSO / ULIBARRI
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/20/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
03/22/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/07/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
04/11/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/12/2016 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/14/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/14/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
04/14/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/25/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/25/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/29/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/02/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/03/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/10/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/10/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
Signed by the Speaker of the House
Signed by the President of the Senate
05/11/2016 Sent to the Governor
Sent to the Governor
06/08/2016 Signed by Governor
06/08/2016 Governor Signed
Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 7 2016
Appropriations
8:00 a.m. Room LSB-A
(9) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1123 Religious Freedom Of Certain Religious Persons 
Summary: Section 2 of the bill grants an exemption to clergy, ministers, and religiously affiliated organizations from any requirement to participate in religious or other ceremonies, including marriage, that would conflict with their sincerely held religious beliefs. The bill does this by amending the public accommodations laws to specify that for the purpose of the solemnization of any marriage or religious ceremony or for providing services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges related to the solemnization of any marriage or religious ceremony, "place of public accommodation" does not include a place principally used by a religious organization, an organization supervised or controlled by a religious organization, or an organization with a connection to a religious organization. Section 2 of the bill further amends the public accommodations laws to specify that for the purpose of the solemnization of any marriage or religious ceremony or for providing services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges related to the solemnization of any marriage or religious ceremony, "person" does not include a clergy member, a minister, or an individual acting within the scope of his or her employment with a religious organization, an organization supervised or controlled by a religious organization, or an organization with a connection to a religious organization. The bill specifies that a refusal to provide services by a clergy member, a minister, or an individual associated with a religious organization is not the basis for a civil or criminal action or any other action by this state or political subdivision of this state. Section 3 of the bill amends the city and county sales tax ordinance laws to require a city and county to include the state exemption for charitable organizations in their sales tax ordinances. Sections 4 through 7 of the bill specify in certain tax laws that the tax exempt status of an organization exempt from taxation under federal tax law may not be withheld if the organization, or an employee acting within the scope of that employment, chooses not to solemnize any marriage or religious ceremony or provide services, accommodations, facilities, goods, or privileges for a purpose related to the solemnization of any marriage or religious ceremony if the action would cause the organization to violate a sincerely held religious belief.
Sponsors: KLINGENSCHMITT / LUNDBERG
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/20/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
02/08/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1138 General Fund Transfers For State Infrastructure 
Summary: Under current law, once a trigger based on economic growth occurs, the state treasurer is required to transfer a percentage of the total general fund revenues to the capital construction fund and the highway users tax fund (HUTF), which is further allocated to the state highway fund. The required transfers will be made for each state fiscal year in a 5-year period, but the amount of the transfers for a state fiscal year may be reduced or eliminated if the state has to refund excess state revenues under the taxpayer's bill of rights. In general, if the refund is greater than 1.5% but less than 3% of the total general fund revenues, then the required transfers are halved, and if it is greater than 3%, then the required transfers are eliminated altogether. For each state fiscal year that the required transfers are reduced or eliminated, section 1 of the bill adds on another year of transfers to the capital construction fund and the highway users tax fund. Therefore, there will be 5 fiscal years with the full statutory transfers to the funds, regardless of the number of fiscal years that it takes to do so. Section 2 specifies that the moneys in the state highway fund allocated from any of the statutorily required transfers to the HUTF may be used for general highway operations and maintenance.
Sponsors: BROWN
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/20/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
02/24/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1154 Employer Definition Clarify Franchisee Status 
Summary: The bill clarifies that the definition of "employer" only includes a person that possesses authority to control an employee's terms and conditions of employment and actually exercises that authority directly. The bill specifies that a franchisor is not considered an employer of a franchisee's employees unless a court finds that a franchisor exercises a type or degree of control over the franchisee or the franchisee's employees not customarily exercised by a franchisor for the purpose of protecting the franchisor's trademarks and brand.
Sponsors: DELGROSSO
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 3-7-16
Status: 01/25/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
03/16/2016 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1166 Prohibit Seeking Salary History For Job Applicants 
Summary: The bill makes it an unfair employment practice for an employer to seek salary history information, including compensation and benefits, about an applicant for employment.
Sponsors: PETTERSEN / DONOVAN
Position: Oppose
Comment: Oppose unless penalties amended. Reviewed 2-8
Status: 01/29/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
03/17/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/21/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
03/24/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/28/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/28/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/30/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1167 Colorado Family First Employer Act 
Summary: The bill creates the "Colorado Family First Employer Act". The Colorado family first employer program, created in the bill, requires the department of labor and employment (department) to establish a program that designates Colorado employers that meet certain family-friendly criteria as Colorado family first employers. The office of the governor is authorized to recognize the employers who have been certified by the department with an award. The designated employers may use a logo, created by the office of the governor, for promotional purposes.
Sponsors: WINTER / TODD
Position:
Comment:
Status: 01/29/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
04/12/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/22/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/22/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/25/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/25/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Business, Labor, & Technology + Appropriations
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Business, Labor, & Technology + Appropriations
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 12 2016
Business Affairs and Labor
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1191 Bill Of Rights For Persons Who Are Homeless 
Summary: The bill creates the "Colorado Right to Rest Act", which establishes basic rights for persons experiencing homelessness, including, but not limited to, the right to use and move freely in public spaces without discrimination, to rest in public spaces without discrimination, to eat or accept food in any public space where food is not prohibited, to occupy a legally parked vehicle, and to have a reasonable expectation of privacy of one's property. The bill does not create an obligation for a provider of services for persons experiencing homelessness to provide shelter or services when none are available.
Sponsors: SALAZAR
Position:
Comment:
Status: 02/03/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
02/24/2016 House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1202 Mandatory Employer E-verify Participation 
Summary: Current law requires employers in Colorado to examine the legal work status of newly hired employees, within 20 days after hiring, using paper-based forms of identification. The bill will instead require all employers, upon hiring a new employee on or after January 1, 2017, to participate in the federal electronic verification program (e-verify program) to determine the work eligibility status of newly hired employees. Employers must retain a written or electronic copy of the employment eligibility information received through the e-verify program regarding each newly hired employee, and the director of the division of labor (director) in the department of labor and employment (department) may review employers' documentation and conduct random audits of employers to ensure compliance. An employer is subject to a fine of up to $5,000 for a first offense and up to $25,000 for a second offense if the employer knowingly:
* Fails to submit the required documentation to the director;
* Submits false or fraudulent documentation; or
* Fails to participate in the e-verify program. For a subsequent offense, the employer is subject to a fine of up to $25,000 and suspension of all the employer's business licenses for up to 6 months. The bill also requires the department, as part of its quarterly electronic publication to all employers in the state, to notify employers of the requirements of the bill and to include a link to its website, on which a permanent notice must be posted detailing the requirements of the bill and instructions for enrolling in the e-verify program. The secretary of state's website must also include information regarding the requirements of the bill and the penalties for noncompliance. The bill takes effect January 1, 2017.
Sponsors: WIST / TATE
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 2-8
Status: 02/04/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
03/09/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1213 Civil Action For Intrusion With Electronic Device 
Summary: The bill states that, with certain exceptions, a person has a private civil right of action against another person if:
* With malicious intent, the other person intrudes, physically or otherwise, upon the person through the use of any device to capture, without the person's consent, a photograph, sound recording, or other physical impression or digital image of the person;
* The person has a reasonable expectation of privacy at the time of the intrusion;
* The intrusion is unreasonably offensive or objectionable; and
* The person suffers emotional distress as a result of the intrusion. The bill makes legislative findings and declarations.
Sponsors: LAWRENCE / LUNDBERG
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 2-8-16
Status: 02/04/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
03/24/2016 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1272 Disconnection Of Land From A Municipality 
Summary: The bill modifies existing procedures to be followed in connection with the disconnection by ordinance of land from statutory cities and towns. In connection with a disconnection application, the bill:
* Requires the municipality to provide notice of the application to the board of county commissioners of the county (county board) in which the tract of land that is the subject of the application is located.
* Permits the county board to request a meeting with the governing body of the municipality, or its appointee, to discuss and address any negative impacts on the county that would result from the disconnection. Failure by the county board to request a meeting constitutes an acknowledgment that the disconnection will not adversely affect the county.
* Requires the municipality to enact an ordinance effecting the disconnection if the disconnection satisfies 5 specific criteria. The bill also substitutes the term "municipality" for "city or town" in connection with statutory provisions governing the disconnection process.
Sponsors: KRAFT-THARP
Position:
Comment:
Status: 02/17/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
03/02/2016 House Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/07/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
03/08/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/09/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
03/15/2016 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/18/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/21/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/30/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/04/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
04/05/2016 Sent to the Governor
04/14/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1275 Taxation Of Corp Income Sheltered In Tax Haven 
Summary: The bill pertains to an affiliated group of corporations filing a combined report. In a combined report filing, the tax is based on a percentage of the entire taxable income of all of the includable corporations, but the tax is assessed only against the corporation or corporations doing business in Colorado. Including more affiliated corporations in the combined report may result in an increase in income subject to tax. There are jurisdictions located outside of the United States with no tax or very low rates of taxation, strict bank secrecy provisions, a lack of transparency in the operation of its tax system, and a lack of effective exchange of information with other countries. There are several common legal strategies for sheltering corporate income in such jurisdictions, often called "tax havens". Notwithstanding a current requirement in state law that those corporations with 80% or more of their property and payroll assigned to locations outside of the United States be excluded from a combined report, the bill makes a corporation that is incorporated in a foreign jurisdiction for the purpose of tax avoidance an includable C corporation for purposes of the combined report. The bill defines a corporation incorporated in a foreign jurisdiction for the purpose of tax avoidance to mean any C corporation that is incorporated in a jurisdiction that has no or nominal effective tax on the relevant income and that meets one or more of 5 factors listed in the bill, unless it is proven to the satisfaction of the executive director of the department of revenue that such corporation is incorporated in that jurisdiction for a legitimate business purpose. The bill requires the state controller to credit a specified amount per fiscal year to the state education fund to be used to help fund public school education. The bill requires the secretary of state to submit a ballot question, to be treated as a proposition, at the statewide election to be held in November 2016 asking the voters:
* To increase taxes annually by the taxation of a corporation's state income that is sheltered in a foreign jurisdiction for the purpose of tax avoidance;
* To use the resulting tax revenue to help fund elementary and secondary public school education; and
* To allow an estimate of the resulting tax revenue to be collected and spent notwithstanding any limitations in section 20 of article X of the state constitution (TABOR).
Sponsors: FOOTE / JONES
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 2-22-16
Status: 02/17/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
02/24/2016 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
03/04/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
03/07/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
03/07/2016 House Third Reading Laid Over to 03/09/2016 - No Amendments
03/09/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/09/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
03/28/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1287 CDLE Pre-apprenticeship & Apprenticeship Study 
Summary: The bill requires the department of labor and employment to study the barriers to the use of pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs by Colorado businesses and make a report and recommendations based on the study. The report and recommendations that come from the study must be provided to the state work force development council for inclusion in the annual Colorado talent report.
Sponsors: ROSENTHAL / COOKE
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 3-7-16
Status: 02/24/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
03/17/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/21/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
03/24/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/28/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/28/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
04/18/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/21/2016 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/22/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/25/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/29/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
04/29/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
05/10/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/10/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/11/2016 Sent to the Governor
06/06/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 11 2016
SENATE BUSINESS, LABOR, & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
2:00 PM SCR 354
(1) in senate calendar.
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HB16-1288 Industry Infrastructure Grant Program 
Summary: The bill creates the industry infrastructure grant program (program) within the state work force development council (council). The council is required to work with an authorized entity to award grants to entities that develop and maintain industry competency standardization to support businesses in their implementation of work site training programs that are organized in conjunction with education entities. The bill creates the industry infrastructure fund to pay for the program. The fund consists of general fund money, a donation from the authorized nonprofit entity, and any other gifts, grants, or donations that the council receives.
Sponsors: KRAFT-THARP / TATE
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 3-7-16
Status: 02/24/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
03/15/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Finance
04/13/2016 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/22/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/22/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/25/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/25/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
05/02/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Finance
05/05/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/05/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/06/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/09/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/17/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/18/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/18/2016 Sent to the Governor
05/20/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 13 2016
Finance
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(3) in house calendar.
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HB16-1289 Incentives To Complete Career Development Courses 
Summary: The bill creates the career development success pilot program to provide financial incentives for school districts and charter schools to encourage pupils enrolled in grades 9 through 12 to enroll in and successfully complete identified industry-certificate, internship, and pre-apprenticeship programs related to top jobs or jobs in other high-demand industries and computer science advanced placement (AP) courses. The state work force development council, in collaboration with the departments of education, higher education, and labor and employment and the office of economic development, must annually identify the level of regional and state demand for various jobs and those industry-certificate programs and qualifying internship and pre-apprenticeship programs that are related to the in-demand jobs. Starting June 30, 2016, each school district that chooses to participate, each nonparticipating school district on behalf of its charter schools that choose to participate, and the state charter school institute (institute) on behalf of institute charter schools that choose to participate, must annually report to the department of education (department) the number of students who successfully earned an industry certificate by completing an identified industry-certificate program or successfully completed an internship or pre-apprenticeship program or qualified to receive college credit for completing a computer science AP course for that school year. Beginning in the 2017-18 budget year and in each budget year thereafter, the general assembly shall appropriate at least $1,000,000 for the career development success pilot program. In each budget year, the department shall first distribute to each school district and, through the institute, to each institute charter school $1,000 for each student reported as successfully earning an industry certificate by completing an identified industry-certificate program in the preceding school year. If there is money remaining in the appropriation after the first distribution, the department must distribute to each school district and, through the institute, to each institute charter school $1,000 for each student reported as successfully completing an identified internship or pre-apprenticeship program in the preceding school year. And if there is money remaining after the second distribution, the department must distribute to each school district and, through the institute, to each institute charter school $1,000 for each student reported as successfully completing a computer science AP course in the preceding school year. Each district and the institute shall transfer to its charter schools 100% of the amount received on behalf of the students enrolled in each charter school. With each distribution, if the amount of the appropriation is insufficient to fully fund the students included in the distribution, the department must proportionately reduce the amount distributed for each student. Beginning in 2017, the department must provide to the joint education committee of the general assembly a report on the implementation and impact of the career development success pilot program. The career development success pilot program is repealed in 2019.
Sponsors: DURAN / GARCIA
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 3-7-16
Status: 02/24/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
03/28/2016 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/15/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
04/15/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/18/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/18/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
04/28/2016 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/05/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/06/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/17/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/18/2016 Sent to the Governor
05/27/2016 Signed by Governor
05/27/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1290 Extend Transitional Jobs Program 
Summary: Current law provides money to employers to hire eligible persons for transitional jobs through June 30, 2017, with no new jobs offered after December 31, 2016. The bill extends these dates to June 30, 2022, and December 31, 2021.
Sponsors: ESGAR / HEATH
Position:
Comment:
Status: 02/24/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
03/15/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/15/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/15/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/18/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/18/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
04/27/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/05/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/06/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/09/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/17/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/17/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/18/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/18/2016 Sent to the Governor
05/20/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1291 Modern Technology Education In Public Schools 
Summary: Under current law, the state board of education (state board) must, by July 1, 2018, review and revise, as necessary, the state academic standards. The bill directs the state board, in the course of revising the academic standards, to incorporate into the standards for each subject skills relating to the use of information and communications technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information. The bill directs the department of education (department) to create a resource bank of materials pertaining to computer science programs, including model standards, samples of curricula, and materials for professional educator development. The department must work with experts in creating and compiling the information. The resource bank is to be available by July 1, 2017. Each school district, charter school, and board of cooperative services may choose whether to provide computer science courses and whether to use the materials in the resource bank. In addition, the bill creates a grant program in the department that awards grants to school districts or public school teachers in Colorado who wish to pursue additional education that will enable the teachers to teach computer science courses. The bill defines computer science education. An individual teacher, the teacher's employer on behalf of the teacher, or a school district may apply for a grant. The grant may be used for tuition, fees, training program costs, and books for postsecondary computer science course work that leads to mastery in a computer science content area, computer science training programs, computer science degrees, or industry-recognized certificates in computer science. The department will administer the grant program pursuant to rules adopted by the state board relating to the application process, the amount and duration of the grants, and the uses of grant moneys. The department will accept and review grant applications and make recommendations to the state board concerning the award of grants. In awarding grants, the state board may give priority to teachers who meet certain qualifications specified in the bill. If moneys are appropriated for the grant program, the state board shall award grants pursuant to the program rules. The department shall report annually to the education committees of the general assembly concerning the implementation of the grant program.
Sponsors: DURAN / HILL
Position:
Comment:
Status: 02/24/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
03/28/2016 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/15/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/15/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/18/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/18/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
04/28/2016 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/03/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1299 Attorney Fees & Costs In Empl Discrimination Cases 
Summary: Under current law, if a plaintiff brings an employment discrimination action that the court finds to be frivolous, groundless, or vexatious, the court may award the defendant attorney fees and costs. The bill modifies the standard for awarding attorney fees and costs to a prevailing defendant to allow an award when the plaintiff pursues a claim that lacks substantial merit because it is pursued in bad faith or when a reasonable person would not believe the claim is likely to succeed.
Sponsors: WIST / JAHN
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 3-7-16
Status: 02/26/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
03/28/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1301 Business Income Tax Credit Offer Apprenticeships 
Summary: The bill provides an income tax credit to qualified Colorado businesses that meet certain criteria and retain pre-apprentices or apprentices. The credit is administered by the Colorado department of labor and employment.
Sponsors: GARNETT / SCHEFFEL
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 3-7-16
Status: 02/26/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
03/09/2016 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/15/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/15/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/18/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/18/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
05/06/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1302 Align With Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act 
Summary: The bill changes the title of the "Colorado Work Force Investment Act" to the "Colorado Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act" and aligns the current state statute with the federal "Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act" (federal act). Passage of the federal act in July 2014, created inconsistencies between Colorado statutes and federal law in regards to workforce development activities. This bill updates the language of the "Colorado Work Force Investment Act" to comport with the federal act. It also clarifies the roles that specific entities within Colorado play in work force development programs. It removes requirements that existed in state law that no longer apply due to the changes in federal law.
Sponsors: DURAN / NEWELL
Position:
Comment:
Status: 02/26/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
04/05/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/07/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/08/2016 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/08/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/11/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
04/11/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
04/27/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/27/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/29/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/02/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/03/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/03/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
05/17/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/17/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/18/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/18/2016 Sent to the Governor
05/19/2016 Signed by Governor
05/19/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Thursday, September 15 2016
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(2) in house calendar.
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HB16-1310 Operators Liable For Oil And Gas Operations 
Summary: Under current law governing relations between surface owners and oil and gas operators, to prevail on a claim the surface owner must present evidence that the operator's use of the surface materially interfered with the surface owner's use of the surface of the land. The bill amends this to allow proof that the operator's oil and gas operations harmed the surface owner's use of the surface of the land, caused bodily injury to the surface owner or any person residing on the property of the surface owner, or damaged the surface owner's property. The bill also holds oil and gas operators strictly liable for their conduct if oil and gas operations, including a hydraulic fracturing treatment or reinjection operation, cause an earthquake that damages property or injures an individual. A plaintiff establishes a prima facie case of causation by showing that: An earthquake has occurred; the earthquake damaged the plaintiff's property or injured the plaintiff; and the oil and gas operations occurred within an area that has been determined to have experienced induced seismicity by a study of induced seismicity that has been independently peer-reviewed. Plaintiffs have 5 years after discovery of the damages or injury to file an action.
Sponsors: SALAZAR / CARROLL
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 3-21-16
Status: 03/02/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
03/10/2016 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
03/14/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/16/2016 - No Amendments
03/16/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
03/16/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/21/2016 - No Amendments
03/17/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
03/18/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/21/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
04/28/2016 Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1336 Study Single Geographic Area Individual Hlth Plans 
Summary: Under current law, health insurers are permitted to consider the geographic location of the policyholder when establishing health insurance rates for individual and group insurance plans. The bill directs the commissioner of insurance to study the impacts and viability of creating a single geographic rating area, consisting of the entire state, for purposes of determining premium rates for individual health benefit plans.
Sponsors: HAMNER / DONOVAN
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 3-7-16
Status: 03/02/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
03/02/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
03/24/2016 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/24/2016 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/31/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/01/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/01/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
04/01/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
04/14/2016 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/14/2016 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/19/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/20/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/25/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
04/25/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
05/05/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/05/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/05/2016 Sent to the Governor
05/17/2016 Signed by Governor
05/17/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 14 2016
SENATE HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 352
(1) in senate calendar.
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HB16-1347 Employer Information Concerning Wage Law Violation 
Summary: Current law requires employers to release requested information to the division of labor in the department of labor and employment (division) and allows the division to have access to employers' premises and all books, records, and payrolls of employers. Current law also prohibits the release of any of this information obtained by the division if the release of the information might reveal a trade secret. The bill clarifies that information obtained by the division that relates to a finding of a violation of wage laws by the division is not confidential and shall be released to the public or for use in a court proceeding, unless the director makes a determination that the information includes specific information that is a trade secret.
Sponsors: DANIELSON / ULIBARRI
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 3-21-16
Status: 03/09/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
04/21/2016 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/25/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/26/2016 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/27/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/27/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
05/06/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1355 Affirm Local Gov Siting Auth Oil & Gas Facilities 
Summary: Current law specifies that local governments have so-called "House Bill 1041" powers, which are a type of land use authority, over oil and gas mineral extraction areas only if the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission has identified a specific area for designation; sections 2 and 3 repeal that limitation. Section 4 includes specific authority to regulate the siting of oil and gas facilities in counties' existing land use authority. Section 5 makes the same changes with regard to municipalities' existing land use authority. Sections 6 and 7 specify that the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission's authority to regulate oil and gas operations, including the siting of oil and gas facilities, does not exempt oil and gas facilities from local governments' siting authority and that oil and gas operators must ensure that the location of oil and gas facilities complies with city, town, county, or city and county siting regulations.
Sponsors: FOOTE / ULIBARRI
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 3-21-16
Status: 03/11/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
03/21/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/04/2016 House Second Reading Lost with Amendments - Floor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1361 Patient Choice In Pharmacy 
Summary: The bill prohibits a health benefit plan or pharmacy benefit management firm that covers pharmaceutical services, including prescription drug coverage, from:
* Limiting or restricting a covered person's ability to select a pharmacy or pharmacist of the covered person's choice if certain conditions are met;
* Imposing a co-payment, fee, or other cost-sharing requirement for selecting a pharmacy of the covered person's choosing;
* Imposing other conditions on a covered person, pharmacist, or pharmacy that limit or restrict a covered person's ability to use a pharmacy of the covered person's choosing; or
* Denying a pharmacy or pharmacist the right to participate in any of its pharmacy network contracts in this state or as a contracting provider in this state if the pharmacy or pharmacist has a valid license in Colorado and the pharmacy or pharmacist agrees to specified conditions.
Sponsors: PRIMAVERA / SONNENBERG
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 3-21-16
Status: 03/16/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
04/05/2016 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/07/2016 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/07/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/08/2016 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/08/2016 House Third Reading Laid Over to 04/14/2016 - No Amendments
04/14/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/14/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Finance
04/25/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Finance
05/06/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: Thursday, September 15 2016
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(9) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1388 Employer Hiring Criminal History Employee 
Summary: The bill generally prohibits an employer from:
* Advertising that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position;
* Placing a statement in an employment application that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position; or
* Making an inquiry about a candidate's arrests or criminal convictions until the candidate has been offered an interview or a conditional offer of employment. An employer is exempt from these restrictions when:
* The law forbids a person from being employed on account of a criminal conviction or requires an employer to consider a candidate's criminal history for the job;
* The employer is participating in a program to encourage employment of people with criminal histories; or
* The job requires a fidelity bond and the criminal history would disqualify the candidate. An employer must keep applications for 9 months. The department of labor and employment will enforce the section with civil penalties. A violation of the restrictions does not create a private cause of action.
Sponsors: MCCANN
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 3-21-16
Status: 03/16/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
04/12/2016 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/22/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
04/22/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
04/22/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
04/26/2016 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/27/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/27/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
05/04/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 12 2016
Judiciary
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(1) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1399 Workers' Compensation For PTSD 
Summary: The bill clarifies that a workers' compensation claim for mental impairment may not be denied based on the occupation of the worker. Each claimant is required to be evaluated by a licensed, level II fully accredited physician, psychiatrist, or psychologist.
Sponsors: SINGER / NEWELL
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 4-4-16 and 4-18-16.
Status: 03/22/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
04/08/2016 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/15/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/15/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/18/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/18/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
04/27/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 8 2016
Public Health Care and Human Services
Upon Adjournment Room 0107
(3) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1401 Retail Food Establishment Licensure & Inspection 
Summary: Section 2 of the bill increases annual license fees for retail food establishments, phasing in the increase over the next 3 years, at minimum; creates a new fee category for retail food establishments that sell a limited range of specified foods; and limits the annual license fee exemption to certain specified entities. Section 2 also prohibits a county from spending the increased revenue from the fee increase on anything other than retail food health-related activities. Section 3 of the bill requires the department of public health and environment (CDPHE) to create a uniform system to communicate health inspection results to the public and sets limitations on the development of the uniform system. Section 4 requires CDPHE to attain certain targets, including significant statewide compliance with the federal food and drug administration's voluntary national retail food regulatory program standards. To reach these targets, the bill requires CDPHE to audit certain local public health agencies and requires local public health agencies to audit CDPHE in certain situations. Section 5 decreases the maximum period of suspension of a license or certificate of license from 6 months to one month, except in cases of closure due to an imminent health hazard. Section 5 also permits CDPHE and a county or district board of health to issue a cease-and-desist order if a person or licensee has been issued a civil penalty and remains in noncompliance.
Sponsors: BECKER K. / WOODS
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 4-4-16
Status: 03/24/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
04/05/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
04/07/2016 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/08/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/20/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
04/25/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/27/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
04/28/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
05/05/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/05/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/05/2016 Sent to the Governor
06/09/2016 Governor Became Law
Calendar Notification: Thursday, September 15 2016
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(4) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1403 Colorado Secure Savings Plan 
Summary: The bill establishes the Colorado secure savings plan (plan), which is a retirement savings plan for private-sector employees in the form of an automatic enrollment payroll deduction individual retirement account. Employers with a specified number of employees in the state are required to participate in the plan, but any employer may choose to participate in the plan. The Colorado secure savings plan board of trustees (board) is created and consists of the state controller, the director of the governor's office of state planning and budgeting, and 7 additional trustees with certain experience who are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. The trustees on the board have a fiduciary duty to the plan's enrollees and beneficiaries and are required to:
* Establish investment options that offer employees returns on contributions without incurring debt or liabilities to the state;
* Establish the process for allocating investment earnings and losses to individual plan accounts on a pro rata basis;
* Make and enter into contracts and hire staff as necessary for the administration of the plan;
* Conduct a periodic review of the performance of any investment vendors;
* Cause moneys in the Colorado secure savings plan fund (fund) to be held and invested together in trust;
* Establish the process for an enrollee to contribute a portion of his or her wages to the plan for automatic deposit and establish the process by which the participating employer forwards those contributions to the plan;
* Establish the process for enrollment in the plan including the process by which an employee can opt not to participate in the plan;
* Accept gifts, grants, and donations from specified entities and pursue options for bank loans or a line of credit to cover the start-up costs of the plan;
* Procure, as needed, insurance against loss in connection with the property, assets, or activities of the plan;
* Allocate administrative fees to individual retirement accounts in the plan on a pro rata basis;
* Set minimum and maximum contribution levels;
* Facilitate education and outreach to employers and employees;
* Ensure that the plan complies with all applicable state and federal laws;
* Deposit all gifts, grants, donations, fees, and earnings from investment of moneys in the fund into the fund and pay the administrative costs and expenses for the creation, management, and operation of the plan from moneys in the fund;
* Determine any nominal and reasonable assistance that may be provided to businesses to offset the initial costs of enrolling employees in the plan;
* Prepare or cause to be prepared certain annual audits and annual reports regarding the plan; and
* Develop a process to ensure that employers are in compliance with the requirements of the plan and develop a penalty structure for employers who fail, without reasonable cause, to enroll employees in the plan. The bill specifies the process by which the board is required to engage an investment manager to invest the assets of the plan and specifies the investment options that the board is required to create. The bill creates the Colorado secure savings plan fund as a trust outside of the state treasury, specifies that the fund will include the individual retirement accounts of enrollees in the plan, and allows the board to use a certain percentage of moneys in the fund for the administrative expenses of the plan. The moneys in the fund are not property of the state and cannot be commingled with state moneys. The board is required to design and disseminate to all employers that are required to or that choose to participate in the plan employer and employee information packets regarding the plan and the options for employee participation in the plan. The bill dictates the timing for the board to implement the plan and a time frame for employers to establish a system by which enrollees in the plan can remit payroll deduction contributions to the plan. Employers are required to automatically enroll employees in the plan unless an employee has opted out of participation in the plan. Enrollees may select an investment option and contribution level or use the default investment option and contribution amount established by the board. The bill specifies that the state and employers do not have any duty or liability to any party for the payments of any retirement savings benefits accrued by any individual through the plan.
Sponsors: PETTERSEN / TODD
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 4-4-16
Status: 03/24/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
05/04/2016 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 20 2016
Finance
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(5) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1420 CO Healthcare Affordability & Sustainability Enter 
Summary: The bill creates the Colorado healthcare affordability and sustainability enterprise (enterprise) as a type 2 agency and government-owned business within the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF) for the purpose of participating in the implementation and administration of a state Colorado healthcare affordability and sustainability program (program) on and after July 1, 2016, and creates a board consisting of 13 members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate to govern the enterprise. The business purpose of the enterprise is, in exchange for the payment of a new healthcare affordability and sustainability fee (fee) by hospitals to the enterprise, to administer the program and thereby support hospitals that provide uncompensated medical services to uninsured patients and participate in publicly funded health insurance programs by:
* Participating in a federal program that provides additional matching money to states;
* Using fee revenue, which must be credited to a newly created healthcare affordability and sustainability fee fund and used solely for purposes of the program, and federal matching money to:
* Reduce the amount of uncompensated care that hospitals provide by increasing the number of individuals covered by publicly funded health insurance; and
* Increase publicly funded insurance reimbursement rates to hospitals; and
* Providing or contracting for or arranging advisory and consulting services to hospitals and coordinating services to hospitals to help them more effectively and efficiently participate in publicly funded insurance programs. The bill does not take effect if the federal centers for medicare and medicaid services determine that it does not comply with federal law. The enterprise is designated as an enterprise for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights (TABOR) so long as it meets TABOR requirements. The primary powers and duties of the enterprise are to:
* Charge and collect the fee from hospitals;
* Leverage fee revenue collected to obtain federal matching money;
* Utilize and deploy both fee revenue and federal matching money in furtherance of the business purpose of the enterprise;
* Issue revenue bonds payable from its revenues;
* Enter into agreements with HCPF as necessary to collect and expend fee revenue;
* Engage the services of private persons or entities serving as contractors, consultants, and legal counsel for professional and technical assistance and advice and to supply other services related to the conduct of the affairs of the enterprise, including the provision of additional business services to hospitals; and
* Adopt and amend or repeal policies for the regulation of its affairs and the conduct of its business. The existing hospital provider fee program is repealed and the existing hospital provider fee oversight and advisory board is abolished, effective July 1, 2016. The bill specifies that so long as the enterprise qualifies as a TABOR-exempt enterprise, fee revenue does not count against either the TABOR state fiscal year spending limit or the referendum C cap, the higher statutory state fiscal year spending limit established after the voters of the state approved referendum C in 2005. The bill clarifies that the creation of the new enterprise to charge and collect the fee is the creation of a new government-owned business that provides business services to hospitals as an enterprise for purposes of TABOR and related statutes and does not constitute the qualification of an existing government-owned business as a new enterprise that would require or authorize downward adjustment of the TABOR state fiscal year spending limit or the referendum C cap. In order to compensate for a proposed reduction in the amount of the fiscal year 2016-17 long bill appropriation of revenue from fees collected by HCPF from hospitals and federal matching money, the bill appropriates $146,693,573 in healthcare affordability and sustainability fees and federal funds to the enterprise for fiscal year 2016-17.
Sponsors: HULLINGHORST / CROWDER
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 4-4-16
Status: 03/28/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
03/29/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/31/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/04/2016 - No Amendments
04/04/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/06/2016 - No Amendments
04/06/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/11/2016 - No Amendments
04/08/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/15/2016 - No Amendments
04/18/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/28/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/29/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/10/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
05/10/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 15 2016
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(1) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1421 Allocate Additional FY 2016-17 Gen Fund Revenues 
Summary: Contingent upon the passage of legislation (the CHASE Act) that eliminates the hospital provider fee at the end of fiscal year 2015-16, the bill:
* Requires legislative council staff, as part of its 2016 economic and revenue forecast, to estimate the total amount of general fund revenues that the state would have been required to make unavailable for expenditure in fiscal year 2016-17 and refund in fiscal year 2017-18 but for the enactment of the CHASE Act; and
* Requires the amount estimated by legislative council staff to be allocated as follows:
* On September 30, 2016, the state treasurer must transfer the lesser of the full amount or $50 million to the highway users tax fund (HUTF);
* On September 30, 2016, the state treasurer must transfer the lesser of the full amount remaining after the HUTF transfer has been made or a total amount of $16.2 million in equal parts to the state severance tax trust fund and the local government severance tax fund as repayment of money diverted from those funds to the general fund in fiscal year 2014-15;
* The lesser of the full amount remaining after the HUTF and severance tax fund transfers have been made or a total amount of $40 million must be used to reduce the 2016-17 public school finance negative factor; and
* The lesser of the full amount remaining after the HUTF and severance tax fund transfers and the negative factor allocation have been made or $49.5 million is allocated to governing boards of state-supported institutions of higher education to reduce fiscal year 2017-18 tuition increases and provide additional student financial assistance.
Sponsors: HULLINGHORST
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 4-4-16
Status: 03/28/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
03/29/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/31/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/04/2016 - No Amendments
04/04/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/06/2016 - No Amendments
04/06/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/11/2016 - No Amendments
04/06/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 04/15/2016 - No Amendments
04/18/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/28/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/02/2016 - No Amendments
05/02/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/09/2016 - No Amendments
05/09/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
05/11/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/12/2016 - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 15 2016
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(2) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1431 OED Small Business Endeavor Program 
Summary: The bill creates the small business endeavor program (program) in the Colorado office of economic development (office) to encourage a larger and more diverse field of businesses to compete for state government contracts. In connection with the program, the office is required to:
* Determine the criteria necessary for a small business to be a participant in the program, taking into account the north American industry classification system codes and Colorado's unique market conditions;
* Determine the manner in which a business may apply to become a participant in the program; and
* Ensure that a list of the small businesses that have been approved to participate in the program is available on the office's website. The office may allow a small business that has earned a small business certification from a local government in the state to be automatically recognized as a participant in the program by the office. In connection with the program, the office is required to outline best practices for small businesses that are participants in the program when competing for state government contracts and to provide advice and recommendations to governmental bodies concerning the opportunities for small businesses that are participants in the program. The bill requires the office to include in the annual report that it submits to the general assembly certain demographic information regarding small businesses that participate in the program and information regarding the contracts that governmental bodies awarded to such small businesses in the prior fiscal year.
Sponsors: WINTER
Position:
Comment:
Status: 04/01/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
04/19/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 14 2016
Business Affairs and Labor
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(2) in house calendar.
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HB16-1432 Personnel Files Employee Inspection Right 
Summary: The bill allows an employee or former employee at least annually to request that his or her employer permit the employee or former employee to inspect or request copies of the employee's or former employee's personnel file at the employer's office and at a time convenient to both the employer and the employee or former employee. Employees or former employees are required to pay reasonable costs of duplication of documents.
Sponsors: WINTER
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 4-4-16
Status: 04/01/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
04/19/2016 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/22/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/25/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/25/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
04/27/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/29/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/10/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/10/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/11/2016 Sent to the Governor
06/10/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 19 2016
Judiciary
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(1) in house calendar.
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1435 Low-wage Employer Corporate Responsibility Act 
Summary: The bill, known as the "Corporate Responsibility Act", creates the employment-related public benefits enterprise (enterprise) as a government-owned business and type 1 agency within the department of health care policy and financing (HCPF). The enterprise has the business purpose of improving the health of the pool of workers for low-wage employment and their families and thereby benefitting low-wage employers by giving them access to a healthier pool of workers. The board of directors of the enterprise (board) consists of 7 members appointed by the governor: 2 who are representatives of employers; 2 who are representatives of organized labor; one who is employed and is receiving assistance under a state-subsidized health care assistance program; one who represents a nonprofit organization that provides health care services to low-income individuals; and one who represents a nonprofit organization that advocates in support of health care services for low-income individuals. Various powers of the enterprise are specified. On and after January 1, 2017, the enterprise must impose an employment-related public benefits fee (fee) based on a per-hour worked basis for each employee of a low-wage employer that employs 250 or more employees in Colorado, but a low-wage employer may credit health care expenditures to or on behalf of a low-wage employee against the public benefits fee for each low-wage employee's hours. The enterprise must set the fee in an amount that is reasonably calculated to reflect the benefit received by such employers from the provision of state-subsidized health care program assistance to low-wage employees in the state and the costs to the state of providing that assistance but is neither less than 25 cents nor more than one dollar per hour worked. So long as the enterprise meets the constitutional requirements for enterprise status under the taxpayer's bill of rights, fee revenue does not count against the state fiscal year spending limit. The employment-related public benefits fee fund (fund) is created in the state treasury, and all fee revenue and interest and income derived from the deposit and investment of the fund is credited to the fund. The enterprise may expend money from the fund to support and improve health care services provided to individuals who are eligible to receive services under the "Colorado Medical Assistance Act" and to defray its administrative expenses in implementing and administering provisions of the bill. It is prohibited to transfer money in the fund to any other state fund or department or agency of state government. Employers are prohibited from taking various specified actions, including the discharge of low-wage employees during a specified period following the implementation of the fee, for the purpose of avoiding or reducing their liability for the fee. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees for whistleblowing or taking various other specified actions relating to implementation or enforcement of the bill, such retaliation is defined as an unfair employment practice, and an employee retaliated against may file a complaint with the Colorado civil rights division. The attorney general and district attorneys are concurrently responsible for the enforcement of the "Corporate Responsibility Act".
Sponsors: DURAN / KEFALAS
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 4-18-16
Status: 04/06/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment + Appropriations
04/28/2016 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
05/05/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over to 05/09/2016 - No Amendments
05/09/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
05/10/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/10/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
05/10/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1438 Employer Accommodations Related To Pregnancy 
Summary: The bill makes it an unfair employment practice if an employer fails to provide reasonable accommodations for an applicant for employment or an employee for conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. The bill requires each employer to provide a notice of rights regarding the unfair employment practice to his or her employees.
Sponsors: WINTER / MARTINEZ HUMENIK
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 4-18-16. Oppose unless amended. Reviewed 5-2-16, position changed to neutral.
Status: 04/12/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
04/21/2016 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
04/26/2016 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/28/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/29/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/29/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
05/06/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/06/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/09/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/17/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/18/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/18/2016 Sent to the Governor
06/01/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1439 Lodging & Entertainment Facility Liquor License 
Summary: The bill creates a new alcohol beverage license under the "Colorado Liquor Code", referred to as a "lodging and entertainment license", for a lodging and entertainment facility that, as its primary business, provides lodging, sports, or entertainment activities to the public and, incidental to that business, sells and serves alcohol beverages for consumption on the premises. A lodging and entertainment license would operate similarly to a tavern license in that the licensee:
* Is authorized to sell alcohol beverages only by the drink to customers for on-premises consumption;
* Must make sandwiches and light snacks available to its customers during business hours;
* Must purchase its alcohol beverage products only from a licensed wholesaler, with limited exceptions;
* Cannot have an interest in businesses licensed under the "Colorado Liquor Code" as a manufacturer, wholesaler, or retail establishment that only sells alcohol beverages for off-premises consumption; and
* Must have a registered manager for each licensed premises who is responsible for purchasing alcohol beverages for the licensed premises he or she manages. The bill requires a current tavern licensee that qualifies as a lodging and entertainment facility or qualifies for a different type of license to apply to convert the tavern license to the appropriate license type. A lodging and entertainment facility licensee is subject to the same state and local annual licensing fees as a tavern, $75 and $500, respectively. Employees of a lodging and entertainment facility who sell alcohol beverages must be at least 21 years of age. A lodging and entertainment facility licensee must post a sign on its licensed premises warning patrons that it is illegal to leave the premises with an alcohol beverage.
Sponsors: GARNETT
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 5-2-16.
Status: 04/12/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
04/26/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/28/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/29/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/29/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
05/06/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/06/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/09/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
05/10/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/10/2016 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
05/17/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/20/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/20/2016 Sent to the Governor
06/10/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1441 PUC Consider Full Cost Carbon For Elec Generation 
Summary: The bill requires the public utilities commission (commission) to consider the following costs of greenhouse gas emissions when considering a utility's proposal for electric resource planning:
* The likelihood of new environmental regulations concerning greenhouse gas emissions; and
* The present and future costs associated with the emission of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane based on the cost per ton of greenhouse gas emissions. The commission shall determine the costs annually based on a review of the most appropriate national and regional carbon markets for Colorado.
Sponsors: TYLER / JONES
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 5-2-16
Status: 04/15/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
04/27/2016 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/03/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
05/03/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/04/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/04/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
05/05/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1450 Allocate Additional Available State Revenues 
Summary: Contingent upon the passage of legislation (the CHASE Act) that eliminates the hospital provider fee at the end of fiscal year 2015-16, the bill:
* Requires annual estimation for each of the fiscal years 2016-17 through 2020-21 of the total amount of general fund revenues that the state would have been required to make unavailable for expenditure in the fiscal year and refund in the next fiscal year but for the enactment of the CHASE Act;
* Requires the amount that is estimated for each fiscal year and relied upon by the general assembly in developing and enacting the state budget for the next fiscal year to be allocated in specified amounts and percentages to:
* Repayment of the state severance tax trust fund and the local government severance tax fund for money diverted from those funds since July 1, 2006;
* The state education fund;
* The college opportunity fund program and institutions of higher education to offset student tuition costs, improve student services and academic quality, address controlled maintenance needs, and provide additional need-based student financial assistance;
* The general fund;
* The capital construction fund;
* The highway users tax fund for allocation to the state highway fund for expenditure by the department of transportation (CDOT) for specified transportation projects.
Sponsors: HULLINGHORST
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 5-2-16
Status: 04/21/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
04/26/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/28/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/29/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/10/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
05/10/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1451 Procurement Code Working Group 
Summary: The executive director of the department of personnel (executive director) or his or her designee is required to convene a procurement code working group to meet during the interim following the 2nd regular session of the 70th general assembly to study ways to improve the state's "Procurement Code" (code). The working group is required to solicit input from subject-matter experts, including vendors, business organizations, labor organizations, legal professionals, and state employees with expertise in the code. The procurement code working group is required to do its work within the existing resources of the department of personnel and submit its recommendations for modifications to the code to the general assembly on or before December 31, 2016.
Sponsors: RYDEN / SCOTT
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 5-2-16
Status: 04/22/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
04/27/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/28/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/29/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/29/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
05/03/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/03/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/04/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/17/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/17/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/18/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/18/2016 Sent to the Governor
06/10/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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HB16-1465 Modifications Low-income Housing Tax Credit 
Summary: The bill makes the following modifications to the existing Colorado low-income housing tax credit:
* Extends from 2 years to 5 years, through the calendar year ending December 31, 2019, the period during which the Colorado housing and finance authority may allocate low-income housing tax credits; and
* Deletes provisions added in 2014 that exempted credit allocations to developments located in counties impacted by a natural disaster from the overall aggregate annual limitation on the amount of credits that may be allocated, but clarifies that the exemption from the overall annual limitation still applies to credit allocations for such purposes allocated in 2015 and 2016.
Sponsors: DURAN / ULIBARRI
Position:
Comment:
Status: 05/04/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
05/05/2016 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/05/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/06/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/06/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
05/09/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/09/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/09/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/10/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/17/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/20/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/20/2016 Sent to the Governor
06/06/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1466 Promoting Affordable Housing 
Summary: Section 1 of the bill requires the state treasurer, on or before June 30, 2016, to transfer $40 million from the state's unclaimed property trust fund (unclaimed property moneys) to the division of housing in the department of local affairs (division) and to the Colorado housing and finance authority (authority). Of the moneys to be transferred, the bill requires the state treasurer to transmit:
* $30 million to the division to be deposited by the division into the housing development grant fund (HDG fund) to improve, preserve, or expand the supply of affordable housing in Colorado, which includes rental assistance for persons in households with low and very low incomes; and
* $10 million to the authority to be deposited by the authority into the affordable housing assistance fund (affordable housing fund) to support new or existing programs that provide financial assistance to persons in households with an income of 80% or less of the area median income for the purpose of allowing such persons to finance, purchase, or rehabilitate single family residential homes as well as to provide financial assistance to any nonprofit entity and political subdivision that makes loans to persons in such households to enable such persons to finance, purchase, or rehabilitate single family residential homes. If the economic and revenue forecast prepared by legislative council staff in June 2016 shows that the transfer required by the bill will result in the state exceeding the constitutional spending limit for the state fiscal year 2015-16, then the transfer must be reduced by the amount that causes the state to exceed the spending limit. Section 2 creates the affordable housing fund in the authority, which fund is to be administered by the authority. This section specifies the source of moneys to be deposited into such fund, restricts the use of the moneys in the fund, and gives the authority the sole administrative discretion to determine how best to expend moneys deposited into the affordable housing fund that support the programs that it administers under the bill. Sections 3 and 4 direct the division to administer all new or existing programs to improve, preserve, or expand the supply of affordable housing in Colorado that are supported by the $30 million transfer from the unclaimed property trust fund to the HDG fund under the bill. In administering such programs, the division is authorized, with the approval of the state housing board, to allocate such moneys to new or existing programs as it determines will best satisfy the purposes specified in the bill.
Sponsors: TYLER / ULIBARRI
Position:
Comment:
Status: 05/04/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
05/05/2016 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations
05/05/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/06/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/06/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
05/09/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/09/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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HB16-1467 First-time Home Buyer Savings Acct Tax Deduction 
Summary: The starting point for determining state income tax liability is federal taxable income. This number is adjusted for additions and subtractions (deductions) that are used to determine Colorado taxable income, which amount is multiplied by the state's 4.63% income tax rate. The bill allows an individual taxpayer to claim a deduction for the interest and other income earned on contributions made to a first-time home buyer savings account (account). Beginning January 1, 2017, any individual may create a first-time home buyer savings account with a financial institution to be used to pay or reimburse a qualified beneficiary's eligible expenses for the purchase of a primary residence in Colorado. To qualify as a beneficiary, a person must never have owned a single-family, owner-occupied primary residence or, as a result of the individual's dissolution of marriage, must have been off title for at least 3 years. There are annual and total limits on the contributions to an account and on the interest and other income earned in the account that is deductible. An individual may be the account holder of multiple accounts and may jointly own the account with another individual, if they file a joint income tax return. An account holder must designate a qualified beneficiary by April 15 of the following year and may designate himself or herself as the qualified beneficiary. An account holder may change the designated qualified beneficiary at any time, but there may not be more than one qualified beneficiary at any time. An account holder cannot have multiple accounts with the same beneficiary, but an individual may be designated as the qualified beneficiary of multiple accounts. Money must stay in the account for at least one year before it is used. After that time, the money in the account that is used for a down payment and closing costs related to a qualified beneficiary's purchase of his or her primary residence in the state is exempt from the state income tax, as are several other uses. If the money in the account is used for any other purpose, then a pro rata share is subject to recapture in the taxable year in which it is used. In addition, the account holder is liable for a penalty that is a percentage of the amount recaptured, unless a qualified beneficiary purchases a home outside of the state or the qualified beneficiary dies and is not replaced. The department of revenue is required to establish a form that an account holder must complete and file with his or her state income tax return.
Sponsors: DURAN / SCHEFFEL
Position:
Comment:
Status: 05/04/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
05/05/2016 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/05/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
05/06/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/06/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
05/09/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/09/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/09/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/10/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/17/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/20/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/20/2016 Sent to the Governor
06/10/2016 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-032 Working Group For Econ Dev In Distressed Regions 
Summary: The bill creates the economic development working group for highly distressed urban regions of the state (working group). The working group consists of:
* Four members of the general assembly appointed by leadership in each house in such a way to ensure that the 4 members represent urban regions of the state;
* The executive director of the Colorado office of economic development (office), or his or her designee; and
* Four other members appointed by the legislative members of the working group and the representative of the office with consideration for county issues, municipal issues, and issues related to economic development in urban areas. The working group must select data that is appropriate, consistently available, timely, and reflective of current reality, which data will then be used to ascertain the highly distressed urban regions of the state. The bill requires the working group to:
* Establish the regions and post their names and boundaries on the office's website;
* Discuss and evaluate other economic development efforts in the regions and their best practices;
* Discuss and evaluate the possibility of creating tax-free zones or other economic development tools for the regions; and
* Make detailed legislative recommendations to the general assembly in order to quickly improve the economic vitality of those regions.
Sponsors: MERRIFIELD
Position: Neutral
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/13/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
02/17/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-036 Surety Reqmnt For Appealing Tax Bills Claimed Due 
Summary: Current law requires a taxpayer wishing to appeal to the district court a final determination of the executive director of the department of revenue or a final determination of a local government, within a specified time after filing a notice of appeal, to either:
* Set aside twice the amount of the taxes, interest, and other charges stated in the final determination by filing a surety bond in such amount with the district court;
* Set aside twice the amount of the taxes, interest, and other charges stated in the final determination by establishing a savings account, deposit account, or certificate of deposit for such amount at a state or national bank or a state or federal savings and loan association doing business in this state; or
* Deposit the disputed amount with the executive director of the department of revenue. If the taxpayer chooses this option, the interest accrual is tolled. Current law also requires home rule jurisdictions and statutory local governments to follow the same requirements for appeals to district courts related to the sales and use taxes they impose. The bill repeals that requirement for everything but an appeal of a final determination by the executive director for frivolous submissions and instead specifies that if the taxpayer wishes to appeal a district court ruling then within a specified number of days after the district court ruling the taxpayer must set aside money in one of the ways described above.
Sponsors: NEVILLE T. / KRAFT-THARP
Position: Strongly Support
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/13/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
02/09/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/15/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/20/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/21/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/21/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/26/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/09/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
05/09/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
05/10/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
05/11/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/11/2016 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/18/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
Signed by the President of the Senate
05/20/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/20/2016 Sent to the Governor
Sent to the Governor
Signed by the Speaker of the House
06/10/2016 Governor Signed
Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-054 Local Government Minimum Wage 
Summary: The bill permits a unit of local government to enact laws with respect to the minimum wage within its jurisdiction.
Sponsors: MERRIFIELD
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 1-25 and 2-8
Status: 01/19/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
02/17/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-070 Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation 
Summary: The bill prohibits an employer from requiring any person, as a condition of employment, to become or remain a member of a labor organization or to pay dues, fees, or other assessments to a labor organization or to a charity organization or other third party in lieu of the labor organization. Any agreement that violates these prohibitions or the rights of an employee is void. The bill creates civil and criminal penalties for violations and authorizes the attorney general and the district attorney in each judicial district to investigate alleged violations and take action against a person believed to be in violation. The bill states that all-union agreements are unfair labor practices.
Sponsors: NEVILLE T. / EVERETT
Position: Neutral
Comment:
Status: 01/19/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
02/10/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/16/2016 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/19/2016 - No Amendments
Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/19/2016 - No Amendments
02/19/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
02/22/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
02/22/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
04/04/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-076 Repeal Employment Verification Standards 
Summary: The bill eliminates current employment verification standards that:
* Require each employer in Colorado to attest that the employer has verified the legal work status of each employee, has not altered or falsified the employee's identification documents, and has not knowingly hired an unauthorized alien;
* Require each employer in Colorado to submit documentation to the director of the division of labor (director) within the department of labor and employment that demonstrates that the employer is in compliance with federal employment verification requirements;
* Authorize the director to conduct random audits of employers to ensure compliance with the federal laws;
* Require the director to request documentation if the director receives a valid complaint that an employer is not in compliance with federal law; and
* Fine an employer for failing to provide documentation or for the provision of fraudulent documentation.
Sponsors: ULIBARRI / DELGROSSO
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 1-25
Status: 01/19/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
02/10/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
02/16/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-096 Creation Of The Pay Equity Commission 
Summary: On July 1, 2015, the statutes creating the pay equity commission (commission) expired in accordance with an automatic self-repeal clause. The bill reestablishes the commission within the Colorado department of labor and employment (department). The appointing authorities are to appoint 11 members to the commission within 90 days after May 25, 2016, with representatives of large and small private, for-profit employers, a women's national association, a labor organization, a statewide association of attorneys, higher education, the department, the civil rights division in the department of regulatory agencies, a national organization that serves minority communities and communities of color, and a business association. The commission is charged with the following tasks:
* Educating employers in the state about issues or practices that may contribute to pay inequities;
* Working with business groups and educational institutions to develop and maintain an inventory of best practices for encouraging equal pay;
* Encouraging employers to implement equal pay best practices;
* Studying other state models of equal pay practices that achieve pay equity;
* Developing a program recognizing employers who pursue pay equity practices;
* Conducting outreach and education to employees and employers regarding pay equity; and
* Working to establish Colorado as a model employer with regard to pay equity. The commission is required to submit annual reports to the executive director of the department; the business, labor, and technology committee of the senate; and the business affairs and labor committee of the house of representatives. Each report should detail the work the commission has done. The commission may submit recommendations for policy or administrative changes, upon approval of 2/3 of its members, and any such recommendations shall be included in the commission's annual reports.
Sponsors: HEATH
Position:
Comment:
Status: 01/29/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
02/24/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-100 County Road & Bridge Tax Reduction Requirement 
Summary: Current law:
* Requires each county to annually adopt a road and bridge budget, which must show the aggregate amount estimated to be expended for county road and bridge construction, maintenance, and administration and the aggregate amount estimated to be paid from the county road and bridge fund to municipalities in the county; and
* Authorizes each county to levy a property tax, taking into account other available money, at a rate sufficient to fund the county road and bridge budget. The bill prohibits a county from reducing the rate of the property tax unless it notifies all municipalities located within the county of its intent to do so, and either:
* A majority of the municipalities consent to the reduction; or
* The county annually makes an additional payment to each municipality that compensates the municipality fully for the reduction in the amount of tax revenues that it receives due to the rate reduction.
Sponsors: JAHN / PABON
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 3-7-16
Status: 01/29/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
02/16/2016 Senate Committee on Transportation Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
Senate Committee on Transportation Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
03/17/2016 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/22/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
03/24/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/24/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Introduced In House - Assigned to
03/28/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/18/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 18 2016
State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(2) in house calendar.
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SB16-114 Employee-earned Paid Sick Leave 
Summary: The bill creates the "Healthy Families and Workplaces Act" (act), which requires all private employers in Colorado to provide paid sick leave to their employees, accrued at one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked, subject to the following limits:
* For employers employing 10 or more employees, the employer is not required to provide more than a total of 72 hours of paid sick leave in a 12-month period; and
* For employers employing fewer than 10 employees, the employer is not required to provide more than a total of 40 hours of paid sick leave in a 12-month period. An employee would start accruing paid sick leave when his or her employment begins and would be permitted to use his or her accrued paid sick leave as it is accrued. Additionally, an employee would be allowed to carry forward and use in subsequent calendar years paid sick leave that is not used in the year in which it is accrued, subject to the caps on the total amount of leave allowed in a 12-month period. Employees may use accrued paid sick leave to be absent from work for the following purposes:
* The employee has a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; needs a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment related to such illness, injury, or condition; or needs to obtain preventive medical care;
* The employee needs to care for a family member who has a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; needs a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment related to such illness, injury, or condition; or needs to obtain preventive medical care;
* The employee or family member has been the victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment and needs to be absent from work for purposes related to such crime; or
* A public official has ordered the closure of the school or place of care of the employee's child or of the employee's place of business due to a public health emergency, necessitating the employee's absence from work. The bill prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who uses his or her paid sick leave or otherwise exercises his or her rights under the act. Employers are required to notify employees of their rights under the act by providing employees with a written notice of their rights and displaying a poster, developed by the division of labor (division) in the department of labor and employment, detailing employees' rights under the act. Employers must retain records documenting, by employee, the hours worked, paid sick leave accrued, and paid sick leave used and make such records available to the division to monitor compliance with the act. The director of the division will implement and enforce the act and adopt rules necessary for such purposes. The bill treats an employee's information about his, her, or a family member's health condition or domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment case as confidential and prohibits an employer from disclosing such information or requiring the employee to disclose such information as a condition of using paid sick leave. Employers, including public employers, that provide comparable paid leave to their employees and allow employees to use that leave as permitted under the act are not required to provide additional paid sick leave to their employees. Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement would not be entitled to sick leave under the act if the collective bargaining agreement expressly waives the requirements of the act and provides an equivalent benefit to covered employees.
Sponsors: CARROLL / DANIELSON
Position: Oppose
Comment: Reviewed 2-8
Status: 02/01/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
02/22/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-117 Limit State Agency Authority To Impose Fines 
Summary: For purposes of the bill, a "discretionary fine" means a penalty in an amount set by a state agency that is capped in law at $1,000 or more or that has no statutory cap. A state agency is prohibited from imposing a discretionary fine unless:
* The state agency provides written notice of the violation of the state law or rule to the violator; and
* The violator fails to cure the violation on or before the 20th business day after receipt of the written notice of the violation. The bill also establishes a maximum amount of a discretionary fine, notwithstanding any specific provision of law to the contrary. But this maximum only applies if a violator provides the state agency with the requested information that allows the state agency to determine the maximum amount.
Sponsors: SONNENBERG
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 2-8
Status: 02/01/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
02/25/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/15/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/20/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/21/2016 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/22/2016 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/25/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/26/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
05/05/2016 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-141 Machine-readable Identification Information Retail 
Summary: The bill prohibits a merchant from reading, collecting, or decoding machine-readable information from a driver's license or identification card or storing this information after the sale is consummated. The following persons are exempt:
* A peace officer, state agency, or local government agency if acting within the course and scope of official duties; and
* A business acting as required by state or federal law; or
* A business preventing fraud or other criminal activity when an individual returns an item or requests a refund or an exchange if the business entity only reads the individual's name, address, and date of birth. A violation is a class 1 misdemeanor and a deceptive trade practice. This allows the state attorney general or a district attorney to seek civil penalties for a violation.
Sponsors: JONES / FOOTE
Position:
Comment:
Status: 03/04/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
03/14/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Fiscal Notes:

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SB16-177 Modify 2015 Urban Renewal Legislation 
Summary: The bill makes technical modifications to statutory provisions enacted by the general assembly in 2015 (2015 legislation) that addressed urban renewal plan allocating of tax revenue. Among the modifications, the bill:
* In various places, substitutes the term "authority" for the terms "governing body" or "municipality" and "taxing entity" for the term "public body". Defines "taxing entity" to mean any county, special district, or other public body that levies an ad valorem property tax on property within the urban renewal area subject to a tax allocation provision.
* Clarifies that the subject of the agreement about which the authority and the taxing bodies are required to negotiate under the 2015 legislation concerns the sharing of incremental property tax revenue allocated to the special fund of the authority.
* Clarifies that the shared tax revenues governed by the agreement are limited to incremental revenue generated by the taxes levied upon taxable property by the taxing entity within the area covered by the urban renewal plan in addition to any incremental sales tax generated within the area included within the urban renewal plan by the imposition of the municipal sales tax and, at the option of any other taxing entity levying a sales tax within the area covered by the urban renewal plan, any incremental sales tax revenues of such other taxing entity that is included within the agreement.
* Deletes language from the 2015 legislation that permitted the municipality to delegate to the authority the responsibility for negotiating the subject agreement.
* In connection with the subject of the required mediation between the authority and taxing entities, clarifies that the main issue of the mediation is the sharing of incremental property tax revenues and urban renewal project costs among the authority and any such taxing entities whose incremental property tax revenues will be allocated pursuant to an urban renewal plan and with whom an intergovernmental agreement with the authority has not been reached.
* Requires the mediation to be conducted by a mediator jointly selected by the parties. Specifies the method of selecting a 3-mediator panel if the parties are unable to agree on the selection of a single mediator. Specifies the minimum qualifications of the mediator and the method for allocating the payment of the fees and costs of the mediation.
* Clarifies that the mediator must issue his or her findings of fact as to the appropriate sharing of costs and incremental property tax revenues. Strikes language from the 2015 legislation that required the municipality to either agree to the mediator's findings by including in the urban renewal plan cost allocation provisions determined by the mediator or by entering into an intergovernmental agreement with the taxing entity providing an alternative cost allocation methodology. Instead, specifies that, with respect to the use of incremental property tax revenues of each other taxing entity, following the issuance of findings by the mediator, the municipality is required to:
* Incorporate the mediator's findings on the use of incremental property tax revenues of any taxing body into the urban renewal plan and proceed to adopt the plan;
* Amend the urban renewal plan to delete authorization of the use of the incremental property tax revenues of any taxing body with whom an agreement has not been reached; or
* Direct the authority to either incorporate the mediator's findings into one or more intergovernmental agreements with other taxing entities or to enter into new negotiations with one or more taxing entities and to enter into one or more intergovernmental agreements with such taxing entities that incorporate such new or different provisions concerning the sharing of costs and incremental property tax revenues with which the parties are in agreement.
* Clarifies that nothing in the 2015 legislation is intended to impair, jeopardize, or put at risk any existing bonds, investments, loans, contracts, or financial obligations of an urban renewal authority outstanding as of December 31, 2015, or the pledge of pledged revenues or assets to the payment thereof that occurred on or before December 31, 2015.
Sponsors: MARTINEZ HUMENIK / HULLINGHORST
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 4-4-16
Status: 03/30/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
04/12/2016 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/14/2016 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/15/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/18/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
04/18/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
04/27/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/27/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
04/28/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/29/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2016 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
05/06/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
Signed by the President of the Senate
05/09/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/09/2016 Sent to the Governor
Sent to the Governor
Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/18/2016 Signed by Governor
05/18/2016 Governor Signed
Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 12 2016
SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE
2:00 PM SCR 353
(2) in senate calendar.
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SB16-184 Market-based Interest Rates On Judgments 
Summary: The current rate of postjudgment interest is 2% over the Kansas City discount rate with a floor of 8%. The bill eliminates the floor. The current interest rate for judgments for personal injury damages caused by a tort is 9%. The bill ties this interest rate to the current rate of postjudgment interest.
Sponsors: CADMAN / WILLETT
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 4-18-16
Status: 04/11/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
05/04/2016 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/04/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/05/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/09/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-194 Regional Transportation Development Projects 
Summary: To facilitate highway and transit development in areas where the lack of such development is causing adjacent commercial property to be undeveloped or underdeveloped due to lack of adequate highway and transportation access, section 1 of the bill creates the "Regional Transportation Development Act" (act). The act allows a city, county, city and county, town, or contiguous grouping of such entities (local government) to apply to the state transportation commission (commission) for approval of a regional transportation development project (project), defined as a project that:
* Is adjacent to or within the immediate vicinity of undeveloped or underdeveloped commercial property;
* Involves the construction, reconstruction, expansion, or repair to allow greater utilization of any component of the state highway system or a regional transit system;
* Will result in greater commercial development within a regional transportation development corridor than would otherwise occur but for the completion of the project; and
* Is eligible to receive federal highway matching funds. The act specifies mandatory project application components. The director of the Colorado department of transportation (CDOT) must forward an application within 60 days of receipt, with a recommendation that the commission approve, approve with conditions, or deny the application. No later than 90 days after receiving the forwarded application, the commission must hold a public hearing regarding the application, and take action on the application within 30 days of that hearing. Any local government or combination of local governments may create an authority to exercise the functions authorized by the act. The legal character, features, powers, and organization of authorities are described. Additionally, any authority may establish a regional transportation development enterprise to conduct activities under the act. Such authorities and enterprises may fund all or a portion of a highway or transit project by issuing bonds and pledge any state sales tax increment revenues approved by the commission to repay such bonds. The act provides for a portion of the state sales tax increment revenues (i.e., the amount of the revenue derived from state sales taxes in excess of the amount of base year revenue) collected by commercial development within a project area to be allocated to the transportation project, only if it can be shown that the increased revenues are due to the improved highway or transit project. Section 2 sets forth the duties and powers of the department of revenue (DOR) with respect to projects, including the requirement that DOR determine base year revenue for each regional transportation development corridor, appropriately allocate state sales tax increment revenue, and promulgate rules to implement DOR's responsibilities under the act. Section 3 contains an accountability clause, which requires the legislative service agencies of the general assembly to conduct a post-enactment review of the bill 7 years after it becomes law.
Sponsors: SCOTT / MORENO
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 5-2-16.
Status: 04/20/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation
04/28/2016 Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Amended to Finance
Senate Committee on Transportation Refer Amended to Finance
05/03/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/05/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/06/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/06/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/10/2016 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-197 Liquor-licensed Drugstores Multiple Licenses 
Summary: On or after January 1, 2017, and before January 1, 2027, the bill allows a liquor-licensed drugstore to obtain up to 5 additional liquor-licensed drugstore licenses, under which drugstores are permitted to sell malt, vinous, and spirituous liquors in sealed containers for consumption off the licensed premises. On or after January 1, 2017, and before January 1, 2027, a liquor-licensed drugstore seeking to obtain an additional liquor-licensed drugstore license must apply to the state and local licensing authorities, as part of a single application, to transfer ownership of 2 retail liquor stores licensed as of the effective date of the bill, change the location of one of the retail liquor stores, and merge and convert the 2 retail liquor store licenses into a single liquor-licensed drugstore license. Assuming all other requirements for the transfer, merger, and conversion are satisfied, the application is permitted only if:
* The applicant has paid a purchase price of at least $350,000 per retail liquor store to acquire ownership of the 2 retail liquor stores;
* The subject retail liquor store and the drugstore applicant's premises are within the jurisdiction of the same local licensing authority; and
* The drugstore's licensed premises will not be located within 2,500 feet of another licensed liquor retailer within the same local licensing authority's jurisdiction. In making its determination on the application, the local licensing authority may consider the reasonable requirements of the neighborhood. Starting January 1, 2027, a liquor-licensed drugstore may obtain an unlimited number of additional liquor-licensed drugstore licenses without acquiring and converting 2 retail liquor store licenses. A liquor-licensed drugstore shall:
* Not sell alcohol beverages at a price that is lower than the drugstore's cost to purchase the products;
* Ensure that an employee completes alcohol beverage transactions with customers directly rather than through a self-checkout register;
* Ensure that employees who are involved in selling alcohol beverages maintain certification as responsible alcohol beverage vendors;
* Not sell clothing or accessories imprinted with advertising, logos, or slogans related to alcohol beverages;
* Not store alcohol products off the licensed premises;
* Designate a manager who has been permitted by the state licensing authority to conduct the store's alcohol beverage purchases with licensed wholesalers; and
* Shelve and display its alcohol beverage merchandise separately from nonalcohol products it offers for sale. Additionally, a drugstore that obtains a liquor license on or after January 1, 2017, must effect payment upon delivery and cannot purchase alcohol beverages on credit. The bill removes the maximum alcohol content of fermented malt beverages, thereby allowing licensed fermented malt beverage retailers to sell beer with an alcohol content in excess of 3.2% by weight or 4% by volume. Wholesalers, manufacturers, and their employees cannot stock liquor-licensed drugstore shelves with alcohol beverages or otherwise provide shelving, displaying, or similar services to a liquor-licensed drugstore. The state licensing authority may issue a manager's permit to a liquor-licensed drugstore manager who controls the drugstore's alcohol beverage operations if the permit applicant satisfies specified criteria. A liquor-licensed drugstore must pay an application fee to both the state licensing authority and the local licensing authority and, if the application is granted, is subject to applicable annual liquor-licensed drugstore licensing fees. The bill expands the nonalcohol products that a retail liquor store may sell, including soft drinks, snack foods, wine-, beer-, and spirits-making kits and related supplies, clothing and accessories related to alcohol beverages, lottery tickets, tobacco and related products, and any other merchandise not related to the consumption of alcohol beverages if the annual gross revenue from the other merchandise does not exceed 20% of the retail liquor store's total annual gross revenue. The bill permits a retail liquor store owner to have an interest in up to 5 additional retail liquor store licenses. All licensed retailers will have to verify that each customer attempting to purchase alcohol beverages is at least 21 years of age by requiring the customer to present a valid, government-issued document that includes the customer's photograph and date of birth. A liquor-licensed drugstore is prohibited from allowing an employee under 21 years of age to sell, deliver, or otherwise have contact with malt, vinous, or spirituous liquors offered for sale on, or sold and removed from, the licensed premises.
Sponsors: STEADMAN
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 5-2-16
Status: 04/22/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
05/06/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
05/06/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/06/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
05/09/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/09/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
05/09/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
05/10/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
05/10/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
05/10/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
05/11/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/11/2016 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/18/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
Signed by the President of the Senate
05/20/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/20/2016 Sent to the Governor
Sent to the Governor
Signed by the Speaker of the House
06/10/2016 Governor Signed
Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-198 Work Comp Insurance Forms Certified Filed With DOI 
Summary: Under current law, a workers' compensation insurer must annually submit sample forms of policies, riders, letters, notices, and other documents used in its business to the commissioner of insurance along with a certification by an officer of the insurer that the documents comply with Colorado law. The bill extends these requirements to advisory organizations and rating organizations within the industry. It also relieves a carrier of the obligation to file such documents and certifications if it uses, without modification, the documents supplied by an advisory organization or rating organization.
Sponsors: HOLBERT / KRAFT-THARP
Position:
Comment:
Status: 04/22/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
04/22/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
04/27/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/27/2016 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/29/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
05/02/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/03/2016 House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/03/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
House Committee on Business Affairs and Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/04/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/09/2016 House Recalled Bill From Senate
05/09/2016 House Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
05/09/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
House Recalled Bill From Senate
05/11/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/11/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
Signed by the President of the Senate
Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/12/2016 Sent to the Governor
Sent to the Governor
06/08/2016 Signed by Governor
06/08/2016 Governor Signed
Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-203 Evaluation Of The State's Tax Expenditures 
Summary: Joint Budget Committee. The bill specifies that the state auditor is responsible for evaluating the state's tax expenditures. The evaluation must include the following:
* A summary description of the purpose, intent, or goal of the tax expenditure;
* The intended beneficiaries of the tax expenditure;
* Whether the tax expenditure is accomplishing its purpose, intent, or goal;
* An explanation of the intended economic costs and benefits of the tax expenditure, with analyses to support the evaluation if they are available or reasonably possible;
* A comparison of the tax expenditure to other similar tax expenditures in other states;
* Whether there are other tax expenditures, federal or state spending, or other government, nonprofit, commercial, volunteer, or philanthropic programs that have the same or similar purpose, intent, or goal as the tax expenditure, whether those all are appropriately coordinated, and, if not, how coordination could be improved, or whether any redundancies can be eliminated;
* If the evaluation of a particular tax expenditure's economic impact is made difficult because of data constraints, any suggestions for changes in administration or law that would facilitate such data collection; and
* An explanation of the performance measures used to determine the extent to which the tax expenditure is accomplishing its purpose, intent, or goal. The bill specifies that the performance measures must be clear and relevant to the specific tax expenditure being evaluated, should be measurable and track actionable goals, and can be assessable and reportable over time. To the extent it can be determined by the state auditor, the tax expenditure evaluation should also include the following:
* The extent to which the tax expenditure is a cost-effective use of resources compared to other options for using the same resources to address the same purpose, intent, or goal;
* An analysis of the tax expenditure's effect on competition and on business and stakeholder needs;
* Whether there are any opportunities to improve the effectiveness of the tax expenditure in meeting its purpose, intent, or goal; and
* An analysis of the effect of the state tax policies connected to local taxing jurisdictions on the overall purpose, intent, or goal of the tax expenditure. The bill specifies that the state auditor must present the results in the form of an annual evaluation report that is posted on the general assembly's website.
Sponsors: LAMBERT / HAMNER
Position: Monitor
Comment: Reviewed 5-2-16
Status: 04/26/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
04/29/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/29/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/02/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/05/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Legislative Council
05/05/2016 House Committee on Refer Unamended to Legislative Council
House Committee on Refer Unamended to Legislative Council
05/06/2016 House Committee on Legislative Council Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
House Committee on Legislative Council Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/09/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
05/09/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/10/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/10/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/18/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
Signed by the President of the Senate
05/20/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/20/2016 Sent to the Governor
Sent to the Governor
Signed by the Speaker of the House
06/06/2016 Governor Signed
Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-210 Fix Colorado Roads Act 
Summary: In 1999, the voters of the state authorized the executive director of the department of transportation (executive director) to issue transportation revenue anticipation notes (TRANs) in a maximum principal amount of $1.7 billion and with a maximum repayment cost of $2.3 billion in order to provide financing to accelerate the construction of qualified federal aid transportation projects. The executive director issued the TRANs as authorized. The final payments of principal and interest on the TRANs will be made during fiscal year 2016-17, which will make available for expenditure for transportation-related purposes only revenues dedicated for transportation by federal law, the state constitution, and state law that the state has been using to make principal and interest payments on the TRANs. Section 3 of the bill repeals a requirement that the state treasurer make conditional transfers, which are reduced or eliminated if the state is required to refund excess state revenues in accordance with the taxpayer's bill of rights, of a specified percentage of total general fund revenues from the general fund to the capital construction fund and the highway users tax fund for state fiscal years 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20. Section 4 of the bill requires the state transportation commission to submit a ballot question to the voters of the state at the November 2016, 2017, or 2018 election which, if approved, would authorize the executive director to issue additional TRANs in a maximum principal amount of $3.5 billion and with a maximum repayment cost of $5.5 billion once the TRANs already issued are repaid in full. The additional TRANs must have a maximum repayment term of 20 years, and the certificate, trust indenture, or other instrument authorizing their issuance must provide that the state may pay them in full before the end of the specified payment term without penalty. Additional TRANs must otherwise generally be issued subject to the same requirements and for the same purposes as the original TRANs; except that the transportation commission must pledge to annually allocate from legally available money under its control any money needed for payment of the notes in excess of amounts appropriated by the general assembly from the state highway fund for payment of the notes as authorized by section 6 of the bill until the notes are fully repaid. Section 5 of the bill requires proceeds from the sale of any additional TRANs that are not otherwise pledged for the payment of the TRANs to be used only for specified projects until all of the projects have been funded in whole or in part with such proceeds and have been fully funded and specifies additional transportation project contract award process requirements and limitations for a project to be funded in whole or in part with proceeds of additional TRANs. Sections 6 and 7 of the bill require 5% of state sales and use tax net revenue collected on or after July 1, 2017, to be credited to the highway users tax fund (HUTF), paid from the HUTF to the state highway fund for use, subject to annual appropriation by the general assembly, for payment of TRANs and, to the extent not used for that purpose, state transportation projects. Section 6 also requires 1% of state sales and use tax net revenue collected on or after July 1, 2017, to be credited to the capital construction fund.
Sponsors: BAUMGARDNER / DELGROSSO
Position: Support
Comment:
Status: 05/02/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
05/05/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/05/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/06/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/06/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/09/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
05/10/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-211 Limit Certain Contests Past Special Dist Elections 
Summary: With specified exceptions, the bill prohibits contests of special district elections on the grounds that an elector was unqualified either to vote or to serve on a special district board of directors, and otherwise validates such elections conducted prior to April 21, 2016, and on May 3, 2016.
Sponsors: CADMAN / HULLINGHORST
Position: Support
Comment: Reviewed 5-2-16.
Status: 05/02/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
05/03/2016 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/03/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/04/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/04/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
Introduced In House - Assigned to Local Government
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/05/2016 House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/05/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
05/09/2016 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
05/10/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/11/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/11/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
Signed by the President of the Senate
Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/12/2016 Sent to the Governor
Sent to the Governor
05/18/2016 Signed by Governor
05/18/2016 Governor Signed
Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB16-213 Construction Defect Litigation Study Group 
Summary: The bill establishes a construction defect litigation study group (study group) to investigate construction defect litigation and to create a report recommending statutory changes and a pilot program within the judicial department for managing construction defect claims. The study group shall report by March 1, 2017, to the judiciary committees of the general assembly and to the chief justice. The chief justice may adopt a pilot program through a chief justice directive. If adopted:
* The pilot program terminates December 31, 2018, unless extended by the chief justice; and
* The judicial department shall contract for a study of the pilot program to be completed within 15 months after the pilot program commences and, within 14 days after receiving the report, must forward it to the chief justice and the judiciary committees of the general assembly. The bill establishes a construction defect litigation cash fund to pay expenses for the study group, and, if adopted, the pilot program and report on the pilot program.
Sponsors: SCHEFFEL / SINGER
Position:
Comment:
Status: 05/05/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
05/06/2016 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/06/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
05/06/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
05/09/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/09/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Judiciary
Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Judiciary
Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/10/2016 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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