2018 Colorado Nonprofit Association Bill Tracker- Bills Sent to Governor

HB18-1004 Continue Child Care Contribution Tax Credit 
Sponsors: J. Coleman | J. Wilson / J. Tate | J. Kefalas
Short Title: Continue Child Care Contribution Tax Credit
Summary: A taxpayer who makes a monetary contribution to promote child care in the state is allowed an income tax credit that is equal to 50% of the total value of the contribution. This exemption is currently available for income tax years that commence prior to January 1, 2020. The bill extends the credit for 5 years.
Status: 5/30/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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HB18-1022 DOR Department Of Revenue Issue Sales Tax Request For Information 
Sponsors: L. Sias | T. Kraft-Tharp / C. Jahn | T. Neville
Short Title: DOR Department Of Revenue Issue Sales Tax Request For Information
Summary: Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force. The bill requires the department of revenue to issue a request for information for an electronic sales and use tax simplification system that the state or any local government that levies a sales or use tax, including a home rule municipality and county, could choose to use that would provide administrative simplification to the state and local sales and use tax system.
Status: 3/1/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB18-1145 Enjoined Laws On Ballot Issue Petition Circulators 
Sponsors: E. Hooton (D) / D. Moreno (D)
Short Title: Enjoined Laws On Ballot Issue Petition Circulators
Summary: Statutory Revision Committee. The bill repeals laws ordered permanently enjoined from enforcement in Independence Inst. v. Gessler , 936 F. Supp. 2d 1256 (D. Colo. 2013). The laws: Require ballot issue petition circulators to be Colorado residents; and Limit the amount of per-signature compensation that ballot issue petition circulators may be paid. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)
Status: 4/9/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB18-1190 Modify Job Creation Main Street Revitalization Act 
Sponsors: D. Esgar (D) | H. McKean (R) / J. Tate | L. Garcia (D)
Short Title: Modify Job Creation Main Street Revitalization Act
Summary: The bill makes the following modifications to the existing 'Colorado Job Creation and Main Street Revitalization Act': Adds a definition of a key term and streamlines and clarifies existing definitions; Adds subheadings to subsections to promote greater clarity; Extends the last income tax year for which the tax credit is available from 2019 to 2029; Separates subsections dealing solely with residential structures from subsections dealing solely with commercial structures to promote greater clarity; Under the existing tax credit, the amount of the tax credit, measured by a percentage of the actual qualified rehabilitation expenditures, is increased when the historic structure, whether commercial or residential, is located in a disaster area. The bill also increases the amount of the tax credit when the structure is located in a rural community. The bill prohibits a taxpayer from claiming the benefits offered for a structure in a disaster area or in a rural community. Authorizes the state historical society to promulgate rules as necessary to facilitate the certification of qualified residential structures; In connection with the reservation of tax credits for qualified commercial structures, changes the existing requirements under which the Colorado office of economic opportunity (office) uses a lottery process to determine the order in which it will review applications and plans received on the same day to a process under which the office must date and timestamp each application and review a plan and application on the basis of the order in which such documents were submitted; Streamlines procedures the owner of a qualified commercial structure is to follow upon the completion of rehabilitation of the structure to obtain a tax credit certificate; For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2020 but prior to January 1, 2030, maintains the aggregate limit on the amount of a tax credit certificate issued for any one qualified commercial structure at $1 million as for the 2016 through 2019 tax years; For qualified commercial structures, regardless of the amount of estimated qualified rehabilitation expenditures, the bill maintains the aggregate amount of all tax credits that may be reserved for each of the 2020 through 2029 calendar years in the same amount as for the 2017 through 2019 tax years, at $10 million, but specifies that the aggregate reservation amount must be equally split between large and small projects; Deletes existing provisions specifying the aggregate amount of tax credits that may be issued for particular income tax years; Deletes a reporting requirement that is part of existing law; and Clarifies that certain requirements found in existing law are intended to apply only to tax credits issued for qualified commercial structures.
Status: 5/30/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB18-1208 Expand Child Care Expenses Income Tax Credit 
Sponsors: C. Duran | F. Winter (D) / B. Martinez Humenik
Short Title: Expand Child Care Expenses Income Tax Credit
Summary: Currently, a resident individual with a federal adjusted gross income of $60,000 or less is allowed a state income tax credit (state credit) for child care expenses that is a percentage of a similar federal income tax credit claimed (federal credit). The amount of the state credit depends on the individual's adjusted gross income (AGI). If the individual's AGI is: $25,000 or less, then the state credit is 50% of the federal credit; $25,001 to $35,000, then the state credit is 30% of the federal credit; and $35,001 to $60,000, then the state credit is 10% of the federal credit. The bill expands the state credit by allowing a resident individual with an AGI that is less than or equal to $150,000 to claim a credit that is equal to 80% of the individual's federal credit.
Status: 5/22/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 9 2018
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(5) in senate calendar.
Position: Monitor
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HB18-1218 Definition Of Veterans' Organizations For Sales And Use Tax 
Sponsors: T. Carver (R) | J. Melton / L. Crowder | N. Todd
Short Title: Definition Of Veterans' Organizations For Sales And Use Tax
Summary: For purposes of state sales and use tax, a 'charitable organization' includes veterans' organizations as defined in federal law, but such organizations are limited to those that sponsor special events, meetings, or other functions in the state that are not part of the organization's regular activities in the state. In other words, a veterans' organization may not claim the charitable organization sales and use tax exemption for its regular activities in the state. This limitation is not found in the federal tax law granting veterans' organizations federal tax exempt status. The bill makes state law consistent with federal law and will treat veterans' organizations registered under section 501 (c)(19) of the federal internal revenue code the same way as veterans' organizations registered under section 501 (c)(3) of the federal internal revenue code.
Status: 6/6/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Actively Monitor
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HB18-1234 Internet Sweepstakes Caf?? Revise Legal Terms 
Sponsors: K. Becker | P. Lundeen (R) / B. Gardner (R)
Short Title: Internet Sweepstakes Caf?? Revise Legal Terms
Summary: Section 1 of the bill amends the definitions of key terms such as 'electronic gaming machine', 'gambling', 'prize', and 'simulated gambling device' as used in the criminal statutes governing simulated gambling devices. Section 2 specifies that unlawful offering of a simulated gambling device occurs if a person receives payment indirectly or in a nonmonetary form for use of a simulated gambling device, and that the time of payment (i.e., before or after use of the device) is irrelevant.
Status: 6/6/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
News: Colorado lawmakers seek to outlaw certain gaming arcades in measure heading to governor’s desk

HB18-1237 Sunset Continue Cost-benefit Analysis For Rules 
Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | K. Van Winkle (R) / T. Neville
Short Title: Sunset Continue Cost-benefit Analysis For Rules
Summary: Sunset Process - House Business Affairs and Labor Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' (department) sunset review and report on requirements and procedures regarding the preparation of a cost-benefit analysis by: Continuing the requirements and procedures indefinitely ( recommendation 1 , sections 1 and 2 of the bill); Requiring state rule-making agencies to include on their applicable websites information about the cost-benefit analysis process and a link to the online regulatory notice enrollment form created by the executive director of the department or the executive director's designee (section 2).
Status: 4/25/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB18-1250 Analysis To Improve Compliance With Rules By Businesses. 
Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | L. Sias / K. Priola (R)
Short Title: Analysis To Improve Compliance With Rules By Businesses.
Summary: The bill requires each state agency to conduct an analysis of noncompliance with its rules to identify rules with the greatest frequency of noncompliance, rules that generate the greatest amount of fines, how many first-time offenders were given the opportunity to cure a minor violation, and what factors contribute to noncompliance by regulated businesses. The analysis will guide each department on how to improve its education and outreach to regulated businesses on compliance with the department's rules. Each state agency is required to forward that analysis to the department of regulatory agencies, which shall compile and summarize those analyses into one combined analysis of noncompliance to be presented at the department of regulatory agencies' 'State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act' hearing.
Status: 5/3/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB18-1255 Childhood Cancer Awareness Special License Plate 
Sponsors: C. Duran | T. Carver (R) / J. Cooke (R) | J. Kefalas
Short Title: Childhood Cancer Awareness Special License Plate
Summary: The bill creates the childhood cancer awareness license plate. A person becomes eligible to use the plate by providing a certificate confirming that the person has made a donation to an organization chosen by the department of revenue based on the organization's assistance to children with cancer. In addition to the standard motor vehicle fees, the plate requires 2 one-time fees of $25. One of the fees is credited to the highway users tax fund and the other to the licensing services cash fund.
Status: 5/22/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB18-1256 Sunset Continue Civil Rights Division And Commission 
Sponsors: C. Duran | L. Herod (D) / B. Gardner (R)
Short Title: Sunset Continue Civil Rights Division And Commission
Summary: The bill implements the recommendation of the department of regulatory agencies in its sunset review of the Colorado civil rights division and the Colorado civil rights commission to continue the commission and the division and their respective functions for 9 years, through September 1, 2027.
Status: 5/22/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 9 2018
CONFERENCE COMMITTEES TO REPORT
(2) in senate calendar.
Position: Support
News: Republican lawmakers propose more changes to Colorado Civil Rights Commission — and they meet more pushback

HB18-1275 Repeal Craig Hospital License Plate Donation 
Sponsors: J. Bridges (D) / D. Kagan
Short Title: Repeal Craig Hospital License Plate Donation
Summary: Current law requires an applicant to make a donation to Craig hospital in order to be issued a special Craig hospital license plate. The bill repeals the $20 donation requirement.
Status: 4/26/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB18-1291 Sunset Conservation Easement Oversight Commission 
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) | D. Thurlow / J. Sonnenberg (R)
Short Title: Sunset Conservation Easement Oversight Commission
Summary: Sunset Process - House Transportation and Energy Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies in its sunset review of the conservation easement oversight commission by extending the repeal date of the commission for 7 years until 2025 ( Recommendation 2 ). The bill modifies the composition of the commission and reduces the number of members on the commission from in 7 to 5 members in accordance with Recommendation 3 ; except that it retains the current member representing the great outdoors Colorado program and adds one member of the general public rather than two. The commission is currently a type 2 entity, which means its powers, duties, and functions belong to the executive director of the department of regulatory agencies. The bill changes the commission to a type 1 entity, allowing the commission to exercise its powers, duties, and functions independently. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)
Status: 5/29/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 9 2018
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(7) in senate calendar.
Position: Monitor
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HB18-1303 Youth Sports Coach Exempt Employment Security Act 
Sponsors: C. Wist | A. Garnett (D) / J. Tate
Short Title: Youth Sports Coach Exempt Employment Security Act
Summary: The bill exempts from the definition of 'employment' under the 'Colorado Employment Security Act' nonprofit youth sports organization coaches if there is a written agreement between the coach and the organization that meets certain requirements, including a statement that the coach is an independent contractor. A written contract that meets the bill's requirements is conclusive evidence that the coach is an independent contractor for purposes of the employment security statute, but not conclusive evidence of an independent contractor relationship for purposes of a civil action by a third party.
Status: 6/6/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB18-1305 Income Tax Check-off Young Americans Financial Education 
Sponsors: J. Coleman | P. Neville (R) / T. Neville
Short Title: Income Tax Check-off Young Americans Financial Education
Summary: The bill creates the Young Americans Center for Financial Education fund (fund) in the state treasury. A voluntary contribution designation line for the fund will appear on the state individual income tax return form (form) for the 5 income tax years following the year that the executive director of the department of revenue (department) certifies to the revisor of statutes that: There is a space available on the form; and The fund is next in the queue. Once the fund is placed on the form, the department is directed to determine annually the total amount contributed to the fund and report that amount to the state treasurer and the general assembly. The state treasurer is required to credit that amount to the fund, and the general assembly appropriates from the fund to the department the costs of administering money designated for the fund. After that amount is deducted, the money remaining in the fund at the end of a fiscal year is transferred to the Young Americans Center for Financial Education, a nonprofit organization. Following the statutory 2-year grace period for new tax check-offs, the fund is required to achieve the minimum contribution amount of $50,000 per year to remain on the form. The fund is repealed in the sixth income tax year following the year in which the director files the certification, unless it is continued by the general assembly before then.
Status: 5/4/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB18-1316 Extend Colorado Department Of Labor And Employment Skilled Worker, Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Grant Program 
Sponsors: D. Pabon | T. Exum (D) / J. Cooke (R) | A. Williams
Short Title: Extend Colorado Department Of Labor And Employment Skilled Worker, Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Grant Program
Summary: Under current law, the department of labor and employment administers the skilled worker, outreach, recruitment, and key training (WORK) grant program, which provides matching grants to eligible public or private entities or organizations that provide skilled worker training programs in partnership with industry. The general assembly is directed to appropriate $10 million for the WORK grant program for the 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 fiscal years. The bill: Extends the program for 3 fiscal years; Specifies deadlines for the department to award and issue matching grants to recipients; Requires, instead of permits, the department to develop an expedited application process for award recipients seeking to extend or increase an existing grant award; and Requires the general assembly to appropriate an additional $10 million for the WORK grant program for the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 fiscal years and specifies how the money available for matching grants must be allocated.
Status: 5/24/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB18-1324 Codify Governor's Commission On Community Service 
Sponsors: M. Hamner / K. Lundberg
Short Title: Codify Governor's Commission On Community Service
Summary:

Joint Budget Committee. The bill codifies the existing governor's commission on community service, which was created through executive order. The commission was created pursuant to the federal 'National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993' and allows the state to receive grants, allotments, and service positions under the act. The commission consists of at least 15, but not more than 20, members and is charged with implementing programs and administering funds received from the corporation for national and community service. The commission is established in the office of the lieutenant governor and receives staff and administrative support from that office. The bill authorizes the commission to receive gifts, grants, and donations to fulfill its functions.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 4/30/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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HB18-1430 State Agency Long-range Financial Plan 
Sponsors: K. Van Winkle (R) | D. Young / K. Lundberg
Short Title: State Agency Long-range Financial Plan
Summary: The bill requires each state agency to develop and annually update a long-range financial plan that includes: The state agency''s mission, major functions, and goals; Anticipated trends, conditions, or events; The state agency''s best and worst performing programs; A forecast of the state agency''s budget requests for the 5 state fiscal years after the current budget request; and A description of any programs currently funded in whole or in part with federal funds or gifts, grants, or donations that the department anticipates will decrease in the future and, therefore, may require state money as a backfill. The state agency is required to submit its long-range financial plan to the joint budget committee, along with its annual budget request, and post the plan on its official website.
Status: 6/1/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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SB18-001 Transportation Infrastructure Funding 
Sponsors: R. Baumgardner | J. Cooke (R) / P. Buck | F. Winter (D)
Short Title: Transportation Infrastructure Funding
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, and the TRANs have been fully repaid. Section 8 of the bill requires the transportation commission (commission) to submit a ballot question to the voters of the state at the November 2018 statewide 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 billion; and Would, in conjunction with sections 3, 4, and 7, repeal current law, enacted by Senate Bill 17-267, that requires the state treasurer to execute lease-purchase agreements of up to $1.88 billion for the purpose of funding high-priority qualified federal aid transportation projects. 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 commission must pledge to annually allocate from legally available money under its control any money needed for payment of the notes until the notes are fully repaid. Section 9 requires TRANs proceeds not otherwise pledged for TRANs payments to be credited to the state highway fund. On and after July 1, 2018, section 5 requires 10% of state sales and use tax net revenue to be credited to the state highway fund and used first to make TRANs payments. Section 6 specifies that state sales and use tax net revenue credited to the state highway fund that is not expended to make TRANs payments and TRANs net proceeds credited to the state highway fund must be used only for qualified federal aid transportation projects that are included in the strategic transportation project investment program of the department of transportation (CDOT) and designated for tier 1 funding as 10-year development program projects on CDOT's development program project list. At least 25% of the TRANs net proceeds must be used for projects in counties with populations of 50,000 or less and at least 10% of the TRANs net proceeds must be used for transit purposes or transit-related capital improvements. Section 7 requires CDOT to include specified information about the state sales and use tax net revenue and TRANs net proceeds in its annual report to the senate transportation committee and the house transportation and energy committee. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)
Status: 5/31/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
News: Colorado lawmakers debate massive transportation funding bill
Colorado House advances transportation compromise
House Democrats propose major changes to transportation bill

SB18-002 Financing Rural Broadband Deployment 
Sponsors: D. Coram (R) | J. Sonnenberg (R) / K. Becker | C. Duran
Short Title: Financing Rural Broadband Deployment
Summary: Section 1 of the bill amends the definition of 'broadband network' to increase the speed of downstream broadband internet service from at least 4 megabits per second to at least 10 megabits per second and the definition of 'unserved area' to refer to areas that are unincorporated, or within a city with a population of fewer than 7,500 inhabitants, and that are not receiving federal broadband support. Section 2 requires the public utilities commission, on January 1, 2019, to allocate 20% of the total amount of high cost support mechanism (HCSM) money that nonrural incumbent local exchange carriers would otherwise receive to the HCSM account dedicated to broadband deployment, and to allocate an additional 20% of the total money that nonrural incumbent local exchange carriers would otherwise receive on January 1 of each subsequent year until, on January 1, 2023, all of the money that nonrural incumbent local exchange carriers would otherwise receive is allocated to the HCSM account dedicated to broadband deployment. Section 2 also removes a requirement that the commission reduce the amount of the HCSM surcharge by a certain percentage of the money transferred from the HCSM to the broadband fund for the deployment of broadband into rural areas. Section 2 requires that the HCSM surcharge amount that existed on January 1, 2019, be maintained as the surcharge amount; except that, on and after July 1, 2023, the commission may reduce the rate to ensure that the amount of money collected by the surcharge does not exceed $25 million per year. Finally, for the period of January 1, 2019, through January 1, 2023, section 2 maintains the amount of support received by rural telecommunications providers for basic service at the level of support they received on January 1, 2016. Section 3 updates language regarding the use of money from the HCSM for broadband deployment grant applications approved by the broadband deployment board (board) to have money transferred directly from the HCSM to approved broadband deployment grant applicants. Section 3 also allows a grant applicant to apply for grants for multiple projects in a single year; however, the broadband deployment board may only award an applicant grants for more than one project if money is available for broadband deployment grants after the first round of broadband deployment grants have been awarded and disbursed in that year. Section 3 also prohibits the department of local affairs from implementing a broadband deployment program or approving a grant application concerning broadband deployment unless the board has determined that the program or application does not involve the same or a duplicate of any projects approved and funded. Section 4 repeals the public utilities commission's functions of administering the high cost support mechanism on September 1, 2024, subject to the department of regulatory agencies' review of the functions through its sunset review process. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)
Status: 4/2/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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SB18-005 Rural Economic Advancement Of Colorado Towns 
Sponsors: K. Donovan (D) | R. Scott (R) / D. Roberts (D)
Short Title: Rural Economic Advancement Of Colorado Towns
Summary: The bill authorizes the executive director of the department of local affairs (executive director) or the executive director's designee to coordinate the provision of nonmonetary resources to assist with job retention or creation in a rural community experiencing a significant economic event, such as a plant closure or layoffs, including industry-wide layoffs, that has a significant, quantifiable impact on jobs within that community. The bill also authorizes the executive director or the executive director's designee to award money to qualifying rural communities experiencing a significant economic event and creates the rural economic advancement of Colorado towns fund (fund), to be administered by the executive director for grant-making purposes over the next 3 years. For the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 state fiscal years, $500,000 is transferred each year from the general fund to the fund and the money in the fund is continuously appropriated to the department of local affairs.
Status: 3/22/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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SB18-007 Affordable Housing Tax Credit 
Sponsors: J. Tate | L. Guzman / C. Duran | J. Becker
Short Title: Affordable Housing Tax Credit
Summary: The bill changes the name of the existing low-income housing tax credit to the affordable housing tax credit. This change is reflected in sections 1 and 3 of the bill. Section 2 extends the period during which the Colorado housing and finance authority may allocate affordable housing tax credits from December 31, 2019, to December 31, 2024.
Status: 5/22/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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SB18-046 Special License Plate Nonprofit Donation 
Sponsors: D. Moreno (D) / D. Michaelson Jenet (D) | F. Winter (D)
Short Title: Special License Plate Nonprofit Donation
Summary: Currently, several statutes require a person to donate to a nonprofit organization to qualify for a special license plate. The fee is sometimes set in statute, and sometimes the fee is limited by statute. The bill authorizes the organization to increase by $10 the minimum donation for the issuance of the plate. Beginning July 1, 2019, this amount may be adjusted annually for inflation.
Status: 3/22/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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SB18-067 Auction Alcohol In Sealed Container Special Events 
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | K. Priola (R) / T. Kraft-Tharp | K. Van Winkle (R)
Short Title: Auction Alcohol In Sealed Container Special Events
Summary: Current law prohibits: A person from selling alcohol beverages at retail in sealed containers unless the person holds a retail liquor store or liquor-licensed drugstore license; A person from removing alcohol beverages from an establishment that is licensed under the 'Colorado Liquor Code' to sell alcohol beverages only for consumption on the licensed premises; and A person licensed to sell alcohol beverages at retail to have on the licensed premises any alcohol beverage that the licensee is not permitted under its license to sell. These prohibitions preclude an organization holding a special event at a premises licensed to sell alcohol beverages for consumption on the licensed premises from bringing alcohol beverages in sealed containers onto the premises in order to auction the alcohol beverages for fundraising purposes. The bill provides exceptions to these prohibitions and specifically allows certain organizations to bring onto and remove from the premises where the event will be held alcohol beverages in sealed containers that were donated to or otherwise lawfully obtained by the organization and will be used for an auction for fundraising purposes as long as the alcohol beverages remain in sealed containers at all times and the licensee does not realize any financial gain related to the alcohol beverage auction. The exceptions are authorized for an organization that is eligible to apply for a special event permit, is exempted from special event permit requirements, or is holding a special event at a retail premises licensed to sell alcohol beverages for on-premises consumption. The retail value of alcohol beverages donated by a retail liquor store, liquor-licensed drugstore, or fermented malt beverage retailer is not included in the calculation of the $2,000 limit on the purchase of alcohol beverages from those retailers by persons licensed to sell alcohol beverages for on-premises consumption. Additionally, neither a retailer that donates alcohol beverages, nor a licensee on whose premises a special event is held, is liable for unlawful acts committed by the organization or other person involving the donated alcohol beverages or on the licensed premises where the event is held. The bill applies to the following types of organizations: An organization formed for a social, fraternal, patriotic, political, or athletic purpose and not for pecuniary gain; An organization that is a regularly chartered branch, lodge, or chapter of a national organization or society organized for social, fraternal, patriotic, political, or fraternal purposes and is nonprofit in nature; An organization that is a regularly established religious or philanthropic institution; An organization that is a state institution of higher education; or A political candidate. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)
Status: 3/1/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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SB18-088 Taxation Of Retail Marijuana Sales 
Sponsors: B. Gardner (R) / K. Becker
Short Title: Taxation Of Retail Marijuana Sales
Summary: Before the enactment of Senate Bill 17-267, the state levied 2 sales taxes on retail marijuana sales: The 2.9% general state sales tax levied pursuant to article 26 of title 39, C.R.S., and the retail marijuana sales tax, a 10% special sales tax levied on retail marijuana sales only pursuant to article 28.8 of title 39, C.R.S. Senate Bill 17-267 increased the total rate of state sales tax levied on retail marijuana sales, as authorized by prior voter approval, by exempting retail marijuana sales from the 2.9% general state sales tax and increasing the rate of the retail marijuana sales tax from 10% to 15%, effective July 1, 2017. Because enabling statutes specify that the regional transportation district (RTD), the scientific and cultural facilities district (SCFD), and health services districts (HSD) may levy sales tax only on transactions upon which the state levies sales tax 'pursuant to the provisions of article 26 of title 29, C.R.S.,' the exemption of retail marijuana sales from the general state sales tax had the unintended consequence of exempting such sales from RTD, SCFD, and HSD sales taxes even though the state continues to levy the retail marijuana sales tax pursuant to article 28.8 of title 39, C.R.S. In addition, other statutes that empower certain special districts and authorities to levy sales taxes only upon transactions upon which the state levies sales tax, but do not specifically reference article 26, are sufficiently ambiguous that they could be interpreted to no longer authorize those special districts to levy sales tax on retail marijuana sales. The bill clarifies that: Retail marijuana sales remain subject to the sales taxes of the RTD, SCFD, and HSD and any other sales taxes that limited purpose governmental entities levied on retail marijuana sales before July 1, 2017; and A special district or other limited purpose governmental entity that was not levying sales tax on retail marijuana before July 1, 2017, may not levy sales tax on retail marijuana sales.
Status: 2/22/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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SB18-104 Federal Funds For Rural Broadband Deployment 
Sponsors: K. Donovan (D) / Y. Willett | B. McLachlan (D)
Short Title: Federal Funds For Rural Broadband Deployment
Summary: The bill requires the broadband deployment board, on or before January 1, 2019, to petition the federal communications commission (FCC) for a waiver from the FCC's rules prohibiting a state entity from applying for federal money earmarked for broadband deployment in remote areas of the nation through the remote areas fund created as part of the connect America fund established by the FCC.
Status: 4/2/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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SB18-134 Public Utilities Commission Deregulate Nonprofit Water Utilities 
Sponsors: J. Cooke (R) / J. Arndt (D)
Short Title: Public Utilities Commission Deregulate Nonprofit Water Utilities
Summary: Under current law, the public utilities commission is directed to grant simplified regulatory treatment to water companies that serve fewer than 1,500 customers. The bill expands on this concept by deregulating water companies that are registered as nonprofits, so long as their rates, charges, and terms and conditions of service are just and reasonable. The commission retains the right to entertain a complaint of unjust or unreasonable rates or practices, and to take remedial action, if the complaint is authorized by specified public officials or other persons. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)
Status: 4/2/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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SB18-141 Income Tax Check-off Nonprofit Donation Fund 
Sponsors: L. Court / J. Wilson | C. Hansen (D)
Short Title: Income Tax Check-off Nonprofit Donation Fund
Summary: Section 1 of the bill creates the donate to a Colorado nonprofit fund (fund) in the state treasury. A voluntary contribution designation line for the fund will appear on the state individual income tax return form when a space becomes available and the fund is next in the queue. If the space for the fund becomes available before January 1, 2020, the bill requires the department of revenue (department) to hold the space for the fund until January 1, 2020, and to include the line thereafter. The line will allow a taxpayer receiving a refund to designate a contribution to an eligible charitable organization (eligible organization) of their choice. The bill requires the secretary of state to provide a list of eligible organizations. To be eligible, an organization must be registered and in good standing with the secretary under the 'Colorado Charitable Solicitations Act' and be a nonprofit that is tax exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the internal revenue code. A charity may request to exclude itself from the list. The department will make the list of eligible organizations available to the public and a taxpayer may choose a single charity from the list to receive the contribution through the fund. Once the fund is placed on the form, the department is directed to determine annually the total amount designated to the fund, and the total amounts designated to each eligible organization, and to report those amounts to the state treasurer and the general assembly. The state treasurer is required to credit the total amount to the fund. The bill requires the general assembly to appropriate from the fund to the department, the secretary of state, and the state treasurer their actual, reasonable costs for implementing the fund. The department is authorized to contract with a private or public entity to administer the fund, but the total fees under the contract for a given year cannot exceed 3% of the total amount credited to the fund for that year. After the appropriations for the administration of the fund are deducted, the state treasurer is required to distribute the contributions to the charities as designated by taxpayers after a reduction proportionate to the amount deducted from the fund for administration. Section 2 excludes the fund from the time limitations and minimum contribution requirements imposed on voluntary contribution funds. It also adds a limitation that a taxpayer cannot contribute to any voluntary contribution fund or combination of voluntary contribution funds in an amount that exceeds the amount of the taxpayer's refund. Section 3 allows the department to share information with a contractor if necessary to implement the fund under a contract and requires the contractor to keep that information confidential subject to a penalty. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)
Status: 5/29/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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SB18-180 Colorado Trust Code 
Sponsors: B. Gardner (R) / C. Wist | M. Gray (D)
Short Title: Colorado Trust Code
Summary: Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws. Under current law, the administration of trusts is generally governed by certain provisions within the probate code. The bill repeals many of these provisions and creates a new Colorado trust code (code) outside the probate code to address trust administration. The new code includes provisions concerning: Judicial proceedings; Representation; Creation, validity, modification, and termination of trusts; Duties and powers of trustees; and Liabilities of trustees and rights of persons dealing with trustees. The bill also makes conforming amendments.
Status: 4/26/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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SB18-276 Increase General Fund Reserve 
Sponsors: K. Lundberg | K. Lambert / M. Hamner | D. Young
Short Title: Increase General Fund Reserve
Summary: Joint Budget Committee. For the fiscal year 2018-19, and each fiscal year thereafter, the bill increases the statutorily required general fund reserve from 6.5% to _% of the amount appropriated for expenditure from the general fund. The bill also repeals the following exceptions from the definition of expenditure that is used to calculate the general fund reserve: Rental and other payments under a lease-purchase agreement for real property included in a separate, operating line item; and Money that the state controller credits from the general fund to the capital construction fund or to the principal of the controlled maintenance trust fund.
Status: 6/1/2018 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 9 2018
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(5) in house calendar.
Position: Monitor
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SCR18-004 Congressional Redistricting 
Sponsors: K. Grantham | S. Fenberg (D) / C. Duran | P. Neville (R)
Short Title: Congressional Redistricting
Summary: The concurrent resolution amends the state constitution to create the independent congressional redistricting commission (commission) and to transfer the general assembly's responsibility to divide the state into congressional districts to the commission. Specifically, the concurrent resolution: Specifies that the commission is appointed after each federal decennial census of the United States; Specifies that the commission consists of 12 members, 4 of whom must be registered with the state's largest political party, 4 of whom must be registered with the state's second largest political party, and 4 of whom must not be registered with any political party; Establishes the qualifications to serve on the commission and the method by which commissioners are appointed; Authorizes the commission to adopt rules and specifies how the commission is staffed, how the commission is funded, how the commission is organized, and sets forth the ethical obligations of the commissioners; Requires the commission to provide the opportunity for public involvement, including multiple hearings, the ability to propose maps, and to testify at commission hearings, and requires hearings to comply with state statutes regarding open meetings; Mandates that paid lobbying of the commission be disclosed to the secretary of state by the lobbyist within 72 hours of when the lobbying occurred or when the payment for lobbying occurred, whichever is earlier; Establishes prioritized factors for the commission to use in drawing districts, including federal requirements, the preservation of communities of interest and political subdivisions, and maximizing the number of competitive districts; Prohibits the commission from approving a map if it has been drawn for the purpose of protecting one or more members of or candidates for congress or a political party, and codifies current federal law and related existing federal requirements prohibiting maps drawn for the purpose of or that results in the denial or abridgement of a person's right to vote or electoral influence on account of a person's race, ethnic origin, or membership in a protected language group; Requires at least 8 of the 12 commissioners, including at least 2 of the commissioners who are not registered with any political party, to approve a redistricting map and specifies the date by which a final map must be approved; Specifies that nonpartisan staff will draft a preliminary redistricting map and up to 3 additional maps, and, in the event of deadlock by the commission, creates a process by which nonpartisan staff submit a final map to the Supreme Court for review based on specified criteria; and Allows for judicial review of a commission approved or nonpartisan staff submitted redistricting map, and limits Supreme Court review to whether the commission or the staff committed an abuse of discretion. (Note: This summary applies to this concurrent resolution as introduced.)
Status: 5/16/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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SCR18-005 Legislative Redistricting 
Sponsors: K. Grantham | S. Fenberg (D) / C. Duran | P. Neville (R)
Short Title: Legislative Redistricting
Summary: The concurrent resolution amends the state constitution to create the independent legislative redistricting commission (commission) to divide the state into state senate and state representative legislative districts. Specifically, the concurrent resolution: Specifies that the commission is appointed after each federal decennial census of the United States; Specifies that the commission consists of 12 members, 4 of whom must be registered with the state's largest political party, 4 of whom must be registered with the state's second largest political party, and 4 of whom must not be registered with any political party; Establishes the qualifications to serve on the commission and the method by which commissioners are appointed; Authorizes the commission to adopt rules and specifies how the commission is staffed, how the commission is funded, how the commission is organized, and sets forth the ethical obligations of the commissioners; Requires the commission to provide the opportunity for public involvement, including multiple hearings, the ability to propose maps, and to testify at commission hearings, and requires hearings to comply with state statutes regarding open meetings; Mandates that paid lobbying of the commission be disclosed to the secretary of state by the lobbyist within 72 hours of when the lobbying occurred or when the payment for lobbying occurred, whichever is earlier; Establishes prioritized factors for the commission to use in drawing districts, including federal requirements, the preservation of communities of interest and political subdivisions, and maximizing the number of competitive districts; Prohibits the commission from approving a map if it has been drawn for the purpose of protecting one or more members of or candidates for state legislative office or a political party, and codifies current federal law and related existing federal requirements prohibiting maps drawn for the purpose of or that results in the denial or abridgement of a person's right to vote or electoral influence on account of a person's race, ethnic origin, or membership in a protected language group; Requires at least 8 of the 12 commissioners, including at least 2 of the commissioners who are not registered with any political party, to approve a redistricting map and specifies the date by which a final map must be approved; Specifies that nonpartisan staff will draft a preliminary redistricting map and up to 3 additional maps, and, in the event of deadlock by the commission, creates a process by which nonpartisan staff submit a final map to the Supreme Court for review based on specified criteria; and Allows for judicial review of a commission approved or nonpartisan staff submitted redistricting map, and limits Supreme Court review to whether the commission or the staff committed an abuse of discretion. (Note: This summary applies to this concurrent resolution as introduced.)
Status: 5/16/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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