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HB19-1004 Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option 
Short Title: Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option
Sponsors: D. Roberts | M. Catlin / K. Donovan
Summary:

The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing and the division of insurance in the department of regulatory agencies (departments) to develop and submit a proposal (proposal) to certain committees of the general assembly concerning the design, costs, benefits, and implementation of a state option for health care coverage. Additionally, the departments shall present a summary of the proposal at the annual joint hearings with the legislative committees of reference during the interim before the 2020 legislative session.

The proposal must contain a detailed analysis of a state option and must identify the most effective implementation of a state option based on affordability to consumers at different income levels, administrative and financial burden to the state, ease of implementation, and likelihood of success in meeting the objectives described in the bill. The proposal must also identify any necessary changes to state law to implement the proposal.

In developing the proposal, the departments shall engage in a stakeholder process that includes public and private health insurance experts, consumers, consumer advocates, employers, providers, and carriers. Further, the departments shall review any information relating to a pilot program operated by the state personnel director as a result of legislation that may be enacted during the 2019 legislative session.

The departments shall prepare and submit any necessary federal waivers or state plan amendments to implement the proposal, unless a bill is filed within the filing deadlines for the 2020 legislative session that substantially alters the federal authorization required for the proposal and the bill is not postponed indefinitely in the first committee.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

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Status: 1/23/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Roberts’ Bipartisan Public Health Care Option Bill Passes Committee
Roberts’ Bipartisan Public Health Care Option Bill Passes Committee
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HB19-1005 Income Tax Credit For Early Childhood Educators 
Short Title: Income Tax Credit For Early Childhood Educators
Sponsors: J. Buckner | J. Wilson / N. Todd | K. Priola
Summary:

The bill provides an income tax credit to eligible early childhood educators who hold an early childhood professional credential and who, for at least 6 months of the taxable year, are either the head of a family child care home or are employed with an eligible early childhood education program or a family child care home. The bill specifies that an early childhood education program must have achieved at least a level 2 quality rating under the Colorado shines quality rating and improvement system and either has fiscal agreements with the Colorado child care assistance program or is a program that meets the federal early head start or head start standards. The amount of the credit is dependent on the eligible early childhood educator's credentialing level and is annually adjusted for inflation.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

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Status: 1/28/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Here’s a look at the first education bills to hit the Colorado legislature
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HB19-1025 Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries 
Short Title: Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries
Sponsors: J. Melton | L. Herod
Summary:

The bill prohibits employers 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
  • Inquiring about an applicant's criminal history on an initial application.

An employer may obtain a job applicant's criminal history at any time.

An employer is exempt from the restrictions on advertising and initial employment applications when:

  • The law prohibits a person who has a particular criminal history from being employed in a particular job;
  • The employer is participating in a program to encourage employment of people with criminal histories; or
  • The employer is required by law to conduct a criminal history record check for the particular position.

The department of labor and employment is charged with enforcing the requirements of the bill and may issue warnings and orders of compliance for violations and, for second or subsequent violations, impose civil penalties. A violation of the restrictions does not create a private cause of action, and the bill does not create a protected class under employment anti-discrimination laws. The department is directed to adopt rules regarding procedures for handling complaints against employers.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

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Status: 1/29/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
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Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: ‘Ban the Box’ bill would make it harder for employers to discriminate against people with criminal records
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HB19-1075 Tax Credit Employer-assisted Housing Pilot Program 
Short Title: Tax Credit Employer-assisted Housing Pilot Program
Sponsors: J. Wilson
Summary:

As a pilot program to promote employer-assisted housing projects in rural areas, for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2019, but prior to January 1, 2023, the bill creates a state income tax credit for a donation a taxpayer makes to a sponsor that is used solely for the costs associated with employer-assisted affordable housing in a rural area. The bill defines "sponsor" to mean the Colorado housing and finance authority, a housing authority operated by a county or municipality, a nonprofit corporation that has been designated as a community development corporation under the federal tax code, or an international, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization whose mission is concentrated on constructing affordable housing.

The amount of the credit allowed by the bill is 20% of the approved donation amount; except that the aggregate amount of the credit awarded to any one taxpayer is limited to $400 in any one income tax year.

The bill contains additional requirements pertaining to the manner in which the taxpayer submits information to receive the tax credit. The bill also requires periodic reporting of information on the use of the tax credit.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

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Status: 2/7/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB19-1096 Colorado Right To Rest 
Short Title: Colorado Right To Rest
Sponsors: J. Melton
Summary:

The bill creates the "Colorado Right to Rest Act", which establishes basic rights for people experiencing homelessness, including but not limited to the right to rest in public spaces, to shelter themselves from the elements, 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 their property.

The bill prohibits discrimination based on housing status.

The bill creates an exemption of the basic right to rest for people experiencing homelessness for any county, city, municipality, or subdivision that can demonstrate that, for 3 consecutive months, the waiting lists for all local public housing authorities contain fewer than 50 people.

The bill allows the general assembly to appropriate money from the marijuana tax cash fund to the department of local affairs for the purpose of enabling governmental entities that do not meet the exemption requirement to reduce the housing waiting lists to fewer than 50 people for at least 6 months per year.

The bill allows any person whose rights have been violated to seek enforcement in a civil action.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

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Status: 1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
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Calendar Notification: Tuesday, February 26 2019
Transportation & Local Government
Upon Adjournment Room 0112
(1) in house calendar.
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HB19-1107 Employment Support Job Retention Services Program 
Short Title: Employment Support Job Retention Services Program
Sponsors: J. Coleman / R. Fields | K. Priola
Summary:

The bill creates the employment support and job retention services program (program) within the division of employment and training (division) in the department of labor and employment (department) to provide emergency employment support and job retention services to eligible individuals in the state. The bill requires the director of the division (director) to contract with an entity to administer the program to provide reimbursement for employment support and job retention services provided to eligible individuals statewide. In order to be eligible for services for which a service provider may be reimbursed under the program, an individual must be 16 years of age or older, be eligible to work in the United States, have a household income that is at or below the federal poverty line, and be underemployed or unemployed and actively involved in employment preparation, job training, employment pursuit, or job retention activities. The director is required to establish procedures and guidelines to implement and set parameters for the operation of the program.

The general assembly is required to appropriate money annually to the employment support and job retention services cash fund created in the bill for allocation to the division to implement and operate the program. The department is authorized to accept gifts, grants, and donations for the implementation and operation of the program. The program is repealed, effective September 30, 2022.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

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Status: 1/30/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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SB19-035 DOR Department Of Revenue Enforcement Measures Collection Of Tax Owed 
Short Title: DOR Department Of Revenue Enforcement Measures Collection Of Tax Owed
Sponsors: L. Court / A. Benavidez
Summary:

The bill specifies that the period of time wherein a tax must be assessed is extended in the case of a taxpayer whose assets are in the control or custody of a court or in the case of a taxpayer who has filed bankruptcy proceedings.

The bill also provides clarifications regarding:

  • The department of revenue's authorization to sell a delinquent taxpayer's motor vehicle;
  • Other remedies that a district court has available in the case of a delinquent taxpayer; and
  • When property or rights to property must be surrendered to the executive director of the department of revenue and what the penalties are for failing to surrender such property.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

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Floor Votes: 01/28/2019 - Senate Floor Vote for SB19-035
  BridgesY   CookeY   CoramE   CourtY
  CrowderY   DanielsonY   DonovanY   FenbergY
  FieldsY   FooteY   GardnerY   GinalY
  GonzalesY   HillN   HiseyY   HolbertE
  LeeY   LundeenY   MarbleN   MorenoY
  PettersenY   PresidentY   PriolaY   RankinY
  RodriguezY   ScottN   SmallwoodY   SonnenbergN
  StoryY   TateY   ToddY   Williams A.Y
  WinterY   WoodwardY   ZenzingerE


Status: 2/11/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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SB19-067 Rural Development Grant Program Creation 
Short Title: Rural Development Grant Program Creation
Sponsors: D. Coram / B. McLachlan | J. Arndt
Summary:

The bill creates the rural development grant program to be administered by the Colorado office of economic development. The grants are to be awarded to early stage rural businesses that are primary employers in a rural area with the potential to export goods or services outside of the rural area. The businesses must be at the seed stage of capital financing, have raised less than five hundred thousand dollars of third-party capital, and are able to provide nonstate matching funding equal to at least one-third of the grant award. The grants may be used for developing prototypes, proof of business concepts, or proof of business models. The grants are funded from the general fund and are limited to no more than $150,000 per early stage rural business per year.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

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Status: 2/12/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
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SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act 
Short Title: Equal Pay For Equal Work Act
Sponsors: J. Danielson | B. Pettersen / J. Buckner | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez
Summary:

The bill removes the authority of the director of the division of labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment (director) to enforce wage discrimination complaints based on an employee's sex and instead permits an aggrieved person to bring a civil action in district court to pursue remedies specified in the bill.

The bill allows exceptions to the prohibition against a wage differential based on sex if the employer demonstrates that a wage differential is based upon one or more factors, including:

  • A seniority system;
  • A merit system; or
  • A system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production.

The bill prohibits an employer from:

  • Seeking the wage rate history of a prospective employee;
  • Relying on a prior wage rate to determine a wage rate;
  • Discriminating or retaliating against a prospective employee for failing to disclose the employee's wage rate history; and
  • Discharging or retaliating against an employee for actions by an employee asserting the rights established by the bill against an employer.

The bill requires an employer to announce to all employees employment advancement opportunities and job openings and the pay range for the openings. The director is authorized to enforce actions against an employer concerning transparency in pay and employment opportunities, including fines of between $500 and $10,000 per violation.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

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Status: 1/17/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
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Calendar Notification: Wednesday, February 20 2019
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 352
(1) in senate calendar.
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