HB19-1004 Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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 description 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 the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
1/23/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/28/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/1/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/4/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/7/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/13/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1013 Child Care Expenses Tax Credit Low-income Families 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Child Care Expenses Tax Credit Low-income Families
Sponsors: T. Exum / B. Pettersen
Summary:

For income tax years prior to January 1, 2021, a resident individual who has a federal adjusted gross income of $25,000 or less may claim a refundable state income tax credit for child care expenses for the care of a dependent who is less than 13 years old. The tax credit is equal to 25% of eligible child care expenses that the individual incurred during the taxable year, up to a maximum amount of $500 for a single dependent or $1,000 for 2 or more dependents. The bill makes the tax credit permanent.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
1/24/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1025 Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries
Sponsors: J. Melton | L. Herod / M. Foote | R. Rodriguez
Summary:

Effective September 1, 2019, for employers with 11 or more employees, and effective September 1, 2021, for all employers, 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 publicly available criminal background report 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 the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
1/29/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/22/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/26/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/28/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/1/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/18/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1032 Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education
Sponsors: S. Lontine | Y. Caraveo / N. Todd | D. Coram
Summary:

The bill moves provisions of the statutory legislative declaration to a nonstatutory legislative declaration.

The bill clarifies content requirements for public schools that offer comprehensive human sexuality education and prohibits instruction from explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or sectarian tenets or doctrines, using shame-based or stigmatizing language or instructional tools, employing gender norms or gender stereotypes, or excluding the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals.

Current law provides for a comprehensive human sexuality education grant program. The bill amends certain provisions of the grant program to:

  • Require the department of public health and environment to submit an annual report concerning the outcomes of the grant program indefinitely;
  • Add 8 representatives to the oversight entity and require membership of the oversight entity to be comprised of at least 7 members who are members of groups of people who have been or might be discriminated against;
  • Require grant applicants to demonstrate a need for money to implement comprehensive human sexuality education; and
  • Require that rural public schools or public schools that do not currently offer comprehensive human sexuality education receive priority when selecting grant applicants.

The bill provides a general appropriation of at least $1 million annually for the grant program.

The bill prohibits the state board of education from waiving the content requirements for any public school that provides comprehensive human sexuality education.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
1/30/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/12/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/14/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/15/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/19/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/21/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/28/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1039 Identity Documents For Transgender Persons 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Identity Documents For Transgender Persons
Sponsors: D. Esgar / D. Moreno
Summary:

Under current law, a person born in Colorado who seeks a new birth certificate from the registrar of vital statistics (state registrar) to reflect a change in gender designation must obtain a court order indicating that the sex of the person has been changed by surgical procedure and ordering that the gender designation on the birth certificate be amended, and the person must obtain a court order with a legal name change. The bill repeals that provision and creates new requirements for the issuance of birth certificates in cases of changes to gender designation or for an intersex individual.

The bill requires that the state registrar issue a new birth certificate rather than an amended birth certificate. The bill allows a person who has previously obtained an amended birth certificate under previous versions of the law to apply to receive a new birth certificate. A person is not required to obtain a court order for a legal name change in order to obtain a new birth certificate with a change in gender designation.

The bill gives the courts in this state jurisdiction to issue a decree to amend a birth certificate to reflect a change in gender designation for persons born in another state or foreign jurisdiction if the law of such other state or foreign jurisdiction requires a court decree in order to amend a birth certificate to reflect a change in gender designation.

The bill requires the department of revenue to issue a new driver's license or identity document to a person who has a gender different from the sex denoted on that person's driver's license or identity document after certain documents are submitted.

The bill exempts transgender persons from having to submit a public notice of name change.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
2/6/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/11/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/14/2019 - No Amendments
2/14/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/15/2019 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
2/15/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/19/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/13/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1051 Colorado Department of Public Safety HumanTrafficking-related Training 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Colorado Department of Public Safety HumanTrafficking-related Training
Sponsors: T. Carver | B. McLachlan / B. Gardner | J. Ginal
Summary:

The bill requires the division of criminal justice to provide human trafficking training to law enforcement agencies and entities that provide services to human trafficking victims. The training may include:

  • Train-the-trainer programs;
  • Direct trainings; and
  • Online training programs.

The training may be provided to law enforcement agencies, organizations that provide direct services to human trafficking victims, school personnel and parents or guardians of students, and any other organization, agency, or group that would benefit from such training. The training must be developed in consultation with the Colorado human trafficking council. When considering requests for training, the division should give priority to requests from areas of the state that have limited access to training resources. Beginning in 2020, the council's annual human trafficking report must include an update on the training provided.

The bill requires the Colorado school safety resource center to include awareness and prevention of human trafficking in the materials and training that it provides.


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

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
1/17/2019 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1056 Election Day Holiday In Place Of Columbus Day 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Election Day Holiday In Place Of Columbus Day
Sponsors: A. Benavidez / J. Gonzales
Summary:

The bill establishes election day as a state legal holiday in place of Columbus day. "Election day" is defined to fall on the day of a general election in even-numbered years and the day on which ballot issues must be decided under the state constitution in odd-numbered years.


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

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs + Appropriations
1/31/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
2/21/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1058 Income Tax Benefits For Family Leave 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Income Tax Benefits For Family Leave
Sponsors: L. Landgraf | S. Beckman / K. Priola
Summary:

Section 2 of the bill establishes leave savings accounts. A leave savings account is an account with a financial institution for which the individual uses money to pay for any expense while he or she is on eligible leave, which includes:

  • The birth of a child of the individual and in order to care for the child;
  • The placement of a child with the individual for adoption or foster care;
  • Caring for a spouse, child, or parent of the individual if the spouse, child, or parent has a serious health condition;
  • A serious health condition that makes the individual unable to perform the functions of the position of the individual; or
  • Any qualifying exigency, as determined by the United States secretary of labor, arising out of the fact that a spouse, child, or parent of the individual is on covered active duty, or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty, in the United States armed forces.

An individual may annually contribute up to $5,000 of state pretax wages to a leave savings account. Employers may also make a matching contribution to an employee's leave savings account. The department of revenue is required to establish a form about a leave savings account, and the individual must annually file this form to be eligible for the tax benefit.

Sections 3 and 4 allow an employee and an employer to claim a state income tax deduction for amounts they contribute to the employee's leave savings account. Section 3 also allows a taxpayer to deduct any interest or other income earned on the investment during the taxable year from their leave savings account.

Regardless of how the money is deposited in the leave savings account, if an individual uses money in the account for an unauthorized purpose, then the money is subject to recapture in the year it is withdrawn and to a penalty equal to 10% of the amount recaptured.

Section 5 creates an income tax credit for an employer that pays an employee for leave that is between 6 and 12 weeks long for one of the following reasons:

  • The birth of a child of the employee and in order to care for the child;
  • Placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care;
  • Caring for a spouse, child, or parent of the employee if the spouse, child, or parent has a serious health condition;
  • A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the functions of the position of the employee; or
  • Any qualifying exigency, as determined by the United States secretary of labor, arising out of the fact that a spouse, child, or parent of the employee is on covered active duty, or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty, in the United States armed forces.

For employers with fewer than 50 employees, the credit is equal to 50% of the amount paid, and for employers with 50 or more employees it is equal to 25% of the amount paid. The credit is not refundable, but it may be carried forward up to 5 years.


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

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
1/31/2019 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1081 Respondent Rights Discrimination Complaints 
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Respondent Rights Discrimination Complaints
Sponsors: D. Williams
Summary:

With regard to employment, housing, public accommodations, and advertising discrimination complaints investigated by the civil rights division in the department of regulatory agencies and, in some cases, heard or pursued by the Colorado civil rights commission, the bill specifies that:

  • The respondent has a right to request representation by a public defender, regardless of indigent status or the lack of an arrest for or charge of a crime, at any point in the administrative process when the respondent is requested or required to participate;
  • The respondent may request to move the matter to a court of competent jurisdiction if the respondent asserts that the respondent engaged in the alleged discriminatory conduct on the basis of first amendment rights; and
  • If the respondent obtains a favorable decision after all appeals are exhausted or if the United States supreme court rules in favor of the respondent, the commission must pay the respondent's attorney fees and costs and lost business income, retroactive to appeals or actions for judicial review filed on or after December 1, 2013.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/11/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/29/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1085 Grants For Property Tax Rent And Heat 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Grants For Property Tax Rent And Heat
Sponsors: T. Exum / R. Zenzinger
Summary:

A low-income senior or individual with a disability is currently eligible for 2 types of annual state assistance grants administered by the department of revenue related to his or her property: A grant for their property taxes or rent paid, with the latter being deemed a tax-equivalent payment (property tax and rent assistance grant), and a grant for heat or fuel expenses (heat assistance grant). Together these are commonly known as the "PTC" rebate.

The bill expands the property tax and rent assistance grant by repealing the requirement that rent must be paid to a landlord that pays property tax. For grants claimed for 2019, the bill also increases the grant amounts as follows:

  • The maximum property tax and rent assistance grant is increased from $700 to $850;
  • The maximum heat assistance grant is increased from $192 to $250; and
  • The flat grant amount, which is the minimum grant amount, is increased from $227 to $275 for the property tax and rent assistance grant and from $73 to $100 for the heat assistance grant, assuming that the actual expenses exceed these amounts.

All of these amounts will continue to be adjusted annually for inflation.

For grants claimed for 2019, the maximum eligible income amounts for claiming the PTC rebates and the phase-out amounts, which are the income levels at which a person's maximum grant begins to decrease, are increased from the estimated inflation-adjusted amounts as follows:

  • For an individual, the maximum eligible income amount to qualify for either type of grant is increased from $14,469 to $17,500 and the phase-out amount is increased from $7,780 to $9,500; and
  • For spouses, the maximum eligible income amount to qualify for either type of grant is increased from $19,541 to $23,500 and the phase-out amount is increased from $12,576 to $15,500.

All of these amounts will also continue to be adjusted for inflation in the future.

Obsolete provisions relating to grants claimed for past years are repealed and other provisions relating to grants prior to 2019 are repealed after they become obsolete in the future.


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

Status: 1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
1/28/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1096 Colorado Right To Rest 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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.)

Status: 1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
2/26/2019 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1103 Protect Human Life At Conception 
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Protect Human Life At Conception
Sponsors: S. Humphrey | L. Saine
Summary:

The bill prohibits terminating the life of an unborn child and makes a violation a class 1 felony. The following are exceptions to the prohibition:

  • A licensed physician performs a medical procedure designed or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant mother, if the physician makes reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner consistent with conventional medical practice; and
  • A licensed physician provides medical treatment, including chemotherapy or removal of an ectopic pregnancy, to the mother that results in the accidental or unintentional injury to or death of the unborn child.

The pregnant mother upon whom termination of the life of an unborn child is performed or attempted is not subject to a criminal penalty. The sale and use of contraception is not prohibited by the bill. A conviction related to the prohibition of the termination of the life of an unborn child constitutes unprofessional conduct for purposes of physician licensing.


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

Status: 1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
2/13/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1107 Employment Support Job Retention Services Program 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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.)

Status: 1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Appropriations
1/14/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor + Appropriations
1/30/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1111 Training Requirement For Colorado Civil Rights Commission 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Training Requirement For Colorado Civil Rights Commission
Sponsors: M. Baisley
Summary:

The bill requires the attorney general, or his or her designee, to organize and provide a training of at least one hour, which all Colorado civil rights commission members are required to attend, regarding the state's obligation of religious neutrality and consistency when considering claims that involve freedom of speech or free exercise of religion under the first amendment of the United States constitution.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/15/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/29/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1118 Time Period To Cure Lease Violation 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Time Period To Cure Lease Violation
Sponsors: D. Jackson | R. Galindo / A. Williams
Summary:

Current law requires a landlord to provide a tenant 3 days to cure a violation for unpaid rent or any other condition or covenant of a lease agreement, other than a substantial violation, before the landlord can initiate eviction proceedings based on that unpaid rent or other violation. Current law also requires 3 days' notice prior to a tenancy being terminated for a subsequent violation of a condition or covenant of a lease agreement.

The bill requires a landlord, except for a landlord pursuant to a nonresidential agreement or an employer-provided housing agreement, to provide a tenant 10 days to cure a violation for unpaid rent or for a first violation of any other condition or covenant of a lease agreement, other than a substantial violation, before the landlord can initiate eviction proceedings. The bill requires 10 days' notice prior to the landlord terminating a lease agreement for a subsequent violation of the same condition or covenant of the agreement. For a nonresidential agreement or an employer-provided housing agreement, three days' notice is required to cure a violation for unpaid rent or for a first violation of any other condition or covenant of a lease agreement, or to terminate a lease for a subsequent violation of the same condition or covenant.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to
2/13/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Transportation & Local Government
2/27/2019 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/5/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/11/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/12/2019 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/15/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/19/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1120 Youth Mental Health Education And Suicide Prevention 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Youth Mental Health Education And Suicide Prevention
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet | D. Roberts / S. Fenberg | D. Coram
Summary:

The bill allows a minor 12 years of age or older to seek and obtain psychotherapy services with or without the consent of the minor's parent or guardian. A registered psychotherapist or licensed social worker providing psychotherapy services to a minor may, with the consent of the minor, advise the minor's parent or legal guardian of the psychotherapy services provided.

The bill requires the department of education, in consultation with the office of suicide prevention (office), the youth advisory council, and the suicide prevention commission, to create and maintain a mental health education literacy resource bank. The resource bank is available to the public free of charge.

The bill requires the state board of education to adopt standards related to mental health, including suicide prevention.


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

Status: 1/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Appropriations
2/20/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
3/1/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1124 Protect Colorado Residents From Federal Government Overreach 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Protect Colorado Residents From Federal Government Overreach
Sponsors: A. Benavidez
Summary:

The bill prohibits a department, agency, board, commission, or officer or employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state from using public funds or resources to assist in the enforcement of federal civil immigration laws. The bill allows a state employee or employee of a political subdivision of the state to cooperate or assist federal immigration enforcement authorities in the execution of a warrant issued by a federal judge or magistrate or honoring any writ issued by any state or federal judge concerning the transfer of a prisoner to or from federal custody.

The bill prohibits the state or a political subdivision of the state from entering into any contractual agreement that would require an employee to directly or indirectly assist in the enforcement of federal civil immigration laws.

The bill prohibits federal immigration authorities access to the secure areas of any city or county jail or other law enforcement facility for the purpose of conducting investigative interviews or for any other purpose related to the enforcement of federal civil immigration laws unless federal immigration authorities present a warrant issued by a federal judge or magistrate.

The bill prohibits a law enforcement officer from arresting or detaining an individual solely on the basis of a civil immigration detainer.


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

Status: 1/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government + Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1129 Prohibit Conversion Therapy for A Minor 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Thursday, March 21 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS (CONTINUED)
(3) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Prohibit Conversion Therapy for A Minor
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet | D. Esgar / S. Fenberg
Summary:

The bill prohibits a licensed physician specializing in psychiatry or a licensed, certified, or registered mental health care provider from engaging in conversion therapy with a patient under 18 years of age. A licensee who engages in these practices is subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate licensing board. The bill also makes the advertising or practice of conversion therapy by a physician or mental health care provider a deceptive trade practice under the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act". "Conversion therapy" means efforts to change an individual's sexual orientation, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attraction or feelings toward individuals of the same sex.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/25/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
2/13/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/15/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/19/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/20/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/18/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1140 Live And Let Live Act 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Live And Let Live Act
Sponsors: S. Humphrey / V. Marble
Summary:

The bill establishes the "Live and Let Live Act" in Colorado.


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

Status: 1/28/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/12/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1150 Recreate Consumer Insurance Council 
Position:
Calendar Notification: Friday, March 29 2019
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
7:30 AM LSB-B
(4) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Recreate Consumer Insurance Council
Sponsors: B. Titone / J. Danielson
Summary:

The consumer insurance council, which was an advisory body appointed by the commissioner of insurance to provide advice to the commissioner on insurance matters of interest to the public, was created in 2008 and sunsetted on July 1, 2018.

The bill recreates and reenacts the consumer insurance council and its duties and responsibilities, as they existed on June 30, 2018, with the following modifications:

  • The council's authority to issue annual consumers' choice awards to health insurers is not reenacted;
  • The council is to consist of at least 6 members and not more than 15 members, consumers not engaged in the insurance industry may serve on the council, the council is to reflect the state's demographic diversity in addition to geographic diversity but need not include representation from each congressional district in the state, and the commissioner is to timely appoint members to the council;
  • Members are to be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in traveling to and from council meetings, including any required dependent care and dependent or attendant travel, food, and lodging expenses;
  • The council is to meet quarterly and may request to meet up to 4 more times per year; and
  • The council is authorized to submit recommendations to the commissioner, and the commissioner is required to timely respond to council recommendations.

The council is scheduled for sunset review and repeal on September 1, 2029.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/29/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
2/13/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/28/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/1/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/5/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/6/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/7/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/13/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1164 Child Tax Credit 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Child Tax Credit
Sponsors: J. Singer / R. Zenzinger | K. Priola
Summary:

In 2013, the general assembly created a child tax credit against state income taxes for a resident individual. But the credit, which is a percentage of the federal child tax credit based on the taxpayer's income, is only allowed after the United States congress enacts a version of the "Marketplace Fairness Act".

The bill repeals the contingent start of the tax credit and instead allows the credit to be claimed for any income tax year beginning with the 2019 income tax year.


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

Status: 1/30/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
2/25/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1170 Residential Tenants Health And Safety Act 
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, March 21 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(2) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Residential Tenants Health And Safety Act
Sponsors: D. Jackson | M. Weissman / A. Williams | J. Bridges
Summary:

Under current law, a warranty of habitability (warranty) is implied in every rental agreement for a residential premises, and a landlord commits a breach of the warranty (breach) if:

  • The residential premises is uninhabitable or otherwise unfit for human habitation;
  • The residential premises is in a condition that is materially dangerous or hazardous to the tenant's life, health, or safety; and
  • The landlord has received written notice of the condition and failed to cure the problem within a reasonable time.

The bill states that a landlord breaches the warranty if a residential premises is:

  • Uninhabitable or otherwise unfit for human habitation or in a condition that is materially dangerous or hazardous to the tenant's life, health, or safety; and
  • The landlord has received reasonably complete written or electronic notice of the condition and failed to commence remedial action by employing reasonable efforts within:
  • 24 hours, where the condition is materially dangerous or hazardous to the tenant's life, health, or safety; or
  • 72 hours, where the premises is uninhabitable or otherwise unfit for human habitation.

Current law provides a list of conditions that render a residential premises uninhabitable. To this list, the bill adds 2 conditions; specifically, a residential premises is uninhabitable if:

  • The premises lacks functioning appliances that conformed to applicable law at the time of installation and that are maintained in good working order; or
  • There is mold that is associated with dampness, or there is any other condition causing the premises to be damp, which condition, if not remedied, would materially interfere with the health or safety of the tenant.

The bill grants to county courts jurisdiction to provide injunctive relief related to a breach.

Current law requires a tenant to serve written notice upon a landlord before the landlord may be held liable for a breach. The bill expands the acceptable form of such notice to include electronic notice.

The bill also:

  • States that if a tenant gives a landlord notice of a condition that is imminently hazardous to life, health, or safety the landlord, at the request of the tenant, shall move the tenant to a comparable dwelling unit, as selected by the landlord, at no expense or cost to the tenant, or to a hotel room, as selected by the landlord, at no expense or cost to the tenant.
  • Allows a tenant who satisfies certain conditions to deduct from one or more rent payments the cost to repair or remedy a condition causing a breach;
  • Repeals the requirement that a tenant notify a local government before seeking an injunction for a breach;
  • Repeals provisions that allow a rental agreement to require a tenant to assume certain responsibilities concerning conditions and characteristics of a premises;
  • Creates an exception for single-family residence premises for which a landlord does not receive a subsidy from any governmental source, by which exception a landlord and tenant may agree in writing that the tenant is to perform specific repairs, maintenance tasks, alterations, and remodeling, subject to certain requirements:
  • Prohibits a landlord from retaliating against a tenant in response to the tenant having made a good-faith complaint to the landlord or to a governmental agency alleging a condition that renders the premises uninhabitable or any condition that materially interferes with the health or safety of the tenant; and
  • Repeals certain presumptions and specifies monetary damages that may be available to a tenant against whom a landlord retaliates.

The bill states that if the same condition that substantially caused a breach recurs within 6 months after the condition is repaired or remedied, other than a condition that merely involves a nonfunctioning appliance, the tenant may terminate the rental agreement 14 days after providing the landlord written or electronic notice of the tenant's intent to do so. In the case of a condition that merely involves a nonfunctioning appliance, if the landlord remedies the condition within 14 days after receiving the notice, the tenant may not terminate the rental agreement.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 2/5/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
2/15/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/20/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/22/2019 - No Amendments
2/22/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/25/2019 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/26/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/27/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
3/14/2019 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/19/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1189 Wage Garnishment Reform 
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 1 2019
Finance
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(3) in house calendar.
Short Title: Wage Garnishment Reform
Sponsors: M. Gray | A. Valdez / J. Bridges
Summary:

Under current law, the amount of an individual's disposable earnings subject to garnishment is either 25% of the individual's disposable earnings for a week or the amount an individual's disposable earnings for a week exceed 30 times the state or federal minimum wage, whichever is less. The bill changes the amount subject to garnishment from 25% to 15% of the individual's disposable weekly earnings and from 30 times to 50 times the amount an individual's disposable earnings for a week exceed the state or federal minimum wage. Currently, the cost of court-ordered health insurance for a child provided by an individual is deducted from the individual's disposable earnings subject to garnishment. The bill also deducts from an individual's disposable earnings subject to garnishment the cost of any health insurance that is provided by the individual's employer and voluntarily withheld from the individual's earnings.

The bill creates an exemption that would permit individuals to prove that the amount of their pay subject to garnishment should be further reduced or eliminated altogether if the individual can establish that such reductions are necessary to support the individual or the individual's family. The bill also requires clearer and more timely notice to an individual whose wages are being garnished and gives the individual more time after receiving the notice before garnishment starts.


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

Status: 2/19/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

HB19-1257 Voter Approval To Retain Revenue For Ed & Transp 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Voter Approval To Retain Revenue For Ed & Transp
Sponsors: K. Becker | J. McCluskie / L. Court | K. Priola
Summary:

Beginning with the 2018-19 fiscal year, the bill authorizes the state to annually retain and spend all state revenues in excess of the constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending that the state would otherwise be required to refund. The bill is a referendum that will be submitted to the voters at the statewide election held on November 5, 2019, and approval of the ballot title at the election constitutes a voter-approved revenue change to the constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending.

If approved, an amount of money equal to the state revenues retained under this measure is designated as part of the general fund exempt account. The general assembly is required to appropriate or the state treasurer is required to transfer this money to provide funding for:

  • Public schools;
  • Higher education; and
  • Roads, bridges, and transit.

Legislative council staff will be required to specify this retained amount and its associated uses in an annual report that it currently prepares related to revenue retained and spent under referendum C. In addition, the state auditor is required to contract with a private entity to annually conduct a financial audit regarding the use of the money that the state retains and spends under this measure.


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

Status: 3/20/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal note currently unavailable

HB19-1258 Allocate Voter-approved Revenue For Education & Transportation 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Allocate Voter-approved Revenue For Education & Transportation
Sponsors: K. Becker | J. McCluskie / L. Court | K. Priola
Summary:

The bill is contingent on voters approving a related referred measure to annually retain and spend state revenues in excess of the constitutional spending limit. If the measure passes, in years when the state retains and spends revenue under the authority of the measure there will be additional revenue in the general fund exempt account (account). Section 1 of the bill requires 1/3 of this money in the account to be allocated to each of the purposes approved by voters, which are:

  • Public schools;
  • Higher education; and
  • Roads, bridges, and transit.

The general assembly is required to appropriate the money for public schools and higher education for the state fiscal year after the state retains the revenue under the authority of the voter-approved revenue change, with an exception for the state fiscal year 2018-19. The money appropriated for public schools must be distributed on a per pupil basis and used by public schools only for nonrecurring expenses for the purpose of improving classrooms, and it may not be used as part of a district reserve.

The state treasurer is required to transfer the remaining 1/3 of the money to the highway users tax fund (HUTF) after the state treasurer receives a report certifying the state's TABOR revenues (report). Section 3 clarifies that the report must include the money that the state keeps and spends as a result of the 2019 measure, and that this amount must be reported separately from the referendum C money in the account.

Under section 4 the money the state treasurer transfers to the HUTF is allocated 60% to the state highway fund, 22% to counties, and 18% to cities and incorporated towns. Under section 5 no more than 90% of the money allocated to the state highway fund may be expended for highway purposes or highway-related capital improvements and at least 10% must be expended for transit purposes or for transit-related capital improvements.

Section 2 includes a conforming amendment to ensure that the allocation for the referendum C money does not apply to any new revenue in the account as a result of the 2019 voter approval.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/20/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal note currently unavailable

SB19-002 Regulate Student Education Loan Servicers 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Thursday, March 21 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(3) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Regulate Student Education Loan Servicers
Sponsors: F. Winter | S. Fenberg
Summary:

The bill requires an entity that services a student education loan to be licensed by the administrator of the "Uniform Consumer Credit Code". "Servicing" means receiving a scheduled periodic payment from a student loan borrower, applying the payments of principal and interest with respect to the amounts received from a student loan borrower, and similar administrative services. The bill also creates a student loan ombudsperson to provide timely assistance to student loan borrowers.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
2/7/2019 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Finance
2/26/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/19/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

SB19-004 Address High-cost Health Insurance Pilot Program 
Position:
Calendar Notification: Friday, March 29 2019
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
7:30 AM LSB-B
(5) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Address High-cost Health Insurance Pilot Program
Sponsors: K. Donovan / D. Roberts
Summary:

Sections 1 and 2 of the bill authorize the state personnel director to explore the feasibility of offering and, if feasible, to develop and implement a one-year pilot program in a limited geographic region of the state affected by high health insurance premiums to provide access to individuals in that region to participate in the group medical benefit plans offered to state employees. The pilot program would be available:

  • In the portions of Eagle and Garfield counties that are within the service area of the state group benefit plans;
  • To a limited number of individuals whose household income is more than 400 % but not more than 500 % of the federal poverty line; and
  • In the 2019-20 benefit plan year.

Section 2 outlines the factors for the state personnel director to consider in determining the feasibility of the pilot program.

Sections 3 through 15 modernize laws authorizing health care cooperatives in the state to incorporate consumer protections such as coverage for preexisting conditions and to encourage consumers to help control health care costs by negotiating rates on a collective basis directly with providers.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/13/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

SB19-005 Import Prescription Drugs From Canada 
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, March 21 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS (CONTINUED)
(1) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Import Prescription Drugs From Canada
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez | J. Ginal / S. Jaquez Lewis
Summary:

The bill creates the "Colorado Wholesale Importation of Prescription Drugs Act", under which the department of health care policy and financing (department) shall design a program to import prescription pharmaceutical products from Canada for sale to Colorado consumers. The program design must ensure both drug safety and cost savings for Colorado consumers. The department shall submit the program design to the secretary of the United States department of health and human services and request the secretary's approval of the program, as required by federal law, to import Canadian pharmaceutical products.

If the secretary approves the program, the department shall implement the program. The department shall adopt a funding mechanism to cover the program's administrative costs, and the department shall annually report on the program to the general assembly.


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

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
1/31/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/19/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

SB19-008 Substance Use Disorder Treatment In Criminal Justice System 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Substance Use Disorder Treatment In Criminal Justice System
Sponsors: K. Priola | B. Pettersen / C. Kennedy | J. Singer
Summary:

Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Study Committee. Section 1 of the bill requires the Colorado commission on criminal and juvenile justice to study and make recommendations concerning:

  • Alternatives to filing criminal charges against individuals with substance use disorders who have been arrested for drug-related offenses;
  • Best practices for investigating unlawful opioid distribution in Colorado; and
  • A process for automatically sealing criminal records for drug offense convictions.

Section 2 of the bill requires the department of corrections (DOC) to allow medication-assisted treatment to be provided to persons who were receiving treatment in a local jail prior to being transferred to the custody of the DOC. The DOC may enter into agreements with community agencies and organizations to assist in the development and administration of medication-assisted treatment.

Section 3 of the bill contains a legislative declaration that the substance abuse trend and response task force should formulate a response to current and emerging substance abuse problems from the criminal justice, prevention, and treatment sectors that includes the use of drop-off treatment services, mobile and walk-in crisis centers, and withdrawal management programs as an alternative to entry into the criminal justice system for offenders of low-level drug offenses.

Section 4 of the bill directs the department of health care policy and financing to seek federal authorization under the Medicaid program for treatment of substance use disorders for persons confined in jails.

Section 5 of the bill creates a simplified process for sealing convictions for level 4 drug felonies, all drug misdemeanors, and any offense committed prior to October 1, 2013, that would have been a level 4 drug felony or drug misdemeanor if committed on or after October 1, 2013. A defendant may file a motion to seal records 3 years or more after final disposition of the criminal proceedings. Conviction records may be sealed only after a hearing and upon court order.

Section 6 of the bill requires jails that receive funding through the jail-based behavioral health services program to allow medication-assisted treatment to be provided to individuals in the jail. The jail may enter into agreements with community agencies and organizations to assist in the development and administration of medication-assisted treatment.

Section 7 of the bill provides an appropriation, including for the following programs funded through the annual long appropriations act:

  • Increasing from 4 to 10 the number of the law-enforcement-assisted diversion pilot programs; and
  • Increasing coresponder funding for criminal justice diversion pilot programs in the office of behavioral health in the department of human services.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal note currently unavailable

SB19-015 Create Statewide Health Care Review Committee 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Create Statewide Health Care Review Committee
Sponsors: J. Ginal / S. Beckman
Summary:

The bill recreates the former health care task force, renamed as the statewide health care review committee, to study health care issues that affect Colorado residents throughout the state. The committee consists of the members of the house of representatives committees on health and insurance and public health care and human services and the senate committee on health and human services. The committee is permitted to meet up to 2 times during the interim between legislative sessions, including 2 field trips.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
1/17/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

SB19-025 Information To Students Regarding Safe Haven Laws 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Information To Students Regarding Safe Haven Laws
Sponsors: J. Smallwood / E. Hooton
Summary:

If a school district, charter school, institute charter school, or board of cooperative services (school) chooses to provide a local comprehensive health education program pursuant to article 25 of title 22, C.R.S., the school's curriculum must include information relating to state laws that provide for the safe abandonment of newborn children to specific persons, including firefighters and clinic or hospital staff, within 72 hours of birth.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/16/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Lay Over Amended
1/23/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
1/28/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily with Amendments - Committee
1/28/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
1/30/2019 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
1/31/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/4/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
2/26/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/1/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/5/2019 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/6/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/15/2019 Sent to the Governor
3/15/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

SB19-031 Child Welfare Allocations Committee Composition 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Child Welfare Allocations Committee Composition
Sponsors: B. Gardner / S. Lontine | L. Liston
Summary:

The bill increases the number of voting members on the child welfare allocations committee (committee) who are appointed by county commissioners from 8 to 10. The bill decreases the number of voting members on the committee who are appointed by the department of human services from 5 to 3. The bill requires the 2 additional county-commissioner-appointed voting members to come from the 2 counties with the greatest percentage of the state's child welfare caseload, with one appointee coming from each county.

The bill creates 2 nonvoting member positions on the committee who are appointed by the department of human services. The 2 nonvoting members must have knowledge and experience in the following areas, including but not limited to:

  • Federal funding related to child welfare;
  • The federal "Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018";
  • Interests of individuals with a disability; or
  • Interests of individuals experiencing poverty.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
1/17/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
1/23/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 01/28/2019 - No Amendments
1/28/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
1/29/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 01/31/2019 - No Amendments
1/31/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/05/2019 - No Amendments
2/5/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
2/6/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
3/20/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

SB19-042 National Popular Vote 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: National Popular Vote
Sponsors: M. Foote / E. Sirota | J. Arndt
Summary:

The bill enacts and enters into with all other states joining therein the agreement among the states to elect the president of the United States by national popular vote (agreement). Among other provisions, the agreement:

  • Permits any state of the United States and the District of Columbia to become members of the agreement by enacting the agreement;
  • Requires each member state to conduct a statewide popular election for president and vice president of the United States;
  • Prior to the time set for the meeting and voting of presidential electors, requires the chief election official of each member state to determine the number of votes cast for each presidential slate in a statewide popular election and to designate the presidential slate with the largest national popular vote total as the national popular vote winner;
  • Requires the presidential elector certifying official of each member state to certify the appointment in that official's own state of the elector slate nominated in that state in association with the national popular vote winner. At least 6 days before the day fixed by law for the meeting and voting by the presidential electors, requires each member state to make a final determination of the number of popular votes cast in the state for each presidential slate and to communicate an official statement of the determination within 24 hours to the chief election official of each other member state. Requires the chief election official of each member state to treat as conclusive an official statement containing the number of popular votes in a state for each presidential slate made by the day established by federal law for making a state's final determination conclusive as to the counting of electoral votes by congress.
  • Specifies that the agreement governs the appointment of presidential electors in each member state in any year in which the agreement is in effect on July 20 in states cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes;
  • Permits a state's withdrawal from the agreement, except in limited circumstances;
  • Specifies that the agreement will terminate if the electoral college is abolished; and
  • Provides that the invalidity of any of the agreement's provisions do not affect the remaining provisions.

The bill specifies that when the agreement becomes effective, it supersedes any conflicting provisions of Colorado law.

When the agreement becomes effective and governs the appointment of presidential electors, each presidential elector is required to vote for the presidential candidate and, by separate ballot, vice-presidential candidate nominated by the political party or political organization that nominated the presidential elector.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/23/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
1/28/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/29/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/30/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/12/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/15/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/20/2019 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/21/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/5/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/6/2019 Sent to the Governor
3/6/2019 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/15/2019 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

SB19-047 Remove Unauthorized Persons From Vacant Land 
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Remove Unauthorized Persons From Vacant Land
Sponsors: D. Hisey / B. Buentello
Summary:

Current law provides a procedure, in lieu of an eviction, to remove unauthorized persons from residential property. The bill expands the alternative procedure to authorize removal of unauthorized persons from vacant land.


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

Status: 1/7/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
2/5/2019 Senate Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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.)

Status: 1/17/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/20/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

SB19-180 Eviction Legal Defense Fund 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Eviction Legal Defense Fund
Sponsors: F. Winter / J. McCluskie
Summary:

The bill creates the eviction legal defense fund (fund). The state court administrator will award grants from the fund to qualifying nonprofit organizations (organizations) that provide legal advice, counseling, and representation for, and on behalf of, indigent clients who are experiencing an eviction or are at immediate risk of an eviction. The bill lists permissible uses of grant money awarded from the fund.

Organizations that receive a grant from the fund are required to report to the state court administrator certain information about services provided by the organization . The state court administrator is required to evaluate the use of grants from the fund every 5 years and submit that evaluation to the general assembly. The bill includes a legislative declaration.


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

Status: 3/1/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/20/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

SB19-182 Repeal The Death Penalty 
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 1 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(2) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Repeal The Death Penalty
Sponsors: A. Williams | J. Gonzales / J. Arndt | A. Benavidez
Summary:

The bill repeals the death penalty in Colorado for offenses charged on or after July 1, 2019, and makes conforming amendments.


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

Status: 3/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/6/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/11/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/20/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 04/01/2019 - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill

SB19-188 FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program
Sponsors: F. Winter | A. Williams / M. Gray | M. Duran
Summary:

The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI) program and the division of family and medical leave insurance (division) in the department of labor and employment to provide partial wage replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from work:

  • To care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition;
  • Because the eligible individual is unable to work due to the individual's own serious health condition or because the individual or a family member is the victim of abusive behavior; or
  • Due to certain needs arising from a family member's active duty service.

Each employee and employer in the state will pay one-half the cost of a premium as specified in the bill, which premium is based on a percentage of the employee's yearly wages. The premiums are deposited into the family and medical leave insurance fund, and family and medical leave benefits are paid to eligible individuals from the fund. The division is established as an enterprise, and premiums paid into the fund are not considered state revenues for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights (TABOR).


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

Status: 3/7/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/13/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Finance
Fiscal Notes Status: Fiscal impact for this bill