2019 Bill Tracker


HB19-1004 Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option 
Sponsors: D. Roberts | M. Catlin / K. Donovan
Short Title: Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option
Summary: The bill requires the department of health care policy and Capital letters or bold & italic numbers indicate new material to be added to existing statute. 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.
Status: 4/22/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
News: There Are Just 2 Weeks Left In The Legislative Session. Here’s What Majority Democrats Still Want To Get Done

HB19-1075 Tax Credit Employer-assisted Housing Pilot Program 
Sponsors: J. Wilson
Short Title: Tax Credit Employer-assisted Housing Pilot Program
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.
Status: 2/7/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB19-1164 Child Tax Credit 
Sponsors: J. Singer / R. Zenzinger | K. Priola
Short Title: Child Tax Credit
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.
Status: 2/25/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Support
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HB19-1168 State Innovation Waiver Reinsurance Program 
Sponsors: J. McCluskie | J. Rich / K. Donovan | B. Rankin
Short Title: State Innovation Waiver Reinsurance Program
Summary: The bill authorizes the commissioner of insurance to apply to the secretary of the United States department of health and human services for a state innovation waiver, for federal funding, or both, to allow the state to implement and operate a reinsurance program to assist health insurers in paying high-cost insurance claims. The state cannot implement the program absent waiver or funding approval from the secretary. The program is established as an enterprise for purposes of section 20 of article X of the state constitution. The division of insurance is to include an update regarding the program in its annual "SMART Act" report, and the program is subject to sunset review and repeal in 5 years.
Status: 4/9/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
News: There Are Just 2 Weeks Left In The Legislative Session. Here’s What Majority Democrats Still Want To Get Done

HB19-1176 Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019 
Sponsors: E. Sirota | S. Jaquez Lewis / M. Foote
Short Title: Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019
Summary: The bill creates the health care cost analysis task force (task force). The president of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of the house of representatives shall each appoint 2 legislative members to the task force. The governor shall appoint 9 members to the task force. The executive directors of the departments of human services, public health and environment, and health care policy and financing, or their designees, also serve on the task force. The task force is required to issue a request for proposals and select an analyst to complete a health care cost analysis of 4 health care financing systems. The health care financing systems to be analyzed are: The current health care financing system, in which residents receive health care coverage from private and public insurance carriers or are uninsured; A public option system in which health benefit plans are sold through, and revenues and premiums are received from, the Colorado health benefit exchange, with additional funding as necessary through the general fund; A multi-payer universal health care financing system, in which competing insurance carriers or health maintenance organizations receive payments from a public financing authority; and A publicly financed and privately delivered universal health care system that directly compensates providers. The analyst is required to use the same specified criteria when conducting the analysis of each health care financing system. The task force is required to report the findings of the analyst to the general assembly. The task force may seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, and donations for the analysis. The general assembly may appropriate money to the health care cost analysis cash fund for the purposes of the task force, the analysis, and reporting requirements.
Status: 4/25/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Actively Monitor
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HB19-1189 Wage Garnishment Reform 
Sponsors: M. Gray | A. Valdez / J. Bridges | R. Fields
Short Title: Wage Garnishment Reform
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 20% of the individual's disposable weekly earnings and from 30 times to 40 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.

The bill applies to all writs of garnishment issues on or after January 1, 2020, regardless of the date of the judgment that is basis of the writ of garnishment.


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

Status: 4/23/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE
(1) in house calendar.
Position: Monitor
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HB19-1210 Local Government Minimum Wage 
Sponsors: J. Melton | R. Galindo / J. Danielson | D. Moreno
Short Title: Local Government Minimum Wage
Summary: The bill allows a unit of local government to enact laws establishing a minimum wage within its jurisdiction.
Status: 4/22/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS (CONTINUED)
(2) in senate calendar.
Position: Actively Monitor
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HB19-1227 Prevailing Wage Working Group In Department of Personnel and Administration 
Sponsors: A. Benavidez / P. Lee
Short Title: Prevailing Wage Working Group In Department of Personnel and Administration
Summary: The bill requires the executive director of the department of personnel or his or her designee, in coordination with the executive director of the department of labor and employment or his or her designee, to convene a prevailing wage working group to meet during the interim following the first regular session of the seventy-second general assembly to determine the most efficient and appropriate manner in which to implement a prevailing wage requirement for state contracts. The bill specifies the aspects of a potential prevailing wage requirement that the working group is required to consider. The prevailing wage working group is required to solicit input from subject matter experts during the course of its work and is required to submit to the general assembly its recommendations for the most efficient and appropriate manner in which to implement a prevailing wage requirement for state contracts.
Status: 4/24/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(4) in senate calendar.
Position: Actively Monitor
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HB19-1228 Increase Tax Credit Allocation Affordable Housing 
Sponsors: S. Bird | B. Titone / R. Zenzinger | J. Tate
Short Title: Increase Tax Credit Allocation Affordable Housing
Summary: Currently, under the affordable housing tax credit, during each calendar year of the period beginning in 2015 and ending in 2024 the Colorado housing and finance authority (CHFA) may allocate tax credits in an aggregate amount up to $5 million annually. The bill increases the annual aggregate cap to $10 million for the years beginning on January 1, 2020, and ending on December 31, 2024.
Status: 4/24/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS (CONTINUED)
(6) in senate calendar.
Position: Monitor
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HB19-1239 Census Outreach Grant Program 
Sponsors: K. Tipper | Y. Caraveo / K. Priola | F. Winter
Short Title: Census Outreach Grant Program
Summary: In the division of local government (division) the bill creates the 2020 census outreach grant program (grant program) in the department of local affairs (department) to provide grants to local governments, intergovernmental agencies, councils of government, housing authorities, school districts, and nonprofit organizations (eligible recipients) to support the accurate counting of the population of the state for the 2020 census. The department, in coordination with the grant program committee (committee), which is also created in the division, is required to implement and administer the grant program and to develop policies and procedures necessary for such implementation and administration. The committee is created in the division to make recommendations to the department regarding the policies and procedures to review grant applications and to make recommendations to the department regarding which applications to approve for the grant award. The committee consists of 7 members, 3 of whom are appointed by the governor and 4 of whom are appointed, one each, by the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the minority leaders of the house of representatives and the senate. The bill specifies that eligible recipients may use grant money to conduct 2020 census outreach, promotion, and education to focus on hard-to-count communities in the state and to increase the self-response rate and accuracy of the 2020 census. Eligible recipients may also use grant money to further award grants to other local governments, intergovernmental agencies, councils of government, housing authorities, school districts, or nonprofit organizations. To receive a grant, an eligible recipient must submit an application to the department in accordance with the policies and procedures developed by the department. The bill specifies the information that an application must include at a minimum. The committee is required to review the applications received and to make recommendations to the department regarding which grant applications to approve. In developing its recommendations, the committee is required to consider whether the eligible recipient will be conducting outreach in hard-to-count communities and the size and geographic and demographic diversity of the hard-to-count communities in which outreach, education, and promotion of the 2020 census will occur as provided by all eligible recipients that receive grant money. Subject to available appropriations and in accordance with the recommendation of the committee, the department is required to award grants for the purposes of the grant program on or before November 1, 2019, and to distribute the grant money to eligible recipients that were awarded grants within 30 days after the grants are awarded. Each eligible recipient that received a grant through the grant program is required to submit a report to the department including information to be determined by the department. The department is required to submit a report to the local government committees of the senate and the house of representatives, or any successor committees, and to the governor regarding the census outreach conducted through the grant program. For the 2019-20 fiscal year, the bill directs the general assembly to appropriate $12 million to the department to award grants to eligible recipients for the purposes of the grant program. In addition, the department may solicit, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations from private or public sources for the purposes of the grant program. On or before May 1, 2026, and on or before May 1 every 10 years thereafter, the department and the office of the governor are required to develop a strategic action plan, including a discussion of necessary funding for the plan, for outreach and promotion for a successful count of the population in Colorado during the upcoming decennial census.
Status: 4/24/2019 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS (CONTINUED)
(7) in senate calendar.
Position: Actively Support
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HB19-1240 Sales And Use Tax Administration 
Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | K. Van Winkle / L. Court | J. Tate
Short Title: Sales And Use Tax Administration
Summary: The bill: * Establishes economic nexus for purposes of retail sales made by retailers without physical presence and specifies that the economic nexus does not apply for sales made by such retailers prior to June 1, 2019; * Codifies the department of revenue''s destination sourcing rule for state sales tax collection, for sales taxes imposed by any statutory incorporated town, city, or county, and for special districts, but specifies that a small retailer may source its sales to the business'' location regardless of where the purchaser receives the tangible personal property or service until a geographic information system provided by the state is online and available for the retailer to determine the taxing jurisdiction in which an address resides; * Requires marketplace facilitators to collect and remit sales tax on behalf of marketplace sellers that enter into a contract with a marketplace facilitator that facilitates the sale of the marketplace seller''s tangible personal property, commodities, or services through the marketplace facilitator''s marketplace and also: * Allows marketplace facilitators to retain the vendor fee for the collection and remittance of the sales tax on sales made by marketplace sellers on its marketplace; * Provides the marketplace facilitator with audit relief if the marketplace facilitator can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the executive director of the department of revenue that it made a reasonable effort to obtain accurate information regarding the obligation to collect tax from the marketplace seller; and * Specifies that the marketplace seller does not have the liabilities, obligations, and rights of a retailer if the marketplace facilitator is required to collect and remit sales tax on its behalf, including licensing, collection, and remittance requirements; and * Repeals outdated references to remote sales and remote sellers that were added pursuant to House Bill 13-1295 but are not applicable because Congress never enacted an act that authorizes states to require certain retailers to pay, collect, or remit state or local sales taxes.
Status: 4/22/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Actively Monitor
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HB19-1245 Affordable Housing Funding From Vendor Fee Changes 
Sponsors: M. Weissman / J. Gonzales | M. Foote
Short Title: Affordable Housing Funding From Vendor Fee Changes
Summary: The state treasurer is required to credit an amount equal to the increase in sales taxes attributable to the vendor fee changes that result from the bill to the housing development grant fund, which the division of housing in the department of local affairs (division) uses to make grants and loans to improve, preserve, or expand the supply of affordable housing in the state. The division is required to annually award at least 1/3 of this money for affordable housing projects for households whose annual income is less than or equal to 30% of the area median income. The increase in sales taxes attributable to the vendor fee changes that result from the bill are excluded from the definition of "state sales tax increment revenue" for purposes of the "Colorado Regional Tourism Act" so that the increase is payable to the state and not an applicable financing entity. A retailer who collects state sales tax is currently allowed to retain 3 1/3% of the state sales taxes collected as compensation for the retailer''s expenses incurred in collecting and remitting the tax (vendor fee). Beginning January 1, 2020, the bill increases the vendor fee to 4% and establishes a $1,000 monthly cap on the vendor fee. This limit applies regardless of the number of the retailer''s locations. A vendor with multiple locations is required to register all locations under one account with the department of revenue. The changes to the state vendor fee do not apply to a local government that imposes a sales tax and permits a vendor fee that is based on the state''s vendor fee. The sales and use tax revenue that is deposited in the housing development grant fund for the state fiscal year 2019-20 is reduced by a specified amount to cover the department of revenue''s expenses to make the IT changes necessary to implement the bill, which results in a corresponding increase in the general fund. In turn, this amount is appropriated from the general fund to the department of revenue for this purpose.
Status: 4/22/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
Upon Adjournment SCR 357
(9) in senate calendar.
Position: Actively Monitor
News:

HB19-1248 Lobbyist Transparency Act 
Sponsors: M. Weissman | L. Cutter / M. Foote
Short Title: Lobbyist Transparency Act
Summary: Sections 2 and 3 of the bill clarify that the term "client" used in connection with statutory provisions regulating lobbyists means the person who employs or retains the professional services of one or more lobbyists to undertake lobbying on behalf of that person. They also clarify that a professional lobbyist is not, for purposes of the statute, a client of either a lobbying firm or any other person that employs or retains one or more professional lobbyists to undertake lobbying on behalf of one or more clients. Section 3 clarifies that existing provisions that require heightened disclosure when a lobbyist enters into an agreement to engage in lobbying apply when the general assembly is in regular or special session. In addition to any other disclosure, during the period that the general assembly is in regular or special session, section 3 also requires a professional lobbyist to notify the secretary of state by means of the electronic filing system within 48 hours after: * The lobbyist agrees to undertake lobbying in connection with new legislation, standards, rules, or rates for either a new or existing client of the lobbyist; or * The lobbyist takes a new position on a new or existing bill for a new or existing client of the lobbyist. During this period, where the lobbyist either agrees to undertake the expanded representation, the disclosure required by the bill includes the bill number of the legislation at issue and whether the lobbyist's client is supporting, opposing, amending, or monitoring the legislation at the time the lobbyist agrees to undertake lobbying in connection with the legislation or takes a new position. The bill also states that an attorney who is a professional lobbyist may not decline to disclose his or her lobbying as such lobbying is required to be disclosed on the grounds that the lobbying is protected against disclosure as confidential matters between an attorney and a client. In connection with any requirement under existing law to disclose the identity of a client, a professional lobbyist who is a natural person and who is employed or retained by a lobbying firm or any other firm or entity may disclose the name of the lobbying firm or other person or entity by means of which, or under the name of which, a professional lobbyist does business, but to satisfy such disclosure requirement the lobbyist is also required to disclose the name of the client who employs or retains the professional services of the lobbyist, or a lobbying firm or any other person or entity that employs or retains the lobbyist, to undertake lobbying on its behalf.
Status: 4/25/2019 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS (CONTINUED)
(9) in senate calendar.
Position: Actively Monitor
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HB19-1256 Electronic Filing Of Certain Taxes 
Sponsors: M. Gray | M. Snyder / N. Todd
Short Title: Electronic Filing Of Certain Taxes
Summary: For taxable periods beginning on or after January 1, 2020, or the date when the executive director of the department of revenue (department) establishes a system for electronic filing, whichever is later, the bill requires any taxpayer, not including individual income taxpayers, to both file returns and pay amounts due electronically; except that for certain types of taxes the department is required to stagger the implementation of mandatory filing for each tax type.
Status: 4/22/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB19-1257 Voter Approval To Retain Revenue For Ed & Transp 
Sponsors: K. Becker | J. McCluskie / L. Court | K. Priola
Short Title: Voter Approval To Retain Revenue For Ed & Transp
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.
Status: 4/23/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS (CONTINUED)
(12) in senate calendar.
Position: Actively Support
News: There Are Just 2 Weeks Left In The Legislative Session. Here’s What Majority Democrats Still Want To Get Done

HB19-1258 Allocate Voter-approved Revenue For Education & Transportation 
Sponsors: K. Becker | J. McCluskie / L. Court | K. Priola
Short Title: Allocate Voter-approved Revenue For Education & Transportation
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.
Status: 4/23/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS (CONTINUED)
(11) in senate calendar.
Position: Actively Support
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HB19-1262 State Funding For Full-day Kindergarten 
Sponsors: J. Wilson | B. McLachlan / J. Bridges | R. Fields
Short Title: State Funding For Full-day Kindergarten
Summary: Under existing law, the school finance formula provides funding for half-day kindergarten educational programs plus a small additional amount of supplemental kindergarten funding. The bill provides funding through the school finance formula for full-day kindergarten educational programs. A student enrolled in a full-day kindergarten educational program will be funded at the same amount as students enrolled full-time in other grades. A student enrolled in a half-day kindergarten educational program will be funded as a half-day student plus the existing amount of supplemental kindergarten funding. Under existing law, many school districts charge parents of students enrolled in full-day kindergarten a fee to fund the full-day kindergarten educational program. After passage of the bill, a school district or a charter school that provides a full-day kindergarten educational program shall not charge fees for attending kindergarten other than those fees that are routinely charged to parents of students enrolled in other grades and are applicable to the kindergarten educational program. However, if the general assembly stops funding kindergarten students as full-time pupils, then a school district or charter school may resume charging a fee or tuition for the unfunded portion of the school day. Under existing law, a school district may use a half-day preschool position to enroll a child in full-day kindergarten. The bill prohibits using a preschool position to enroll a child in full-day kindergarten. A school district that used preschool positions in this manner in the 2018-19 budget year will retain the positions in the 2019-20 budget year and budget years thereafter to the extent the school district fills the positions with preschool students. The bill directs a school district that is not offering a full-day kindergarten educational program as of the 2019-20 school year to submit a plan to the department of education addressing how it could phase in a full-day kindergarten educational program, but a school district is not required to offer a full-day kindergarten educational program. If a charter school seeks to expand an existing half-day kindergarten educational program to full day, it must notify the charter authorizer and amend the charter contract, if necessary. If the authorizer objects to the program expansion, the charter school and the authorizer must negotiate a change to the charter contract. If the parties cannot agree, the charter school may appeal the issue to the state board of education for a determination. Any renegotiation of the charter school's contract must be limited to the issue of expanding the kindergarten educational program.
Status: 4/25/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(5) in senate calendar.
Position: Actively Monitor
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HB19-1264 Conservation Easement Tax Credit Modifications 
Sponsors: D. Roberts | J. Wilson / F. Winter | K. Donovan
Short Title: Conservation Easement Tax Credit Modifications
Summary: A conservation easement is an agreement in which a property owner agrees to limit the use of his or her land in perpetuity in order to protect one or more specified conservation purposes. The instruments creating the conservation easement are recorded in the public records affecting the ownership of the property. The conservation easement is held by a third party (holder), which monitors the use of the land and ensures that the terms of the agreement are upheld. A state income tax credit is currently allowed for a portion of the value of a donated conservation easement. The statutes establishing the conservation easement oversight commission and the program to certify conservation easement holders in the division of conservation are currently set to repeal on July 1, 2019. The bill extends the repeal dates for each to July 1, 2026. In addition, the bill would: Eliminate a requirement that the board of real estate appraisers establish education and experience requirements for conservation easement appraisers; Relocate and modify certain provisions governing the creation and valuation of conservation easements; Allow the division of conservation to use an alternative method acceptable to the division and the conservation easement oversight commission to value a conservation easement; Modify provisions governing a conservation easement working group convened to address specified issues relating to claiming a state income tax credit for the donation of a conservation easement; Require the owner of property who is granting a conservation easement to execute a disclosure form developed by the division of conservation and the conservation easement oversight commission regarding the easement; Modify provisions governing when a conservation easement may be extinguished; Prohibit a conservation easement for which a state income tax credit has been allowed from being released, terminated, extinguished, or abandoned by merger, which occurs when the same entity holds both the easement and the land subject to the easement; Increase the percentage of the value of a conservation easement that may be claimed as an income tax credit and the total amount that may be claimed for the easement, while limiting the amount of credits that may be issued per year; and Make an appropriation to Colorado state university to facilitate the provision of public access to the Colorado ownership, management, and protection (COMaP) service which maintains a database and corresponding map of conservation easements and other protected lands in Colorado. Additionally, the bill makes conforming amendments to certain statutory sections contained in HB 19-1172, which recodifies title 12, to ensure that the provisions of the bill will be effective if HB 19-1172 becomes law.
Status: 4/24/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
Upon Adjournment SCR 357
(4) in senate calendar.
Position: Actively Monitor
News:

HB19-1266 Restore Voting Rights Parolees 
Sponsors: L. Herod / S. Fenberg
Short Title: Restore Voting Rights Parolees
Summary: Existing law prohibits a person serving a sentence of parole from being eligible to register to vote or to vote in any election. Section 1 of the bill declares that the purposes of parole are served by restoring the vote to persons serving a sentence of parole. Section 2 clarifies that, for purposes of the "Uniform Election Code" and for applying state constitutional provisions governing disenfranchisement during imprisonment, persons sentenced to parole have completed their "full term of imprisonment" as that term appears in the state constitution. Section 3 makes an individual serving a sentence of parole eligible to register to vote and to vote in any election. Section 4 requires the division of adult parole to provide an individual sentenced to parole information regarding the individual''s voting rights, how the individual may register to vote and cast a ballot, and how the individual may obtain voter information materials. Section 5 repeals existing statutory provisions permitting a person on parole to preregister to vote so that the person is automatically registered to vote after being released from parole.
Status: 4/25/2019 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(6) in senate calendar.
Position: Monitor
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HB19-1282 Court-appointed Special Advocate Program Oversight 
Sponsors: J. Singer | D. Michaelson Jenet / J. Smallwood | K. Donovan
Short Title: Court-appointed Special Advocate Program Oversight
Summary: Under existing law, the office of the child''s representative oversees court-appointed special advocate (CASA) programs and is authorized to enter into an agreement with a nonprofit entity to provide coordination and support of CASA activities in Colorado. The bill moves statewide oversight of CASA programs and the authority to enter into an agreement with a nonprofit entity to the state court administrator.
Status: 4/24/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB19-1296 Prescription Drug Cost Reduction Measures 
Sponsors: D. Jackson | S. Jaquez Lewis / J. Ginal | K. Donovan
Short Title: Prescription Drug Cost Reduction Measures
Summary: Section 1 of the bill enacts the "Colorado Prescription Drug Cost Reduction Act of 2019", which requires: Health insurers, starting in 2020, to submit to the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) information regarding prescription drugs covered under their health insurance plans that the plan paid for in the preceding calendar year, including information about rebates received from prescription drug manufacturers, a certification regarding how rebates were accounted for in insurance premiums, and a list of all pharmacy benefit management firms (PBMs) with whom they contract; Prescription drug manufacturers to notify the commissioner, state purchasers, health insurers, and PBMs when the manufacturer, on or after January 1, 2020, increases the price of certain prescription drugs by more than specified amounts or introduces a new specialty drug in the commercial market; Prescription drug manufacturers, within 15 days after the end of each calendar quarter that starts on or after January 1, 2020, to provide specified information to the commissioner regarding the drugs about which the manufacturer notified purchasers; Health insurers or, if applicable, PBMs to annually report specified information to the commissioner regarding rebates and administrative fees received from manufacturers for prescription drugs for which they received the required notice from a manufacturer; and Certain nonprofit organizations to compile and submit to the commissioner an annual report indicating the amount of each payment, donation, subsidy, or thing of value received by the nonprofit organization or its executive director, chief operating officer, board of directors, or any member of the board of directors from a prescription drug manufacturer, PBM, or health insurer and the percentage of the nonprofit organization''s total gross income that is attributable to those payments, donations, subsidies, or things of value. The commissioner is required to post the information received from health insurers, prescription drug manufacturers, PBMs, and nonprofit organizations on the division of insurance''s website, excluding any information that is proprietary. Additionally, the commissioner, or a disinterested third-party contractor, is to analyze the data reported by health insurers, prescription drug manufacturers, PBMs, and nonprofit organizations and other relevant information to determine the effect of prescription drug costs on health insurance premiums. The commissioner is to publish a report each year, submit the report to the governor and specified legislative committees, and present the report during annual "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act" hearings. The commissioner is authorized to adopt rules as necessary to implement the requirements of the bill. Section 2 prohibits PBMs from retroactively reducing payment on a clean claim submitted by a pharmacy unless the PBM determines, through an audit conducted in accordance with state law, that the claim was not a clean claim. Health insurers that contract with PBMs must ensure that the PBMs are complying with this prohibition and the reporting requirements and are subject to penalties for failure to do so. Section 3 requires a carrier to reduce the cost sharing a covered person is required to pay for prescription drugs by an amount equal to the greater of 51% of the average aggregate rebates received by the carrier for all prescription drugs, including price protection rebates, or an amount that ensures cost sharing will not exceed 125% of the carrier''s cost for the prescription drug. Under sections 5 and 6 , a prescription drug manufacturer that fails to notify purchasers or fails to report required data to the commissioner is subject to discipline by the state board of pharmacy, including a penalty of up to $10,000 per day for each day the manufacturer fails to comply with the notice or reporting requirements. The commissioner is to report manufacturer violations to the state board of pharmacy. Additionally, health insurers that fail to report the required data are subject to a fine of up to $10,000 per day. Sections 7 and 8 of the bill make conforming amendments necessary to harmonize the bill with the title 12 recodification bill, House Bill 19-1172.
Status: 4/11/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Actively Monitor
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HB19-1317 Income Tax Credit And Senior Property Tax Exemption 
Sponsors: C. Kennedy | M. Weissman / L. Court
Short Title: Income Tax Credit And Senior Property Tax Exemption
Summary: he state constitution authorizes the general assembly to lower the maximum amount of the actual residential value of residential real property that is subject to the senior property tax exemption (exemption). Section 3 of the bill lowers the maximum amount to $0 for all property tax years beginning on and after January 1, 2020, which has the effect of eliminating the exemption. It does not affect the property tax exemption for disabled veterans. Under section 4 , a county assessor is no longer required to mail notices to seniors about the exemption, and under section 5 , an assessor is not required to accept applications or otherwise administer the exemption unless and until the general assembly enacts legislation to increase the maximum actual value of residential real property that is subject to the exemption. If the exemption is made available in the future, seniors must reapply for it. Section 6 creates an income tax credit that is available for 10 tax years beginning on January 1, 2020, for a qualifying senior. A qualifying senior must be 65 years of age or older at the end of the income tax year for which the credit is claimed and have income that is less than or equal to $65,000, adjusted for inflation, or a surviving spouse who is at least 58 and meets the same income qualification. If the qualifying senior''s adjusted gross income for the taxable year is less than or equal to the base income amount, which is $12,000, adjusted for inflation, then the credit is equal to the maximum credit amount, which is $700, adjusted for inflation. The amount of the credit decreases by $50, adjusted for inflation, for each income grouping above the base income amount. The amount of the credit that exceeds the qualifying senior''s income taxes due is refunded to the qualifying senior. Section 6 also creates the credit stabilization cash fund. The state treasurer is annually required to transfer money from the cash fund to the general fund, or vice versa, depending on whether the total amount of the credits exceeds an approximation of what the state would have had to pay to backfill the senior homestead exemption. If some or all of the credit is paid to the senior as a state income tax refund, and therefore taxable income, section 7 allows a qualifying senior to deduct an amount equal to the refundable amount of the credit from taxable income for purposes of determining state income taxes.
Status: 4/18/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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HB19-1318 The Clean Campaign Act Of 2019 
Sponsors: M. Weissman / J. Bridges | M. Foote
Short Title: The Clean Campaign Act Of 2019
Summary: Section 2 of the bill prohibits an issue committee or small-scale issue committee from knowingly accepting contributions from: Any natural person who is not a citizen of the United States; A foreign government; or Any foreign corporation that does not have the authority to transact business in this state. Under the bill, a natural person who is not a citizen of the United States, a foreign government, or a foreign corporation is prohibited from establishing, registering, or maintaining a political committee, small donor committee, political party, issue committee, or small-scale issue committee, or making an electioneering communication or regular biennial school electioneering communication. If, within the 6 months before becoming a candidate for public office, a person actively solicits funds for an independent expenditure committee with the intent of benefitting his or her future candidacy, any expenditure made by that independent expenditure committee in that candidate''s race is presumed to be controlled by or coordinated with that candidate and deemed to constitute both a contribution by the maker of the expenditures, and an expenditure by the candidate committee. Section 3 extends existing restrictions barring a foreign corporation from expending money on an independent expenditure to include a natural person who is not a citizen of the United States, or a foreign government. The bill also prohibits an independent expenditure committee from knowingly accepting a donation from any natural person who is not a citizen of the United States, any foreign government, or any foreign corporation. The bill expands existing requirements requiring a disclaimer to include communication placed on a website, streaming media service, or an online forum for a fee, or that is otherwise distributed. Existing requirements pertaining to the nature of the disclaimer are expanded to include online video or audio communications. Any corporation, labor organization, or independent expenditure committee (covered organization) that contributes, donates, or transfers $10,000 or more to any person during any one calendar year earmarked for the purpose of making an independent expenditure or electioneering communication must provide to the recipient of the contribution, donation, or transfer a written affirmation. Any covered organization that transfers $10,000 or more to any person, earmarked for the purpose of that person making a contribution, donation, or transfer to pay for an independent expenditure or electioneering communication, during any one calendar year, must provide to the recipient of the transfer a written affirmation. Particular disclosure requirements are made applicable to a covered organization that is not a for-profit organization. The bill prohibits any person from accepting a contribution, donation, or transfer from a covered organization unless the covered organization provides a written affirmation. The bill describes the required contents of the affirmation. Section 4 repeals and reenacts existing statutory provisions addressing small-scale issue committees and, in particular, specifies requirements governing when such committees are required to disclose and file reports of their contributions or expenditures. Under existing law, an issue committee making an expenditure in excess of $1,000 on a communication is required to disclose in the communication the name of the issue committee making the expenditure. Section 5 expands these requirements so they apply to a candidate committee, political committee, small donor committee, political organization, political party, or other person, as well as an issue committee, making or spending more than $1,000 per calendar year on a communication. The bill also extends these requirements to communication placed on a website, streaming media service, or online forum for a fee. Instead of requiring that the communication disclose certain information, the bill requires that the responsible person include in the communication a disclaimer statement. The bill specifies the contents of the disclaimer statement.
Status: 4/25/2019 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Actively Monitor
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HB19-1319 Incentives Developers Facilitate Affordable Housing 
Sponsors: S. Bird | H. McKean / F. Winter | D. Hisey
Short Title: Incentives Developers Facilitate Affordable Housing
Summary: Not later than July 1, 2020, section 2 of the bill requires each state agency and state institution of higher education that is currently required to report to the office of the state architect (office) all acquisitions of real property by the agency or institution and to identify each vacant facility under its control to also submit to the office a list of all nondeveloped real property owned by or under the control of the agency or institution. The bill requires each agency and institution to routinely update the real property information provided to the office. The office is required to supplement the report it makes available to the members of the capital development committee with the information provided by the agencies and institutions under the bill. Not later than January 15, 2021, the bill requires the office to transmit to the division of housing (division) within the department of local affairs (department) a summary of the information it obtains pursuant to the bill in a manner that will allow members of the public to easily identify parcels of nondeveloped real property that are owned by or under the control of state agencies or institutions. On an annual basis thereafter, the office is required to transmit to the division any supplemental information that the state agencies and institutions provide to it. The division is required to post the information in a user-friendly format on a page on the website maintained by the department that is dedicated to the division. Under current law, certain property is exempt from the levy and collection of the real property tax if the property is owned by: A nonprofit corporation the earnings of which do not inure to a private shareholder, the property is irrevocably dedicated to charitable, religious, or hospital purposes; or A nonprofit corporation is a general partner of a partnership that was formed for the purpose of creating or maintaining affordable housing. The statutory provisions that allow for the property tax exemption for a partnership satisfying the requirements of the exemption do not apply if, during a specified compliance period, the partnership which owns the residential structure distributes income or has income available for distribution to its partners or if the residential structure is sold or otherwise disposed of during the compliance period. If the property tax administrator (administrator) determines that income has been distributed or has been available for distribution or the residential property has been sold or otherwise disposed of, the administrator is required to revoke the property tax exemption for the residential property and to levy and collect property tax against the residential property, which would have otherwise been levied and collected from the date on which the exemption was initially granted plus all delinquent interest as provided for by law. Under section 4 , for property tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2019, if the administrator determines that income has been distributed or has been available for distribution or the residential property has been sold or otherwise disposed of, the administrator is required to either revoke the property tax exemption for the residential property as of the date income becomes available for distribution or terminate the exemption as of the date the property is transferred. Under the bill, the administrator is no longer required in such circumstances to levy and collect property taxes that otherwise would have been levied and collected.
Status: 4/22/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
Upon Adjournment SCR 357
(5) in senate calendar.
Position: Monitor
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HB19-1323 Occasional Sales By Charitable Organizations 
Sponsors: L. Herod | K. Van Winkle / N. Todd | P. Lundeen
Short Title: Occasional Sales By Charitable Organizations
Summary: Under current law, up to $25,000 of the funds raised by a charitable organization through occasional sales are exempt from state sales tax. The bill increases that amount to $45,000. The bill also removes the requirement that occasional sales by charitable organizations take place for no more than 12 days, whether consecutive or not, during any calendar year.
Status: 4/17/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Strongly Support
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SB19-004 Address High-cost Health Insurance Pilot Program 
Sponsors: K. Donovan / D. Roberts | J. McCluskie
Short Title: Address High-cost Health Insurance Pilot Program
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.
Status: 4/18/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act 
Sponsors: J. Danielson | B. Pettersen / J. Buckner | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez
Short Title: Equal Pay For Equal Work Act
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.
Status: 4/23/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
SPECIAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(3) in house calendar.
Position: Support
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SB19-086 Update Business Entity Laws 
Sponsors: P. Lee / S. Bird
Short Title: Update Business Entity Laws
Summary: The bill makes the following changes to the "Colorado Business Corporation Act" (CBCA) and conforming changes to the "Colorado Corporations and Associations Act" (CCAA): * Deletes definitions in the CCAA that are no longer necessary (section 1); * Updates provisions in the CCAA to clarify conversions and mergers of entities and exchanges of owners' interests in entities (sections 2 through 18); * Updates provisions in the CCAA addressing the requirements for the name of an entity formed under Colorado law or qualified to do business in Colorado as a foreign entity (sections 19 through 21); * Updates provisions in the CCAA regarding court proceedings that may be filed by a dissolved Colorado entity for a determination of the amount and form of security to be provided for payment of claims that are contingent or unknown or that arose from events occurring after dissolution (sections 22 through 24); * Adds definitions to and updates definitions in the CBCA (section 25); * Reorganizes certain provisions that are optional to include in the articles of incorporation of a Colorado corporation so that they appear in a single location to avoid confusion (section 28); * Adds an optional forum selection provision similar to that found in other states and the "Model Business Corporation Act" (section 29); * Adds a provision for ratification of defective corporate actions similar to that found in other states and the "Model Business Corporation Act" (section 31); * Updates provisions for proxies and treatment for voting purposes of shares held by intermediaries and nominees (sections 32 and 33); * Updates provisions for the general standards of conduct for directors and officers and standards of liabilities for directors (section 36); * Updates provisions dealing with conflicting interest transactions and corporate opportunities (section 37); * Updates provisions dealing with indemnification of directors, officers, employees, fiduciaries, and agents, and advancement of expenses (sections 39 through 47); * Updates provisions dealing with corporate mergers, conversions, and exchanges by reference to the updated provisions in the CCAA (sections 48 through 56); * Repeals and reenacts, with amendments, former article 113 of title 7, Colorado Revised Statutes, relating to dissenters' rights and substitutes provisions to define the procedure to obtain appraisal rights in lieu of dissenters' rights (section 57); and * Updates the provisions providing for the grounds and procedures for seeking judicial dissolution and providing for an election by one or more shareholders to purchase shares owned by the petitioning shareholders in lieu of proceeding with judicial dissolution (sections 58 through 61). The bill also updates certain provisions of articles 55 and 56 of title 7, Colorado Revised Statutes, regarding various forms of cooperatives, as well as articles 41 (domestic associations organized as savings and loan associations) and 103 (state banks) of title 11, Colorado Revised Statutes, to be consistent with changes made in the CBCA (sections 64 through 66, 69, and 70).
Status: 4/19/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Actively Monitor
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SB19-135 State Procurement Disparity Study 
Sponsors: A. Williams | R. Rodriguez / J. Buckner | B. Buentello
Short Title: State Procurement Disparity Study
Summary: Capital letters or bold & italic numbers indicate new material to be added to existing statute. To ascertain whether disparities exist between the participation of historically underutilized businesses and other businesses in the state procurement system, the bill directs the department of personnel to contract for a disparity study of the Colorado procurement process and to make recommendations to address any discrepancies identified by the study. The final report including the findings and recommendations from the study must be provided to the members of the general assembly and the executive director of the department of personnel (executive director) no later than December 1, 2020. The bill directs the executive director to transmit a copy of the final report to the minority business office, which shall post the report on its official website. In addition, the executive director is required to include the findings and recommendations from the study in its report to the applicable house and senate committees of reference during its hearing pursuant to the "State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act". The executive director is required to develop a method to track the number and percentage of all contracts entered into by all principal departments of the executive branch of state government, institutions of higher education, and the Colorado commission on higher education that are awarded during any calendar year to a historically underutilized business. The executive director is also required to make such information available on the department of personnel''s website. Any entity that is subject to the disparity study is required to respond to a request for information in connection with the study as soon as possible after receiving the request.
Status: 4/23/2019 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
SPECIAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(5) in house calendar.
Position: Monitor
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SB19-169 Project Management Competencies For Certain Contracts 
Sponsors: J. Tate | J. Bridges / J. Arndt | B. Titone
Short Title: Project Management Competencies For Certain Contracts
Summary: Section 1: Currently, the office of state planning and budgeting is required to prepare the forms and instructions to be used in preparation of all budget requests and supplemental budget requests submitted to the joint technology committee (JTC). For a budget request for a major information technology project (major IT project) submitted to the JTC for funding in the 2020-2021 state fiscal year or any state fiscal year thereafter, the bill requires the forms and instructions to include the submission of a written business case specifying certain information about the major IT project. Section 2: Beginning July 1, 2019, if a governmental body enters into a contract pursuant to the "Procurement Code" that is reasonably expected to cost at least $1 million and that requires the contractor or any subcontractor to perform work on a computer, then the governmental body shall ensure that the contract requires the contractor to use qualified software to verify that the hours billed on the contract are valid and fulfill the purpose of the contract. The governmental body shall also ensure that the contract specifies that the governmental body will not pay the contractor for hours worked on a computer unless the hours can be verified by the use of qualified software. A contractor required to use qualified software pursuant to a contract with a governmental body is required to store, or contract with another entity to store, data collected by the qualified software for 7 years after the governmental body has paid the contractor for work performed pursuant to the contract. The contractor is required to retrieve data upon request of the governmental body in the format requested by the governmental body. A governmental body is prohibited from paying a contractor's costs associated with the contractor's use of qualified software and is prohibited from paying a contractor for retrieval of data collected by the qualified software. Section 3: For budget requests for a major IT project submitted to the JTC for funding in the 2020-2021 state fiscal year or any state fiscal year thereafter, a governmental body is required to provide for a change management plan, including specified information and the resources necessary for the execution of the change management plan. Governmental bodies are required to seek best practices with private- or public-sector experts when appropriate to develop and implement change management plans and are required to provide written change management plans to the JTC and the office of state planning and budgeting.
Status: 4/24/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(4) in house calendar.
Position: Oppose
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SB19-171 Apprenticeships And Vocational Technical Training 
Sponsors: J. Danielson | J. Bridges / T. Sullivan | R. Galindo
Short Title: Apprenticeships And Vocational Technical Training
Summary: The bill requires the Colorado department of labor and employment (department) to create the Colorado state apprenticeship resource directory. The department is required to collect detailed information on each apprenticeship program in the state, including the application process, requirements for enrollment, costs, and program outcomes. The department is required to promote the availability of the directory.
Status: 4/25/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
SPECIAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(8) in house calendar.
Position: Monitor
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SB19-173 Colorado Secure Savings Plan Board 
Sponsors: K. Donovan | B. Pettersen / T. Kraft-Tharp | C. Hansen
Short Title: Colorado Secure Savings Plan Board
Summary: The bill establishes the Colorado secure savings plan board (board) to study the feasibility of creating the Colorado secure savings plan and other appropriate approaches to increase the amount of retirement savings by Colorado's private sector workers. The board consists of the state treasurer or the treasurer's designee and 8 additional trustees with certain experience who are appointed by the governor. The board is required to conduct the following 4 analyses or assessments by a specified date: A detailed market and financial analysis to determine the financial feasibility and effectiveness of creating a retirement savings plan in the form of an automatic enrollment payroll deduction IRA, to be known as the Colorado secure savings plan. The plan would be designed to promote greater retirement savings for private sector employees in a convenient, low-cost, and portable manner. A detailed market and financial analysis to determine the financial feasibility and effectiveness of a small business marketplace plan to increase the number of Colorado businesses that offer retirement savings plans for their employees. The marketplace plan would be voluntary for both employers and employees, open to all employees and employers with fewer than 100 employees, and administered by the department of labor and employment. The bill specifies certain duties of the department of labor and employment in connection with the marketplace plan if it is implemented. An analysis of the effects that greater financial education among Colorado residents would have on increasing their retirement savings; and An analysis of the effects that not increasing Coloradans' retirement savings would have on current and future state and local government expenditures. The board may accept any gifts, grants, and donations, or any money from public or private entities to pay for the costs of the analyses. The board may delay implementation of one or more of the analyses if it does not obtain adequate money to conduct the analyses. If after conducting the analyses, the board finds that there are approaches to increasing retirement savings for private sector employees in a convenient, low-cost, and portable manner that are financially feasible and self-sustaining, the board is required to recommend a plan to implement its findings to the governor and the general assembly.
Status: 4/25/2019 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
SPECIAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(13) in house calendar.
Position: Support
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SB19-177 Background Checks Persons Who Work With Children 
Sponsors: J. Ginal | D. Hisey / J. Singer
Short Title: Background Checks Persons Who Work With Children
Summary: Current law specifies what entities and agencies have access to child abuse or neglect records and reports. The bill adds to that list the department of human services, when requested in writing by an individual to check records or reports of child abuse or neglect for the purpose of screening that individual when such individual's responsibilities include supervision of children or unsupervised contact with children. The bill requires a fingerprint-based criminal history record check for the following: * Child care center employees under 18 years of age; * Out-of-state employees working at a child care center in a temporary capacity; and * All owners, employees, volunteers, and adults residing in a family child care home.
Status: 4/24/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Actively Monitor
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SB19-188 FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program 
Sponsors: F. Winter | A. Williams / M. Gray | M. Duran
Short Title: FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program
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)
Status: 4/25/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
Finance
Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
(8) in house calendar.
Position: Actively Monitor
News: Colorado Paid Family Leave Program Bounced To Next Year
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SB19-196 Colorado Quality Apprenticeship Training Act Of 2019 
Sponsors: P. Lee | J. Danielson / A. Garnett | M. Duran
Short Title: Colorado Quality Apprenticeship Training Act Of 2019
Summary:

The bill modifies procurement requirements for state contracts for public projects. The bill makes the following changes:

Apprenticeship utilization requirements: The general contractor for a public project financed in whole or in part by state money in the amount of $1 million or more is required to submit, prior to the contract award, documentation to the contracting agency that certifies that all subcontractors used on the project participate in apprenticeship training programs that have been approved by a federal or state apprenticeship agency and have a proven record of graduating apprentices at specified rates. The contractor is required to provide specified supporting documentation to the contracting agency and the agency is required to make the documentation available to the public on its website. A contractor that plans to submit a bid for a public project may request a waiver of the apprenticeship requirements and the contracting agency is required make public all waivers and the specific rationale for granting the waiver. The apprenticeship utilization requirements do not apply to the department of transportation.

Prevailing wage requirements: Any contractor who is awarded a contract for a public project, including an integrated project delivery contract, by an agency of government for $500,000 or more (public project), and any subcontractors working on the public project, are required to pay their employees a prevailing wage at weekly intervals. This requirement does not apply to contracts that include federal money. This requirement also does not apply to the department of transportation; except that the department of transportation is required to pay employees performing work on public projects, regardless of the amount of funding source of the project, in accordance with the federal "Davis-Bacon Act".

Before awarding a contract for a public project, an agency of government is required obtain the general prevailing rate of the regular, holiday, and overtime wages paid and the general prevailing payments on behalf of employees to lawful welfare, pension, vacation, apprentice training, and education funds in the state (wages) for each employee needed to execute the contract for the public project.

An agency of government is required to specify in the competitive solicitation for a public project and in the contract for such public project the general prevailing rate of the wages paid in the geographic locality for each employee needed to execute the contract. The contract is also required to include other specified information regarding the payment of wages. If the contractor or subcontractor fails to pay wages as are required by the contract, the contracting agency of government is not allowed to approve a warrant or demand for payment to the contractor until the contractor provides evidence that the wages have been paid

The executive director of the department of personnel is required to determine the applicable prevailing wage for public projects and is required to use appropriate wage determinations issued by the United States department of labor in accordance with the federal "Davis-Bacon Act" to establish the prevailing wage rates for the applicable trades or occupation for the geographic locality of the public project.

Each contractor awarded a contract for public project and each subcontractor who performs work on the public project is required to post in conspicuous places on the job site posters that contain the current prevailing rate of wages to execute the contract and the rights and remedies of any employee for nonpayment of any wages earned. The executive director of the department of personnel is required to create the posters and provide them to contractors and subcontractors.

The executive director of the department of personnel is required to establish a separate apprenticeship contribution rate under the prevailing wage requirements.

The bill specifies enforcement provisions, overseen by the department of labor and employment, for violations of the prevailing wage requirements and specifies that an employee or former employee of a contractor or subcontractor is allowed to bring a civil action for a violation of the prevailing wage requirements.


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

Status: 4/23/2019 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
Appropriations
8:00 a.m. Room LSB-A
(17) in house calendar.
Position: Monitor
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SB19-208 State Employee Reserve Fund Transfer 
Sponsors: D. Moreno / D. Esgar
Short Title: State Employee Reserve Fund Transfer
Summary: Joint Budget Committee. The bill requires the state treasurer to transfer $10 million from the state employee reserve fund (fund) to the general fund on July 1, 2019. Specifically, the transfer is of money that is in the account dedicated to the department of corrections within the fund.
Status: 4/17/2019 Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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SB19-211 Mental Health Criminal Diversion Program 
Sponsors: D. Moreno / D. Esgar
Short Title: Mental Health Criminal Diversion Program
Summary: Joint Budget Committee. In 2018, the general assembly established the mental health criminal justice diversion pilot program (pilot program) and the mental health criminal justice grant program (grant program). The bill extends the grant program an additional year and removes the cap on the total of all grants awarded per year. The bill also requires the state court administrator to provide reports to specified committees of the general assembly concerning both the pilot program and the grant program. The bill appropriates money to the judicial department for the grant program.
Status: 4/16/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Monitor
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SB19-212 Appropriation General Fund Implement State Water Plan 
Sponsors: B. Rankin / D. Esgar
Short Title: Appropriation General Fund Implement State Water Plan
Summary: oint Budget Committee. Section 1 of the bill: * Creates the water plan implementation grant program (program); and * Specifies criteria for expenditures by the Colorado water conservation board (board) for the program. Section 5: * Appropriates $8.3 million from the general fund to the department of natural resources (department) for use by the board to finance grants; and * Appropriates $1.7 million from the general fund to the department for use by the board for stakeholder outreach and technical analysis to develop a water resources demand management program
Status: 4/17/2019 Governor Signed
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB19-213 Marijuana Cash Fund Transfer 
Sponsors: B. Rankin / K. Ransom
Short Title: Marijuana Cash Fund Transfer
Summary: Joint Budget Committee. The bill requires the state treasurer to make 2 transfers from the marijuana cash fund to the marijuana tax cash fund. On July 1, 2019, the state treasurer will transfer $914,416, and on July 1, 2020, the state treasurer will transfer $890,901.
Status: 4/25/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB19-214 Capital-related Transfers Of Money 
Sponsors: B. Rankin / D. Esgar | K. Ransom
Short Title: Capital-related Transfers Of Money
Summary: Joint Budget Committee. For the 2019-20 state fiscal year, the bill transfers: * $90,695,989 from the general fund to the capital construction fund; * $42 million from the general fund to the controlled maintenance trust fund; * $10,137,676 from the general fund to the information technology capital account of the capital construction fund; * $500,000 from the general fund exempt account of the general fund to the capital construction fund; and * $1 million from the preservation grant program account of the state historical fund to the capital construction fund for for repainting of the interior of the dome of the state capitol building.
Status: 4/18/2019 Senate Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Reconsider - CCR produced
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB19-235 Automatic Voter Registration 
Sponsors: S. Fenberg | J. Danielson / D. Esgar | K. Mullica
Short Title: Automatic Voter Registration
Summary: The bill requires the department of revenue to transfer to the secretary of state (secretary) the electronic record of each eligible elector who applies for the issuance, renewal, or correction of a Colorado driver''s license or identification card. The elector''s county clerk reviews the record for completeness and sends the elector a notice advising that the elector has been registered to vote. The elector can return the notice to either decline to be registered or affiliate with a party. If the elector does not decline to be registered within 20 days after the notice is mailed and the form is not returned as undeliverable, the elector is registered to vote. The department of health care policy and financing is also required to begin transferring to the secretary the electronic records of electors who apply for medicaid. The elector''s county clerk reviews the record for completeness and sends the elector a notice advising that the elector has been registered to vote. The elector can return the notice to decline to be registered, affiliate with a party, or provide a signature if necessary for their record. If the elector does not decline to be registered within 20 days after the notice is mailed and the form is not returned as undeliverable, the elector is registered to vote. Agencies that oversee offices designated as voter registration agencies are required to begin reporting information to the secretary related to the number of people who apply for benefits or programs, the number of voter registration choice forms the offices collect, and the number of people who receive voter registration forms. The office of information technology is required to assess and report to the secretary which voter registration agencies collect sufficient information for voter registration purposes. When the office of information technology and the secretary determine that an agency collects sufficient information, the agency is required to begin transferring records to the secretary for voter registration purposes. Unless a person who knows they are ineligible to vote intentionally takes voluntary action to become registered, the transfer of the person''s record by a voter registration agency does not constitute completion of a voter registration form by that person. The bill creates a process for electors who are registered through a voter registration agency to provide a signature for verification if they return a ballot in an election but a copy of their signature is not found in the statewide voter registration system. The bill makes conforming amendments to provisions related to voter registration requirements.
Status: 4/24/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Position: Actively Monitor
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SB19-237 Consumer Protection Act Damages 
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez
Short Title: Consumer Protection Act Damages
Summary: The bill amends the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act" (act) to clarify that a plaintiff in an individual action may be awarded damages equal to the sum of $500 per violation. The bill also amends the act to clarify that, under the act, a class action may be brought and damages may awarded to the class.
Status: 4/9/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB19-248 State Tax System Working Group 
Sponsors: J. Tate | J. Bridges / J. Singer | M. Baisley
Short Title: State Tax System Working Group
Summary: Joint Technology Committee. The bill requires the director of research of the legislative council, in coordination with the other nonpartisan legislative staff agencies, the department of revenue, the department of personnel, and the governor''s office of information technology, to convene a state tax system working group (working group) to meet during the interim following the first regular session of the seventy-second general assembly and to conduct an analysis of the state tax system used by the department of revenue. The bill specifies the aspects of the state tax system that the working group is required to consider. The working group is authorized to solicit input from any additional interested parties, as deemed necessary and appropriate by the working group. The working group is required to provide a progress report regarding its work to the joint technology committee and the joint budget committee and to submit a report of its findings and recommendations in connection with the state tax system to the joint technology committee, the joint budget committee, and the finance committees of the house of representatives and the senate.
Status: 4/25/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
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SB19-255 Gallagher Amendment Residential Assessment Rate 
Sponsors: L. Court | J. Tate / L. Herod | D. Esgar
Short Title: Gallagher Amendment Residential Assessment Rate
Summary: Based on a residential target percentage that is equal to 45.69%, the bill lowers the ratio of valuation for assessment for residential real property from 7.2% to 7.15% for property tax years commencing on and after January 1, 2019, until the next property tax year that the general assembly adjusts this ratio.
Status: 4/23/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
Calendar Notification: Friday, April 26 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS - CONSENT CALENDAR
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Position: Actively Monitor
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