HB20-1154 Workers' Compensation 
Comment: DEAD
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp (D) | K. Van Winkle (R) / V. Marble (R) | J. Bridges (D)
Summary:

The bill:

  • Clarifies when payments for benefits and penalties payable to an injured worker are deemed paid ( section 1 );
  • Adds guardian and conservator services to the list of medical aid that an employer is required to furnish to an employee who is incapacitated as a result of a work-related injury or occupational disease ( section 2 );
  • Requires a claimant for mileage reimbursement for travel related to obtaining compensable medical care to submit a request to the employer or insurer within 120 days after the expense is incurred and requires the employer or insurer to pay or dispute mileage within 30 days of submittal and to include in the brochure of claimants' rights an explanation of rights to mileage reimbursement and the deadline for filing a request ( sections 2 and 7 );
  • Clarifies that offsets to disability benefits granted by the federal "Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Amendments of 1965" only apply if the payments were not already being received by the employee at the time of the work-related injury ( section 3 );
  • Prohibits the reduction of an employee's temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, or medical benefits based on apportionment under any circumstances; limits apportionment of permanent impairment to specific situations; and declares that the employer or insurer bears the burden of proof, by a preponderance of evidence, at a hearing regarding apportionment of permanent impairment or permanent total disability benefits ( section 4 );
  • Adds the conditions that, in order for an employer or insurer to request the selection of an independent medical examiner when an authorized treating physician has not determined that the employee has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), an examining physician must serve a written report to the authorized treating physician specifying that the examining physician has determined that the employee has reached MMI; the authorized treating physician must examine the employee at least 20 months after the date of the injury and determine that the employee has reached MMI; the authorized treating physician must be served with a written report indicating MMI; and the authorized treating physician has responded that the employee has not reached MMI or has failed to respond within 15 days after service of the report ( section 5 );
  • Changes the whole person impairment rating applicable to an injured worker from 25% to 19% for purposes of determining the maximum amount of combined temporary disability and permanent partial disability payments an injured worker may receive ( section 6 );
  • Prohibits an employer or insurer from withdrawing an admission of liability 2 years after the date the admission of liability on the issue of compensability was filed, except in cases of fraud ( section 7 );
  • Prohibits the director of the division of workers' compensation or an administrative law judge from determining issues of compensability or liability unless specific benefits or penalties are awarded or denied at the same time ( section 8 );
  • Clarifies the scope of authority of prehearing administrative law judges ( section 9 );
  • Increases the threshold amount that an injured worker must earn in order for permanent total disability payments to cease and allows for annual adjustment of the threshold amount starting in 2021 ( section 11 ); and
  • Clarifies the orders that are subject to review or appeal ( sections 10 and 12 ).
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/17/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/12/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/16/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
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SB20-138 Consumer Protection Construction Defect Time Period 
Comment: DEAD
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:

The bill:

  • Increases the statutory limitation period for actions based on construction defects from 6 years to 10 years;
  • Allows tolling of the limitation period on any statutory or equitable basis; and
  • Requires tolling of the limitation period until the claimant discovers not only some physical manifestation of a construction defect but also its cause.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/27/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/12/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/18/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/21/2020 - No Amendments
2/21/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/24/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/28/2020 - No Amendments
3/4/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/06/2020 - No Amendments
3/9/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/13/2020 - No Amendments
3/13/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/16/2020 - No Amendments
5/28/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
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SB20-159 Global Warming Potential For Public Project Materials 
Comment: DEAD
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: C. Hansen (D)
Summary:

The department of personnel (department) is required to establish a maximum acceptable global warming potential for each category of eligible materials used in a public project. The bill specifies which building materials are eligible materials.

The department is required to set the maximum acceptable global warming potential at the industry average of facility-specific global warming potential emissions for that material and to express it as a number that states the maximum acceptable facility-specific global warming potential for each category of eligible materials.

The department is required to submit a report to the general assembly regarding the method it used to develop the maximum global warming potential for each category of eligible materials and may make periodic downward adjustments to the number to reflect industry improvements.

For invitations for bid for public projects issued after a certain date, the contractor that is awarded the contract is required to submit to the contracting agency of government a current facility-specific environmental product declaration for each eligible material proposed to be used in the public project.

A contracting agency of government is required to include in a specification for bids for a public project that the facility-specific global warming potential for any eligible material that will be used in the project shall not exceed the maximum acceptable global warming potential for that material determined by the department.

A contractor that is awarded a contract for a public project is prohibited from installing any eligible material on the project until the contractor submits a facility-specific environmental product declaration for that material.

The bill specifies that in administering the requirements of the bill, an agency of government is required to strive to achieve a continuous reduction of greenhouse gas emissions over time. The department is required to submit a report to the general assembly regarding the implementation of the bill.

The bill includes the facility-specific global warming potential for each eligible material that will be used in the project and the cost of avoided emissions for the project in the factors to be considered when making an award determination for a competitive sealed best value bid.


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

Status: 2/4/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/20/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/13/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/26/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/28/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
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SCR20-001 Repeal Property Tax Assessment Rates 
Comment: Passed with amendments
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Tate (R) | C. Hansen (D) / D. Esgar (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary:

Property tax in Colorado is generally equal to the actual value of property multiplied by an assessment rate, and the resulting assessed value is multiplied by each applicable local government's mill levy. The assessment rate for residential real property is established by the general assembly in accordance with a provision of the state constitution that is commonly known as the "Gallagher Amendment" and is limited by section 20 of article X of the state constitution (TABOR). Under the Gallagher Amendment, there are 2 relevant classes of property for the purposes of determining the residential assessment rate: residential property and nonresidential property. The assessment rate for most nonresidential property is fixed in the state constitution at 29%. The residential assessment rate was initially set at 21%, but the rate has been adjusted prior to each 2-year reassessment cycle to keep the percentage of aggregate statewide assessed value attributable to residential property the same as it was in the year immediately preceding the new reassessment cycle. Currently, the residential assessment rate is 7.15%.

The concurrent resolution repeals the Gallagher Amendment so that the general assembly will no longer be required to establish the residential assessment rate based on the formula expressed in the Gallagher Amendment. The resolution also repeals the reference to the residential rate of 21%, which last applied in 1986 prior to the first adjustment required by the Gallagher Amendment. Finally, the resolution repeals the 29% assessment rate that applies for all nonresidential property, excluding producing mines and lands or leaseholds producing oil or gas.


(Note: This summary applies to this concurrent resolution as adopted.)

Status: 6/1/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/2/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/8/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/9/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
6/11/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/11/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/12/2020 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/23/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/23/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
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