HB20-1022 Sales And Use Tax Simplification Task Force 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp (D) | K. Van Winkle (R) / A. Williams (D) | J. Tate (R)
Summary:

Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force. The bill continues the sales and use tax simplification task force for 5 years, modifies the task force's duties, and removes the requirement that the task force undergo an evaluation by the department of regulatory agencies prior to the task force's repeal.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
1/21/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/21/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/21/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/24/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/28/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/9/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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HB20-1143 Environmental Justice And Projects Increase Environmental Fines 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Jackson (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / F. Winter (D)
Summary:

Current state law sets the maximum civil fine for most air quality violations at $15,000 per day and most water quality violations at $10,000 per day, but federal law allows the federal environmental protection agency to assess a maximum daily fine per violation of $47,357 for these violations. Sections 2 and 4 of the bill raise the maximum fine to $47,357 per day and direct the air quality control commission and the water quality control commission in the department of public health and environment (department) to annually adjust the maximum fine based on changes in the consumer price index.

Current law allocates all water quality fines to the water quality improvement fund; section 4 authorizes the use of money in that fund to pay for projects addressing impacts to environmental justice communities. Section 4 also extends the repeal date for the water quality improvement fund to September 1, 2025.

Current law allocates all air quality fines to the general fund; section 3 allocates them to the newly created community impact cash fund. Section 3 also:

  • Specifies that the department is to use money in the community impact cash fund for environmental mitigation projects (EMPs);
  • Defines an EMP as a project that avoids, minimizes, or mitigates the adverse effects of a violation or alleged violation of the air quality or water quality laws;
  • Creates the environmental justice advisory board to recommend EMPs in response to violations or alleged violations that affect environmental justice communities; and
  • Creates an environmental justice ombudsperson position within the department, who serves as chief staff to the advisory board and advocates for environmental justice communities.

Section 3 also requires the department to post proposed EMPs on the department's website in a format that allows the public to submit comments on the proposed EMP, not approve an EMP until at least 45 days after the EMP has been posted on its website, and include a description of all approved EMPs in its departmental SMART Act presentations.

Section 1 sunsets the advisory board on September 1, 2025.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/17/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment + Finance
2/10/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance
2/27/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB20-1154 Workers' Compensation 
Comment:
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
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HB20-1155 Higher Efficiency New Construction Residence 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 9 2020
CONFERENCE COMMITTEES TO REPORT
(2) in senate calendar.
Sponsors: A. Valdez (D) | M. Weissman (D) / C. Hansen (D) | K. Priola (R)
Summary:

Current law requires a home builder to offer to a buyer of a new home one of the following:

  • A solar panel system or a solar thermal system;
  • To prewire or preplumb the home for these systems; or
  • A chase or conduit to wire or plumb the home for these systems in the future.

Section 1 of the bill changes this to require that the home builder offer each of these options.

Section 2 requires a home builder to offer one of the following options to a buyer of a newly constructed residence:

  • An electric vehicle charging system;
  • Upgrades of wiring to accommodate future installation of an electric vehicle charging system; or
  • A 208- to 240-volt alternating current plug-in located in a place accessible to a motor vehicle parking area.

Section 2 also requires the home builder to offer electric heating options. These requirements apply to both traditional detached, single-family homes. and buildings that contain owner-occupied condominium units.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/17/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
2/13/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/19/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/20/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/21/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/24/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
3/5/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/10/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/11/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/12/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
3/13/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee
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HB20-1193 Income Tax Benefits For Family Leave 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: L. Landgraf (R) | K. Van Winkle (R)
Summary:

The bill creates tax incentives to encourage employers to voluntarily support paid parental and medical leave programs for their eligible employees and to encourage eligible employees to save for time away from work during parental and medical leave.

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

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

An individual may annually contribute up to $5,000 of wages to a leave savings account. An employer may make a contribution to the employee's leave savings account in any amount. The department of health care policy and financing is required to establish a form for an individual to report information regarding leave savings accounts, and the individual must annually file this form with the department of revenue to be eligible for the tax benefit.

Section 3 allows an employee to claim a state income tax deduction for amounts they or their employer contribute to a leave savings account. A taxpayer is also allowed to deduct any interest or other income earned during the taxable year on the investment of money in their leave savings account.

Section 4 creates an income tax credit for an employer that pays an employee for leave that is between 8 and 12 weeks long. The leave must be for one of the same reasons for which an employee may use money in a leave savings account as specified above. The amount of the credit is equal to 15% of the amount paid, so long as the amount paid is at least 50% of the employee's regular salary for a specified time period.

Section 4 also creates an income tax credit for an employer that contributes to an employee's leave savings account. The amount of the credit is equal to 15% of the amount contributed to the account; except that a credit is not allowed for contributions to a leave savings account that exceed $3,000 in a single year.

Both credits are not refundable, but they may be carried forward up to 5 years.

The bill also specifies that for employers, an amount equal to the amount the taxpayer contributed to an employee's leave savings account and an amount equal to the amount the taxpayer paid in wages for an employee while on family leave, to the extent an income tax credit is claimed, will be added to the taxpayer's federal taxable income.


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

Status: 1/30/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
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HB20-1348 Additional Liability Under Respondeat Superior 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: C. Kennedy (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

A recent Colorado supreme court case held that in a civil action when an employer admits liability for the tortious actions of its employee, the plaintiff cannot assert additional claims against the employer arising out of the same incident. The bill allows a plaintiff to bring such claims against an employer.


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

Status: 3/5/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
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HB20-1351 Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: S. Lontine (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / J. Gonzales (D) | R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:

The bill clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties (local governments) to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of new affordable housing units. The provisions of the state's rent control statute do not apply to any land use regulation that restricts rents on newly constructed or redeveloped housing units as long as the regulation provides a choice of options to the property owner or land developer and creates one or more alternatives to the construction of new affordable housing units on the building site.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/6/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
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SB20-017 Transportation Public-private Partnership Reporting 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) / M. Gray (D)
Summary:

Transportation Legislation Review Committee. Current law authorizes the high-performance transportation enterprise (HPTE) to enter into public-private partnerships, which are contractual agreements between HPTE and one or more private or public entities, to deliver or contribute to the delivery of surface transportation projects and requires HPTE to provide an annual report on its activities to the legislative committees that have jurisdiction over transportation (currently the house of representatives transportation and local government committee and the senate transportation and energy committee). Beginning with the annual report due in 2021, the bill requires HPTE to include in the annual report, for each of its executed or proposed public-private partnerships, summaries of:

  • The processes that HPTE has used leading up to or anticipates using to lead up to its entry into the public-private partnership, including the processes for obtaining and responding to public questions, concerns, and other comments or input , the processes for keeping the state legislators and local elected officials who represent any area in which a surface transportation infrastructure project of the public-private partnership will be located informed and updated about the project and the public-private partnership, and the processes for selecting each partner to the public-private partnership; and
  • The actual major financial, performance, and length-of-term provisions of its executed public-private partnerships and, to the extent feasible, the anticipated major financial, performance, and length-of-term provisions of its proposed public-private partnerships.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
1/23/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
1/29/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
1/30/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/31/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
2/12/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/18/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/20/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 02/25/2020 - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/02/2020 - No Amendments
3/3/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/13/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/13/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
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SB20-081 School Information For Apprenticeship Directory 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | J. Bridges (D) / T. Sullivan (D) | C. Larson (R)
Summary:

The bill requires the department of labor and employment to collaborate with the department of education to include in the Colorado state apprenticeship resource directory the name and contact information for at least one designated apprenticeship training program contact for every public high school and school district.


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

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
2/6/2020 Senate Committee on Education Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/11/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/12/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
2/27/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/3/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/4/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/14/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/14/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-093 Consumer And Employee Dispute Resolution Fairness 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Foote (D) | S. Fenberg (D) / D. Jackson (D) | M. Weissman (D)
Summary:

The bill enacts the "Consumer and Employee Dispute Resolution Fairness Act" (act). For certain consumer and employment arbitrations, the act:

  • Prohibits the waiver of standards for and challenges for evident partiality prior to a claim being filed and requires any waiver of such provisions after the claim is filed to be in writing;
  • Provides that the right of a party to challenge an arbitrator based on evident partiality is waived if not raised within a reasonable time of learning of the information leading to the challenge but that such right is not waived if caused by the opposing party;
  • Authorizes the nonobjecting party to seek provisional remedies from court if a party objects to an arbitrator and the parties are not able to agree on an arbitrator;
  • Establishes ethical standards for arbitrators; and
  • Requires specified public disclosures by arbitration services providers to the parties but includes protections for certain confidential information.

The bill also requires an individual arbitrator for certain consumer and employment arbitrations to make additional disclosures of information that might affect the arbitrator's impartiality.

The bill specifies how attorney fees and other reasonable expenses are to be awarded if a court vacates an award because of an arbitrator's evident partiality or failure to make required disclosures. and clarifies when appeals of orders may be made in consumer and employee arbitrations.

The bill also provides that for a standard form contract involving a consumer or an employee:

  • Specified terms are unenforceable as against public policy; and
  • Including an unenforceable term constitutes a deceptive trade practice under the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act"; and
  • How certain cost-shifting provisions are to be interpreted.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
1/29/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/3/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/6/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/7/2020 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/5/2020 Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 03/09/2020 - No Amendments
3/9/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-120 Apprentice Examinations And Professional Licenses 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) / T. Sullivan (D)
Summary:

The bill requires electrician apprentices and plumbing apprentices who have been registered with their respective boards for at least 6 years to take a license examination on a periodic basis at least every two or three years based on the registration renewal cycle until the apprentice passes the examination. If an apprentice fails the examination, the apprentice may apply for an exemption from the examination requirement. The bill allows an apprentice to request special accommodations to take the examination if the apprentice has a learning disability.

The bill requires an employer, an apprenticeship program registered with the United States department of labor's employment and training administration, and a state apprenticeship council recognized by the United States department of labor that employs an apprentice in Colorado to track the number of practical training hours and, for electrician apprentices, the classroom hours of each apprentice and provide the information to the state electrical board or the state plumbing board, as applicable. The boards must provide the reported information to the department of regulatory agencies' online apprenticeship directory.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 1/24/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/12/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/18/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/20/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 02/24/2020 - No Amendments
2/25/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/26/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/28/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/11/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-138 Consumer Protection Construction Defect Time Period 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: Monday, March 30 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(1) in senate 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
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-159 Global Warming Potential For Public Project Materials 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, March 30 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS (CONTINUED)
(2) in senate 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
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-170 Update Colorado Employment Security Act 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D)
Summary:

For the purposes of establishing a worker's eligibility for benefits under the "Colorado Employment Security Act" (Act), the bill relocates the definition of "immediate family" and amends the definition to include:

  • A sibling of the worker who is under 18 years of age and for whom the worker stands in loco parentis; and
  • A sibling of the worker who is incapable of self-care due to a mental or physical disability or a long-term illness.

Under current law, a worker who separates from a job because of domestic violence may be eligible for benefits under the Act if the worker reasonably believes that the worker's continued employment would jeopardize the safety of the worker or any member of the worker's immediate family and the worker provides the division of unemployment insurance either:

  • An active or recently issued protective order or other order documenting the domestic violence or a police record documenting recent domestic violence; or
  • A statement substantiating recent domestic violence from a qualified professional from whom the worker has sought assistance for the domestic violence, such as a counselor, shelter worker, member of the clergy, attorney, or health worker.

The bill eliminates the requirement that a worker provide either form of documentation in order to establish the worker's eligibility for benefits under the Act.

The bill substitutes the term "severance allowance" for "remuneration" in a provision that concerns remuneration received by an individual who has been separated from employment.


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

Status: 2/18/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/10/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
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SB20-200 Implementation Of CO Colorado Secure Savings Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: K. Donovan (D) | B. Pettersen (D) / T. Kraft-Tharp (D) | K. Becker (D)
Summary:

In 2019, the general assembly created the Colorado secure savings board (board) in the office of the state treasurer to study the costs to the state of insufficient retirement savings and 3 approaches to increasing retirement savings in Colorado. The board found that a state-facilitated automatic enrollment individual retirement account program is the best option for Colorado and recommended the establishment of such a program, coupled with the greater use of financial education tools in the state.

In furtherance of the board's recommendation, the bill directs the board to create and implement the Colorado secure savings program (program).

The bill specifies the powers and duties of the board in connection with the creation and administration of the program and updates the criteria to which the board is required to adhere in developing the program. The board is required to adopt rules regarding enrollment in the program, contributions to and withdrawals from program accounts, the process for employer exemptions from offering the program, and required disclosures.

The bill creates the Colorado secure savings program fund in the state treasury to consist of money appropriated by the general assembly, money transferred to the fund by the federal government, money from fees and penalties in connection with the program, and any gifts, grants, or donations made to the fund.

All individual account information for accounts under the program is confidential and may not be disclosed except under specified circumstances.


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

Status: 3/9/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
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