HB20-1024 Net Operating Loss Deduction Modifications 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Saturday, June 6 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(1) in senate calendar.
Sponsors: A. Benavidez (D) | M. Snyder (D) / D. Moreno (D)
Summary:

Tax Expenditure Evaluation Interim Study Committee. Colorado taxpayers can claim a net operating loss deduction on their Colorado tax return. Unless statute otherwise provides, the state deduction is currently allowed in the same manner that a similar deduction is allowed under the internal revenue code to determine federal taxable income.

Under current law, corporate taxpayers in Colorado are allowed to carry forward their net operating loss deduction for the same number of years as allowed for a federal net operating loss. For many years, taxpayers were limited to a 20-year carryforward period for both state and federal taxes. The federal "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (TCJA), enacted in 2017, allowed federal taxpayers unlimited years to carry forward net operating losses. Because Colorado's statute specifies that net operating losses may be carried forward "for the same number of years as allowed for a federal net operating loss", the TCJA's change resulted in the same change to Colorado's law. The bill partially decouples the corporate net operating loss deduction from the federal net operating loss deduction by returning the state's carryforward period to 20 years for net operating losses generated in income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2021 .

The bill also repeals a state provision that was effective only for financial institutions, so that, for purposes of the period of years a loss can be carried forward, financial institutions will now be treated the same as any other taxpayer.

(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 -
0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
1/27/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/14/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/19/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/21/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/25/2020 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 Finance
3/10/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/4/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/5/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1039 Transparent State Web Portal Search Rules 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Coleman (D) | M. Baisley (R) / R. Zenzinger (D) | J. Tate (R)
Summary:

Administrative rules - online transparency task force - report. The act creates an online transparency task force. Interested legislators and the following individuals, or their designees, may participate in the task force:

  • The head of each principal department;
  • The state's chief information officer; and
  • The executive director of the statewide internet portal authority, who is chair of the task force.

The purpose of the task force is to recommend:

  • Ways to enhance citizens' online access to rules and the rule-making process and to increase the transparency of the rule-making process;
  • Options for the design and implementation of an integrated state rule-making web portal;
  • Common rule-making agency reporting formats, workflows, timelines, and protocols; and
  • An entity to manage the integrated state rule-making web portal.

The task force shall submit a written report that summarizes its recommendations by January 1, 2021, to the general assembly's committees of reference with jurisdiction over business and state affairs and cease operations upon submission of the report.


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor + Appropriations
2/19/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/21/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/26/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/27/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/28/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
3/11/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/13/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/17/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/17/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/23/2020 Sent to the Governor
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1046 Private Construction Contract Payment Requirements 
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Valdez (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

In a construction contract of at least $150,000, the bill requires:

  • A property owner to make partial payments to the contractor of any amount due under the contract at the end of each calendar month or as soon as practicable after the end of the month;
  • A property owner to pay the contractor at least 95% of the value of satisfactorily completed work;
  • A property owner to pay the withheld percentage within 60 days after the contract is completed satisfactorily;
  • A contractor to pay a subcontractor for work performed under a subcontract within 30 calendar days after receiving payment for the work, not including a withheld percentage not to exceed 5%;
  • A subcontractor to pay any supplier, subcontractor, or laborer who provided goods, materials, labor, or equipment to the subcontractor within 30 calendar days after receiving payment under the subcontract; and
  • A subcontractor to submit to the contractor a list of the suppliers, sub-subcontractors, and laborers who provided goods, materials, labor, or equipment to the subcontractor for the work.

The bill does not apply to contracts with public entities or to a contract concerning one multi-family dwelling of no more than 4 units or one single-family dwelling. A person who fails to make a required payment must pay 1.5% interest per month until the debt is fully paid. In a lawsuit to enforce the bill, the prevailing party is awarded attorney fees and costs.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
1/28/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
2/18/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1059 Valuation Of Energy Storage Equipment 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Jackson (D) | S. Bird (D) / F. Winter (D) | J. Tate (R)
Summary:

Energy Legislation Review Interim Study Committee. The bill ensures that clean energy resources and energy storage systems used to store electricity are assessed for valuation for the purpose of property taxation in a similar manner to renewable energy facility property used to generate and deliver electricity.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment + Finance + Appropriations
3/5/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Unamended to Finance
5/28/2020 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1089 Employee Protection Lawful Off-duty Activities 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Melton (D)
Summary:

The bill prohibits an employer from terminating an employee for the employee's lawful off-duty activities that are lawful under state law even if those activities are not lawful under federal law.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/10/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/19/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1141 Fees Charged To Tenants By Landlords 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: Y. Caraveo (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

The bill prohibits a landlord of a mobile home park or a residential premises (landlord) from:

  • Charging a tenant or mobile home owner a late fee for late payment of rent unless the rent payment is late by at least 14 calendar days;
  • Charging a tenant or mobile home owner a late fee in an amount that exceeds the greater of:
  • $20; or
  • The lesser of 3% of the tenant's or home owner's monthly rent obligation or 3% of the amount of the rent obligation that remains due;
  • Removing, excluding, or initiating eviction procedures against a tenant or mobile home owner solely as a result of the tenant's or mobile home owner's failure to pay late fees;
  • Imposing a late fee on a tenant for the late payment or nonpayment of any portion of the rent for which a rent subsidy provider, rather than the tenant, is responsible for paying;
  • Imposing a late fee more than once for each late payment;
  • Requiring a tenant or mobile home owner to pay interest on late fees; or
  • Recouping any amount of a late fee from a rent payment made by a tenant or mobile home owner.

A landlord may recoup one or more late fees from a tenant or mobile home owner's security deposit if the payment of each late fee is no more than 180 days overdue and the landlord provides written notice to the tenant or mobile home owner that the landlord has recouped each late fee from the tenant or mobile home owner's security deposit.

A landlord shall not require a tenant or mobile home owner to pay any fee or other charge other than the rent; except that a landlord may require a tenant or mobile home owner to pay a use-based fee that is described in the rental agreement.

If a landlord provides to a tenant or mobile home owner a utility service that is not individually metered, the landlord shall include the cost of the utility service in the tenant's or mobile home owner's rent and charge the actual cost of the utility service on a uniform basis to all tenants or mobile home owners who receive the service.


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

Status: 1/16/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/26/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1143 Environmental Justice And Projects Increase Environmental Fines 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(13) in house 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
6/3/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1193 Income Tax Benefits For Family Leave 
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
5/28/2020 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1322 Public Participation Property Tax Manuals 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(11) in house calendar.
Sponsors: C. Larson (R) | M. Gray (D) / P. Lundeen (R) | D. Moreno (D)
Summary:

The property tax administrator is required by law to prepare and publish manuals, appraisal procedures, instructions, and guidelines (property tax materials) concerning the administration of the property tax. Beginning January 1, 2021, section 1 of the bill requires the administrator to conduct a public hearing on a proposed change to the property tax materials prior to submitting the proposed change to the advisory committee to the property tax administrator (advisory committee). The administrator must publish notice of the hearing and mail notice to those people who so request. At the hearing, interested persons may submit information and the administrator is required to consider these submissions. Any interested person may also petition the administrator for the issuance, amendment, or repeal of any property tax material.

At least 2 weeks prior to the advisory committee reviewing a proposed change to the property tax materials, section 2 requires the property tax administrator to publish notice about the proposed change.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/25/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
3/10/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/13/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/14/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2020 - No Amendments
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1326 Create Occupational Credential Portability Program 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: S. Bird (D) | K. Van Winkle (R) / P. Lee (D) | B. Gardner (R)
Summary:

The bill:

  • Creates the occupational credential portability program that would apply to most professions and occupations regulated by the division of professions and occupations within the department of regulatory agencies;
  • Requires the director of the division and most regulatory boards and commissions within the division (regulators) to strive to reduce certification, registration, and licensure barriers for applicants; and
  • Gives regulators rule-making authority to establish an occupational credential portability program in the least burdensome way necessary to protect the public.

The bill also relocates the existing occupational credential exemption for military spouses to the new occupational credential portability program and modifies the exemption.

(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: 2/25/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/11/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/26/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/27/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/27/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/28/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/2/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/3/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1342 Property Tax Valuation Appeals 
Position: Amend
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Gray (D) | C. Larson (R)
Summary:

Sections 1 and 2 of the bill establish authority for the board of assessment appeals to refer a matter before it to a hearing officer for an expedited hearing, upon the request of a taxpayer in certain circumstances. There are deadlines for requesting and conducting the hearing and for the hearing officer to make his or her order. The procedure for the hearing is similar to those hearings conducted before the board. If unchanged by the board of assessment appeals, a hearing officer's order is appealable in the same manner as an order issued by the board.

Section 3 creates the property tax valuation protest deadline task force. The task force consists of 7 members: The property tax administrator or the administrator's designee and 6 members appointed by the governor. The task force meets over one year and is required to consider and make recommendations to legislative committees to extend the taxpayer's deadline to protest a property tax valuation and to adjust other related deadlines.

Under current law, an assessor may, with the permission of the board of county commissioners, include an estimate of property taxes owed in a notice of valuation. Section 4 requires an assessor to include this estimate and allows the assessor to include a range of values.

If in the consideration of a protest an assessor finds that he or she made a systematic error and the valuations of other similar properties are incorrect, section 5 requires the assessor to correct the error for the other similar properties.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
5/27/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1348 Additional Liability Under Respondeat Superior 
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
5/26/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1351 Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units 
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
5/27/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-021 Tax Expenditure Bill Requirements 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(24) in house calendar.
Sponsors: J. Tate (R) / M. Snyder (D) | A. Benavidez (D)
Summary:

Tax Expenditure Evaluation Interim Study Committee. Current law requires a legislative declaration stating the intended purpose of a new tax expenditure or the intended purpose for extending an expiring tax expenditure. The bill expands that law by:

  • Requiring a statutory legislative declaration, not nonstatutory;
  • Requiring any bill that creates a new tax expenditure to include a repeal of the expenditure after a specified period of tax years and any bill that extends an expiring tax expenditure to extend the expenditure for a specified period of tax years; and
  • Requiring the statement of the intended purpose to be a part of a tax preference performance statement, which includes:
  • The classification of the type of the tax expenditure; and
  • Detailed information regarding the legislative purpose of the tax expenditure, which, at minimum, includes clear, relevant, and ascertainable metrics and data requirements that allow the tax expenditure to be measured for effectiveness in achieving the intended purpose.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/6/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
2/11/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/14/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/18/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/19/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
5/28/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/3/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/4/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-046 Clarify Double Electrical Inspection Fees If Late 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(5) in house calendar.
Sponsors: J. Tate (R) / J. Arndt (D)
Summary:

Statutory Revision Committee. The bill clarifies that electrical inspection fees charged by the state electrical board, which are generally based on the actual expense of the inspection, may be doubled if an application for an electrical permit is not filed in advance of the commencement of an electrical installation.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
1/27/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
1/30/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
1/31/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/4/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/10/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/13/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/14/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2020 - No Amendments
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-055 Incentivize Development Recycling End Markets 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(6) in senate calendar.
Sponsors: K. Priola (R) | T. Story (D) / L. Cutter (D) | J. Arndt (D)
Summary:

Zero Waste and Recycling Interim Study Committee. Section 1 of the bill directs the pollution prevention advisory board (board) within the department of public health and environment (department) to recommend to the department a structure and governing guidance for a recycling market development center to support the development of end-market businesses within the state. Section 1 also directs the department to conduct a literature review of what industry and other states are doing around the country regarding producer responsibility and to create policy and legislative recommendations regarding the feasibility of requiring producers to design, manage, and finance programs for end-of-life management of their products and packaging as a condition of sale.

Sections 3, 4, and 5 allow the board to use the recycling resources economic opportunity fund and the front range waste diversion cash fund to reimburse eligible recycling businesses for locally assessed personal property taxes paid in the current tax year in this state on personal property. Section 2 directs the board to establish a formula that it would use in awarding personal property tax reimbursements.

Section 6 requires the department, on and after October 1, 2020, to administer a statewide campaign to educate Colorado residents concerning recycling. The department shall ensure the campaign includes:

  • Communications delivered via social media;
  • Television and radio public service announcements; and
  • The placement of written materials in public locations, such as community centers, recreation centers, and shopping centers.

In administering the campaign, the department shall consult with municipal governments, county governments, and private agencies that operate recycling programs. The department may contract with one or more public or private entities for the preparation of materials to be used in the campaign. The requirement is repealed, effective September 1, 2021.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/10/2020 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended 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
6/4/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/5/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-093 Consumer And Employee Dispute Resolution Fairness 
Position: Monitor
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
5/27/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
6/4/2020 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-138 Consumer Protection Construction Defect Time Period 
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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SB20-150 Adopt Renewable Natural Gas Standard 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: C. Hansen (D) | D. Coram (R) / J. Arndt (D) | M. Catlin (R)
Summary:

The bill requires the public utilities commission to adopt by rule, no later than July 31, 2021, renewable natural gas programs for large natural gas utilities (those that have at least 200,000 250,000 customer accounts in Colorado) and small natural gas utilities (those that have fewer than 200,000 250,000 customer accounts in Colorado). Municipally owned natural gas utilities may, but need not, participate in a renewable natural gas program. The rules must include reporting requirements and a process for natural gas utilities to fully recover prudently incurred costs associated with the large and small renewable natural gas programs.

"Renewable natural gas" is defined to mean any of the following products processed to meet pipeline quality standards or transportation fuel-grade requirements or delivered by an alternative energy carrier :

  • Biogas that is blended with, or substituted for, geologic natural gas;
  • Hydrogen gas derived from renewable energy sources; or
  • Methane gas derived from any combination of biogas; hydrogen gas or carbon oxides derived from renewable energy sources; waste carbon dioxide; coalbed methane resulting from human activity; naturally occurring coalbed deposits; a municipal solid waste landfill; waste tire or municipal solid waste pyrolysis; or biogas recovery from manure management systems and anaerobic digesters ; or the decomposition of organic food waste .

If a large natural gas utility's total incremental annual cost to meet the targets of the large renewable natural gas program exceeds 5% 2% of the large natural gas utility's total revenue requirement for a particular year, the large natural gas utility shall not make additional qualified investments under the large renewable natural gas program for that year without approval from the commission. The bill establishes the following portfolio targets for the percentage of gas purchased by large natural gas utilities that is renewable natural gas:

  • By January 1, 2025, at least 5% must be renewable natural gas;
  • By January 1, 2030, at least 10% must be renewable natural gas; and
  • On and after January 1, 2035, at least 15% must be renewable natural gas.

Small natural gas utilities may opt in to the small renewable natural gas program as established by the commission by rule. The rule must include tradeable credits and a rate cap limiting the small natural gas utility's costs of procuring renewable natural gas from third parties and qualified investments in renewable natural gas infrastructure.

The bill appropriates $83,555 from the fixed utilities cash fund to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the public utilities commission to implement the bill.

(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: 1/28/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/11/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/25/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/27/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/28/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/2/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
5/28/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB20-159 Global Warming Potential For Public Project Materials 
Position: Monitor
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
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB20-190 Boost Renewable Energy Transmission Investment 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: C. Hansen (D)
Summary:

Section 1 of the bill directs the public utilities commission (PUC) to approve utilities' applications to build new transmission facilities if the PUC finds that the new facilities would assist the utilities in meeting the state's clean energy goals established in 2019. Applications are deemed approved if the PUC does not deny them within 180 days after completion and public notice of the application.

Section 2 directs the PUC, as part of its ongoing docket regarding evaluation of the benefits of a regional transmission organization, to undertake and, by December 31, 2020, to complete a review of existing and potential additional energy resource zones for renewable resource generation development areas within Colorado. The purposes of the study are to:

  • Identify planned electric transmission lines (lines) and renewable resource generation development areas within Colorado that have potential to support competition among renewable energy developers for development of renewable resource generation projects;
  • Evaluate opportunities to support transitions in electricity generation by evaluating renewable resource generation opportunities located in communities with substantial economic activity and employment in the fossil fuel industry; and
  • Identify opportunities for the development of renewable resources:
  • For export to consumers outside of Colorado and the potential to use new and existing transmission capacity for export; and
  • To be interconnected to the transmission system in a manner that promotes a reliable and integrated transmission system and shifts the state away from inefficient, radial transmission development.

Section 2 also amends the existing statute to narrow the scope of the PUC's docket inquiry, including only consideration of regional transmission organizations and removing references to energy imbalance markets, power pools, and joint tariffs.

If a potential line in Colorado has been submitted to the PUC as part of an electric resource plan based on the inclusion of planned lines in the report the PUC is required to submit as part of its docket inquiry, pursuant to existing requirements for transmission plan reporting, or under a regional transmission plan required by another applicable federal regional transmission planning requirement, section 2 allows bidders in an electric resource plan to rely on the planned line for interconnection in their proposals made pursuant to utility resource plans.

Under section 2, the PUC is directed to review clean energy project bids without such bids being burdened by the cost of planned lines. If the development of such lines would result in cost-effective generation being developed to meet the state's clean energy goals, then the PUC shall direct public utilities to submit those lines for approval and construction in order to meet the state's 2030 clean energy goals and beyond.

The federal energy regulatory commission requires each public utility transmission provider to participate in a regional transmission planning process to produce a regional transmission plan. If construction of a line in Colorado has been approved in a regional transmission plan or by another applicable federal regional transmission planning requirement, section 3 affords an incumbent electric utility owning the existing transmission facilities to which the line will connect up to 180 days after the line has been approved to give written notice to the PUC that the incumbent electric utility intends to construct, own, and maintain the line. If the incumbent electric utility does not provide notice to the PUC, the incumbent electric utility surrenders its right of first refusal to construct, own, and maintain the line. If the incumbent electric utility provides the notice, the incumbent electric utility, if it is subject to the PUC's regulation, shall, within 24 months after filing the notice, file an application with the PUC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity to construct the line.

The right of first refusal is conditioned on the incumbent electric utility having joined a regional transmission organization and exercising the right of first refusal within ten years thereafter.


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

Status: 3/3/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
5/26/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
6/3/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-204 Additional Resources To Protect Air Quality 
Position:
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(9) in senate calendar.
Sponsors: S. Fenberg (D) / D. Jackson (D) | Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary:

Section 3 of the bill creates the air quality enterprise and specifies that its revenues are exempt from the state constitution's TABOR provisions. The enterprise will conduct air quality modeling, monitoring, data assessment, and research; implement emission mitigation projects; and provide its data to the division of administration and the air quality control commission in the department of public health and environment to facilitate the administration of the state's air quality laws, including by facilitating the timely issuance and effective enforcement of appropriate emission permits.

The enterprise's board of directors shall establish by rule the following enterprise fees in an amount sufficient, in aggregate, to cover its indirect and direct costs in implementing its powers and duties:

  • A fee per ton of air pollutant; and
  • A fee for services performed for third parties for air quality modeling, monitoring, assessment, or research and to conduct mitigation and monitoring projects.

The fees are credited to the newly created air quality enterprise cash fund.

Section 4 removes the statutory maximum for fees assessed for air pollutant emission notices, establishes a fee for fiscal year 2020-21, and allows the commission to thereafter adjust the fees by rule. Section 5 removes the statutory maximums for annual per-ton emission fees and processing fees, establishes a fee for fiscal year 2020-21, allows the commission to thereafter adjust these fees by rule, and specifies the purposes for which these increased revenues may be spent.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/12/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
5/26/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Finance
5/27/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/2/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
6/5/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB20-205 Sick Leave For Employees 
Position:
Calendar Notification: Saturday, June 6 2020
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
9:00 AM Old Supreme Court Chamber
(1) in senate calendar.
Sponsors: S. Fenberg (D) | J. Bridges (D) / K. Becker (D) | Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the "Healthy Families and Workplaces Act" (act), which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees under various circumstances.

On and after the effective date of the act through December 31, 2020, employers are required to provide each of their employees paid sick leave for employees to take for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the amounts and for the purposes specified in the federal "Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act" in the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act".

Additionally, beginning January 1, 2021, the act requires all employers in Colorado to provide paid sick leave to their employees, accrued at one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 48 hours.

An employee:

  • Begins accruing paid sick leave when the employee's employment begins;
  • May use paid sick leave as it is accrued; and
  • May carry forward and use in subsequent calendar years paid sick leave that is not used in the year in which it is accrued.

Employees may use accrued paid sick leave to be absent from work for the following purposes:

  • The employee has a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; needs a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment related to such illness, injury, or condition; or needs to obtain preventive medical care;
  • The employee needs to care for a family member who has a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; needs a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment related to such illness, injury, or condition; or needs to obtain preventive medical care;
  • The employee or family member has been the victim of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment and needs to be absent from work for purposes related to such crime; or
  • A public official has ordered the closure of the school or place of care of the employee's child or of the employee's place of business due to a public health emergency, necessitating the employee's absence from work.

In addition to the paid sick leave accrued by an employee, the act requires an employer to provide its employees an additional amount of paid sick leave during a public health emergency in an amount based on the number of hours the employee works.

The act prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who uses the employee's paid sick leave or otherwise exercises the employee's rights under the act. Employers are required to notify employees of their rights under the act by providing employees with a written notice of their rights and displaying a poster, developed by the division of labor standards and statistics (division) in the department of labor and employment, detailing employees' rights under the act.

Employers must retain records documenting, by employee, the hours worked, paid sick leave accrued, and paid sick leave used and make such records available to the division to monitor compliance with the act.

The director of the division will implement and enforce the act and adopt rules necessary for such purposes. The act treats an employee's information about the employee's or a family member's health condition or domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment case as confidential and prohibits an employer from disclosing such information or requiring the employee to disclose such information as a condition of using paid sick leave.

Employers, including public employers, that provide comparable paid leave to their employees and allow employees to use that leave as permitted under the act are not required to provide additional paid sick leave to their employees.

Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement would not be entitled to paid sick leave under the act if the collective bargaining agreement expressly waives the requirements of the act and provides an equivalent benefit to covered employees.


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

Status: 5/26/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
6/3/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB20-207 Unemployment Insurance 
Position:
Calendar Notification: Saturday, June 6 2020
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
9:00 AM Old Supreme Court Chamber
(2) in senate calendar.
Sponsors: C. Hansen (D) | F. Winter (D)
Summary:

For the purpose of creating a rebuttable presumption that an individual is an independent contractor, the bill allows the individual to establish that the person for whom he or she is performing services does not combine the business operations with the individual's business and the individual performs work that is not the primary work of the person or related to the primary work of the person. The bill authorizes the parties to demonstrate the satisfaction of the factors considered by the division of employment insurance in the department of labor and employment (division) in a manner other than a written document. If an individual is determined to be an employee for the pruposes of the wage theft laws, the individual is deemed an employee for the purposes of determining eligibility for unemployment insurance compensation benefits.

The bill exempts payment for services to an election judge for the purposes of calculating total unemployment compensation benefits.

Current law requires a deduction from the weekly total and partial unemployment benefit amounts of the part of wages that exceeds 25% of the weekly benefit amount. The bill changes the percentage of wages for calculating the deduction to 50%.

When determining whether an individual qualifies for unemployment insurance, the bill directs the division to consider whether the individual has separated from employment or has refused to accept new employment because:

  • The employer requires the individual to work in an environment that is not in compliance with: Federal centers for disease control and prevention guidelines applicable to the employer's business and workplace at the time of the determination; state and federal laws, rules, and regulations concerning disease mitigation and workplace safety; an executive order issued by the governor requiring the employer to close the business or modify the operation of the business; and any public health order issued by the department of public health and environment or a local government;
  • The individual is the primary caretaker of a child enrolled in a school that is closed due to a public health emergency or of a family member or household member who is quarantined due to an illness during a public health emergency; or
  • The employee is immunocompromised and more susceptible to illness during a public health emergency.

The bill changes the time period that an interested party has to respond to a notice of claim received by the division concerning unemployment benefits from 12 calendar days to 7 calendar days.

Current law authorizes the division to approve a work share plan submitted by an employer if the employee's normal weekly work hours have been reduced by at least 10% but not more than 40%. The bill changes the amount that hours may be reduced to an amount consistent with rules adopted by the division and federal law.

The bill removes the cap on the amount of money that can be paid into and remain in the employment support fund.

The bill requires the director of the division to study and report to the general assembly the feasibility of creating an unemployment insurance compensation program and fund for individuals engaged in independent trades, occupations, and professions.


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

Status: 5/26/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/2/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-215 Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise 
Position:
Calendar Notification: Saturday, June 6 2020
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
9:00 AM Old Supreme Court Chamber
(6) in senate calendar.
Sponsors: D. Moreno (D) | K. Donovan (D) / C. Kennedy (D) | J. McCluskie (D)
Summary:

The bill establishes the health insurance affordability enterprise, for purposes of section 20 of article X of the state constitution, that is authorized to assess a health insurance affordability fee (insurer fee) on certain health insurers and a special assessment (hospital assessment) on hospitals in order to:

  • Provide business services to carriers that pay the fee, including services to increase enrollment in health benefit plans offered by carriers across the state; increasing the number of individuals who are able to purchase health benefit plans in the individual market by providing financial support for certain qualifying individuals; funding the reinsurance program that offsets the costs carriers would otherwise pay for covering consumers with high medical costs; improving the stability of the market throughout the state by providing consistent private health care coverage and reducing the movement of individuals between group and individual coverage and from insured to uninsured status; and reducing provider cost shifting from the individual market and the uninsured to the group market; and
  • Provide business services to hospitals, including increasing hospital revenues by reducing the amount of uncompensated care provided by hospitals; and reducing the need of providers to shift costs of providing uncompensated care to other payers.

The enterprise is to start assessing and collecting the insurer fee in 2021, which fee is based on a percentage of premiums collected by health insurers in the previous calendar year on health benefit plans issued in the state. The hospital assessment is a specified amount assessed and collected in the 2022 and 2023 calendar years. Money collected from the insurer fee and hospital assessment is to be deposited in the health insurance affordability cash fund (fund), which the bill creates. The bill also transfers an amount of premium taxes collected by the state in 2020 or later years that exceeds the amount collected in 2019, but not more than 10% of the enterprise's revenues, to the fund.

The enterprise is required to use the insurer fee, the hospital assessment, and any premium tax revenues or other money available in the fund, in accordance with the allocation specified in the bill, for the following purposes:

  • To provide funding for the reinsurance program established by House Bill 19-1168;
  • To provide payments to carriers to increase the affordability of health insurance on the individual market for Coloradans who receive the premium tax credit available under federal law;
  • To provide subsidies for state-subsidized individual health coverage plans purchased by qualified low-income individuals who are not eligible for the premium tax credit or public assistance health care programs;
  • To pay the actual administrative costs of the enterprise and the division of insurance for implementing and administering the bill, limited to 3% of the enterprise's revenues; and
  • To pay the costs for consumer enrollment, outreach, and education activities regarding health care coverage.

The enterprise is governed by a 9-member board composed of the executive director of the Colorado health benefit exchange and the commissioner of insurance or their designees and 7 members appointed by the governor and representing various aspect of the health care industry and health care consumers.

With regard to the reinsurance program and enterprise established pursuant to House Bill 19-1168, the bill:

  • Incorporates the reinsurance program enterprise within the health insurance affordability enterprise;
  • Eliminates funding for the reinsurance program from special assessments on hospitals and health insurers, excess premium tax revenues, and specified transfers from the state general fund and instead allocates a portion of the health insurance affordability enterprise revenues to the reinsurance program annually; and
  • Extends the reinsurance program, subject to federal approval of a new or extended state innovation waiver to enable the state to operate the reinsurance program and access federal funding for the program.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 6/2/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
6/3/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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SB20-216 Workers' Compensation For COVID-19 
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D) / K. Mullica (D)
Summary:

The bill provides that, for purposes of the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado", if an essential worker who works outside of the home contracts COVID-19, the contraction is:

  • Presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of employment; and
  • A compensable accident, injury, or occupational disease.

An essential worker is considered to have contracted COVID-19 if the worker tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, is diagnosed with COVID-19 by a licensed physician, or has COVID-19 listed as the cause of death on the worker's death certificate.


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

Status: 6/2/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
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SCR20-001 Repeal Property Tax Assessment Rates 
Position:
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(4) in senate calendar.
Sponsors: J. Tate (R) | C. Hansen (D) / D. Esgar (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary: *** No bill summary available ***
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
Fiscal Notes:

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