2020 Legislative Session
Women's Lobby of Colorado
Bill Tracker


HB20-1009 Suppressing Court Records Of Eviction Proceedings 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Suppressing Court Records Of Eviction Proceedings
Sponsors: D. Jackson (D) / F. Winter (D)
Summary:

The bill requires a court to suppress specifies that court records related to an eviction proceeding or an action for termination of a mobile home park tenancy so that the records are suppressed court records that are not publicly available. If an order granting the plaintiff possession of the premises is entered in the action, the court records are no longer suppressed and the court must lift the suppression order make the records available to the public, unless the parties agree that the records should remain suppressed.

The names of the parties included in a court record that is suppressed may be used by a court for administrative purposes, but the court shall not, for any reason, publish the names of the parties online.

A summons in an eviction proceeding must include a notice concerning suppression of court records related to the action.

(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: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
1/23/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
1/28/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
1/29/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/3/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/26/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/2/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/3/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/14/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/16/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/20/2020 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1014 Misuse Of Human Reproductive Material 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Misuse Of Human Reproductive Material
Sponsors: K. Tipper (D) | J. Rich (R) / B. Gardner (R)
Summary:

The bill creates a new civil cause of action and a crime if a health care provider in the course of assisted reproduction uses gamete gametes from a person without the written consent of the patient. The bill authorizes specified compensatory damages or liquidated damages of $50,000 in the civil action and specifies that the crime is a class 6 felony. The bill includes that conviction of an offense under the new crime is unprofessional conduct under the licensing to practice medicine.

(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: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
1/28/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
1/31/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/3/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/6/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/26/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1031 Replace Columbus Day With New State Holiday 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Replace Columbus Day With New State Holiday
Sponsors: A. Benavidez (D) | K. Mullica (D) / A. Williams (D) | C. Hansen (D)
Summary:

State holidays. The act establishes Frances Xavier Cabrini day as a state legal holiday on the first Monday in October and repeals Columbus day.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status: 0/0/2020 House Second Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/4/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/10/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/12/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/13/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over to 02/18/2020 - No Amendments
2/18/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/19/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/21/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
3/3/2020 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/6/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/9/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/10/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/16/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/16/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/16/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/20/2020 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1040 Concealed Handguns On School Grounds 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Concealed Handguns On School Grounds
Sponsors: P. Neville (R)
Summary:

With certain exceptions, current law limits the authority of a person who holds a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun by prohibiting a permit holder from carrying a concealed handgun on public elementary, middle, junior high, or high school grounds. The bill removes this limitation.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/23/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1048 Race Trait Hairstyle Anti-discrimination Protect 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Race Trait Hairstyle Anti-discrimination Protect
Sponsors: L. Herod (D) | J. Buckner (D) / R. Fields (D)
Summary:

The bill enacts the "Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act of 2020", also known as the "CROWN Act of 2020", which specifies that, for purposes of anti-discrimination laws in the context of public education, employment practices, housing, public accommodations, and advertising, protections against discrimination on the basis of one's race includes traits historically associated with race, such as include hair texture, hair type, and or a protective hairstyles hairstyle commonly or historically associated with race, such as braids, locs, twists, tight coils or curls, cornrows, Bantu knots, Afros, and headwraps.

(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 Third Reading -
1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/5/2020 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/10/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
2/11/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/11/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/12/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/24/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/27/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/28/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/5/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/5/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/6/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/6/2020 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1053 Supports For Early Childhood Educator Workforce 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Supports For Early Childhood Educator Workforce
Sponsors: E. Sirota (D) | J. Wilson (R) / T. Story (D)
Summary:

Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission. The bill directs the state board of human services (state board) in the department of human services (DHS) to establish licensing standards that will allow an early care and education program to be licensed for a period of time determined by the state board if one or more early childhood educators have pursued DHS-approved early childhood credentials but have not yet completed the credential and other state-board-determined quality, safety, and supervision conditions are met.

The state board shall also promulgate rules allowing an early childhood educator to earn points toward an early childhood credential based on the candidate's prior experience and demonstrated competency.

The bill directs DHS and the department of education (CDE) to streamline and align the early childhood professional credential, child care program licensing, and educator licensing to make requirements clear and consistent and to reduce the administrative burden and paperwork burden relating to credentialing and licensing of early childhood educators.

The bill directs DHS to analyze and prepare a written report every 2 years on the gap between Colorado's current supply of early childhood educators and the current and future need for early childhood educators in the state. The report will be posted on DHS's website.

The bill directs DHS and CDE to direct resources to support concurrent enrollment opportunities and career pathways for high school students and other nontraditional students interested in earning college credit toward becoming an early childhood educator.

The bill creates the early care and education recruitment and retention grant and scholarship program in DHS (grant and scholarship program). DHS shall administer the program directly or by contract. The state board shall establish an application process for the grant and scholarship program, and DHS shall award grants and scholarships to eligible individuals or entities for the purposes of increasing the number of individuals qualified as early childhood educators to teach in a program serving children 5 years of age or younger and to retain early childhood educators teaching in those programs.

Individuals and entities eligible for a grant or scholarship include individuals pursuing a career in early childhood education, nonprofit entities that administer scholarship programs aligned with the purposes of the grant and scholarship program, licensed early care and education programs, and institutions of higher education that administer scholarship programs aligned with the purposes of the grant and scholarship program.

The bill includes a list of eligible expenditures of the grant or scholarship money, including, among others, payment of tuition and other expenses for courses that lead to a degree or credential as an early childhood educator or a higher degree or qualification that results in retention of an educator; payment for the costs of coaching, mentoring, professional development, and other costs and programs that lead to credentialing; payments to licensed providers; and money for programs, schools, and institutions of higher education to establish "grow-your-own" programs to support individuals completing qualifications to become early childhood educators.

The bill creates a fund for the grant and scholarship program and requires DHS to report on the grant and scholarship program at least every 2 years and post the report on its website.

The bill creates the early childhood educator apprenticeship program (apprenticeship program) in the division of employment and training (division) in the department of labor and employment (CDLE). The division shall administer the apprenticeship program. The executive director of CDLE shall establish program standards relating to eligibility criteria for local entities, including workforce development programs, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and early childhood councils, to receive money to support existing apprenticeship programs and to implement new apprenticeship programs for early childhood educators. The bill includes the approved uses of funding provided through the apprenticeship program. The bill creates a fund for the apprenticeship program.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations
2/4/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB20-1063 Fundamental Family Rights In Colorado 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Fundamental Family Rights In Colorado
Sponsors: T. Geitner (R)
Summary:

The bill defines parental rights as the right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of a parent's child and establishes parental rights as a fundamental right in Colorado that is subject to strict scrutiny.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/13/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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HB20-1068 Born Alive Child Physician Relationship 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Born Alive Child Physician Relationship
Sponsors: S. Sandridge (R)
Summary:

The bill establishes a physician-patient relationship between a child born alive after or during an abortion and the physician who performed or attempted to perform the abortion. The bill requires the physician to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious physician would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age and requires that the child born alive be immediately transferred to a hospital. The bill creates a civil penalty of $100,000 for a violation enforceable by the attorney general, makes a violation a class 3 felony, and makes a conviction unprofessional conduct for licensing purposes.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/11/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1075 Protect Human Life At Conception 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Protect Human Life At Conception
Sponsors: S. Humphrey (R) | L. Saine (R) / V. Marble (R)
Summary:

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

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

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

The bill states that any act, law, treaty, order, or regulation of the United States government that denies or prohibits protection of a human person's inalienable right to life is null, void, and unenforceable in this state and that the courts of the United States have no jurisdiction to interfere with Colorado's interest in protecting human life at conception when human life begins.


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

Status: 1/8/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
2/19/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely
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HB20-1086 Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet (D) | C. Larson (R) / R. Fields (D)
Summary:

The bill adds a requirement, as part of mandatory health insurance coverage of preventive health care services, that health plans cover an annual mental health wellness examination of up to 60 minutes that is performed by a qualified mental health care provider. The coverage must:

  • Be comparable to the coverage of a physical examination;
  • Comply with the requirements of federal mental health parity laws; and
  • Not require any deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance for the mental health wellness examination.

The bill appropriates $13,347 from the division of insurance cash fund to the division of insurance in the department of regulatory agencies for personal services 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: 1/10/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
1/29/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/14/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/19/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/20/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/21/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/11/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1088 U Visa Certification Requirements 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: U Visa Certification Requirements
Sponsors: S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / J. Danielson (D)
Summary:

To be eligible for U nonimmigrant status (U visa) from the federal government, a requestor must receive a certification form from a certifying official attesting that the person has been the victim of certain criminal activity and has been, is being, or is likely to be helpful to the detection, investigation, or prosecution of the criminal activity. The bill sets a required time frame for completion or denial of the certification request and sets forth the factors that may and may not be considered in the certification process. If a certifying official denies a certification request, the bill requires the certifying official to give the requestor a written statement containing the reasons for the denial. The bill also prohibits certain disclosures to immigration authorities and requires law enforcement certifying agencies to provide crime victims with information about the U visa.

(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 -
1/10/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary + Appropriations
2/6/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/21/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/25/2020 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 Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/3/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/6/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
5/26/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1098 Prohibition On Abortion After Twenty-two Weeks 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Prohibition On Abortion After Twenty-two Weeks
Sponsors: D. Williams (R)
Summary:

The bill prohibits any person from intentionally or recklessly performing or attempting to perform an abortion on a person if the gestational age of the fetus is 22 weeks or older except in limited circumstances. Any person who performs or attempts to perform an abortion in violation of this section is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor but may only be subject to punishment by fine and not by jail time.

A woman who has an abortion is not subject to criminal penalties.


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

Status: 1/14/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/11/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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HB20-1099 Repeal Ammunition Magazine Prohibition 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Repeal Ammunition Magazine Prohibition
Sponsors: L. Saine (R) | S. Humphrey (R) / V. Marble (R)
Summary:

The bill repeals statutory provisions:

  • Prohibiting the possession of certain ammunition magazines; and
  • Requiring each of certain ammunition magazines that are manufactured in Colorado on or after July 1, 2013, to include a permanent stamp or marking indicating that the magazine was manufactured or assembled after July 1, 2013.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/14/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1/23/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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HB20-1103 Colorectal Cancer Screening Coverage 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Colorectal Cancer Screening Coverage
Sponsors: J. Buckner (D) | P. Will (R) / R. Fields (D) | K. Priola (R)
Summary:

Current law requires health insurance carriers (carriers) to provide preventive health insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screenings in accordance with U.S. preventive services task force guidelines. The bill requires carriers to instead provide coverage for colorectal cancer screenings in accordance with American Cancer Society guidelines. The coverage must include coverage for a colonoscopy or other medical test or procedure for colorectal cancer screening and a follow-up colonoscopy, if necessary, and coverage for high-risk individuals additionally provide coverage for persons 45 years of age and older.

(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: 1/14/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations
1/14/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
1/29/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance 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 Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/20/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/20/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/28/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
5/27/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
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HB20-1114 Protect Minors From Mutilation And Sterilization 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Protect Minors From Mutilation And Sterilization
Sponsors: S. Sandridge (R)
Summary:

The bill protects minors from mutilation and sterilization. The bill creates a crime of unlawful sex reassignment treatment of a minor. A health care professional commits unlawful sex reassignment treatment of a minor if the person knowingly administers, dispenses, or prescribes a drug or hormone or orders or performs a surgical procedure for the purpose of facilitating sex reassignment of a minor.

Unlawful sex reassignment treatment of a minor is a class 3 felony.

A health care professional who is convicted of unlawful sex reassignment treatment of a minor is subject to professional disciplinary action.


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

Status: 1/15/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/13/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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HB20-1120 Enforcement Of Sexual Exploitation Of A Child 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Enforcement Of Sexual Exploitation Of A Child
Sponsors: T. Carver (R) | D. Roberts (D) / B. Gardner (R) | R. Fields (D)
Summary:

The bill defines possession for purposes of sexual exploitation of a child.

The bill updates certain actions described as sexual exploitation of a child to reflect access and viewing due to evolving technology.

The bill makes sexual exploitation of a child an extraordinary risk crime, enhancing the presumptive sentencing range, if the sexually exploitative material depicts a child who is:

  • Under 12 years of age;
  • Subjected to the actual application of physical force or violence; or
  • Subject to sexual intercourse, sexual intrusion, or sadomasochism.

The bill creates the sexual exploitation of a child surcharge for any person who is convicted or receives a deferred sentence for sexual exploitation of a child. Ninety-five percent of the surcharge goes to the sexual exploitation of children surcharge fund. The money in the fund will fund the enhance the effective investigation and prosecution of computer-facilitated sexual exploitation of children grant program. The grant awards go to law enforcement agencies to assist with developing and acquiring necessary technological or expert resources to investigate and prosecute computer-facilitated crimes of sexual exploitation of a child is continuously appropriated to the Colorado bureau of investigation to enhance the effective investigation and prosecution of computer-facilitated sexual exploitation of children.

(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: 1/15/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/4/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Finance
2/13/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
2/13/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/28/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/28/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/2/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/3/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
5/26/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1131 Menstrual Hygiene Products In Schools Program 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Menstrual Hygiene Products In Schools Program
Sponsors: B. Titone (D) | Y. Caraveo (D) / F. Winter (D)
Summary:

The bill creates in the department of public health and environment (department) the menstrual hygiene products accessibility grant program (grant program) to provide awards to public schools or school districts in order to provide menstrual hygiene products at no expense to students.

The state board of health is required to promulgate rules necessary for the implementation of the grant program.

The department shall award grants subject to available appropriations, and may seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations from private or public sources.


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

Status: 1/15/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations
2/6/2020 House Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB20-1141 Fees Charged To Tenants By Landlords 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Fees Charged To Tenants By Landlords
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
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HB20-1143 Environmental Justice And Projects Increase Environmental Fines 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(13) in house calendar.
Short Title: Environmental Justice And Projects Increase Environmental Fines
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
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HB20-1144 Parent's Bill Of Rights 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Parent's Bill Of Rights
Sponsors: R. Pelton (R)
Summary:

The bill establishes a parent's bill of rights that sets forth specific parental rights related to directing the upbringing, education, and health care of a minor child.


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

Status: 1/17/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/13/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
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HB20-1158 Insurance Cover Infertility Diagnosis Treatment Preserve 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Insurance Cover Infertility Diagnosis Treatment Preserve
Sponsors: K. Tipper (D) | L. Herod (D) / F. Winter (D) | S. Fenberg (D)
Summary:

Health insurance coverage - infertility diagnosis and treatment - fertility preservation services - exemption for religious employers - applicability contingent on determination by insurance division - appropriation. The act enacts the "Colorado Building Families Act", which requires health benefit plans issued or renewed in Colorado on or after January 1, 2022, to cover diagnosis of infertility, treatment for infertility, and fertility preservation services. The coverage for fertility medications must not impose any limits that are not applicable to coverage under the plan for other prescription medications, and the plan cannot impose deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, benefit maximums, waiting periods, or other limitations that are not applicable to other medical services covered under the plan. A religious employer may request an exclusion from the infertility coverage in a health benefit plan offered by the religious employer if the coverage conflicts with the religious organization's bona fide religious beliefs and practices.

The act directs the division of insurance to make a determination as to whether the coverage required by the act is in addition to essential health benefits required by the federal "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (Affordable Care Act) and would be subject to defrayal by the state pursuant to the Affordable Care Act. The division is to seek confirmation of its determination from the federal department of health and human services, and the coverage applies and is to be implemented by the division in health benefit plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2022, if the division receives confirmation that the coverage is not an additional benefit or if the federal department fails to respond in a timely manner.

The act appropriates $3,337 from the division of insurance cash fund to the division of insurance in the department of regulatory agencies for personal services to implement the act.


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

Status: 1/21/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
2/12/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
2/14/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/14/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/18/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/19/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/21/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/27/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/6/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/10/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/13/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/14/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
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
4/1/2020 Governor Signed
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HB20-1162 Prohibit Food Establishments' Use Of Polystyrene 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(15) in house calendar.
Short Title: Prohibit Food Establishments' Use Of Polystyrene
Sponsors: L. Cutter (D) | J. Singer (D) / M. Foote (D) | T. Story (D)
Summary:

Effective January 1, 2022, the bill prohibits a retail food establishment from distributing an expanded polystyrene product for use as a container for ready-to-eat food in this state. The executive director of the department of public health and environment or the executive director's designee may, through the attorney general, seek injunctive relief against a retail food establishment that violates the prohibition.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/21/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
2/24/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/13/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1163 Management Of Single-use Products 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(7) in house calendar.
Short Title: Management Of Single-use Products
Sponsors: A. Valdez (D) | E. Sirota (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

The bill prohibits stores and retail food establishments, on and after July 1, 2021, from providing single-use plastic carryout bags, single-use plastic stirrers, single-use plastic straws, and expanded polystyrene food service products (collectively "single-use products") to customers at the point of sale. The executive director of the department of public health and environment is authorized to enforce the prohibition. The prohibition does not apply to inventory purchased before July 1, 2021, and used on or before December 31, 2021.

A store or retail food establishment, on or after July 1, 2021, may furnish recyclable paper carryout bags to a customer at a charge of at least 10 cents per customer, which amount the store or establishment may retain in full, unless a local government's ordinance or resolution prohibits the store or establishment from retaining the full charge.

A local government, on or after July 1, 2021, is preempted from enacting an ordinance, resolution, rule, or charter provision that is less stringent than the statewide prohibition.


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

Status: 1/21/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment + Finance
2/24/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance
3/9/2020 House Committee on Finance 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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HB20-1188 Persons Who Illegally Reentered The United States 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Persons Who Illegally Reentered The United States
Sponsors: D. Williams (R)
Summary:

Under current law, a law enforcement officer is prohibited from arresting or detaining a person due to a civil immigration detainer. The bill makes an exception to the prohibition if the person was ordered deported or removed from the United States, or has been convicted of specified federal crimes related to improper entry or reentry into the United States, or has been convicted of a felony in Colorado (illegal alien). The bill also requires law enforcement to notify the federal immigration and customs enforcement (ICE) of the date and time of the illegal alien's release from custody and to detain an illegal alien for not more than 48 hours after the date and time of release.

Notwithstanding governmental immunity, the bill also creates a civil remedy against a law enforcement officer's employing agency if a law enforcement officer does not notify ICE or detain the illegal alien as required and the illegal alien then commits a crime. The victim of the crime is entitled to compensatory damages up to specified limits if the damages are proximately caused by the crime.


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

Status: 1/30/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/12/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1193 Income Tax Benefits For Family Leave 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Income Tax Benefits For Family Leave
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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HB20-1196 Mobile Home Park Act Updates 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(6) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Mobile Home Park Act Updates
Sponsors: E. Hooton (D) | J. McCluskie (D) / S. Fenberg (D) | P. Lee (D)
Summary:

Section 1 of the bill defines new terms for the purposes of the "Mobile Home Park Act" (Act) and the "Mobile Home Park Act Dispute Resolution and Enforcement Program" (program). Section 1 also relocates, with amendments, the definition of "entry fee" to the Act's definitions section.

Section 2 clarifies provisions relating to notices that the management of a mobile home park (management) is required to provide to home owners of the mobile home park (home owners) when the management intends to terminate a home owner's tenancy in the mobile home park (park). Section 2 also states that a home owner has 90 days to cure certain instances of noncompliance and that this 90-day period to cure runs concurrently with the 90-day period to sell the mobile home or remove it from the premises.

Section 3 restates, with amendments, the permissible reasons for which the management may terminate a home owner's tenancy and the notice requirements associated with a termination.

Section 4 states that a notice to quit tenancy and a notice of nonpayment of rent must include language notifying a home owner of the home owner's right to file a complaint through the program.

Section 5 replaces a gender-specific pronoun with gender-neutral language and relocates, with amendments, certain existing language concerning the administration of security deposits by landlords.

Section 6 repeals the definition of "entry fee" from its current location in statute.

Sections 7, 8, and 9 replace gender-specific pronouns with gender-neutral language.

Section 10 clarifies management's duties concerning maintenance and repair of a park; creates new duties relating to the maintenance and repair of water lines, sewage, and other utilities; and replaces a gender-specific pronoun with gender-neutral language.

Section 11 requires management to annually provide certain information concerning water usage and billing to home owners and to post the information in a clearly visible location in at least one common area of the park. The management must provide each home owner a monthly water bill showing the amount owed by the home owner, the total amount owed by all the home owners in the park, the methodologies used to determine the amount billed to each home owner, and, if the management purchases the water from a provider, the total amount paid by the management to the provider.

Section 11 also prohibits management from taking retaliatory action against a home owner who exercises any right conferred upon the home owner by law. The bill states that certain actions by management are presumed to be retaliatory and that management may rebut a presumption of retaliation with sufficient evidence of a nonretaliatory purpose.

Section 12 relocates existing language prohibiting a rental agreement from including certain provisions and adds new prohibited provisions.

Section 13 adds provisions and relocates, with amendments, existing provisions concerning the amending of park rules and regulations. The bill states that management may add or amend rules and regulations only after acquiring the consent of each home owner or after providing written notice of the amendment to each home owner at least 60 days before the amendment becomes effective. A home owner may file a complaint challenging a rule, regulation, or amendment pursuant to the program within 60 days after receiving the notice. If a home owner files a complaint, and the new or amended rule or regulation will increase a cost to the home owner in an amount equal to or exceeding 10% of the home owner's monthly rent obligation under the rental agreement, management shall not enforce the rule, regulation, or amendment unless and until the parties reach an agreement concerning the rule, regulation, or amendment or the dispute resolution process concludes with a written determination that the rule, regulation, or amendment may be enforced.

Section 14 requires management to respect the privacy of home owners. The management has a right of entry to the land upon which a mobile home is situated for the maintenance of utilities and to ensure compliance with applicable codes, statutes, ordinances, administrative rules, rental agreements, and the rules of the community. A landlord shall not make entry in a manner that interferes with a home owner's peaceful enjoyment of the land except in the case of an emergency. Except when posting notices that are required by law or by a rental agreement, the management shall make a reasonable effort to notify a home owner of management's intention to make entry at least 48 hours before making entry.

Section 15 clarifies that a landlord may not take any retaliatory actions against a home owner and removes language concerning a home owner's expressed intent in filing a complaint under the program.

Sections 16 to 22 make conforming amendments.

(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: 1/30/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
2/19/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/28/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/3/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/06/2020 - No Amendments
3/6/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/9/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/10/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
5/26/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
6/2/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/5/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
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HB20-1201 Mobile Home Park Residents Opportunity To Purchase 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Mobile Home Park Residents Opportunity To Purchase
Sponsors: E. Hooton (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / D. Moreno (D) | J. Ginal (D)
Summary:

The bill gives home owners in a mobile home park the opportunity to make an offer to buy the park if the landlord anticipates selling it or changing the use of the land. A landlord must give notice of a pending sale to the home owners, the applicable municipality or county, the division of housing in the department of local affairs, and each home owners' association, residents' association, or similar body that represents the residents of the park. The home owners then have 90 days to make an offer to purchase and arrange financing if necessary. A purchase may be made by an association representing at least 51% of the home owners. The landlord may request that information relating to any pending offer be kept confidential and, if the landlord so requests, the association is required to do so.

If a sale of a mobile home park occurs and the home owners are not the buyers, the landlord must send the municipality or county and the division of housing an affidavit of compliance with the requirements of the bill.

The notice and purchase-option provisions do not apply if the proposed sale is to a family member of the landlord, another closely affiliated person or entity , or to someone who is already a cotenant of the property or if a transfer occurs due to inheritance or eminent domain.

(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 -
1/30/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
2/19/2020 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
2/25/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/2/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/3/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/5/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
5/26/2020 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/27/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/28/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/1/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/2/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
6/3/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1203 EITC Earned Income Tax Credit And Child Tax Credit And Income Definition 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: EITC Earned Income Tax Credit And Child Tax Credit And Income Definition
Sponsors: E. Sirota (D) | M. Gray (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

The starting point for determining state income tax liability is federal taxable income. This number is adjusted for additions and subtractions that are used to determine Colorado taxable income, which amount is multiplied by the state's income tax rate. Section 3 of the bill requires an individual to add to his or her federal taxable income an amount equal to the federal income tax deduction that he or she took for his or her combined qualified business income amount. The federal deduction may be claimed for income tax years commencing prior to January 1, 2026.

The earned income tax credit is equal to a percentage of the federal earned income tax credit. Section 4 increases the percentage from 10% to 20% beginning in 2021.

The state child tax credit, which is also a percentage of the federal child tax credit based on the taxpayer's income, is only allowed after the United States Congress enacts a version of the "Marketplace Fairness Act". Section 5 repeals this condition and instead allows the credit to be claimed beginning in 2021.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/30/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
3/2/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1228 Protect Survivors' Rights To Rape Kit Evidence 
Comment: with amendments*
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Protect Survivors' Rights To Rape Kit Evidence
Sponsors: M. Froelich (D) / J. Danielson (D)
Summary:

The bill requires the division of criminal justice in the department of public safety (division) and a statewide coalition for sexual assault victims to convene a statewide multidisciplinary committee to research the creation of a existing statewide system systems to track forensic medical evidence related to a sexual assault (medical evidence) whereby victims may access specified information concerning the medical evidence. The division shall report its findings to specified committees of the general assembly.

The bill requires the medical professional collecting the medical evidence to inform victims of the contact information for the nearest sexual assault victim's advocate or confidential victim's advocate , the length of time that medical evidence must be preserved, and their right to be notified of the destruction of the medical evidence.

If a conviction or plea has not been entered in a case, the bill requires the entity holding the medical evidence to notify the victim:

  • When the evidence is submitted to a laboratory for testing;
  • When the results of the testing are received; and
  • Prior to the medical evidence being destroyed and to maintain the medical evidence for an additional 10 years if the victim objects to the destruction.

The bill requires the executive director of the department of public safety to promulgate rules requiring the entity holding medical evidence to maintain the medical evidence until the statute of limitations on commencing a criminal action has passed law enforcement agency to maintain the medical evidence until the statute of limitation has run on the crime and for an additional 10 years if the victim objects to its destruction .

(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: 1/31/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary + Appropriations
2/13/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/6/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/6/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/9/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/10/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
5/27/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1265 Increase Public Protection Air Toxics Emissions 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(33) in house calendar.
Short Title: Increase Public Protection Air Toxics Emissions
Sponsors: A. Benavidez (D) | A. Valdez (D) / J. Gonzales (D) | D. Moreno (D)
Summary:

The bill creates a new program to regulate emissions of a subset of hazardous air pollutants, referred to as "covered air toxics", which are defined as hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen sulfide, benzene, and other hazardous air pollutants specified by the air quality control commission by rule. A stationary source of air pollutants that reported in its federal toxics release inventory filing at least one of the following amounts of a covered air toxic in one year is defined as a "covered facility":

  • For hydrogen cyanide, 10,000 pounds;
  • For hydrogen fluoride, 10,000 pounds;
  • For hydrogen sulfide, 5,000 pounds; and
  • For benzene, 1,000 pounds.

At least every 5 years beginning in 2026, the commission will review the best available science and adjust, as necessary to protect public health, the list of covered air toxics and their associated emission levels. The commission will:

  • Regulate covered air toxics more strictly than is required by the federal clean air act;
  • Require covered facilities to monitor their emissions of covered air toxics;
  • Set health-based emission limits for covered air toxics if no such limit exists under state or federal law; and
  • Establish a real-time community alert system for "incidents", which are unauthorized emissions of an air pollutant from a covered facility.

The division of administration in the department of public health and environment will:

  • Consider and prevent adverse cumulative impacts from covered facilities' emissions of hazardous air pollutants when processing air pollution permits for covered facilities that are located in or near disproportionately impacted communities, as determined by the commission by rule;
  • Approve a new or amended permit for a covered facility only if there is no net increase in the adverse cumulative impacts of hazardous air pollutant emissions above existing levels in each disproportionately impacted community affected by the emissions; and
  • If existing emissions of hazardous air pollutants exceed the health-based emission limits or have unacceptable adverse cumulative impacts on any disproportionately impacted community, require a decrease or cessation in the applicable emissions over the shortest practicable time until the emissions comply with the health-based emission limits and no longer have unacceptable adverse cumulative impacts on any disproportionately impacted community.

Covered facilities will:

  • Monitor their covered air toxics emissions and make the monitoring data widely available, including to the public; and
  • Promptly disseminate information regarding an incident pursuant to the commission's real-time community alert system to the public, affected local governments and other community entities, and local emergency planning and response organizations.

The bill specifies violations for a covered facility that is covered by specified federal regulations based on the unauthorized emission of an air pollutant from a flare or pressure relief device and any uncontrolled atmospheric release of an air pollutant from an organic hazardous air pollutant pressure relief device. The commission will review its rules for these facilities and specifically consider adopting more stringent provisions, including:

  • A requirement that leak detection and repair inspections occur at these facilities on, at a minimum, a semiannual basis or that an alternative approved instrument monitoring method is in place pursuant to existing rules; and
  • Reductions in fugitive emissions from equipment leaks and wastewater at these facilities.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment + Appropriations
3/9/2020 House Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance
5/28/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
6/3/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/4/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
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HB20-1267 Transparency Of Telecommunications Providers Correctional Facilities 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Transparency Of Telecommunications Providers Correctional Facilities
Sponsors: K. Tipper (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary:

The bill requires penal telecommunication service providers (providers) who that contract with a government entity to provide telecommunication services (services) to jails and other correctional facilities (jails) to maintain data and records (data) related to the services provided to jails. The bill requires providers to submit the data and a report on the services provided to the public utilities commission (commission) on a quarterly basis. An underlying carrier that contracts with a provider to provide the actual services to jails is not required to maintain or produce such data or reports. The commission is required to publish the data and report on its website in a format accessible by the public.

Current law exempts providers and the services provided from oversight by the commission. The bill grants the commission authority over providers and the services provided.

(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: 2/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/25/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/6/2020 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/6/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/9/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/10/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
5/26/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1271 Repeal Red Flag And Amend 72-hour Hold 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Repeal Red Flag And Amend 72-hour Hold
Sponsors: L. Saine (R) / J. Cooke (R) | J. Smallwood (R)
Summary:

The bill repeals the laws relating to extreme risk protection orders.

Under current law, a person can be held on an involuntary 72-hour mental health hold if the person appears to be an imminent danger to others or to himself or herself. The bill changes the standard from imminent danger to extreme risk and defines extreme risk as a credible and exigent threat of danger to themselves or others through actionable threats of violence or death as result of a current mental health state.


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

Status: 2/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/12/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
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HB20-1278 Protection Orders Issued Against Domestic Abusers 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Protection Orders Issued Against Domestic Abusers
Sponsors: M. Duran (D) | J. Singer (D) / R. Fields (D)
Summary:

Upon the issuance of a protection order, the court shall:

  • Require the person to state in court or complete an affidavit in court stating the number of firearms in the person's immediate possession or control and the location of all firearms in the person's immediate possession or control;
  • Require the person to complete a firearm information form that states the number of firearms in the person's immediate possession or control or subject to the person's immediate possession or control, the type of each firearm, and the location of each firearm; and
  • Transmit a copy of the protection order and the firearm information form to the sheriff of the county of the person's residence.

The bill prohibits any full and truthful statements made to the court regarding the number of firearms in the person's immediate possession or control or subject to the person's immediate possession or control and the location of the firearms from being used against the person in any other civil or criminal proceedings.

The bill excludes legal holidays and weekends from the current time frame a person has to relinquish a firearm. The bill allows a court to grant a person an additional 24 hours to relinquish a firearm if the person is unable to comply with the required time frame of relinquishment.

Current law requires a person to either sell or transfer possession of the firearm, arrange for the storage of the firearm by a law enforcement agency, or sell or transfer the firearm to a private party who may legally possess the firearm. The bill requires a private party to complete a firearms acknowledgment form that informs the private party of the relevant state and federal laws, lists the consequences of noncompliance, and asks if the private party is able to legally possess a firearm. The bill prohibits the person from transferring the firearm to a private party living in the same residence as the person at the time of transfer.

The bill requires the court to conduct a hearing to ensure the person has complied with the relinquishment requirements. Failure to appear at the hearing constitutes a violation of the protection order, and the court may issue a warrant for the person's arrest or a search warrant of the person's residence.

The bill requires a person who does not possess a firearm at the time the order is issued to complete a declaration of nonpossession form in court. If the person possessed a firearm at the time of the qualifying incident giving rise to the duty to relinquish the firearm but sold or transferred the firearm to a private party prior to the issuance of the protection order, the person shall disclose the sale or transfer in court.

The bill requires a federally licensed firearms dealer, law enforcement agency, or private party to issue a signed affidavit memorializing the sale or transfer of the firearm.

The bill allows a law enforcement agency to enter into an agreement with any other law enforcement agency to assume the duties of the sheriff. If a law enforcement agency elects to store a firearm, the bill allows the law enforcement agency to seek a matching incentive fee from the department of public safety on an annual basis in an amount equal to the total amount charged by the agency for providing storage of a firearm. The matching fee must be used to maintain or increase firearm storage capacity. The bill requires a sheriff who elects to store a firearm to obtain a search warrant prior to testing or examining the firearm to facilitate any criminal investigation or prosecution.

The bill prohibits a private party from returning a firearm to the person until the private party receives a written statement of the results of the background check conducted by the bureau authorizing the return of the firearm to the person.

Current law requires a copy of the written receipt and the written statement of the background check to be filed with the court as proof of relinquishment. The bill requires the signed affidavit to be filed with the court instead of the receipt. Both the signed affidavit and written statement are only available for inspection by the court and the parties to the proceeding.

A federally licensed firearms dealer, law enforcement agency, or private party that elects to store a firearm is not civilly liable for any resulting damages to the firearm, as long as such damage did not result from the willful and wrongful act or gross negligence of the person or agency storing the firearm.


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

Status: 2/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/25/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
5/26/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1296 Civil Action Statute Of Limitations Sexual Assault 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Civil Action Statute Of Limitations Sexual Assault
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet (D) | M. Soper (R) / J. Gonzales (D) | D. Coram (R)
Summary:

Under existing law, the statute of limitations to bring a civil claim based on sexual assault or a sexual offense against a child is 6 years, but the statute is tolled when the victim is a person under disability or is in a special relationship with the perpetrator of the assault. The bill defines sexual misconduct and removes the limitation on bringing a civil claim based on sexual misconduct, including derivative claims and claims brought against a person or entity that is not the perpetrator of the sexual misconduct. The statutory period to commence a civil action described in the bill applies to a cause of action that accrues on or after January 1, 2021, or a cause of action accruing prior to January 1, 2021, so long as the applicable statute of limitations has not yet run as of January 1, 2021.

The bill removes the provision that a plaintiff who is a victim of a series of sexual assaults does not need to establish which act in the series caused the plaintiff's injuries.

Under existing law, a plaintiff who brings a civil action alleging sexual misconduct 15 years or more after the plaintiff turns 18 is limited to recovering only certain damages. The bill eliminates this restriction.

Under existing law, a victim who is a person under disability or is in a special relationship with the perpetrator of the assault may not bring an action against a defendant who is deceased or incapacitated. The bill eliminates this restriction.

Under existing law, a claim for negligence in the practice of medicine that is based on a sexual assault is exempt from the statute of limitation for claims involving sexual assault and instead is subject to the same limitation as any other claim for negligence in the practice of medicine. The bill removes this 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: 2/12/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/5/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/10/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/11/2020 - No Amendments
3/11/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/14/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2020 - No Amendments
5/26/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/27/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1297 Immunization Status And Child Abuse Neglect 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(19) in house calendar.
Short Title: Immunization Status And Child Abuse Neglect
Sponsors: M. Baisley (R) / P. Lundeen (R)
Summary:

The bill adds language to Colorado's children's code to clarify that a child's immunization status or a parent's or legal guardian's decision to delay or decline one or more immunizations for his or her child does not alone constitute child abuse or neglect.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/13/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
3/13/2020 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1307 Gay Panic Or Transgender Panic Defense 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Gay Panic Or Transgender Panic Defense
Sponsors: L. Herod (D) | M. Soper (R) / J. Tate (R) | J. Bridges (D)
Summary:

The bill states that generally evidence relating to the discovery of, knowledge about, or potential disclosure of the victim's actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted nonforcible romantic or sexual advance toward the defendant, or if the defendant and victim are or have been involved in an intimate relationship is irrelevant in a criminal case and does not constitute sudden heat of passion in a criminal case. The bill creates a protective hearing if a party claims that such evidence is relevant and wants to use it in a criminal case.


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

Status: 2/21/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/3/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/6/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/9/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/10/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
5/26/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

HB20-1316 Gestational And Genetic Surrogacy Agreements 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(18) in house calendar.
Short Title: Gestational And Genetic Surrogacy Agreements
Sponsors: M. Froelich (D) / J. Ginal (D)
Summary:

The bill repeals a section on assisted reproduction of the "Uniform Parentage Act" and replaces it with a new "Colorado Surrogacy Agreement Act" (act). The act:

  • Establishes eligibility requirements for entering into surrogacy agreements (agreements) and required elements of the agreements;
  • Contains provisions governing the termination of agreements and the effect of a death or a change in marital status of any of the parties to such agreements;
  • Authorizes court orders recognizing and enforcing agreements; and
  • Specifies the duties of persons under the agreements.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/21/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
3/13/2020 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1319 Prohibit Sale Of Flavored Nicotine Products 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, December 31 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(6) in house calendar.
Short Title: Prohibit Sale Of Flavored Nicotine Products
Sponsors: Y. Caraveo (D) | K. Becker (D) / R. Fields (D) | K. Priola (R)
Summary:

On and after September 1, 2020, the bill prohibits the sale of flavored cigarettes, tobacco products, and nicotine products, including flavored electronic cigarettes, and products intended to be added to cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products to produce a flavor other than tobacco.


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

Status: 2/21/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
3/4/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
3/10/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended 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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HB20-1324 Increased Support For Domestic Abuse Programs 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Increased Support For Domestic Abuse Programs
Sponsors: T. Carver (R) | M. Duran (D) / R. Zenzinger (D) | P. Lundeen (R)
Summary:

The bill extends indefinitely the voluntary income tax return check-off for contributions to the Colorado domestic abuse program fund (fund). The bill also authorizes the department of human services to seek gifts, grants, and donations for the fund and to expend such money for domestic abuse programs.


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

Status: 2/25/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
3/12/2020 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1330 CGIA Colorado Governmental Immunity Act And A State Hospital Authority 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: CGIA Colorado Governmental Immunity Act And A State Hospital Authority
Sponsors: S. Lontine (D) | H. McKean (R) / B. Gardner (R) | P. Lee (D)
Summary:

The bill makes the following modifications to the "Colorado Governmental Immunity Act" (CGIA):

  • Unless otherwise excepted under the bill, section 1 of the bill excludes from the definition of "public employee" under the CGIA any health care practitioner or any health care professional who is employed by the university of Colorado hospital authority (authority) unless the practitioner or professional is providing services within the course and scope of the person's responsibilities as an employee or volunteer of the authority in a facility that is either located on the Anschutz medical campus (AMC) or that is operating under the hospital license issued to the university hospital, including off-campus locations. The bill specifies that the "Health Care Availability Act" (act) is applicable to health care practitioners and health care professionals employed by the authority that are not immune from liability because of the definition of "public employee".
  • Section 2 specifies that the basic immunity from liability granted to public entities by the CGIA does not apply to the authority except for any hospital, clinic, surgery center, department, or other facility it owns or operates that is located on the AMC or that is a facility operating under the hospital license issued to the university hospital, including off-campus locations. The act is applicable to health care institutions that are not immune from liability under the CGIA.
    (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 Judiciary
3/10/2020 House Committee on Judiciary 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
5/26/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
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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HB20-1331 Transportation Services For Medicaid Waiver Recipients 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Transportation Services For Medicaid Waiver Recipients
Sponsors: C. Larson (R) | M. Duran (D)
Summary:

The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing (department) to create and implement an expedited provider enrollment approval process and an expedited review of qualifications for transportation service providers for medicaid waiver recipients (providers) no later than July 1, 2021.

The bill requires the department to engage in a stakeholder process to develop a report that identifies barriers and potential solutions to medicaid waiver recipients accessing transportation services within the long-term support and services system and to submit the report to specified committees of the general assembly no later than January 15, 2021.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/25/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Appropriations
3/11/2020 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1332 Prohibit Housing Discrimination Source Of Income 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Saturday, June 6 2020
Supreme Court Chamber Finance
Upon Adjournment Room Old
(6) in house calendar.
Short Title: Prohibit Housing Discrimination Source Of Income
Sponsors: L. Herod (D) | D. Jackson (D) / R. Fields (D)
Summary:

The bill adds discrimination based on source of income as a type of unfair housing practice. "Source of income" is defined to include any source of money paid directly, indirectly, or on behalf of a person, including income from any lawful profession or from any government or private assistance, grant, or loan program.

A person is prohibited from refusing to rent, lease, show for rent or lease, or transmit an offer to rent or lease housing based on a person's source of income. In addition, a person cannot discriminate in the terms or conditions of a rental agreement against another person based on source of income, or based upon the person's participation in a 3rd-party contract required as a condition of receiving public housing assistance. A person cannot include in any advertisement for the rent or lease of housing any limitation or preference based on source of income, or to use representations related to a person's source of income to induce another person to rent or lease property. The restrictions do not apply to a landlord with 3 or fewer rental units.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/25/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
5/26/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Finance
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1355 Secure Storage Of Firearms 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Secure Storage Of Firearms
Sponsors: M. Duran (D) | K. Mullica (D) / J. Bridges (D) | C. Hansen (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the offense of unlawful storage of a firearm if a person stores a firearm in a manner that the person knows, or should know:

  • That a juvenile can gain access to the firearm without the permission of the juvenile's parent or guardian; or
  • A resident of the premises is ineligible to possess a firearm under state or federal law.

Unlawful storage of a firearm is a class 2 misdemeanor.

The bill requires licensed firearms dealers to provide with each firearm, at the time of a firearm sale or transfer, a locking device capable of securing the firearm. Transferring a firearm without a locking device is an unclassified misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $500 fine.

The bill requires the state court administrator to annually report to the general assembly about the number of charges related to safe firearms storage, and the disposition of those charges.

The bill requires the department of public health and environment to develop and implement a firearms storage education campaign to educate the public about the safe storage of firearms and state requirements related to firearms safety and storage. The bill creates the firearms safe storage education campaign fund (fund) in the state treasury. A voluntary contribution designation line for the fund will appear on the state individual income tax return form (form) for the 5 income tax years following the year that the executive director of the department of revenue certifies to the revisor of statutes that there is a space available on the form and the fund is next in the queue.


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

Status: 3/6/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
6/3/2020 House Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1359 Ballot Access Modifications Public Health Concerns 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Ballot Access Modifications Public Health Concerns
Sponsors: A. Garnett (D) | P. Neville (R) / S. Fenberg (D) | C. Holbert (R)
Summary:

The bill extends various deadlines related to ballot access requirements in 2020 due to public health concerns. Parties may amend their bylaws as needed during 2020 to allow remote participation in assemblies and conventions and to fill vacancies. Delegates to assemblies may participate remotely if allowed by the party, and parties may reduce or waive any quorum requirements to allow assemblies to proceed. Members of vacancy committees may participate in meetings remotely if allowed by the party, and parties may determine whether to allow proxies at vacancy committee meetings. The ability of the state chair to fill a vacancy is extended to situations in which the vacancy occurs because the designation was not filled by the assembly or the vacancy committee. If a party has restrictions in its rules or bylaws concerning notice requirements for meetings of the state central committee of for other meetings, the requirements may be waived so long as at least 3 days notice is given. The modifications are repealed effective December 31, 2020.

(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: 3/12/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/12/2020 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/12/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/13/2020 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
3/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
3/13/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/13/2020 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/14/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2020 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
3/14/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/14/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/16/2020 Sent to the Governor
Fiscal Notes:

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HB20-1405 Funding For Eviction Legal Defense Fund 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Saturday, June 6 2020
Supreme Court Chamber Finance
Upon Adjournment Room Old
(7) in house calendar.
Short Title: Funding For Eviction Legal Defense Fund
Sponsors: S. Woodrow / F. Winter (D) | J. Danielson (D)
Summary:

The bill assesses an additional $30 fee on a person who commences a forcible entry and detainer action. The full amount of the fee is deposited into the eviction legal defense fund (fund). The bill makes the state court administrator's requirement to award grants from the fund subject to available appropriations.


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

Status: 6/1/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
6/4/2020 House Committee on Finance Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-029 Cost Of Living Adjustment For Colorado Works Program 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Saturday, June 6 2020
State Library House Education
Upon Adjournment Room Old
(2) in house calendar.
Short Title: Cost Of Living Adjustment For Colorado Works Program
Sponsors: R. Fields (D) | D. Moreno (D) / J. Coleman (D) | M. Duran (D)
Summary:

For the state fiscal year commencing July 1, 2020, the amount of basic cash assistance a Colorado works program recipient (recipient) receives must equal or exceed 100% of the amount of basic cash assistance in 2019 plus 10%.

Commencing July 1, 2021, the department must annually increase the amount of basic cash assistance a recipient receives by a cost of living adjustment equal to 1.5% or the federal social security administration's cost of living adjustment that year, whichever is greater. A participant enrolled in the Colorado works program on or at any time within one month after the effective date of the bill shall receive a one-time $500 basic cash assistance (BCA) payment in addition to the amount of BCA a participant currently receives.

Beginning July 1, 2021, and each fiscal year thereafter, the joint budget committee (JBC) must review the sustainability of the Colorado long-term works reserve. to fund the cost of living adjustment, and, if the JBC deems necessary, identify additional sources of funding.

(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: 1/8/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/11/2020 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/13/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/26/2020 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/2/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
6/3/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-072 Human Sexuality Education Notification Requirement 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Human Sexuality Education Notification Requirement
Sponsors: B. Gardner (R) / C. Larson (R)
Summary:

Current law requires a public school that offers human sexuality education to provide to the parent or legal guardian of each student, prior to commencing the planned curriculum, written notification of the ability to excuse a student and a detailed, substantive outline of the topics and materials to be presented during the planned curriculum. The bill requires an electronic notification to be provided to the parent or legal guardian of each student, in addition to the written notification, 90 days prior to commencing the planned curriculum. The notification must include the date the planned curriculum will be taught and it must be sent separately from any other school notifications. Any materials used during the planned curriculum must be made available for viewing online 90 days prior to the commencement of the planned curriculum.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/10/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/3/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-077 Born Alive Child Physician Relationship 
Comment:
Position: Oppose
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Born Alive Child Physician Relationship
Sponsors: R. Woodward (R) / S. Sandridge (R)
Summary:

The bill establishes a physician-patient relationship between a child born alive after or during an abortion and the physician who performed or attempted to perform the abortion. The bill requires the physician to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care, and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious physician would render to any other child born alive at the same gestational age and requires that the child born alive be immediately transferred to a hospital. The bill creates a civil penalty of $100,000 for a violation enforceable by the attorney general, makes a violation a class 3 felony, and makes a conviction unprofessional conduct for licensing purposes.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/3/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-100 Repeal The Death Penalty 
Comment:
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Repeal The Death Penalty
Sponsors: J. Gonzales (D) | J. Tate (R) / J. Arndt (D) | A. Benavidez (D)
Summary:

The bill repeals the death penalty in Colorado for offenses charged on or after July 1, 2020, and makes conforming amendments.


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

Status: 0/0/2020 House Third Reading -
1/14/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
1/27/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
1/30/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
1/31/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/4/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
2/18/2020 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
2/25/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/25/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/26/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/10/2020 Signed by the President of the Senate
3/13/2020 Sent to the Governor
3/13/2020 Signed by the Speaker of the House
3/23/2020 Governor Signed
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-102 Provider Disclose Discipline Convict Sex Offense 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(2) in house calendar.
Short Title: Provider Disclose Discipline Convict Sex Offense
Sponsors: J. Ginal (D) | J. Cooke (R) / Y. Caraveo (D) | B. Titone (D)
Summary:

The bill requires certain health care providers to disclose to patients if the provider has been convicted of a sex offense or has been subject to final disciplinary action resulting in probation or a limitation on practice when the discipline is based in whole or in part on the provider's sexual misconduct. The bill specifies the form, manner, and content of the disclosures and requires the provider to obtain the patient's signed agreement to treatment and acknowledgment of receipt of the disclosure before rendering services to the patient. Failure to comply with the requirements of the bill constitutes unprofessional conduct or grounds for discipline under the practice act that regulates the provider's profession.


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

Status: 1/14/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
2/5/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/10/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
2/11/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/13/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
3/3/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
3/10/2020 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended 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 06/01/2020 - No Amendments
6/1/2020 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
6/2/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-126 Allow Home Child Care In Homeowners' Association Community 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Allow Home Child Care In Homeowners' Association Community
Sponsors: T. Story (D) | J. Smallwood (R) / D. Roberts (D) | K. Van Winkle (R)
Summary:

The bill allows a homeowner in a community organized under the "Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act" to operate a licensed family child care home, as defined in state laws governing child care facilities, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the community's governing documents.

The community's regulations concerning architectural control, parking, landscaping, noise, and other matters continue to apply, but the community must make reasonable accommodations for any requirements pertaining to fences under the state's child care home licensing laws. The owner or operator of the child care home may also be required to carry additional liability insurance.

The bill does not apply to a community qualified as housing for older persons under federal law.

(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: 1/27/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
2/13/2020 Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/20/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/21/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/25/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
5/27/2020 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
6/1/2020 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/2/2020 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
6/3/2020 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-156 Protecting Preventive Health Care Coverage 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Protecting Preventive Health Care Coverage
Sponsors: B. Pettersen (D) | D. Moreno (D) / D. Esgar (D) | K. Mullica (D)
Summary:

The bill codifies a number of preventive health care services currently required to be covered by health insurance carriers pursuant to the federal "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" and adds them to the current list of services required to be covered by Colorado health insurance carriers, which services are not subject to policy deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance. The bill expands certain preventive health care services to include osteoporosis screening, urinary incontinence screening, and screening and treatment of a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Current law requires a health care provider or facility to perform a diagnostic exam for an STI and subsequently prescribe treatment for an STI at the request of a minor patient. The bill allows a health care provider to administer, dispense, or prescribe preventive measures or medications where applicable. The consent of a parent is not a prerequisite for a minor to receive preventive care, but a health care provider shall counsel the minor on the importance of bringing the minor's parent or legal guardian into the minor's confidence regarding the services.

Current law requires the executive director of the department of health care policy and financing to authorize reimbursement for medical or diagnostic services provided by a certified family planning clinic. The bill defines family planning services and authorizes reimbursement for family planning services. The bill allows staffing by medical professionals to be accomplished through telemedicine.


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

Status: 2/4/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/26/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-162 Changes Related To Federal Family First Policy 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Changes Related To Federal Family First Policy
Sponsors: B. Rankin (R) | D. Moreno (D) / S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) | K. Ransom (R)
Summary:

The bill updates Colorado's statutory provisions related to foster care prevention services and supports (prevention services) in the context of the federal "Family First Prevention Services Act", including:

  • Updating the definition of "kin" to ensure that kin are eligible for prevention services;
  • Updating the definition of "qualified individual" to clarify eligibility;
  • Clarifying the elements of reviews of qualified residential treatment program placements (placements) to ensure that the placement of children, juveniles, and youth are reviewed initially by the court and not by the administrative review division;
  • Updating language referring to children to include juveniles and youth to ensure that delinquent youth are also identified as a population that is eligible for prevention services and meet the requirements for placements;
  • Adding information about prevention services and the authority of county departments of human and social services (county departments) to provide prevention services, including developing a form to inform affected parents and caregivers of their rights and remedies;
  • Requiring that when a youth is committed to the state department of human services, the court shall make additional findings to ensure the commitment is not the result of a lack of available appropriate placements;
  • Adding requirements to a court to make specific findings when it deviates from the assessor's recommendation of a placement;
  • Setting a new requirement that residential child care facilities must renew licenses annually; and
  • Requiring the existing delivery of child welfare services task force to make recommendations on the reduction of state reimbursements for certain out-of-home placements on or before July 31, 2020, and instructing the state to change reimbursement rates on or before January 1, 2021.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/10/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/11/2020 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB20-163 School Entry Immunization 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Sunday, June 7 2020
State Library Health & Insurance
12:00 p.m. Room Old
(1) in house calendar.
Short Title: School Entry Immunization
Sponsors: J. Gonzales (D) | K. Priola (R) / K. Mullica (D)
Summary:

The bill codifies a definition of "nonmedical exemption" to mean an immunization exemption based upon a religious belief whose teachings are opposed to immunizations or a personal belief that is opposed to immunizations.

Under current law, each student must submit to a school, as defined in section 25-4-901, C.R.S., either a certificate of immunization, a certificate of medical exemption, or a statement of nonmedical exemption for an immunization for a religious or personal belief. The bill requires the department of public health and environment (department) to develop standardized forms and a submission process for persons who want to claim a nonmedical exemption for an immunization for a religious or personal belief. A person who wants to claim a nonmedical exemption for an immunization for a religious or personal belief can do so by submitting to the school either:

  • A certificate of completion of the online education module; or
  • A certificate of nonmedical exemption.

The bill requires the department to annually evaluate the state's immunization practices, including an examination of best practices and guidelines recommended by the advisory committee on immunization practices. The state board of health may update the state's immunization practices pursuant to the annual evaluation.

The bill creates a vaccine-protected vaccinated -children standard, whereby the immunization rate goal for every school is 95% of the student population to be vaccinated. The bill requires the department to amend an immunization document it currently publishes annually to include information about the vaccine-protected vaccinated -children standard. Every school shall publish its immunization rate and exemption rate for the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine on the document and annually distribute it to the parents, legal guardians, and students of the school.

The bill requires, as applicable, a practitioner who is a licensed physician, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse, or person authorized pursuant to title 12, C.R.S., to administer immunizations within their scope of practice to students and to submit immunization, medical, or nonmedical exemption data to the immunization tracking system. The practitioner is not subject to a regulatory sanction for noncompliance.

(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: 2/11/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/19/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended 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 Health & Insurance
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB20-165 Honoring Carrie Ann Lucas 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Honoring Carrie Ann Lucas
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) / M. Young (D) | B. McLachlan (D)
Summary:

In honor and memory of Carrie Ann Lucas, the bill names section 24-34-805 of the Colorado Revised Statutes the "Carrie Ann Lucas Parental Rights for People with Disabilities Act".


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

Status: 2/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/5/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/10/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
5/27/2020 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-166 Simplifying Requirements For New Birth Certificate 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(19) in house calendar.
Short Title: Simplifying Requirements For New Birth Certificate
Sponsors: D. Moreno (D) / D. Esgar (D)
Summary:

The bill aligns the requirements for a minor to obtain a new birth certificate from the state registrar and a new driver's license or identification card from department of revenue with the requirements for an adult. A minor shall also obtain a statement from a medical or mental health professional confirming that the minor's sex designation does not align with the minor's gender identity.

(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: 2/13/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/26/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/2/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/3/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/5/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
3/13/2020 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/28/2020 House Second Reading Laid Over to 06/01/2020 - No Amendments
6/1/2020 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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Amendments: Amendments

SB20-170 Update Colorado Employment Security Act 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(7) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Update Colorado Employment Security Act
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) / D. Jackson (D) | M. Duran (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
6/2/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended 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
6/5/2020 Senate Third Reading Reconsidered - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB20-178 Woman Veteran Disability License Plate 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Woman Veteran Disability License Plate
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | J. Danielson (D) / T. Carver (R) | D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Summary:

Veterans who have disabilities may obtain a special license plate without paying taxes or fees. For additional vehicles, the veteran pays the normal fees plus 2 one-time fees of $25, one of which goes to the highway users tax fund and the other goes to the licensing services cash fund. The bill creates a license plate that honors United States women veterans who have disabilities. The requirements and benefits are substantially the same as they are for a disabled veteran license plate.

To implement the bill, $9,675 is appropriated from the Colorado DRIVES vehicles services account in the highway users tax fund for the division of motor vehicles.

(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: 2/20/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy
2/27/2020 Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/6/2020 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/10/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/11/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
5/28/2020 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB20-202 Foster Care Student Services Coordination 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Foster Care Student Services Coordination
Sponsors: D. Moreno (D) / D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Summary:

The bill amends provisions concerning students in out-of-home placement that mandate cooperation between schools and county departments of human services relating to education. Specifically, the bill:

  • Amends the definition "student in out-of-home placement" to align with those students in custody of county departments of human or social services;
  • Streamlines billing practices for transportation services provided to students in out-of-home placement by requiring the use of invoices and forms approved by both the department of education and the state department of human services; and
  • Authorizes school districts and the state charter school institute establishing transportation plans with county departments of human or social services, as required by law, to establish transportation plans by region or through a board of cooperative services.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/12/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
5/27/2020 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments:

SB20-204 Additional Resources To Protect Air Quality 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(9) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Additional Resources To Protect Air Quality
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 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Saturday, June 6 2020
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
9:00 AM Old Supreme Court Chamber
(1) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Sick Leave For Employees
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

SB20-206 Public Assistance Program Recipient Disqualification 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Saturday, June 6 2020
State Library House Education
Upon Adjournment Room Old
(1) in house calendar.
Short Title: Public Assistance Program Recipient Disqualification
Sponsors: N. Todd (D) | J. Cooke (R) / L. Landgraf (R) | J. Singer (D)
Summary:

Current law disqualifies a recipient who is found to have committed an intentional violation from participation in any public assistance program for a specified amount of time. The bill clarifies that a recipient who is found to have committed an intentional violation is only disqualified from participating in the public assistance program in which the recipient is found to have committed the intentional violation.


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

Status: 5/26/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/27/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
6/1/2020 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/2/2020 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
6/2/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to Education
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-209 Act Subject To Petition Clause Bills 2020 Session 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Upon Adjournment Room 0112
(1) in house calendar.
Short Title: Act Subject To Petition Clause Bills 2020 Session
Sponsors: L. Garcia (D) | C. Holbert (R) / K. Becker (D) | P. Neville (R)
Summary:

Executive Committee of the Legislative Council. The bill specifies that for any act, item, section, or part of an act that is enacted by a bill with an act subject to petition clause during the second regular session of the seventy-second general assembly:

  • The act, item, section, or part of the act takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on the day following the expiration of the 90-day period after adjournment sine die of the second regular session of the seventy-second general assembly, unless a later date is otherwise specified in the act; and
  • If a referendum petition is filed pursuant to section 1 (3) of article V of the state constitution against an act, item, section, or part of the act within the 90-day period after adjournment sine die of the second regular session of the seventy-second general assembly, then the act, item, section, or part of the act will not take effect unless approved by the people at the general election to be held in November 2022 and, in such case, will take effect on the date of the official declaration of the vote thereon by the governor.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 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
6/3/2020 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-212 Reimbursement For Telehealth Services 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Saturday, June 6 2020
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
9:00 AM Old Supreme Court Chamber
(4) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Reimbursement For Telehealth Services
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) | J. Tate (R) / S. Lontine (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary:

The bill prohibits a health insurance carrier from:

  • Imposing specific requirements or limitations on the technologies used to deliver telehealth services;
  • Requiring a covered person to have a previously established patient-provider relationship with a specific provider in order to receive medically necessary telehealth services from the provider; or
  • Imposing additional certification, location, or training requirements as a condition of reimbursement for telehealth services.

The bill specifies that, to the extent the state board of health adopts rules addressing supervision requirements for home care agencies, the rules must allow for supervision in person or by telemedicine or telehealth.

For purposes of the medicaid program, the bill:

  • Clarifies the methods of communication that may be used for telemedicine;
  • Requires the department of health care policy and financing to reimburse rural health clinics, the federal Indian health service, and federally qualified health centers for telemedicine services provided to medicaid recipients and to do so at the same rate as the department reimburses those services when provided in person; and
  • Specifies that health care and mental health care services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, hospice care, home health care, and pediatric behavioral health care.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 6/1/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
6/2/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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Amendments: Amendments

SB20-215 Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Saturday, June 6 2020
SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE
9:00 AM Old Supreme Court Chamber
(6) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise
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
Fiscal Notes:

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SB20-216 Workers' Compensation For COVID-19 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Workers' Compensation For COVID-19
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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SB20-217 Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity 
Comment:
Position: Actively Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity
Sponsors: L. Garcia (D) | R. Fields (D) / L. Herod (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary:

The bill requires all local law enforcement agencies to issue body-worn cameras to their officers and requires all recordings of an incident be released to the public within 14 days after the incident. Peace officers shall wear and activate a body-worn camera at any time when interacting with the public.

The bill requires the division of criminal justice in the department of public safety to create an annual report of the information that is reported to the attorney general, aggregated and broken down by state or local agency that employs peace officers, along with the underlying data. Each state and local agency that employs peace officers shall report to the attorney general:

  • All use of force by its officers that results in death or serious bodily injury;
  • All instances when an officer resigned while under investigation for violating department policy;
  • All data relating to stops conducted by its peace officers; and
  • All data related to the use of an unannounced entry by a peace officer.

The division of criminal justice shall maintain a statewide database with data collected in a searchable format and publish the database on its website. Any state and local law enforcement agency that fails to meet its reporting requirements is subject to suspension of its funding by its appropriating authority.

If any peace officer is convicted of or pleads guilty or nolo contendere to any inappropriate use of physical force or a crime involving the unlawful use or threatened use of physical force, or for failing to intervene to prevent inappropriate use of physical force, the peace officer's employing agency shall immediately terminate the peace officer's employment and the P.O.S.T. board shall permanently revoke the peace officer's certification. The P.O.S.T. board shall not, under any circumstances, reinstate the peace officer's certification or grant new certification to the peace officer.

The bill allows a person who has a constitutional right secured by the bill of rights of the Colorado constitution that is infringed upon by a peace officer to bring a civil action for the violation. A plaintiff who prevails in the lawsuit is entitled to reasonable attorney fees, and a defendant in an individual suit is entitled to reasonable attorney fees for defending any frivolous claims. Qualified immunity and a defendant's good faith but erroneous belief in the lawfulness of his or her conduct are not defenses to the civil action. The bill requires a political subdivision of the state to indemnify its employees for such a claim.

The bill allows a peace officer or detention facility guard to use deadly physical force only when necessary to effect an arrest or prevent escape from custody when the person is using a deadly weapon or likely to imminently cause danger to life or serious bodily injury. The bill repeals a peace officer's authority to use a chokehold.

The bill requires the P.O.S.T. board to create and maintain a database containing information related to a peace officer's:

  • Untruthfulness;
  • Repeated failure to follow P.O.S.T. board training requirements;
  • Decertification; and
  • Termination for cause.

The bill allows the P.O.S.T. board to revoke peace officer certification for a peace officer who has failed to complete required peace officer training.

The bill requires a peace officer to have an objective justification for making a stop. After making a stop, a peace officer shall report to the peace officer's employing agency that information that the agency is required to report to the attorney general's office.

The bill requires the division of criminal justice in the department of public safety to conduct, in coordination with the P.O.S.T. board, a post-investigation evaluation of all officer-involved deaths to determine and propose improvements and alterations to training of peace officers to guide future officer behavior.


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

Status: 6/3/2020 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
6/4/2020 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

Fiscal Note

Amendments:

SCR20-001 Repeal Property Tax Assessment Rates 
Comment:
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Friday, June 5 2020
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(4) in senate calendar.
Short Title: Repeal Property Tax Assessment Rates
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
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