2021 Bill Tracker

HB21-1011 Multilingual Ballot Access For Voters 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 20 2021
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
2:00 PM Old Supreme Court
(2) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Multilingual Ballot Access For Voters
Sponsors: Y. Caraveo (D) / J. Gonzales (D) | D. Moreno (D)
Summary: The bill requires the secretary of state (secretary) and county clerk and recorders (county clerk) of certain counties to provide multilingual ballot access. The secretary is required to establish a multilingual ballot hotline (hotline) to provide access to qualified translators or interpreters in each of the languages in which the most recent decennial census was offered to assist electors in translating ballot language. The secretary is required to establish the hotline for use during the general election held in November 2022, and for every general election and statewide odd-year election thereafter. The secretary is also required to: Provide notice of the hotline to electors through election day; Ensure that the translators who provide translations for the multilingual hotline are qualified translators or interpreters; and Promulgate rules as may be necessary to create and administer the hotline. The county clerk of any county that satisfies specified criteria is required to create, in coordination with the secretary, a minority language sample ballot (sample ballot) in any minority language spoken in the county that satisfies the following: The minority language is spoken by at least 2,000 citizens in the county age 18 years or older, who speak English less than very well, and who speak the minority language at home; or The minority language is spoken by at least 2.5% of citizens in the county age 18 years or older, who speak English less than very well, and who speak the minority language at home. The bill specifies that the sample ballot must include all of the same content that is on the English language ballot and also specifies the format of the sample ballot. In addition, the bill requires that the sample ballots be available for the general election held in November 2022, and for each general election and statewide odd-year election thereafter. The county clerk of any county that satisfies specified criteria is required to provide, upon the request of an elector, an in-person minority language ballot (in-person ballot) in any minority language spoken in the county that satisfies the same criteria specified for sample ballots. An in-person ballot can be a ballot on demand, a ballot from a printed stock of ballots, or a ballot via an electronic voting device. The bill specifies that the in-person ballot must include all of the same content that is on the English language ballot and specifies that in-person ballots are required to be available for the general election held in November 2022, and for each general election and statewide odd-year election thereafter. The secretary is required to determine, pursuant to specified criteria, which counties in the state are required to provide multilingual ballot access by creating a sample ballot and providing an in-person ballot, and to notify the county clerk of any county that is required to provide such multilingual ballot access. The secretary is required to provide each county clerk that is required to provide multilingual ballot access with a translation in the applicable minority language or languages of all content that is certified to the county clerks by the secretary of state for use by the county clerk in creating the multilingual ballot access.
Status: 3/30/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

HB21-1048 Retail Business Must Accept Cash 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 12 2021
SENATE BUSINESS, LABOR, & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 352
(4) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Retail Business Must Accept Cash
Sponsors: A. Valdez (D) / R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary: The bill requires retail establishments that offer goods or services to accept United States currency (cash) to purchase the goods or services, but applies only to establishments that have an individual accepting payment in person. A violation is a class 2 petty offense punishable by a fine of up to $500.
Status: 3/29/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology

HB21-1050 Workers' Compensation 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Workers' Compensation
Sponsors: M. Gray (D) | K. Van Winkle (R) / J. Bridges (D) | J. Cooke (R)
Summary: The bill: * Adds guardian ad litem and conservator services to the list of medical aid that an employer is required to furnish to an employee who is incapacitated as a result of a work-related injury or occupational disease (section 1 of the bill); * Requires an injured worker who is claiming mileage reimbursement for travel related to obtaining compensable medical care to submit a request to the employer or insurer within 120 days after the expense is incurred, and requires the employer or insurer to pay or dispute mileage within 30 days after submittal and to include in the brochure of claimants' rights an explanation of rights to mileage reimbursement and the deadline for filing a request (sections 1 and 7); * Clarifies that offsets to disability benefits granted by the federal "Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Amendments of 1965" only apply if the payments were not already being received by the employee at the time of the work-related injury (section 2); * Prohibits the reduction of an employee's temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, or medical benefits based on apportionment under any circumstances; limits apportionment of permanent impairment to specific situations; and declares that the employer or insurer bears the burden of proof, by a preponderance of the evidence, at a hearing regarding apportionment of permanent impairment or permanent total disability benefits (section 3); * Adds the following conditions that must be met for an employer or insurer to request the selection of an independent medical examiner when an authorized treating physician has not determined that the employee has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI): An examining physician must have examined the employee at least 20 months after the date of the injury, have determined that the employee has reached MMI, and have served a written report to the authorized treating physician specifying that the examining physician has determined that the employee has reached MMI; and the authorized treating physician must have responded that the employee has not reached MMI or must have failed to respond within 15 days after service of the report (section 4); * Changes the whole person impairment rating applicable to an injured worker from 25% to 19% for purposes of determining the maximum amount of combined temporary disability and permanent partial disability payments an injured worker may receive (section 5); * Clarifies when benefits and penalties payable to an injured worker are deemed paid (section 6); * Prohibits an employer or insurer from withdrawing an admission of liability when 2 years or more have passed since the date the admission of liability on the issue of compensability was filed, except in cases of fraud (section 7); * Prohibits the director of the division of workers' compensation or an administrative law judge from determining issues of compensability or liability unless specific benefits or penalties are awarded or denied at the same time (section 8); * Clarifies the scope of authority of prehearing administrative law judges (section 9); * Increases the threshold amount that an injured worker must earn in order for permanent total disability payments to cease and allows for annual adjustment of the threshold amount starting in 2022 (section 11); and * Clarifies the orders that are subject to review or appeal (sections 10 and 12).
Status: 2/24/2021 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations

HB21-1057 Extortion Of Immigrants Engaging In Lawful Acts 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 15 2021
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 352
(2) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Extortion Of Immigrants Engaging In Lawful Acts
Sponsors: D. Roberts (D) | K. Tipper (D) / J. Cooke (R) | R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary: Under current law, it is criminal extortion to threaten to report another person's immigration status to law enforcement to induce the threatened person to give the person money or another item of value. The bill adds to that version of criminal extortion a prohibition against threatening to report a person's immigration status to law enforcement to induce the threatened person to perform an act or refrain from performing Capital letters or bold & italic numbers indicate new material to be added to existing statute. a lawful act.
Status: 3/4/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

HB21-1060 U Visa Certification Requirements 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 15 2021
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 352
(3) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: U Visa Certification Requirements
Sponsors: S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) | I. Jodeh / J. Gonzales (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. The bill also prohibits certain disclosures to immigration authorities and requires law enforcement to provide crime victims with information about the U visa.
Status: 3/19/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

HB21-1065 Veterans' Hiring Preference 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 13 2021
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(7) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Veterans' Hiring Preference
Sponsors: D. Ortiz | T. Carver (R)
Summary: The bill creates a statutory basis to allow a private employer to give preference to a veteran of the armed forces or the National Guard and the spouse of a disabled veteran or a service member killed in the line of duty when hiring a new employee, as long as the veteran or the spouse is as qualified as other applicants for employment. The bill allows a Capital letters or bold & italic numbers indicate new material to be added to existing statute. private employer's veterans' preference employment policy to also include the preferential hiring of veterans who have been discharged from active duty within the last 10 years, as determined by the discharge date. The bill clarifies that a private employer that adopts a program that gives preferences to veterans or their spouses is not committing a discriminatory or unfair labor practice
Status: 4/8/2021 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

HB21-1068 Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet (D) | B. Titone (D) / D. Moreno (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 coverage applies to plans issued on or after January 1, 2022.
Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance

HB21-1071 Ranked Choice Voting In Nonpartisan Elections 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Ranked Choice Voting In Nonpartisan Elections
Sponsors: C. Kennedy (D) | J. Arndt (D) / S. Fenberg (D) | F. Winter (D)
Summary: Beginning in 2023, the bill allows a municipality to refer a municipal election using instant runoff voting to be conducted as part of a coordinated election. The secretary of state is required to promulgate rules establishing the minimum system requirements and specifications for a voting system to be used in an election using instant runoff voting by March 31, 2022. After March 31, 2022, a system that has been tested and satisfies the standards promulgated by the secretary of state may be submitted for certification for use in an election using instant runoff voting. If the secretary of state certifies a system, the secretary is required to negotiate and purchase, if possible, a single annual statewide license with the provider to allow each county that uses the voting system to conduct elections using instant runoff voting. On and after January 1, 2023, a statutory city or town or home rule municipality that has taken formal action to conduct an election using instant runoff voting may refer the election to be conducted as part of a coordinated election by providing written notice to the county clerk and recorder. If the county uses a voting system that is certified for use in an election using instant runoff voting, the county clerk and recorder must conduct the election as part of the coordinated election. The municipality referring the election is responsible for any reasonable additional costs the county incurs as a result of conducting an instant runoff voting election. If the referring municipality is located in more than one county, the counties are required to conduct the election using instant runoff voting only if each county receives timely notice, each county uses a voting system certified for such use, and the data from all the counties' voting systems can be tabulated together in accordance with rules promulgated by the secretary of state for conducting instant runoff elections across multiple counties. The counties and the municipality are required to enter into an agreement for the conduct of the election, which must specify the procedures for the county canvass boards to canvass the election. For any instant runoff voting election conducted as part of a coordinated election, the secretary of state is the designated election official responsible for tabulating and reporting the results. The secretary of state is required, by December 31, 2022, to promulgate rules related to instant runoff voting elections including the procedures for conducting logic and accuracy tests and risk limiting audits, and for the tabulation, reporting, and canvassing of results.
Status: 3/11/2021 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

HB21-1073 Support Foster Families License Plate 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Support Foster Families License Plate
Sponsors: T. Van Beber | D. Michaelson Jenet (D) / D. Moreno (D) | B. Kirkmeyer
Summary: The bill creates the "support foster families" license plate for vehicles. A person is qualified to be issued the plate if the person makes a donation to a designated nonprofit organization that meets the bill's qualifications. In addition to the normal fees for a license plate, a person must pay 2 additional one-time fees for the issuance of the plate. The fees are credited to the highway users tax fund and the licensing services cash Capital letters or bold & italic numbers indicate new material to be added to existing statute. fund, respectively
Status: 4/8/2021 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations

HB21-1077 Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning Tax Policy
Sponsors: A. Benavidez (D) | S. Bird (D)
Summary: The bill creates the legislative oversight committee concerning tax policy (committee) and the associated task force (task force). The committee is required to review the policy considerations contained in the tax expenditure evaluations prepared by the state auditor and is responsible for the oversight of the task force. The committee may recommend legislative changes that are treated as bills recommended by Capital letters or bold & italic numbers indicate new material to be added to existing statute. an interim legislative committee. The task force is required to study tax policy and develop and propose for committee consideration any modifications to the current system of state and local taxation. The task force is also authorized, upon request by a committee member, to provide evidence-based feedback on the potential benefits or consequences of a legislative or other policy proposal not directly affiliated with or generated by the task force, including any bill or resolution introduced by the general assembly that affects tax policy.
Status: 3/17/2021 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

HB21-1097 Establish Behavioral Health Administration 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Establish Behavioral Health Administration
Sponsors: M. Young (D) | R. Pelton (R) / R. Fields (D) | B. Gardner (R)
Summary: The bill addresses multiple recommendations from the Colorado behavioral health task force (task force), created in 2019, related to the creation of a behavioral health administration (BHA). The BHA would be a single state agency to lead, promote, and administer the state's behavioral health priorities. The bill requires the department of human services (department) to submit a plan for the creation and establishment of the BHA on or before November 1, 2021, to the joint budget committee and on or before January 30, 2022, to the department's committees of reference. The bill outlines what the plan must, at a minimum, include. The essential duties of the BHA, once established, are set forth. A timeline is described for the establishment of the BHA in the department and for a future determination of what state department, if different than the department of human services, the BHA will exist.
Status: 4/9/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

HB21-1100 Electronic Filing Of Documents With Governmental Entities 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 13 2021
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(6) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Electronic Filing Of Documents With Governmental Entities
Sponsors: M. Soper (R) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / J. Bridges (D)
Summary: The bill requires a governmental entity to establish an electronic filing option by January 1, 2022, for each document required or allowed to be filed with the governmental entity. A governmental entity includes each principal department of the state and each county, and any agency, department, board, or division thereof. The electronic filing option may include accepting a scanned copy of the original document by email or through a secure file transfer system. The electronic filing option must comply with existing requirements for a governmental entity to have reasonable security practices in place if the governmental entity receives or maintains personal identifying information. The governmental entity is not authorized to require a filing to be made only by electronic filing if the department does not have authority under other law to require electronic filing.
Status: 4/8/2021 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole

HB21-1105 Low-income Utility Payment Assistance Contributions 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Low-income Utility Payment Assistance Contributions
Sponsors: C. Kennedy (D) / C. Hansen (D)
Summary: Section 1 of the bill removes the low-income energy assistance program administered by Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) from the grant program reserve funded by tier 2 severance tax operational fund money. Section 2 clarifies that the definition of a "low-income utility customer", with regard to the public utilities commission's (PUC) consideration of a preference or advantage that a gas or electric utility grants a low-income utility customer, means a utility customer who meets the Colorado department of human services' income eligibility criteria. Sections 3 and 4 make modifications to the legislative commission on low-income energy assistance, wherein section 3 expands the commission's scope to include water utility assistance and section 4 reduces the composition of the commission from 11 members to 7 members. Section 4 also requires the commission to: * Advise the Colorado energy office (office) on grants awarded from the federal department of energy regarding the office's weatherization assistance program; * Advise water utilities that provide their customers with utility assistance and efficiency programs; and * Review EOC's annual budget that it submits to the PUC regarding the use of funding for utility bill payment assistance. Sections 5, 6, and 8 to 10 concern the creation of an energy assistance system benefit charge, which is a mandatory monthly charge that investor-owned electric and gas utilities are required to collect from their customers. The initial amount of the charge per customer is $1 for electric service provided and $1 for natural gas service provided, but the PUC may adopt rules to modify the amount of the charge, so long as the charge is at least $1 per service provided. Investor-owned utilities are required to remit the charges collected to EOC to help finance the direct utility bill payment assistance and energy retrofit programs that EOC administers for low-income households. Sections 7 and 11 concern voluntary, opt-in charges that a water utility may offer its customers to help finance the water utility bill payment assistance program that EOC administers. Alternatively, a water utility may implement its own water utility bill payment assistance program. Section 12 requires EOC and the office, when installing energy retrofits for low-income households, to prioritize customer savings, emission reductions, and improving indoor air quality. Section 13 governs reporting requirements for EOC regarding the mandatory monthly energy assistance system benefit charge and voluntary, opt-in monthly water utility bill payment assistance collections. Sections 14 to 17 make conforming amendments.
Status: 3/29/2021 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

HB21-1108 Gender Identity Expression Anti-discrimination 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 21 2021
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
Upon Adjournment SCR 352
(1) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Gender Identity Expression Anti-discrimination
Sponsors: D. Esgar (D) / D. Moreno (D)
Summary: The bill amends the definition of "sexual orientation" and adds definitions of the terms "gender expression" and "gender identity". The bill also adds the terms "gender expression" and "gender identity" to statutes prohibiting discrimination against members of a protected class, including statutes prohibiting discriminatory practices in the following Capital letters or bold & italic numbers indicate new material to be added to existing statute. areas: * Membership of the Colorado civil rights commission; * Employment practices; * Housing practices; * Places of public accommodation; * Publications that advertise places of public accommodation; * Consumer credit transactions; * Selection of patients by direct primary health care providers; * Sales of cemetery plots; * Membership in labor organizations; * Colorado labor for public works projects; * Issuance or renewal of automobile insurance policies; * The provision of funeral services and crematory services; * Eligibility for jury service; * Issuance of licenses to practice law; * The juvenile diversion program; * Access to services for youth in foster care; * Enrollment in a charter school, institute charter school, public school, or pilot school; * Local school boards' written policies regarding employment, promotion, and dismissal; * The assignment or transfer of a public school teacher; * Leasing portions of the grounds of or improvements on the grounds of the Colorado state university - Pueblo and the Colorado school of mines; * Enrollment or classification of students at private occupational schools; * Training provided to peace officers concerning the prohibition against profiling; * Criminal justice data collection; * Employment in the state personnel system; * The availability of services for the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections; * Membership of the health equity commission; * The availability of family planning services; * Requirements for managed care programs participating in the state medicaid program and the children's basic health plan; * The treatment of and access to services by individuals in facilities providing substance use disorder treatment programs; * Employment practices of county departments of human or social services involving the selection, retention, and promotion of employees; * Practices of the Colorado housing and finance authority in making or committing to make a housing facility loan; * The imposition of occupancy requirements on charitable property for which the owner is claiming an exemption from property taxes based on the charitable use of the property; * The determination of whether expenses paid at or to a club that has a policy to restrict membership are tax deductible; and * Practices of transportation network companies in providing services to the public.
Status: 4/6/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

HB21-1109 Broadband Board Changes To Expand Broadband Service 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Broadband Board Changes To Expand Broadband Service
Sponsors: B. Titone (D) | M. Soper (R) / J. Bridges (D) | D. Coram (R)
Summary: Sections 1 and 3 of the bill exempt certain mapping data submitted to the office of information technology (office) from public disclosure under the "Colorado Open Records Act". Section 2 adds a definition of "critically unserved", which means a household or area that lies outside municipal boundaries and lacks access to at least one provider of nonsatellite broadband service delivered at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second upstream, and a definition of "office of information technology". Section 3 reduces the membership of the broadband deployment board (board) in the department of regulatory agencies from 16 members to 11 members. The board is required to develop a request for proposal process through which the board will solicit bids for proposed projects to serve areas of the state that the office has determined lack access to broadband service at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second upstream. The board is required to reserve at least 75% of the money from the high cost support mechanism that is allocated for broadband deployment to award grants to proposed projects solicited through the request for proposal process. Section 3 also directs the board to: * Require an applicant or appellant to submit a speed test performed on an incumbent provider's network and conducted in accordance with industry-standard speed-test protocols; * Give additional consideration to proposed projects that would give discounted service for low-income households; * Contractually require an applicant receiving a grant award to: * Report annually on the number of homes and businesses served by the grant-supported broadband network, the number of homes and businesses expected to be served in the following year, and the speeds, rates, and services offered to customers through the grant-supported broadband network; and * Provide third-party certification, after the grant money has been fully expended, that the project meets the original design of, and provides the measurable speeds, rates, and services set forth in, the application. * Require an applicant or appellant to submit to the office, in a form and manner determined by the office, certain granular mapping data. Section 4 repeals the current board composition requirements on August 31, 2021.
Status: 3/25/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology

HB21-1110 Colorado Laws For Persons With Disabilities 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Colorado Laws For Persons With Disabilities
Sponsors: D. Ortiz
Summary: The bill adds language to strengthen current Colorado law related to protections against discrimination on the basis of disability for persons with disabilities. The added provisions include: * Prohibiting a person with a disability from being excluded from participating in or being denied the benefits of services, programs, or activities of a public entity; * Clarifying that such prohibition includes the failure of a public entity to substantially comply with web content accessibility guidelines established and published by an international consortium; * Any Colorado agency with the authority to promulgate rules shall not promulgate a rule that provides less protection than that provided by the "Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990"
Status: 3/24/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations

HB21-1117 Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 20 2021
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
2:00 PM Old Supreme Court
(3) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units
Sponsors: S. Lontine (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) / J. Gonzales (D) | R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary: The bill clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote the construction of Capital letters or bold & italic numbers indicate new material to be added to existing statute. new affordable housing units. The provisions of the state's rent control statute do not apply to any land use regulation that restricts rents on newly constructed or redeveloped housing units as long as the regulation provides a choice of options to the property owner or land developer and creates one or more alternatives to the construction of new affordable housing units on the building site.
Status: 3/25/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

HB21-1128 Hospice And Palliative Care License Plate 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 13 2021
State Library Appropriations
8:00 a.m. Room Old
(5) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Hospice And Palliative Care License Plate
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet (D) / C. Hansen (D)
Summary: The bill creates the hospice and palliative care license plate for vehicles. A person is qualified to be issued the plate if the person makes a donation to a designated nonprofit organization. The person must also make an annual donation to the organization. In addition to the normal fees for a license plate, a person must pay 2 additional one-time fees for the issuance of the plate. One of these fees is credited to the highway users tax fund and the other fee is credited to the licensing services cash fund.
Status: 3/24/2021 House Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Unamended to Appropriations

HB21-1132 Local Government Limited Gaming Impact Fund 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 12 2021
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(3) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Local Government Limited Gaming Impact Fund
Sponsors: J. Amabile | M. Baisley (R) / T. Story (D)
Summary: The bill clarifies the authorized distributions from the local government limited gaming impact fund by: Specifying that "documented gaming impacts" should be for negative impacts and defining that phrase; Requiring grant awards to be prioritized for eligible local governmental entities that have lower property values compared to all eligible local governmental entities; Defining "property values" as the sum of the actual value of all property, including the actual value of all tax-exempt property, as of December 31 of the prior year; Requiring documented negative gaming impacts to be explicitly identifiable; Defining "negative impacts"; and Allowing grants from the gambling addiction account to be used to provide gambling addiction treatment training to staff at nonprofit community mental health centers or clinics; this is in addition to the current authorized use for gambling addiction counseling services to Colorado residents.
Status: 4/9/2021 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee

HB21-1134 Report Tenant Rent Payment Information To Credit Agencies 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Report Tenant Rent Payment Information To Credit Agencies
Sponsors: N. Ricks | M. Bradfield / J. Bridges (D)
Summary: The bill creates the tenants' rent payment information pilot program (pilot program) and directs the Colorado housing and finance authority (authority) to contract with a third party to administer the pilot program in accordance with rules promulgated by the authority. The administrator shall recruit no more than 10 landlords to participate in the pilot program. A tenant may participate in the pilot program only if the tenant elects to participate and completes a financial education course. On or before January 1, 2024, the authority, in consultation with the administrator, shall submit to applicable legislative committees of reference a report concerning the pilot program. The pilot program is repealed, effective June 1, 2024.
Status: 4/1/2021 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations

HB21-1150 Create The Colorado Office Of New Americans 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Create The Colorado Office Of New Americans
Sponsors: I. Jodeh
Summary: The bill creates, initially within the department of labor and employment, the Colorado office of new Americans (ONA). The bill sets forth the ONA's duties and responsibilities and provides details regarding funding. The ONA serves as the point of contact for immigrant-serving state agencies, private sector organizations, and the public about immigrant issues in Colorado, and has as one of its central purposes the successful integration and inclusion of immigrants and refugees in our state's communities. As its main priority, the ONA is required to implement a statewide strategy to facilitate economic stability and promote successful economic, social, linguistic, and cultural integration by investing in the success of immigrants in Colorado.
Status: 4/8/2021 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Amended to Finance

HB21-1163 Allow Retailers To Absorb Sales Or Use Tax 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 12 2021
Finance
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(4) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Allow Retailers To Absorb Sales Or Use Tax
Sponsors: P. Neville (R) | M. Snyder (D)
Summary: The bill allows a retailer to advertise, directly or indirectly, or imply, that the retailer will absorb or pay any or all sales or use tax on purchases of tangible personal property or services sold.
Status: 3/25/2021 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Finance

HB21-1175 Donation To Nonprofit For Traffic Violations 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 19 2021
House State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(3) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Donation To Nonprofit For Traffic Violations
Sponsors: D. Williams (R)
Summary: The bill allows a person who has been issued a penalty assessment for or has been convicted of a traffic infraction or traffic misdemeanor to make a donation of money or time to a nonprofit organization in lieu of paying the fine. The amount of fine that may be offset by a donation is limited to $500.
Status: 3/4/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs + Finance

HB21-1177 Add Use Tax Exemption To Some Sales Tax Exemption 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: State’s red flag law used once in Montezuma County
Short Title: Add Use Tax Exemption To Some Sales Tax Exemption
Sponsors: D. Valdez (D) | M. Lynch / D. Moreno (D) | R. Woodward (R)
Summary: Statutory Revision Committee. All of the current law sections presented in the bill provide sales tax exemptions for specific items. None of the sales tax exemptions in the bill authorize corresponding use tax exemptions. As a result, an item could conceivably become subject to use tax the instant the tax-exempt sale occurs. Most statutory sales tax exemptions have corresponding use tax exemptions to prevent this. Consequently, the bill addresses defects in statute by clarifying that an item that is subject to a sales tax exemption is actually exempt from both sales and use tax and makes those statutory sections compatible with the fundamental principles of use tax and Colorado supreme court decisions on the subject.
Status: 4/9/2021 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments

HB21-1186 Regional Transportation District Operation 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Regional Transportation District Operation
Sponsors: M. Gray (D) | T. Sullivan (D) / F. Winter (D) | J. Bridges (D)
Summary: The bill amends provisions related to the operation of the regional transportation district (district), including: Removing a cap on the amount of all vehicular service the district can allow to be provided by third parties under competitive contracts and retaining the cap on the amount of fixed route bus service that may be provided through such contracts; Expanding the types of entities the district can contract with to include nonprofit organizations and local government; Repealing farebox recovery ratio requirements and requiring the district to include in its annual financial reports information on annual operating costs, ridership numbers, and operating costs divided by ridership as a measure of the cost efficiency of its services; Repealing a limitation on developments that would reduce parking at a facility or result in a competitive disadvantage to private businesses near the facility; and Repealing limitations on the district's authority to charge fees and manage parking at district parking facilities.
Status: 4/9/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy

HB21-1188 Additional Liability Under Respondeat Superior 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 21 2021
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
Upon Adjournment SCR 352
(2) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Additional Liability Under Respondeat Superior
Sponsors: C. Kennedy (D) / J. Gonzales (D)
Summary: A recent Colorado supreme court case held that in a civil action when an employer admits liability for the tortious actions of its employee, the plaintiff cannot assert direct negligence claims against the employer arising out of the same incident. The bill allows a plaintiff to bring such claims against an employer or against a principal that admits liability for the actions of its agent.
Status: 4/1/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

HB21-1194 Immigration Legal Defense Fund 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Immigration Legal Defense Fund
Sponsors: K. Tipper (D) | N. Ricks / D. Moreno (D)
Summary: The bill creates the immigration legal defense fund (fund). The department of human services as the administrator awards grants from the fund to qualifying nonprofit organizations (organizations) that provide legal advice, counseling, and representation for, and on behalf of, indigent clients who are subject to an immigration proceeding. The bill lists permissible uses of grant money awarded from the fund. Organizations that receive a grant from the fund are required to report to the administrator certain information about persons served and services provided by the organization. The bill makes an appropriation.
Status: 3/30/2021 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations

HB21-1207 Overpayment Of Workers' Compensation Benefits 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Overpayment Of Workers' Compensation Benefits
Sponsors: L. Daugherty | A. Benavidez (D) / P. Lee (D) | R. Fields (D)
Summary: The bill limits the definition of "overpayments" of workers' compensation benefits to include only benefits paid as a result of fraud or duplicate benefits that result from offsets that reduce disability or death benefits paid to a claimant. The bill also: Clarifies that this limit does not prevent an insurance carrier from receiving a credit against permanent disability benefits for temporary disability benefits paid beyond the date of maximum medical improvement; and Prohibits the director of the division of workers' compensation or an administrative law judge from reopening an award of benefits paid to a claimant due to an overpayment except in limited, specific circumstances.
Status: 4/9/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology

HB21-1218 Professional Fire Fighters License Plate Standards 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Professional Fire Fighters License Plate Standards
Sponsors: M. Duran (D) | R. Bockenfeld (R) / J. Danielson (D) | L. Garcia (D)
Summary: Current law provides for the issuance of a Colorado professional fire fighters license plate and sets standards for organizations that may qualify applicants to be issued the license plate. One of the qualifications is that the organization has been in existence for at least 20 years. The bill lowers this requirement to at least 15 years. Current law also requires that the organization have at least 3,000 members residing in Colorado. The bill specifies the evidence an organization is to submit to demonstrate compliance with this provision.
Status: 4/6/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance

HB21-1219 Nurses Special License Plate 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 13 2021
State Library Appropriations
8:00 a.m. Room Old
(6) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Nurses Special License Plate
Sponsors: D. Esgar (D) | K. Mullica (D)
Summary: The bill establishes a special license plate to recognize Colorado nurses. Beginning the earlier of January 15, 2022, or when the department of revenue (department) is able to issue the plates, the department shall issue Colorado nurses license plates to qualified applicants. The department may begin issuing the Colorado nurses license plate if a nurses foundation obtains commitments for the purchase of at least 3,000 Colorado nurses license plates and provides to the department a list of the names and addresses of persons requesting such plates by January 15, 2022. The nurses foundation may design the Colorado nurses license plate, but the license plate must conform with standards established by the department. A person may apply for a Colorado nurses license plate if the person pays the required taxes and fees and provides to the department a certificate issued by the nurses foundation confirming that the applicant has made a donation to the nurses foundation in an amount that the nurses foundation may determine but that may not exceed $100.
Status: 4/5/2021 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations

HB21-1232 Standardized Health Benefit Plan Colorado Option 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Opinion: In a COVID-devastated world, the case for a Colorado public option for health care is clear
Opinion: A Colorado public option for health care is a backwards step
Short Title: Standardized Health Benefit Plan Colorado Option
Sponsors: D. Roberts (D) | I. Jodeh / K. Donovan (D)
Summary: The bill requires the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) in the department of regulatory agencies to establish a standardized health benefit plan (standardized plan) by rule to be offered by health insurance carriers (carriers) in the individual and small group markets. The standardized plan must: Offer health-care coverage at the bronze, silver, and gold levels; Be offered through the Colorado health benefit exchange; Be a standardized benefit design created through a stakeholder engagement process; Provide first-dollar, predictable coverage for certain high value services; and Comply with state and federal law. Beginning January 1, 2023, and each year thereafter, the bill encourages carriers that offer: An individual health benefit plan in Colorado to offer the standardized plan in the individual market; and A small group health benefit plan in Colorado to offer the standardized plan in the small group market. For 2023, each carrier shall set a goal of offering a standardized plan premium that is at least 10% less than the premium rate for health benefit plans offered by that carrier in the 2021 calendar year in the individual and small group market. For 2024, each carrier shall set a goal of offering a standardized plan premium that is at least 20% less than the premium rate for health benefit plans offered by that carrier in the 2021 calendar year in the individual and small group market. For 2025 and each year thereafter, carriers are encouraged to limit annual premium rate increases for the standardized plan to no more than the consumer price index plus one percent, relative to the previous year. The Colorado option authority (authority) is created for the purpose of operating as a carrier to offer the standardized plan as the Colorado option if the carriers do not meet the established premium rate goals. The authority shall operate as a nonprofit, unincorporated public entity. The authority is required to implement a provider fee schedule as established by the commissioner in consultation with the executive director of the department of health care policy and financing. Health-care providers and health facilities are required to accept consumers who are enrolled in any health benefit plan offered by the authority. The bill creates an advisory committee to make recommendations to the authority concerning the development, implementation, and operation of the authority. The commissioner is required to apply to the secretary of the United States department of health and human services for a waiver and include a request for a pass-through of federal funding to capture savings as a result of the implementation of the standardized plan. The commissioner is required to disapprove of a rate filing submitted by a carrier if the rate filing reflects a cost shift between the standardized plan and the health benefit plan for which rate approval is being sought. The bill makes the failure to accept consumers who are covered through the Colorado option or the balance billing of a patient in violation of this bill grounds for discipline under specified practice acts. The bill repeals the authority and its functions if the United States congress establishes a national public option program that meets or exceeds the premium rate goals set forth in and health-care coverage pursuant to this bill.
Status: 3/18/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance

HB21-1233 Conservation Easement Tax Credit Modifications 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Conservation Easement Tax Credit Modifications
Sponsors: D. Roberts (D) | P. Will (R) / K. Donovan (D) | F. Winter (D)
Summary: The bill makes the following changes affecting claims for an income tax credit allowed for the donation of a perpetual conservation easement in gross (tax credit): Specifies that the division of conservation can be a holder of a conservation easement in gross; Eliminates a requirement that amounts deducted for federal income tax purposes for the donation of a conservation easement be added back for purposes of calculating Colorado taxable income; Modifies the definition of "taxpayer" to clarify the applicability of the tax credit to donations made by certain nonprofit and governmental entities; Modifies the process for filing conservation easement tax credit certificates with income tax returns; Eliminates the authority of the executive director of the department of revenue to require additional information regarding the amount and validity of tax credits and to resolve disputes regarding the credits; Establishes a process for the department of revenue to track the transfer of and certify the ownership of tax credits; Modifies the formula used to calculate the amount of the tax credit; Modifies the manner in which the amount of a tax credit is allocated among owners, partners, members, or shareholders of certain legal entities; Modifies certain provisions regarding the number of tax credits that may be claimed and the manner of claiming the credits; Eliminates the requirement that the donor of an easement is the tax matters representative for purposes of resolving issues and disputes relating to a transferred credit; and Eliminates obsolete reporting requirements.
Status: 4/5/2021 House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Water Refer Unamended to Finance

HB21-1247 Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Contract Pay To Grantees Up Front 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 21 2021
Energy & Environment
Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Contract Pay To Grantees Up Front
Sponsors: D. Jackson (D) | H. McKean (R)
Summary: The bill allows the department of public health and environment, in contracting with certain grantees for the provision of services, to dispense up to 25% of the total value of the payments under the contract to the grantee immediately upon the execution or renewal of the contract.
Status: 3/30/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment

HB21-1250 Measures to Address Law Enforcement Accountability 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 21 2021
State Library Judiciary
1:30 p.m. Room Old
(1) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Measures to Address Law Enforcement Accountability
Sponsors: L. Herod (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary: The bill makes changes to the provisions of Senate Bill 20-217, enacted in 2020, (SB 217) to provide clarity and address issues discovered since the passage of the bill. SB 217 used the term "exonerated", but never defined it; the bill defines "exonerated". The bill clarifies some of the circumstances when a body-worn camera must be operating and provisions related to the release of the footage. The bill requires an officer to comply with the body-worn camera requirements if the officer is wearing a body camera, even though the requirement for all officers to wear a body camera does not take effect until July 1, 2023. SB 217 required law enforcement to report certain information related to each contact an officer has with a person beginning January 1, 2023. The bill changes the start date of the reporting requirement to January 1, 2022. The bill expands the definition of "contact" to include welfare checks. The bill clarifies and adds to some of the information that must be reported. SB 217 required the peace officers standards and training (P.O.S.T.) board to permanently decertify a peace officer if the officer failed to intervene and serious bodily injury or death occurred. The bill changes the penalty to a suspension of the officer's certification for one year. Under current law, there is a civil action that permits suit against employers of local law enforcement officers for misconduct. The bill permits the Colorado state patrol to also be sued via that civil action. The bill also requires the employer to conduct an investigation of an officer prior to determining if the officer acted in good faith. If a person believes that a law enforcement agency has violated the investigation requirement, the person must submit a complaint to the P.O.S.T. board, which shall refer the complaint to an administrative law judge to determine whether a violation occurred. The administrative law judge shall notify the P.O.S.T. board chair of a finding that a violation occurred. If a violation is found, the P.O.S.T. board shall not provide P.O.S.T. cash fund money to the employer for one full year from the date of the finding. The bill requires a peace officer to use de-escalation techniques prior to the use of physical force and requires the use of physical force to be objectively reasonable. The bill requires that prior to hiring a new employee, appointing a new employee, or transferring an existing employee to a position requiring P.O.S.T. certification, a law enforcement agency shall determine if the person has a record contained in the P.O.S.T. misconduct database. If the person is listed in the database and the law enforcement agency proceeds to employ the person in a position requiring P.O.S.T. certification, the agency shall notify the P.O.S.T. board of the hire, appointment, or transfer. The bill clarifies and adds to some of the information required to be included in the P.O.S.T. board database related to peace officer misconduct.
Status: 3/30/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary

HB21-1262 Money Support Agricultural Events Organization 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 19 2021
Agriculture, Livestock, & Water
1:30 p.m. Room 0107
(3) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Money Support Agricultural Events Organization
Sponsors: S. Lontine (D) | M. Lynch / L. Garcia (D) | J. Sonnenberg (R)
Summary: The bill creates a program in the department of agriculture to provide COVID-19 relief payments to agricultural events organizations and appropriates $2 million from the general fund for the program. In addition, the bill appropriates: * $3.5 million for the Colorado state fair and industrial exhibition; and * $3.5 million for the national western stock show
Status: 4/6/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Water

HB21-1264 Funds Workforce Development Increase Worker Skills 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Funds Workforce Development Increase Worker Skills
Sponsors: T. Sullivan (D) | M. Young (D) / C. Kolker | D. Hisey (R)
Summary: The bill creates the stimulus investments in reskilling, upskilling, and next-skilling workers program (program) as an initiative of the state work force development council (state council) to facilitate training for unemployed and underemployed workers in the state during times of substantial unemployment, defined as a statewide unemployment rate that exceeds 4%. The bill appropriates $25 million for the program and directs the state council to use the money to support individuals in need of: * Reskilling, which supports unemployed and underemployed workers to change industries in order to return to work or obtain more appropriate work based on their skills; * Upskilling, which assists workers in increasing skill levels to retain or advance in their employment; or * Next-skilling, which supports workers in developing future-ready skills necessary for employment in the twenty-first century. The state council, in collaboration with the department of labor and employment, is directed to allocate funding to local work force development areas and to develop a grant program to award grants to other partners to provide reskilling, upskilling, and next-skilling supports to eligible individuals for up to 13 months. Starting in 2022, as part of the Colorado talent report, the state council is directed to report on the activities and outcomes resulting from the program. The program repeals on June 30, 2024
Status: 4/6/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor

HB21-1266 Environmental Justice Disproportionate Impacted Community 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 22 2021
State Library Energy & Environment
1:30 p.m. Room Old
(2) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Environmental Justice Disproportionate Impacted Community
Sponsors: D. Jackson (D) / F. Winter (D) | J. Buckner
Summary: Section 3 of the bill defines "disproportionately impacted community".Section 4 requires the air quality control commission to promote outreach to and engage with disproportionately impacted communities by creating new ways to gather input from communities across the state, using multiple languages and multiple formats, and transparently sharing information about adverse effects resulting from its proposed actions.Section 5 creates the environmental justice action task force (task force) in the department of public health and environment (department), the goal of which is to propose recommendations to the general assembly regarding practical means of addressing environmental justice inequities. The task force will: Hold meetings to solicit public comment concerning the development of a state agency-wide environmental justice strategy and a plan to implement that strategy, including ways to address data gaps and data sharing between state agencies and the engagement of disproportionately impacted communities; Evaluate and propose recommended revisions to the definition of "disproportionately impacted community" and the state agencies and their proposed actions that are subject to section 3; and File a final report by November 14, 2022, regarding its recommendations. The department will report on the task force during the department's "SMART Act" presentations.
Status: 4/6/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment

SB21-022 Notification Requirements For Health Care Policy And Financing Audit 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Notification Requirements For Health Care Policy And Financing Audit
Sponsors: J. Bridges (D) | J. Smallwood (R) / M. Snyder (D) | H. McKean (R)
Summary: The bill requires that, prior to initiating a review or audit of a medicaid provider, a reviewer or auditor shall confirm receipt of the written request to perform the audit or review.
Status: 2/17/2021 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB21-027 Emergency Supplies For Colorado Babies And Families 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Emergency Supplies For Colorado Babies And Families
Sponsors: B. Pettersen (D) / S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D) | K. Tipper (D)
Summary: The bill requires the department of public health and environment to select one or more nonprofit organizations to administer diaper distribution centers that provide diapering essentials to eligible individuals. Diapering essentials must be made available to all Colorado residents.
Status: 3/3/2021 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB21-029 Colorado American Indian Tribes In-stateTuition 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Colorado American Indian Tribes In-stateTuition
Sponsors: S. Fenberg (D) / A. Garnett (D) | A. Benavidez (D)
Summary: The bill requires a state institution of higher education (institution) to offer in-state tuition classification to students who would not otherwise qualify for in-state tuition if the student is a member of an American Indian tribe with historical ties to Colorado. The institution shall not count the student as a resident student for any other purpose. The student is eligible for the Colorado opportunity fund stipend and may be eligible for state-funded and private financial aid programs.
Status: 2/18/2021 Senate Committee on Education Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB21-031 Limits On Governmental Responses To Protests 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Limits On Governmental Responses To Protests
Sponsors: J. Bridges (D) / L. Cutter (D)
Summary: The bill prohibits a state, county, or local government agency, or any person acting on behalf of the state, county, or local government agency, from ordering persons participating in a protest or demonstration (protest) to disperse, or from deeming the protest unlawful, unless the persons participating in the protest are acting in concert to pose an imminent threat to use force or violence to cause personal injury or significant property damage.
Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

SB21-033 Conservation Easement Working Group Proposals 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, April 14 2021
SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE
1:30 PM Old Supreme Court
(2) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Conservation Easement Working Group Proposals
Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg (R)
Summary: A working group was convened over the 2019 interim pursuant to House Bill 19-1264 to develop proposed statutes to address certain issues affecting the creation, valuation, tax treatment, and stewardship of conservation easements in the state. The bill implements the recommendations of the working group by creating a new state income tax credit (new credit) for certain taxpayers who were denied state income tax credits for conservation easements donated between 2000 and 2013 (original credit) if the federal internal revenue service allowed a federal income tax deduction for the same donation. The amount of the new credit is based upon the amount of the original credit that could have been claimed at the time of the original donation based upon the value of the donation accepted by the internal revenue service. The amount of the new credit is reduced by any amount that was allowed to be claimed against Colorado income tax or otherwise reinstated to the claimant of the original credit. The new credit is not refundable but may be carried forward or transferred in the same manner as original credits. New credits allowed count against a portion of the existing cap on the total amount of original conservation easement credits that may be claimed each year. The department of revenue is required to make information about the new credit available online. The bill establishes a process for applying to the division of conservation to claim the new credit. If the original credit that was denied was transferred to another taxpayer as transferee, the bill provides a process for all parties to the transaction to submit a mutual application to claim the new credit or, if there is objection, an ombudsman process to resolve disputes about the distribution of the credit.
Status: 2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance

SB21-039 Elimination Of Subminimum Wage Employment 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Elimination Of Subminimum Wage Employment
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | D. Hisey (R) / Y. Caraveo (D) | R. Pelton (R)
Summary: The bill phases out subminimum wage employment for employers that hold a special certificate from the United States department of labor that authorizes the employers to pay less than the minimum wage to employees whose earning capacity is impaired by age, physical or mental disability, or injury. The bill requires each employer that holds a special certificate to submit a transition plan to the Colorado department of labor and employment detailing how the employer plans to phase out subminimum wage employment. The bill requires the employment first advisory partnership in the Colorado department of labor and employment (partnership) to: * Develop actionable recommendations to address structural and fiscal barriers to phasing out subminimum wage employment and successfully implementing competitive integrated employment; and * Report the recommendations to the general assembly. The bill continues operation of the partnership, which is scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2021, indefinitely. The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing to add employment-related services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Status: 3/3/2021 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB21-060 Expand Broadband Service 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Expand Broadband Service
Sponsors: K. Donovan (D) / D. Roberts (D)
Summary: Section 1 of the bill amends the definition of "broadband network" to increase downstream and upstream speed requirements and adds a definition of "critically unserved", which means a household or area that lacks access to at least one provider of nonsatellite broadband service delivered at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second upstream. Section 2 reduces the membership of the broadband deployment board (board) in the department of regulatory agencies from 16 members to 9 members. The board is required to develop a reimbursement program to reimburse certain households for up to $600 per year for broadband service. A household is eligible to apply for reimbursement if the household: * Includes children enrolled in grades K-12 who receive free or reduced-price lunch through a school's lunch program; or * Has an income that does not exceed the higher of the federal poverty level or 30% of area median income. The board is also required to develop a request for proposal process through which the board will solicit bids for proposed projects to serve areas of the state that the office of information technology has determined lack access to broadband service at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second upstream. Each year, the board is required to reserve at least 50% of the money from the high cost support mechanism that is allocated for broadband deployment to award grants to proposed projects solicited through the request for proposal process. Section 2 also limits the notice and comment period for a local entity's review of an application from 60 days to 30 days and removes provisions requiring the board to apply for specific types of federal funding because the board has completed those applications. Section 2 further requires the public utilities commission, in consultation with the board, to: * Adopt rules establishing speed testing protocols by which broadband grant applicants must abide; and * Consider, on a biennial basis starting in 2023, whether to modify by rule the definitions of "broadband network" and "critically unserved" and certain aspects of the reimbursement program, including eligibility for reimbursement and the maximum amount of money that the board may annually reimburse a household. Section 3 repeals the current board composition requirements on August 31, 2021.
Status: 4/5/2021 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB21-063 Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements Offer Insurance 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements Offer Insurance
Sponsors: J. Sonnenberg (R)
Summary: Current law allows an existing association consisting of multiple employers, referred to as a "multiple employer welfare arrangement" (MEWA) to offer health care benefits to the association's members only if, among other requirements, the MEWA has been in existence continuously since at least January 1, 1983. The bill changes that date to January 1, 2010
Status: 4/7/2021 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB21-069 License Plate Expiration On Change Of Ownership 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: License Plate Expiration On Change Of Ownership
Sponsors: K. Priola (R) / A. Valdez (D)
Summary: The bill specifies that: * The license plates of a motor vehicle that is Class C personal property for purposes of the laws governing the levying of specific ownership tax and registration of vehicles expire upon the transfer of the owner's title or interest in the motor vehicle; * If either the expired license plates are personalized license plates or the owner wishes to continue to use the same combination of letters or numbers on the owner's expired license plates that were not originally issued as personalized license plates, the owner retains the priority right to use the combination of letters or numbers displayed on the expired license plates to the extent provided for in current law and may, after surrendering the expired license plates to the department of revenue (department), apply for personalized license plates that use the combination in the manner specified in current law when registering another motor vehicle; and * The department shall approve any application for personalized license plates received from an individual who wishes to retain the same combination of letters or numbers displayed on the individual's expired license plates and who has surrendered the expired plates to the department unless the department determines that the combination is misleading or duplicates another registration number or that, due to evolving social mores, the combination, despite having previously been issued, carries connotations offensive to good taste or decency; Class C personal property includes passenger cars, noncommercial light trucks, and motorcycles. The bill does not apply to the transfer or assignment of an owner's interest in Class C personal property that is a horseless carriage. The bill also authorizes the department to issue license plates in previously retired styles to individuals who request such plates and to charge additional fees for such plates.
Status: 3/8/2021 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB21-073 Civil Action Statute Of Limitations Sexual Assault 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Civil Action Statute Of Limitations Sexual Assault
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | D. Coram (R) / D. Michaelson Jenet (D) | M. Soper (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, 2022, or a cause of action accruing prior to January 1, 2022, so long as the applicable statute of limitations has not yet run as of January 1, 2022. 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, the filing of a claim alleging sexual misconduct by a person under disability is deemed a limited waiver of the doctor- or psychologist-patient privilege. The bill eliminates the limited waiver. 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 limitations 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
Status: 4/8/2021 Sent to the Governor

SB21-077 Remove Lawful Presence Verification Credentialing 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 12 2021
House State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(2) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Remove Lawful Presence Verification Credentialing
Sponsors: J. Gonzales (D) / A. Benavidez (D) | C. Kipp (D)
Summary: The bill eliminates the requirement that the department of education and each division, board, or agency of the department of regulatory agencies verify the lawful presence of each applicant before issuing or renewing a license. The bill also specifies that lawful presence is not required of any applicant for any license, certificate, or registration. The bill affirmatively states that the bill is a state law within the meaning of the federal law that gives states authority to provide for eligibility for state and local public benefits to persons who are unlawfully residing in the United States.
Status: 3/25/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs

SB21-087 Agricultural Workers' Rights 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Agricultural Workers' Rights
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) / K. McCormick | Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary: The bill: * Removes the exemption of agricultural employers and employees from the Colorado "Labor Peace Act" and authorizes agricultural employees to organize and join labor unions; engage in protected, concerted activity; and engage in collective bargaining; * Removes the exemption of agricultural labor from state and local minimum wage laws; * Requires the director of the division of labor standards and statistics to promulgate rules to establish the overtime pay of agricultural employees for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week or 12 hours in one day; * Grants agricultural employees meal breaks and rest periods throughout each work period, consistent with protections for other employees; * Requires agricultural employers to provide agricultural employees with access and transportation to key service providers; * Authorizes agricultural employees to have visitors at employer-provided housing without interference from other persons; * Requires agricultural employers to provide overwork and health protections to agricultural employees; * Prohibits the use of the short-handled or long-handled hoe for agricultural labor except in specific circumstances; * During a public health emergency, requires an agricultural employer to provide extra protections and increased safety precautions for agricultural employees; * Creates the agricultural work advisory committee to study and analyze agricultural wages and working conditions; and * Creates rights, remedies, and enforcement actions for aggrieved agricultural employees, whistleblowers, relators, and key service providers.
Status: 3/17/2021 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB21-088 Child Sexual Abuse Accountability Act 
Position: Support
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Child Sexual Abuse Accountability Act
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | R. Fields (D) / D. Michaelson Jenet (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary: The bill creates a statutory cause of action for a victim of sexual misconduct when the victim was a minor against the actor who committed the sexual misconduct and against an organization that operates or manages a youth program if the sexual misconduct occurred while the victim was participating in a youth program. The victim may bring the claim against the organization if the organization knew or should have known of a risk of sexual misconduct against minors participating in the program and the organization did not take action to address the risks or warn participants of the risk. The victim may bring a claim against a public employee or public entity that operates a youth program, including an educational entity operating an educational program or a district preschool program. The cause of action applies retroactively and is available to a victim of sexual misconduct that occurred before, on, or after January 1, 2022. A person may not waive the right to bring a civil action, and any purported waiver is void as against public policy. A court or jury shall not allocate any damages awarded in the civil action in any proportion against the victim of the sexual misconduct. A victim may be awarded treble damages under certain circumstances.
Status: 3/11/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB21-096 Sunset Workers' Compensation Classification Appeals Board 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Sunset Workers' Compensation Classification Appeals Board
Sponsors: C. Kolker | K. Priola (R) / S. Bird (D)
Summary: Sunset Process - Senate Business, Labor, and Technology Committee. Current law requires the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) to appoint 2 members to the workers' compensation classification appeals board who are salaried employees of an insurance company that issues workers' compensation insurance policies in this state or who are representatives of Pinnacol Assurance. The bill gives the commissioner the additional option to appoint insurance agents to these 2 seats and to appoint an insurance agent to serve as an alternate member if one of the appointed members recuses himself or herself. The bill continues the workers' compensation classification appeals board until 2032.
Status: 4/8/2021 Sent to the Governor

SB21-099 Sunset License Plate Disability Support Act 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 13 2021
Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(3) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Sunset License Plate Disability Support Act
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) / M. Young (D) | T. Van Beber
Summary: Sunset Process - Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The bill implements the recommendation of the department of regulatory agencies in its sunset review and report on the "Laura Hershey Disability Support Act" by continuing the act for 5 years. This continues the Colorado disability funding committee, which auctions motor vehicle license plate numbers to raise money to aid persons with disabilities in accessing disability benefits.
Status: 3/23/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services

SB21-131 Protect Personal Identifying Information Kept By State 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Protect Personal Identifying Information Kept By State
Sponsors: J. Gonzales (D) / S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary: The bill specifies measures in several categories to protect personal identifying information (PII) kept by state agencies. Limitations on PII shared by state agencies: A state agency employee is prohibited from disclosing or making accessible PII that is not available to the public for the purpose of investigating for, participating in, cooperating with, or assisting in federal immigration enforcement, except as required by federal or state law or as required to comply with a court-issued subpoena, warrant, or order.Reduction of PII collected by state agencies: Beginning January 1, 2022, a state agency employee is prohibited from inquiring into, or requesting information or documents to ascertain, a person's immigration status for the purpose of identifying if the person has complied with federal immigration laws except as required by state or federal law or as necessary to perform state agency duties. In addition, beginning January 1, 2022, a state agency shall not collect data regarding a person's place of birth, immigration or citizenship status, or information from passports, permanent resident cards, alien registration cards, or employment authorization documents, except as required by state or federal law or as necessary to perform state agency duties.Access to state agency records: Beginning January 1, 2022, to be granted access to PII through a database or automated network maintained by a state agency that is not otherwise available to the public, a third party must have, within the past year, certified under penalty of perjury that the third party will not use or disclose PII obtained for the purpose of investigating for, participating in, cooperating with, or assisting in federal immigration enforcement, unless required by federal or state law or to comply with a court-issued subpoena, warrant, or order that is not related to prosecution for a violation of specified provisions of federal immigration law. The attorney general's office is required to create a model certification form and provide it to state agencies.Record keeping and reporting: The bill specifies what a request for records includes and does not include for purposes of the bill. Beginning January 1, 2022, if a third party requests a record from a state agency and the record contains PII, the state agency is required to retain a written record of the request that contains specified information (written record). Beginning January 1, 2022, and on a quarterly basis thereafter, the state agency is required to provide the information contained in the written record to the governor's office of legal counsel and to attest that no request was granted for any purpose prohibited by the bill. On March 1, 2022, and on a quarterly basis thereafter, the governor's office is required to provide a report to the joint budget committee of the general assembly containing quarterly and year-to-date summaries of the information provided by state agencies in the written record.
Status: 3/16/2021 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB21-133 Donated Alcohol Beverages For Special Events 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Thursday, April 15 2021
Business Affairs & Labor
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(2) in house calendar.
News:
Short Title: Donated Alcohol Beverages For Special Events
Sponsors: D. Coram (R) / M. Catlin (R) | P. Will (R)
Summary: The bill authorizes a person with a club license (licensee) that allows the sale of alcohol beverages by the drink to members of the club and their guests for consumption on the premises of the club to: * Commingle any donated alcohol beverages with the licensee's inventory of alcohol beverages; and * Retain and sell donated alcohol beverages that remain on the licensee's premises after a special event.
Status: 3/31/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor

SB21-162 Colorado Uniform Trust Code Part 5 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Colorado Uniform Trust Code Part 5
Sponsors: B. Gardner (R) / M. Snyder (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary: the Uniform Trust Code (UTC) as the Colorado Uniform Trust Code. Part 5 of the UTC, which relates to spendthrift provisions in trusts, was not included in the 2018 act. A spendthrift provision in a trust prevents both voluntary and involuntary transfer of a trust beneficiary's interest. The bill enacts part 5 of the UTC, including a number of Colorado-specific amendments. The bill addresses the validity of spendthrift provisions and the rights of creditors, both of the settlor and beneficiaries, to reach a trust to collect a debt. The bill provides certain exceptions that allow children for whom an order or judgment for child support has been entered to reach a trust in order to satisfy the child support order or judgment.
Status: 3/31/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary

SB21-167 Regulation Of Child Care Centers 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Regulation Of Child Care Centers
Sponsors: C. Holbert (R) | J. Bridges (D) / M. Gray (D) | C. Larson (R)
Summary: The bill eliminates duplicate facility inspections for a child care center that provides child care exclusively to school-age children on the property of a school district, charter school, or institute charter school if a satisfactory inspection was completed within the preceding 12 months. The bill requires the state board of human services (state board) to prescribe rules that eliminate duplicate or conflicting requirements relating to health and safety requirements and inspections for programs that operate on school property. The state board shall prescribe rules applicable to a child care center to require the department of human services to accept as satisfactory a signed affidavit affirming compliance with record keeping and document retention requirements. The bill provides for staffing flexibility during emergency situations, so long as certain minimum staffing requirements are satisfied.
Status: 4/6/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services

SB21-169 Restrict Insurers' Use Of External Consumer Data 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Restrict Insurers' Use Of External Consumer Data
Sponsors: J. Buckner
Summary: An insurer is prohibited from: Considering an individual's race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or transgender status in any insurance practice; or Directly or indirectly using any external consumer data and information source, algorithm, or predictive model (external data source) that unfairly discriminates against an individual based on an individual's race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or transgender status. On and after January 1, 2022, an insurer that uses one or more external data sources in any insurance practice shall submit certain disclosures to the division of insurance. The commissioner of insurance (commissioner) may examine and investigate an insurer's use of an external data source. If the commissioner determines that use of an external data source bears no direct causal relationship to insurance losses or to the condition of a property or applicant to be potentially insured and that the use of the external data source unfairly discriminates on the basis of an individual's membership in a protected class, the commissioner may promulgate rules restricting or prohibiting the use of the external data source.
Status: 3/2/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology

SB21-171 Uniform Fiduciary Income And Principal Act 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Uniform Fiduciary Income And Principal Act
Sponsors: B. Gardner (R) / M. Snyder (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary: Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws. The bill repeals the "Uniform Principal and Income Act" and replaces it with the "Uniform Fiduciary Income and Principal Act" (UFIPA), as drafted by the Uniform Law Commission, with Colorado-specific amendments. The UFIPA includes provisions concerning: Duties of fiduciaries; Judicial review of fiduciaries; Trusts in which the beneficiary receives a periodic payout of a percentage of the net value of trust assets, known as "unitrusts"; Allocation of trust receipts and disbursements; and Procedures followed at the termination of a trust or an income interest in a trust. The bill makes additional conforming amendments.
Status: 3/31/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary

SB21-176 Protecting Opportunities And Workers' Rights Act 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Protecting Opportunities And Workers' Rights Act
Sponsors: F. Winter (D) | B. Pettersen (D) / S. Lontine (D) | M. Gray (D)
Summary: For purposes of addressing discriminatory or unfair employment practices pursuant to Colorado's anti-discrimination laws, the bill: Allows an employment discrimination claim to be brought in any court of competent jurisdiction in the county or district where the alleged discriminatory or unfair employment practice occurred and allows an individual to file a civil action, without otherwise exhausting administrative proceedings and remedies, as long as the individual either files a charge with the Colorado civil rights commission (commission) or serves a written demand for the relief on the individual's employer and allows the employer 14 days to respond; Expands the definition of "employee" to include individuals in domestic service; individuals who perform a service for a price, including independent contractors, subcontractors, and their employees; and individuals who offer services or labor without pay; Adds new definitions of "caregiver", "care recipient", "child", "minor child", "harassment", "hostile work environment", and "independent contractor"; Adds protections from discriminatory or unfair employment practices for individuals based on their "marital status" or "caregiver status"; Specifies that it is a discriminatory or unfair employment practice for an employer to fail to initiate an investigation of a complaint or fail to take prompt remedial action if appropriate; Prohibits certain preemployment medical examinations, imposes limitations on inquiries and examinations about an employee's disability during employment, and specifies that violations of these prohibitions and limitations constitute discriminatory or unfair employment practices; Expands the time limit to file a charge with the commission from 6 months to 300 days after the alleged discriminatory or unfair employment practice occurred; Repeals the limits on remedies in cases involving age discrimination; and Limits the ability of an employer to require confidentiality of claims once a charge is filed with the commission.
Status: 4/1/2021 Senate Committee on Judiciary Lay Over Amended

SB21-178 Extend Care Subfund Deadline For COVID-19 Programs 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Extend Care Subfund Deadline For COVID-19 Programs
Sponsors: D. Moreno (D) / J. McCluskie (D)
Summary: n 2020, the state received money from the federal coronavirus relief fund for the state to use for necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic that were incurred prior to December 30, 2020, and $70 million of those federal funds were deposited in the care subfund and allocated through legislation enacted in 2020. In conformity with federal law, all of the agencies that received this money were required to use the money on or before December 30, 2020. Subsequent federal legislation extended the expenditure deadline for incurring these expenditures to December 31, 2021. In light of the federal extension, the bill extends expenditure or appropriation deadlines for the following programs for which the departments have not yet expended all of their appropriation from the care subfund: Eviction legal assistance; ( Sections 2 and 7 of the bill) Human services referral services; ( Sections 5 and 8 ) Low-income energy assistance; ( Section 6 ) Behavioral health services; ( Section 9 ) Immunization operating expenses; and ( Section 10 ) Local public health agencies in rural areas. ( Section 10 ) In some cases, related program repeal deadlines are also extended. Section 3 extends the exclusion of the care subfund expenditures from the calculation of the general fund reserve. Section 4 delays a transfer of any unused money from the care subfund to the unemployment compensation fund from December 30, 2020, to December 31, 2021.
Status: 4/5/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance

SB21-180 Recycling And Composting Enterprise Grant Program 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Recycling And Composting Enterprise Grant Program
Sponsors: K. Priola (R) / S. Bird (D) | B. Titone (D)
Summary: The bill creates the Colorado recycling and composting infrastructure enterprise (enterprise) within the department of public health and environment (department) to develop and modernize the recycling and composting infrastructure in the state. The enterprise is authorized to issue revenue bonds. The bill creates the Colorado recycling and composting infrastructure enterprise grant program (grant program) within the department to provide grants to eligible entities to: Create new or expand existing recycling, recovery, and composting operations; Create markets for recycled materials, including the use of food service packaging as feedstock in the production of new products; and Facilitate recycling, composting, litter cleanup, and education efforts concerning recycling and composting practices. The bill creates the Colorado recycling and composting infrastructure enterprise board (enterprise board) to administer the grant program and submit an annual report concerning the grant program. The bill creates the Colorado recycling and composting infrastructure enterprise grant program cash fund (cash fund) and requires the enterprise board to award grants from the cash fund. The bill allows the executive board to promulgate rules to implement the grant program and requires the solid and hazardous waste commission (commission) to promulgate rules establishing a process for calculating the rates at which common types of food service packaging are being recycled or composted in the state, based on recently available data. On or before January 1, 2025, the commission must use the process to calculate such rates. Thereafter, the commission must recalculate each rate at least every 2 years. The enterprise board must evaluate the rates and advise the commission regarding their accuracy. The bill requires the enterprise to determine and impose a fee on food service packaging that is initially sold or offered for sale in the state, as follows: On and after January 1, 2022, and until January 1, 2030, the enterprise shall impose a fee in an amount to be determined by the enterprise but which may not exceed three-tenths of a cent on each unit of the food service packaging; On and after January 1, 2030, and until January 1, 2035, if the food service packaging is a type of food service packaging for which the commission has calculated a recycling or composting rate that is less than 50%, the enterprise shall impose a fee in an amount to be determined by the enterprise but which may not exceed six-tenths of a cent on each unit of the food service packaging; and On and after January 1, 2035, if the food service packaging is a type of food service packaging for which the commission has calculated a recycling or composting rate that is less than 75%, the enterprise shall impose a fee in an amount to be determined by the enterprise but which may not exceed one cent on each unit of the food service packaging. The enterprise shall collect the fee from the distributor that initially sells the food service packaging into the state. All money collected as fees must be deposited into the cash fund. The bill requires the commission to conduct an assessment of the state's recycling and composting infrastructure on or before January 1, 2022, including examining the types of food service packaging being collected, processed, recycled, or composted in the state.
Status: 3/22/2021 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Finance

SB21-181 Equity Strategic Plan Address Health Disparities 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News: Colorado lawmakers aim to address inequities among communities in the state budget proposal
Fields, other legislators unveil Colorado Health Equity Plan
Short Title: Equity Strategic Plan Address Health Disparities
Sponsors: R. Fields (D) | D. Coram (R) / L. Herod (D) | Y. Caraveo (D)
Summary: The bill renames the existing "health disparities grant program" to the "health disparities and community grant program" (program) and expands the program to authorize the office of health equity (office) to: Award grants from money currently transferred from the prevention, early detection, and treatment fund to the health disparities grant program fund (fund) for the purpose of positively affecting social determinants of health to reduce the risk of future disease and exacerbating health disparities in underrepresented populations; and Award grants from any additional money appropriated by the general assembly to the fund to community organizations to reduce health disparities in underrepresented communities through policy and systems changes regarding the social determinants of health. On or before January 1, 2022, and continuing every 2 years thereafter, the office is required to issue a report concerning health disparities in Colorado by race and ethnicity that includes an assessment of the impact of social determinants of health on health disparities and recommended strategies to begin to address such inequities with the collaboration of the health equity commission and other stakeholders. On or before July 1, 2022, the office is required to facilitate a state agency work group to develop an equity strategic plan. Specific state agencies are required to participate in the state agency work group to ensure coordination in equity-related work across state agencies to address social determinants of health in each agency's respective area. The bill adds additional state agency executive directors to the health equity commission.
Status: 3/31/2021 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations

SB21-188 Ballot Access For Voters With Disabilities 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 12 2021
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(2) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Ballot Access For Voters With Disabilities
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) / M. Duran (D) | D. Ortiz
Summary: Current law allows a voter with a disability to use an electronic voting device that produces a paper record to vote in a mail ballot election. If a voter receives a ballot through an electronic voting device, the voter is required to print the ballot to return it to the applicable election official. The bill allows a voter to either print the ballot or return the ballot by electronic transmission if printing the ballot is not feasible. Regardless of the method of return, the bill specifies that to be valid, a ballot must be received by the election official in the applicable jurisdiction before the close of polls on the day of the election.
Status: 4/9/2021 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee

SB21-197 Workers' Compensation Physician 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Workers' Compensation Physician
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D) / S. Woodrow (D)
Summary: The bill provides injured workers control over the selection of the primary treating physician in workers' compensation cases, allowing them to choose from any level I or level II accredited physician through the division of workers' compensation. The bill creates the mechanism by which the injured worker may select the treating physician, and requires the employer or insurer to choose the physician when an injured worker is unable or unwilling to select the treating physician.
Status: 3/24/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology

SB21-199 Remove Barriers To Certain Public Opportunities 
Position: Actively Monitor
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 13 2021
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
2:00 PM Old Supreme Court
(1) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Remove Barriers To Certain Public Opportunities
Sponsors: S. Jaquez Lewis | F. Winter (D) / D. Esgar (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary: The bill repeals existing provisions that require a person to demonstrate the person's lawful presence in the United States to be eligible for certain public benefits and requires that lawful presence is not a requirement of eligibility for state or local public benefits, as defined by 8 U.S.C. sec. 1621. The bill amends statutory provisions that still require lawful presence to clarify acceptable documents to demonstrate eligibility. The general assembly shall not allocate additional funding to any state or local public benefit program for this purpose for fiscal year 2021-22. However, starting for fiscal year 2022-23, any additional funding required for a state or local public benefit program for this purpose is subject to the standard budget process for the applicable program. Current law prohibits a state agency or political subdivision from entering into or renewing a public contract with a contractor who knowingly employs or contracts persons who are undocumented. The bill repeals that requirement and associated statutory provisions. Current law requires that state agencies and local governments use secure and verifiable identity documents when providing services or issuing official documents. The bill repeals that requirement and associated statutory provisions.
Status: 3/26/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

SB21-204 Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant Program Funding 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 13 2021
SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE
2:00 PM SCR 352
(1) in senate calendar.
News:
Short Title: Rural Economic Development Initiative Grant Program Funding
Sponsors: K. Donovan (D) | B. Rankin (R) / M. Young (D) | T. Van Beber
Summary: In 2020, the Colorado general assembly created the rural economic development initiative (REDI) grant program in the department of local affairs (department). The department, in consultation with the office of economic development, may provide grants to a new employer or the expansion of an existing employer and for projects that create diversity and resiliency in the local economies of rural communities. Or, if the department determines that a rural community needs resources or assistance because it has been impacted by a significant economic event or an anticipated event that has been announced, the department may use all or a portion of the money appropriated for the REDI grant program for the purposes of the "Rural Economic Advancement of Colorado Towns (REACT) Act". Section 2 of the bill appropriates $5 million to the department for the REDI grant program. Section 1 ensures that the department will use all of this appropriation for the purposes of the grants or REACT.
Status: 3/31/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government

SB21-229 Rural Jump-start Zone Grant Program 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Rural Jump-start Zone Grant Program
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | T. Story (D) / J. Amabile | H. McKean (R)
Summary: The bill creates the rural jump-start zone grant program (grant program) and authorizes the Colorado economic development commission (commission) to issue grants, subject to available appropriations, as follows: * Up to $20,000 to new businesses to establish operations; * Up to $40,000 to new businesses to establish operations in a tier one transition community; * Up to $2,500 to new businesses for each new hire; and * Up to $5,000 to new businesses for each new hire who is hired for operations established in a tier one transition community. The bill creates the rural jump-start zone grant fund account in the Colorado economic development fund, which consists of any money appropriated to the fund by the general assembly, and may be used: * By the commission to issue grants; and * For the direct and indirect costs that the Colorado office of economic development incurs, not to exceed a specified amount, to administer the grant program.
Status: 3/31/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government

SB21-233 Colorado Department Of Labor And Employment Unemployment Insurance Division Enterprise 
Position: Monitor
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
News:
Short Title: Colorado Department Of Labor And Employment Unemployment Insurance Division Enterprise
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D) | C. Hansen (D) / A. Benavidez (D) | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary: The bill establishes the left-behind workers program (program) in the division of unemployment insurance (division) in the department of labor and employment (department) for the purpose of providing unemployment assistance relief payments to eligible individuals who are unemployed through no fault of their own, who meet specified criteria, and who are ineligible for regular unemployment benefits due to their immigration status. The bill requires the department to contract with a third-party administrator to administer the program. The third-party administrator must provide outreach to unemployed individuals who may be eligible to receive unemployment assistance relief payments, screen applicants for eligibility, and make payments to eligible individuals. The bill establishes the left-behind workers fund (fund) as part of the enterprise that is administered by the division. The fund consists of a percentage of the premium currently assessed by the division and paid by employers. The bill includes the employment support fund as part of the enterprise that is administered by the division.
Status: 4/5/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology