COLORADO RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION


HB19-1004 Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Roberts | M. Catlin / K. Donovan
Summary:

The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing and the division of insurance in the department of regulatory agencies (departments) to develop and submit a proposal (proposal) to certain committees of the general assembly concerning the design, costs, benefits, and implementation of a state option for health care coverage. Additionally, the departments shall present a summary of the proposal at the annual joint hearings with the legislative committees of reference during the interim before the 2020 legislative session.

The proposal must contain a detailed description of a state option and must identify the most effective implementation of a state option based on affordability to consumers at different income levels, administrative and financial burden to the state, ease of implementation, and likelihood of success in meeting the objectives described in the bill. The proposal must also identify any necessary changes to state law to implement the proposal.

In developing the proposal, the departments shall engage in a stakeholder process that includes public and private health insurance experts, consumers, consumer advocates, employers, providers, and carriers. Further, the departments shall review any information relating to a pilot program operated by the state personnel director as a result of legislation that may be enacted during the 2019 legislative session.

The departments shall prepare and submit any necessary federal waivers or state plan amendments to implement the proposal, unless a bill is filed within the filing deadlines for the 2020 legislative session that substantially alters the federal authorization required for the proposal and the bill is not postponed indefinitely in the first committee.


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

Status: 3/13/2019 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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HB19-1025 Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Melton | L. Herod / M. Foote | R. Rodriguez
Summary:

Effective September 1, 2019, for employers with 11 or more employees, and effective September 1, 2021, for all employers, the bill prohibits employers from:

  • Advertising that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position;
  • Placing a statement in an employment application that a person with a criminal history may not apply for a position; or
  • Inquiring about an applicant's criminal history on an initial application.

An employer may obtain a job applicant's publicly available criminal background report at any time.

An employer is exempt from the restrictions on advertising and initial employment applications when:

  • The law prohibits a person who has a particular criminal history from being employed in a particular job;
  • The employer is participating in a program to encourage employment of people with criminal histories; or
  • The employer is required by law to conduct a criminal history record check for the particular position.

The department of labor and employment is charged with enforcing the requirements of the bill and may issue warnings and orders of compliance for violations and, for second or subsequent violations, impose civil penalties. A violation of the restrictions does not create a private cause of action, and the bill does not create a protected class under employment anti-discrimination laws. The department is directed to adopt rules regarding procedures for handling complaints against employers.


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

Status: 3/18/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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HB19-1033 Local Governments May Regulate Nicotine Products 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: K. Tipper | C. Kennedy / R. Fields | K. Priola
Summary:

Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the bill authorize a county to enact a resolution or ordinance that prohibits a minor from possessing or purchasing cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products. Sections 1 and 2 also authorize a county to impose regulations on cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products that are more stringent than statewide regulations, including prohibiting sales to a person under 21 years of age, and section 4 expressly authorizes a county to enact a resolution or ordinance regulating the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products to minors. Section 3 expressly authorizes a statutory or home rule city or town to enact an ordinance regulating the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products to minors.

From state income tax money, the state currently apportions an amount equal to 27% of state cigarette tax revenues to cities, towns, and counties in proportion to the amount of state sales tax revenues collected within their boundaries. In order to receive their allocation of this money, cities, towns, and counties are prohibited from imposing their own fees, licenses, or taxes on cigarette sales or from attempting to impose a tax on cigarettes. Section 5 removes this prohibition, thus allowing cities, towns, and counties to impose fees, licenses, or taxes on cigarette sales without losing their apportioned state cigarette tax revenues.

Section 6 authorizes a statutory or home rule city or town or a county, if approved by a vote of the people within the statutory or home rule city or town or county, to impose a special sales tax on the sale of cigarettes, tobacco products, or nicotine products and provides a mechanism by which a county's special sales tax applies to a municipality within the boundary of the county unless the municipality, if approved by a vote of the people within the municipality, enacts its own such special sales tax; however, the county and municipality may then enter into an intergovernmental agreement authorizing the county to continue to levy, collect, and enforce its special sales tax within the corporate limits of the municipality.

Section 7 makes a conforming amendment.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/18/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
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HB19-1035 Remove Fee Cap Electrical Inspection Local Government Higher Education 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, March 21 2019
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILLS(RESOLUTIONS)
(2) in house calendar.
Sponsors: J. Rich | D. Roberts / R. Woodward | J. Ginal
Summary:

Current law prohibits local governments and state institutions of higher education from charging more than 15% more than the state charges to perform an inspection of electrical work and limits the fee for a permit for a hot water heater load control device to no more than $10. The bill deletes this $10 cap, specifies that the 15% cap relates to fees as they existed on January 1, 2014, and subjects the permit fee to the adjusted 15% cap.


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

Status: 3/20/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
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HB19-1047 Metropolitan District Fire Protection Sales Tax 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: B. Buentello / J. Danielson | L. Garcia
Summary:

A metropolitan district is a type of special district that provides at least 2 services from a list of specific services. One of the services that a metropolitan district is currently authorized to provide is fire protection. Currently, a metropolitan district is authorized to levy a property tax to provide services; however, the district can also levy a sales tax for safety protection, street improvement, and transportation purposes. Both property taxes and sales taxes require voter approval. The bill allows a metropolitan district to also levy a sales tax to provide fire protection in the areas of the district in which the sales tax is levied.


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

Status: 3/11/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
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HB19-1075 Tax Credit Employer-assisted Housing Pilot Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Wilson
Summary:

As a pilot program to promote employer-assisted housing projects in rural areas, for income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2019, but prior to January 1, 2023, the bill creates a state income tax credit for a donation a taxpayer makes to a sponsor that is used solely for the costs associated with employer-assisted affordable housing in a rural area. The bill defines "sponsor" to mean the Colorado housing and finance authority, a housing authority operated by a county or municipality, a nonprofit corporation that has been designated as a community development corporation under the federal tax code, or an international, nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization whose mission is concentrated on constructing affordable housing.

The amount of the credit allowed by the bill is 20% of the approved donation amount; except that the aggregate amount of the credit awarded to any one taxpayer is limited to $400 in any one income tax year.

The bill contains additional requirements pertaining to the manner in which the taxpayer submits information to receive the tax credit. The bill also requires periodic reporting of information on the use of the tax credit.


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

Status: 2/7/2019 House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB19-1076 Clean Indoor Air Act Add E-cigarettes Remove Exceptions 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, March 25 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet | C. Larson / K. Priola | K. Donovan
Summary:

The bill amends the "Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act" by:

  • Adding a definition of "electronic smoking device" (ESD) to include e-cigarettes and similar devices within the scope of the act;
  • Citing the results of recent research on ESD emissions and their effects on human health as part of the legislative declaration;
  • Eliminating the existing exceptions for certain places of business in which smoking may be permitted, such as airport smoking concessions, businesses with 3 or fewer employees, designated smoking rooms in hotels, and designated smoking areas in assisted living facilities; and
  • Repealing the ability of property owners and managers to designate smoking and nonsmoking areas through the posting of signs.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/15/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/25/2019 - No Amendments
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HB19-1078 Landowner Consent Listing National Register 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, March 21 2019
CONSIDERATION OF SENATE AMENDMENTS TO HOUSE BILLS(RESOLUTIONS)
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: K. Lewis / V. Marble | L. Garcia
Summary:

Prior to taking any action to approve a multiple property documentation form (form) or to request the approval of the keeper of the national register of an executed form, the bill requires the state historical society to require the applicant to obtain the consent, evidenced by a notarized signature, of each owner of the land and property included within the region of lands described in the form who provided any information or granted access to their land or property.


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

Status: 3/20/2019 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
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HB19-1084 Notice To Property Owners Whether Area Blighted 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Gray / R. Zenzinger
Summary:

Under current law, before an urban renewal authority (authority) may undertake an urban renewal project for an urban renewal area, it must determine that the area is a slum, blighted area, or a combination of such conditions. When the authority determines that the area is not a slum, a blighted area, or a combination of such conditions, the authority is also required under current law to send notice of the determination to any owner of private property located within the area within 30 days of the determination. The bill modifies this latter requirement by requiring notice be provided to such property owners within 7 days of either determination being made.


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

Status: 3/11/2019 Signed by the President of the Senate
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HB19-1086 Plumbing Inspections Ensure Compliance 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Duran / B. Pettersen
Summary:

Current law allows the state plumbing board to require licensees to demonstrate competency before reinstatement of an expired license. Section 1 of the bill expands the competency requirement to registrants.

To reinstate a license or registration that has been expired for 2 or more years, a person must demonstrate competency by:

  • Providing verification of a license in good standing from another state and proof of active practice in that state for the year previous to the date of receipt of the reinstatement application;
  • Satisfactorily passing the state plumbing examination; or
  • Any other means approved by the board.

To reinstate a license or registration that has been expired for less than two years (other than the first renewal or reinstatement of a license for which, as a condition of issuance, the applicant successfully completed a licensing examination), a person must have completed 8 hours of continuing education for every 12 months that have passed after the later of the last date of renewal or reinstatement.

The board is required to adopt rules establishing continuing education requirements and standards.

Section 2 requires state plumbing inspectors or plumbing inspectors employed by the state, an incorporated town or city, county, city and county, or qualified state institution of higher education (entity) to conduct a contemporaneous review of each plumbing project inspected to ensure compliance with the plumbing law, including specifically licensure and apprentice requirements. However, each entity need not perform a contemporaneous review for each inspection of a project. Each entity shall develop standard procedures to advise inspectors on how to conduct a contemporaneous review. Each entity must post its standard procedures on its public website and provide the director of the division of professions and occupations within the department of regulatory agencies with a link to the web page on which the standard procedures have been posted or, if the entity does not have a website, provide its current procedures to the director for posting on the board's website.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/20/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
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HB19-1107 Employment Support Job Retention Services Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Coleman / R. Fields | K. Priola
Summary:

The bill creates the employment support and job retention services program (program) within the division of employment and training (division) in the department of labor and employment (department) to provide emergency employment support and job retention services to eligible individuals in the state. The bill requires the director of the division (director) to contract with an entity to administer the program to provide reimbursement for employment support and job retention services provided to eligible individuals statewide. In order to be eligible for services for which a service provider may be reimbursed under the program, an individual must be 16 years of age or older, be eligible to work in the United States, have a household income that is at or below the federal poverty line, and be underemployed or unemployed and actively involved in employment preparation, job training, employment pursuit, or job retention activities. The director is required to establish procedures and guidelines to implement and set parameters for the operation of the program.

The general assembly is required to appropriate money annually to the employment support and job retention services cash fund created in the bill for allocation to the division to implement and operate the program. The department is authorized to accept gifts, grants, and donations for the implementation and operation of the program. The program is repealed, effective September 30, 2022.


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

Status: 1/30/2019 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations
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HB19-1114 Agriculture Commissioner Farm Produce Safety 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: M. Catlin | D. Valdez / J. Danielson | J. Cooke
Summary:

The bill establishes a state law to implement federal regulations covering produce safety on farms. To implement this, the bill:

  • Authorizes the commissioner of agriculture (commissioner) to enter into a cooperative agreement with the United States food and drug administration and seek, accept, and expend federal funds;
  • Provides for the commissioner to cease implementing the law if the commissioner does not receive adequate federal funding;
  • Requires farms that are covered by federal law, selling more than approximately $25,000 of produce annually on average over a 3-year period, to register with the commissioner;
  • Requires the commissioner to promulgate rules adopting 21 CFR 112, concerning produce safety, and gives the commissioner rule-making authority to administer the bill;
  • Authorizes the commissioner to enter farms and farm facilities during regular business hours to implement or enforce the bill if the commissioner obtains consent or an administrative search warrant;
  • Authorizes the commissioner to inspect records during regular business hours to implement or enforce the bill and to subpoena witnesses and records;
  • Authorizes the commissioner to issue cease-and-desist orders;
  • Prohibits an officer, employee, or agent of the commissioner from misusing information gained during the course of the person's duties;
  • Authorizes the commissioner to impose administrative penalties;
  • If requested, requires the commissioner to hold a hearing to issue a cease-and-desist order or impose an administrative penalty, and this process is subject to judicial review;
  • Authorizes the commissioner to enforce cease-and-desist orders and administrative penalties in court; and
  • Repeals these provisions in 2034, but requires a sunset review before the repeal.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/18/2019 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
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HB19-1120 Youth Mental Health Education And Suicide Prevention 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Michaelson Jenet | D. Roberts / S. Fenberg | D. Coram
Summary:

The bill allows a minor 12 years of age or older to seek and obtain psychotherapy services with or without the consent of the minor's parent or guardian. A registered psychotherapist or licensed social worker providing psychotherapy services to a minor may, with the consent of the minor, advise the minor's parent or legal guardian of the psychotherapy services provided.

The bill requires the department of education, in consultation with the office of suicide prevention (office), the youth advisory council, and the suicide prevention commission, to create and maintain a mental health education literacy resource bank. The resource bank is available to the public free of charge.

The bill requires the state board of education to adopt standards related to mental health, including suicide prevention.


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

Status: 3/1/2019 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB19-1124 Protect Colorado Residents From Federal Government Overreach 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: A. Benavidez
Summary:

The bill prohibits a department, agency, board, commission, or officer or employee of the state or a political subdivision of the state from using public funds or resources to assist in the enforcement of federal civil immigration laws. The bill allows a state employee or employee of a political subdivision of the state to cooperate or assist federal immigration enforcement authorities in the execution of a warrant issued by a federal judge or magistrate or honoring any writ issued by any state or federal judge concerning the transfer of a prisoner to or from federal custody.

The bill prohibits the state or a political subdivision of the state from entering into any contractual agreement that would require an employee to directly or indirectly assist in the enforcement of federal civil immigration laws.

The bill prohibits federal immigration authorities access to the secure areas of any city or county jail or other law enforcement facility for the purpose of conducting investigative interviews or for any other purpose related to the enforcement of federal civil immigration laws unless federal immigration authorities present a warrant issued by a federal judge or magistrate.

The bill prohibits a law enforcement officer from arresting or detaining an individual solely on the basis of a civil immigration detainer.


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

Status: 1/16/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government + Appropriations
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HB19-1138 Vehicle Transfer Registration Fee Credit 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Williams | J. Melton / A. Williams | K. Priola
Summary:

Current law allows a prorated credit for the taxes paid on a vehicle that is sold before the registration year ends. The credit is applied to vehicles subsequently registered. The bill broadens this credit to cover most registration fees. $7,200 is appropriated to the department of revenue from the Colorado DRIVES vehicle services account in the highway users tax fund to implement the bill.


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

Status: 3/20/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
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HB19-1166 Name-based Criminal History Record Checks 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, March 21 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS - CONSENT CALENDAR
(3) in senate calendar.
Sponsors: J. Singer | C. Larson / R. Zenzinger
Summary:

Current law requires certain people, including applicants for certain licenses, employment, or volunteer activities, to undergo a fingerprint-based criminal history record check. The bill adds the requirement that the person submit to a name-based criminal history record check when the fingerprint-based check reveals a record of arrest but does not show a disposition in the case.


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

Status: 3/18/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
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HB19-1183 Automated External Defibrillators In Public Places 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Roberts
Summary:

The bill defines a public place and encourages any person that owns, operates, or manages a public place to place functional automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in sufficient quantities to ensure reasonable availability for use during perceived sudden cardiac arrest emergencies.

The bill requires any public place to accept any gift, grant, or donation of an AED that meets federal standards.

The department shall award a $75,000 contract to a nonprofit organization for the purpose of acquiring and distributing AEDs to public places.

The bill extends good samaritan protections to a variety of persons and entities.

The bill repeals an obsolete provision that encouraged school districts to acquire an AED and moves that provision to article 51 of title 25. The bill also repeals an obsolete provision that provided limited immunity to persons rendering emergency assistance through the use of an AED.


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

Status: 3/6/2019 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB19-1189 Wage Garnishment Reform 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 1 2019
Finance
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(3) in house calendar.
Sponsors: M. Gray | A. Valdez / J. Bridges
Summary:

Under current law, the amount of an individual's disposable earnings subject to garnishment is either 25% of the individual's disposable earnings for a week or the amount an individual's disposable earnings for a week exceed 30 times the state or federal minimum wage, whichever is less. The bill changes the amount subject to garnishment from 25% to 15% of the individual's disposable weekly earnings and from 30 times to 50 times the amount an individual's disposable earnings for a week exceed the state or federal minimum wage. Currently, the cost of court-ordered health insurance for a child provided by an individual is deducted from the individual's disposable earnings subject to garnishment. The bill also deducts from an individual's disposable earnings subject to garnishment the cost of any health insurance that is provided by the individual's employer and voluntarily withheld from the individual's earnings.

The bill creates an exemption that would permit individuals to prove that the amount of their pay subject to garnishment should be further reduced or eliminated altogether if the individual can establish that such reductions are necessary to support the individual or the individual's family. The bill also requires clearer and more timely notice to an individual whose wages are being garnished and gives the individual more time after receiving the notice before garnishment starts.


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

Status: 2/19/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
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HB19-1202 Food Systems Advisory Council 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: B. McLachlan | R. Galindo / J. Ginal | K. Priola
Summary:

The bill relocates the Colorado food systems advisory council (council) from the department of agriculture to Colorado state university.

The bill ends the terms of current members of the council and provides for the appointment of new members to the council.

As updated in the bill, the council's duties are to:

  • Grow local, regional, and statewide food economies within which producers have access to new markets and low-income populations have access to fresh, affordable, and healthy foods. The council will collaborate and coordinate with producers, relevant state and federal educational institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and consumers to connect state and federal agencies and to provide Colorado producers, including fruit and vegetable producers, with viable market opportunities.
  • Support the implementation of the recommendations in the Colorado blueprint of food and agriculture project, ensure that the blueprint, or its successor project, is updated as needed, and ensure alignment with other state or local food plans if relevant;
  • Conduct research regarding national best practices regarding food and nutrition assistance, direct and intermediated market development, institutional procurement, and farm-to-school programs as well as other priorities determined by the council;
  • Collaborate with, serve as a resource to, and receive input from local and regional food policy councils in the state; and
  • Explore methods of collecting and assessing statewide data relating to council activities and report the relevant information and data regarding council activities as required by current law.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/4/2019 House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Amended to Appropriations
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HB19-1210 Local Government Minimum Wage 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Melton | R. Galindo / J. Danielson | D. Moreno
Summary:

The bill allows a unit of local government to enact laws establishing a minimum wage within its jurisdiction.


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

Status: 3/13/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
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HB19-1227 Prevailing Wage Working Group In Department of Personnel and Administration 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, March 27 2019
Business Affairs & Labor
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: A. Benavidez
Summary:

The bill requires the executive director of the department of personnel or his or her designee, in coordination with the executive director of the department of labor and employment or his or her designee, to convene a prevailing wage working group to meet during the interim following the first regular session of the seventy-second general assembly to determine the most efficient and appropriate manner in which to implement a prevailing wage requirement for state contracts. The bill specifies the aspects of a potential prevailing wage requirement that the working group is required to consider.

The prevailing wage working group is required to solicit input from subject matter experts during the course of its work and is required to submit to the general assembly its recommendations for the most efficient and appropriate manner in which to implement a prevailing wage requirement for state contracts.


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

Status: 3/8/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
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HB19-1230 Marijuana Hospitality Establishments 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, March 27 2019
Business Affairs & Labor
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(3) in house calendar.
Sponsors: J. Singer | J. Melton / V. Marble | J. Gonzales
Summary:

If approval is received by both the state and local licensing authorities, the bill authorizes legal cannabis hospitality spaces in which legal cannabis may be consumed on site and retail cannabis hospitality and sales establishments in which retail marijuana, retail marijuana concentrate, and retail marijuana products may be sold and consumed on site in the establishment's hospitality space.

The bill establishes requirements and prohibitions for the new hospitality spaces and requires the state licensing authority to promulgate rules governing the new hospitality licenses and spaces.

The bill makes the hospitality spaces an exception to the "Colorado Clean Air Act" and makes conforming amendments.


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

Status: 3/8/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
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HB19-1231 New Appliance Energy And Water Efficiency Standards 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, March 25 2019
Energy & Environment
1:30 p.m. Room 0112
(2) in house calendar.
Sponsors: M. Froelich | C. Kipp
Summary:

The bill updates and adopts standards for water efficiency and energy efficiency that apply to a list of consumer and commercial appliances and other products. The standards are based on state standards, federal Energy Star and WaterSense specifications, and industry standards in most cases or, where a standard is not incorporated by reference, the standard is specified by statute.

The standards apply to new products sold or installed in Colorado and are phased in over a period of 3 years, with general service lamps covered beginning in 2020, air compressors and portable air conditioners covered beginning in 2022, and all other listed products covered beginning in 2021. The bill also keeps in place the water efficiency standards on certain products that were added to the Colorado statutes in 2014. The sale of a noncomplying product after the effective date of the applicable standard is defined as a deceptive trade practice under the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act".

The executive director of the department of public health and environment is directed to collect and publish the standards that are incorporated by reference. The executive director is also authorized, but not required, to adopt rules incorporating more recent versions of standards or test methods in order to maintain or improve consistency with other state or federal agency standards, subject to a one-year grace period between adoption and enforcement of any new or amended standards.


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

Status: 3/8/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment
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HB19-1234 Regulated Marijuana Delivery 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, March 27 2019
Business Affairs & Labor
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(2) in house calendar.
Sponsors: A. Valdez | J. Singer / J. Gonzales | V. Marble
Summary:

The bill creates marijuana delivery permits for licensed medical marijuana centers and transporters and licensed retail marijuana stores and transporters that allow the centers, stores, and transporters to deliver medical marijuana, medical marijuana-infused products, retail marijuana, and retail marijuana products to customers. The bill gives the state licensing authority rule-making authority over the permit and delivery system. Medical marijuana delivery permitting begins January 2, 2020, and retail marijuana delivery permitting begins January 2, 2021.

The bill requires responsible vendor training programs to include marijuana delivery training.


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

Status: 3/12/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
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HB19-1240 Sales And Use Tax Administration 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, March 26 2019
Business Affairs & Labor
Upon Adjournment Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: T. Kraft-Tharp | K. Van Winkle / L. Court | J. Tate
Summary:

The bill:

  • Establishes economic nexus for purposes of retail sales made by retailers without physical presence and specifies that the economic nexus does not apply for sales made by such retailers prior to June 1, 2019;
  • Codifies the department of revenue's destination sourcing rule for state sales tax collection, for sales taxes imposed by any statutory incorporated town, city, or county, and for special districts, but specifies that a small retailer may source its sales to the business' location regardless of where the purchaser receives the tangible personal property or service until a geographic information system provided by the state is online and available for the retailer to determine the taxing jurisdiction in which an address resides;
  • Requires marketplace facilitators to collect and remit sales tax on behalf of marketplace sellers that enter into a contract with a marketplace facilitator that facilitates the sale of the marketplace seller's tangible personal property, commodities, or services through the marketplace facilitator's marketplace and also:
  • Allows marketplace facilitators to retain the vendor fee for the collection and remittance of the sales tax on sales made by marketplace sellers on its marketplace;
  • Provides the marketplace facilitator with audit relief if the marketplace facilitator can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the executive director of the department of revenue that it made a reasonable effort to obtain accurate information regarding the obligation to collect tax from the marketplace seller; and
  • Specifies that the marketplace seller does not have the liabilities, obligations, and rights of a retailer if the marketplace facilitator is required to collect and remit sales tax on its behalf, including licensing, collection, and remittance requirements; and
  • Repeals outdated references to remote sales and remote sellers that were added pursuant to House Bill 13-1295 but are not applicable because Congress never enacted an act that authorizes states to require certain retailers to pay, collect, or remit state or local sales taxes.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/12/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor + Finance
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HB19-1245 Affordable Housing Funding From Vendor Fee Changes 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Monday, April 1 2019
Finance
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: M. Weissman / J. Gonzales
Summary:

The state treasurer is required to credit an amount equal to the increase in sales taxes attributable to the vendor fee changes that result from the bill to the housing development grant fund, which the division of housing in the department of local affairs (division) uses to make grants and loans to improve, preserve, or expand the supply of affordable housing in the state. The division is required to annually award at least 1/3 of this money for affordable housing projects for households whose annual income is less than or equal to 30% of the area median income.

The increase in sales taxes attributable to the vendor fee changes that result from the bill are excluded from the definition of "state sales tax increment revenue" for purposes of the "Colorado Regional Tourism Act" so that the increase is payable to the state and not an applicable financing entity.

A retailer who collects state sales tax is currently allowed to retain 3 1/3% of the state sales taxes collected as compensation for the retailer's expenses incurred in collecting and remitting the tax (vendor fee). Beginning January 1, 2020, the bill increases the vendor fee to 4% and establishes a $1,000 monthly cap on the vendor fee. This limit applies regardless of the number of the retailer's locations. A vendor with multiple locations is required to register all locations under one account with the department of revenue. The changes to the state vendor fee do not apply to a local government that imposes a sales tax and permits a vendor fee that is based on the state's vendor fee.

The sales and use tax revenue that is deposited in the housing development grant fund for the state fiscal year 2019-20 is reduced by a specified amount to cover the department of revenue's expenses to make the IT changes necessary to implement the bill, which results in a corresponding increase in the general fund. In turn, this amount is appropriated from the general fund to the department of revenue for this purpose.


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

Status: 3/15/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations
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HB19-1246 Local Government Regulation Of Food Trucks 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, April 2 2019
Transportation & Local Government
Upon Adjournment Room 0112
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: K. Van Winkle | T. Kraft-Tharp
Summary:

The bill requires a local government to grant a business license to a food truck operator that has obtained a license from another local government, and prohibits the local government from imposing additional licensing requirements. Local governments are prohibited from requiring separate licenses or fees for the operation of a food truck in more than one location or on more than one day in the same year or requiring the food truck operator to provide certain types of documentation related to the food truck's operation or location. A local government may enforce its sales tax, zoning, and land use regulations and promulgate ordinances or regulations related to the operation of food trucks in its jurisdiction that are not inconsistent with the bill's requirements.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/15/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
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HB19-1248 Lobbyist Transparency Act 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, March 26 2019
State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
1:30 p.m. Room LSB-A
(2) in house calendar.
Sponsors: M. Weissman | L. Cutter
Summary:

Sections 2 and 3 of the bill clarify that the term "client" used in connection with statutory provisions regulating lobbyists means the person who employs or retains the professional services of one or more lobbyists to undertake lobbying on behalf of that person. They also clarify that a professional lobbyist is not, for purposes of the statute, a client of either a lobbying firm or any other person that employs or retains one or more professional lobbyists to undertake lobbying on behalf of one or more clients.

Section 3 clarifies that existing provisions that require heightened disclosure when a lobbyist enters into an agreement to engage in lobbying apply when the general assembly is in regular or special session.

In addition to any other disclosure, during the period that the general assembly is in regular or special session, section 3 also requires a professional lobbyist to notify the secretary of state by means of the electronic filing system within 48 hours after:

  • The lobbyist agrees to undertake lobbying in connection with new legislation, standards, rules, or rates for either a new or existing client of the lobbyist; or
  • The lobbyist takes a new position on a new or existing bill for a new or existing client of the lobbyist.

During this period, where the lobbyist either agrees to undertake the expanded representation, the disclosure required by the bill includes the bill number of the legislation at issue and whether the lobbyist's client is supporting, opposing, amending, or monitoring the legislation at the time the lobbyist agrees to undertake lobbying in connection with the legislation or takes a new position.

The bill also states that an attorney who is a professional lobbyist may not decline to disclose his or her lobbying as such lobbying is required to be disclosed on the grounds that the lobbying is protected against disclosure as confidential matters between an attorney and a client.

In connection with any requirement under existing law to disclose the identity of a client, a professional lobbyist who is a natural person and who is employed or retained by a lobbying firm or any other firm or entity may disclose the name of the lobbying firm or other person or entity by means of which, or under the name of which, a professional lobbyist does business, but to satisfy such disclosure requirement the lobbyist is also required to disclose the name of the client who employs or retains the professional services of the lobbyist, or a lobbying firm or any other person or entity that employs or retains the lobbyist, to undertake lobbying on its behalf.


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

Status: 3/15/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
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HB19-1254 Notice Requirements Employees Sharing Gratuities 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: B. McLachlan | K. Van Winkle / R. Fields | K. Priola
Summary:

Current law authorizes an employer to require employees to share gratuities if the employer posts a sign in a conspicuous place. The bill changes this law by requiring notification to each patron in writing, such as on the menu, table, or receipt.


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

Status: 3/19/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
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SB19-007 Prevent Sexual Misconduct At Higher Ed Campuses 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: B. Pettersen | F. Winter / B. McLachlan | J. Buckner
Summary:

The bill requires each institution of higher education (institution) to adopt, periodically review, and update a policy on sexual misconduct (policy). The bill establishes minimum requirements for the policies, including reporting options, procedures for investigations and adjudications, and protections for involved persons. Institutions shall promote the policy by posting information on their websites and annually distributing the policy and information.

Institutions are required to provide training on awareness and prevention of sexual misconduct, the policy, and resources available to discuss such misconduct.

The bill requires institutions to report to the department of higher education (department) on their policies and training, and the department shall post the reports on its website.

The department is to host biennial summits on sexual misconduct on institution campuses to facilitate communication, share information, and hear from experts. The bill identifies the membership of the planning committee for the summits. The planning committees are to report to specified committees of the general assembly on the summits.


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

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Education
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SB19-024 Taxes Paid By Electronic Funds Transfers 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Tate / J. Arndt | E. Hooton
Summary:

Statutory Revision Committee. The bill authorizes the executive director of the department of revenue (director) to require the remittance of severance taxes electronically and allows the department to promulgate rules governing such electronic payment.

The bill authorizes the director to require a taxpayer to remit sales taxes by electronic funds transfers at an earlier hour on the deadline day for making a return and paying the taxes due than taxpayers who remit sales taxes by other means.


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

Status: 12/26/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to
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SB19-034 Local Government Recycling Standards For Food Containers 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Moreno / J. Arndt
Summary:

Currently, state law preempts local governments from restricting or mandating containers for any consumer products. The bill allows a local government to set a standard for a retail food establishment's use of ready-to-eat food containers that may be discarded through recycling or composting.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/4/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Local Government
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-051 Increase General Fund Funding For Transportation 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: R. Scott | J. Cooke
Summary:

Current law, enacted in Senate Bill 18-001, requires the state treasurer to transfer, on July 1, 2019, a total amount of $150 million from the general fund to fund transportation needs as follows:

  • $105 million (70%) to the state highway fund;
  • $22.5 million (15%) to the highway users tax fund for allocation in equal shares to counties and municipalities; and
  • $22.5 million (15%) to the multimodal transportation options fund.

The bill increases the total amount of the July 1, 2019, transfer to $340 million so that the amount of the individual transfer to the multimodal transportation options fund is unchanged and the individual transfers to the state highway fund and the highway users tax fund are increased to the following amounts:

  • $266.5 million (78.38%) to the state highway fund;
  • $51 million (15%) to the highway users tax fund for allocation in equal shares to counties and municipalities; and
  • $22.5 million (6.62%) to the multimodal transportation options fund.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/8/2019 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy + Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-067 Rural Development Grant Program Creation 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: D. Coram / B. McLachlan | J. Arndt
Summary:

The bill creates the rural development grant program to be administered by the Colorado office of economic development. The grants are to be awarded to early stage rural businesses that are primary employers in a rural area with the potential to export goods or services outside of the rural area. The businesses must be at the seed stage of capital financing, have raised less than five hundred thousand dollars of third-party capital, and are able to provide nonstate matching funding equal to at least one-third of the grant award. The grants may be used for developing prototypes, proof of business concepts, or proof of business models. The grants are funded from the general fund and are limited to no more than $150,000 per early stage rural business per year.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/12/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-079 Electronic Prescribing Controlled Substances 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: N. Todd | K. Priola / D. Esgar | L. Landgraf
Summary:

Sections 1 to 14 of the bill require podiatrists, physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and optometrists, starting July 1, 2021, and dentists and practitioners serving rural communities or in a solo practice, starting July 1, 2023, to prescribe schedule II, III, or IV controlled substances only via a prescription that is electronically transmitted to a pharmacy unless a specified exception applies. Prescribers are required to indicate on license renewal questionnaires whether they have complied with the electronic prescribing requirement.

Section 15 specifies that pharmacists need not verify the applicability of an exception to electronic prescribing when they receive an order for a controlled substance in writing, orally, or via facsimile transmission and may fill the order if otherwise valid under the law.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/20/2019 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-085 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: J. Danielson | B. Pettersen / J. Buckner | S. Gonzales-Gutierrez
Summary:

The bill removes the authority of the director of the division of labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment (director) to enforce wage discrimination complaints based on an employee's sex and instead permits an aggrieved person to bring a civil action in district court to pursue remedies specified in the bill.

The bill allows exceptions to the prohibition against a wage differential based on sex if the employer demonstrates that a wage differential is based upon one or more factors, including:

  • A seniority system;
  • A merit system; or
  • A system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of production.

The bill prohibits an employer from:

  • Seeking the wage rate history of a prospective employee;
  • Relying on a prior wage rate to determine a wage rate;
  • Discriminating or retaliating against a prospective employee for failing to disclose the employee's wage rate history; and
  • Discharging or retaliating against an employee for actions by an employee asserting the rights established by the bill against an employer.

The bill requires an employer to announce to all employees employment advancement opportunities and job openings and the pay range for the openings. The director is authorized to enforce actions against an employer concerning transparency in pay and employment opportunities, including fines of between $500 and $10,000 per violation.


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

Status: 2/20/2019 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-088 Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Thursday, March 21 2019
GENERAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(6) in house calendar.
Sponsors: B. Gardner / K. Tipper | H. McKean
Summary:

Colorado Commission on Uniform State Laws. Section 1 of the bill enacts the "Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act" (act), as adopted by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 2016 with Colorado-specific amendments. The act responds to current transactions and practices, in particular electronic records, and seeks to promote uniformity among state laws regarding the disposition of unclaimed property.

The act is subdivided into 15 parts, which are summarized as follows:

  • Part 1 establishes general provisions for the act, including definitions for terms used in the act and authority for the administrator, who is the state treasurer, to make rules related to the act;
  • Part 2 establishes standards to determine if property is abandoned. Under the act, property is presumed abandoned if it is unclaimed by its apparent owner after a specified period of time known as the dormancy period. Some of the dormancy periods in the act are shorter than current law. This part also includes a number of sections that are included in current law to exempt property from the act.
  • Part 3 establishes priority rules for determining when the state may take custody of property that is presumed abandoned;
  • Part 4 requires a holder of property presumed to be abandoned to provide a report to the administrator and to retain certain records;
  • Part 5 establishes the notice that the administrator must provide to the apparent owner;
  • Part 6 establishes how the administrator takes custody of property after it has been abandoned;
  • Part 7 permits the administrator to sell property at a public sale after notice;
  • Part 8 relates to the administration of property and keeps the requirement that the proceeds of property sold be deposited in the existing unclaimed property trust fund and the unclaimed property tourism promotion trust fund;
  • Part 9 addresses claims to recover property from the administrator and includes existing provisions to allow offsets against the claim for child support; judicial restitution, fines, fees, or surcharges; and delinquent taxes and claims of the state;
  • Part 10 permits the administrator to request a report from a person and to examine records to determine compliance with the act;
  • Part 11 provides a holder with the right to appeal the administrator's determination concerning the holder's liability to deliver property or payment to the state;
  • Part 12 establishes penalties for a holder that fails to comply with the act;
  • Part 13 governs agreements between an apparent owner and a person commonly known as a "finder" who locates and recovers abandoned property on behalf of the owner;
  • Part 14 addresses the confidentiality and security of information related to the abandoned property; and
  • Part 15 includes miscellaneous provisions relating to the uniformity of construction, electronic signatures, a local government opt-out, and transitional interpretation.

Colorado-specific sections of the prior version of the act, known as the "Unclaimed Property Act", are retained and indicated by their former statutory section numbers.

Sections 2 through 21 make conforming amendments.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 3/21/2019 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-103 Legalizing Minors' Businesses 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: A. Williams | J. Tate / J. Coleman | T. Carver
Summary:

The bill prohibits any county, municipality, or city and county (local government) or any agency of a local government from requiring a license or permit for a business that is:

  • Operated on an occasional basis by a minor (a person under the age of 18 years); and
  • Located a sufficient distance from a commercial entity, determined by the local government, that is required to obtain a permit or license from the local government or an agency of the local government to prevent the minor's business from becoming a direct economic competitor of the commercial entity.

The bill defines "occasional basis" to mean the business does not operate more than 84 days in any one calendar year.

The bill specifies that it does not prohibit a local government from enacting and enforcing local laws under the local government's general police power in regard to the manner in which a business may be conducted by a minor with the exception of a requirement that the minor obtain a permit or license prior to engaging in the business.


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

Status: 3/11/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-109 Adjust Damages Limitations For Inflation 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: S. Fenberg / A. Garnett
Summary:

The limitations on the amount of damages for unlawfully serving alcohol, for noneconomic loss or injury, and for wrongful death were last adjusted for inflation on January 1, 2008. The bill adjusts those damage limitations for inflation on January 1, 2020, and each January 1 every 2 years thereafter.


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

Status: 3/20/2019 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-141 Entertainment Districts Counties Optional Premises 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: Tuesday, March 26 2019
Transportation & Local Government
Upon Adjournment Room 0112
(1) in house calendar.
Sponsors: K. Donovan / D. Roberts
Summary:

Current law permits an entertainment district in an area located within a municipality and allows specified types of premises licensed to serve alcohol for consumption on the premises to be included in the entertainment district.

The bill allows an entertainment district to be formed in an area located within a city and county or within an unincorporated area of a county and adds optional premises licensees to the list of licensed premises permitted to attach to an entertainment district.


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

Status: 3/12/2019 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-173 Colorado Secure Savings Plan Board 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: K. Donovan | B. Pettersen / T. Kraft-Tharp
Summary:

The bill establishes the Colorado secure savings plan board (board) to study the feasibility of creating the Colorado secure savings plan and other appropriate approaches to increase the amount of retirement savings by Colorado's private sector workers.

The board consists of the state treasurer or the treasurer's designee and 8 additional trustees with certain experience who are appointed by the governor.

The board is required to conduct the following 4 analyses or assessments by a specified date:

  • A detailed market and financial analysis to determine the financial feasibility and effectiveness of creating a retirement savings plan in the form of an automatic enrollment payroll deduction IRA, to be known as the Colorado secure savings plan. The plan would be designed to promote greater retirement savings for private sector employees in a convenient, low-cost, and portable manner.
  • A detailed market and financial analysis to determine the financial feasibility and effectiveness of a small business marketplace plan to increase the number of Colorado businesses that offer retirement savings plans for their employees. The marketplace plan would be voluntary for both employers and employees, open to all employees and employers with fewer than 100 employees, and administered by the department of labor and employment. The bill specifies certain duties of the department of labor and employment in connection with the marketplace plan if it is implemented.
  • An analysis of the effects that greater financial education among Colorado residents would have on increasing their retirement savings; and
  • An analysis of the effects that not increasing Coloradans' retirement savings would have on current and future state and local government expenditures.

The board may accept any gifts, grants, and donations, or any money from public or private entities to pay for the costs of the analyses. The board may delay implementation of one or more of the analyses if it does not obtain adequate money to conduct the analyses.

If after conducting the analyses, the board finds that there are approaches to increasing retirement savings for private sector employees in a convenient, low-cost, and portable manner that are financially feasible and self-sustaining, the board is required to recommend a plan to implement its findings to the governor and the general assembly.


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

Status: 3/14/2019 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
Fiscal Notes:

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SB19-188 FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program 
Comment:
Position:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Sponsors: F. Winter | A. Williams / M. Gray | M. Duran
Summary:

The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI) program and the division of family and medical leave insurance (division) in the department of labor and employment to provide partial wage replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from work:

  • To care for a new child or a family member with a serious health condition;
  • Because the eligible individual is unable to work due to the individual's own serious health condition or because the individual or a family member is the victim of abusive behavior; or
  • Due to certain needs arising from a family member's active duty service.

Each employee and employer in the state will pay one-half the cost of a premium as specified in the bill, which premium is based on a percentage of the employee's yearly wages. The premiums are deposited into the family and medical leave insurance fund, and family and medical leave benefits are paid to eligible individuals from the fund. The division is established as an enterprise, and premiums paid into the fund are not considered state revenues for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights (TABOR).


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

Status: 3/13/2019 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Finance
Fiscal Notes:

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