2020 Legislative Session Week 2

We just wrapped up our second week of the 2020 Legislative Session at the Capitol. Five bills that I am sponsoring this session have been introduced thus far, with two set to be heard in the Business Affairs & Labor House Committee next week.

HB20-1022: Sales & Use Simplification Task Force This bill continues the sales and use tax simplification task force for 5 years, modifies the task force’s duties, and removes the requirement that the task force undergo an evaluation by the Department of Regulatory Agencies prior to the task force’s repeal.

HB20-1023: State Address Data For Sales & Use Tax Collection This bill helps businesses and vendors by clarifying use of the state’s GIS system, which helps vendors find out what their sales and use tax in their geographic area is.

SB20-047: Financial Institute Agent Analyses Not Real Estate Appraisal Current law exempts from the definition of a “real estate appraisal” certain analyses prepared by an officer, director, or regularly salaried employee of a financial institution or its affiliate when the analyses are used for internal purposes only. Federal law also exempts such analyses when they are prepared by an agent of a financial institution or its affiliate. This bill adds these agents to the list of people who can make these exempt analyses.

HB20-1083: Nursing Home Definition For Residential Property Tax Under current Colorado law, nursing homes are considered to be residential properties; however, similar facilities at which people stay for under 30 days are considered to be non-residential properties. The bill specifies that land on which a nursing home is situated and any improvements affixed to that land is classified and assessed as residential real property, regardless of a resident’s length of stay.

HB20-1154: Workers’ Compensation This bill concerns worker’s compensation in Colorado by doing many things, the main highlights being: clarifying when payments for benefits to an injured worker are due, adds guardian/conservator services to the list of medical aid that an employer is required to furnish to an employee who is injured as a result of work-related injury, requires a claim for mileage reimbursement for travel related to obtaining said compensation, prohibits the reduction of an employee’s disability/temporary medical benefits, increases the threshold amount that an injured worker must earn in order to obtain permanent payments, and clarifies the orders that are subject to review or appeal.

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