2017 Sponsored Legislation

HB 17-1023: Clarifying Deceptive Trade Practice Subpoenas (Rep Wist-R, Senator Holbert-R, Senator Court-D)

  • The bill clarifies that the attorney general or a district attorney may issue a subpoena to a person whom he or she believes has engaged or is engaging in a deceptive trade practice in violation of Colorado statute.  Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 17-1090: Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit Extension (Rep. Wilson-R, Senator Kefalas-D, Senator Gardner-R)

  • The bill extends the tax credit for qualified investors who make an equity investment in a qualified small business prior to January 1, 2023.  Status:  Signed by the Governor

HB 17-1119: Payment of Workers’ Compensation Benefits (Rep. Sias-R, Senator Tate-R, Senator Jahn-D)

  • The bill creates the ‘Colorado Uninsured Employer Act’ to create a new mechanism for the payment of covered claims to workers who are injured while employed by employers who do not carry workers’ compensation insurance. Also creates the Colorado uninsured employer fund, which consists of penalties from employers who do not carry workers’ compensation insurance.  Establishes the uninsured employer board to establish the criteria for the payment of benefits, to set rates, to adjust claims, and to adopt rules. Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 17-1131: Authority to Contact Administration College Opportunity Fund (Rep. Saine-R, Senator Donovan-D, Senator Smallwood-R)

  • Legislative Audit Committee Bill. The bill permits the Colorado student loan program to enter into an agreement with the department of higher education or another state entity to administer part or all of the college opportunity fund program. The program’s authority to contract is effective on and after July 1, 2015.  Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 17-1157:  Bank and Credit Union Reliance on a Certificate of Trust (Rep. Nordberg-R, Senator Priola-R)

  • Currently, a bank may rely on a certificate of trust when trustees open a trust deposit account.  The bill requires trustees to provide additional information in a certificate of trust.  The bill also permits a bank to rely on a certificate of trust for any transaction between the bank and the trustees unless the bank has knowledge that the certificate of trust is contrary to the trust agreement.  Knowledge will not be inferred solely because the bank has a copy of the agreement.  Status:  Signed by the Governor

HB 17-1193:  Small Cell Facilities Permitting and Installation (Rep. J Becker-R, Senator Kerr-D, Senator Tate-R)

  • Concerning the installation of small wireless service infrastructure within a local government’s jurisdiction.  Clarifies that an expedited permitting process applies to small cell facilities and small  networks and that the right-of-way access afforded telecommunication providers extends to broadband providers and to small cell facilities and small cell networks.  Status:  Signed by the Governor

HB 17-1216:  Sales & Use Tax Simplification Task Force (Rep. Sias-R, Senator Jahn-D, Senator T. Neville-R)

  • The bill creates the sales and use tax simplification task force made up of legislative members and state and local sales and use tax experts.  The bill requires the task force to study sales and use tax simplification between the state and local governments, and in particular between the state and home rule jurisdictions.  Status:  Signed by the Governor

HB 17-1223:  OSA Office of the State Auditor Fraud Hotline (Rep. Saine-R, Senator Jahn-D, Senator T. Neville-R)

  • Legislative Audit Committee Bill. The bill concerns the creation of a fraud reporting hotline to be administered by the state auditor.  Also establishes referral & reporting processes and state auditor investigative authority.  Status:  Signed by the Governor

HB 17-1224:  Misbranded Adulterated Counterfeit Drugs Penalty (Senator Gardner-R)

  • Bill amends the pharmacy practice law to specify that it is unlawful to:  sell, compound, dispense, give, receive, or possess any drug or device unless done in accordance with specific provisions of the pharmacy practice laws of the state.  Also makes it unlawful to possess, sell, dispense, give, receive, or administer an adulterated or misbranded drug or device or a counterfeit drug.  Status:  Signed by the  Governor

HB 17-1246:  STEMI Task Force Recommendations Heart Attack Care (Senator Garcia-D, Senator Tate-R)

  • Requires a hospital that is accredited as a STEMI receiving center to report to a specified national heart attack database data that is consistent with nationally recognized guideline on individuals with confirmed heart attacks within the state; specifies that information obtained by the Dept. is privileged and strictly confidential (not subject to subpoena or discovery  Status:  Signed by the Governor

HB 17-1270:  Agency Discretion Enforcing Rules Small Business (Representative Lawrence-R, Senator Coram-R, Senator Williams-D)

  • The bill creates a system that gives state agencies discretion in imposing fines upon a business for a first-time offense of a minor violation.  The agency’s discretion applies to small businesses with 50 or fewer employees.  Status:  Passed House Third Reading; Postponed Indefinitely in Senate Appropriations

HB 17-1296:  Assignment of State-owned Vehicles (Rep. Nordberg-R, Senator Jahn-D, Senator Smallwood-R)

  • Legislative Audit Committee Bill.  This bill clarifies the criteria and requirements in connection with the assignment of a state-owned motor vehicle to a state agency or to an officer or employee of a state agency.  Status:  Signed by the Governor

SB 17-016:  County Choice Child Protection Teams (Senator Jahn-D, Senator Neville-R, Rep. Nordberg-R)

  • Legislative Audit Committee Bill. This bill makes it optional for all counties and groups of contiguous counties to establish a child protection team, at the discretion of the county director or the directors of a contiguous group of counties.  The state department of human services is directed to include a summary and description of the work child protection teams in its annual “State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act” presentation.  Status:  Signed by the Governor

SB 17-077:  Government Agency Special Event Permit Eligibility (Senator Jahn-D, Rep. Willett-R)

  • The bill authorizes state and local government agencies that have a statutory mandate to promote either alcohol beverages manufactured within the state or tourism to an area of the state where alcohol beverages are manufactured to obtain a special event permit to sell alcohol beverages for a limited period.  Status: Signed by the Governor

SB 17-211:  Contractor Surety Bonds for Public Projects (Senator Scott-R, Rep. Lawrence-R)

  • Prospective contractors for public projects are often required to obtain a bid security bond executed by a surety company as a prerequisite for responding to a competitive solicitation issued by a state agency.  The bill specifies that if such a bond is required, the state agency is required accept the full amount of the bond and shall not reduce the amount of the bond for the purposes of determining whether the contractor satisfies any prequalification criteria established by the state agency.  Status: Signed by the Governor

SB 17-280:  Extending the Economic Development Commission (Senator Tate-R, Rep. Thurlow-R)

  • The bill extends the Colorado economic development commission by changing the repeal date of its statute to July 1, 2025.  Status:  Signed by the Governor 

SB 17-298:  Motor Vehicle Dealers & Manufacturers (Senator Tate-R)

  • The bill concerns the relationship between a motor vehicle manufacturer and the motor vehicle dealers that have franchise agreements with the manufacturer.  Status: Signed by the Governor

SB 17-299:  Apportionment of Income of Enterprise Data Centers (Senator Moreno-D, Senator Holbert-R, Rep. Van Winkle-R)

  • The bill allows a taxpayer that makes a capital investment in an enterprise data center operation in the state of a specified dollar amount within a consecutive 5-year period to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the office of economic development to transition to a different apportionment method for apportioning the income of the taxpayer.  Status: Signed by the Governor

2016 Sponsored Legislation

HB 16-1026: Repeal DOR Revenue Impact Accounting Requirements (Rep Thurlow-R, Senator Holbert-R)

  • In an effort to encourage department efficiency, this bill repeals accounting and reporting requirements placed on the Department of Revenue by sales tax legislation implemented in 2010.  Status: Signed by Governor

HB 16-1046: Designated Emergency Response Authorities (Senator Baumgardner-R)

  • Local governments currently designate an emergency response authority for hazardous substance spill. This bill will require local governments to report the incidents to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) annually and narrows the appropriate response to include threats of negative effects on human health or the environment. The bill allows designated emergency response authorities to provide a response through an agreement with a private entity, which is given the right to claim reimbursement from the parties responsible for an incident if they are not paid by the designated response authority.  Status: Signed by Governor

HB 16-1053: Retail Hydrogen Fuel Systems Regulation (Senator Hill-R)

  • This bill amends the definition of “fuel products” in state statute to include hydrogen and will give the Division of Oil & Public Safety (OPS) within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) the statutory authority to create the regulatory framework for retail hydrogen fueling stations. Status: Signed by Governor

HB 16-1103: License Pathways For Mental Health Workforce (Rep Landgraf-R, Senator Todd-D, Senator Martinez Humenik-R)

  • This bill provides a clearly defined pathway for students to enter the workforce as licensed mental health professionals. It will help to increase the number of licensed mental health professionals,  strengthen the supervision of licensure candidates, and decrease bureaucracy in earning a professional license that would allow for timely entrance into the workforce.  Status: Signed by Governor

HB 16-1157: Sunset Review Skolnik Medical Transparency Act (Rep Garnett-D, Senator Tate-R) 

  • Establishes a separate, periodic sunset review for the health care professions profile program as was established in the “Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act of 2010”.  Status: Signed by Governor

HB 16-1187: Sales Use and Tax Exemption Retirement Community Food (Senator Holbert-R)

  • This bill creates several tax exemptions that address the sale, storage, use, or consumption of food, food products, snacks, beverages, and meals in retirement communities.   Status: Signed by Governor

HB 16-1232: Sunset DOR Private Letter Ruling & Gen Info Ruling (Senator Baumgardner-R)

  • This bill continues the authority of the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue to issue written responses upon the request of a taxpayer for a private letter tax ruling.  Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 16-1272: Disconnection Of Land From A Municipality (Senator Tate-R)

  • This bill modifies existing procedures for an ordinance of land to disconnect from statutory cities and towns.  Status: Signed by Governor

HB 16-1288: Industry Infrastructure Grant Program (Rep Wist-R, Senator Tate-R)

  • This bill would create an industry infrastructure grant program within the state work force development council for trade associations to develop core competencies for their industry. Status: Signed by Governor

HB 16-1290: Extend Transitional Jobs Program (Rep Esgar-D, Senator Merrifield-D, Senator Hill-R)

  • This bill would extend the ReHire Colorado program, which provides job training to give participants the opportunity to go from welfare to work through job consultation, training and subsidized wages. Status: Signed by Governor

HB 16-1323: Division Of Labor Name Change (Senator Cooke-R)

  • This bill would change the name of the Division of Labor and Employment within the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) to the Division of Labor Standards and Statistics. Status: Signed by Governor

HB 16-1356: Debts Secured By Liens On Real Property (Rep Nordberg-R, Senator Jahn-D, Senator Holbert-R)

  • This bill would make changes to certain requirements on satisfaction of indebtedness secured by real property in several situations.
  • Status: Signed by Governor

HB 16-1379: Psychologists Continuing Professional Development Program (Senator Martinez Humenik-R)

  • This bill would clarify and amend criteria of the continuing professional development program for licensed psychologists. Among other criteria, it primarily addresses awarding credit hours for teaching and writing/reviewing publications and journals.  Status: Signed by Governor

HB 16-1386: Necessary Document Program (Senator Steadman-D)

  • This bill would would help create a collaborative project to assist Colorado residents who are vulnerable (low-income, victims of domestic violence, homeless, disabled, etc.)  gain possession of a “necessary document” which this bill defines as a social security card, a driver’s license/I.D. card, or a vital statistics report (such as a birth, death, or marriage certificate).  Status: Signed by Governor

SB 16-036: Surety Requirement for Appealing Tax Bills Claimed Due (Rep Sias-R, Senator Jahn-D, Senator Neville-R)

  • Concerning surety requirements when a taxpayer appeals a tax bill that the state or local government claims due.  Status: Signed by Governor

SB 16-101: School Board Ethics Commission (Senator Kerr-D)

  • This bill establishes a code of ethics for school board members. It would create the school board ethics commission and authorizes the commission to take all actions necessary to carry out its duties, which include: receiving, reviewing, and investigating complaints; issuing findings; and imposing sanctions. The commission would consist of 5 members appointed by the general assembly, the governor, and the state board of education.  Status: Postponed Indefinitely by Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee

SB 16-125: Credit Union Governance (Senator Holbert-R)

  • This bill allows the board of directors of a credit union to appoint an audit committee instead of a supervisory committee. It also allows a credit union to provide reasonable compensation to an officer, director, or committee member for their service.  Status: Signed by Governor  

SB 16-140: Motor Vehicle Dealer Certificate Of Title (Senator Sonnenberg-R)

  • Current law gives a vehicle dealer 30 days to facilitate the delivery of the certificate of title to a vehicle. This bill would make it so that a day during which the dealer is awaiting information or action from another  person does not count against the existing 30-day deadline. Status: Signed by Governor

SB 16-169: Emergency 72-hour Mental Health Procedures (Rep Landgraf-R, Senator Martinez Humenik-R, Senator Cooke-R)

  • This bill would expand current law and allow for individuals who are being detained under a 72-hour emergency mental health procedure to be admitted to a law enforcement facility (provided certain conditions are met) if space is not available in a designated facility or an emergency medical services facility. This bill would also require that a person taken into custody through the emergency procedure shall receive an evaluation as soon as possible and shall receive appropriate treatment for their condition as long as they are in emergency custody.  Status: Vetoed by Governor Hickenlooper

SB 16-198: Work Comp Insurance Forms Certified Filed With DOI (Senator Holbert-R)

  • Current Colorado law requires that a workers’ compensation insurer must annually submit sample forms of policies, riders, letters, notices, and other documents used in its business to the commissioner of insurance. This bill extends current Colorado law regarding workers’ compensation insurance reporting to include advisory organizations and rating organizations within the industry. Status: Signed by Governor

2015 Sponsored Legislation

HB 15-1010: Trustee Notice System Presume Notify Beneficiary (Rep. Nordberg-R, Senator Jahn-D)

  • Concerning a presumption that a trustee has notified a beneficiary with the trustee has adopted a beneficiary notification procedure, and, in connection therewith, clarifying that a trustee may deliver information to beneficiaries electronically. Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 15-1067: Continuing Professional Development Psychologists (Rep. Landgraf-R, Senator Newell-D)

  • Concerning the establishment of a continuing professional development program for licensed psychologists. Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 15-1129: CO Disaster Prediction & Decision Support Systems (Senator Roberts-R)

  • Concerning disaster prediction and decision support systems by the Department of Public Safety, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation. Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 15-1170: Increasing Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (Rep. Wilson-R, Senator Hill-R, Senator Heath-D)

  • Concerning measure to raise the level of postsecondary and workforce readiness that Colorado students demonstrate upon graduation from high school. Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 15-1180: Sales and Use Tax Refund Medical and Clean Technology (Rep. Wilson-R, Senator Heath-D, Senator Holbert-R)

  • Concerning the creation of sales and tax use refund for tangible personal property that is used in Colorado for research and development by a qualified medical technology or clean technology tax payer. Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 15-1231: Enhanced Unemployment Compensation Benefits (Rep. Esgar, Senator Merrifield-D, Senator Crowder-R)

  • Concerning enhanced unemployment compensation benefits.   Status: Postponed Indefinitely by Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs

HB 15-1385: Review Process New Multi-Family Attached Housing (Rep. Tyler-D, Senator Ulibarri-R)

  • Concerning a process for external review of the construction of new multi-family attached housing, and, in connection therewith, the validation of this construction based on the rules of the external review.  Status: Third Reading Laid over until 6/21/2015

SB 15-056: Frequency of Statewide Social Studies Testing (Senator Kerr-D)

  •  Concerning reducing the frequency of administering the statewide assessment in social studies.  Status: Signed by the Governor

SB 15-266: Deliver Motor Vehicle Certificate of Title Within 30 Days (Senator Sonnenberg)

  • Concerning the requirement that a motor vehicle dealer deliver a certificate of title on a vehicle withing thirty days after it is sold. Status: Postponed Indefinitely in Senate Transportation

SB 15-279: Survey Requirement for Appealing Tax Bills Claimed Due (Senator Neville-R, Senator Jahn-D, Rep. Keyser-D)

  • Concerning surety requirements when a taxpayer appeals a tax bill that the state of a local government claims is due. Status: Postponed Indefinitely by House Local Government on 4/30/15 

SB 15-281 Institute Charter School Plan Meetings (Senator Hill-R)

  • The charter school institute shall ensure that the institute school complies with public hearings for parental involvement requirements. Status: Signed by the Governor

HCR 15-1004:Statewide Uniform Sales and Use Tax Definitions

  • Submitting to the registered electors of the State of Colorado an amendment to the Colorado Constitution concerning statewide uniform sales and tax definitions, and, in connection therewith, creating a commission on uniform sales and use tax definitions and will provide official guidance regarding the definitions, and specifying that the state and any local taxing jurisdiction shall use the certified sales and use tax definitions and official guidance for purpose of administering and levying its sales and use tax.  Status: Postponed Indefinitely on April 30, 2015


2014 Sponsored Legislation

HB 14-1014: Modify Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit (Rep. DelGrosso-R, Senator Heath-D, Senator Scheffel-R)

  • Concerning modification to the job growth incentive tax credit.  Status: Signed by the Governor 

HB 14-1015: Extend Transitional Jobs Program (Senator Kerr-D)

  • Concerning the extension of the transitional jobs program enacted in 2013. The program directs the Department of Human Services to run a transitional jobs program for eligible individuals. Status: Signed by the Governor  

HB 14-1121: County Highway Contract Bid Notice Requirements (Rep. Gerou-R, Senator Jahn-D)

  • Concerning notice requirements for county highway contract bid solicitations, and, in connection therewith, increasing the threshold value of a contract for which a county must advertise in a newspaper in the county or post notice in the county courthouse from five thousand dollars to the amount at which a contract requires a contractor’s bond. Status: Signed by the Governor 

HB- 14-1185: Issuance of Travel Insurance Policies (Senator Jahn-D)

  • Concerning the issuance of travel insurance policies.  Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 14-1213: Pharmacy Benefit Manager Requirements (Senator Crowder-R)

  • Concerning pharmacy benefit manager maximum allowable cost pricing requirements for prescription drugs. Status: Signed by the Governor 

HB 14-1274: Modify State Bank Management Limitations (Rep. Holbert-R, Senator Jahn-D)

  • Concerning the modification of certain limitations on the managers of a bank charted by Colorado. Status: Signed by the Governor 

HB 14-1374: On-demand Air Carrier Sales & Use Tax Exemption (Rep. Holbert-R, Senator Hodge-D, Senator Scheffel-R)

  • Concerning the inclusion of on-demand air carriers in the sales and use exemption for certain aircraft. Status: Signed by Governor

HB 14-1386: Revision to 27-65-102, C.R.S. Statutory Language (Rep. Gardner, Senator Johnson-D, Senator King-R)

  • Concerning conforming definitions in Section 27-65-102, C.R.S., to task force recommendations.  Status: Postponed Indefinitely by the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 2, 2014

SB 14-088: Suicide Prevention Commission (Senator Newell-D)

  • Concerning the creation of the suicide prevention commission. Status: Signed by the Governor

SB 14-148: Insurer Market Conduct Exams Actual Harm Insureds (Senator Cadman-R, Rep. Sonnenberg-R)

  • Concerning market conduct examinations conducted by the commissioner of insurance.  Status: Postponed indefinitely by the Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee on April 7, 2014

SB 14-170: Designate Funeral Vehicles as Emergency Vehicles (Senator Todd-D, Senator King-R, Rep. Coram-R)

  • Concerning the authority of a vehicle that is being used to escort a funeral.  Status: Postponed Indefinitely by the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 14, 2014

SB 14-172: Firefighter Heart Circulatory Malfunction Benefits (Senator Tochtrop-D, Senator Newell-D)

  • Concerning employer-paid-benefits to a firefighter for cardiac illnesses resulting from a strenuous work event. Status: Signed by the Governor

SB 14-197: Transportation Enterprise Transparency Act (Senator Jones-D, Senator Herpin-R, Rep. Foote-D)

  • Concerning high-performance transportation enterprise transparency, mandating transparency actions including public meetings. Status: Vetoed by the Governor

SB 14-210: Require Insurance Commissioner Preexam Draft Report Conference (Senator Cadman-R, Senator Aguilar-D, Rep. Sonnenberg-R)

  • Concerning the conduct of examinations of insurers by the Commissioner of Insurance, and, in connection therewith, requiring a preexamination conference and a conference to be held before issuance of a draft examination report. Status: Signed by the Governor

SJR 14-020: Colorado Aerospace Day:

  • Concerning the designation of March 24, 2014, as “Colorado Aerospace Day”, and, in connection therewith, commemorating the establishment of a Colorado Chapter of Citizens for Space Exploration. Status: Passed with unanimous consent

SJR 14-028: Day Without Hate 2014

  • Concerning celebration of Day Without Hate 2014. Status: Passed with unanimous consent


2013 Sponsored Legislation

HB 13-1015: Disclosure of Mental Health Claims All-Payer Database (Senator Kefalas-D)

  • Concerning elimination of the prohibition against disclosure of mental health claims information by small group health plans. Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 13-1074: CDPHE Primary Care Office (Senator Roberts-R)

  • Concerning the reallocation of the primary care office from the prevention services division to the Department of Public Health and Environment, and, in connection therewith, changing the membership of the Colorado Health Services Corps Advisory Council and clarifying the moneys included in the Colorado Health Services Corps fund. Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 13-1080: Aircraft Manufacturing Income Tax Credit (Rep. Holbert, Senator Harvey-R)

  • Concerning modifications to the Colorado aircraft manufacturer new employee income tax credit. Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 13-1104: Mental Health Professional Oral Disclosure Peer Assist (Senator Newell-D)

  • Concerning the regulation of mental health professionals, and, in connection therewith, repealing the requirement that mental health professionals provide required disclosures orally and modifying the Mental Health Professional Peer Health Assistance Program. Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 13-1193: Advanced Industries Export Acceleration Program (Senator Jahn-D)

  • Concerning the creation of the advanced industries export acceleration program, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
  • Status: Signed by the Governor

HB 13-1296: Civil Commitment Statutes and Creating a Task Force and Redefining Terms (Rep. McCann-D, Senator Newell-D)

  • Concerning civil commitment statutes, and, in connection therewith creating the civil commitment review task force, redefining certain terms related to civil commitment, and making an appropriation. Status: Signed by the Governor

SB 13-157: Sunset Continue Colorado Work Share Program (Senator Heath-D)

  • Concerning the continuation of the “Colorado Work Share Program.” Status: Signed by the Governor

SB 13-162: Sunset Examining Board of Plumbers (Senator Tochtrop-D)

  • Concerning the continuation of the examining board of plumbers, and, in connection therewith, making a appropriation. Status: Signed by the Governor

SB 13-193: Increasing Parent Engagement In Public Schools (Senator Hudak-D)

  • Concerning increasing parent engagement in public schools, and in connection therewith, making an appropriation.  Status: Signed by the Governor

SB 13-228: Deceptive Trade Practices Hearing Aide Dispensers (Senator Aguilar-D)

  • Concerning deceptive trade practices related to the dispensing of hearing aids. Status: Signed by the Governor

SB 13-266: Coordinated Behavioral Health Crisis Response (Senator Aguilar-D)

  • Concerning a request for proposals process to create a coordinated behavioral health crisis response system for communities throughout the state, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.  Status: Signed by the Governor

SJR 13-007: Community Mental Health Organizations

  • Concerning recognition of community mental health centers, managed service organizations, and behavioral health organizations in Colorado. Status: Passed with unanimous consent

SJR 13-014: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day

  • Concerning Awareness Day for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Status: Passed with unanimous consent

SJR 13-020: Colorado Aerospace Day

  • Concerning the recognition of “Colorado Aerospace Day”.  Status: Passed with unanimous consent