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