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Bill: HB17-1008
Title: Graywater Regulation Exemption For Scientific Research
CCW Summary

Concerning an exemption from the water quality control commission's graywater control regulations for graywater used for the purpose of scientific research involving human subjects.

 

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/11/2017)
Official Summary

Water Resources Review Committee. The water quality control
commission in the department of public health and environment
(commission) is responsible for developing requirements, prohibitions,
and standards that protect public health and water quality for the use of
graywater for nondrinking purposes. Scientific research on graywater that
might involve graywater uses and systems that do not strictly comply with
the requirements, prohibitions, and standards developed by the
commission would not be permitted under the control regulations.
To facilitate scientific research related to graywater uses and
systems, the bill creates an exemption from the commission's graywater
control regulations for scientific research involving human subjects
whereby a person may collect and use graywater for purposes of scientific
research involving human subjects if the person:
  • Seeks to conduct the scientific research on behalf of an
institution of higher education;
  • Utilizes a graywater treatment works system that
incorporates a secondary water supply to provide an
alternative source of water if any portion of the system
does not function properly; and
  • Collects and uses graywater in accordance with the terms
and conditions of the decrees, contracts, and well permits
applicable to the use of the source water rights or source
water and any return flows.
The person is required to report to the water resources review
committee on an annual basis the results of periodic monitoring
conducted to assess the continued functioning of the graywater treatment
works system used in the project and the project's compliance with federal
rules concerning the protection of human research subjects.

House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date01/11/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (05/08/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1021
Title: Wage Theft Transparency Act
CCW Summary

Concerning the release of information by the division of labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment concerning an employer's violation of wage laws.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2017)
Official Summary

Current law requires employers to release requested information
to the division of labor standards and statistics (division) in the
department of labor and employment and allows the division to have
access to employers' premises and all books, records, and payrolls of
employers. Current law also prohibits the release of any of this
information obtained by the division if the release of the information
might reveal a trade secret. The bill clarifies that information obtained by
the division that relates to a finding by the division of a violation of wage
laws is not confidential and shall be released to the public or for use in a
court proceeding, unless the director of the division makes a
determination that the information includes specific information that is a
trade secret.

House SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Intro Date01/11/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (04/13/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1088
Title: Voter Signature Verification & Electronic Petition Pilot
CCW Summary

Concerning the verification of voter eligibility in various elections processes, and, in connection therewith, requiring signature verification for candidate and issue petitions and directing the secretary of state to develop a pilot program for electronic petition gathering. 

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/28/2017)
Official Summary

Commencing in 2018, section 1 of the bill requires signature
verification for candidate petitions that are required to be filed with the
secretary of state's office, and authorizes the secretary of state to
promulgate rules regarding such signature verification. Beginning in
2020, section 3 requires signature verification on ballot issue petitions for
which random sampling sufficiency has been established.
Section 2 requires the secretary of state to develop a pilot program
for electronic petition processes.

House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date01/19/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (06/08/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1113
Title: Allow Electronic Committee Participation During Interim
CCW Summary

Concerning electronic participation in committee meetings during the legislative interim.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/30/2017)
Official Summary

The bill gives the executive committee of the legislative council
the ability to consider, recommend, and establish policies regarding
electronic participation by senators or representatives in committee
meetings during the legislative interim.

House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
Y. Willett (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date01/20/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (05/22/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1116
Title: Continue Low-income Household Energy Assistance
CCW Summary

Concerning the continuation of energy-related assistance to low-income households.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
Official Summary

Current law provides that the department of human services
low-income energy assistance fund, the energy outreach Colorado
low-income energy assistance fund, and the Colorado energy office
low-income energy assistance fund receive conditional funding from the
severance tax operational fund through the state fiscal year commencing
July 1, 2018. The bill removes the automatic repeal which means that
these funds will be eligible for this conditional funding indefinitely.

House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date01/20/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended to Appropriations (01/20/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1124
Title: Local Government Liable Fracking Ban Oil And Gas Moratorium
CCW Summary

Concerning a requirement that a local government that interferes with oil and gas operations compensate persons damaged by the interference.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/08/2017)
Official Summary

The bill specifies that a local government that bans hydraulic
fracturing of an oil and gas well is liable to the mineral interest owner for
the value of the mineral interest and that a local government that enacts
a moratorium on oil and gas activities shall compensate oil and gas
operators, mineral lessees, and royalty owners for all costs, damages, and
losses of fair market value associated with the moratorium.

House SponsorsP. Buck (R)
Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Intro Date01/26/2017
Position
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/22/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1134
Title: Hold Colorado Government Accountable Sanctuary Jurisdictions
CCW Summary

Concerning holding Colorado government accountable for creating sanctuary jurisdiction policies.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/17/2017)
Official Summary

The bill is known as the Colorado Politician Accountability Act.
The bill includes a legislative declaration that states that addressing
sanctuary jurisdictions is a matter of statewide concern and that makes
findings about how sanctuary policies are contrary to federal law and state
interests.
The bill creates a civil remedy against the state or a political
subdivision of the state (jurisdiction) and against its elected officials for
creating sanctuary policies. The bill also creates a crime of rendering
assistance to an illegal alien that can be brought against an elected official
for creating a sanctuary jurisdiction.
An elected official is responsible for the creation of a sanctuary
jurisdiction if the elected official votes in favor of imposing or creating
a law, ordinance, or policy that allows the jurisdiction to operate as a
sanctuary jurisdiction, fails to take steps to try to change a law, ordinance,
or policy that allows the jurisdiction to operate as a sanctuary jurisdiction,
or is a county sheriff who imposes or enforces a policy that allows the
jurisdiction to operate as a sanctuary jurisdiction in a county in which the
elected officials have not voted to impose or create a sanctuary
jurisdiction.
The bill allows any person who claims that he or she is a victim of
any crime committed by an illegal alien who established residency in a
sanctuary jurisdiction to file a civil action for compensatory damages
against a jurisdiction and against the elected officials of the jurisdiction
who were responsible for creating the policy to operate as a sanctuary
jurisdiction. Notwithstanding the protections of the Colorado
Governmental Immunity Act, the jurisdiction and its officials who are
responsible for creating a sanctuary jurisdiction are civilly liable for
damages if the person who engaged in the criminal activity:
  • Is determined to be an illegal alien;
  • Had established residency in the sanctuary jurisdiction; and
  • Is convicted of the crime that is a proximate cause of the
injury to a person or property.
The maximum amount of compensatory damages for injury to
persons is $700,000 per person or $1,980,000 for injury to 2 or more
persons; except that no person may recover in excess of $700,000. The
maximum amount of compensatory damages for injury to property is set
at $350,000 per person or $990,000 for injury to multiple persons; except
that no person may recover in excess of $350,000.
The bill defines a sanctuary jurisdiction as a jurisdiction that
adopts a law, ordinance, or policy on or after the effective date of this bill
that prohibits or in any way restricts an official or employee of the
jurisdiction from:
  • Cooperating and complying with federal immigration
officials or enforcing federal immigration law;
  • Sending to or receiving from or requesting from federal
immigration officials information regarding the citizenship
or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of an individual;
  • Maintaining or exchanging information about an
individual's immigration status, lawful or unlawful, with
other federal agencies, state agencies, or municipalities;
  • Inquiring about an individual's name, date and place of
birth, and immigration status while enforcing or conducting
an official investigation into a violation of any law of this
state;
  • Continuing to detain an individual, regardless of the
individual's ability to be released on bail, who has been
identified as an illegal alien while in custody for violating
any state law; or
  • Verifying the lawful presence and eligibility of a person
applying for a state or local public benefit as required by
state and federal law.
The bill sets forth the requirements for determining when an illegal
alien has established residency in a sanctuary jurisdiction. An illegal
alien is defined as a person who is not lawfully present within the United
States, as determined by federal immigration law.
The governing body of any jurisdiction is prohibited from adopting
a law, ordinance, rule, policy, or plan or taking any action that limits or
prohibits an elected official, employee, or law enforcement officer from
communicating or cooperating with an appropriate public official,
employee, or law enforcement officer of the federal government
concerning the immigration status of an individual residing in the state.
The governing body of a jurisdiction is required to provide written notice
to each elected official, employee, and law enforcement officer of the
jurisdiction of his or her duty to communicate and cooperate with the
federal government concerning enforcement of any federal or state
immigration law. The governing body of any jurisdiction in this state is
required to annually submit a written report to the department of public
safety (department) that the jurisdiction is in compliance with the
cooperation and communication requirements. If the department does not
receive those written reports, the department is required to provide the
name of that jurisdiction to the state controller.
A law enforcement officer of a jurisdiction who has reasonable
cause to believe that an individual under arrest is not lawfully present in
the United States shall immediately report the individual to the
appropriate U.S. immigration and customs enforcement office (ICE)
within the department of homeland security. The governing body of any
jurisdiction is required to report annually to the department on the number
of individuals who were reported to ICE by law enforcement officers
from that jurisdiction. The department is directed to compile and submit
annual reports on compliance to the general assembly and to the state
controller. The state controller is required to withhold the payment of any
state funds to any jurisdiction that is found by the department to have
failed to comply with these reporting requirements. The state controller
shall withhold funds until the department notifies the state controller that
the jurisdiction is in compliance.
The bill creates the crime of rendering assistance to an illegal alien
through a sanctuary jurisdiction, which is a class 4 felony. A person who
is an elected official of a jurisdiction commits rendering assistance to an
illegal alien through a sanctuary jurisdiction if, with intent to hinder,
delay, or prevent the discovery, detection, apprehension, prosecution,
conviction, or punishment of illegal aliens within the jurisdiction:
  • He or she was responsible for creating a sanctuary
jurisdiction in the jurisdiction to which the official is
elected; and
  • When, as a result of the protection afforded by a sanctuary
jurisdiction, a third person engages in criminal activity and
the third person:
  • Is an illegal alien as legally defined by federal
immigration law;
  • Had established residency in the sanctuary
jurisdiction that was created by the official; and
  • Has been convicted of a crime that caused injury to
a person or to property.
A person who has knowledge of a crime committed by an illegal
alien as a result of the creation of a sanctuary jurisdiction may file an
affidavit with the attorney general or with a district attorney outlining the
crime and requesting that charges be brought or that a grand jury be
impaneled. The attorney general or district attorney shall investigate and
respond in writing with his or her decision to the person filing the
affidavit within 49 days. If the attorney general or district attorney
declines to bring charges or impanel a grand jury, the person may file a
second affidavit directly with the applicable court.
The bill includes a severability clause and a provision that states
that the bill is not subject to judicial review.
The bill takes effect upon passage and applies to acts or omissions
occurring on or after said date.

House SponsorsD. Williams (R)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Intro Date01/30/2017
Position
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/22/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1152
Title: Federal Mineral Lease District Investment Authority
CCW Summary

Concerning the authority of a federal mineral lease district to manage a portion of the direct distribution of money from the local government mineral impact fund to counties for the benefit of impacted areas.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/10/2017)
Official Summary

The bill gives a federal mineral lease district (district) the option,
but not the obligation, to invest a portion of the funding it receives from
the local government mineral impact fund in a trust fund. Current law
requires the district to distribute the funding to impacted areas in the
district, but also allows the district to reserve all or a portion of the
funding for use in subsequent years.
The bill specifies that the district may appropriate and disburse all
sums in excess of the invested funding, including interest, dividends, or
similar appreciated values, but specifies that the district may not disburse
any part of the invested funding except upon the enactment of a resolution
identifying a compelling public need or similar emergency circumstance.
The bill specifies that the district may invest the funding subject
to the district's investment policy and in any investment in which the
board of trustees of the public employees' retirement association may
invest the funds of the association, which are the same investments in
which the state treasurer is authorized to invest the local government
permanent fund, which is comprised of 50% of the federal mineral lease
bonus payments.
The bill allows the board of directors to engage the services of
investment advisors, but specifies that the selection of investment
advisors must be made following an open and competitive process.
The bill also requires the district to adopt an investment policy
resolution that must be reviewed annually and must include:
  • An acknowledgment of the board of director's fiduciary
responsibility with respect to oversight of the district's
investment policy;
  • Performance benchmarks for all investments and for all
investment advisors who may be hired by the board of
directors;
  • A requirement for the preparation and publication of annual
financial statements that must include, at a minimum,
information regarding starting balances, contributions,
investment income, and losses, if any, and any investment
fees incurred;
  • Careful consideration of investment fees or other brokerage
costs which might reduce investment returns; and
  • A requirement that the board of directors annually review
the investments and annually set appropriations to be
included in the trust fund.

House SponsorsD. Mitsch Bush (D)
Y. Willett (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date02/06/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (04/04/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1174
Title: Exempt Rural Telecommunications Local Improvement District Requirements
CCW Summary

Concerning the establishment of an exception for rural counties from the requirement that a county must first contract with a telecommunications service provider before establishing a local improvement district to fund the construction of a telecommunications service improvement.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/22/2017)
Official Summary

Under current law, a county seeking to establish a local
improvement district to fund a telecommunications service improvement
may only construct the improvement if the county has an agreement with
a telecommunications service provider to provide service, facilities,
plants, or systems in the area in which the improvement will be
constructed. The improvement must then be owned, operated, and
maintained by the telecommunications service provider. Neither the
county nor the district created by the county is authorized to provide
telecommunications services under the agreement or to have any right or
interest in the service improvement.
The bill exempts a rural county with a population of fewer than
50,000 inhabitants from the requirements and limitations imposed on
counties seeking to establish a local improvement district to fund a
telecommunications service improvement.

House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Guzman (D)
L. Crowder (R)
House CommitteeBusiness, Affairs & Labor
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
Intro Date02/06/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (04/18/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1192
Title: Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council
CCW Summary

Concerning the Colorado food systems advisory council.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/23/2017)
Official Summary

The bill repeals the interagency farm-to-school coordination task
force (task force) and ends the terms of current members of the Colorado
food systems advisory council (council). The bill provides for the
appointment of new members to the council.
The council's duties are to:
  • Collaborate and coordinate with producers, relevant state
and federal agencies, and consumers regarding linking
Colorado producers, particularly specialty crop producers,
with food and nutrition assistance programs;
  • Collaborate with relevant state and federal agencies and
other entities regarding the study, development, and
recommendation of policies and methods to best implement
the farm-to-school program;
  • Collaborate with producers, relevant government agencies,
educational institutions, nongovernmental organizations,
and consumers regarding support for the recommendations
in the Colorado blueprint for food and agriculture, and
ensure that the blueprint, or its successor, is updated as
needed;
  • Conduct research regarding national best practices
regarding food and nutrition assistance, direct and
intermediated market development, 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;
  • 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; and
  • Collaborate with the department of agriculture in
leveraging existing domestic marketing programs that
benefit Colorado agriculture.
The bill extends the repeal of the council from September 1, 2018,
to September 1, 2022.

House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
D. Coram (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date02/17/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1206
Title: Eligibility Colorado Road & Community Safety Act
CCW Summary

Concerning the issuance of identification documents under the 'Colorado Road and Community Safety Act'.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/28/2017)
Official Summary

Currently, a person who is not lawfully present in the United States
may obtain a driver's license or identification card if certain requirements
are met. One of the requirements is that the person present a taxpayer
identification card. The bill allows a social security number to also meet
this requirement.
The bill also allows the license or identification card to be reissued
or renewed in accordance with the process used for other licenses and
identification cards.

House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
J. Arndt (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
D. Moreno (D)
House CommitteeLocal Government
Senate CommitteeTransportation
Intro Date02/24/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Transportation Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1219
Title: Extend Colorado Water Conservation Board Fallowing And Leasing Pilot Program
CCW Summary

Concerning an extension of the agricultural water leasing pilot program administered by the Colorado water conservation board.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/17/2017)
Official Summary

The Colorado water conservation board (board) administers a pilot
program to demonstrate the practice of fallowing agricultural irrigation
land and leasing the associated water rights for temporary municipal,
agricultural, environmental, industrial, or recreational use. Under the
current pilot program, the board, in consultation with the state engineer,
may authorize up to 10 pilot projects, each of a duration up to 10 years.
Of the 10 pilot projects that the board may authorize, no more than 3 pilot
projects may be located in any one of the following major river basins:
The South Platte river basin; the Arkansas river basin; the Rio Grande
river basin; and the Colorado river basin. An applicant must apply on or
before December 31, 2018, to sponsor a pilot project. The pilot program
is scheduled to be completed in 2029, at which time the board, in
consultation with the state engineer, is required to provide a final report
to the water resources review committee, or its successor committee, on
the results of the pilot projects authorized.
The bill extends the pilot program as follows:
  • The board, in consultation with the state engineer, may
authorize up to 15 pilot projects;
  • No more than 5 pilot projects may be located in any one of
the 4 major river basins listed above;
  • An applicant must apply on or before December 31, 2023,
to sponsor a pilot project; and
  • The pilot program would be completed in 2034, at which
time the board, in consultation with the state engineer,
would provide a final report to the water resources review
committee or its successor committee.

House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date03/02/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (05/03/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1225
Title: Electric Regional Transmission Organization Hearing
CCW Summary

Concerning a transportation legislation review committee hearing on the effects that a retail electric service provider's participation in a regional transmission organization would have in Colorado.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/21/2017)
Official Summary

A regional transmission organization is an independent electric
transmission operator that provides wholesale transmission services to
more than one provider of retail electric service within a defined
geographic region by pooling together a number of transmission assets
into a single electricity transmission market from which participating
retail electric service providers may purchase wholesale transmission
services.
The bill directs the transportation legislation review committee to
conduct a hearing during the 2017 interim on the effects that participation
by retail electric service providers in a regional transmission organization
would have on the providers, their ratepayers, and Colorado's market for
renewable energy. The hearing must take place on or before December 1,
2017.

House SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeTransportation
Intro Date03/06/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Legislative Council Postpone Indefinitely (04/28/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1227
Title: Electric Demand-side Management Program Extension
CCW Summary

Concerning an extension of demand-side management goals for investor-owned utilities as set by the public utilities commission.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/20/2017)
Official Summary

To promote demand-side management programs for electricity, the
public utilities commission (commission) was authorized in 2007 to
establish the following electricity goals for investor-owned electric
utilities to achieve by 2018:
  • A demonstrated reduction of peak demand by at least 5%
of the retail peak demand level in 2006; and
  • Demonstrated energy savings of at least 5% compared to
the energy sales in 2006.
The bill extends the programs to 2028 and requires the commission
to set goals of at least 5% peak demand reduction and 5% energy savings
by 2028 for demand-side management programs implemented during
2019 through 2028 when compared to 2018 numbers.

House SponsorsF. Winter (D)
P. Lawrence (R)
Senate SponsorsS. Fenberg (D)
K. Priola (R)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date03/06/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1230
Title: Protect Colorado Residents From Federal Government Overreach
CCW Summary

Concerning protection for Colorado residents from federal government overreach based on a person's status.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/14/2017)
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a state or political subdivision from:
  • Providing the race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration
status, or religious affiliation of a Colorado resident to the
federal government without determining it is for a legal and
constitutional purpose;
  • Aiding or assisting the federal government in creating,
maintaining, or updating a registry for the purpose of
identifying Colorado residents based on race, ethnicity,
national origin, immigration status, or religious affiliation;
  • Aiding or assisting the federal government or a federal
agency in marking or otherwise placing a physical or
electronic identifier on a person based on his or her race,
ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, or religious
affiliation; and
  • Aiding or assisting, including using state or local lands or
resources, the federal government in interning, arresting, or
detaining a person based on his or her race, ethnicity,
national origin, immigration status, or religious affiliation.

House SponsorsJ. Salazar (D)
D. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Guzman (D)
D. Kagan (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Intro Date03/06/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (04/10/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1234
Title: Beef Country Of Origin Retail Placard
CCW Summary

Concerning a requirement that a retailer indicate the country of origin of beef sold to the public.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/14/2017)
Official Summary

The bill requires a retailer to indicate the country of origin for beef
sold to the public.

House SponsorsK. Lewis (R)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate Committee
Intro Date03/07/2017
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1235
Title: Financial Relief Defray Individual Health Plan Cost
CCW Summary

Concerning a financial relief program to provide financial assistance to individuals earning a household income of not more than five hundred percent of the federal poverty line of which they spend more than fifteen percent on health insurance premiums for individual health insurance purchased through the Colorado health benefit exchange.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/23/2017)
Official Summary

The bill creates a financial relief program, available from July 1,
2017, through December 31, 2018, to provide financial assistance to
individuals and their families who spend more than 15% of their
household income on individual health insurance premiums. The
Colorado health benefit exchange (exchange) is to oversee the program,
and counties may elect to administer the program in their counties. For
any county that opts not to administer the program, the exchange is to
administer the program in that county.
Financial relief is available to individuals and families determined
eligible based on the following:
  • The individual or family enrolled in and paid premiums for
a bronze, silver, or gold level individual health benefit plan
purchased through the exchange;
  • The individual or family has a household income of more
than 400%, but not more than 500%, of the federal poverty
line;
  • The individual or family does not have access to a
government-sponsored program, such as medicaid or
medicare, or an affordable employer-sponsored plan; and
  • The individual or family pays more than 15% of the
household income on premiums for the plan.
The exchange is to certify that an individual or family has enrolled
in one of the specified health benefit plans, the premium amount of the
plan, the household income of the individual or family, and that the
individual or family does not have access to a government-sponsored
program or employer-sponsored plan.
The amount of financial relief is calculated based on the cost of the
premium for the lowest-cost bronze health benefit plan available to the
individual or family through the exchange, minus an amount equal to
15% of the individual's or family's household income. The general
assembly is to appropriate money from the general fund to provide
financial assistance to individuals who qualify under the program.
A carrier offering individual health benefit plans on the exchange
must permit an individual to purchase an individual health benefit plan on
the exchange during a special enrollment period that begins June 1, 2017,
and ends August 1, 2017, for plans effective through December 31, 2017.
For the 2018 plan year, individuals are subject to the standard open
enrollment period specified in law.
The program repeals on July 1, 2019, unless congress enacts and
the president signs legislation repealing the advance premium tax credit
authorized under federal law, in which case the program repeals upon the
date of the repeal of said tax credit.

House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
D. Mitsch Bush (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
L. Crowder (R)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date03/08/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/24/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1247
Title: Patient Choice Health Care Provider
CCW Summary

Concerning the ability of a covered person to receive health care services from a health care provider of the covered person's choice.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/24/2017)
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a health benefit plan or third-party administrator
plan covering services by licensed chiropractors, optometrists, or
pharmacists (providers) from:
  • Limiting or restricting a covered person's ability to select a
provider of the covered person's choice if certain
conditions are met;
  • Imposing a copayment, fee, or other cost-sharing
requirement for selecting a provider of the covered person's
choosing;
  • Imposing other conditions on a covered person or provider
that limit or restrict a covered person's ability to use a
pharmacy of the covered person's choosing; or
  • Denying a provider the right to participate in any of its
network contracts in this state or as a contracting provider
in this state, so long as the provider agrees to specified
conditions.

House SponsorsJ. Becker (R)
J. Danielson (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate Committee
Intro Date03/09/2017
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (04/13/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1256
Title: Oil And Gas Facilities Distance From School Property
CCW Summary

Concerning a clarification of the minimum distance from which certain oil and gas facilities must be located from any school.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/07/2017)
Official Summary

As part of the Colorado oil and gas conservation commission's
(commission) authority to regulate oil and gas operations to prevent and
mitigate significant adverse environmental impacts to protect public
health, safety, and welfare, the commission requires oil and gas
production facilities and wells to be located at least 1,000 feet from
school buildings and other high occupancy buildings. The bill clarifies
that the minimum 1,000-foot distance from which newly permitted oil and
gas production facilities and wells must be located from any school
applies to the school property line and not the school building. The bill
further clarifies that it does not apply if a school commences operations
near oil and gas facilities or wells that are already actively in use or
permitted.

House SponsorsM. Foote (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Jones (D)
I. Aguilar (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date03/14/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (04/12/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1299
Title: Transportation Legislation Review Committee Interim Hearing Electric Utility Energy Storage
CCW Summary

Concerning a transportation legislation review committee hearing on the integration of energy storage into the electric resource planning process for public utilities.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/21/2017)
Official Summary

The bill directs the transportation legislation review committee
(TLRC) to conduct a hearing during the 2017 interim on the potential
economic and social benefits and costs of requiring the public utilities
commission to determine the appropriate targets, if any, for the amount
of viable and cost-effective energy storage systems (e.g., batteries, heat
sinks, pumped storage hydroelectric systems) that an electric utility
subject to Colorado's renewable energy standard should incorporate into
its electric resource acquisition plans.
The hearing must take place on or before December 1, 2017.

House SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
J. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date03/27/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/26/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1306
Title: Test Lead In Public Schools' Drinking Water
CCW Summary

Concerning the financing of testing for lead in public schools' drinking water, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/13/2017)
Official Summary

The bill directs the department of public health and environment
(department) to establish a grant program to test for lead in public
schools' drinking water. The department will give the highest priority to
the oldest public elementary schools, then the oldest public schools that
are not elementary schools, and then all other public schools. The
department may also consider ability to pay in administering the program.
The department is directed to use its best efforts to complete all testing
and analysis by June 30, 2020. The public school must provide at least
10% local matching funds and give the test results to its local public
health agency, its supplier of water, its school board, and the department.
The department may use up to $300,000 per year for 3 years for grants
beginning on or after July 1, 2017, from the water quality improvement
fund if there is money available after fully funding existing programs.
The department shall provide 4 annual reports to the general assembly
regarding implementation of the grant program, including any legislative
proposals that may be warranted.
The bill appropriates $440,000 and 1.0 FTE to the department of
public health and environment for the implementation of the act.

House SponsorsT. Exum Sr. (D)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Intro Date03/29/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (05/24/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1323
Title: PUC Ethics Add Consumer Protection
CCW Summary

Concerning measures to enhance the consumer protection mission of the Colorado public utilities commission, and, in connection therewith, prohibiting a person with recent connections to a regulated utility from serving on the commission, requiring the appointment of an ethics ombudsman, and providing for periodic performance audits.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/02/2017)
Official Summary

Section 2 of the bill prohibits a person from serving on the public
utilities commission if he or she:
  • Has, within the immediately preceding 4 years, served as an
officer or director of a regulated utility; or
  • Has or acquires any official relation to, or financial interest
in, a regulated utility.
Section 3 encourages the director of the commission to assign
employees to temporary training and development sessions with other
state agencies, particularly those with which the commission has frequent
interaction, to improve the employees' substantive expertise and
familiarity with the operations of those agencies. Section 3 also requires
the director to keep written and audio records of the commission's
proceedings and make them publicly available online.
In addition, section 3 expressly authorizes the executive director
of the department of regulatory agencies (of which the commission is a
part) to request that the state auditor conduct performance audits of the
commission and its staff and operations.
Section 4 creates the position of independent ombudsman for
ethics to:
  • Receive complaints and comments about the commission's
performance of its duties;
  • Create, maintain, and administer a continuing program of
ethics training for commissioners and staff; and
  • Annually report to the executive director and the general
assembly concerning the number, character, and disposition
of complaints the ombudsman received during the
preceding year.
Section 6 funds the office of the ombudsman using an existing
cash fund, the fixed utility fund. Section 7 directs the commission to
adopt rules concerning conflicts of interest, incompatible activities, and
ex parte communications, which rules form the basis of the ombudsman's
ethics training curriculum.
Sections 1 and 5 make conforming amendments.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
J. Cooke (R)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date04/07/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/04/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1336
Title: Additional Protections Forced Pooling Order
CCW Summary

Concerning additional protections for oil and gas interest owners subject to forced pooling of oil and gas resources.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/24/2017)
Official Summary

Current law authorizes forced pooling, a process by which any
interested person–typically an oil and gas operator–may apply to the
Colorado oil and gas conservation commission for an order to pool oil
and gas resources located within a particularly identified drilling unit.
After giving notice to interested parties and holding a hearing, the
commission can adopt an order to force owners of oil and gas resources
within the drilling unit who have not consented to the application
(nonconsenting owners) to allow an oil and gas operator to produce the
oil and gas within the drilling unit notwithstanding the owners' lack of
consent.
The bill specifies that:
  • At least a majority of the royalty interest owners must join
in the application before the commission can enter a forced
pooling order;
  • The hearing notice must be given at least 90 days before
the hearing;
  • Before entry of a pooling order, the prospective drilling
unit operator must give the affected interest owners a
clearly stated, concise, neutral explanation of the laws
governing forced pooling; and
  • The operators of drilling units shall, before commencing
drilling operations, file an electronic report with the
commission that states the number and location of
nonconsenting owners, and the commission shall post the
reports in a searchable database on its website.

House SponsorsD. Young (D)
M. Foote (D)
Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
M. Jones (D)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date04/12/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/03/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1339
Title: Colorado Energy Impact Assistance Act
CCW Summary

Concerning authorization for the issuance of low-cost ratepayer-backed bonds, and creation of the Colorado energy impact assistance authority to mitigate the impacts of power plant retirements on Colorado workers and communities.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/25/2017)
Official Summary

The bill, known as the Colorado Energy Impact Assistance Act,
authorizes any investor-owned electric utility (utility) to apply to the
public utilities commission (PUC) for a financing order that will authorize
the utility to issue low-cost Colorado energy impact assistance bonds
(bonds) to lower the cost to electric utility customers (ratepayers) when
the retirement of a power plant occurs. A portion of bond proceeds will
provide transition assistance for Colorado workers and communities
directly affected by the retirement of the facilities (transition assistance).
To repay the bonds at the lowest cost to ratepayers, the PUC is authorized
to review and approve a financing order and authorize a special energy
impact assistance charge that is separate and apart from the utility's base
rates on all ratepayer bills. The establishment and ongoing adjustment of
the separate charge will allow bonds to achieve the highest possible credit
rating, at least AA/Aa2, from the national independent credit rating
agencies and will therefore allow bonds to be issued at the lowest
possible interest rate and lowest subsequent cost to ratepayers.
Before issuing a financing order, the PUC must hold a public
hearing, receive testimony from affected groups, and make specified
determinations concerning the necessity, prudence, justness,
reasonableness, and quantifiable benefits to utility ratepayers of issuing
the financing order. After the public hearing process, if a financing order
is approved by the PUC, it must include specific information and
instructions for the utility to which it applies relating to the amount of
bonds to be issued and the imposition of the energy impact assistance
charge and must require the utility to pay a specified percentage of the net
present value of the savings to a newly created Colorado energy impact
assistance authority (authority) for the payment of transition assistance by
the authority and the authority's reasonable and necessary administrative
and operating costs. As an alternative to the financing order and bond
issuance process, upon the closure of an electric generating facility, a
Colorado electric utility may transfer to the authority an amount of up to
15% of the net present value of operational savings created by the closure
of the electric generating facility, and such a transfer shall be deemed by
the PUC to be a prudent action by the utility.
The bill specifies that the authority is governed by a 7-member
board of directors appointed by the governor and specifies mandatory and
suggested occupational experience for the directors. The authority is
authorized to receive bond proceeds from a utility to which a financing
order applies and use the bond proceeds to provide transition assistance
and pay its reasonable and necessary administrative and operating costs.
Transition assistance is defined to include payment of retraining
costs, including costs of apprenticeship programs and skilled worker
retraining programs, for and financial assistance to directly displaced
Colorado facility workers, compensation to Colorado local governments
for lost property tax revenue directly resulting from the retirement of a
facility, and similar payments, job retraining, assistance, and
compensation for directly displaced Colorado workers and local
governments in areas that produce fuel used in the retired facility directly
resulting from the elimination of the need for fuel at the facility. When
determining how best to provide transition assistance to a local
community, the authority must, in conjunction with each board of county
commissioners, municipal governing body, and school district that
includes all or a portion of the impacted community, establish and take
into consideration the advice of a local advisory committee. The authority
is subject to open meeting and open records requirements and is required
to submit a report to specified committees of the general assembly that
sets forth a complete and detailed financial and operating statement of the
authority for any fiscal year for which the authority has provided
transition assistance.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
C. Hansen (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Jones (D)
A. Kerr (D)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date04/13/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/03/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1363
Title: Exempt New Energy Requirement If Not Subordinate Lien
CCW Summary

Concerning an exemption from otherwise applicable requirements for financing from the Colorado new energy improvement district if a residential property owner is not seeking to subordinate the priority of existing mortgages.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/02/2017)
Official Summary

Current law authorizes a homeowner to finance certain energy
efficiency improvements to the home through a loan pursuant to the
property assessed clean energy (PACE) program. The program requires
an applicant to file a title commitment on the home and a hearing must be
held in order to seek a voluntary subordination of existing liens to the
program's junior lien.
The bill exempts a homeowner from the title commitment and
hearing requirements if the owner is not seeking to subordinate the
priority of existing liens.

House SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeFinance
Intro Date04/26/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (06/15/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1364
Title: Authority Local Government Master Plan Include Water Plan Goal
CCW Summary

Concerning the authority of a local government master plan to include policies to implement state water plan goals as a condition of development approvals.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/28/2017)
Official Summary

The bill authorizes a local government master plan to include goals
specified in the state water plan and to include policies that condition
development approvals on implementation of those goals.

House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
C. Hansen (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate Committee
Intro Date04/27/2017
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely (05/01/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1366
Title: Measurable Goals Deadlines Colorado Climate Action Plan
CCW Summary

Concerning a requirement to include measurable goals that are subject to deadlines in Colorado's climate action plan.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/28/2017)
Official Summary

The bill requires:
  • The state climate action plan to include specific,
measurable goals, the achievement of which will both
reduce Colorado's greenhouse gas emissions and increase
Colorado's adaptive capability to respond to climate
change, along with associated near-term, mid-term, and
long-term deadlines to achieve the goals; and
  • The annual climate report to the general assembly to
include an analysis of the progress made in meeting the
measurable goals and deadlines specified in the plan.

House SponsorsF. Winter (D)
J. Arndt (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date04/27/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/08/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1372
Title: Oil Gas Operators Disclose Pipe Location Development Plans
CCW Summary

Concerning additional disclosures of information by oil and gas operators, and, in connection therewith, requiring the disclosure of the location of subsurface facilities and the sharing of oil and gas operators' development plans with affected local governments.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/05/2017)
Official Summary

The bill requires an oil and gas operator to give electronic notice,
in a format and by a deadline established by the Colorado oil and gas
conservation commission by rule, of the location of each flow line,
gathering pipeline, and transmission pipeline installed, owned, or
operated by the operator to the director of the commission and each local
government within whose jurisdiction the subsurface facility is located.
The commission shall post the information on its website in a searchable
database.
The commission recently promulgated several rules to implement
2 of the recommendations of the governor's oil and gas task force. The
bill also codifies some of the essential elements of one of the 2
recommendations, with the following modifications: The rules require
operators to share their development plans with municipalities where the
proposed operations will occur; and the bill adds counties where the
proposed operations will occur.

House SponsorsM. Foote (D)
S. Lebsock (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Intro Date05/05/2017
Position
StatusHouse Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (05/10/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: HB17-1373
Title: General Fund Transfers For CO Colorado Energy Office Cash Funds
CCW Summary

Concerning general fund transfers to two Colorado energy office cash funds.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/05/2017)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill continues the general fund transfer to the
clean and renewable energy fund for one year.
Section 2 adds one year of funding for the innovative energy fund
from the general fund.

House SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
C. Hansen (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date05/05/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/09/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-014
Title: Limits On Underground Storage Tank Regulation
CCW Summary

Concerning a prohibition against the imposition of inspection requirements for underground petroleum storage tanks or the charging of inspection fees for the inspection of underground petroleum storage tanks by a local government.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/17/2017)
Official Summary

Transportation Legislation Review Committee. The bill
prohibits a local government from imposing inspection requirements for
underground petroleum storage tanks or charging inspection fees for the
inspection of underground petroleum storage tanks.

House SponsorsK. Becker (D)
J. Becker (R)
J. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
D. Coram (R)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeTransportation
Intro Date01/11/2017
Position
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (05/03/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-022
Title: Rural Economic Advancement Of Colorado Towns
CCW Summary

Concerning the coordination of economic assistance for rural communities experiencing certain significant economic events that have led to substantial job loss in those communities, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the department of local affairs to coordinate nonmonetary assistance and award grant money to assist rural communities with job creation or retention.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/14/2017)
Official Summary

The bill authorizes the executive director of the department of
local affairs (department) or the executive director's designee to
coordinate the provision of nonmonetary resources to assist with job
retention or creation in a rural community experiencing a significant
economic event, such as a plant closure or layoffs, including
industry-wide layoffs, that has a significant, quantifiable impact on jobs
within that community.
The bill also authorizes the executive director of the department or
the executive director's designee to award money to qualifying rural
communities experiencing a significant economic event and creates the
rural economic advancement of Colorado towns fund (fund), to be
administered by the executive director of the department for grant-making
purposes over the next 3 years. For the 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20
state fiscal years, $500,000 is transferred each year from the general fund
to the fund and the money in the fund is continuously appropriated to the
department.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeFinance
Intro Date01/11/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/14/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-030
Title: Exempt Injectable Anabolic Steroids For Cattle
CCW Summary

Concerning the exemption from the schedules of controlled substances any anabolic steroid that is administered through injection into nonhuman species.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/21/2017)
Official Summary

For the purposes of the schedules of controlled substances, the bill
exempts from the definition of anabolic steroid any substance that is
otherwise defined as an anabolic steroid if it is administered through
injection into cattle or other nonhuman species and has been approved by
the secretary of health and human services for such administration.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date01/11/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (03/16/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-035
Title: Tampering With Oil And Gas Equipment
CCW Summary

Concerning tampering with equipment associated with oil and gas gathering operations.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/17/2017)
Official Summary

There is a current crime of tampering with equipment associated
with oil or gas gathering operations. The bill includes placing another at
risk of death or serious bodily injury as part of the crime and increases the
penalty from a class 2 misdemeanor to a class 6 felony.

House SponsorsJ. Becker (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date01/11/2017
Position
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/12/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-040
Title: Public Access To Government Files
CCW Summary

Concerning public access to files maintained by governmental bodies.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/01/2017)
Official Summary

Section 2 of the bill modifies the Colorado Open Records Act
(CORA) by creating new procedures governing the inspection of public
records that are stored as structured data. Section 1 defines key terms
including structured data, which the bill defines as digital data that is
stored in a fixed field within a record or file that is capable of being
automatically read, processed, or manipulated by a computer.
If public records are stored as structured data, section 2 requires
the custodian of the public records to provide an accurate copy of the
public records in a structured data format when requested. If public
records are not stored as structured data but are stored in an electronic or
digital form and are searchable in their native format, the custodian is
required to provide a copy of the public records in a format that is
searchable when requested.
Section 2 specifies the circumstances that exempt the custodian
from having to produce records in a searchable or structured data format.
If a custodian is not able to comply with a request to produce
public records in a requested format, the custodian is required to produce
the records in an alternate format and to provide a written declaration
attesting to the reasons the custodian is not able to produce the records in
the requested format. If a court subsequently rules the custodian should
have provided the data in the requested format but that the custodian
reasonably believed, based upon the reasons stated in the written
declaration, that the data could not be produced in the requested format,
attorney fees may be awarded only if the custodian's action was arbitrary
or capricious.
Nothing in the bill requires a custodian to produce records in their
native format.
Section 3 expands the grounds permitting the filing of a civil
action seeking inspection of a public record to include an allegation of a
violation of the digital format provisions in the bill or a violation of
record transmission provisions specified in CORA. This section also
specifies that altering an existing record, or excising fields of information,
to remove information that the custodian is required or allowed to
withhold does not constitute the creation of a new public record. Such
alteration or excision may be subject to a research and retrieval fee or a
fee for the programming of data as allowed under existing provisions of
CORA.
Section 4 modifies CORA provisions governing the copy, printout,
or photograph of a public record and the imposition of a research and
retrieval fee. Among these modifications:
  • The bill deletes existing statutory language permitting the
custodian to charge the same fee for services rendered in
supervising the copying, printing out, or photographing of
a public record as the custodian may charge for furnishing
a copy, printout, or photograph;
  • The bill replaces a reference in the statute to the phrase
manipulation of data with the phrase programming,
coding, or custom search queries so as to convert a record
into a structured data or searchable format;
  • In connection with determining the amount of the fee for a
paper or electronic copy of a public record, the bill
specifies that, if a custodian performs programming,
coding, or custom search queries to create a public record,
the fee for a paper or electronic copy of that record may be
based on recovery of the actual or incremental costs of
performing the programming, coding, or custom search
queries, together with a reasonable portion of the costs
associated with building and maintaining the information
systems; and
  • When a person makes a request to inspect or make copies
or images of original public records, the bill permits the
custodian to charge a fee for the time required for the
custodian to supervise the handling of the records, when
such supervision is necessary to protect the integrity or
security of the original records.
Section 5 repeals the existing criminal misdemeanor offense and
penalty for a willful and knowing violation of CORA.

House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date01/11/2017
Position
StatusSent to the Governor (05/19/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-047
Title: Additional Incentives Beneficial Use Waste Tires
CCW Summary

Concerning additional incentives for the beneficial use of Colorado waste tires.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/01/2017)
Official Summary

Under current law:
  • A generator of a waste tire pays a per tire fee, which the
solid and hazardous waste commission can reduce by rule
below its statutory level of $1.50. The fee is distributed as
follows: 30% to the waste tire administration, enforcement,
and cleanup fund; 65% to the end users fund; and 5% to the
waste tire market development fund;
  • To be eligible for a rebate from the end users fund for the
use of whole waste tires, an end user must use the waste
tire to generate energy or fuel; and
  • Effective January 1, 2018, the waste tire fee is reduced to
55 cents, the end users fund and the waste tire market
development fund will be repealed, and all of the money
from the waste tire fee will be credited to the waste tire
administration, enforcement, and cleanup fund.
Section 1 of the bill includes within the definition of an end user
a person who uses a whole waste tire, when baled with other waste tires,
for an agricultural purpose. Section 2 changes the amount of the waste
tire fee and its allocation to the 3 funds as follows:
  • Until December 31, 2021, the fee cannot exceed $1.50;
  • From January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022, the fee
cannot exceed $1.25;
  • On and after January 1, 2023, the fee cannot exceed $1;
  • The state treasurer will distribute the fees as follows:
  • Until December 31, 2021, 30% to the waste tire
administration, enforcement, and cleanup fund; 65%
to the end users fund; and 5% to the waste tire
market development fund;
  • Effective January 1, 2022, through December 31,
2022, 36% to the waste tire administration,
enforcement, and cleanup fund; 55% to the end
users fund; and 9% to the waste tire market
development fund;
  • Effective January 1, 2023, through December 31,
2023, 30% to the waste tire administration,
enforcement, and cleanup fund; 65% to the end
users fund; and 5% to the waste tire market
development fund; and
  • On and after January 1, 2024, 45% to the waste tire
administration, enforcement, and cleanup fund; and
55% to the waste tire market development fund.
Section 3 extends the repeal date of the end users fund to January
1, 2024. Section 4 eliminates the January 1, 2018, repeal of the waste tire
market development fund and modifies the grant and loan program
financed by the fund to specify that:
  • The commission must, by rule, allocate a minimum
percentage of the fund's revenue to the grant and loan
program; and
  • If the recipient of a loan complies with the terms of the
loan during an initial period, the loan converts to a grant.
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House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
D. Coram (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date01/11/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (03/23/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-056
Title: Reporting Requirements By Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment To General Assembly
CCW Summary

Concerning the scheduled repeal of reports by the department of public health and environment to the general assembly.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/16/2017)
Official Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. Pursuant to section 24-1-136
(11)(a)(I), Colorado Revised Statutes, any report that is required to be
made to the general assembly by an executive agency or the judicial
branch on a periodic basis expires on the day after the third anniversary
of the date on which the first report was due unless the general assembly,
acting by bill, continues the requirement. The bill addresses reporting
requirements of the department of public health and environment.
Sections 1, 6, 7, 8, 12, and 15 of the bill continue indefinitely the
reporting requirements contained in those statutory sections.
Sections 2 to 5, 9, 10, 11, and 13 repeal reports that are or were
scheduled to repeal according to section 24-1-136 (11)(a)(I). Currently
there are no repeal dates listed in the organic statute.
Section 14 adds a repeal date in the organic statute that coincides
with the scheduled repeal date specified in section 24-1-136 (11)(a)(I).

House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Intro Date01/13/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (03/16/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-073
Title: Promote Runyon-Fountain Lakes State Wildlife Area
CCW Summary

Concerning promotion of the Runyon-Fountain lakes state wildlife area.

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/14/2017)
Official Summary

The bill directs stakeholders interested in the Runyon-Fountain
lakes state wildlife area (including the Colorado division of parks and
wildlife, the city of Pueblo, and the Pueblo conservancy district) to
cooperatively engage in a long-term process to promote the maximum
beneficial development and maintenance of the area. The stakeholders are
to report to the general assembly's committees of reference with
jurisdiction over natural resources by March 1, 2018, regarding the
progress of the cooperative effort.

House SponsorsD. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date01/13/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (03/30/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-081
Title: Rural Broadband Deployment
CCW Summary

Concerning the use of high cost support mechanism funds for rural broadband deployment.

 

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/22/2017)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill updates the definition of a broadband network
for purposes of telecommunications regulation and deregulation.
Section 2 updates how the public utilities commission
(commission) makes an effective competition determination for high cost
support mechanism (HCSM) funding, which is financial assistance
provided to telecommunications companies that provide basic telephone
service or broadband service in areas that lack effective competition.
Section 3 establishes that HCSM funding cannot be used to
support more than one wireline and one wireless line per individual
household or individual business.

House SponsorsK. Becker (D)
J. Arndt (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Intro Date01/13/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely (02/22/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-089
Title: Allow Electric Utility Customers Install Energy Storage Equipment
CCW Summary

Concerning the rights of consumers of electricity to install electricity storage systems on their property.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/02/2017)
Official Summary

The bill declares that consumers of electricity have a right to install
and use electricity storage systems on their property, and this will enhance
the reliability and efficiency of the electric grid, save money, and reduce
the need for additional electric generation facilities.
The bill directs the Colorado public utilities commission to adopt
rules under which:
  • Residential and small commercial consumers can install
electricity storage systems with a discharge rate of up to 25
kilowatts (kW) alternating current (AC) for later use or to
provide backup in case of an outage;
  • The utility and interconnection approval process for
photovoltaic plus storage systems must be simple and
streamlined, subject to electrical code and safety
requirements but not more complex than existing approval
requirements for photovoltaic installations;
  • A utility whose customer installs electricity storage must
use only a single revenue meter unless the storage system
exceeds a discharge rate of 25 kW AC; and
  • Any applicable standby charges, minimum charges,
additional meter charges, or other fees or charges are
identical as between customers with electricity storage
systems and those without.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsS. Fenberg (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Intro Date01/18/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely (02/08/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-099
Title: National Popular Vote Agreement
CCW Summary

Concerning adoption of an agreement among the states to elect the president of the United States by national popular vote.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/31/2017)
Official Summary

The bill enacts and enters into with all other states joining therein
the agreement among the states to elect the president of the United States
by national popular vote (agreement). Among other provisions, the
agreement:
  • Permits any state of the United States and the District of
Columbia to become members of the agreement by
enacting the agreement;
  • Requires each member state to conduct a statewide popular
election for president and vice president of the United
States;
  • Prior to the time set for the meeting and voting of
presidential electors, requires the chief election official of
each member state to determine the number of votes cast
for each presidential slate in a statewide popular election
and to designate the presidential slate with the largest
national popular vote total as the national popular vote
winner;
  • Requires the presidential elector certifying official of each
member state to certify the appointment in that official's
own state of the elector slate nominated in that state in
association with the national popular vote winner. At least
6 days before the day fixed by law for the meeting and
voting by the presidential electors, requires each member
state to make a final determination of the number of
popular votes cast in the state for each presidential slate
and to communicate an official statement of the
determination within 24 hours to the chief election official
of each other member state. Requires the chief election
official of each member state to treat as conclusive an
official statement containing the number of popular votes
in a state for each presidential slate made by the day
established by federal law for making a state's final
determination conclusive as to the counting of electoral
votes by congress.
  • Specifies that the agreement governs the appointment of
presidential electors in each member state in any year in
which the agreement is in effect on July 20 in states
cumulatively possessing a majority of the electoral votes;
  • Permits a state's withdrawal from the agreement, except in
limited circumstances;
  • Specifies that the agreement will terminate if the electoral
college is abolished; and
  • Provides that the invalidity of any of the agreement's
provisions do not affect the remaining provisions.
The bill specifies that when the agreement becomes effective, it
supersedes any conflicting provisions of Colorado law.
When the agreement becomes effective and governs the
appointment of presidential electors, each presidential elector is required
to vote for the presidential candidate and, by separate ballot,
vice-presidential candidate nominated by the political party or political
organization that nominated the presidential elector.

House SponsorsP. Rosenthal (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date01/27/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/15/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-105
Title: Consumer Right To Know Electric Utility Charges
CCW Summary

Concerning consumers' right to know their electric utility charges by requiring investor-owned electric utilities to provide their customers with a comprehensive breakdown of cost on their monthly bills.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/02/2017)
Official Summary

The bill requires an investor-owned electric utility to file with the
public utilities commission (commission) for the commission's review a
comprehensive billing format that the investor-owned electric utility has
developed for its monthly billing of customers. An investor-owned
electric utility shall file the comprehensive billing format at the time of
filing a rate schedule with the commission. The comprehensive billing
format must include the following:
  • A line-item representation of all monthly charges and
credits applied to the customer;
  • For months in which tiered rates are applied, a breakdown
of the tiered rates and the amount of usage to which each
rate was applied for the month;
  • The rate and usage for the current month and each of the
previous 12 months, as shown in a bar graph or other visual
format; and
  • For customers to which demand rates apply, a listing of the
demand charge, aggregated data about the range and
average of kilowatts used during the various demand
periods of the billing period, and, if the customer is a
residential customer, a calculation of the amount that the
customer would have been billed had standard residential
rates applied.
The bill sets forth procedures for the commission's review of a
filed comprehensive billing format and provides that once a
comprehensive billing format has been approved by the commission, the
investor-owned utility need not refile it unless changes have been made
to it.

House SponsorsK. Becker (D)
D. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date01/27/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (05/22/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-109
Title: Industrial Hemp Animal Feed
CCW Summary

Concerning the use of industrial hemp in products designed for consumption.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/23/2017)
Official Summary

Currently, it is illegal to sell animal feed that is deemed
adulterated. The bill clarifies that the use of industrial hemp does not
adulterate feed.

House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date01/27/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-117
Title: Recognize Industrial Hemp Agricultural Product For Agricultural Water Right
CCW Summary

Concerning confirmation that industrial hemp is a recognized agricultural product for which a person with a water right decreed for agricultural use may use the water subject to the water right for industrial hemp cultivation.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/07/2017)
Official Summary

In Colorado, water subject to a water right may be used for the
purpose for which the water is decreed. The bill confirms that a person
with an absolute or conditional water right decreed for agricultural use
may use the water subject to the water right for the growth or cultivation
of industrial hemp if the person is registered by the department of
agriculture to grow industrial hemp for commercial or research and
development purposes.

House SponsorsD. Valdez (D)
M. Catlin (R)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date01/27/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (05/21/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-145
Title: Electric Utility Distribution Grid Resource Acquisition Plan
CCW Summary

Concerning modifications to the electric utility resource acquisition process, and, in connection therewith, promoting a more resilient, reliable, and cost-effective electrical grid through enhanced planning and data transparency.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/14/2017)
Official Summary

The bill directs specified electric utilities to prepare, and the
Colorado public utilities commission to review, proposals to integrate
distributed energy resources into their plans to acquire new infrastructure.
Distributed energy resources is defined to include renewable distributed
generation facilities, such as rooftop solar, energy storage facilities,
electric vehicles, and other features of an improved and diversified
electrical grid architecture. The commission may approve the plans as
submitted or modify them in ways that improve system reliability, reduce
costs, or increase the benefits to ratepayers.

House SponsorsM. Foote (D)
Senate SponsorsS. Fenberg (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date01/31/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (02/15/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-179
Title: Fee Limits For Solar Energy Device Installations
CCW Summary

Concerning the limitation on the amount of fees that can be assessed for allowing solar energy device installations, and, in connection therewith, extending the repeal date.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/22/2017)
Official Summary

House SponsorsL. Sias (R)
L. Herod (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House CommitteeTransportation & Energy
Senate CommitteeFinance
Intro Date02/14/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (04/28/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-209
Title: Various Changes For Access To Ballot By Candidates
CCW Summary

Concerning access to the ballot by candidates.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/16/2017)
Official Summary

The bill makes various changes to the laws governing access to the
ballot.
Section 1 prohibits a designated election official from certifying
to the ballot the name of any candidate who the designated election
official determines is unqualified to hold office.
For a political party candidate seeking to petition onto a ballot,
section 2 moves up the deadline by which the petition must be filed.
Currently, each petition to nominate a candidate must have
attached to it a notarized affidavit executed by the petition circulator.
Section 3 directs the secretary of state to establish by rule a process that
allows a circulator 5 days to cure a rejected affidavit.
Section 4 reorganizes and amends the laws pertaining to
withdrawals and vacancies in nominations and designations.
Sections 5 through 11 make conforming amendments necessitated
by the statutory reorganization effected in section 4.

House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Intro Date03/03/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (05/23/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-252
Title: Utility Cost-saving Contract For Local Governments
CCW Summary

Concerning the authority of a board of any political subdivision to enter into contracts for utility cost savings.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/22/2017)
Official Summary

Current law allows boards of political subdivisions to enter into
energy cost-savings contracts for utility cost savings. Utility cost savings
are defined in law to include an installation, modification, or service that
is designed to reduce energy consumption and related operating costs in
buildings and other facilities.
The bill specifies that the boards may also enter into energy
cost-savings contracts for increasing meter accuracy, which is defined as
a utility cost-savings measure.
The bill also changes the definition of operation and maintenance
cost savings to clarify that the calculation must be made on a net basis.

House SponsorsL. Liston (R)
J. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
House CommitteeLocal Government
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
Intro Date03/16/2017
Position
StatusSent to the Governor (05/11/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-254
Title: 2017-18 Long Appropriations Bill
CCW Summary

Concerning the provision for payment of the expenses of the executive, legislative, and judicial departments of the state of Colorado, and of its agencies and institutions, for and during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017, except as otherwise noted.

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Official Summary
House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
Intro Date03/27/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (05/26/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-259
Title: General Fund Transfers Protect Natural Resources
CCW Summary

Concerning a transfer of money from the general fund to cash funds administered by state departments for the protection of the state's natural resources.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/27/2017)
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. On July 1, 2017, the bill requires the
state treasurer to transfer money from the general fund as follows:
  • $2,272,727 million to the forest restoration and wildfire
risk mitigation grant program cash fund;
  • $4,090,909 million to the species conservation trust fund;
  • $2,452,193 million to the division of parks and outdoor
recreation aquatic nuisance species fund; and
  • $1,184,171 million to the division of wildlife aquatic
nuisance species fund.

House SponsorsB. Rankin (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Lundberg (R)
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
Intro Date03/27/2017
Position
StatusGovernor Signed (05/03/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-267
Title: Sustainability Of Rural Colorado
CCW Summary

Concerning the sustainability of rural Colorado.

 

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/05/2017)
Official Summary

Section 3 of the bill eliminates annual statutory transfers of
general fund revenue to the highway users tax fund (HUTF) and the
capital construction fund for state fiscal years 2017-18, 2018-19, and
2019-20. Section 1 makes statutory general fund transfers to the state
public school fund in amounts equal to the amounts of the eliminated
statutory transfers to the HUTF for the sole purpose of reducing,
proportionally to the extent feasible, the financial impacts of inconsistent
funding of the state share of district total program on rural and small rural
school districts.
Section 2 requires executive branch departments to submit
2018-19 budget requests to the office of state planning and budgeting
(OSPB) that are at least 2% lower than their 2017-18 budgets. The OSPB
must strongly consider the budget reduction proposals made by each
department when preparing the annual executive budget proposals to the
general assembly and shall seek to ensure that the executive budget
proposal for each department is at least 2% lower than the department's
actual budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year.
Section 5 authorizes the state to execute lease-purchase
agreements for eligible state facilities to generate up to $1.35 billion of
net proceeds, with maximum annual lease payments of $100 million for
up to 20 years. Lease payments must be paid first from any legally
available money under the control of the transportation commission and
next from the general fund or any other legally available source of money.
$1.2 billion of the net proceeds are credited to the HUTF and allocated to
the state highway fund and $150 million of the net proceeds are credited
to the capital construction fund, with such amounts being reduced
proportionally if the full $1.35 billion of net proceeds is not received. As
specified in section 19, the department of transportation (CDOT) may use
the net proceeds only for qualified federal aid highway projects, with at
least 25% of the money being used for projects that are located in
counties with populations of 50,000 or less.
Section 6 creates the Colorado healthcare affordability and
sustainability enterprise (enterprise) as a type 2 agency and
government-owned business within the department of health care policy
and financing (HCPF) for the purpose of participating in the
implementation and administration of a Colorado healthcare affordability
and sustainability program (program) on and after July 1, 2017, and
creates a board consisting of 13 members appointed by the governor with
the advice and consent of the senate to govern the enterprise. The
business purpose of the enterprise is, in exchange for the payment of a
new healthcare affordability and sustainability fee (fee) by hospitals to the
enterprise, to administer the program and thereby support hospitals that
provide uncompensated medical services to uninsured patients and
participate in publicly funded health insurance programs by:
  • Participating in a federal program that provides additional
matching money to states;
  • Using fee revenue, which must be credited to a newly
created healthcare affordability and sustainability fee fund
and used solely for purposes of the program, and federal
matching money to:
  • Reduce the amount of uncompensated care that
hospitals provide by increasing the number of
individuals covered by publicly funded health
insurance; and
  • Increase publicly funded insurance reimbursement
rates to hospitals; and
  • Providing or contracting for or arranging advisory and
consulting services to hospitals and coordinating services
to hospitals to help them more effectively and efficiently
participate in publicly funded insurance programs.
The bill does not take effect if the federal centers for medicare and
medicaid services determine that it does not comply with federal law.
The enterprise is designated as an enterprise for purposes of the
taxpayer's bill of rights (TABOR) so long as it meets TABOR
requirements. The primary powers and duties of the enterprise are to:
  • Charge and collect the fee from hospitals;
  • Leverage fee revenue collected to obtain federal matching
money;
  • Utilize and deploy both fee revenue and federal matching
money in furtherance of the business purpose of the
enterprise;
  • Issue revenue bonds payable from its revenues;
  • Enter into agreements with HCPF as necessary to collect
and expend fee revenue;
  • Engage the services of private persons or entities serving as
contractors, consultants, and legal counsel for professional
and technical assistance and advice and to supply other
services related to the conduct of the affairs of the
enterprise, including the provision of additional business
services to hospitals;
  • Seek any federal waiver necessary to fund and, in
cooperation with HCPF and hospitals, support the
implementation, no earlier than October 1, 2019, of a
health care delivery reform incentive payments program
that will improve health care access and outcomes for
individuals served by HCPF while efficiently utilizing
available financial resources. The health care delivery
reform incentive payments program must include, at a
minimum, an initial planning phase to assess needs and
develop achievable outcome-based metrics to be used to
measure progress towards specified program goals and
address specified focus areas.
  • Adopt and amend or repeal policies for the regulation of its
affairs and the conduct of its business.
The existing hospital provider fee program is repealed by section
18 and the existing hospital provider fee oversight and advisory board is
abolished, effective July 1, 2017.
So long as the enterprise qualifies as a TABOR-exempt enterprise,
fee revenue does not count against either the TABOR state fiscal year
spending limit or the referendum C cap, the higher statutory state fiscal
year spending limit established after the voters of the state approved
referendum C in 2005. The bill clarifies that the creation of the new
enterprise to charge and collect the fee is the creation of a new
government-owned business that provides business services to hospitals
as an enterprise for purposes of TABOR and related statutes and does not
constitute the qualification of an existing government-owned business as
a new enterprise that would require or authorize downward adjustment of
the TABOR state fiscal year spending limit or the referendum C cap.
Section 4 lowers the referendum C cap for the 2017-18 fiscal year
and subsequent fiscal years. Section 16 requires HCPF, within 120 days
of the enactment of the federal Advancing Care of Exceptional Kids
Act, to seek any federal waiver necessary to fund, in cooperation with
hospitals that meet the specified requirements, the implementation of an
enhanced pediatric health home for children with complex medical
conditions.

House SponsorsJ. Becker (R)
K. Becker (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Guzman (D)
J. Sonnenberg (R)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Intro Date03/27/2017
Position
StatusSent to the Governor (05/19/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-271
Title: Investor-owned Utility Cost Recovery Transparency
CCW Summary

Concerning the development of a transparent process by which an investor-owned utility may recover actual costs from a property owner on whose behalf the utility has extended its service by connecting the property owner's property to the utility's service.

 

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/28/2017)
Official Summary

The bill requires an investor-owned gas or electric utility, within
35 days after receiving an application for an extension of the utility's
service to the applicant's property, to provide the applicant with a written
cost estimate and schedule of the work involved in extending the service
to the applicant's property. The applicant must sign and return the cost
estimate and schedule, along with payment of the estimated costs, before
the utility may commence work on extending service to the applicant's
property. After completion of the work, the utility is required to send the
applicant an itemized statement of the actual costs of the work. If the
actual costs are more than the estimated costs that the applicant paid, the
applicant, within 35 days after delivery of the itemized statement of actual
costs, is required to pay the utility the difference. If the actual costs are
less than the estimated costs that the applicant paid, the utility is required
to refund the applicant the difference when the utility sends the itemized
statement of actual costs.
The bill further establishes a procedure for adding additional
properties to the service line extension and a mechanism for enforcing the
procedures set forth in the bill.

House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
House CommitteeAgriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date03/29/2017
Position
StatusSent to the Governor (05/18/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-282
Title: Dedicate Reservoir Release Environmental Purposes
CCW Summary

Concerning the dedication of reservoir releases for environmental purposes.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/11/2017)
Official Summary

The bill creates a process whereby an owner of a storage water
right may obtain a decree that authorizes releases from storage to a
downstream point of diversion or delivery for decreed beneficial uses to
be dedicated to, and used by, the Colorado water conservation board in
the intervening stream reach to preserve or improve the natural
environment to a reasonable degree if specified conditions are satisfied.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
H. Mckean (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Sonnenberg (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date04/03/2017
Position
StatusSenate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Postpone Indefinitely (04/20/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time

Bill: SB17-301
Title: Energy-related Statutes
CCW Summary

Concerning energy-related statutes.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/04/2017)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill provides a nonstatutory legislative declaration
about the changes in law set forth in section 2 of the bill.
Section 2 directs the public utilities commission to adopt rules
under which investor-owned utilities may submit plans for the acquisition
of natural gas reserves to meet their long-term supply needs, subject to the
commission's review and approval of applications.
Section 3 repeals the wind for schools grant program.
Section 4 repeals the renewable energy and energy efficiency for
schools loan program.
Section 5 removes the Colorado energy office's (office)
involvement with the forest service and the air quality control
commission to support the increased use of woody biomass in
bio-heating.
Section 6 removes the office's involvement in grants with the
Colorado energy research institute for the development of a central
resource for building trade professionals.
Section 7:
  • Specifies nuclear and hydroelectric power as a cleaner
energy source that the office should promote;
  • Amends the office's requirement to develop and encourage
increased utilization of energy curricula, and expands the
collaborative groups to include the energy industry and
executive departments;
  • Repeals certain programs for which the office is
responsible; and
  • Requires the director of the office and the executive
director of the department of natural resources, or their
designees, to convene stakeholders for one or more
meetings before November 1, 2017, to identify voluntary
methods to address funding shortfalls associated with the
long-term management of abandoned oil and gas facilities.
Section 8 renames the clean and renewable energy fund as the
energy fund and continues the general fund transfer to the energy fund for
4 years and adds the authority to spend the money in the fund for
educating the general public on energy issues and opportunities.
Section 9 adds 4 years of funding for the innovative energy fund
from the general fund and removes the requirement that the funds used in
the innovative energy fund for grants or loans shall be limited to
innovative energy efficiency projects and policy development.
Section 10 repeals the office's authority to submit a proposal for
credentialing photovoltaic installers.
Section 11 repeals the green building incentive pilot program.
Section 12 repeals the Colorado Clean Energy Finance Program
Act.
Section 13 removes the office's responsibility to maintain a list of
solar installers, the requirement for a builder to offer that list to
customers, and the requirement for the office to offer training on solar
installations.
Section 14 removes a requirement for a 2018 study by the office
on alternative fuel truck emissions.
Section 15 removes an obsolete section of law pertaining to a
computer system for tracking the movement of gasoline or special fuel in
the state.
Section 16 removes the office as the administrator of the Colorado
carbon fund special license plate.
Section 17 increases the registration fee on electric motor vehicles
and the portion of the fee that is earmarked for the highway users tax fund
to offset the reduced gas tax collected as a result of the vehicle's increased
efficiency.
Current law authorizes a homeowner to finance certain energy
efficiency improvements to the home through a loan pursuant to the
property assessed clean energy program (PACE). PACE requires an
applicant to file a title commitment on the home and a hearing must be
held in order to seek a voluntary subordination of existing liens to PACE's
junior lien. Sections 18 through 21 exempt a homeowner from the title
commitment and hearing requirements if the owner is not seeking to
subordinate the priority of existing liens and clarifies that housing
authorities can use PACE as a completely voluntary assessment.
Sections 22 and 23 make conforming amendments.

House SponsorsJ. Becker (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
V. Marble (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeAgriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy
Intro Date04/26/2017
Position
StatusSenate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor (05/08/2017)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
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