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Bill: HB19-1006
Title: Wildfire Mitigation Wildland-urban Interface Areas
Official Summary

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill creates a state
grant program to be administered by the Colorado state forest service

(forest service) to fund proactive forest management fuels reduction
projects to reduce the impacts to life, property, and critical infrastructure
caused by wildfires.
To be eligible for a grant award, a grant recipient must be any one
of a group of individual landowners as specified in the bill whose real
property that is the subject of a grant application is located within a land
area that is covered by a community wildfire protection plan.
The bill specifies requirements pertaining to the evaluation of
grant proposals. The forest service is to select the proposals that will
receive funding, administer the grant program, and develop procedures
by which applicants are to apply for grants.
The bill imposes a monetary limit on the amount of a grant to be
awarded and also requires a grant applicant to demonstrate an available
amount of matching funds to be awarded a grant.
The bill creates the forest management fuels reduction projects
grant program cash fund in the state treasury.
The bill requires the forest service to report annually to the general
assembly on the number, location, and benefits of all projects for which
a grant award is made.

Custom Summary
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture (01/04/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/04/2019
CCW Summary

Concerning measures to mitigate the effects of wildfires within wildland-urban interface areas, and, in connection therewith, creating a state grant program to promote forest management fuels reduction projects in such areas.

House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
Position

Bill: HB19-1047
Title: Metropolitan District Fire Protection Sales Tax
Official Summary

A metropolitan district is a type of special district that provides at
least 2 services from a list of specific services. One of the services that a
metropolitan district is currently authorized to provide is fire protection.
Currently, a metropolitan district is authorized to levy a property tax to
provide services; however, the district can also levy a sales tax for safety

protection, street improvement, and transportation purposes. Both
property taxes and sales taxes require voter approval. The bill allows a
metropolitan district to also levy a sales tax to provide fire protection in
the areas of the district in which the sales tax is levied.

Custom Summary
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture (01/04/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/04/2019
CCW Summary

Concerning the authority of a metropolitan district to levy a sales tax for the purpose of providing fire protection in the areas of the district in which the tax is levied.

House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
Senate Sponsors
Hearing Date01/28/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0107
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/14/2019)
Position

Bill: HB19-1080
Title: Benefits For First Responders With A Disability
Official Summary

The bill grants first responders with an occupational disability free
lifetime small game hunting and fishing licenses and a free columbine
annual pass for entrance into state parks. The bill also allows first
responders with an occupational disability to be eligible to participate in
a property tax work-off program established by a taxing entity.

Custom Summary
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture + Appropriations (01/11/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/11/2019
CCW Summary

Concerning benefits for first responders with a disability.

House SponsorsR. Bockenfeld (R)
Senate Sponsors
Hearing Date01/28/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0107
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
Position

Bill: SB19-020
Title: Wildland Fire Airspace Patrol System
Official Summary

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill requires the center
of excellence for advanced technology aerial firefighting, subject to
available appropriations, to study and, if feasible, implement a system to
patrol the airspace above a wildland fire.

Custom Summary
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Unamended to Appropriations (01/14/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/04/2019
CCW Summary

Concerning development of a system to patrol the airspace above wildland fires.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
D. Coram (R)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House Committee
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/10/2019)
Position

Bill: SB19-032
Title: Hazardous Materials Transportation Routing
Official Summary

The bill authorizes a public highway authority or a governmental
partner in a public-private partnership to apply to the Colorado state
patrol (CSP) for a new or modified hazardous materials route designation
for a road or highway that it directly or indirectly maintains. The bill also
requires the department of transportation (CDOT) to conduct a study to
assess the feasibility of allowing the transportation of hazardous materials

through the Eisenhower-Edwin C. Johnson Memorial Tunnel and prepare
a study report that includes findings and recommendations as to whether
and under what conditions the transportation of hazardous materials
through the tunnel should be allowed. CDOT must solicit input from
representatives of specified counties, towns, communities, ski resorts,
industries, organizations, emergency services providers, and the CSP
regarding the scope of the study and must consider specified information
and criteria and conduct specified types of analysis when conducting the
study.

Custom Summary
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy (01/04/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/04/2019
CCW Summary

Concerning the routing of hazardous materials being transported on the roadways of the state.

House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
Hearing Date01/22/2019
Hearing Time2:00 PM
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 352
House Committee
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/15/2019)
Position

Bill: SB19-037
Title: Wildfire Mitigation
Official Summary

In connection with any land area that is owned by the federal or

state government that is located either within the territorial boundaries of
a county or outside of but within 5 miles of the territorial boundaries of
a county, where a supply of wildfire fuel materials exists on the land that
is sufficiently concentrated posing a substantial threat of causing or
aggravating a wildfire in such area, or where the federal or state
government has failed to create a defensible space on such land to reduce
the potential for damage from a wildfire, section 1 of the bill permits the
board of county commissioners of any county to use persons employed by
the county or to contract with for-profit or not-for-profit organizations or
entities to supply persons able to enter the federal or state land for the sole
purpose of removing such fuel materials or creating such defensible
space.
Under the bill, a person employed by or contracting with the
county is not liable for any damages caused by any conduct he or she
undertakes in accordance with this authority unless the person's conduct
was due to willful misconduct, gross negligence, or bad faith.
Section 2 appropriates $10 million for the 2019-20 state fiscal
year, from the general fund to the department of higher education for
allocation to the Colorado state university system to be used for the forest
restoration and wildfire mitigation grant program.

Custom Summary
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (01/04/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/04/2019
CCW Summary

Concerning measures to mitigate wildfires, and, in connection therewith, permitting county personnel to enter land owned by the federal or state government to remove wildfire fuel sources and appropriating money for the use of the forest restoration and wildfire risk mitigation grant program.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsR. Woodward (R)
Hearing Date01/28/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 357
House Committee
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/11/2019)
Position

Bill: SB19-040
Title: Establish Colorado Fire Commission
Official Summary

The bill establishes the Colorado fire commission (commission)
in the division of fire prevention and control in the department of public
safety. The commission's purpose is to enhance public safety in Colorado
through an integrated statewide process focused on the fire service's
capacity to conduct fire management and use, preparedness, prevention,
and response activities to safeguard lives, property, and natural resources,

and increase the resiliency of local and regional communities. The
commission may establish task forces to study and make
recommendations on specific subjects within the commission's areas of
study. The commission is repealed effective September 1, 2024, and is
subject to a sunset review prior to its repeal.

Custom Summary
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture & Natural Resources (01/04/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/04/2019
CCW Summary

Concerning the establishment of the Colorado fire commission.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsD. Hisey (R)
Hearing Date01/24/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 357
House Committee
Senate CommitteeAgriculture and Natural Resources
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/15/2019)
Position

Bill: SB19-052
Title: Emergency Medical Service Provider Scope Of Practice
Official Summary

Emergency medical service (EMS) providers are authorized to
practice under the medical direction of a physician. Section 1 of the bill
expands an EMS provider's scope of practice by authorizing a provider
to practice under the medical direction of an advanced practice nurse or
a physician assistant.
Section 1 also:

  • Specifies that a provider may practice in a hospital or
clinic; and
  • Authorizes the state board of health to promulgate rules to
authorize other types of medical professionals to provide
medical direction to EMS providers or to allow EMS
providers to practice in other types of licensed health care
facilities or health care-related settings.
Section 3 adds an advanced practice nurse and a physician
assistant to the membership of the emergency medical practice advisory
council and requires the governor to make initial appointments of the
additional advisory council members on or before November 1, 2019.
Sections 2, 4, and 5 make conforming amendments.

Custom Summary
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/08/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2019
CCW Summary

Concerning expansion of an emergency medical service provider's scope of practice.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
Position

Bill: SB19-061
Title: Self-contained Breathing Apparatus Testing And Certification
Official Summary

Currently, local fire departments and other users of self-contained
breathing apparatus (SCBA) rely on certification under standards
promulgated by the United States department of transportation (DOT) or
the national institute for occupational safety and health (NIOSH) for
quality control of pressure vessels. These certifications are considered
valid through the vessel's recommended service life, but that service life

is finite.
Section 1 of the bill declares that, with the emergence of new
technology to test the continuing safety of vessels that are at the end of
their initial recommended service life, vessels that remain safe can and
should be recertified for an additional period rather than discarded,
resulting in a saving of tax dollars for local governments.
Sections 2 through 4 give the executive director of the department
of public health and environment the authority to inspect SCBA
equipment and, if necessary, to write rules governing the inspection and
certification of pressure vessels. Any such rules must incorporate or
recognize current DOT or NIOSH standards for certification and
recertification with regard to any technology that is accepted by those
federal agencies.

Custom Summary
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/10/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/10/2019
CCW Summary

Concerning standards for the certification of certain types of respirators equipped with pressure vessels.

House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
E. Hooton (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
Hearing Date01/23/2019
Hearing TimeUpon Adjournment
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 354
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
Position

Bill: SB19-065
Title: Peer Assistance Emergency Medical Service Provider
Official Summary

The bill creates a peer health assistance program (program) for
emergency medical service providers funded through fees collected from
each applicant upon initial or renewal of a certification as an emergency
medical service provider. The state board of health (board) is required to
select one or more peer health assistance programs as designated
providers. To be selected as a provider, the program must:

  • Provide for the education of emergency medical service
providers with respect to the recognition and prevention of
physical, emotional, and psychological problems and
provide for intervention when necessary or under
circumstances that may be established by rules promulgated
by the board;
  • Offer assistance to an emergency medical service provider
in identifying physical, emotional, or psychological
problems;
  • Evaluate the extent of physical, emotional, or psychological
problems and refer the emergency medical service provider
for appropriate treatment;
  • Monitor the status of an emergency medical service
provider who has been referred for treatment;
  • Provide counseling and support for the emergency medical
service provider and for the family of any emergency
medical service provider referred for treatment;
  • Agree to receive referrals from the board; and
  • Agree to make services available to all certified emergency
medical service providers.

Custom Summary
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/10/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/10/2019
CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of a peer health assistance program for emergency medical service providers.

House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
Position
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