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Bill: HB20-1004
Title: Assistance Landowner Wildfire Mitigation
Official Summary

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill establishes the
wildfire mitigation resources and best practices grant program (grant
program) within the division of local government in the department of
local affairs. Grant recipients use grant money to conduct outreach among
landowners to inform them of resources available for wildfire mitigation
and best practices for wildfire mitigation. The grant program only awards
grants to applicants conducting outreach to landowners in high wildfire
hazard areas and prioritizes applications based on the potential impact of

the applicant's proposed outreach.
The bill also extends the increased wildfire mitigation income tax
deduction that allows a landowner to claim 100%, rather than 50%, of the
costs they incur in performing wildfire mitigation measures.

Custom Summary
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning wildfire mitigation assistance for landowners.

House SponsorsL. Cutter (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/03/2020)
Position

Bill: HB20-1017
Title: Substance Use Disorder Treatment In Criminal Justice System
Official Summary

Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Study Committee.
The bill requires the department of corrections, local jails,
multijurisdictional jails, municipal jails, and state department of human

services facilities to make available at least one opioid agonist and one
opioid antagonist to a person in custody with an opioid use disorder
throughout the duration of the person's incarceration or commitment.
The bill allows a person to dispose of any controlled substances at
a safe station and request assistance in gaining access to treatment for a
substance use disorder. The bill defines a safe station as any municipal
police station; county sheriff's office; or municipal, county, or fire
protection district fire station.
The bill requires the department of corrections and jails to ensure
that continuity of care is provided to inmates prior to release.
The bill requires the executive director of the department of
corrections, in consultation with the offices of behavioral health and
economic security in the department of human services, the department
of health care policy and financing, the department of local affairs, and
local service providers to develop resources for inmates post-release that
provide information to help prepare inmates for release and reintegration
into their communities.
If a person who is the subject of a petition to seal criminal records
has entered into or successfully completed a licensed substance use
disorder treatment program, the court is required to consider such factor
favorably in determining whether to issue the order.
The bill allows the office of behavioral health in the department of
human services to contract with cities and counties for the creation,
maintenance, or expansion of criminal justice diversion programs. The
bill requires the department of human services to include an update
regarding the current status of funding and implementation of the criminal
justice diversion programs in its annual SMART presentation.
The bill appropriates money to the office of behavioral health in
the department of human services for criminal justice diversion programs.

Custom Summary
StatusSent to the Governor (06/29/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning treatment of individuals with substance use disorders who come into contact with the criminal justice system, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
L. Herod (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
K. Donovan (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/10/2020)
Position

Bill: HB20-1035
Title: Programs To Develop Housing Support Services
Official Summary


The Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the
Treatment of Persons With Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal
and Juvenile Justice Systems.
The bill establishes and expands
programs within the division of housing in the department of local affairs
(division) to build the capacity of communities across the state to provide
supportive housing services to individuals with behavioral, mental health,
or substance use disorders who are homeless or at risk of becoming
homeless and who have contact with the criminal or juvenile justice
system, including:
  • Expanding statewide training and technical assistance to
help communities develop and implement supportive
housing programs for individuals who have behavioral,
mental health, or substance use disorders who are homeless
or at risk of becoming homeless and who have contact with
the criminal or juvenile justice system. The program must
be targeted to communities that currently face barriers to
accessing existing state and federal funding for supportive
housing programs.
  • Establishing a predevelopment grant program that provides
funding to entities working to develop supportive housing
interventions for individuals who have behavioral, mental
health, or substance use disorders who are homeless or at
risk of becoming homeless and who have contact with the
criminal or juvenile justice system. The grant money can be
used to add new or additional staff capacity to allow the
development and implementation of such programs. The
division is required to prioritize applicants that will serve
rural or frontier communities and to provide hands-on
technical assistance to grant recipients.
  • Establishing a supportive housing services and
homelessness prevention grant program. Grant money can
be used to cover the costs of providing supportive housing
services that are currently not eligible for reimbursement
through the state's medical assistance program. It can also
be used to fund homelessness prevention projects for
individuals who have behavioral, mental health, or
substance use disorders who are homeless or at risk of
becoming homeless and who have contact with the criminal
or juvenile justice system. The division is required to
prioritize applicants that will serve rural or frontier
communities and provide hands-on technical assistance to
grant recipients.
  • Developing a plan to increase participation in regional
homeless data systems, support accurate data reporting, and
assess housing-related needs. The program must work with
regional continuums of care to evaluate how to increase
participation in data systems in communities across the
state, identify technical needs and associated costs for
doing so, and work with communities and stakeholders to
integrate or develop an integrated user interface for various
data systems related to housing and supportive services. It
must also enhance information about best practices and
training materials available to communities across the state.

Custom Summary
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning programs to build statewide capacity to access supportive housing services, and, in connection therewith, providing for programs focused on underserved communities with a preference for rural and frontier communities to serve people with behavioral, mental health, and substance use disorders who have contact with the justice system.

House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/27/2020)
Position

Bill: HB20-1036
Title: Align Emergency Medical Service Provider Statutes
Official Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. In 2019, Senate Bill 19-242 was

enacted to authorize a certified emergency medical service (EMS)
provider to seek licensure if the provider demonstrates to the department
of public health and environment that the provider has sufficient
educational credentials for licensure. Numerous conforming amendments
in the bill added references to licensed EMS providers where certified
EMS providers were referenced in statute.
Also in 2019, Senate Bill 19-065 was enacted to establish a peer
health assistance program for EMS providers. The bill amends the statute
created in Senate Bill 19-065 by adding references to licensed EMS
providers and licensees to align Senate Bill 19-065 with Senate Bill
19-242.

Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (03/24/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning the addition of references to licensed emergency medical service providers in the emergency medical service providers' peer health assistance program statute to align the statute with legislation enacted in 2019 that authorized certified emergency medical service providers to seek licensure.

House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
H. McKean (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
R. Woodward (R)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/14/2020)
Position

Bill: HB20-1057
Title: Modify Wildfire Risk Mitigation Grant Program
Official Summary

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill makes the
following modifications to the existing Forest Restoration and Wildfire
Risk Mitigation Act (act) and, specifically, the grant program funded by
the act:
  • Currently, grant applicants are required to self-finance 50%
of the cost of a project funded by a grant. The bill, in the

case of a project that is located in an area with fewer
economic resources, lessens this requirement so that grant
applicants are required to self-finance 25% of the total cost
of the project. The forest service is required to establish a
policy that specifies the criteria by which a project will
satisfy such requirements.
  • Permits a grant project eligible to receive funding to
support ongoing maintenance efforts undertaken by eligible
recipients to reduce the threat of large, high-intensity
wildfires.
  • Adds to the list of recipients eligible to receive grant
funding a fire protection district and a nonprofit
organization or entity engaged in firefighting or fire
management activities.
  • Extends the date by which the grant program will be
repealed to September 1, 2029.

Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (03/24/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning modifications to the "Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation Act".

House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate CommitteeAgriculture and Natural Resources
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/07/2020)
Position

Bill: HB20-1119
Title: State Government Regulation Of Perfluoroalkyl And Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
Official Summary

The bill addresses the authority of the state government to regulate
perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Section 1 of the bill addresses when PFAS may be used for
firefighting foam system testing both in general and in certain aircraft
hangars.

Section 2 grants the department of public health and environment
the power to adopt and enforce standards and regulations that require
public drinking water systems to sample drinking water supply sources
and finished drinking water for PFAS.
Section 3 clarifies that the water quality control commission
may set standards related to PFAS in surface water and groundwater and
may require wastewater systems to collect PFAS data relevant to the
commission setting PFAS standards.
Section 4 requires the solid and hazardous waste commission to
promulgate rules for a certificate of registration for any facility or fire
department that possesses PFAS in firefighting agents or firefighting
equipment and for standards for the capture and disposal of PFAS in
firefighting agents or firefighting equipment.

Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (06/29/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/15/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning the authority of the state government to regulate perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
D. Hisey (R)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate CommitteeFinance
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/31/2020)
Position

Bill: HB20-1145
Title: Move Over Or Slow Down For Official Vehicle
Official Summary

Current law requires a driver who is overtaking an emergency
vehicle, tow vehicle, or public utility vehicle that is parked on the side of
the road to reduce and maintain a safe speed. The bill requires:
  • The driver to slow down to 25 miles per hour if the speed
limit is less than 45 miles per hour; or
  • The driver to slow down at least 20 miles per hour less than

the posted speed limit if the speed limit is 45 miles per hour
or more.

Custom Summary
StatusSent to the Governor (04/10/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/17/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning the safety consequences of a driver passing an official vehicle that displays a warning light.

House SponsorsH. McKean (R)
Senate SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
L. Garcia (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/08/2020)
Position

Bill: HB20-1154
Title: Workers' Compensation
Official Summary

The bill:
  • Clarifies when payments for benefits and penalties payable
to an injured worker are deemed paid (section 1);
  • Adds guardian and conservator services to the list of
medical aid that an employer is required to furnish to an
employee who is incapacitated as a result of a work-related
injury or occupational disease (section 2);
  • Requires a claimant for mileage reimbursement for travel
related to obtaining compensable medical care to submit a
request to the employer or insurer within 120 days after the
expense is incurred and requires the employer or insurer to
pay or dispute mileage within 30 days of submittal and to
include in the brochure of claimants' rights an explanation
of rights to mileage reimbursement and the deadline for
filing a request (sections 2 and 7);
  • Clarifies that offsets to disability benefits granted by the
federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance
Amendments of 1965 only apply if the payments were not
already being received by the employee at the time of the
work-related injury (section 3);
  • Prohibits the reduction of an employee's temporary total
disability, temporary partial disability, or medical benefits
based on apportionment under any circumstances; limits
apportionment of permanent impairment to specific
situations; and declares that the employer or insurer bears
the burden of proof, by a preponderance of evidence, at a
hearing regarding apportionment of permanent impairment
or permanent total disability benefits (section 4);
  • Adds the conditions that, in order for an employer or
insurer to request the selection of an independent medical
examiner when an authorized treating physician has not
determined that the employee has reached maximum
medical improvement (MMI), an examining physician must
serve a written report to the authorized treating physician
specifying that the examining physician has determined
that the employee has reached MMI; the authorized treating
physician must examine the employee at least 20 months
after the date of the injury and determine that the employee
has reached MMI; the authorized treating physician must
be served with a written report indicating MMI; and the
authorized treating physician has responded that the
employee has not reached MMI or has failed to respond
within 15 days after service of the report (section 5);
  • Changes the whole person impairment rating applicable to
an injured worker from 25% to 19% for purposes of
determining the maximum amount of combined temporary
disability and permanent partial disability payments an
injured worker may receive (section 6);
  • Prohibits an employer or insurer from withdrawing an
admission of liability 2 years after the date the admission of
liability on the issue of compensability was filed, except in
cases of fraud (section 7);
  • Prohibits the director of the division of workers'
compensation or an administrative law judge from
determining issues of compensability or liability unless
specific benefits or penalties are awarded or denied at the
same time (section 8);
  • Clarifies the scope of authority of prehearing
administrative law judges (section 9);
  • Increases the threshold amount that an injured worker must
earn in order for permanent total disability payments to
cease and allows for annual adjustment of the threshold
amount starting in 2021 (section 11); and
  • Clarifies the orders that are subject to review or appeal
(sections 10 and 12).

Custom Summary
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/17/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado", and, in connection therewith, making changes that affect the timely payment of benefits, guardian and conservator services, offsets related to the receipt of federal disability or retirement benefits, the apportionment of benefits, the selection of independent medical examiners, limits on temporary disability and permanent partial disability payments, the withdrawal of admissions of liability, mileage expense reimbursement, the authority of prehearing administrative law judges, petitions to review, the reopening of permanent total disability awards, and appeals to the court of appeals.

House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/09/2020)
Position

Bill: HB20-1171
Title: Remote Camera Wildfire Alert Pilot Program
Official Summary

The bill requires the center of excellence for advanced technology
aerial firefighting (center of excellence) in the division of fire prevention
and control in the department of public safety to establish a remote
camera technology pilot program. The center of excellence must acquire
or contract for a system of remote pan-tilt-zoom cameras and associated

tools to provide a live feed of information that can detect, locate, and
confirm ignition in the wildland-urban interface. The center of excellence
must report to the wildfire matters review committee on the system's
effectiveness and potential for more widespread use in the state.

Custom Summary
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/28/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning the establishment of a pilot program to implement a remote camera wildfire alert system, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

House SponsorsM. Catlin (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/18/2020)
Position

Bill: HB20-1293
Title: Emergency Telephone Service Charges
Official Summary

The bill amends the requirements for the imposition, collection,
and uses of the emergency telephone charge imposed by local 911

governing bodies. Current law imposes a statutory cap on the amount of
the emergency telephone charge that may be imposed by local governing
bodies. The bill allows the public utilities commission (commission) to
establish the authorized threshold amount for the charge on an annual
basis. A local governing body may impose the charge in an amount up to
the authorized threshold. If a governing body determines it needs to
impose a higher charge to fund 911 operations in its jurisdiction, it must
seek the approval of the commission.
The bill amends the procedures for the collection and remittance
of the emergency telephone charge by telecommunication service
suppliers. It provides procedures for local bodies to assess overdue or
unpaid remittances, imposes a time limitation for local governing bodies
to do so, and creates a process for the service supplier and local
governing body to extend that time period. Local governing bodies may
audit the collections of service suppliers, and may impose interest and
penalties on late remittances.
A new 911 surcharge (surcharge) is established as a collection for
local governing bodies. The amount of the surcharge is established each
year by the commission based on the needs of the local governing bodies.
Service suppliers must collect the surcharge from service users and remit
the money to the commission. The commission is required to transmit the
money collected to local governing bodies within 60 days, using a
formula based on the number of concurrent sessions maintained in the
governing bodies' jurisdictions.
The bill renames the prepaid wireless 911 charge and amends the
amount of the charge. Under current law, the amount is set in statute. The
bill requires the commission to establish the amount of the charge based
on the average amount of the emergency telephone charges imposed by
local governing bodies and the amount of the surcharge.
The bill amends the allowed uses of the money collected from the
3 charges and makes other conforming amendments.
Upgrades to wireless 911 service in unserved areas is added as an
allowable use of the money allocated from the high cost support
mechanism to broadband deployment. The broadband deployment board
may award money to projects to allow wireless carriers to upgrade
infrastructure, software, and technology to provide wireless 911 service
in unserved areas.

Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (07/10/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date02/11/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning the provision of emergency telephone service, and, in connection therewith, establishing the 911 surcharge and amending the requirements for the emergency telephone charge and the prepaid wireless 911 charge.

House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
R. Pelton (R)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
J. Gonzales (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate CommitteeFinance
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/08/2020)
Position

Bill: HB20-1349
Title: Colorado Affordable Health Care Option
Official Summary

Beginning January 1, 2022, the bill requires a health insurance
carrier (carrier) that offers an individual health benefit plan in this state
to offer a Colorado option plan in the Colorado counties where the carrier

offers the individual health benefit plan. The commissioner of insurance
(commissioner) is required to develop and implement a Colorado option
plan that must:
  • Be offered to Colorado residents who purchase health
insurance in the individual market;
  • Implement a standardized plan that:
  • Allows consumers to easily compare health benefit
plans; and
  • Provides first-dollar, predeductible coverage for
certain services;
  • Include the essential health benefits package;
  • Provide different, specific levels of coverage;
  • Include a hospital reimbursement rate formula;
  • Require hospital participation;
  • Require a minimum medical loss ratio of 85%; and
  • Require carriers and pharmacy benefit management firms
to pass rebate savings through to consumers and document
the savings and pass-through in a form and manner
determined by the commissioner.
The Colorado option advisory board (board) is created to advise
and make recommendations to the commissioner on all aspects of the
Colorado option plan.
The bill authorizes the commissioner to promulgate rules to
develop, implement, and operate the Colorado option plan, including:
  • Expanding the Colorado option plan to the small group
market;
  • Establishing a hospital reimbursement rate formula; and
  • Requiring carriers to offer the Colorado option plan in
specific counties.
If a hospital refuses to participate in the Colorado option plan, the
department of public health and environment may issue a warning,
impose fines, or suspend, revoke, or impose conditions on the hospital's
license.
The commissioner, in consultation with the board, is required to
evaluate the Colorado option plan beginning July 1, 2024, and each year
thereafter.

Custom Summary
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date03/05/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning the Colorado option plan to be implemented by executive agencies in order to create more affordable health benefit plans for health care consumers in this state.

House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
C. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/10/2020)
Position

Bill: SB20-005
Title: Covered Person Cost-sharing Collected By Carriers
Official Summary

The bill prohibits carriers from inducing, incentivizing, or
otherwise requiring:
  • A health care provider to collect any coinsurance,
copayment, or deductible directly from a covered person or
the covered person's responsible party; or
  • A covered person to pay any coinsurance, copayment, or

deductible directly to a health care provider.
The carrier is required to collect any cost-sharing amounts owed
by a covered person directly from the covered person in one consolidated
bill.

Custom Summary
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/13/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning a restructuring of the payment of cost-sharing amounts owed by certain covered persons.

House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
K. Priola (R)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/14/2020)
Position

Bill: SB20-018
Title: Homeless Outreach Programs To Reduce Wildfire Risk
Official Summary

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill requires the
division of housing within the department of local affairs (division) to
create a working group to identify emerging, promising, and best
practices related to homeless outreach for the purpose of reducing
wildfire risk in the wildland-urban interface. The bill also establishes the

reducing wildfire risk through homeless outreach grant program within
the division. Grant recipients can use grant money to conduct outreach
among individuals experiencing homelessness to reduce wildfire risk
consistent with the emerging, promising, and best practices the working
group identifies. The grant program prioritizes applications that take a
collaborative approach and are founded in local knowledge and expertise.

Custom Summary
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/13/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning programs to reduce wildfire risk through outreach to people experiencing homelessness, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
M. Snyder (D)
Senate SponsorsS. Fenberg (D)
D. Coram (R)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House Committee
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/10/2020)
Position

Bill: SB20-023
Title: Colorado Working Group On School Safety
Official Summary

School Safety Committee. The bill creates the Colorado
interagency working group on school safety. The working group consists
of 14 voting members, including 4 legislative members. The mission of
the working group is to enhance school safety through the cost-effective
use of public resources. The working group shall:
  • Study and implement recommendations of the state

auditor's report regarding school safety released September
2019;
  • Study the use of lockdown drills, including their
effectiveness and any harm they do to the participating
students;
  • Identify school safety best practices and then rank the
effectiveness of the best practices;
  • Identify actions to improve transparency, reduce
duplication, improve services, and improve
communication;
  • Create minimum school safety standards;
  • Provide school risk assessments and training;
  • Develop standardized language for describing threats to
schools and the procedures to be followed in investigating
a threat;
  • Create a list of approved school safety resource vendors
and tools;
  • Recommend minimum standards or procedural guidelines
for behavioral threat assessment tools;
  • Report on a monthly basis aggregated behavioral and risk
assessment data;
  • Create an annual report of findings and recommendations,
including evidence-based analysis and data; and
  • Study and evaluate the implemented changes.
The working group may contract with a consultant to optimize the
alignment and effectiveness of the school safety efforts in Colorado and
identify evidence-based best practices. The general assembly may
appropriate money to the working group for a consultant, and the working
group can accept gifts, grants, and donations.
The bill repeals the working group on September 1, 2023.

Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (07/07/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning creating a multi-agency working group to address school safety.

House SponsorsK. Van Winkle (R)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
J. Gonzales (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/05/2020)
Position

Bill: SB20-026
Title: Workers' Compensation For Audible Psychological Trauma
Official Summary

The Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the
Treatment of Persons with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal
and Juvenile Justice Systems.
The bill states that, for the purpose of
determining eligibility for workers' compensation benefits, a
psychologically traumatic event includes an event that is within a
worker's usual experience when the worker is diagnosed with
post-traumatic stress disorder by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist
after:
  • The worker is subjected to visual or audible exposure to the
death, or the immediate aftermath of the death, of one or
more people as the result of a violent event; or
  • The worker repeatedly is subjected to visual or audible
exposure to the serious bodily injury, or the immediate
aftermath of the serious bodily injury, of one or more
people as the result of the intentional act of another person
or an accident.

Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (06/29/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning eligibility for workers' compensation benefits for workers who are exposed to psychologically traumatic events, and, in connection therewith, establishing that a worker's visual or audible exposure to the serious bodily injury or death, or the immediate aftermath of the serious bodily injury or death, of one or more people as the result of a violent event, the intentional act of another person, or an accident is a psychologically traumatic event for the purposes of determining the worker's eligibility for workers' compensation benefits.

House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
T. Exum Sr. (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
J. Cooke (R)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/22/2020)
Position

Bill: SB20-056
Title: Surplus Military Vehicles Highway Use If Firefighting
Official Summary

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. The bill states that a

surplus military vehicle is not an off-highway vehicle if it is owned or
leased by a municipality, county, or fire protection district for the purpose
of assisting with firefighting efforts, including mitigating the risk of
wildfires.

Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (07/13/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning surplus military vehicles, and, in connection therewith, exempting a surplus military vehicle from the statutory definition of an "off-highway vehicle" if the vehicle is owned or leased by a municipality, county, or fire protection district for the purpose of assisting firefighting efforts.

House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/14/2020)
Position

Bill: SB20-057
Title: Fire Prevention & Control Employee Benefits
Official Summary

Wildfire Matters Review Committee. Currently, certain
employers of firefighters are required to maintain insurance to provide
benefits to a firefighter if he or she has a heart and circulatory
malfunction in connection with a stressful or strenuous activity related to
an emergency response activity. In addition, certain employers of

firefighters may make contributions into a multiple employer health trust
established to provide benefits to volunteer firefighters diagnosed with
certain covered cancers.
Beginning July 1, 2020, the bill adds the division of fire prevention
and control in the department of public safety (division) to the definition
of employer for the purpose of providing benefits for a heart and
circulatory malfunction and to the definition of employer for the
purpose of providing benefits for certain covered cancers.
In addition, beginning July 1, 2020, the bill expands the definition
of state trooper for purposes of the public employees' retirement
association to include all current and future employees of the division that
are classified as a firefighter I through firefighter VII class titles.

Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (06/29/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning the inclusion of firefighters employed by the department of public safety in the division of fire prevention and control in certain employee benefits.

House SponsorsM. Snyder (D)
L. Cutter (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/17/2020)
Position

Bill: SB20-102
Title: Provider Disclose Discipline Convict Sex Offense
Official Summary

The bill requires certain health care providers to disclose to
patients if the provider has been convicted of a sex offense or has been
subject to final disciplinary action resulting in probation or a limitation on
practice when the discipline is based in whole or in part on the provider's
sexual misconduct. The bill specifies the form, manner, and content of the
disclosures and requires the provider to obtain the patient's signed

agreement to treatment and acknowledgment of receipt of the disclosure
before rendering services to the patient. Failure to comply with the
requirements of the bill constitutes unprofessional conduct or grounds for
discipline under the practice act that regulates the provider's profession.

Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (06/29/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/14/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning required disclosures to patients regarding formal actions based on sexual misconduct.

House SponsorsY. Caraveo (D)
B. Titone (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
J. Cooke (R)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/03/2020)
Position

Bill: SB20-216
Title: Workers' Compensation For COVID-19
Official Summary

The bill provides that, for purposes of the Workers' Compensation
Act of Colorado, if an essential worker who works outside of the home
contracts COVID-19, the contraction is:
  • Presumed to have arisen out of and in the course of
employment; and

  • A compensable accident, injury, or occupational disease.
An essential worker is considered to have contracted COVID-19
if the worker tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, is
diagnosed with COVID-19 by a licensed physician, or has COVID-19
listed as the cause of death on the worker's death certificate.

Custom Summary
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/10/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date06/02/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of presumptions related to an essential worker who contracts COVID-19 for purposes related to workers' compensation.

House SponsorsK. Mullica (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House Committee
Senate CommitteeFinance
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/05/2020)
Position

Bill: SB20-217
Title: Enhance Law Enforcement Integrity
Official Summary

The bill requires all local law enforcement agencies to issue
body-worn cameras to their officers and requires all recordings of an
incident be released to the public within 14 days after the incident. Peace
officers shall wear and activate a body-worn camera at any time when
interacting with the public.
The bill requires the division of criminal justice in the department
of public safety to create an annual report of the information that is
reported to the attorney general, aggregated and broken down by state or

local agency that employs peace officers, along with the underlying data.
Each state and local agency that employs peace officers shall report to the
attorney general:
  • All use of force by its officers that results in death or
serious bodily injury;
  • All instances when an officer resigned while under
investigation for violating department policy;
  • All data relating to stops conducted by its peace officers;
and
  • All data related to the use of an unannounced entry by a
peace officer.
The division of criminal justice shall maintain a statewide database
with data collected in a searchable format and publish the database on its
website. Any state and local law enforcement agency that fails to meet its
reporting requirements is subject to suspension of its funding by its
appropriating authority.
If any peace officer is convicted of or pleads guilty or nolo
contendere to any inappropriate use of physical force or a crime involving
the unlawful use or threatened use of physical force, or for failing to
intervene to prevent inappropriate use of physical force, the peace
officer's employing agency shall immediately terminate the peace officer's
employment and the P.O.S.T. board shall permanently revoke the peace
officer's certification. The P.O.S.T. board shall not, under any
circumstances, reinstate the peace officer's certification or grant new
certification to the peace officer.
The bill allows a person who has a constitutional right secured by
the bill of rights of the Colorado constitution that is infringed upon by a
peace officer to bring a civil action for the violation. A plaintiff who
prevails in the lawsuit is entitled to reasonable attorney fees, and a
defendant in an individual suit is entitled to reasonable attorney fees for
defending any frivolous claims. Qualified immunity and a defendant's
good faith but erroneous belief in the lawfulness of his or her conduct are
not defenses to the civil action. The bill requires a political subdivision
of the state to indemnify its employees for such a claim.
The bill allows a peace officer or detention facility guard to use
deadly physical force only when necessary to effect an arrest or prevent
escape from custody when the person is using a deadly weapon or likely
to imminently cause danger to life or serious bodily injury. The bill
repeals a peace officer's authority to use a chokehold.
The bill requires the P.O.S.T. board to create and maintain a
database containing information related to a peace officer's:
  • Untruthfulness;
  • Repeated failure to follow P.O.S.T. board training
requirements;
  • Decertification; and
  • Termination for cause.
The bill allows the P.O.S.T. board to revoke peace officer
certification for a peace officer who has failed to complete required peace
officer training.
The bill requires a peace officer to have an objective justification
for making a stop. After making a stop, a peace officer shall report to the
peace officer's employing agency that information that the agency is
required to report to the attorney general's office.
The bill requires the division of criminal justice in the department
of public safety to conduct, in coordination with the P.O.S.T. board, a
post-investigation evaluation of all officer-involved deaths to determine
and propose improvements and alterations to training of peace officers to
guide future officer behavior.

Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (06/19/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date06/03/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning measures to enhance law enforcement integrity.

House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
L. Garcia (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/12/2020)
Position

Bill: SB20-223
Title: Assessment Rate Moratorium & Conforming Changes
Official Summary

The bill only takes effect if the voters statewide approve the repeal
of constitutional provisions related to the ratio of valuation for assessment
for residential property and nonresidential property set forth in Senate

Concurrent Resolution 20-001. Section 1 of the bill states that beginning
with the property tax year that commences on January 1, 2020, there is a
moratorium on changing the ratio of valuation for assessment for any
class of property. Sections 2, 3, and 4 make conforming amendments to
reflect the provisions repealed.

Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (07/13/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date06/09/2020
CCW Summary
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
C. Hansen (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/29/2020)
Position

Bill: SB20-SCR001
Title: Repeal Property Tax Assessment Rates
Official Summary

Property tax in Colorado is generally equal to the actual value of
property multiplied by an assessment rate, and the resulting assessed
value is multiplied by each applicable local government's mill levy. The
assessment rate for residential real property is established by the general
assembly in accordance with a provision of the state constitution that is
commonly known as the Gallagher Amendment and is limited by
section 20 of article X of the state constitution (TABOR). Under the
Gallagher Amendment, there are 2 important classes of property for the
purposes of determining the residential assessment rate: residential
property and nonresidential property. The assessment rate for most
nonresidential property is fixed in the state constitution at 29%. The
residential assessment rate was initially set at 21%, but the rate has been
adjusted prior to each 2-year reassessment cycle to keep the percentage
of aggregate statewide assessed value attributable to residential property
the same as it was in the year immediately preceding the new
reassessment cycle. Currently, the residential assessment rate is 7.15%.
The concurrent resolution repeals the Gallagher Amendment so
that the general assembly will no longer be required to establish the
residential assessment rate based on the formula expressed in the
Gallagher Amendment. The resolution also repeals the reference to the
residential rate of 21%, which last applied in 1986, prior to the first
adjustment required by the Gallagher Amendment. Finally, the resolution
repeals the 29% assessment rate that applies for all nonresidential
property, excluding producing mines and lands or leaseholds producing
oil or gas.

Custom Summary
StatusSigned by the President of the Senate (06/23/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date06/01/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning a moratorium on changing a ratio of valuation for assessment for any class of property for property taxation that is contingent on the repeal of related constitutional provisions.

House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
C. Hansen (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate CommitteeFinance
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/01/2020)
Position
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