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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 Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations (02/24/2020)
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
StatusHouse Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations (02/12/2020)
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 SponsorsL. Herod (D)
C. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
K. Priola (R)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/10/2020)
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 Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/29/2020)
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
StatusSent to the Governor (03/23/2020)
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: HB20-1044
Title: Modify Pension Plans Administered By FPPA Fire And Police Pension Association
Official Summary

Pension Review Commission. The bill modifies various plans
administered by the fire and police pension association (FPPA).
The bill modifies the old-hire pension plans as follows:
State-assisted old hire plans. There are 26 state-assisted old hire
police officers' and firefighters' pension plans with 5 or fewer retirees or
beneficiaries who are still receiving benefits. Current law states that the

amount of annual local government contributions to those plans is an
amount that will amortize the unfunded liabilities of the plan over a
period not to exceed 20 years or the average remaining life expectancy of
the pension fund's members. Section 1 of the bill modifies the method by
which the contribution is calculated to more precisely set contribution
requirements as the plans' liabilities decrease. The bill allows the FPPA
board of directors (board) to consider the following when determining the
contribution amount: Stabilizing the amount of the annual required
contributions over time; keeping the funded ratio of the pension fund
from declining; and reducing or eliminating contributions as may be
prudent based on actuarial experience.
The bill modifies the statewide defined benefit plan as follows:
Increase in employee and employer contributions. Current
statute specifies that all members covered under the statewide defined
benefit plan administered by the FPPA contribute 8% of their salary to the
FPPA on a monthly basis. In addition, every employer employing
members who are covered by the statewide defined benefit plan
administered by the FPPA contributes 8% of the salary paid to such
members to the FPPA on a monthly basis.
In 2014, the members and employers of the statewide defined
benefit plan authorized a 4% increase in the member contribution rate to
be implemented over 8 years with an increase of .5% per year for a total
employee contribution rate of 12% of salary. The first .5% increase in the
member contribution rate occurred in 2015 and the member contribution
rate will continue to increase by .5% each year thereafter through 2022.
Sections 2, 3, and 4 of the bill codify the increases in the member
contribution rates that are already in effect and make required conforming
amendments.
Sections 2, 3, and 4 of the bill increases the employer contribution
rate by 4%, to be implemented over 8 years with an increase of .5% a year
for a total employer contribution rate of 12% of salary. The bill requires
the first .5% increase in the employer contribution rate to occur in 2021,
and requires an additional .5% increase each year thereafter through 2028.
Retirement eligibility. Currently, a member of the statewide
defined benefit plan may retire with a full retirement benefit if the
member has completed at least 25 years of service and is at least 55 years
old. A member of the statewide defined benefit plan is eligible for an
early retirement with a reduced benefit if the member has either
completed at least 30 years of service or is at least 50 years old. Section
2
of the bill would allow a member of the statewide defined benefit plan
to retire with an unreduced retirement benefit if the member is at least 50
years old and has a combined age and years of service that is equal to at
least 80.
To cover the cost of the new full retirement benefit eligibility,
section 2 of the bill increases the employer contribution rate, in addition
to all other increases in the employer contribution rate, by 1% of base
salary to be implemented over 2 years. In 2021, the bill requires the
employer contribution rate to increase by .5% of base salary and in 2022,
requires the employer contribution rate to increase by an additional .5%
of base salary. The implementation of the increase may be deferred while
other increases are being implemented.
Conforming amendment to current plan. Originally, the pension
benefit for members of the statewide defined benefit plan was capped at
50% of a member's highest average salary, even when the member earned
more than 25 years of service credit. In the 1990s, the cap was eliminated
by an amendment to the plan approved by election of the members and
employers. Sections 3 and 4 of the bill eliminate the cap to conform to
the current plan benefits.
Stabilization reserve account. When the statewide defined
benefit plan was initially established, the revenue generated from the 8%
member contribution rate and the 8% employer contribution rate was
more than necessary to pay the normal costs of the defined benefit plan.
Any money in excess of what was necessary to pay the normal costs of
the plan was deposited into the stabilization reserve account. The
stabilization reserve account consists of separate retirement accounts and
upon retirement, members who have satisfied the vesting requirements of
the plan are eligible for distributions from the account.
Since the stabilization reserve account was established, benefits
allowed under the statewide defined benefit plan have increased to the
extent that all of the revenue generated from the member and employer
contributions are required to pay the normal costs of the plan and money
is no longer deposited into the stabilization reserve account. Sections 3,
5, and 6
of the bill change the nature of the separate retirement accounts
in the stabilization reserve account to defined contribution accounts,
subject to self direction by the member. In addition, the bill requires the
board to transfer the balances of the separate retirement accounts in the
stabilization reserve account to defined contribution accounts by a
specified date.
Authorization to increase employer contribution rate. Current
law authorizes the board to increase the member contribution rate for
members in the statewide defined benefit plan. Section 7 of the bill
authorizes the board to increase the member and employer contribution
rates in equal amounts above the rates established pursuant to law or
eliminate an increase in the member and employer contribution rates if
certain specified conditions are satisfied, including approval by members
and employers at an election proposing such increase or decrease.
Continuing rate of contribution. Pursuant to current law, any
county that does not cover, under the federal Social Security Act,
salaried employees whose duties are directly involved with the provision
of law enforcement or fire protection may elect coverage under the
statewide defined benefit plan and the statewide death and disability plan.
Section 9 of the bill specifies that the board may determine a continuing
rate of contribution for all members who are active on the effective date
of coverage to fund benefits to ensure that the affiliating employers'
coverage does not have an adverse financial impact on the actuarial
soundness of the plan.
Employers that have withdrawn from the statewide defined
benefit plan but later reenter the plan are required to pay a continuing rate
of contribution for all members who are active on the effective date of
coverage. The continuing rate of contribution is a contribution in addition
to the member and employer contribution and accounts for increased
costs associated with members employed by employers who reenter the
plan. The board established the continuing rate of contribution pursuant
to law; however, the rate set by the board was higher than necessary to
pay the costs of benefits for impacted members and current law does not
authorize the board to decrease the rate. Section 12 of the bill authorizes
the board to decrease the continuing rate of contribution when it
determines that the rate is higher than what is necessary to pay the costs
of the benefits of members who are employees of employers who rejoined
the plan.
The bill modifies the death and disability plan as follows:
Costs of death and disability benefits. For members hired on or
after January 1, 1997, and who are eligible for death and disability
coverage provided by the FPPA, current law requires a contribution to the
death and disability account not to exceed 2.4% of the members salary;
except that the board is authorized to increase the contribution rate every
2 years by .1%. The current rate is 2.8% of salary. Sections 8, 10, and 11
of the bill increase the maximum contribution rate in 2021 to 3% of salary
and authorizes the board to increase the contribution every year by up to
.2% of the member's salary.
For members hired before January 1, 1997, the state previously
payed the costs for those members' participation in the death and
disability plan. In the mid 1990s, the general assembly determined that the
costs associated with death and disability benefits should be covered by
local governments. The general assembly made a lump-sum payment to
cover the costs of participation in the death and disability plan for
members hired before January 1, 1997, and implemented the system
described above to cover the costs of death and disability benefits for
members hired thereafter. The FPPA recently determined that the amount
of the lump-sum payment from the state was insufficient to cover the
death and disability benefits for members hired before January 1, 1997.
Section 11 of the bill requires the general assembly to make an additional
lump-sum payment to the FPPA to fund the unfunded liabilities of the
death and disability benefits for those members.
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Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (04/01/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning modifications to the pension plans administered by the fire and police pension association.

House SponsorsS. Bird (D)
T. Exum Sr. (D)
A. Garnett (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
J. Ginal (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/07/2020)
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
StatusSent to the Governor (03/23/2020)
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
StatusHouse Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance (03/09/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/15/2020
CCW Summary

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

House SponsorsT. Exum Sr. (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsD. Hisey (R)
P. Lee (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/31/2020)
Position

Bill: HB20-1142
Title: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill creates the hazard mitigation enterprise
(enterprise). The enterprise collects a fee on insurance companies that
offer certain insurance policies and use the fee revenue to finance the

hazard mitigation grant program, provide public education on the
importance of insurance in buying down risk and for the continuity of
business operations, and provide local governments technical information
and support on natural hazard mitigation through land use and building
codes. The enterprise awards hazard mitigation grants to assist entities
that apply for federal grants that require matching funds and are dedicated
to assisting in the implementation of pre-disaster hazard mitigation
measures.
Section 2 sets the fee at .05% of the insurance premiums collected
by insurance companies that offer certain insurance policies.
The enterprise shall submit a report by July 1 of each year to the
committees of reference of the general assembly to which the department
of public safety is assigned regarding the grant program.

Custom Summary
StatusHouse Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance (02/20/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/17/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of an enterprise that is exempt from the requirements of section 20 of article X of the state constitution to administer a fee-based hazard mitigation grant program.

House SponsorsL. Cutter (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/30/2020)
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
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/13/2020)
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 (02/03/2020)
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 Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations (02/12/2020)
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 SponsorsV. Marble (R)
J. Bridges (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/11/2020)
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 Rural Affairs & Agriculture Refer Unamended to Appropriations (03/02/2020)
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
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/12/2020)
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 Committee
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/02/2020)
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 Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/11/2020)
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 SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
D. Roberts (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 Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations (02/27/2020)
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 SponsorsK. Priola (R)
F. Winter (D)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/12/2020)
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 Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations (02/11/2020)
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 SponsorsD. Coram (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
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
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (03/11/2020)
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 (03/05/2020)
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
StatusHouse Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2020 - No Amendments (03/14/2020)
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)
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: SB20-043
Title: Out-of-network Provider Reimbursement Rate
Official Summary


Statutory Revision Committee. House Bill 19-1174, enacted
January 1, 2020, requires a health insurance carrier to reimburse an
out-of-network health care provider who provides emergency services or
covered nonemergency services to a covered person at an in-network
facility the greater of:
  • 110% of the carrier's median in-network rate of
reimbursement; or
  • The sixtieth percentile of the in-network rate of
reimbursement for the same service in the same geographic
area for the prior year based on claims from the all-payer
claims database.
The bill corrects a conforming amendment that was made in House
Bill 19-1174 that inaccurately stated the reimbursement rate.

Custom Summary
StatusGovernor Signed (03/11/2020)
LobbyistsLobbyists
Comment
Category
Intro Date01/08/2020
CCW Summary

Concerning a correction to the rate of reimbursement that an out-of-network health care provider is entitled to receive from a health insurance carrier for services provided to a covered person at an in-network facility when the health care provider submits a claim to the carrier within the specified time period to conform with existing law.

House SponsorsD. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
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
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (03/13/2020)
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
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations (03/11/2020)
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
StatusHouse Second Reading Laid Over to 03/30/2020 - No Amendments (03/14/2020)
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
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