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Bill: HB19-1001
Title: Hospital Transparency Measures To Analyze Efficacy
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of health care policy and
financing (department), in consultation with the Colorado healthcare
affordability and sustainability enterprise board, to develop and prepare
an annual report detailing uncompensated hospital costs and the different
categories of expenditures made by hospitals in the state (hospital

expenditure report). In compiling the hospital expenditure report, the
department shall use publicly available data sources whenever possible.
Each hospital in the state is required to make available to the department
certain information, including:
  • Hospital cost reports submitted to the federal centers for
medicare and medicaid services;
  • Annual audited financial statements; except that, if a
hospital is part of a consolidated or combined group, the
hospital may submit a consolidated or combined financial
statement if the group's statement separately identifies the
information for each of the group's licensed hospitals;
  • The total amount of unreimbursed care;
  • The gross patient service revenue;
  • Any property, plant, equipment, and accumulated
depreciation;
  • All operating expenses;
  • Staffing information;
  • The total number of available beds and licensed beds;
  • The total number of inpatient surgeries;
  • The total number of births and newborn patient days;
  • The total number of admissions from the emergency
department; and
  • Other gross charges categorized by primary care provider.
The hospital expenditure report must include, but not be limited to:
  • A description of the methods of analysis and definitions of
report components by payer group;
  • Uncompensated care costs by payer group; and
  • The percentage that different categories of expenses
contribute to overall expenses of hospitals.
The department is required to submit the hospital expenditure
report to the governor, specified committees of the general assembly, and
the medical services board in the department. The department is also
directed to post the hospital expenditure report on the department's
website.

CCW Summary

Concerning hospital transparency measures required to analyze the efficacy of hospital delivery system reform incentive payments.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/22/2019
Hearing Time9:00 AM
Hearing RoomHouse Chamber
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (01/16/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1004
Title: Proposal For Affordable Health Coverage Option
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of health care policy and

financing and the division of insurance in the department of regulatory
agencies (departments) to develop and submit a proposal (proposal) to
certain committees of the general assembly concerning the design, costs,
benefits, and implementation of a state option for health care coverage.
Additionally, the departments shall present a summary of the proposal at
the annual joint hearings with the legislative committees of reference
during the interim before the 2020 legislative session.
The proposal must contain a detailed analysis of a state option and
must identify the most effective implementation of a state option based
on affordability to consumers at different income levels, administrative
and financial burden to the state, ease of implementation, and likelihood
of success in meeting the objectives described in the bill. The proposal
must also identify any necessary changes to state law to implement the
proposal.
In developing the proposal, the departments shall engage in a
stakeholder process that includes public and private health insurance
experts, consumers, consumer advocates, employers, providers, and
carriers. Further, the departments shall review any information relating to
a pilot program operated by the state personnel director as a result of
legislation that may be enacted during the 2019 legislative session.
The departments shall prepare and submit any necessary federal
waivers or state plan amendments to implement the proposal, unless a bill
is filed within the filing deadlines for the 2020 legislative session that
substantially alters the federal authorization required for the proposal and
the bill is not postponed indefinitely in the first committee.

CCW Summary

Concerning a proposal for implementing a competitive state option for more affordable health care coverage in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, requesting authorization to use existing federal money for the proposed state option and taking other actions toward the implementation of the state option.

Comment
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Category
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Catlin (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/23/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomOld State Library
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance (01/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1009
Title: Substance Use Disorders Recovery
Position
Official Summary

Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Study Committee.
The bill:
  • Expands the housing voucher program currently within the
department of local affairs to include individuals with a
substance use disorder and appropriates $4.3 million each
of the next 5 fiscal years to support the program (section
1
);
  • Requires each recovery residence operating in Colorado to
be licensed by the department of public health and
environment (section 2); and
  • Creates the opioid crisis recovery fund for money the state
receives as settlement or damage awards resulting from
opioid-related litigation (section 3).

CCW Summary

Concerning supports for persons recovering from substance use disorders, and, in connection therewith, expanding a program in the department of local affairs that provides vouchers for housing assistance to certain individuals, requiring each recovery residence operating in Colorado to be licensed by the department of public health and environment, and creating the opioid crisis recovery fund.

Comment
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Category
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
C. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services + Appropriations (01/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1010
Title: Freestanding Emergency Departments Licensure
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates a new license, referred to as a freestanding
emergency department license, for the department of public health and
environment to issue on or after July 1, 2022, to a health facility that
offers emergency care, that may offer primary and urgent care services,
and that is either:
  • Owned or operated by, or affiliated with, a hospital or

hospital system and located more than 250 yards from the
main campus of the hospital; or
  • Independent from and not operated by or affiliated with a
hospital or hospital system and not attached to or situated
within 250 yards of, or contained within, a hospital.
A facility licensed as a community clinic before July 1, 2010, and
that serves a rural community or ski area is excluded from the definition
of freestanding emergency department.
The bill allows the department to waive the licensure requirements
for a facility that is licensed as a community clinic or that is seeking
community clinic licensure and serves an underserved population in the
state.
The state board of health is to adopt rules regarding the new
license, including rules to set licensure requirements and fees and safety
and care standards.

CCW Summary

Concerning the licensing of freestanding emergency departments.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/14/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
K. Mullica (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Finance (01/16/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1017
Title: Kindergarten Through Fifth Grade Social And Emotional Health Act
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado K-5 Social and Emotional Health
Act (act). The act requires the department of education (department) to
select a pilot school district (pilot district) to participate in a pilot program
that ensures that a school social worker, as defined in the act, is dedicated
to each of grades kindergarten through fifth grade. To the extent possible,
the school social worker shall follow the same students through each

grade. The general assembly shall appropriate the resources necessary for
the pilot district to hire or contract with the additional school social
workers.
The department shall select a pilot district that meets the
characteristics outlined in the bill, including high poverty, ethnic
diversity, and a large concentration of students in the foster care system.
Among other responsibilities consistent with the school social
worker license, the school social worker shall provide needed services to
students and their families in the pilot district, including identifying
learning disabilities, conducting functional behavior assessments and
developing behavior intervention plans, identifying food insecurities, and
helping eligible students and their families access public benefits.
Services must be provided at school and during school hours, as
appropriate.
The pilot program begins operation during the 2020-21 school year
and repeals in July 2027. The department shall contract with a
professional program evaluator (evaluator) to conduct a preliminary
evaluation in 2024 and a final evaluation before the repeal of the pilot
program. The evaluator shall establish the method for the pilot district's
data collection and monitor data throughout the pilot program.
The evaluator shall evaluate the effectiveness of services provided
by the pilot program on the academic, mental, and physical health and
well-being of the student cohorts within the scope of the pilot program.
The bill requires the department to request money for pilot
program administration, employment contracts for social workers, and the
pilot program evaluation through the annual budget process.

CCW Summary

Concerning increasing access to school social workers in public elementary schools.

Comment
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Category
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
Hearing Date02/07/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0107
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education + Appropriations (01/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1019
Title: Psychotherapists Continuing Competency Requirements
Position
Official Summary

The bill establishes continuing professional competency
requirements for psychotherapists registered in Colorado by the state
board of registered psychotherapists (board). The requirements mirror the
continuing professional competency requirements established for social
workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors,
and addiction counselors.

On or before March 1, 2020, the board is required to adopt rules
establishing a continuing professional competency program that includes
the following elements:
  • A self-assessment of the knowledge and skills of a
registered psychotherapist;
  • The development, execution, and documentation of a
learning plan; and
  • Periodic demonstration of knowledge and skills through
documentation of activities.

CCW Summary

Concerning continuing professional competency requirements for psychotherapists.

Comment
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Category
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Williams (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/29/2019
Hearing TimeUpon Adjournment
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0107
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance (01/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1025
Title: Limits On Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries
Position
Official Summary

The bill prohibits employers from:
  • Advertising that a person with a criminal history may not
apply for a position;
  • Placing a statement in an employment application that a
person with a criminal history may not apply for a position;
or

  • Inquiring about an applicant's criminal history on an initial
application.
An employer may obtain a job applicant's criminal history at any
time.
An employer is exempt from the restrictions on advertising and
initial employment applications when:
  • The law prohibits a person who has a particular criminal
history from being employed in a particular job;
  • The employer is participating in a program to encourage
employment of people with criminal histories; or
  • The employer is required by law to conduct a criminal
history record check for the particular position.
The department of labor and employment is charged with
enforcing the requirements of the bill and may issue warnings and orders
of compliance for violations and, for second or subsequent violations,
impose civil penalties. A violation of the restrictions does not create a
private cause of action, and the bill does not create a protected class under
employment anti-discrimination laws. The department is directed to adopt
rules regarding procedures for handling complaints against employers.

CCW Summary

Concerning the timing of an inquiry into a job applicant's criminal history.

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
L. Herod (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/29/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0112
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1028
Title: Medical Marijuana Condition Autism
Position
Official Summary

The bill adds autism spectrum disorders to the list of disabling
medical conditions that authorize a person to use medical marijuana for

his or her condition. Under current law, a child under 18 years of age who
wants to be added to the medical marijuana registry for a disabling
medical condition must be diagnosed as having a disabling medical
condition by 2 physicians, one of whom must be a board-certified
pediatrician, a board-certified family physician, or a board-certified child
and adolescent psychiatrist who attests that he or she is part of the
patient's primary care provider team. The bill removes the additional
requirements on specific physicians to align with the constitutional
provisions for a debilitating medical condition.
The bill encourages the state board of health when awarding
marijuana study grants to prioritize grants to gather objective scientific
research regarding the efficacy and the safety of administering medical
marijuana for pediatric conditions, including but not limited to autism
spectrum disorder.

CCW Summary

Concerning the conditions for medical marijuana use for disabling medical conditions, and, in connection therewith, adding autism spectrum disorders to the list of disabling medical conditions for medical marijuana use.

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Ransom (R)
E. Hooton (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/23/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomOld State Library
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance (01/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1031
Title: Child Patient More Than One Primary Caregiver
Position
Official Summary

Under current law, a medical marijuana patient is limited to having
one primary caregiver at a time. The bill makes an exception for a patient
who is under 18 years of age and allows each parent or guardian to serve
as a primary caregiver.

CCW Summary

Concerning allowing each parental guardian to serve as a minor medical marijuana patient's primary caregiver.

Comment
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Category
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/23/2019
Hearing TimeUpon Adjournment
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0107
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services (01/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1032
Title: Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education
Position
Official Summary

The bill moves provisions of the statutory legislative declaration
to a nonstatutory legislative declaration.
The bill clarifies content requirements for public schools that offer
comprehensive human sexuality education and prohibits instruction from
explicitly or implicitly teaching or endorsing religious ideology or
sectarian tenets or doctrines, using shame-based or stigmatizing language

or instructional tools, employing gender norms or gender stereotypes, or
excluding the relational or sexual experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual,
or transgender individuals.
Current law provides for a comprehensive human sexuality
education grant program. The bill amends certain provisions of the grant
program to:
  • Require the department of public health and environment
to submit an annual report concerning the outcomes of the
grant program indefinitely;
  • Add 8 representatives to the oversight entity and require
membership of the oversight entity to be comprised of at
least 7 members who are members of groups of people who
have been or might be discriminated against;
  • Require grant applicants to demonstrate a need for money
to implement comprehensive human sexuality education;
and
  • Require that rural public schools or public schools that do
not currently offer comprehensive human sexuality
education receive priority when selecting grant applicants.
The bill provides a general appropriation of at least $1 million
annually for the grant program.
The bill prohibits the state board of education from waiving the
content requirements for any public school that provides comprehensive
human sexuality education.

CCW Summary

Concerning comprehensive human sexuality education, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal Notes 
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
D. Coram (R)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/30/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0107
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance (01/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1044
Title: Advance Behavioral Health Orders Treatment
Position
Official Summary

Under current law, an adult may establish advance medical orders
for scope of treatment, allowing an adult to establish directives for the
administration of medical treatment in the event the adult later lacks
decisional capacity to provide informed consent to, withdraw from, or
refuse medical treatment.

The bill creates a similar order for behavioral health orders for
scope of treatment so that an adult may communicate his or her
behavioral health history, decisions, and preferences.
The bill:
  • Lists the requirements for a behavioral health orders for
scope of treatment form;
  • Details the duties and immunities of emergency medical
services personnel, health care providers, and health care
facilities with respect to treating an adult with behavioral
health orders for scope of treatment;
  • Details how a behavioral health orders for scope of
treatment form is executed, amended, or revoked; and
  • Prohibits an effect on a health insurance contract, life
insurance contract, or annuity, by executing or failing to
execute a behavioral health orders for scope of treatment.

CCW Summary

Concerning advance behavioral health orders determining the scope of treatment an adult wishes to receive under certain behavioral health circumstances.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/14/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
D. Coram (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/23/2019
Hearing TimeUpon Adjournment
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0107
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services (01/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1045
Title: Office Of Public Guardianship Operation Conditions
Position
Official Summary

Current law requires the public guardianship commission
(commission) to appoint a director for the office of public guardianship
(office) to establish and administer the office within one month after the
public guardianship cash fund (cash fund) has received $1,700,000 in
gifts, grants, and donations. The director is required to administer the
office in 3 specified judicial districts within 5 months after the cash fund

reaches the same threshold.
The bill removes the condition that the commission and director
wait to carry out certain duties until the cash fund has received the
specified amount of gifts, grants, and donations.

CCW Summary

Concerning funding for carrying out duties related to the office of public guardianship.

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Snyder (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/31/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0112
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1046
Title: Freedom To Vote Act
Position
Official Summary

If a major political party charges a delegate or alternate to a party
assembly a fee or other cost to participate in the party assembly, the bill
requires the major political party to waive the fee or charge, without
further inquiry, upon request of a delegate or alternate. The bill specifies
that a delegate or alternate's inability to pay such fee or charge shall not

prevent his or her participation in the party assembly. In addition, the bill
requires major political parties to notify electors at party caucuses that
electors who are chosen to be delegates or alternates to any party
assembly are not required to pay any fee or other charge to participate in
the party assembly.

CCW Summary

Concerning the waiver of fees that a delegate to a party assembly may be required to pay to participate in the party assembly.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/14/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Williams (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/18/2019
Hearing Time9:00 AM
Hearing RoomHouse Chamber
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (01/15/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1054
Title: Disability Trust Requirements
Position
Official Summary

Under existing law, a disability trust is not valid unless, among
other requirements, the trust provides that upon the death of the
beneficiary, or termination of the trust during the beneficiary's lifetime,
whichever occurs sooner, the department of health care policy and
financing (department) receives any amount remaining in the trust up to
the total medical assistance paid on behalf of the individual and that no
other person is entitled to payment until the department is fully
reimbursed for any assistance. A disability trust is not valid until the

department ensures that the trust complies with state law and any
applicable rules.
The bill clarifies that a disability trust must provide that the
department receives reimbursement from the trust only upon the death of
the beneficiary, that no other person is entitled to payment until the
department and any other states' medical assistance agencies are fully
reimbursed for any assistance, and that a disability trust is not valid until
the department ensures that the trust also complies with the requirements
of title XIX of the federal social security act.

CCW Summary

Concerning requirements for valid disability trusts.

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House Sponsors
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Finance (01/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1061
Title: Zero-based Budgeting Review Principal Departments
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the joint budget committee, for the fiscal year
commencing July 1, 2020, and for each fiscal year thereafter, to annually
review 2 of the principal departments of state government using a
zero-based budgeting method so that each principal department is
reviewed once every 10 years. The joint budget committee must make

appropriation recommendations based on such review. The bill requires
the office of state planning and budgeting and each principal department
subject to review to assist the joint budget committee with any additional
information that the committee may need to complete the reviews.

CCW Summary

Concerning a regular review by the joint budget committee of each principal department's budget using a zero-based budgeting method.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal Notes 
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsR. Bockenfeld (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/08/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Appropriations (01/08/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1062
Title: Grand Junction Regional Center Campus
Position
Official Summary

Current law requires the department of human services to list the
Grand Junction regional center campus for sale. The bill gives the
department of human services another option by authorizing the
department to either list the Grand Junction regional center campus for
sale or to enter into a contract to transfer the campus to either a state
institution of higher education or to a local government interested in its
acquisition. The department of human services is required to seek the
assistance of the executive director of the department of personnel if it

decides to transfer the property. Such transfer would, according to current
statute, be required to be reviewed by the capital development committee.

CCW Summary

Concerning the Grand Junction regional center campus.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/16/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Rich (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/28/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomLegislative Services Building Hearing Room A
Intro Date01/08/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Finance (01/08/2019)
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good bill but  we should we ask that PWD are priorities or at least preferences affordable housing.

 

Should we ask that disability orgs get priority as it is developed for commercial use?

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Bill: HB19-1063
Title: At-risk Information Sharing Between County Departments
Position
Official Summary

The bill allows adult protective services (APS) to access child
abuse or neglect records and reports when the information is necessary
for APS to adequately assess the safety, risk, or provision of services for

an at-risk adult.
The bill prohibits a substantiated perpetrator from receiving any
identifying information about the person who made a report of the
mistreatment or self-neglect of an at-risk adult.
The bill allows any person named as an at-risk adult in a report, or
the person's guardian or guardian ad litem, to access the report without a
court order. The disclosure must not include any identifying information
about the person who made the report. The bill requires a court order if
the substantiated perpetrator is the guardian of the at-risk adult.
The bill allows child protective services (CPS) to access
information about mistreatment or self-neglect of an at-risk adult, without
a court order, when the information is necessary for CPS to adequately
assess the safety, risk, or provision of services for a child.
The bill limits the disclosure of information shared from APS and
CPS to information regarding prior or current referrals, assessments,
investigations, or related case information involving an at-risk adult and
an alleged perpetrator.

CCW Summary
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Category
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
C. Larson (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
P. Lee (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee
Hearing Date02/01/2019
Hearing TimeUpon Adjournment
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0107
Intro Date01/10/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services (01/10/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1066
Title: Counting Special Education In Graduation Rates
Position
Official Summary

The bill clarifies that a student who is enrolled in special education
services must be counted in the enrolling public high school's, school
district's or institute's, and state's graduation rate in the year in which the

student completes high school graduation requirements.

CCW Summary
Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/17/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/29/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0107
Intro Date01/10/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Education (01/10/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1069
Title: Sign Language Interpreters Title Certification
Position
Official Summary

Current law requires a person to be certified by the Registry of
Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc., to use any of the following titles:
  • Sign language interpreter;
  • Interpreter for the deaf;
  • Deaf interpreter;
  • ASL-English interpreter;

  • American sign language (ASL) interpreter;
  • Transliterator;
  • Certified sign language interpreter;
  • Certified interpreter for the deaf;
  • Certified deaf interpreter;
  • Certified ASL-English interpreter;
  • Certified American sign language (ASL) interpreter; or
  • Certified transliterator.
The bill adds translator and certified translator for sign
language to the list of titles.
The bill also authorizes the Colorado commission for the deaf,
hard of hearing, and deafblind to approve certifications of sign language
interpreters to use the mentioned titles.

CCW Summary

Concerning the certification of sign language interpreters for the purpose of title protection.

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House SponsorsD. Jackson (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/29/2019
Hearing TimeUpon Adjournment
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0107
Intro Date01/10/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance (01/10/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1077
Title: Pharmacist Dispense Drug Without Prescription In Emergency
Position
Official Summary

The bill allows a pharmacist to dispense an emergency supply of
a chronic maintenance drug to a patient without a prescription if:
  • The pharmacist is unable to obtain authorization to refill
the prescription from a health care provider;
  • The pharmacist has a record of a prescription in the name

of the patient who is requesting the emergency supply of
the chronic maintenance drug or, in the pharmacist's
professional judgment, the refusal to dispense an
emergency supply will endanger the health of the patient;
  • The amount of the chronic maintenance drug dispensed
does not exceed the amount of the most recent prescription
or the standard quantity or unit of use package dispensed of
the drug; and
  • The pharmacist has not dispensed an emergency supply of
the chronic maintenance drug to the same patient in the
previous 12-month period.
The bill requires the state board of pharmacy to promulgate rules
to establish standard procedures for dispensing chronic maintenance
drugs. A pharmacist, the pharmacist's employer, and the original
prescriber of the drug are not civilly liable for dispensing a chronic
maintenance drug unless there is negligence, recklessness, or willful or
wanton misconduct.

CCW Summary

Concerning authorization for a pharmacist to dispense a chronic maintenance drug to a patient without a current prescription in limited circumstances.

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House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/23/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomOld State Library
Intro Date01/11/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance (01/11/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1080
Title: Benefits For First Responders With A Disability
Position
Official Summary

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

CCW Summary

Concerning benefits for first responders with a disability.

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House SponsorsR. Bockenfeld (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/28/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0107
Intro Date01/11/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Rural Affairs & Agriculture + Appropriations (01/11/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1081
Title: Respondent Rights Discrimination Complaints
Position
Official Summary

With regard to employment, housing, public accommodations, and
advertising discrimination complaints investigated by the civil rights
division in the department of regulatory agencies and, in some cases,
heard or pursued by the Colorado civil rights commission, the bill
specifies that:
  • The respondent has a right to request representation by a

public defender, regardless of indigent status or the lack of
an arrest for or charge of a crime, at any point in the
administrative process when the respondent is requested or
required to participate;
  • The respondent may request to move the matter to a court
of competent jurisdiction if the respondent asserts that the
respondent engaged in the alleged discriminatory conduct
on the basis of first amendment rights; and
  • If the respondent obtains a favorable decision after all
appeals are exhausted or if the United States supreme court
rules in favor of the respondent, the commission must pay
the respondent's attorney fees and costs and lost business
income, retroactive to appeals or actions for judicial review
filed on or after December 1, 2013.

CCW Summary

Concerning the rights of a respondent against whom a discrimination complaint has been filed.

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House SponsorsD. Williams (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/11/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs (01/11/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1085
Title: Grants For Property Tax Rent And Heat
Position
Official Summary

A low-income senior or individual with a disability is currently
eligible for 2 types of annual state assistance grants administered by the
department of revenue related to his or her property: A grant for their
property taxes or rent paid, with the latter being deemed a tax-equivalent
payment (property tax and rent assistance grant), and a grant for heat or

fuel expenses (heat assistance grant). Together these are commonly
known as the PTC rebate.
The bill expands the property tax and rent assistance grant by
repealing the requirement that rent must be paid to a landlord that pays
property tax. For grants claimed for 2019, the bill also increases the grant
amounts as follows:
  • The maximum property tax and rent assistance grant is
increased from $700 to $850;
  • The maximum heat assistance grant is increased from $192
to $250; and
  • The flat grant amount, which is the minimum grant amount,
is increased from $227 to $275 for the property tax and rent
assistance grant and from $73 to $100 for the heat
assistance grant, assuming that the actual expenses exceed
these amounts.
All of these amounts will continue to be adjusted annually for inflation.
For grants claimed for 2019, the maximum eligible income
amounts for claiming the PTC rebates and the phase-out amounts, which
are the income levels at which a person's maximum grant begins to
decrease, are increased from the estimated inflation-adjusted amounts as
follows:
  • For an individual, the maximum eligible income amount to
qualify for either type of grant is increased from $14,469 to
$17,500 and the phase-out amount is increased from $7,780
to $9,500; and
  • For spouses, the maximum eligible income amount to
qualify for either type of grant is increased from $19,541 to
$23,500 and the phase-out amount is increased from
$12,576 to $15,500.
All of these amounts will also continue to be adjusted for inflation in the
future.
Obsolete provisions relating to grants claimed for past years are
repealed and other provisions relating to grants prior to 2019 are repealed
after they become obsolete in the future.

CCW Summary

Concerning the property-related expense assistance grants for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities.

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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Exum Sr. (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/28/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomLegislative Services Building Hearing Room A
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations (01/14/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1089
Title: Exemption From Garnishment For Medical Debt
Position
Official Summary

The bill exempts a person's earnings from garnishment if the
person's family income does not exceed 400% of current federal poverty
guidelines and the judgment is for medical debt. A writ of continuing
garnishment must include notice that a person's earnings may be exempt
if those criteria are met, notice of the judgment debtor's right to object
and have a hearing on that objection, and a statement that, to the best of

the judgment creditor's knowledge, the judgment debtor's earnings are not
exempt.
The bill takes effect on January 1, 2020, and applies to judgments
entered on or after that date.

CCW Summary

Concerning an exemption from garnishment for liens arising from judgments for medical debt.

Comment
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House SponsorsK. Tipper (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Finance (01/14/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1096
Title: Colorado Right To Rest
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado Right to Rest Act, which
establishes basic rights for people experiencing homelessness, including
but not limited to the right to rest in public spaces, to shelter themselves
from the elements, to eat or accept food in any public space where food
is not prohibited, to occupy a legally parked vehicle, and to have a
reasonable expectation of privacy of their property.

The bill prohibits discrimination based on housing status.
The bill creates an exemption of the basic right to rest for people
experiencing homelessness for any county, city, municipality, or
subdivision that can demonstrate that, for 3 consecutive months, the
waiting lists for all local public housing authorities contain fewer than 50
people.
The bill allows the general assembly to appropriate money from
the marijuana tax cash fund to the department of local affairs for the
purpose of enabling governmental entities that do not meet the exemption
requirement to reduce the housing waiting lists to fewer than 50 people
for at least 6 months per year.
The bill allows any person whose rights have been violated to seek
enforcement in a civil action.

CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of the "Colorado Right to Rest Act".

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
Hearing Date02/27/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomOld State Library
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government (01/14/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1099
Title: Eliminate Red Light Cameras
Position
Official Summary

The bill repeals the authorization for the state, a county, a city and
county, or a municipality to use automated vehicle identification systems,
including red light cameras, to identify violators of traffic regulations and
issue citations based on photographic evidence and creates a prohibition
on such activity.
The bill repeals the authorization for the department of public

safety to use an automated vehicle identification system to detect
speeding violations within a highway maintenance, repair, or construction
zone.

CCW Summary

Concerning the elimination of the use of automated vehicle identification systems for traffic law enforcement.

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Humphrey (R)
J. Melton (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government (01/14/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1104
Title: Rights Of Persons Office Respondent Parents' Counsel
Position
Official Summary

The bill adds to the list of agencies and attorneys authorized to
have statewide read-only access to the name index and register of actions
for the judiciary department those attorneys who are either under contract
with or authorized by the office of the respondent parents' counsel.
The bill clarifies that a parent whose rights in a parent-child
relationship have been terminated and who has filed a petition to reinstate

the rights of a parent-child relationship is entitled to appointed counsel
through the office of the respondent parents' counsel, if income eligibility
criteria are satisfied.

CCW Summary

Concerning the rights of persons represented by an attorney through the office of the respondent parents' counsel.

Comment
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House SponsorsK. Ransom (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (01/14/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1106
Title: Rental Application Fees
Position
Official Summary

The bill states that a landlord may not charge a prospective tenant
a rental application fee unless the landlord uses the entire amount of the
fee to cover the landlord's costs in processing the rental application. A
landlord also may not charge a prospective tenant a rental application fee
that is in a different amount than a rental application fee charged to
another prospective tenant who applies to rent:

  • The same dwelling unit; or
  • If the landlord offers more than one dwelling unit for rent
at the same time, any other dwelling unit offered by the
landlord.
The bill requires a landlord to provide to any prospective tenant
who has paid a rental application fee either a disclosure of the landlord's
anticipated expenses for which the fee will be used or a receipt that
itemizes the landlord's actual expenses incurred.
The bill requires that, before accepting a rental application or
collecting a rental application fee from a prospective tenant, a landlord
shall give the prospective tenant written notice of the landlord's tenant
selection criteria and the grounds upon which a rental application may be
denied. If a landlord uses rental history or credit history as criteria in
consideration of an application, the landlord shall neither inquire into nor
consider any rental history or credit history beyond 7 years immediately
preceding the date of the application.
If a landlord denies a rental application based on any of certain
described grounds, the landlord shall provide the prospective tenant a
written notice of the denial that states the reasons for the denial.
A landlord who violates any of the requirements created in the bill
is liable to the person who is charged a rental application fee for twice the
amount of the rental application fee, plus court costs and reasonable
attorney fees.

CCW Summary

Concerning the rental application process for prospective tenants.

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
B. Titone (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor (01/14/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1107
Title: Employment Support Job Retention Services Program
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates the employment support and job retention services
program (program) within the division of employment and training
(division) in the department of labor and employment (department) to

provide emergency employment support and job retention services to
eligible individuals in the state. The bill requires the director of the
division (director) to contract with an entity to administer the program to
provide reimbursement for employment support and job retention services
provided to eligible individuals statewide. In order to be eligible for
services for which a service provider may be reimbursed under the
program, an individual must be 16 years of age or older, be eligible to
work in the United States, have a household income that is at or below the
federal poverty line, and be underemployed or unemployed and actively
involved in employment preparation, job training, employment pursuit,
or job retention activities. The director is required to establish procedures
and guidelines to implement and set parameters for the operation of the
program.
The general assembly is required to appropriate money annually
to the employment support and job retention services cash fund created
in the bill for allocation to the division to implement and operate the
program. The department is authorized to accept gifts, grants, and
donations for the implementation and operation of the program. The
program is repealed, effective September 30, 2022.

CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of the employment support and job retention services program within the division of employment and training in the department of labor and employment.

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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Fields (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee
Hearing Date01/30/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomLegislative Services Building Hearing Room A
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs and Labor + Appropriations (01/14/2019)
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Bill: SB19-001
Title: Expand Medication-assisted Treatment Pilot Program
Position
Official Summary

In 2017, the general assembly enacted Senate Bill 17-074, which
created a 2-year medication-assisted treatment (MAT) expansion pilot
program, administered by the university of Colorado college of nursing,
to expand access to medication-assisted treatment to opioid-dependent
patients in Pueblo and Routt counties. The 2017 act directs the general
assembly to appropriate $500,000 per year for the 2017-18 and 2018-19
fiscal years from the marijuana tax cash fund to the university of
Colorado board of regents, for allocation to the college of nursing to
implement the pilot program. The pilot program repeals on June 30, 2020.
The bill:
  • Expands the pilot program to the counties in the San Luis
valley and 2 additional counties in which a need is
demonstrated;
  • Shifts responsibility to administer the pilot program from
the college of nursing to the center for research into
substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery
support strategies;
  • Adds representatives from the San Luis valley and any
other counties selected to participate in the pilot program
to the advisory board that assists in administering the
program;
  • Increases the annual appropriation for the pilot program to
$5 million for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years; and
  • Extends the program an additional 2 years.

CCW Summary

Concerning the expansion of the medication-assisted treatment expansion pilot program, and, in connection therewith, shifting administration of the program from the college of nursing to the center for research into substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery support strategies; expanding the counties that may participate in the program; extending the duration of the program; and increasing the funding for the program.

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LobbyistsLobbyists
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/04/2019)
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Bill: SB19-004
Title: Address High-cost Health Insurance Pilot Program
Position
Official Summary

Sections 1 and 2 of the bill authorize the state personnel director
to explore the feasibility of offering and, if feasible, to develop and
implement a one-year pilot program in a limited geographic region of the
state affected by high health insurance premiums to provide access to
individuals in that region to participate in the group medical benefit plans
offered to state employees. The pilot program would be available:
  • In the portions of Eagle and Garfield counties that are
within the service area of the state group benefit plans;
  • To a limited number of individuals whose household
income is more than 400 % but not more than 500 % of the
federal poverty line; and
  • In the 2019-20 benefit plan year.
Section 2 outlines the factors for the state personnel director to
consider in determining the feasibility of the pilot program.
Sections 3 through 15 modernize laws authorizing health care
cooperatives in the state to incorporate consumer protections such as
coverage for preexisting conditions and to encourage consumers to help
control health care costs by negotiating rates on a collective basis directly
with providers.

CCW Summary

Concerning measures to address the high costs of health insurance in the state, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the state personnel director to implement a pilot program to allow residents of a specified region to participate in state employee medical benefit plans and modifying the health care coverage cooperatives laws to include consumer protections and allow consumers to collectively negotiate rates directly with providers.

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/04/2019)
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Bill: SB19-005
Title: Import Prescription Drugs From Canada
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado Wholesale Importation of
Prescription Drugs Act, under which the department of health care
policy and financing (department) shall design a program to import
prescription pharmaceutical products from Canada for sale to Colorado
consumers. The program design must ensure both drug safety and cost

savings for Colorado consumers. The department shall submit the
program design to the secretary of the United States department of health
and human services and request the secretary's approval of the program,
as required by federal law, to import Canadian pharmaceutical products.
If the secretary approves the program, the department shall
implement the program. The department shall adopt a funding mechanism
to cover the program's administrative costs, and the department shall
annually report on the program to the general assembly.

CCW Summary

Concerning wholesale importation of prescription pharmaceutical products from Canada for resale to Colorado residents. 

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date01/31/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 354
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/04/2019)
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Bill: SB19-007
Title: Prevent Sexual Misconduct At Higher Ed Campuses
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires each institution of higher education (institution)
to adopt, periodically review, and update a policy on sexual misconduct
(policy). The bill establishes minimum requirements for the policies,
including reporting options, procedures for investigations and
adjudications, and protections for involved persons. Institutions shall
promote the policy by posting information on their websites and annually

distributing the policy and information.
Institutions are required to provide training on awareness and
prevention of sexual misconduct, the policy, and resources available to
discuss such misconduct.
The bill requires institutions to report to the department of higher
education (department) on their policies and training, and the department
shall post the reports on its website.
The department is to host biennial summits on sexual misconduct
on institution campuses to facilitate communication, share information,
and hear from experts. The bill identifies the membership of the planning
committee for the summits. The planning committees are to report to
specified committees of the general assembly on the summits.

CCW Summary

Concerning the prevention of sexual misconduct on higher education campuses.

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
F. Winter (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Education (01/04/2019)
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Bill: SB19-008
Title: Substance Use Disorder Treatment In Criminal Justice System
Position
Official Summary

Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Study Committee.
Section 1 of the bill requires the Colorado commission on criminal and
juvenile justice to study and make recommendations concerning:

  • Alternatives to filing criminal charges against individuals
with substance use disorders who have been arrested for
drug-related offenses;
  • Best practices for investigating unlawful opioid distribution
in Colorado; and
  • A process for automatically sealing criminal records for
drug offense convictions.
Section 2 of the bill requires the department of corrections (DOC)
to allow medication-assisted treatment to be provided to persons who
were receiving treatment in a local jail prior to being transferred to the
custody of the DOC. The DOC may enter into agreements with
community agencies and organizations to assist in the development and
administration of medication-assisted treatment.
Section 3 of the bill contains a legislative declaration that the
substance abuse trend and response task force should formulate a
response to current and emerging substance abuse problems from the
criminal justice, prevention, and treatment sectors that includes the use of
drop-off treatment services, mobile and walk-in crisis centers, and
withdrawal management programs as an alternative to entry into the
criminal justice system for offenders of low-level drug offenses.
Section 4 of the bill directs the department of health care policy
and financing to seek federal authorization under the Medicaid program
for treatment of substance use disorders for persons confined in jails.
Section 5 of the bill creates a simplified process for sealing
convictions for level 4 drug felonies, all drug misdemeanors, and any
offense committed prior to October 1, 2013, that would have been a level
4 drug felony or drug misdemeanor if committed on or after October 1,
2013. A defendant may file a motion to seal records 3 years or more after
final disposition of the criminal proceedings. Conviction records may be
sealed only after a hearing and upon court order.
Section 6 of the bill requires jails that receive funding through the
jail-based behavioral health services program to allow
medication-assisted treatment to be provided to individuals in the jail.
The jail may enter into agreements with community agencies and
organizations to assist in the development and administration of
medication-assisted treatment.
Section 7 of the bill provides an appropriation, including for the
following programs funded through the annual long appropriations act:
  • Increasing from 4 to 10 the number of the
law-enforcement-assisted diversion pilot programs; and
  • Increasing coresponder funding for criminal justice
diversion pilot programs in the office of behavioral health
in the department of human services.
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Concerning treatment of individuals with substance use disorders who come into contact with the criminal justice system, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

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House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
C. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
D. Moreno (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (01/04/2019)
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Bill: SB19-010
Title: Professional Behavioral Health Services For Schools
Position
Official Summary

The bill allows grant money to be used for behavioral health care
services at recipient schools and specifies that grants may also fund
behavioral health services contracts with community providers. The bill
requires the department of education (department) to prioritize grant
applications based on the school's need for additional health
professionals, and grant applicants must specify the extent to which the

school has seen an increase in activities or experiences that affect
students' mental well-being.
The bill allows a community provider to commit money to schools.
It also changes the amount the department can expend to offset the costs
incurred in implementing the program from 3% to 5% of money
appropriated for the program.
The bill allows school districts to enter into agreements with
specified groups to implement evidence-based, school-wide behavior
supports and strategies to build and support positive school climates,
including providing behavioral health services and supports; implement
strategies to reduce the incidence of suspension and expulsion; and
implement alternatives to suspension or expulsion.

CCW Summary

Concerning professional behavioral health services for schools.

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
D. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations (01/17/2019)
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Bill: SB19-012
Title: Use Of Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving
Position
Official Summary

Current law prohibits the use of wireless telephones while driving
for individuals who are younger than 18 years of age. The bill:
  • Extends the prohibition to drivers of all ages;
  • Extends the existing prohibition of the use of wireless
telephones to include all mobile electronic devices;
  • Establishes the penalties as $300 and 4 points for a first

violation, $500 and 6 points for a second violation, and
$750 and 8 points for a third or subsequent violation;
  • Creates an exception to the prohibition of the use of mobile
electronic devices for drivers who use a mobile electronic
device while a hands-free accessory is engaged; and
  • Repeals a sentence enhancement for a violation that causes
bodily injury or death.

CCW Summary

Concerning the use of mobile electronic devices while driving.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/14/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
Hearing Date01/24/2019
Hearing TimeUpon Adjournment
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 352
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy (01/04/2019)
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Bill: SB19-013
Title: Medical Marijuana Condition Opiates Prescribed For
Position
Official Summary

The bill adds a condition for which a physician could prescribe an
opiate to the list of disabling medical conditions that authorize a person

to use medical marijuana for his or her condition. Under current law, a
child under 18 years of age who wants to be added to the medical
marijuana registry for a disabling medical condition must be diagnosed
as having a disabling medical condition by 2 physicians, one of whom
must be a board-certified pediatrician, a board-certified family physician,
or a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist who attests that he
or she is part of the patient's primary care provider team. The bill removes
the additional requirements on specific physicians to align with the
constitutional provisions for a debilitating medical condition.

CCW Summary

Concerning the conditions for medical marijuana use for disabling medical conditions, and, in connection therewith, adding a condition for which a physician could prescribe an opiate to the list of disabling medical conditions for medical marijuana use.

Comment
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Category
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Ransom (R)
E. Hooton (D)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
J. Ginal (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date01/31/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 354
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/04/2019)
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Bill: SB19-015
Title: Create Statewide Health Care Review Committee
Position
Official Summary

The bill recreates the former health care task force, renamed as the
statewide health care review committee, to study health care issues that
affect Colorado residents throughout the state. The committee consists of
the members of the house of representatives committees on health and
insurance and public health care and human services and the senate

committee on health and human services. The committee is permitted to
meet up to 2 times during the interim between legislative sessions,
including 2 field trips.

CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of the statewide health care review committee to study health care issues that affect Colorado residents throughout the state.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/15/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Beckman (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations (01/17/2019)
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Bill: SB19-030
Title: Remedying Improper Guilty Pleas
Position
Official Summary

The bill finds that some criminal defendants who, when they
entered a guilty plea in connection with a deferred judgment, were not
advised that there may be additional penalties that attach to the plea even
if the plea is later withdrawn and the case is dismissed. These defendants
did not knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily enter the plea of guilty
as required by law. The bill authorizes these persons to petition the court
for an order vacating the guilty plea.

CCW Summary

Concerning a remedy for improperly entered guilty pleas.

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date01/30/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 352
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (01/04/2019)
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Bill: SB19-036
Title: State Court Administrator Reminder Program
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the state court administrator to administer a court
reminder program (program) to remind criminal defendants to appear at
their scheduled hearings in district courts, county courts, and municipal
courts that use the judicial department's case management system. The
objective of the program is to significantly reduce the number of

defendants who are committed to the custody of a county jail solely as a
result of their failure to appear in court. The judicial department is
required to include information about the program in its annual report to
the general assembly.

CCW Summary

Concerning requiring the state court administrator to administer a program to remind criminal defendants to appear in court as scheduled.

Comment
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Category
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
A. Benavidez (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
J. Cooke (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date01/30/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 352
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (01/04/2019)
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Bill: SB19-039
Title: Interdistrict Transportation Of Students
Position
Official Summary

The bill restores the statutory language in section 22-32-113,
C.R.S, to the language as it existed before the statute was amended by
section 7 of House Bill 18-1306, as enacted during the 2018 legislative

session. Section 7 has been declared void by a Colorado court for
violating section 21 of article V of the Colorado constitution that requires
bills to contain a single subject clearly expressed in the bill's title.
The bill allows a school district to furnish transportation, or to
reimburse parents or others for the cost of transportation, to and from its
schools to students who are residents of another school district if the
resident school district is adjacent to the school district of attendance and
the resident school district consents to the transportation of its students to
the adjacent school district.
101

CCW Summary

Concerning allowing interdistrict transportation of students only by adjacent school districts subject to the school districts' mutual consent.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
T. Story (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusSenate Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole (01/17/2019)
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Bill: SB19-041
Title: Health Insurance Contract Carrier And Policyholder
Position
Official Summary

Current law requires a contract between a health insurance carrier
and a policyholder to contain a provision that requires the policyholder to
pay premiums for each individual covered under the policy through the

date that the policyholder notifies the carrier that an individual covered
under the policy is no longer covered. The bill requires the contract to
state that, in the alternative, the policyholder is required to pay premiums
to the carrier through the date that the individual covered under the policy
is no longer eligible or covered if the policyholder notifies the carrier
within 10 business days after the date of ineligibility or noncoverage.

CCW Summary

Concerning a required contract provision regarding the payment of premiums by a policyholder to a health insurance carrier for each individual covered under a health insurance policy.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/11/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsJ. Smallwood (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date01/23/2019
Hearing TimeUpon Adjournment
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 354
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/04/2019)
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Bill: SB19-044
Title: Colorado Department Of Public Health And Environment Emergency Medical And Trauma Care System
Position
Official Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. The bill repeals language:

  • Requiring the department of public health and environment
to implement a statewide emergency medical and trauma
care system by July 1, 1997; and
  • Requiring the state board of health to cooperate with the
department of personnel in adopting certain criteria that
counties must identify in their own regional systems.

CCW Summary

Concerning the statewide emergency medical and trauma care system in the department of public health and environment, and, in connection therewith, eliminating the requirement that the state board of health cooperate with the department of personnel in adopting certain criteria.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/10/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsE. Hooton (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date01/22/2019
Hearing Time9:00 AM
Hearing RoomSenate Chamber
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole (01/16/2019)
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Bill: SB19-066
Title: High-cost Special Education Trust Fund Grants
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates the high-cost special education trust fund (trust
fund) to be used for high-cost special education trust fund grants (trust
fund grants) to public school special education administrative units that
have made significant expenditures in providing special education
services to a child with a disability.
The trust fund consists of money transferred from the general fund

to the trust fund for the 2018-19 fiscal year, as well as an annual
appropriation beginning in the 2019-20 fiscal year from the marijuana tax
cash fund to the trust fund.
The department of education may expend interest and income from
the trust fund for trust fund grants awarded by the Colorado special
education fiscal advisory committee (committee).
The bill specifies the eligibility criteria for a trust fund grant and
criteria that the committee shall consider in determining the trust fund
grant recipients and the amount of the trust fund grants.
The bill requires an annual report to the education committees of
the general assembly concerning trust fund grants awarded during the
fiscal year.

CCW Summary

Concerning high-cost special education grants awarded from a trust fund established for that purpose.

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date01/29/2019
Hearing Time2:00 PM
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 357
Intro Date01/10/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance + Appropriations (01/10/2019)
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Bill: SB19-072
Title: Bill Of Rights Protected Person Under Guardianship
Position
Official Summary

The bill establishes a bill of rights for persons who are protected
through a legal guardianship relationship.

CCW Summary

Concerning establishing a bill of rights for persons protected through a guardianship.

Comment
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Category
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Ransom (R)
J. Melton (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date01/30/2019
Hearing Time1:30 PM
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 352
Intro Date01/10/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (01/10/2019)
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Bill: SB19-073
Title: Statewide System Of Advance Medical Directives
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of public health and environment
(department) to create and administer a statewide electronic system
(system) that allows qualified individuals to upload and access advance
medical directives.
The bill defines an advance medical directive as a directive
concerning medical orders for scope of treatment and requires the

department to contract with one or more health information organization
networks for the administration and maintenance of the system. The bill
also requires the department to promulgate rules to administer the system.
The bill clarifies that it is the responsibility of the adult whose
medical treatment is the subject of the advance medical directive, or the
authorized surrogate decision-maker, to ensure that the advance medical
directive uploaded to the system is current and accurate.
The bill does not allow for any civil or criminal liability or
regulatory sanctions for any emergency personnel, health care provider,
health care facility, or any other person that complies with a legally
executed advance medical directive that is accessed from the system.

CCW Summary

Concerning a statewide system of advance medical directives.

Comment
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Category
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/10/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (01/10/2019)
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Bill: SB19-079
Title: Electronic Prescribing Controlled Substances
Position
Official Summary

Sections 1 to 14 of the bill require podiatrists, physicians,
physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, and optometrists, starting
July 1, 2021, and dentists and practitioners serving rural communities or
in a solo practice, starting July 1, 2023, to prescribe schedule II, III, or IV
controlled substances only via a prescription that is electronically
transmitted to a pharmacy unless a specified exception applies.

Prescribers are required to indicate on license renewal questionnaires
whether they have complied with the electronic prescribing requirement.
Section 15 specifies that pharmacists need not verify the
applicability of an exception to electronic prescribing when they receive
an order for a controlled substance in writing, orally, or via facsimile
transmission and may fill the order if otherwise valid under the law.

CCW Summary

Concerning a requirement that certain practitioners prescribe controlled substances electronically.

Comment
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Category
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
K. Priola (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology (01/14/2019)
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