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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
B. Rankin (R)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (03/28/2019)
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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/26/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Catlin (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2019)
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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/02/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
K. Mullica (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2019)
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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/15/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2019)
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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/25/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
L. Herod (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)
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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/29/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Ransom (R)
E. Hooton (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (04/02/2019)
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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/26/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/23/2019)
VotesVotes all Legislators
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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/22/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
D. Coram (R)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2019)
VotesVotes all Legislators
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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 (05/14/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
D. Coram (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (03/28/2019)
VotesVotes all Legislators
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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/22/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Snyder (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2019)
VotesVotes all Legislators
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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/14/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
D. Williams (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusHouse Third Reading Laid Over to 05/12/2019 - No Amendments (04/01/2019)
VotesVotes all Legislators
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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/26/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House Sponsors
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (04/26/2019)
VotesVotes all Legislators
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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/08/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsR. Bockenfeld (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/08/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (02/22/2019)
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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
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/13/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Rich (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/08/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (03/07/2019)
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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
Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/17/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
C. Larson (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/10/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (03/21/2019)
VotesVotes all Legislators
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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

Clarifies that students enrolled in special education must be counted in school, district and state graduation rates when they graduate. 

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/19/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
C. Kipp (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/10/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (03/07/2019)
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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.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/17/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Jackson (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/10/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (04/16/2019)
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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.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/22/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
J. Tate (R)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
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Intro Date01/11/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (03/21/2019)
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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.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsR. Bockenfeld (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
J. Cooke (R)
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate CommitteeAgriculture and Natural Resources
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/11/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2019)
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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.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/07/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Williams (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/11/2019
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/29/2019)
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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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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/26/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Exum Sr. (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2019)
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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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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/07/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsA. Valdez (D)
K. Tipper (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2019)
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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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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/22/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (02/26/2019)
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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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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/10/2019)
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
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (02/20/2019)
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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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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/22/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Ransom (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (03/07/2019)
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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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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/24/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
B. Titone (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (04/25/2019)
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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.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/10/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Fields (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1111
Title: Training Requirement For Colorado Civil Rights Commission
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the attorney general, or his or her designee, to
organize and provide a training of at least one hour, which all Colorado

civil rights commission members are required to attend, regarding the
state's obligation of religious neutrality and consistency when considering
claims that involve freedom of speech or free exercise of religion under
the first amendment of the United States constitution.

CCW Summary

Concerning a requirement that the members of the Colorado civil rights commission attend annual training regarding the state's obligation of neutrality when considering claims that involve certain rights under the first amendment of the United States constitution.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/07/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Baisley (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/15/2019
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (01/29/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1115
Title: Assault On Detention Workers
Position
Official Summary

The bill adds to the definition of an emergency medical care
provider a person providing emergency care at a detention facility. It
then adds emergency medical care providers to the list of potential
victims of assault in the first or second degree under certain
circumstances.

CCW Summary
Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/10/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsL. Liston (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/16/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/07/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1117
Title: Regulation Of Professions And Occupations Reform
Position
Official Summary

Current law requires the department of regulatory agencies to
analyze whether to begin or continue the regulation of a profession or
occupation based on several factors. The bill elaborates on these factors
and requires the department to find a present, significant, and
substantiated harm to consumers before recommending regulation. The

bill further requires the department to recommend only the least
restrictive regulation necessary to address the harm and sets guidelines for
recommended regulation.

CCW Summary
Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/12/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Sandridge (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/16/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (02/13/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1118
Title: Time Period To Cure Lease Violation
Position
Official Summary

Current law requires a landlord to provide a tenant 3 days to cure
a violation for unpaid rent or any other condition or covenant of a lease
agreement, other than a substantial violation, before the landlord can
initiate eviction proceedings based on that unpaid rent or other violation.
Current law also requires 3 days' notice prior to a tenancy being
terminated for a subsequent violation of a condition or covenant of a lease

agreement.
The bill requires a landlord to provide a tenant 14 days to cure a
violation for unpaid rent or for a first violation of any other condition or
covenant of a lease agreement, other than a substantial violation, before
the landlord can initiate eviction proceedings. The bill requires 14 days'
notice prior to the landlord terminating a lease agreement for a
subsequent violation of the same condition or covenant of the agreement.

CCW Summary

Concerning the time allowed for a tenant to cure a lease violation that is not a substantial violation.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/17/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Jackson (D)
R. Galindo (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Williams (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/16/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1120
Title: Youth Mental Health Education And Suicide Prevention
Position
Official Summary

The bill allows a minor 12 years of age or older to seek and obtain
psychotherapy services with or without the consent of the minor's parent
or guardian. A registered psychotherapist or licensed social worker
providing psychotherapy services to a minor may, with the consent of the
minor, advise the minor's parent or legal guardian of the psychotherapy
services provided.
The bill requires the department of education, in consultation with
the office of suicide prevention (office), the youth advisory council, and

the suicide prevention commission, to create and maintain a mental health
education literacy resource bank. The resource bank is available to the
public free of charge.
The bill requires the state board of education to adopt standards
related to mental health, including suicide prevention.

CCW Summary

Concerning multiple approaches to prevent youth suicide.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/01/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/16/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/16/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1131
Title: Prescription Drug Cost Education
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires a drug manufacturer or wholesaler, or an agent or
an employee of the manufacturer or wholesaler, to provide, in writing, the
wholesale acquisition cost of a prescription drug to an entity or individual
with whom the manufacturer, wholesaler, agent, or employee is sharing
information concerning the drug.

The bill also requires the drug manufacturer or wholesaler, or an
agent or employee of the manufacturer or wholesaler, to provide
educational materials about the acquisition costs of other prescription
drugs in the same therapeutic class.

CCW Summary

Concerning a requirement to share the wholesale acquisition cost of a drug when sharing information concerning the drug with another party.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/25/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/16/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1134
Title: Identification And Interventions For Students With Dyslexia
Position
Official Summary

The bill directs the commissioner of education (commissioner) to
convene a working group to analyze state and national data and practices
concerning identification and support of students with dyslexia and to
recommend dyslexia screening tools and processes, a statewide plan for
identifying and supporting students with dyslexia, and educator training
in recognizing and providing interventions for students with dyslexia. The

working group must submit a report of its recommendations to the
commissioner, and the commissioner must submit the report to the state
board of education and the education committees of the general assembly.
The bill directs the department of education (department) to
establish a pilot program to assist school districts, boards of cooperative
services, and charter schools (local education providers) in using READ
act assessments to screen for dyslexia and in providing interventions for
students who are identified as having dyslexia. At the completion of the
pilot program, the department must evaluate the effectiveness of the
screening and interventions, refine the resources used, and disseminate
the resources used to all local education providers in the state. The
department must also provide technical assistance in implementing the
resources at the request of a local education provider.
The bill directs the commissioner to provide a dyslexia specialist
to support the working group and the pilot program and to develop
training materials related to dyslexia.

CCW Summary

Concerning researching effective methods for assisting early-grade students with dyslexia.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/03/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
J. Wilson (R)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/25/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1135
Title: Clarify Income Tax Credit For Retrofitting A Home
Position
Official Summary

The bill clarifies that the income tax credit for retrofitting a
residence is available for changes made to a residence that benefit a

qualified individual's dependent.

CCW Summary

Concerning a clarification that the income tax credit for retrofitting a residence to increase a residence's accessibility is available for changes made to a residence that benefit a qualified individual's dependent.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/06/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
J. Tate (R)
F. Winter (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/25/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (04/12/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1141
Title: Preserve Senior And Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption
Position
Official Summary

The bill specifies that for property tax years commencing on or

after January 1, 2020, a senior is deemed to be a 10-year owner-occupier
of a primary residence that the senior has owned and occupied for less
than 10 years and therefore qualifies for the senior property tax exemption
for the residence if:
  • The senior would have qualified for the senior property tax
exemption for the senior's former primary residence but for
the fact that medical necessity required the senior to stop
occupying the former primary residence;
  • The senior has not previously received the exemption for a
former primary residence on the basis of medical necessity;
and
  • The senior has not owned and occupied another primary
residence since the senior first stopped occupying his or her
former primary residence due to medical necessity.
Medical necessity is defined as a medical condition of a senior that a
physician licensed to practice medicine in Colorado has certified, on a
form developed by the state property tax administrator, as having required
the senior to stop occupying the senior's prior primary residence. When
applying for such an exemption, a senior must provide to the assessor the
form establishing proof of medical necessity.
For any property tax year commencing on or after January 1, 2019,
the bill prohibits the general assembly from reducing or suspending the
exemption for qualifying seniors and disabled veterans by lowering the
maximum amount of actual value of residential real property that is the
primary residence of a qualifying senior or a qualifying disabled veteran
of which 50% is exempt from property taxation below $200,000 unless
the amount of general fund revenue for the state fiscal year that ended
during the prior property tax year is less than the amount of general fund
revenue for the next preceding state fiscal year. If the general assembly
lowers the amount of actual value of residential real property that is the
primary residence of a qualifying senior or a qualifying disabled veteran
of which 50% is exempt from property taxation for a property tax year
below $200,000 in accordance with the new limitation established by the
bill, that amount automatically increases to $200,000 for any subsequent
property tax year for which the amount of general fund revenue for the
state fiscal year that ended during the prior property tax year is equal to
or more than the amount of general fund revenue for the next preceding
state fiscal year.

CCW Summary

Concerning the preservation of the property tax exemption for qualifying seniors and disabled veterans, and, in connection therewith, preserving the exemption of a senior who changes primary residences due to medical necessity and limiting the circumstances in which the amount of the exemption may be reduced.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/15/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Beckman (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/28/2019
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/18/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1143
Title: Distribute Plastic Straws Only Upon Request
Position
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a restaurant, food vendor, or other food service
establishment from providing a single-use plastic beverage straw to a
customer unless the customer requests a straw. The bill does not apply to
the following:
  • The use of a self-serve straw dispenser;

  • A customer's order of food from a food service
establishment through a drive-through window, for
off-premises delivery through a third-party delivery service,
or for delivery through the use of a digital or mobile
application or website; or
  • Prepackaged food that was filled, sealed, or packaged
before the food service establishment received the
prepackaged food at its retail premises.
A local government shall not regulate the use of single-use plastic
beverage straws.

CCW Summary

Concerning a requirement that a retail food establishment only provide a single-use plastic beverage straw to a customer upon request of the customer.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/08/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Fields (D)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/29/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (02/25/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1145
Title: Primary Residence Exempt Liens For Medical Debt
Position
Official Summary

The bill exempts a person's primary residence from attachment or
execution of a lien as the result of a judgment for medical debt. A person
recording a transcript of judgment must record an affidavit with the
transcript stating that the signer is an authorized agent of the judgment
creditor and whether the judgment is for medical debt. A judgment debtor

may record an affidavit with the county stating the debtor's name, a
description of the debtor's interest in the property, and that the property
is the debtor's primary residence. A primary residence is defined as a
person's dwelling place and includes the dwelling, the lot or lots on which
the dwelling is situated, including a farm of any number of acres, and any
appurtenances.
The bill takes effect on January 1, 2020, and applies to judgments
entered on or after that date.

CCW Summary

Concerning an exemption for a judgment debtor's primary residence from a lien arising from a judgment for medical debt.

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/22/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Tipper (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/29/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (03/11/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1147
Title: Revise Traumatic Brain Injury Program
Position
Official Summary

The bill makes revisions to the Colorado traumatic brain injury
program (program), including:
  • Renaming the program, the trust fund board, and the trust
fund to remove traumatic from the titles and making
conforming amendments in other statutes to reflect the new
names;
  • Defining brain injury and removing the definition of
traumatic brain injury;

  • Removing obsolete dates relating to trust fund board
appointments;
  • Removing the specific statutory listing of potential services
under the program and clarifying that all persons served by
the program receive service coordination and skills training
and may receive other services as determined by the trust
fund board;
  • Allowing the trust fund board to prioritize services and
eligibility for services;
  • Removing a restriction on the use of general fund money
for the program trust fund;
  • Removing general provisions relating to the administration
of the program; and
  • Removing the fee collected by municipalities for speeding
traffic offenses and increasing fees currently collected for
other offenses for the benefit of the trust fund.

CCW Summary

Concerning revisions to the traumatic brain injury program.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/26/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Snyder (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
L. Crowder (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/29/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/14/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1151
Title: Special Education Opportunity Scholarships
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado special education opportunity
scholarship program (program) to provide scholarships to parents of
eligible students with disabilities to use in purchasing services from an
education provider or other educational services as selected by the parent.
The department of education (department) must select up to 3 entities
(scholarship facilitators) to implement the program by establishing and
maintaining an account for each participating eligible student. The
administrative costs of the scholarship facilitators are paid from money

deposited in each account.
An eligible student who participates in the program receives a
scholarship in an amount equal to the statewide per pupil revenues plus
the amount of per pupil special education funding plus a proportional
share of the funding for students with multiple disabilities if the eligible
student has multiple disabilities. The eligible student must not be enrolled
in a public school so long as the student is receiving a scholarship. The
parent of a participating eligible student must use the money in the
student's account to purchase educational services or materials, as
described in the bill, and maintain a record of and receipts for services
and materials purchased. A parent may not accept any payment, rebate,
or illegitimate refund from a provider from whom the parent purchases
educational services or materials. The bill establishes the process for
investigating and addressing, if necessary, any alleged misuse of
scholarship money.
The bill specifies the duties of the scholarship facilitators,
including publicizing the program, reporting specified information to the
department, establishing the method for paying money out of the
accounts, monitoring parents' use of the money in the accounts, and
approving educational services providers.

CCW Summary

Concerning scholarships for children with disabilities.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/20/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Geitner (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/29/2019
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/14/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1154
Title: Patient Choice Of Pharmacy
Position
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a carrier that offers or issues a health benefit
plan that covers pharmaceutical services, including prescription drug
coverage, or a pharmacy benefit management firm managing those
benefits for a carrier, from:
  • Limiting or restricting a covered person's ability to select a

pharmacy or pharmacist if certain conditions are met;
  • Imposing a copayment, fee, or other cost-sharing
requirement for selecting a pharmacy of the covered
person's choosing;
  • Imposing other conditions on a covered person, pharmacist,
or pharmacy that limit or restrict a covered person's ability
to use a pharmacy of the covered person's choosing; or
  • Denying a pharmacy or pharmacist the right to participate
in any of its pharmacy network contracts in this state or as
a contracting provider in this state if the pharmacy or
pharmacist has a valid license in Colorado and the
pharmacy or pharmacist agrees to specified conditions

CCW Summary

Concerning the ability of a person eligible for prescription drug benefits to choose the pharmacy at which to fill a prescription drug order.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/26/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Catlin (R)
K. Mullica (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
D. Coram (R)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/29/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely (02/13/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1155
Title: Additions To Definition Of Sexual Contact
Position
Official Summary

The bill adds the following conduct to the definition of sexual
contact for the purposes of defining sex crimes:
  • The knowing emission or ejaculation of seminal fluid onto
any body part of the victim or the clothing covering any
body part of the victim; and
  • Knowingly causing semen, blood, urine, feces , or a bodily

substance to contact any body part of the victim or the
clothing covering any body part of the victim if that contact
is for the purpose of sexual arousal, gratification, or abuse.

CCW Summary

Concerning adding certain conduct to the definition of sexual contact.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/28/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/29/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (04/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1156
Title: Proof Of Citizenship To Register To Vote
Position
Official Summary

In connection with current procedures permitting an elector to
register to vote on or immediately prior to or on election day, the bill
requires that the elector provide a form of identification that includes
proof of citizenship.

CCW Summary

Concerning a requirement to provide proof of citizenship to vote.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/11/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsP. Neville (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/29/2019
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/12/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1160
Title: Mental Health Facility Pilot Program
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates a new 3-year mental health facility pilot program
to provide residential care, treatment, and services to persons with both
a mental health diagnosis and a physical health diagnosis. It contains
requirements for applicants and directs the department of public health
and environment to select one or 2 applicants for the pilot program.

CCW Summary

Concerning a mental health facility pilot program.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/30/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1163
Title: Reduce Regulatory Burden Rules On Businesses
Position
Official Summary

Prior to adopting rules under the State Administrative Procedure
Act (APA), a state agency (agency) is required to prepare a regulatory
flexibility analysis in which the agency considers using regulatory
methods that will accomplish the objectives of applicable statutes while
minimizing the adverse impact on small businesses. For purposes of the

regulatory flexibility analysis, the bill defines small business as a
business that is independently owned and operated and employs 100 or
fewer employees.
When preparing the regulatory flexibility analysis, an agency is
required to consider methods to reduce the impact on small businesses,
including the following:
  • Establishing less stringent compliance or reporting
requirements;
  • Establishing less stringent schedules or deadlines for
compliance or reporting requirements;
  • Consolidating or simplifying compliance or reporting
requirements;
  • Establishing different performance standards; and
  • Exempting small businesses from compliance
requirements.
The agency is also required to:
  • Determine the necessity for the proposed rules;
  • Identify the fiscal impact of the rules;
  • Identify and analyze the least costly alternatives to the rules
and adopt the least costly alternatives unless the agency
provides written justification for adopting a more costly
regulatory approach; and
  • Analyze whether small businesses should be exempted
from the rules or whether less burdensome rules should be
applied to small businesses and adopt exemptions or less
burdensome rules, unless the agency provides written
justification for a more burdensome regulatory approach.
The agency is required to file the regulatory flexibility analysis
with the secretary of state for publication in the Colorado register at the
same time that it files its notice of proposed rule-making and the draft of
proposed rules.
The existing provision in the APA on forming a representative
group to give input on proposed rules is amended to require an agency
proposing rules that are likely to have an impact on small businesses to
expand outreach to and actively solicit representatives of small businesses
to participate in the representative group and in the rule-making hearing
for the rules. The agency must make good faith efforts to expand outreach
and notification to small businesses that lack a trade association or
lobbyist to represent the types of small businesses impacted by the
proposed rules.
The executive director of the department of regulatory agencies
(executive director), or the executive director's designee, shall develop a
one-stop location on the department's website that provides a place for
small businesses and the public to access the regulatory flexibility
analyses that agencies prepare.
A small business that is adversely affected or aggrieved by the
failure of an agency to comply with the regulatory flexibility analysis
requirements may:
  • File a request with the executive director to require the
agency to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed
rules and to direct the agency to adjust the rule-making
schedule to allow for the preparation of the cost-benefit
analysis; or
  • Request a hearing on the matter before an administrative
law judge.

CCW Summary

Concerning methods to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses from administrative rules adopted by state agencies.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/21/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
J. Smallwood (R)
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/30/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (02/28/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1167
Title: Remote Notaries Protect Privacy
Position
Official Summary

Current law requires an individual who wishes to have a document
notarized to appear personally before the notary public. The bill
authorizes notaries public to perform a notarial act on behalf of an
individual who is not in the notary's physical presence, but only with
respect to an electronic document.
To perform a remote notarization, a notary must use an

electronic system that conforms to standards established by rules of the
secretary of state, including using real-time audio-video communication.
The bill establishes the standards that a notary must comply with to have
satisfactory evidence of the identity of the individual seeking the remote
notarization.
A notary and the operator of a remote notarization system are
prohibited from using personal information collected during a remote
notarization for any purpose other than completing the notarial act or as
necessary to effect, administer, enforce, service, or process the transaction
for which the information was provided.

CCW Summary

Concerning an authorization for notaries public to perform notarial acts using audio-video communication.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/12/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
M. Duran (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/30/2019
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments (05/01/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1168
Title: State Innovation Waiver Reinsurance Program
Position
Official Summary

The bill authorizes the commissioner of insurance to apply to the
secretary of the United States department of health and human services
for a state innovation waiver, for federal funding, or both, to allow the
state to implement and operate a reinsurance program to assist health
insurers in paying high-cost insurance claims. The state cannot implement
the program absent waiver or funding approval from the secretary. The
program is established as an enterprise for purposes of section 20 of
article X of the state constitution. The division of insurance is to include
an update regarding the program in its annual SMART Act report, and
the program is subject to sunset review and repeal in 5 years.

CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of the Colorado reinsurance program to provide reinsurance payments to health insurers to aid in paying high-cost insurance claims, and, in connection therewith, authorizing the commissioner of insurance to seek approval from the federal government to waive applicable federal requirements, request federal funds, or both, to enable the state to implement the program and making the program contingent upon waiver or funding approval.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/26/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
J. Rich (R)
Senate SponsorsB. Rankin (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/01/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1169
Title: Mental Health Involuntary Transportation Holds
Position
Official Summary

Current law allows specified intervening professionals to transport
to a treatment facility any person who appears to be in need of an

immediate evaluation for treatment of a mental health disorder to prevent
physical or psychiatric harm to others or to himself or herself. The
authority to involuntarily hold such a person in custody expires upon the
delivery of the person to the facility. The bill adds language to clarify that
the authority to hold the person remains in effect until the evaluation is
completed and a determination is made concerning the need for continued
emergency evaluation and treatment.

CCW Summary Concerning the authority to hold a person in a mental health crisis through the provisions of the mental health involuntary transportation hold until the initial evaluation at the receiving facility is completed.

 

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/23/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/04/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (03/01/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1170
Title: Residential Tenants Health And Safety Act
Position
Official Summary

Under current law, a warranty of habitability (warranty) is implied
in every rental agreement for a residential premises, and a landlord
commits a breach of the warranty (breach) if:
  • The residential premises is uninhabitable or otherwise unfit
for human habitation;
  • The residential premises is in a condition that is materially

dangerous or hazardous to the tenant's life, health, or
safety; and
  • The landlord has received written notice of the condition
and failed to cure the problem within a reasonable time.
The bill states that a landlord breaches the warranty if a residential
premises is:
  • Uninhabitable or otherwise unfit for human habitation or in
a condition that is materially dangerous or hazardous to the
tenant's life, health, or safety; and
  • The landlord has received written or electronic notice of
the condition and failed to commence remedial action by
employing reasonable efforts within:
  • 24 hours, where the condition is materially
dangerous or hazardous to the tenant's life, health,
or safety; or
  • 72 hours, where the premises is uninhabitable or
otherwise unfit for human habitation.
Current law provides a list of conditions that render a residential
premises uninhabitable. To this list, the bill adds 2 conditions;
specifically, a residential premises is uninhabitable if:
  • The premises lacks a functioning refrigerator, range, or
oven, if the landlord provides any of these appliances
pursuant to the rental agreement; or
  • There is mold that is associated with dampness, or there is
any other condition causing the premises to be damp, which
condition, if not remedied, would materially interfere with
the health or safety of the tenant.
The bill grants to county courts and small claims courts
jurisdiction to provide injunctive relief related to a breach.
Current law requires a tenant to serve written notice upon a
landlord before the landlord may be held liable for a breach. The bill
expands the acceptable form of such notice to include electronic notice.
The bill also:
  • States that if a tenant gives a landlord notice of a condition
that is imminently hazardous to life, health, or safety the
landlord, at the request of the tenant, shall move the tenant
to a reasonably comparable unit under the control of the
landlord or pay for a tenant to reside in a reasonably
comparable temporary living location while the condition
is being remedied or repaired;
  • Allows a tenant who satisfies certain conditions to deduct
from one or more rent payments the cost to repair or
remedy a condition causing a breach;
  • Repeals the requirement that a tenant notify a local
government before seeking an injunction for a breach;
  • Repeals provisions that allow a rental agreement to require
a tenant to assume certain responsibilities concerning
conditions and characteristics of a premises;
  • Prohibits a landlord from retaliating against a tenant in
response to the tenant having made a good-faith complaint
to the landlord or to a governmental agency alleging a
condition that renders the premises uninhabitable or any
condition that materially interferes with the health or safety
of the tenant; and
  • Repeals certain presumptions and specifies monetary
damages that may be available to a tenant against whom a
landlord retaliates.
If the same condition that substantially caused a breach recurs
within 6 months after the condition is repaired or remedied, the tenant
may terminate the rental agreement 14 days after providing the landlord
written or electronic notice of the tenant's intent to do so.

CCW Summary

Concerning increasing tenant protections relating to the residential warranty of habitability.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/07/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
D. Jackson (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Williams (D)
J. Bridges (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/05/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1174
Title: Out-of-network Health Care Services
Position
Official Summary

The bill:
  • Requires health insurance carriers, health care providers,
and health care facilities to provide patients covered by
health benefit plans with information concerning the
provision of services by out-of-network providers and
in-network and out-of-network facilities;

  • Outlines the disclosure requirements and the claims and
payment process for the provision of out-of-network
services;
  • Requires the commissioner of insurance, the state board of
health, and the director of the division of professions and
occupations in the department of regulatory agencies to
promulgate rules that specify the requirements for
disclosures to consumers, including the timing, the format,
and the contents and language in the disclosures;
  • Establishes the reimbursement amount for out-of-network
providers that provide health care services to covered
persons at an in-network facility and for out-of-network
providers or facilities that provide emergency services to
covered persons; and
  • Creates a penalty for failure to comply with the payment
requirements for out-of-network health care services.

CCW Summary

Concerning out-of-network health care services provided to covered persons.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/12/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
M. Catlin (R)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/07/2019
StatusSigned by the President of the Senate (05/15/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1176
Title: Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates the health care cost analysis task force (task force).

The president of the senate, the minority leader of the senate, the speaker
of the house of representatives, and the minority leader of the house of
representatives shall each appoint 2 legislative members to the task force.
The governor shall appoint 9 members to the task force. The executive
directors of the departments of human services, public health and
environment, and health care policy and financing, or their designees, also
serve on the task force.
The task force is required to issue a request for proposals and
select an analyst to complete a health care cost analysis of 4 health care
financing systems. The health care financing systems to be analyzed are:
  • The current health care financing system, in which
residents receive health care coverage from private and
public insurance carriers or are uninsured;
  • A public option system in which health benefit plans are
sold through, and revenues and premiums are received
from, the Colorado health benefit exchange, with additional
funding as necessary through the general fund;
  • A multi-payer universal health care financing system, in
which competing insurance carriers or health maintenance
organizations receive payments from a public financing
authority; and
  • A publicly financed and privately delivered universal
health care system that directly compensates providers.
The analyst is required to use the same specified criteria when
conducting the analysis of each health care financing system.
The task force is required to report the findings of the analyst to
the general assembly.
The task force may seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, and
donations for the analysis. The general assembly may appropriate money
to the health care cost analysis cash fund for the purposes of the task
force, the analysis, and reporting requirements.

CCW Summary

Concerning the enactment of the "Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019" that creates a task force to analyze health care financing systems in order to give the general assembly findings regarding the systems' costs of providing adequate health care to residents of the state.

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/24/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsE. Sirota (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/12/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1177
Title: Extreme Risk Protection Orders
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates the ability for a family or household member or a
law enforcement officer to petition the court for a temporary extreme risk
protection order (ERPO). The petitioner must establish by a
preponderance of the evidence that a person poses a significant risk to
self or others by having a firearm in his or her custody or control or by
possessing, purchasing, or receiving a firearm. The petitioner must submit
an affidavit signed under oath and penalty of perjury that sets forth facts
to support the issuance of a temporary ERPO and a reasonable basis for

believing they exist. The court must hold a temporary ERPO hearing in
person or by telephone on the day the petition is filed or on the court day
immediately following the day the petition is filed.
After issuance of a temporary ERPO, the court must schedule a
second hearing no later than 14 days following the issuance to determine
whether the issuance of a continuing ERPO is warranted. The court shall
appoint counsel to represent the respondent at the hearing. If a family or
household member or a law enforcement officer establishes by clear and
convincing evidence that a person poses a significant risk to self or others
by having a firearm in his or her custody or control or by possessing,
purchasing, or receiving a firearm, the court may issue a continuing
ERPO. The ERPO prohibits the respondent from possessing, controlling,
purchasing, or receiving a firearm for 364 days.
Upon issuance of the ERPO, the respondent shall surrender all of
his or her firearms and his or her concealed carry permit if the respondent
has one. The respondent may surrender his or her firearms either to a law
enforcement agency or a federally licensed firearms dealer. If a person
other than the respondent claims title to any firearms surrendered to law
enforcement, the firearm shall be returned to him or her.
The respondent can motion the court once during the 364-day
ERPO for a hearing to terminate the ERPO. The respondent has the
burden of proof at a termination hearing. The court shall terminate the
ERPO if the respondent establishes by clear and convincing evidence that
he or she no longer poses a significant risk of causing personal injury to
self or others by having in his or her custody or control a firearm or by
purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm. The court may continue
the hearing if the court cannot issue an order for termination at that time
but believes there is a strong possibility the court could issue a
termination order prior to the expiration of the ERPO.
The petitioner requesting the original ERPO may request an
extension of the ERPO before it expires. The petitioner must show by
clear and convincing evidence that the respondent continues to pose a
significant risk of causing personal injury to self or others by having a
firearm in his or her custody or control or by purchasing, possessing, or
receiving a firearm. If the ERPO expires or is terminated, all of the
respondent's firearms must be returned.
The bill requires the state court administrator to develop and
prepare standard petitions and ERPO forms. Additionally, the state court
administrator at the judicial department's State Measurement for
Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act
hearing shall provide statistics related to petitions for ERPOs.

CCW Summary Concerning creation of an extreme risk protection order.

 

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/22/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsA. Garnett (D)
T. Sullivan (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/14/2019
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Bill: HB19-1184
Title: Demographic Notes For Certain Legislative Bills
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to prepare
demographic notes on legislative bills in each regular session of the
general assembly. The speaker of the house of representatives, the
minority leader of the house of representatives, the president of the
senate, and the minority leader of the senate are authorized to request 5

demographic notes each, or more at the discretion of the director of
research of the legislative council.
The bill requires the staff of the legislative council to meet with
the member of leadership requesting the demographic note and with the
sponsor of the legislative bill to discuss whether a demographic note can
practically be completed for that legislative bill. If not, the member of
leadership may request a demographic note, within the limits specified in
the bill, on a different legislative bill that might be more conducive to a
demographic note's analysis.
A demographic note is defined as a note that uses available data to
outline the potential disparate effects of a legislative measure on various
populations within the state. Populations may be identified by race,
gender, disability, age, geography, income, or any other relevant
characteristic for which data are available.
The bill requires the director of research of the legislative council
to develop the procedures for requesting, completing, and updating the
demographic notes and to memorialize the procedures in a letter to the
executive committee of the legislative council.
Finally, the bill requires each state department, agency, or
institution to cooperate with and provide information for a demographic
note of a legislative bill in the manner requested by the staff of the
legislative council.

CCW Summary

Concerning a requirement that staff of the legislative council prepare demographic notes on certain legislative bills.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/18/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Williams (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/15/2019
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Bill: HB19-1189
Title: Wage Garnishment Reform
Position
Official Summary

Under current law, the amount of an individual's disposable

earnings subject to garnishment is either 25% of the individual's
disposable earnings for a week or the amount an individual's disposable
earnings for a week exceed 30 times the state or federal minimum wage,
whichever is less. The bill changes the amount subject to garnishment
from 25% to 15% of the individual's disposable weekly earnings and from
30 times to 50 times the amount an individual's disposable earnings for
a week exceed the state or federal minimum wage. Currently, the cost of
court-ordered health insurance for a child provided by an individual is
deducted from the individual's disposable earnings subject to
garnishment. The bill also deducts from an individual's disposable
earnings subject to garnishment the cost of any health insurance that is
provided by the individual's employer and voluntarily withheld from the
individual's earnings.
The bill creates an exemption that would permit individuals to
prove that the amount of their pay subject to garnishment should be
further reduced or eliminated altogether if the individual can establish
that such reductions are necessary to support the individual or the
individual's family. The bill also requires clearer and more timely notice
to an individual whose wages are being garnished and gives the
individual more time after receiving the notice before garnishment starts.

CCW Summary

Concerning wage garnishment reform, and, in connection therewith, reducing disposable earnings by health insurance premiums, reducing the amount that is subject to garnishment, and providing more detailed information to the judgment debtor regarding garnishment.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/08/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
J. Bridges (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/19/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1194
Title: School Discipline For Preschool Through Second Grade
Position
Official Summary

The bill allows a state-funded, community-based preschool
program, school district, or charter school (enrolling entity) to impose an
out-of-school suspension or expel a student enrolled in preschool,
kindergarten, or first or second grade only under specified circumstances.
If the enrolling entity imposes an out-of-school suspension, the length of

the suspension must be limited to the time required to resolve the safety
threat, but no more than 3 school days. The state board of education (state
board) cannot waive the provisions concerning suspension and expulsion
of young students for school districts or charter schools. Each school
district and charter school must ensure that its school discipline code
reflects the requirements specified in the bill. The state board must
annually review the data concerning suspensions and expulsions of
students in preschool, kindergarten, and first and second grade.

CCW Summary

Concerning the discipline of preschool through second grade students enrolled in publicly funded education programs.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/30/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
C. Larson (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Fields (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/20/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/13/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1204
Title: Prohibit Camping Environmentally Sensitive Areas
Position
Official Summary
CCW Summary

Concerning a prohibition on camping without authorization near environmentally sensitive areas.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/08/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Beckman (R)
S. Sandridge (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/20/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Energy & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (03/04/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1211
Title: Prior Authorization Requirements Health Care Service
Position
Official Summary

With regard to the prior authorization process used by carriers or
private utilization review organizations (organizations) acting on behalf
of carriers to review and determine whether a particular health care
service prescribed by a health care provider is approved as a covered
benefit under the patient's health benefit plan, the bill requires carriers

and organizations to:
  • Publish and update their prior authorization requirements
and restrictions;
  • Comply with deadlines established in the bill for making a
determination on a prior authorization request;
  • Use current, clinically based prior authorization criteria that
are aligned with other quality initiatives of the carrier or
organization and with other carriers' and organizations'
prior authorization criteria for the same health care service;
  • Limit the use of prior authorization to providers whose
prescribing or ordering patterns differ significantly from
the patterns of their peers after adjusting for patient mix
and other relevant factors; and
  • Exempt from prior authorization providers with an 80%
approval rate of prior authorization requests over the
previous 12 months, and conduct annual reevaluation of a
provider's eligibility for the exemption.
If a carrier or organization fails to make a determination within the
time required or fails to apply prior authorization requirements or exempt
providers from prior authorization requirements, the request is deemed
approved.
An approved prior authorization request is valid for at least 180
days and continues for the duration of the prescribed or ordered course of
treatment and the covered person's plan year.
The commissioner of insurance is authorized to adopt rules as
necessary to implement the bill.

CCW Summary

Concerning prior authorization requests submitted by providers for a determination of coverage of health care services under a health benefit plan.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/12/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Williams (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/25/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/13/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1216
Title: Reduce Insulin Prices
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires a carrier to reduce the cost sharing a covered
person is required to pay for prescription insulin drugs by an amount
equal to the greater of 51% of the total rebates received by the carrier per
prescription insulin drug including price protection rebates or an amount
that ensures cost sharing will not exceed 125% of the carrier's cost for the
prescription insulin drug, subject to a maximum out-of-pocket cost of

$100 per one-month supply of insulin.
The bill requires the department of law to investigate the pricing
of prescription insulin drugs and submit a report of its findings to the
governor, the commissioner of insurance, and the judiciary committees
of the senate and house of representatives.

CCW Summary

Concerning measures to reduce a patient's costs of prescription insulin drugs.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/08/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/28/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/22/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1221
Title: Regulation Of Electric Scooters
Position
Official Summary

Electric scooters, which are lightweight, motorized transportation
devices, with handlebars, that obtain a maximum speed of 20 miles per
hour when powered by motor, are currently regulated as toy vehicles. Toy
vehicles are authorized for use on sidewalks, but not for use on roadways.
The bill excludes electric scooters from the definition of toy
vehicle and includes electric scooters in the definition of motor
vehicle, thus authorizing the use of electric scooters on roadways. The
bill affords riders of electric scooters the same rights and duties that riders

of electrical assisted bicycles have under the laws of the state.
Section 5 of the bill authorizes a local government to regulate the
operation of an electric scooter in a manner that is no more restrictive
than the manner in which the local government may regulate an electrical
assisted bicycle.

CCW Summary

Concerning the regulation of electric scooters.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/26/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
J. Bridges (D)
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/05/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/23/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1223
Title: Social Security Disability Application Assistance
Position
Official Summary
CCW Summary

Concerning application assistance for persons seeking federal disability benefits.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/10/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
C. Larson (R)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/05/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1225
Title: No Monetary Bail For Certain Low-level Offenses
Position
Official Summary

Under current law, the court is required to release a person charged
with a class 3 misdemeanor, petty offense, or unclassified offense on a
personal recognizance bond unless certain conditions exist. The bill
removes petty offenses from that requirement. The bill prohibits a court
from imposing a monetary condition of release for a defendant charged
with a traffic offense, petty offense, or municipal offense, except for a

traffic offense involving death or bodily injury, eluding a police officer,
circumventing an interlock device, or a municipal offense with
substantially similar elements to a state misdemeanor offense. The bill
does not prohibit a defendant's release based on a pretrial policy that
includes monetary conditions if the defendant is informed that he or she
would be released without monetary conditions if he or she waits for a
bond hearing. The bill does not prohibit issuance of a warrant with
monetary conditions of bond for a defendant who fails to appear in court
as required or who violates a condition of release.

CCW Summary

Concerning prohibiting the use of monetary bail for certain levels of offenses except in certain circumstances.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/13/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/08/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (04/25/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1227
Title: Prevailing Wage Working Group In Department of Personnel and Administration
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the executive director of the department of
personnel or his or her designee, in coordination with the executive
director of the department of labor and employment or his or her

designee, to convene a prevailing wage working group to meet during the
interim following the first regular session of the seventy-second general
assembly to determine the most efficient and appropriate manner in which
to implement a prevailing wage requirement for state contracts. The bill
specifies the aspects of a potential prevailing wage requirement that the
working group is required to consider.
The prevailing wage working group is required to solicit input
from subject matter experts during the course of its work and is required
to submit to the general assembly its recommendations for the most
efficient and appropriate manner in which to implement a prevailing wage
requirement for state contracts.

CCW Summary

Concerning a requirement that the department of personnel create a prevailing wage working group to determine the appropriate manner in which to implement a prevailing wage requirement for state contracts.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/15/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsA. Benavidez (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/08/2019
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/04/2019 - No Amendments (04/30/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1228
Title: Increase Tax Credit Allocation Affordable Housing
Position
Official Summary

Currently, under the affordable housing tax credit, during each
calendar year of the period beginning in 2015 and ending in 2024 the
Colorado housing and finance authority (CHFA) may allocate tax credits

in an aggregate amount up to $5 million annually. The bill increases the
annual aggregate cap to $10 million for the years beginning on January
1, 2020, and ending on December 31, 2024.

CCW Summary

Concerning an increase in the aggregate amount of the tax credits that the Colorado housing and finance authority may allocate in a calendar year under the Colorado affordable housing tax credit.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/19/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Bird (D)
B. Titone (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
J. Tate (R)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/08/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1233
Title: Investments In Primary Care To Reduce Health Costs
Position
Official Summary

The bill:
  • Establishes a primary care payment reform collaborative in
the division of insurance in the department of regulatory
agencies;
  • Requires the commissioner of insurance to establish
affordability standards for premiums, including adding

targets for carrier investments in primary care; and
  • Requires the department of health care policy and financing
and carriers who offer health benefit plans to state
employees to set targets for investment in primary care.

CCW Summary

Concerning payment system reforms to reduce health care costs by increasing utilization of primary care.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/20/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Froelich (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
D. Moreno (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/08/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/16/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1239
Title: Census Outreach Grant Program
Position
Official Summary

In the division of local government (division) the bill creates the
2020 census outreach grant program (grant program) in the department
of local affairs (department) to provide grants to local governments,
intergovernmental agencies, councils of government, housing authorities,
school districts, and nonprofit organizations (eligible recipients) to

support the accurate counting of the population of the state for the 2020
census.
The department, in coordination with the grant program committee
(committee), which is also created in the division, is required to
implement and administer the grant program and to develop policies and
procedures necessary for such implementation and administration.
The committee is created in the division to make recommendations
to the department regarding the policies and procedures to review grant
applications and to make recommendations to the department regarding
which applications to approve for the grant award. The committee
consists of 7 members, 3 of whom are appointed by the governor and 4
of whom are appointed, one each, by the speaker of the house of
representatives, the president of the senate, and the minority leaders of the
house of representatives and the senate.
The bill specifies that eligible recipients may use grant money to
conduct 2020 census outreach, promotion, and education to focus on
hard-to-count communities in the state and to increase the self-response
rate and accuracy of the 2020 census. Eligible recipients may also use
grant money to further award grants to other local governments,
intergovernmental agencies, councils of government, housing authorities,
school districts, or nonprofit organizations.
To receive a grant, an eligible recipient must submit an application
to the department in accordance with the policies and procedures
developed by the department. The bill specifies the information that an
application must include at a minimum.
The committee is required to review the applications received and
to make recommendations to the department regarding which grant
applications to approve. In developing its recommendations, the
committee is required to consider whether the eligible recipient will be
conducting outreach in hard-to-count communities and the size and
geographic and demographic diversity of the hard-to-count communities
in which outreach, education, and promotion of the 2020 census will
occur as provided by all eligible recipients that receive grant money.
Subject to available appropriations and in accordance with the
recommendation of the committee, the department is required to award
grants for the purposes of the grant program on or before November 1,
2019, and to distribute the grant money to eligible recipients that were
awarded grants within 30 days after the grants are awarded.
Each eligible recipient that received a grant through the grant
program is required to submit a report to the department including
information to be determined by the department. The department is
required to submit a report to the local government committees of the
senate and the house of representatives, or any successor committees, and
to the governor regarding the census outreach conducted through the
grant program.
For the 2019-20 fiscal year, the bill directs the general assembly
to appropriate $12 million to the department to award grants to eligible
recipients for the purposes of the grant program. In addition, the
department may solicit, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations
from private or public sources for the purposes of the grant program.
On or before May 1, 2026, and on or before May 1 every 10 years
thereafter, the department and the office of the governor are required to
develop a strategic action plan, including a discussion of necessary
funding for the plan, for outreach and promotion for a successful count
of the population in Colorado during the upcoming decennial census.

CCW Summary

Concerning the promotion of an accurate count in the decennial census by creating a census outreach program.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/28/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Tipper (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
F. Winter (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/12/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/23/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1243
Title: 16-year-olds Voting School District Elections
Position
Official Summary

The bill allows a person who is preregistered to vote in school
district elections beginning at 16 years of age. A school district election
is defined as an election to recall a school district officer or an election
called under title 22, Colorado Revised Statutes, including elections for:
  • The state board of education;
  • School district officers;

  • Referred measures to impose or increase mill levies or to
raise and expend property taxes;
  • Referred measures relating to the organization of or plan of
representation for school districts; and
  • Referred measures related to the financial obligations and
indebtedness of school districts.
A preregistrant's voter information is required to be kept
confidential. When a person preregisters, they must receive information
concerning their eligibility to vote in school district elections, how to
update their preregistration information and obtain and cast a ballot, and
their confidential status and actions that could cause their information to
become public even while in confidential status.
A preregistrant is automatically registered to vote in all elections
upon turning age 18. Individuals committed to juvenile detention facilities
must be given information about their right to preregister and vote in
school district elections.
A preregistrant can circulate and sign petitions to nominate or
recall a school district officer or to initiate an election under title 22,
Colorado Revised Statutes. A preregistrant cannot run for office or be
appointed to fill a vacancy. If a juvenile is charged with an election
offense and no other crime is charged, the juvenile court is prohibited
from transferring the charge to a district court.
For any election in which preregistrants are eligible to vote and in
which the county clerk and recorder has responsibilities for the election,
the state is required to reimburse the county for the direct costs associated
with ballots sent to preregistrants. The school district's share of the costs
of the election in a cost-sharing agreement must be reduced by the
amount of the state's reimbursement.
The bill takes effect on January 1, 2021, and applies to elections
conducted on or after that date.

CCW Summary

Concerning participation in school district elections by individuals at least sixteen years of age.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/27/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/15/2019
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/02/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1244
Title: Expand Peace Officer Mental Health Support Program
Position
Official Summary

Under current law, only county sheriffs' offices and municipal
police departments may apply for a grant from the peace officers mental

health support grant program (program). The bill opens the program to
additional eligible applicants, which include other types of law
enforcement agencies as well as organizations that provide services and
programs that promote the mental health wellness of peace officers. The
bill also specifies new permissible uses of grant money and requires grant
recipients to report to the department of local affairs concerning their use
of grant money.

CCW Summary

Concerning the peace officers mental health support grant program, and, in connection therewith, allowing certain agencies to apply for grants from the program and expanding the permissible uses of money awarded as grants under the program.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/25/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
J. Coleman (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/15/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1245
Title: Affordable Housing Funding From Vendor Fee Changes
Position
Official Summary

The state treasurer is required to credit an amount equal to the
increase in sales taxes attributable to the vendor fee changes that result

from the bill to the housing development grant fund, which the division
of housing in the department of local affairs (division) uses to make
grants and loans to improve, preserve, or expand the supply of affordable
housing in the state. The division is required to annually award at least
1/3 of this money for affordable housing projects for households whose
annual income is less than or equal to 30% of the area median income.
The increase in sales taxes attributable to the vendor fee changes
that result from the bill are excluded from the definition of state sales tax
increment revenue for purposes of the Colorado Regional Tourism Act
so that the increase is payable to the state and not an applicable financing
entity.
A retailer who collects state sales tax is currently allowed to retain
3 1/3% of the state sales taxes collected as compensation for the retailer's
expenses incurred in collecting and remitting the tax (vendor fee).
Beginning January 1, 2020, the bill increases the vendor fee to 4% and
establishes a $1,000 monthly cap on the vendor fee. This limit applies
regardless of the number of the retailer's locations. A vendor with
multiple locations is required to register all locations under one account
with the department of revenue. The changes to the state vendor fee do
not apply to a local government that imposes a sales tax and permits a
vendor fee that is based on the state's vendor fee.
The sales and use tax revenue that is deposited in the housing
development grant fund for the state fiscal year 2019-20 is reduced by a
specified amount to cover the department of revenue's expenses to make
the IT changes necessary to implement the bill, which results in a
corresponding increase in the general fund. In turn, this amount is
appropriated from the general fund to the department of revenue for this
purpose.

CCW Summary

Concerning an increase in affordable housing funding from increased state sales tax revenue that results from a modification to the state sales tax vendor fee, and, in connection therewith, enacting the "Affordable Housing Act of 2019" and making an appropriation.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/10/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/15/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1252
Title: College Credit For Work Experience
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the council created and existing pursuant to
section 23-1-108.5 (council) to implement a plan for determining and
awarding academic credit for postsecondary education based on past and
present work-related experience.
As a part of the plan, the council must also determine how
academic credit for postsecondary education will transfer to the extent

possible from career and technical education programs and technical
certificate programs to state public 2-year and 4-year institutions of
higher education.
The council must consult with representatives from state
institutions of higher education, representatives of the Colorado work
force development council, and representatives from growing industries
in implementing the plan.
The bill requires state institutions of higher education to develop
plans to evaluate whether postsecondary education was acquired by work
experience and to accept and transfer academic credit awarded for
work-related experience as courses with guaranteed-transfer designation
or as a part of a statewide articulation agreement.
The bill supplements Colorado's student bill of rights to include a
provision declaring that the council shall implement a plan to award
academic credit for past and present work-related experience.

CCW Summary

Concerning a statewide plan for awarding college credit for work-related experience.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/18/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
T. Geitner (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/19/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (05/01/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1257
Title: Voter Approval To Retain Revenue For Ed & Transp
Position
Official Summary

Beginning with the 2018-19 fiscal year, the bill authorizes the state

to annually retain and spend all state revenues in excess of the
constitutional limitation on state fiscal year spending that the state would
otherwise be required to refund. The bill is a referendum that will be
submitted to the voters at the statewide election held on November 5,
2019, and approval of the ballot title at the election constitutes a
voter-approved revenue change to the constitutional limitation on state
fiscal year spending.
If approved, an amount of money equal to the state revenues
retained under this measure is designated as part of the general fund
exempt account. The general assembly is required to appropriate or the
state treasurer is required to transfer this money to provide funding for:
  • Public schools;
  • Higher education; and
  • Roads, bridges, and transit.
Legislative council staff will be required to specify this retained
amount and its associated uses in an annual report that it currently
prepares related to revenue retained and spent under referendum C. In
addition, the state auditor is required to contract with a private entity to
annually conduct a financial audit regarding the use of the money that the
state retains and spends under this measure.

CCW Summary

Concerning authority for the state to keep and spend all revenue in excess of the constitutional limitation on annual spending to provide funding for public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/18/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Becker (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
K. Priola (R)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/20/2019
StatusSigned by the President of the Senate (05/14/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1258
Title: Allocate Voter-approved Revenue For Education & Transportation
Position
Official Summary

The bill is contingent on voters approving a related referred
measure to annually retain and spend state revenues in excess of the
constitutional spending limit. If the measure passes, in years when the
state retains and spends revenue under the authority of the measure there
will be additional revenue in the general fund exempt account (account).

Section 1 of the bill requires 1/3 of this money in the account to be
allocated to each of the purposes approved by voters, which are:
  • Public schools;
  • Higher education; and
  • Roads, bridges, and transit.
The general assembly is required to appropriate the money for public
schools and higher education for the state fiscal year after the state retains
the revenue under the authority of the voter-approved revenue change,
with an exception for the state fiscal year 2018-19. The money
appropriated for public schools must be distributed on a per pupil basis
and used by public schools only for nonrecurring expenses for the
purpose of improving classrooms, and it may not be used as part of a
district reserve.
The state treasurer is required to transfer the remaining 1/3 of the
money to the highway users tax fund (HUTF) after the state treasurer
receives a report certifying the state's TABOR revenues (report). Section
3
clarifies that the report must include the money that the state keeps and
spends as a result of the 2019 measure, and that this amount must be
reported separately from the referendum C money in the account.
Under section 4 the money the state treasurer transfers to the
HUTF is allocated 60% to the state highway fund, 22% to counties, and
18% to cities and incorporated towns. Under section 5 no more than 90%
of the money allocated to the state highway fund may be expended for
highway purposes or highway-related capital improvements and at least
10% must be expended for transit purposes or for transit-related capital
improvements.
Section 2 includes a conforming amendment to ensure that the
allocation for the referendum C money does not apply to any new revenue
in the account as a result of the 2019 voter approval.

CCW Summary

Concerning the allocation of money that the state keeps and spends as a result of a voter-approved revenue change at the 2019 statewide election.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/18/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Becker (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
K. Priola (R)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/20/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (06/03/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1263
Title: Offense Level For Controlled Substance Possession
Position
Official Summary

Under existing law, possession of any amount of flunitrazepam,
ketamine, cathinones, or a controlled substance listed in schedule I or II
is a level 4 drug felony. Possession of a controlled substance listed in
schedule III, IV, or V, except flunitrazepam or ketamine, is a level 1 drug
misdemeanor. The bill makes possession of flunitrazepam, ketamine,

cathinones, or a controlled substance listed in schedule I or II a level 1
drug misdemeanor. The bill makes conforming amendments related to
making the possession offense a misdemeanor.
Under existing law, possession of more than 12 ounces of
marijuana or more than 3 ounces of marijuana concentrate is a level 4
drug felony, and possession of 6 to 12 ounces of marijuana or not more
than 3 ounces of marijuana concentrate is a level 1 drug misdemeanor.
The bill makes possession of more than 6 ounces of marijuana or more
than 3 ounces of marijuana concentrate a level 1 drug misdemeanor and
makes possession of 3 ounces or less of marijuana concentrate a level 2
drug misdemeanor.
Under existing law, failure to appear after being released on
summons or written promise to appear following arrest or detention for
the petty offense of possession of not more than 2 ounces of marijuana is
a class 3 misdemeanor. The bill clarifies that a person may not be arrested
for the petty offense of possession of not more than 2 ounces of marijuana
and that a court may issue a warrant for arrest of a person who fails to
appear in court as required by a summons for the possession offense.
Under existing law, abusing toxic vapors is a level 2 drug
misdemeanor and punishable with a sentence to jail for a second offense.
The bill clarifies that a person may not be sentenced to jail specifically for
a second offense.
Existing law requires a person convicted of an offense pursuant to
the Uniform Controlled Substances Act of 2013 (act) to be sentenced
to complete useful public service unless that person is sentenced to the
department of corrections or a community corrections facility. The bill
permits a court to suspend a sentence to complete useful public service
when it interferes with treatment or other probation requirements imposed
by the court. The bill removes the useful public service requirement for
persons receiving diversion or a deferred sentence. The bill requires only
those convicted of a felony drug offense to submit to the fingerprinting
and photographing requirements of the act.
The bill requires persons convicted of the level 1 drug
misdemeanors related to unlawful possession of a controlled substance
and possession of marijuana or marijuana concentrate to be punished by
a sentence of up to 2 years probation, with up to 180 days in jail as a
condition of, or for a violation of, probation, and a maximum $1,000 fine.
The bill requires persons convicted of the level 2 drug
misdemeanors related to unlawful use of a controlled substance,
possession of marijuana or marijuana concentrate, unlawful use or
possession of certain synthetic controlled substances, or abusing toxic
vapors to be punished by a sentence of up to one year probation, with up
to 120 days in jail as a condition of, or for a violation of, probation, and
a maximum $500 fine.
The county court drug court grant program is established in the
judicial department to provide grants to the county court of a city and
county to establish and operate a misdemeanor drug court. In order to be
eligible for a grant, the city and county must not receive state funding to
operate the county court.

CCW Summary

Concerning changing the penalty for certain violations pursuant to the "Uniform Controlled Substances Act of 2013".

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/02/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
S. Sandridge (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
V. Marble (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/22/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1267
Title: Penalties For Failure To Pay Wages
Position
Official Summary

Under existing law, an employer who willfully refuses to pay a
wage claim, or falsely denies the amount of a wage claim, or the validity
thereof, or that the same is due, with intent to secure any discount or

underpayment of such unpaid wage or with intent to annoy, harass,
oppress, hinder, delay, or defraud the person who is owed wages (wage
theft), is guilty of a misdemeanor.
The bill prohibits wage theft with the intent to coerce a person who
is owed wages. The bill defines wage theft as theft, which is a felony
when the theft is of an amount greater than $2,000.
The bill removes the exemption from criminal penalties for an
employer who is unable to pay wages or compensation because of a
chapter 7 bankruptcy action or other court action resulting in the
employer having limited control over his or her assets. The bill includes
in the definition of employee any person who performs work that is an
integral part of the employer's business and includes in the definition of
employer foreign labor contractors, officers or agents of an employer
entity, and any person acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an
employer in relation to an employee.
Under existing law, an employer who pays an employee a wage
less than the minimum wage is guilty of a misdemeanor. Under the bill,
a person who willfully pays a wage less than the minimum commits theft,
which is a felony when the theft is of an amount greater than $2,000.

CCW Summary

Concerning criminal offenses for failure to pay wages, and, in connection therewith, implementing recommendations from the Colorado human trafficking council.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/17/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
M. Froelich (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/25/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/16/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1269
Title: Mental Health Parity Insurance Medicaid
Position
Official Summary

The bill enacts the Behavioral Health Care Coverage
Modernization Act to address issues related to coverage of behavioral,
mental health, and substance use disorder services under private health
insurance and the state medical assistance program (medicaid).
With regard to health insurance, the bill:
  • Specifies that mandatory insurance coverage for

behavioral, mental health, and substance use disorders
includes coverage for the prevention of, screening for, and
treatment of those disorders and must comply with the
federal Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health
Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA)
(section 3 of the bill);
  • Requires coverage for services for behavioral, mental
health, and substance use disorders to continue while a
claim for the coverage is under review until the carrier
notifies the covered person of the claim determination
(section 3);
  • Requires carriers to comply with treatment limitation
requirements specified in federal regulations and precludes
carriers from applying treatment limitations to behavioral,
mental health, and substance use disorder services that do
not apply to medical and surgical benefits (section 3);
  • Requires carriers to provide an adequate network of
providers that are able to provide behavioral, mental health,
and substance use disorder services and to establish
procedures to authorize treatment by nonparticipating
providers when a participating provider is not available
under network adequacy requirements (section 3);
  • Modifies the definition of behavioral, mental health, and
substance use disorder to include diagnostic categories
listed in the mental disorders section of the International
Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health
Problems, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders, or the Diagnostic Classification of Mental
Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early
Childhood (section 3);
  • Updates the required coverage related to alcohol use and
behavioral health screenings to reflect the current
requirements of that coverage as specified in
recommendations of the United States preventive services
task force (section 3);
  • Requires the commissioner of insurance (commissioner) to
disallow a carrier's requested rate increase for failure to
demonstrate compliance with the MHPAEA (section 5);
  • For purposes of denials of requests for reimbursement for
behavioral, mental health, or substance use disorder
services, requires carriers to include specified information
about the protections included in the MHPAEA, how to
contact the division of insurance or the office of the
ombudsman for behavioral health access to care (office)
related to possible violations of the MHPAEA, and the
right to request medical necessity criteria (section 6);
  • For health benefit plans issued or renewed on or after
January 1, 2020, requires carriers that provide coverage for
an annual physical examination as a preventive health care
service to also cover an annual mental wellness checkup to
the same extent the physical examination is covered
(section 8);
  • Requires carriers to submit an annual parity report to the
commissioner (section 9); and
  • Starting January 1, 2020, requires carriers that provide
prescription drug benefits for the treatment of substance
use disorders to provide coverage of any FDA-approved
prescription medication for treating substance use disorders
without prior authorization or step therapy requirements
and to place all covered substance use disorder prescription
medications on the lowest tier of the drug formulary, and
precludes those carriers from excluding coverage for those
medications and related services solely on the grounds that
they were court ordered (section 10).
With regard to medicaid, the bill:
  • Requires the department of health care policy and financing
(department) to ensure that medicaid covers behavioral,
mental health, and substance use disorder services to the
extent that medicaid covers a physical illness and complies
with the MHPAEA (section 11);
  • Requires the statewide system of community behavioral
health care in the managed care system to require managed
care entities (MCEs) to provide an adequate network of
providers of behavioral, mental health, and substance use
disorder services and to prohibit MCEs from denying
payment for medically necessary and covered treatment for
a covered behavioral health disorder diagnosis or a covered
substance use disorder on the basis that the covered
diagnosis is not primary (section 12);
  • Requires the department to make MCE annual network
adequacy plans public and to examine complaints from the
office regarding compliance with the requirements of the
bill or the MHPAEA (section 12);
  • Requires MCEs to include specified statements regarding
the applicability of the MHPAEA to the managed care
system in medicaid and how to contact the office regarding
possible violations of the MHPAEA (section 14);
  • Requires MCEs to submit specified data to the department
regarding behavioral health services utilization by groups
that experience health disparities, denial rates for
behavioral health services requiring prior authorization,
and behavioral health provider directories (section 15);
  • Requires the department to submit an annual parity report
to the specified committees of the general assembly
(section 15); and
  • Starting January 1, 2020, requires an MCE that provides
prescription drug benefits for the treatment of substance
use disorders to provide coverage of any FDA-approved
prescription medication for treating substance use disorders
without prior authorization or step therapy requirements
and precludes those MCEs from excluding coverage for
those medications and related services solely on the
grounds that they were court ordered (section 16).

CCW Summary

Concerning measures to improve behavioral health care coverage practices.

Comment

We strongly support this bill.  We have a position of amend because there are a couple areas where disability is left out in terms of data collection in groups that have historically been excluded AND a requirement to make sure that the presence of other diagnosis do not give providers or managed care entities an excuse to not provide services.  We are confident we will get those amendments and our position will return to strong support.

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/19/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Sullivan (D)
L. Cutter (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/25/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/16/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1278
Title: Modifications To Uniform Election Code
Position
Official Summary

The bill makes changes to the Uniform Election Code of 1992
(code), including changes to procedures for voter registration, ballot
access requirements, political party organization filing requirements,
procedures for emergency and in-person voting, requirements for the
content of an election plan, procedures for curing ballots, and
requirements for curing recall petitions. The formulas and hours for drop

boxes and voter service and polling centers are revised. The bill allows
a 17-year-old who is preregistered and who will be 18 on the date of the
next general election to vote in a primary, and allows a person to seek a
court order to keep polling locations open past the regular closing time on
election day when voting at or access to a polling location has been
substantially impaired. The bill makes additional technical changes and
corrections to the code.

CCW Summary

Concerning modifications to miscellaneous provisions of the "Uniform Election Code of 1992".

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/24/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
Senate SponsorsS. Fenberg (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/27/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1281
Title: Disability Symbol Identification Document
Position
Official Summary

The bill adds an option for people with disabilities to place a
discreet disability identifier symbol on the face of a driver's license or
identification card. A listed medical professional must verify the
disability by signing a form created by the department of revenue. The
symbol must represent all types of disabilities, such as cognitive,

neurological, or physical disabilities. No fee is charged for the symbol.

CCW Summary

Concerning giving people with disabilities the option to place a symbol documenting the disability on the face of certain identification documents.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/31/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
S. Bird (D)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/27/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (04/10/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1285
Title: Denver Health Managed Care Organization Contracts With The Department Of Health Care Policy And Financing
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of health care policy and

financing (state department) to enter into a contract with the managed
care organization (MCO) operated by Denver health and hospital
authority as long as the MCO continues to operate a medicaid managed
care program. Denver health and hospital authority is required to
collaborate, if applicable, with the MCO designated by the state
department to manage behavioral health services.

CCW Summary

Concerning the requirement for the department of health care policy and financing to contract with the managed care organization operated by Denver health and hospital authority until the managed care organization ceases to operate a medicaid managed care program.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/01/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/28/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1287
Title: Treatment For Opioids And Substance Use Disorders
Position
Official Summary

The bill:
  • Directs the department of human services to implement a
centralized, web-based behavioral health capacity tracking
system to track available treatment capacity at behavioral
health facilities and at programs for medication-assisted
treatment and medical detoxification for substance use

disorders, as well as other types of treatment (section 1);
  • Directs the department of human services to implement a
care navigation system to assist individuals in obtaining
access to treatment for substance use disorders, including
medical detoxification and residential and inpatient
treatment (section 2); and
  • Creates the building substance use disorder treatment
capacity in underserved communities grant program to
provide services in rural and frontier communities,
prioritizing areas of the state that are unserved or
underserved (section 3).

CCW Summary

Concerning methods to increase access to treatment for behavioral health disorders.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/29/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
D. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/28/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/14/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1289
Title: Consumer Protection Act
Position
Official Summary

The bill:
  • Adds recklessly as a culpable mental state for certain

violations of the Colorado Consumer Protection Act
(Act) so that a person violates certain provisions of the Act
by acting knowingly or recklessly;
  • Increases the potential penalty for a violation of the Act
brought by the attorney general or a district attorney from
$2,000 to $20,000 per violation and from $10,000 to
$50,000 per violation committed against an elderly person;
  • Specifies the calculation of potential damage awards in a
private civil action for violations of the Act; and
  • Specifies certain terms that are prohibited in standard form
contracts.

CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of additional protections in the Colorado consumer code, and, in connection therewith, enabling enforcement of the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act" for reckless acts and prohibiting certain terms in standard form contracts.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/08/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/29/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/23/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1296
Title: Prescription Drug Cost Reduction Measures
Position
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill enacts the Colorado Prescription Drug Cost
Reduction Act of 2019, which requires:
  • Health insurers, starting in 2020, to submit to the
commissioner of insurance (commissioner) information
regarding prescription drugs covered under their health
insurance plans that the plan paid for in the preceding
calendar year, including information about rebates received
from prescription drug manufacturers, a certification
regarding how rebates were accounted for in insurance
premiums, and a list of all pharmacy benefit management
firms (PBMs) with whom they contract;
  • Prescription drug manufacturers to notify the
commissioner, state purchasers, health insurers, and PBMs
when the manufacturer, on or after January 1, 2020,
increases the price of certain prescription drugs by more
than specified amounts or introduces a new specialty drug
in the commercial market;
  • Prescription drug manufacturers, within 15 days after the
end of each calendar quarter that starts on or after January
1, 2020, to provide specified information to the
commissioner regarding the drugs about which the
manufacturer notified purchasers;
  • Health insurers or, if applicable, PBMs to annually report
specified information to the commissioner regarding
rebates and administrative fees received from
manufacturers for prescription drugs for which they
received the required notice from a manufacturer; and
  • Certain nonprofit organizations to compile and submit to
the commissioner an annual report indicating the amount of
each payment, donation, subsidy, or thing of value received
by the nonprofit organization or its executive director, chief
operating officer, board of directors, or any member of the
board of directors from a prescription drug manufacturer,
PBM, or health insurer and the percentage of the nonprofit
organization's total gross income that is attributable to
those payments, donations, subsidies, or things of value.
The commissioner is required to post the information received
from health insurers, prescription drug manufacturers, PBMs, and
nonprofit organizations on the division of insurance's website, excluding
any information that is proprietary. Additionally, the commissioner, or a
disinterested third-party contractor, is to analyze the data reported by
health insurers, prescription drug manufacturers, PBMs, and nonprofit
organizations and other relevant information to determine the effect of
prescription drug costs on health insurance premiums. The commissioner
is to publish a report each year, submit the report to the governor and
specified legislative committees, and present the report during annual
State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent
(SMART) Government Act hearings. The commissioner is authorized
to adopt rules as necessary to implement the requirements of the bill.
Section 2 prohibits PBMs from retroactively reducing payment on
a clean claim submitted by a pharmacy unless the PBM determines,
through an audit conducted in accordance with state law, that the claim
was not a clean claim. Health insurers that contract with PBMs must
ensure that the PBMs are complying with this prohibition and the
reporting requirements and are subject to penalties for failure to do so.
Section 3 requires a carrier to reduce the cost sharing a covered
person is required to pay for prescription drugs by an amount equal to the
greater of 51% of the average aggregate rebates received by the carrier for
all prescription drugs, including price protection rebates, or an amount
that ensures cost sharing will not exceed 125% of the carrier's cost for the
prescription drug.
Under sections 5 and 6, a prescription drug manufacturer that fails
to notify purchasers or fails to report required data to the commissioner
is subject to discipline by the state board of pharmacy, including a penalty
of up to $10,000 per day for each day the manufacturer fails to comply
with the notice or reporting requirements. The commissioner is to report
manufacturer violations to the state board of pharmacy. Additionally,
health insurers that fail to report the required data are subject to a fine of
up to $10,000 per day.
Sections 7 and 8 of the bill make conforming amendments
necessary to harmonize the bill with the title 12 recodification bill, House
Bill 19-1172.

CCW Summary

Concerning measures to reduce prescription drug costs, and, in connection therewith, creating the "Colorado Prescription Drug Cost Reduction Act of 2019" to require health insurers, prescription drug manufacturers, pharmacy benefit management firms, and nonprofit organizations to report specified information about the costs of prescription drugs to the commissioner of insurance; to direct the commissioner to analyze the information and submit a report regarding the effects of prescription drug costs on health insurance premiums; to preclude pharmacy benefit management firms from retroactively reducing payments to pharmacies; and to require carriers to reduce consumer cost sharing for prescription drugs to reflect rebates the carrier or pharmacy benefit management firm received.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/29/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Jackson (D)
S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
K. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/29/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (05/09/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1307
Title: Clarify Disclosure Of A Report To At-risk Adult
Position
Official Summary

House Bill 19-1063 allowed an at-risk adult to access a report of
the mistreatment or self-neglect of an at-risk adult (report) without a court
order, but the bill did not specify that only the individual who is the

subject of the report may access the report. The bill clarifies that a court
order is not required when a report of the mistreatment or self-neglect of
an at-risk adult is disclosed to the at-risk adult who is the subject of the
report.

CCW Summary

Concerning the clarification that the disclosure of a report of the mistreatment or self-neglect of an at-risk adult shall only be made to the at-risk adult who is the subject of the report.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/11/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
C. Larson (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/03/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1309
Title: Mobile Home Park Act Oversight
Position
Official Summary

The bill provides protections for mobile home owners by:

  • Granting counties the power to enact certain ordinances for
mobile home parks;
  • Extending the time period between the notice of
nonpayment of rent and the termination of any tenancy or
other estate at will or lease in a mobile home park; and
  • Extending the time a mobile home owner has to vacate a
mobile home park after a court enters an eviction order.
The bill also creates the Mobile Home Park Dispute Resolution
and Enforcement Program (program). The program authorizes the
division of housing of the department of local affairs to:
  • Register mobile home parks;
  • Collect a registration fee from mobile home parks;
  • Collect and annually report upon data related to disputes
and violations of the Mobile Home Park Act (act);
  • Produce and distribute educational materials concerning the
act and the program;
  • Create and maintain a database of mobile home parks;
  • Create and maintain a database to manage the program; and
  • Take complaints, conduct investigations, make
determinations, impose penalties, and participate in
administrative dispute resolutions when there are alleged
violations of the act.

CCW Summary

Concerning the regulation of mobile home parks, and, in connection therewith, granting counties the power to enact ordinances for mobile home parks, extending the time to move or sell a mobile home after eviction proceedings, and creating the "Mobile Home Park Dispute Resolution and Enforcement Program".

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/26/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsE. Hooton (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
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Hearing Room
Intro Date04/03/2019
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Bill: HB19-1317
Title: Income Tax Credit And Senior Property Tax Exemption
Position
Official Summary
CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of a refundable income tax credit for qualifying seniors that replaces the senior property tax exemption, and, in connection therewith, enacting the "Senior Housing Security Act of 2019".

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/15/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
M. Weissman (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/08/2019
StatusHouse Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/18/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1319
Title: Incentives Developers Facilitate Affordable Housing
Position
Official Summary
CCW Summary

Concerning incentives to assist land developers in providing affordable housing statewide, and, in connection therewith, supplementing the centralized inventory of state-owned real property to assist the public in identifying nondeveloped land owned by the state that could be developed for affordable housing purposes and making modifications to the administration of an existing property tax exemption that applies to certain affordable housing developments.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/17/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsH. McKean (R)
S. Bird (D)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
D. Hisey (R)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/08/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1322
Title: Expand Supply Affordable Housing
Position
Official Summary

Assuming certain conditions are satisfied affecting the state's fiscal
situation, section 1 of the bill requires the state treasurer to transfer a
specified amount of money commencing with the 2019-20 state fiscal
year and through and including the 2025-26 state fiscal year from the
unclaimed property trust fund to the division of housing in the department
of local affairs (division) to be deposited by the division into the housing

development grant fund.
Section 2 makes parallel changes found in section 1 to the
Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.
In addition to the other sources of money to be deposited into the
housing development grant fund, section 4 specifies that the fund also
consists of money transferred by the state treasurer from the unclaimed
property trust fund to the division to be deposited into the housing
development grant fund to supplement existing money in such fund to be
expended for any of the purposes specified in the bill. This section also
expands the source of money that may be deposited into the housing
development grant fund.

CCW Summary

Concerning the use of money from certain state funds to expand the supply of affordable housing statewide.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/30/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
D. Moreno (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/12/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1323
Title: Occasional Sales By Charitable Organizations
Position
Official Summary

Under current law, up to $25,000 of the funds raised by a
charitable organization through occasional sales are exempt from state
sales tax. The bill increases that amount to $45,000. The bill also removes
the requirement that occasional sales by charitable organizations take
place for no more than 12 days, whether consecutive or not, during any
calendar year.

CCW Summary

Concerning an exemption from state sales tax for occasional sales by charitable organizations.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/24/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
N. Todd (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/12/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/23/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1324
Title: Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation
Position
Official Summary

The bill establishes an expedited process for a court to follow in
a civil action in which a defendant files a motion to dismiss based upon
the fact that the defendant was exercising the defendant's constitutional
right to petition the government or of free speech. The bill also authorizes
an interlocutory appeal of the granting or certain denials of the motion to
dismiss.

CCW Summary

Concerning motions to dismiss certain civil actions involving constitutional rights.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/23/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Bird (D)
L. Cutter (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/16/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (06/03/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1328
Title: Landlord And Tenant Duties Regarding Bed Bugs
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires a tenant to promptly notify the tenant's landlord
when the tenant knows or reasonably suspects that the tenant's dwelling
unit contains bed bugs. Not more than 96 hours after receiving notice of

the presence or possible presence of bed bugs, a landlord:
  • Shall inspect or obtain an inspection by a qualified
inspector of the dwelling unit and any contiguous dwelling
unit of which the landlord is an owner, manager, lessor, or
sublessor (contiguous unit); and
  • May enter the dwelling unit or any contiguous unit for the
purpose of conducting the inspection.
Except as otherwise provided, a landlord is responsible for all
costs associated with inspection for, and treatment of, the presence of bed
bugs.
If a landlord, qualified inspector, or pest control agent must enter
a dwelling unit for the purpose of conducting an inspection for, or treating
the presence of, bed bugs, the landlord shall provide the tenant reasonable
written or electronic notice of such fact before the landlord, qualified
inspector, or pest control agent attempts to enter the dwelling unit. A
tenant who receives the notice shall not unreasonably deny the landlord,
qualified inspector, or pest control agent access to the dwelling unit.
A tenant shall comply with reasonable measures to permit the
inspection for, and treatment of, the presence of bed bugs, and the tenant
is responsible for all costs associated with preparing the tenant's dwelling
unit for inspection and treatment. A tenant who knowingly and
unreasonably fails to comply with inspection and treatment requirements
is liable for the cost of subsequent bed bug treatments of the dwelling unit
and contiguous units if the need for the treatments arises from the tenant's
noncompliance.

CCW Summary

Concerning bed bugs in residential premises, and, in connection therewith, establishing duties for landlords and tenants in addressing the presence of bed bugs.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/18/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/19/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (06/03/2019)
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Bill: HB19-1332
Title: Telephone Users Disabilities Fund Talking Book Library
Position
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. Sections 1 and 2 of the bill authorize
the use of money in the Colorado telephone users with disabilities fund
(fund) to support talking book library services for persons who are blind

and physically disabled. Section 3 appropriates $250,000 from the fund
to the department of regulatory agencies and reappropriates that amount
to the department of education for furnishing library services to persons
with disabilities, including talking book library services.

CCW Summary

Concerning the use of money in the Colorado telephone users with disabilities fund to provide talking book library services for certain persons with disabilities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/24/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (06/03/2019)
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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.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Garcia (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/14/2019)
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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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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/25/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House CommitteeRural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/17/2019)
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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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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/01/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/16/2019)
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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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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.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/16/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
C. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
D. Moreno (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/23/2019)
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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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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/13/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
D. Valdez (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/10/2019)
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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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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/12/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (04/16/2019)
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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
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/25/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Ransom (R)
E. Hooton (D)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
J. Ginal (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/23/2019)
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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 (04/27/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Beckman (R)
C. Kipp (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2019)
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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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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Tipper (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)
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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
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/25/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
A. Benavidez (D)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
J. Cooke (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)
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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.
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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 CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (03/07/2019)
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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 SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (04/08/2019)
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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.

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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsE. Hooton (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/04/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (03/18/2019)
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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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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/23/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/10/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2019)
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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
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/29/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
K. Ransom (R)
Senate SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/10/2019
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (02/13/2019)
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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
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/29/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/10/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/16/2019)
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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
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/23/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
D. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
K. Priola (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/14/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (04/08/2019)
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Bill: SB19-085
Title: Equal Pay For Equal Work Act
Position
Official Summary

The bill removes the authority of the director of the division of
labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment
(director) to enforce wage discrimination complaints based on an
employee's sex and instead permits an aggrieved person to bring a civil
action in district court to pursue remedies specified in the bill.

The bill allows exceptions to the prohibition against a wage
differential based on sex if the employer demonstrates that a wage
differential is based upon one or more factors, including:
  • A seniority system;
  • A merit system; or
  • A system that measures earnings by quantity or quality of
production.
The bill prohibits an employer from:
  • Seeking the wage rate history of a prospective employee;
  • Relying on a prior wage rate to determine a wage rate;
  • Discriminating or retaliating against a prospective
employee for failing to disclose the employee's wage rate
history; and
  • Discharging or retaliating against an employee for actions
by an employee asserting the rights established by the bill
against an employer.
The bill requires an employer to announce to all employees
employment advancement opportunities and job openings and the pay
range for the openings. The director is authorized to enforce actions
against an employer concerning transparency in pay and employment
opportunities, including fines of between $500 and $10,000 per violation.

CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of the "Equal Pay for Equal Work Act" in order to implement measures to prevent pay disparities.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/25/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
J. Danielson (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/17/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/22/2019)
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Bill: SB19-093
Title: Firearms Rights Of Medical Marijuana Users
Position
Official Summary

Current law prohibits a person from carrying a firearm if the
person has a prior conviction for a felony or conspiracy to commit a
felony pursuant to Colorado law, the law of any other state, or federal
law. The bill clarifies that a person is not prohibited from carrying a
firearm if the prior conviction was for the possession or use of marijuana
that was lawfully possessed or used pursuant to the Colorado constitution.

Under current law, a sheriff may deny an application for a permit
to carry a concealed handgun when the applicant is ineligible to possess
a firearm pursuant to Colorado or federal law or the applicant is an
unlawful user of, or addicted to, a controlled substance, as defined by
federal law or regulation. The bill clarifies that a person is not considered
to be ineligible to possess a firearm pursuant to federal law nor
considered to be an unlawful user of, or addicted to, a controlled
substance because of the possession or use of medical marijuana pursuant
to the Colorado constitution.
The bill clarifies that the department of public safety is prohibited
from sharing confidential information relating to the medical marijuana
registry with law enforcement for the purpose of conducting a
background check related to the transfer of firearms.

CCW Summary

Concerning firearm possession by persons who lawfully use medical marijuana.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/04/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsB. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date01/23/2019
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/06/2019)
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Bill: SB19-132
Title: Senior Property Tax Exemption Medical Necessity
Position
Official Summary

The bill specifies that for property tax years commencing on or
after January 1, 2020, a senior is deemed to be a 10-year owner-occupier
of a primary residence that the senior has owned and occupied for less
than 10 years and therefore qualifies for the senior property tax exemption
for the residence if:

  • The senior would have qualified for the senior property tax
exemption for the senior's former primary residence but for
the fact that medical necessity required the senior to stop
occupying the former primary residence;
  • The senior has not previously received the exemption for a
former primary residence on the basis of medical necessity;
and
  • The senior has not owned and occupied another primary
residence since the senior first stopped occupying his or her
former primary residence due to medical necessity.
Medical necessity is defined as a medical condition of a senior that a
physician licensed to practice medicine in Colorado has certified, on a
form developed by the state property tax administrator, as having required
the senior to stop occupying the senior's prior primary residence.
When applying for such an exemption, a senior must provide to the
assessor the form establishing proof of medical necessity.

CCW Summary

Concerning the preservation of the senior property tax exemption of a senior who changes primary residences due to medical necessity.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/15/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/04/2019
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (04/30/2019)
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Bill: SB19-134
Title: Out-of-network Health Care Disclosures And Charges
Position
Official Summary

The bill:
  • Sets the reimbursement rate that a health insurance carrier
must pay a health care facility if a covered person is treated
for emergency services;
  • Requires in-network health care facilities and health care
providers to make disclosures to patients covered by a

health benefit plan concerning the provision of services by
an out-of-network provider;
  • Outlines the claims and payment process, including
reimbursement rates for the provision of out-of-network
services for health care facilities and health care providers;
and
  • Authorizes arbitration for the payment of health care claims
that are in dispute if certain criteria are met.
The commissioner of insurance is required to submit a report
annually to the general assembly concerning unanticipated out-of-network
services.

CCW Summary

Concerning the provision of out-of-network health care services.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/26/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Soper (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
J. Tate (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/07/2019
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2019)
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Bill: SB19-135
Title: State Procurement Disparity Study
Position
Official Summary


To ascertain whether disparities exist between the participation of
historically underutilized businesses and other businesses in the state
procurement system, the bill directs the department of personnel to
contract for a disparity study of the Colorado procurement process and to
make recommendations to address any discrepancies identified by the
study.
The final report including the findings and recommendations from
the study must be provided to the members of the general assembly and
the executive director of the department of personnel (executive director)
no later than December 1, 2020. The bill directs the executive director to
transmit a copy of the final report to the minority business office, which
shall post the report on its official website. In addition, the executive
director is required to include the findings and recommendations from the
study in its report to the applicable house and senate committees of
reference during its hearing pursuant to the State Measurement for
Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act.
The executive director is required to develop a method to track the
number and percentage of all contracts entered into by all principal
departments of the executive branch of state government, institutions of
higher education, and the Colorado commission on higher education that
are awarded during any calendar year to a historically underutilized
business. The executive director is also required to make such
information available on the department of personnel's website.
Any entity that is subject to the disparity study is required to
respond to a request for information in connection with the study as soon
as possible after receiving the request.

CCW Summary

Concerning methods to determine whether disparities involving certain historically underutilized businesses exist within the state procurement process, and, in connection therewith, commissioning a study to make such determination and requiring the department of personnel to track contracts awarded to historically underutilized businesses.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/17/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
B. Buentello (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
A. Williams (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/08/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2019)
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Bill: SB19-164
Title: Sunset In-home Support Services Program
Position
Official Summary

Sunset Process - Senate Health and Human Services
Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department

of regulatory agencies' sunset review by extending the repeal date of
in-home support services for certain home- and community-based
services (HCBS) waivers under the Colorado medical assistance program
by 7 years, from 2019 to 2026. Prior to the repeal, the department of
regulatory agencies shall conduct a sunset review of the program.
The bill amends the eligibility definition for in-home support
services, removing the reference to specific HCBS waivers and including
those waivers for which there is state and federal authority for in-home
support services.
The bill removes language relating to an obsolete reporting
requirement.

CCW Summary

Concerning the continuation of in-home support services within the "Colorado Medical Assistance Act", and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2018 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/14/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Mullica (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
L. Crowder (R)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/21/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2019)
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Bill: SB19-172
Title: Protect From Unlawful Abandonment And Confinement
Position
Official Summary
CCW Summary

Concerning crimes related to an at-risk person, and, in connection therewith, creating the crimes of unlawful abandonment and unlawful confinement.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
J. Danielson (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date02/28/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2019)
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Bill: SB19-175
Title: Serious Bodily Injury Vulnerable Road User Penalties
Position
Official Summary
CCW Summary

Concerning the penalties imposed on the driver of a motor vehicle who causes serious bodily injury to a vulnerable road user.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/11/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/01/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2019)
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Bill: SB19-178
Title: Program To Subsidize Adoption For Children And Youth
Position
Official Summary
CCW Summary

Concerning the subsidization of adoption for eligible children in Colorado.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/01/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/16/2019)
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Bill: SB19-180
Title: Eviction Legal Defense Fund
Position
Official Summary
CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of an eviction legal defense fund, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/19/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. McCluskie (D)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/01/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2019)
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Bill: SB19-182
Title: Repeal The Death Penalty
Position
Official Summary

The bill repeals the death penalty in Colorado for offenses charged
on or after July 1, 2019, and makes conforming amendments.

CCW Summary

Concerning the repeal of the death penalty by the general assembly.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/18/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsJ. Arndt (D)
A. Benavidez (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Williams (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/04/2019
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/04/2019 - No Amendments (04/02/2019)
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Bill: SB19-188
Title: FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI)
program and the division of family and medical leave insurance (division)
in the department of labor and employment to provide partial wage
replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from work:
  • To care for a new child or a family member with a serious
health condition;

  • Because the eligible individual is unable to work due to the
individual's own serious health condition or because the
individual or a family member is the victim of abusive
behavior; or
  • Due to certain needs arising from a family member's active
duty service.
Each employee and employer in the state will pay one-half the cost
of a premium as specified in the bill, which premium is based on a
percentage of the employee's yearly wages. The premiums are deposited
into the family and medical leave insurance fund, and family and medical
leave benefits are paid to eligible individuals from the fund. The division
is established as an enterprise, and premiums paid into the fund are not
considered state revenues for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights
(TABOR).

CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of a family and medical leave insurance program.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/26/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
M. Duran (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Williams (D)
F. Winter (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/07/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2019)
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Bill: SB19-191
Title: Prompt Pretrial Liberty And Fairness
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates rights for defendants related to release on bond as
follows:
  • A court has to hold a bond setting hearing for a defendant
within 48 hours after the defendant's arrest;
  • Unless extraordinary circumstances exist, a defendant must
be allowed to post bond within 2 hours after the sheriff
receives the bond information from the court;
  • Unless extraordinary circumstances exist, a defendant

cannot be charged more than a $10 bond processing fee and
not charged any additional transaction fees including kiosk
fees; except that a standard credit card processing fee may
be charged when a credit card is used;
  • Unless extraordinary circumstances exist, the custodian of
a jail has to release a defendant within 2 hours after the
defendant has posted bond; and
  • If a defendant has been granted bond and can meet the
terms of the bond, the court shall release the defendant
even if the defendant is unable to pay a fee or cost.
Under current law, a defendant's bond deposit can be applied to
court costs, fees, fines, restitution, or surcharges owed by the defendant.
The bill allows application of the bond if the defendant posted the bond
and agrees in writing to allow it to be used for such purposes. The bill
prohibits that application if the bond was posted by a third party.

CCW Summary

Concerning defendants' rights related to pretrial bond.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/01/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/08/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)
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Bill: SB19-195
Title: Child And Youth Behavioral Health System Enhancements
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates the office of children and youth behavioral health
policy coordination (office) in the office of the governor. The bill also
creates the children and youth behavioral health policy coordination
commission (commission) and the children and youth behavioral health
advisory council (council) in the office.
The commission consists of 15 members, which must be appointed

no later than September 1, 2019. The primary duties and responsibilities
of the commission include:
  • Providing leadership to increase and enhance efficient and
effective behavioral health services to children and youth;
  • Coordinating efforts between state agencies and
departments to increase public understanding and
awareness of child and youth behavioral health needs;
  • Recommending shared policies to remove administrative
barriers in order to facilitate collaboration between
communities, state departments, and political subdivisions
of the state;
  • Monitoring and receiving updates related to network
adequacy for access to behavioral health services in the
state;
  • Compiling and disseminating information regarding best
practices for delivering and funding behavioral health
services;
  • Receiving and acting on recommendations;
  • Recommending funds contained in each department's
budget that can be identified for collaborative service
delivery systems; and
  • Beginning January 1, 2020, and each January 1 thereafter,
recommending performance measures for each department,
office, and county represented on the commission that will
quantify and demonstrate the effectiveness of the
behavioral health system in Colorado.
The commission shall consult and collaborate with other
organizations that incorporate child behavioral health strategies when
developing proposals, activities, and implementation planning.
Beginning October 1, 2019, the commission shall work
collaboratively with the department of health care policy and financing
and the department of human services (departments) to implement
wraparound services for children and youth at risk of out-of-home
placement. No later than July 1, 2020, the commission shall:
  • Recommend to the departments programmatic utilization
of a single standardized assessment tool to facilitate
identification of behavioral health issues and other needs;
  • Recommend to the departments developmentally
appropriate and culturally competent statewide behavioral
health standardized screening tools for primary care
providers serving children, youth, and caregivers in the
perinatal period;
  • Design and recommend a child and youth behavioral health
delivery system pilot program that addresses the challenges
of fragmentation and duplication of behavioral health
services.
The council consists of 25 members, who must be appointed no
later than September 1, 2019. The primary duties, responsibilities, and
functions of the council include:
  • Assisting the commission in fulfilling its duties;
  • Reviewing the commission's data on performance measures
and providing input to the commission to ensure
continuous quality improvement;
  • Identifying, monitoring, soliciting input, and providing
policy and budgetary recommendations on emerging
children and youth behavioral health issues affecting the
quality and availability of behavioral health services
reported by local collaborative management programs; and
  • Submitting any formal recommendations to the
commission.
On or before July 1, 2020, and each July 1 thereafter, the governor
shall ensure that an annual external evaluation of the commission and
council is conducted by an independent organization, which evaluation
must be made publicly available in an electronic format.
On or before July 1, 2020, and each July 1 thereafter, the
commission shall submit an annual report to the governor and the health
and human services committee of the senate and the public health care
and human services committee of the house of representatives
(committees). On or before January 15, 2021, and annually thereafter, the
commission shall present the annual report and submit a progress report
on any recommendations to the committees.
The commission and council are scheduled to repeal on September
1, 2024, after review by the department of regulatory agencies.

CCW Summary

Concerning enhancements to behavioral health services and policy coordination for children and youth.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/27/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
M. Froelich (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/13/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/16/2019)
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Bill: SB19-197
Title: Continue Complementary Or Alternative Medicine Program
Position
Official Summary

The bill continues the department of health care policy and
financing's pilot program that allows an eligible person with a spinal cord
injury to receive complementary or alternative medicine until 2025.

CCW Summary

Concerning the continuation of the pilot program to allow an eligible person with a spinal cord injury to receive complementary or alternative medicine.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/23/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/13/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2019)
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Bill: SB19-201
Title: Open Discussions About Adverse Health Care Incidents
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado Candor Act (Act). The Act
establishes a process for the communication between a patient and a
health care provider or health facility after an adverse health care
incident. The bill provides that the communications under the Act are
privileged and confidential, are inadmissible as evidence in any

subsequent proceedings arising directly out of the adverse health care
incident, and are not subject to discovery, subpoena, or other means of
legal compulsion for release.

CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of a process by which certain parties to an adverse health care incident may discuss potential outcomes.

Comment
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Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/26/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsH. McKean (R)
K. Tipper (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
J. Tate (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/19/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/06/2019)
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Bill: SB19-202
Title: Voting Rights For Voters With Disabilities
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the secretary of state is to establish procedures to
enable voters with disabilities to independently mark a paper ballot using
nonvisual access or low vision access technology whether the voter is
voting in a mail ballot election or voting at a polling location.

CCW Summary

Concerning ballot access for voters with disabilities.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/29/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Froelich (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
J. Danielson (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/19/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2019)
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Bill: SB19-207
Title: FY 2019-20 Long Bill
Position
Official Summary
CCW Summary

Concerning the provision for payment of the expenses of the executive, legislative, and judicial departments of the state of Colorado, and of its agencies and institutions, for and during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019, except as otherwise noted.

Comment
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LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/25/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (04/18/2019)
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Bill: SB19-209
Title: PACE Program Funding Methodology
Position
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill directs the department of
health care policy and financing (department) to negotiate the monthly
contracted rate for PACE program services for the 2019-20 fiscal year,
and each fiscal year thereafter, using an actuarially sound upper payment
limit methodology that complies with federal law regarding PACE
organizations.
The bill repeals provisions in statute directing the department to
apply a grade of membership method in determining the upper payment
limit methodology and tying the 2019-20 fiscal year appropriations to a
new methodology or to the fiscal year 2016-17 appropriation.
The bill requires the department and PACE organizations to meet
during the 2019 legislative interim to consider the appropriate funding
methodology for PACE programs and other issues relating to PACE
delivery models, administrative oversight and funding administrative
services, and appropriations requests.
The bill makes an appropriation for PACE programs for the
2019-20 fiscal year.

CCW Summary

Concerning provisions relating to PACE programs, and, in connection therewith, determining the funding methodology for the 2019-20 fiscal year and fiscal years thereafter, requiring the department of health care policy and financing to meet with Colorado PACE programs during the 2019 legislative interim to consider PACE program funding and other issues relating to PACE programs, and making an appropriation.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/21/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/25/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (04/17/2019)
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Bill: SB19-211
Title: Mental Health Criminal Diversion Program
Position
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. In 2018, the general assembly
established the mental health criminal justice diversion pilot program
(pilot program) and the mental health criminal justice grant program
(grant program). The bill extends the grant program an additional year
and removes the cap on the total of all grants awarded per year. The bill

also requires the state court administrator to provide reports to specified
committees of the general assembly concerning both the pilot program
and the grant program.
The bill appropriates money to the judicial department for the
grant program.

CCW Summary

Concerning changes to the mental health criminal justice diversion programs, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/22/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/25/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (04/16/2019)
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Bill: SB19-215
Title: Parents Encouraging Parents Conference
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates parents encouraging parents conferences for
parents of children with disabilities who are enrolled in public schools in
Colorado. The department of education shall provide for the conferences
and related lodging and food for attendees. The bill requires a specified
conference curriculum.

CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of the parents encouraging parents conference for parents of children with disabilities.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/24/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/25/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2019)
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Bill: SB19-218
Title: Sunset Medical Marijuana Program
Position
Official Summary

Sunset Process - Senate Finance Committee. In a bona fide
physician-patient relationship for purposes of a medical marijuana
recommendation, the bill clarifies that if the patient is a child, as part of

the relationship the physician must consult with the patient's parents. The
bill clarifies that only a physician can make a medical marijuana
recommendation. The bill clarifies that a parent can be a primary
caregiver for a child with a disabling medical condition. The bill clarifies
that a primary caregiver for a person with a debilitating or disabling
medical condition receives the same confidentiality protections as other
primary caregivers. The bill clarifies that if a person with a medical
marijuana card is convicted of a drug crime, the card is subject to
revocation. The bill extends the medical marijuana program until
September 1, 2028, and requires a sunset review prior to the repeal. The
bill makes other technical changes and repeals obsolete provisions.

CCW Summary

Concerning the continuation of the medical marijuana program, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2018 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/18/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/26/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2019)
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Bill: SB19-222
Title: Individuals At Risk Of Institutionalization
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of health care policy and
financing (state department) to develop measurable outcomes to monitor
efforts to prevent medicaid recipients from becoming involved in the
criminal justice system.
The bill requires the state department to work collaboratively with
managed care entities to create incentives for behavioral health providers

to accept medicaid recipients with severe behavioral health disorders. The
bill requires the state department to determine if seeking a 1115
demonstration waiver is the necessary response to the requirements of 42
CFR 438.6 (e) to ensure inpatient services are available to individuals
with a serious mental illness. If the state department determines it is not
appropriate, the state department is required to submit a report to the
general assembly with the state department's reasoning and an alternative
plan and proposed timeline for the implementation of the alternative plan.
The bill requires access to inpatient civil beds at the mental health
institutes at Pueblo and Fort Logan to be based on the need of the
individual and the inability of the individual to be stabilized in the
community.
The bill creates a community behavioral health safety net system
(safety net system) and requires the department of human services
(department), in collaboration with the state department, to conduct the
following activities:
  • Define what constitutes a high-intensity behavioral health
treatment program (treatment program), determine what an
adequate network of high-intensity behavioral health
treatment services includes, and identify existing treatment
programs;
  • Develop an implementation plan to increase the number of
treatment programs in the state;
  • Identify an advisory body to assist the department in
creating a comprehensive proposal for a safety net system;
  • Develop a comprehensive proposal to develop a safety net
system that provides behavioral health services for
individuals with severe behavioral health disorders;
  • Implement the safety net system no later than January 1,
2024; and
  • Provide an annual report from January 1, 2022, until July
1, 2024, on the progress made by the department in
implementing and ensuring a safety net system to the public
through the annual SMART Act hearing.

CCW Summary

Concerning the improvement of access to behavioral health services for individuals at risk of institutionalization.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/25/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
T. Story (D)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/29/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2019)
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Bill: SB19-223
Title: Actions Related To Competency To Proceed
Position
Official Summary

When a defendant's competency to proceed is raised, the bill:
  • Changes the timing of various matters;
  • Clarifies where restoration services are to be provided;
  • Increases the role of the court liaisons;
  • Expands the requirements for a competency evaluation
report; and
  • Clarifies when defendants are to be released following an
evaluation or restoration services.

The bill requires the department of human services to:
  • Develop an electronic system to track the status of
defendants for whom competency to proceed has been
raised;
  • Convene a group of experts to create a placement guideline
for use in determining where restoration services should be
provided; and
  • Partner with an institution of higher education to develop
and provide training in competency evaluations.
On and after January 1, 2020, competency evaluators are required
to have attended training. District attorneys, public defenders, and
alternate defense counsel are also to receive training on competency to
proceed.

CCW Summary

Concerning actions related to competency to proceed.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/16/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
R. Gardner (R)
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date03/29/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/20/2019)
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Bill: SB19-225
Title: Authorize Local Governments To Stabilize Rent
Position
Official Summary

The bill repeals existing statutory language prohibiting counties or
municipalities (local governments) from enacting any ordinance or
resolution that would control rent on either private residential property or
a private residential housing unit (collectively, private residential
property). The bill authorizes local governments to enact and enforce any
ordinance, resolution, agreement, deed restriction, or other measure that

would stabilize rent on private residential property.

CCW Summary

Concerning the ability of local governments to stabilize rents on private residential property.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/16/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/01/2019
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/02/2019 - No Amendments (04/30/2019)
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Bill: SB19-226
Title: Voluntary Housing Agreements Unincorporated Areas
Position
Official Summary

The bill authorizes the board of county commissioners of any
county, by duly enacted ordinances, resolutions, or other forms of binding
law, to establish and create a program that implements voluntary housing
agreements within an unincorporated area of the county. The bill defines
voluntary housing agreement program to mean a program adopted by

a county government that enables agreements between the county and a
developer that increase the supply of housing stock within the county that
is priced as affordable for low- and moderate-income households.
Nothing in the bill is intended to challenge or affect the legal status
of any such program implemented and in effect prior to the effective date
of the bill.

CCW Summary

Concerning the ability of county governments to establish voluntary housing agreement programs in the unincorporated areas of a county.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/20/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsY. Caraveo (D)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/01/2019
StatusSenate Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (04/09/2019)
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Bill: SB19-229
Title: Campaign Contributions Dependent Care Expenses
Position
Official Summary

The bill permits a candidate committee established in the name of
a candidate to expend contributions received and accepted during any
particular election cycle to reimburse the candidate for reasonable and
necessary expenses for the care of children or other dependents the
candidate incurs directly in connection with his or her campaign activities

during the election cycle. The candidate committee is required to disclose
these expenditures in the same manner as any other expenditures the
committee is required to disclose.
The bill also makes a conforming amendment.

CCW Summary

Concerning the use of campaign contributions to reimburse a candidate for dependent care expenses incurred by the candidate in undertaking campaign activities.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/04/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsS. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
K. Mullica (D)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
M. Foote (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/01/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/30/2019)
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Bill: SB19-231
Title: Colorado Second Chance Scholarship
Position
Official Summary

The bill creates the Colorado second chance scholarship
(scholarship) in the department of higher education for youth previously
committed to the division of youth services in the department of human

services.
The bill requires the executive director of the commission on
higher education to appoint a program coordinator to counsel and support
scholarship recipients.
The bill creates an advisory board to establish the scholarship
criteria and select scholarship recipients.

CCW Summary

Concerning the creation of the Colorado second chance scholarship in the pursuit of higher education for youth previously committed to the division of youth services.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsT. Exum Sr. (D)
K. Tipper (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
J. Bridges (D)
House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/02/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)
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Bill: SB19-232
Title: Campaign Finance Enforcement
Position
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill codifies in the Fair Campaign Practices Act
(FCPA) the rules of the secretary of state (secretary) addressing the
procedures that govern the enforcement of state laws governing campaign
and political finance. In particular, the codified provisions specify the
procedures governing the filing of complaints, initial review of

complaints by the elections division (division) within the secretary's
office, the method by which a respondent may cure a violation of the
campaign finance laws, the investigation of unresolved or uncured
complaints by the division, the conduct of hearings, audits by the division
of campaign finance documents it receives for filing, and the issuance of
advisory opinions by the secretary.
Sections 2, 3, and 4 specify conforming amendments to other
existing sections of the FCPA. Section 5 deletes an existing statutory
provision requiring administrative law judges to complete continuing
legal education in campaign finance that is made obsolete by the bill.

CCW Summary

Concerning the codification of the rules of the secretary of state addressing the procedures for the enforcement of state laws governing campaign finance.

Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/09/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/02/2019
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Bill: SB19-237
Title: Consumer Protection Act Damages
Position
Official Summary

The bill amends the Colorado Consumer Protection Act (act) to
clarify that a plaintiff in an individual action may be awarded damages
equal to the sum of $500 per violation.
The bill also amends the act to clarify that, under the act, a class
action may be brought and damages may awarded to the class.

CCW Summary

Concerning amending the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act" to clarify the damages for which plaintiffs are eligible.

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/20/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/09/2019
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (05/03/2019)
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Bill: SB19-238
Title: Improve Wages And Accountability Home Care Workers
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires that, on and after July 1, 2019, of the total
reimbursement that a home care service agency (agency) receives each
fiscal year pursuant to the Colorado Medical Assistance Act for the
provision of personal care services, homemaker services, and respite care
services (covered services), the agency shall expend at least 77% as
wages for nonadministrative employees who provide the services. Each
agency shall expend at least such amount on a per-employee basis, with
each such employee receiving at least 77% of each reimbursement that is
associated with covered services provided by the employee.
The bill also directs the department of health care policy and
financing (department) to seek an 8.1% increase in the federal
reimbursement rate for the relevant service categories and requires home
care service agencies to apply the entire amount of that increase to
employee compensation during the 2019-20 fiscal year. Agencies are
required to notify employees in writing about this increase.
On and after December 31, 2021, an agency that is found to have
paid an employee less than the amount due to the employee shall be
required to pay the remaining amount owed to the employee and may be
subject to a civil penalty, assessed by the department, of up to $1,000.
Each agency is required to report the following information
annually to the department for each nonadministrative employee who
provided covered services to home care consumers during the preceding
fiscal year:
  • The total amount of money the agency received as
reimbursement for the provision of covered services by that
employee in the preceding fiscal year;
  • The total amount of money the agency provided as wages
to that employee for the provision of covered services
during the preceding fiscal year; and
  • The employee's full name, home address, mailing address,
telephone number, and e-mail address and the most recent
date upon which the employee completed certain training
or a skills validation test.
On or before April 1, 2021, and on or before April 1 of each year
thereafter, the department or a designee of the executive director of the
department is required to make the reported information publicly
available on a website. The department shall not disclose an employee's
home address, mailing address, telephone number, or e-mail address if the
employee requests that the department not disclose the information and
the employee indicates to the department that the employee is:
  • A victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or a crime of
violence;
  • The subject of a protection order that has been issued by a
court against another individual; or
  • Under extraordinary personal circumstances that require an
exception to the disclosure requirement to protect the
employee's health, safety, welfare, or privacy interests.
The bill requires the department and the department of public
health and environment, on or before July 1, 2020, to establish a process
for enforcing initial and ongoing training requirements for persons who
provide covered services.
The department is required to request from the federal government
an increase of 8.1% to the reimbursement rate for certain services that are
delivered to consumers through the home-based and community-based
services waivers. For the 2019-20 fiscal year, each agency shall pay 100%
of the funding that results from the rate increase as compensation for
employees who provide covered services to consumers.

CCW Summary
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/02/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
M. Duran (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
D. Moreno (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/11/2019
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Bill: SB19-239
Title: Address Impacts Of Transportation Changes
Position
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of transportation (CDOT) to
convene and engage in robust consultation with a stakeholder group
comprised of representatives of specified industries, workers,
governmental entities, planning organizations, and interest groups that
will potentially be affected by the adoption of new and emerging
transportation technologies and business models. The stakeholder group
is required to:
  • Examine the economic, environmental, and transportation
system impacts of the adoption of new and emerging
transportation technologies and business models;
  • Identify potential means of addressing the impacts that
increase positive impacts and mitigate negative impacts;
and
  • Present to CDOT, no later than November 1, 2019, a report
of policy recommendations regarding the impacts examined
and means of addressing those impacts with funding from
the imposition of fees on the use of motor vehicles used for
commercial purposes, as defined by the bill. The report
must identify potential fees that are structured and
reasonably calculated to:
  • Avoid causing the state to incur new or additional
obligations to refund excess state revenue;
  • Generate sufficient revenue for the state and local
governments to mitigate specified impacts to the
transportation system;
  • Fund needed transportation infrastructure, including
multimodal infrastructure and the infrastructure
needed to support the adoption of zero-emissions
vehicles;
  • Defray the administrative costs of fee collection;
  • Incentivize the adoption of zero-emissions vehicles
for utilization as motor vehicles used for
commercial purposes; and
  • Incentivize multiple passenger ride sharing for
motor vehicles used for commercial purposes and
the use of such vehicles as a first and last mile
solution for users of public transit.
CDOT is required to report on the progress and policy
recommendations of the stakeholder group, CDOT's preliminary plans
and recommendations regarding the development and promulgation of
rules, and any recommendations that CDOT has regarding the need for
related legislation during its 2019 annual presentation to legislative
oversight committees required by the State Measurement for
Accountable, Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act.
No later than October 1, 2020, within any statutory parameters established
by the general assembly through legislation enacted during the 2020
legislative session, and giving strong consideration to the policy
recommendations report provided by the stakeholder group, CDOT is
required to promulgate rules to the extent necessary to effectively
implement the bill. If the general assembly does not impose fees on motor
vehicles used for commercial purposes through legislation enacted during
the 2020 legislative session and instead enacts legislation that authorizes
CDOT or any CDOT enterprise to impose such fees, the rules may
impose fees to the extent authorized by the legislation. During the 2020
legislative interim, CDOT must present a final written report regarding
the stakeholder group, rule-making processes, and rules promulgated to
the transportation legislation review committee.

CCW Summary
Comment
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Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/18/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
C. Hansen (D)
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
J. Bridges (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/15/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2019)
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Bill: SB19-245
Title: Time Requirements For Food Stamp Appeals
Position
Official Summary

The bill grants the department of human services rule-making
authority to amend the length of time permitted to satisfy hearings and

determinations requirements pursuant to an appeal related to food stamps
in order to comply with federal law.

CCW Summary
Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Category
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/17/2019)
LobbyistsLobbyists
House SponsorsK. Tipper (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
Intro Date04/15/2019
StatusGovernor Signed (05/28/2019)
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