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Bill: HB20-1002
Title: College Credit For Work Experience
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Higher Education
CCW Summary

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

Intro Date01/08/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/06/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (03/13/2020)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeEducation
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
T. Story (D)
House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
M. Baisley (R)
Official Summary

Making Higher Education Attainable Interim Study
Committee. The bill requires an existing council charged with looking
at general education courses (council) to implement a plan for
determining and awarding academic credit for postsecondary education
based on work-related experience.
Furthermore, state institutions of higher education (institutions) are

required to evaluate student learning from work-related experience and
award appropriate academic credit for the experience. Also, institutions
shall accept and transfer academic credit awarded for work-related
experience as courses with guaranteed-transfer designation, unless the
council creates a plan concerning awarding and transferring academic
credit for work-related experience for courses with guaranteed-transfer
designation.

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Bill: HB20-1022
Title: Sales And Use Tax Simplification Task Force
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
CCW Summary

Concerning the sales and use tax simplification task force, and, in connection therewith, extending the task force, modifying the task force's duties, and removing the requirement that the task force undergo an evaluation by the department of regulatory agencies prior to the task force's repeal.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/19/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations (03/09/2020)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsA. Williams (D)
J. Tate (R)
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
Official Summary

Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force. The bill continues

the sales and use tax simplification task force for 5 years, modifies the
task force's duties, and removes the requirement that the task force
undergo an evaluation by the department of regulatory agencies prior to
the task force's repeal.

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Bill: HB20-1023
Title: State Address Data For Sales And Use Tax Collection
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- State Revenue & Budget
CCW Summary

Concerning certain address database systems used for sales and use tax collection.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/23/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSent to the Governor (03/10/2020)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsA. Williams (D)
J. Tate (R)
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
Official Summary

Sales and Use Tax Simplification Task Force. The bill:
  • Establishes a hold harmless provision for vendors who use
the state's geographic information system database (GIS
database) to determine the jurisdictions to which sales or
use tax is owed and to calculate appropriate sales or use tax
rates for individual addresses;

  • Requires the department of revenue to notify vendors when
the GIS database is online, tested, and verified in writing
by the department of revenue to be operational, supported,
and available for use;
  • Requires the department of revenue to ensure that the GIS
database data is at least 95% accurate based on a
statistically valid sample of addresses from the database, or
based on another acceptable method of proving accuracy;
  • Requires the executive director of the department of
revenue to promulgate rules for the administration and use
of the GIS database;
  • Specifies that the statutory section regarding certified
address location databases used for collecting and remitting
sales and use tax is repealed 90 days after the date that the
revisor of statutes is notified by the department of revenue
that a geographic information system that meets the defined
scope of work set forth in the request for solicitation is
online, tested, and verified in writing by the department of
revenue to be operational, supported, and available for use;
and
  • Requires the department of revenue to notify the revisor of
statutes no later than 15 days after such a system is online,
tested, and verified in writing by the department of revenue
to be operational, supported, and available for use.

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Bill: HB20-1046
Title: Private Construction Contract Payment Requirements
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
CCW Summary

Concerning payments in construction contracts governing improvements to private real property.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/14/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (02/18/2020)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
House SponsorsD. Valdez (D)
Official Summary

In a construction contract of at least $150,000, the bill requires:
  • A property owner to make partial payments to the
contractor of any amount due under the contract at the end
of each calendar month or as soon as practicable after the
end of the month;
  • A property owner to pay the contractor at least 95% of the

value of satisfactorily completed work;
  • A property owner to pay the withheld percentage within 60
days after the contract is completed satisfactorily;
  • A contractor to pay a subcontractor for work performed
under a subcontract within 30 calendar days after receiving
payment for the work, not including a withheld percentage
not to exceed 5%;
  • A subcontractor to pay any supplier, subcontractor, or
laborer who provided goods, materials, labor, or equipment
to the subcontractor within 30 calendar days after receiving
payment under the subcontract; and
  • A subcontractor to submit to the contractor a list of the
suppliers, sub-subcontractors, and laborers who provided
goods, materials, labor, or equipment to the subcontractor
for the work.
The bill does not apply to contracts with public entities or to a
contract concerning one multi-family dwelling of no more than 4 units or
one single-family dwelling. A person who fails to make a required
payment must pay 1.5% interest per month until the debt is fully paid. In
a lawsuit to enforce the bill, the prevailing party is awarded attorney fees
and costs.

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Bill: HB20-1089
Title: Employee Protection Lawful Off-duty Activities
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
CCW Summary

Concerning clarification that the prohibition on an employer terminating an employee for the employee's lawful off-duty activities extends to activities that are lawful under state law even if those activities are not lawful under federal law.

Intro Date01/10/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/12/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (02/19/2020)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate Sponsors
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
Official Summary

The bill prohibits an employer from terminating an employee for
the employee's lawful off-duty activities that are lawful under state law

even if those activities are not lawful under federal law.

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Bill: HB20-1093
Title: County Authority License And Regulate Business
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Local Government
CCW Summary

Concerning county authority to license and regulate a business.

Intro Date01/13/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/22/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (03/23/2020)
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate SponsorsB. Rankin (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
J. McCluskie (D)
Official Summary

The bill grants a board of county commissioners the authority to
license and regulate any business located or business activity occurring
within the county, including short-term lodging rentals or advertising for
such rentals, and to fix the fees, terms, and manner for issuing and
revoking licenses issued therefor.

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Bill: HB20-1143
Title: Environmental Justice And Projects Increase Environmental Fines
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
CCW Summary

Concerning additional public health protections regarding alleged environmental violations, and, in connection therewith, raising the maximum fines for air quality and water quality violations and allocating the fines to environmental mitigation projects.

Intro Date01/17/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/30/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations (02/27/2020)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
House SponsorsD. Jackson (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Official Summary

Current state law sets the maximum civil fine for most air quality
violations at $15,000 per day and most water quality violations at $10,000

per day, but federal law allows the federal environmental protection
agency to assess a maximum daily fine per violation of $47,357 for these
violations. Sections 2 and 4 of the bill raise the maximum fine to $47,357
per day and direct the air quality control commission and the water
quality control commission in the department of public health and
environment (department) to annually adjust the maximum fine based on
changes in the consumer price index.
Current law allocates all water quality fines to the water quality
improvement fund; section 4 authorizes the use of money in that fund to
pay for projects addressing impacts to environmental justice communities.
Section 4 also extends the repeal date for the water quality improvement
fund to September 1, 2025.
Current law allocates all air quality fines to the general fund;
section 3 allocates them to the newly created community impact cash
fund. Section 3 also:
  • Specifies that the department is to use money in the
community impact cash fund for environmental mitigation
projects (EMPs);
  • Defines an EMP as a project that avoids, minimizes, or
mitigates the adverse effects of a violation or alleged
violation of the air quality or water quality laws;
  • Creates the environmental justice advisory board to
recommend EMPs in response to violations or alleged
violations that affect environmental justice communities;
and
  • Creates an environmental justice ombudsperson position
within the department, who serves as chief staff to the
advisory board and advocates for environmental justice
communities.
Section 3 also requires the department to post proposed EMPs on
the department's website in a format that allows the public to submit
comments on the proposed EMP, not approve an EMP until at least 45
days after the EMP has been posted on its website, and include a
description of all approved EMPs in its departmental SMART Act
presentations.
Section 1 sunsets the advisory board on September 1, 2025.

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Bill: HB20-1154
Title: Workers' Compensation
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
CCW Summary

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

Intro Date01/17/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/11/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations (02/12/2020)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
Official Summary

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

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Bill: HB20-1155
Title: Higher Efficiency New Construction Residence
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Housing
- Natural Resources & Environment
CCW Summary

Concerning requirements that builders of new residences offer buyers options to accommodate higher efficiency devices.

Intro Date01/17/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/07/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Not Concur - Request Conference Committee (03/13/2020)
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Official Summary

Current law requires a home builder to offer to a buyer of a new
home one of the following:
  • A solar panel system or a solar thermal system;
  • To prewire or preplumb the home for these systems; or
  • A chase or conduit to wire or plumb the home for these

systems in the future.
Section 1 of the bill changes this to require that the home builder offer
each of these options.
Section 2 requires a home builder to offer one of the following
options to a buyer of a newly constructed residence:
  • An electric vehicle charging system;
  • Upgrades of wiring to accommodate future installation of
an electric vehicle charging system; or
  • A 208- to 240-volt alternating current plug-in located in a
place accessible to a motor vehicle parking area.
Section 2 also requires the home builder to offer electric heating options.
These requirements apply to both traditional detached, single-family
homes and buildings that contain owner-occupied condominium units.

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Bill: HB20-1227
Title: Network-level Distracted Driving Technology
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Telecommunications & Information Technology
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
CCW Summary Concerning the availability of network-level mobile phone distracted driving prevention technology.

 

Intro Date01/31/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/20/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (02/26/2020)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
Official Summary

The bill requires a provider of commercial mobile radio service in
Colorado to make network-level distraction control technology available
to the provider's customers so that, at the customer's request, the provider
can limit distracting content on an authorized user's mobile electronic
device from the network level while the authorized user is driving.

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Bill: HB20-1326
Title: Create Occupational Credential Portability Program
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject-
CCW Summary

Concerning an expansion of an individual's ability to practice an occupation in Colorado through creation of an occupational credential portability program.

Intro Date02/25/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/10/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole (03/11/2020)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate Sponsors
House SponsorsS. Bird (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
Official Summary

The bill:
  • Creates the occupational credential portability program that
would apply to most professions and occupations regulated
by the division of professions and occupations within the
department of regulatory agencies;

  • Requires the director of the division and most regulatory
boards and commissions within the division (regulators) to
strive to reduce certification, registration, and licensure
barriers for applicants; and
  • Gives regulators rule-making authority to establish an
occupational credential portability program in the least
burdensome way necessary to protect the public.

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Bill: HB20-1348
Title: Additional Liability Under Respondeat Superior
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Civil Law
- Military & Veterans
CCW Summary

Concerning additional liability of a defendant who admits liability under respondeat superior.

Intro Date03/05/2020
Fiscal Notes 
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary (03/05/2020)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
Official Summary

A recent Colorado supreme court case held that in a civil action
when an employer admits liability for the tortious actions of its employee,
the plaintiff cannot assert additional claims against the employer arising
out of the same incident. The bill allows a plaintiff to bring such claims
against an employer.

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Bill: HB20-1351
Title: Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Local Government
CCW Summary

Concerning the ability of local governments to promote the development of new affordable housing units pursuant to their existing authority to regulate land use within their territorial boundaries.

Intro Date03/06/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/23/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government (03/06/2020)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Official Summary

The bill clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties
(local governments) to plan for and regulate the use of land includes the
authority to regulate development or redevelopment in order to promote

the construction of new affordable housing units. The provisions of the
state's rent control statute do not apply to any land use regulation that
restricts rents on newly constructed or redeveloped housing units as long
as the regulation provides a choice of options to the property owner or
land developer and creates one or more alternatives to the construction of
new affordable housing units on the building site.

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Bill: HB20-1353
Title: Competitive Solicitation Under Procurement Code
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- State Government
CCW Summary

Concerning allowing a state agency to use any appropriate method of competitive solicitation pursuant to the state "Procurement Code" when a law directs the state agency to issue a request for proposals.

Intro Date03/06/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/17/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor (03/06/2020)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate Sponsors
House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
Official Summary
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Bill: SB20-009
Title: Expand Adult Education Grant Program
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
CCW Summary

Concerning expansion of the adult education and literacy grant program.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/26/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole (03/13/2020)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House Committee
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
B. Rankin (R)
House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
M. Catlin (R)
Official Summary

Under existing law, the adult education and literacy grant program
(grant program) is focused on workforce development partnerships to
provide adult education that leads to increased levels of employment. The
bill recognizes that, in addition to increasing employment, adult education
is necessary to ensure an adult population that is better prepared to
support the educational attainment of the next generation and actively

participate as citizens in a democratic society.
The bill expands the grant program to provide grants to adult
education providers that enter into an education attainment partnership
with elementary and secondary education providers or higher education
providers to assist adults in attaining basic literacy and numeracy skills
that lead to additional skill acquisition, that may lead to postsecondary
credentials and employment, and that assist adults in providing academic
support to their own children or to children for whom they provide care.
The bill allows the state board of education, in awarding grants, to give
preference to adult education programs that serve populations that are
underserved by federal funding.

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Bill: SB20-065
Title: Limit Mobile Electronic Devices While Driving
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
CCW Summary

Concerning a limitation on the use of mobile electronic devices while driving.

Intro Date01/08/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/05/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government + Judiciary (03/02/2020)
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
Official Summary

The bill limits the use of a mobile electronic device while driving
to adult drivers who use the mobile electronic device through a hands-free
accessory.
The bill establishes penalties of $50 and 2 points for a first
violation, $100 and 2 points for a second violation, $200 and 4 points for
a third or subsequent violation, and $300 and 4 points if the violation

involves text messaging.

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Bill: SB20-080
Title: Consumer Protection Act Damages
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Civil Law
- Courts & Judicial
CCW Summary

Concerning amending the "Colorado Consumer Protection Act" to increase the damages for which a plaintiff is eligible.

Intro Date01/13/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/14/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (03/04/2020)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House Committee
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
House SponsorsS. Woodrow (D)
Official Summary

The bill amends the Colorado Consumer Protection Act (act) to
state 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 state that, under the act, a class
action may be brought and damages may be awarded to the class.

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Bill: SB20-081
Title: School Information For Apprenticeship Directory
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
- Labor & Employment
CCW Summary

Concerning including school information in the Colorado state apprenticeship resource directory.

Intro Date01/13/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/28/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSent to the Governor (03/14/2020)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House CommitteeEducation
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
J. Bridges (D)
House SponsorsT. Sullivan (D)
C. Larson (R)
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of labor and employment to
collaborate with the department of education to include in the Colorado
state apprenticeship resource directory the name and contact information
for at least one designated apprenticeship training program contact for
every public high school and school district.

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Bill: SB20-093
Title: Consumer And Employee Dispute Resolution Fairness
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Courts & Judicial
- Labor & Employment
CCW Summary

Concerning protections related to mandatory agreement provisions, and, in connection therewith, enacting the "Consumer and Employee Dispute Resolution Fairness Act".

Intro Date01/13/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/24/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor (03/09/2020)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House Committee
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
D. Jackson (D)
Official Summary

The bill enacts the Consumer and Employee Dispute Resolution
Fairness Act (act). For certain consumer and employment arbitrations,
the act:

  • Prohibits the waiver of standards for and challenges for
evident partiality prior to a claim being filed and requires
any waiver of such provisions after the claim is filed to be
in writing;
  • Provides that the right of a party to challenge an arbitrator
based on evident partiality is waived if not raised within a
reasonable time of learning of the information leading to
the challenge but that such right is not waived if caused by
the opposing party;
  • Establishes ethical standards for arbitrators; and
  • Requires specified public disclosures by arbitration
services providers but includes protections for certain
confidential information.
The bill also requires an individual arbitrator for certain consumer
and employment arbitrations to make additional disclosures of
information that might affect the arbitrator's impartiality.
The bill specifies how attorney fees and other reasonable expenses
are to be awarded if a court vacates an award because of an arbitrator's
evident partiality or failure to make required disclosures and clarifies
when appeals of orders may be made in consumer and employee
arbitrations.
The bill also provides that for a standard form contract involving
a consumer or employee:
  • Specified terms are unenforceable as against public policy;
  • Including an unenforceable term constitutes a deceptive
trade practice under the Colorado Consumer Protection
Act; and
  • How certain cost-shifting provisions are to be interpreted.

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Bill: SB20-099
Title: Thresholds For Sales Tax Collection Requirements
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
CCW Summary

Concerning the dollar thresholds in place for certain retailers' sales tax collection requirements.

Intro Date01/14/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/27/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2020)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House Committee
Senate SponsorsB. Rankin (R)
House SponsorsP. Will (R)
Official Summary

The bill changes the dollar threshold for economic nexus for
purposes of retail sales made by retailers without physical presence in the
state from $100,000 to $200,000.
Current law temporarily allows small retailers with physical
presence in the state that have retail sales of $100,000 or less to source
sales to the business' location regardless of where the purchaser receives

the tangible personal property or service, thus providing an exception to
the sales tax sourcing rule. The bill changes this threshold to $200,000 or
less in retail sales and makes the exception permanent.

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Bill: SB20-120
Title: Apprentice Examinations And Professional Licenses
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject-
- Labor & Employment
- Professions & Occupations
CCW Summary

Concerning requirements for registered apprentices.

Intro Date01/24/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/05/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to Appropriations (03/11/2020)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
House SponsorsT. Sullivan (D)
Official Summary

The bill requires electrician apprentices and plumbing apprentices
who have been registered with their respective boards for at least 6 years
to take a license examination on a periodic basis until the apprentice
passes the examination.
The bill requires an employer, an apprenticeship program
registered with the United States department of labor's employment and
training administration, and a state apprenticeship council recognized by
the United States department of labor that employs an apprentice in

Colorado to track the number of practical training hours and, for
electrician apprentices, the classroom hours of each apprentice and
provide the information to the state electrical board or the state plumbing
board, as applicable. The boards must provide the reported information
to the department of regulatory agencies' online apprenticeship directory.

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Bill: SB20-138
Title: Consumer Protection Construction Defect Time Period
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject-
- Business & Economic Development
- Civil Law
- Courts & Judicial
- Housing
- Professions & Occupations
CCW Summary

Concerning increased consumer protection for homeowners seeking relief for construction defects.

Intro Date01/27/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/11/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/16/2020 - No Amendments (03/13/2020)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House Committee
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
House Sponsors
Official Summary

The bill:
  • Increases the statutory limitation period for actions based
on construction defects from 6 years to 10 years;
  • Allows tolling of the limitation period on any statutory or
equitable basis; and
  • Requires tolling of the limitation period until the claimant

discovers not only some physical manifestation of a
construction defect but also its cause.

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Bill: SB20-159
Title: Global Warming Potential For Public Project Materials
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- State Government
CCW Summary

Concerning measures to limit the global warming potential for certain materials used in public projects.

Intro Date02/04/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/11/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole (03/13/2020)
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
House Committee
Senate SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
House Sponsors
Official Summary

The department of personnel (department) is required to establish
a maximum acceptable global warming potential for each category of
eligible materials used in a public project. The bill specifies which
building materials are eligible materials.
The department is required to set the maximum acceptable global
warming potential at the industry average of facility-specific global
Capital letters or bold & italic numbers indicate new material to be added to existing law.
warming potential emissions for that material and to express it as a
number that states the maximum acceptable facility-specific global
warming potential for each category of eligible materials.
The department is required to submit a report to the general
assembly regarding the method it used to develop the maximum global
warming potential for each category of eligible materials and may make
periodic downward adjustments to the number to reflect industry
improvements.
For invitations for bid for public projects issued after a certain
date, the contractor that is awarded the contract is required to submit to
the contracting agency of government a current facility-specific
environmental product declaration for each eligible material proposed to
be used in the public project.
A contracting agency of government is required to include in a
specification for bids for a public project that the facility-specific global
warming potential for any eligible material that will be used in the project
shall not exceed the maximum acceptable global warming potential for
that material determined by the department.
A contractor that is awarded a contract for a public project is
prohibited from installing any eligible material on the project until the
contractor submits a facility-specific environmental product declaration
for that material.
The bill specifies that in administering the requirements of the bill,
an agency of government is required to strive to achieve a continuous
reduction of greenhouse gas emissions over time. The department is
required to submit a report to the general assembly regarding the
implementation of the bill.
The bill includes the facility-specific global warming potential for
each eligible material that will be used in the project and the cost of
avoided emissions for the project in the factors to be considered when
making an award determination for a competitive sealed best value bid.

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Bill: SB20-192
Title: Staffing Agency Requirements For Employees
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
CCW Summary

Concerning additional protections for employees of a staffing agency who are referred to work-site employers for employment.

Intro Date03/04/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/16/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary (03/04/2020)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House Committee
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House SponsorsE. Sirota (D)
S. Woodrow (D)
Official Summary

The bill requires a staffing agency that places temporary and
part-time employees with work-site employers to provide the employees
specific information concerning the terms and conditions of employment.
The information must be provided in writing before the end of the first
pay period.

The bill requires the staffing agency to post a notice in its
workplace that includes the name and telephone number of the division
of labor standards and statistics (division) in the department of labor and
employment and a description of employees' rights to the receipt of the
required terms and conditions of employment.
A staffing agency and a work-site employer are prohibited from
charging an employee:
  • A fee for certain work-related expenses or deducting
expenses from the employee's wages without authorization
from the employee;
  • The cost of required specific transportation services; or
  • More than the actual cost of optional transportation.
The bill prohibits a staffing agency from knowingly issuing,
distributing, circulating, or providing false, fraudulent, or misleading
information to an employee or applicant for employment and from
refusing to refund fees or costs owed to the employee.
The bill requires each staffing agency to annually register and pay
a fee to the division. Each staffing agency is required to submit
information to the division in a form and manner required by the division.
The division is required to maintain a list of the registration status of each
staffing agency on its website. Employers who use staffing agencies are
required to verify whether the staffing agency is registered with the
division. The division may assess a fine for a violation and may revoke
or suspend the registration of a staffing agency for any violation.
The division is authorized to promulgate rules, including rules that
state the information that a staffing agency is required to submit to the
division and that establish circumstances where a staffing agency's
registration may be revoked or suspended.

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