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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 (07/28/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (07/08/2020)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
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 (08/25/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (06/29/2020)
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 (10/06/2020)
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 (10/22/2020)
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 (05/01/2020)
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 (07/29/2020)
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 (08/13/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (07/02/2020)
Senate CommitteeFinance
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 (07/09/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Appropriations Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed (06/16/2020)
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 (08/07/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (06/30/2020)
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 (07/14/2020)
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 (08/27/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (06/25/2020)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
R. Gardner (R)
House SponsorsK. Van Winkle (R)
S. Bird (D)
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 NotesFiscal Notes (07/23/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (05/26/2020)
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 (07/23/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (05/27/2020)
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 (07/23/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely (05/27/2020)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate Sponsors
House SponsorsJ. Coleman (D)
Official Summary

A request for proposals (RFP) is one of many types of competitive
solicitation methods that a state agency is authorized to use pursuant to
the state Procurement Code (Code). Legislation enacted by the general

assembly often directs a state agency to issue an RFP for a project rather
than generally requiring the state agency to use a method of competitive
solicitation authorized by the Code.
The bill specifies that when a law requires a state agency to issue
an RFP pursuant to the Code, the law will be construed to require a
competitive solicitation pursuant to the Code, as deemed most appropriate
and efficient for the project by the state agency, rather than only an RFP.

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Bill: HB20-1395
Title: End Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Act Grants Transfer Money To General Fund
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Labor & Employment
CCW Summary

Concerning the repeal of the "Skilled Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Act" grant program, and, in connection therewith, eliminating new grants under the grant program, transferring the balance of the grant program fund to the general fund, requiring a final report on the grant program, and reducing an appropriation.

Intro Date05/26/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (10/19/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (06/26/2020)
Senate CommitteeAppropriations
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
B. Rankin (R)
House SponsorsK. Ransom (R)
J. McCluskie (D)
Official Summary


Joint Budget Committee. The bill precludes the department of
labor and employment from awarding or issuing grants under the Skilled
Worker Outreach, Recruitment, and Key Training Act, also known as the
WORK Act, as of the effective date of the bill. Additionally, the state
treasurer is directed to transfer any balance in the WORK fund as of
September 1, 2020, and September 1, 2021, to the general fund. The
program is repealed on September 30, 2021. The bill adjusts the 2020
long bill by eliminating the $3.3 million appropriation for the program.

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Bill: HB20-1414
Title: Price Gouge Amid Disaster Deceptive Trade Practice
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Financial Services & Commerce
CCW Summary

Concerning a prohibition against engaging in price gouging for a period following a declared disaster.

Intro Date06/04/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/27/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (07/14/2020)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate SponsorsM. Foote (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
B. Titone (D)
Official Summary

The bill establishes that a person engages in a deceptive trade
practice if the person, for a period following the declaration of a disaster
or disaster emergency by the president of the United States, the governor
of the state, or the principal executive officer of a political subdivision
and in the geographic area for which the disaster was declared, sells,
offers for sale, provides, or offers to provide any of the following at a

price so excessive as to amount to price gouging:
  • Building materials;
  • Consumer food items;
  • Emergency supplies;
  • Fuel;
  • Medical supplies;
  • Other necessities;
  • Repair or reconstruction services;
  • Transportation, freight, or storage services; or
  • Services used in an emergency cleanup.

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Bill: HB20-1415
Title: Whistleblower Protection Public Health Emergencies
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
CCW Summary

Concerning a worker's rights in the workplace for conduct related to a principal's actions during a public health emergency.

 

Intro Date06/04/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/27/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (07/11/2020)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
T. Sullivan (D)
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a principal, which includes an employer, certain
labor contractors, public employers, and entities that rely on independent
contractors for a specified percentage of their workforce, from
discriminating, retaliating, or taking adverse action against any worker
who:

  • Raises any concern about workplace health and safety
practices or hazards related to a public health emergency to
the principal, the principal's agent, other workers, a
government agency, or the public if the workplace health
and safety practices fail to meet guidelines established by
a federal, state, or local public health agency with
jurisdiction over the workplace; or
  • Voluntarily wears at the worker's workplace the worker's
own personal protective equipment, such as a mask,
faceguard, or gloves.
A person may seek relief for a violation of the bill by:
  • Filing a complaint with the division of labor standards and
statistics in the department of labor and employment;
  • Bringing an action in district court, after exhausting
administrative remedies; or
  • Bringing a whistleblower action in the name of the state in
district court, after exhausting administrative remedies.

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Bill: HB20-1420
Title: Adjust Tax Expenditures For State Education Fund
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
CCW Summary

Concerning the adjustment of certain state tax expenditures in order to allocate additional revenues to the state education fund.

Intro Date06/08/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (07/28/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (07/11/2020)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
C. Hansen (D)
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
E. Sirota (D)
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill specifies that the act shall be known as the
Tax Fairness Act.
Sections 2 and 3 require taxpayers to add to federal taxable
income:
  • For income tax years ending on and after the enactment of

the March 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic
Security Act (CARES Act), but before January 1, 2021,
and for income tax years beginning on and after the
enactment of the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021,
an amount equal to the difference between a taxpayer's net
operating loss deduction as determined under federal law
before the amendments made by section 2303 of the
CARES Act and the taxpayer's net operating loss deduction
as determined under federal law after the amendments
made by section 2303 of the CARES Act;
  • For income tax years ending on and after the enactment of
the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, and for
income tax years beginning on and after the enactment of
the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, an amount
equal to a taxpayer's excess business loss as determined
under federal law without regard to the amendments made
by section 2304 of the CARES Act, but with regard to the
technical amendment made in that section of the CARES
Act;
  • For income tax years ending on and after the enactment of
the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, and for
income tax years beginning on and after the enactment of
the CARES Act, but before January 1, 2021, an amount
equal to the amount in excess of the limitation on business
interest under federal law without regard to the
amendments made by section 2306 of the CARES Act; and
  • For income tax years commencing on or after January 1,
2021, an amount equal to the deduction for qualified
business income for an individual taxpayer who files a
single return and whose adjusted gross income is greater
than $75,000, and for an individual taxpayer who files a
joint return and whose adjusted gross income is greater
than $150,000. This federal deduction may be claimed for
income tax years commencing prior to January 1, 2026.
Section 4 limits the amount of net operating loss that a corporation
may carry forward to $400,000. This section also specifies that a
corporation may add the amount of all net operating losses that a
corporation is prohibited from subtracting, with interest, to the allowable
net operating loss that is carried forward by the corporation.
Section 5 eliminates the state income tax modification for
qualifying net capital gains for income tax years commencing on or after
January 1, 2021.
Sections 6 and 7 repeal the exemption from the state sales and use
taxes for the sales, purchase, storage, use, or consumption of electricity,
coal, gas, fuel oil, steam, coke, or nuclear fuel, for use in processing,
manufacturing, mining, refining, irrigation, construction, telegraph,
telephone, and radio communication, street and railroad transportation
services, and all industrial uses, for filing periods on and after August 1,
2020, except not the state sales and use tax exemption for newsprint and
printer's ink for use by publishers of newspapers and commercial printers.
Section 8 creates a sales and use tax refund, not to exceed $1,000
per filing period, for filing periods on and after August 1, 2020, for all
state sales and use tax paid by the taxpayer on the sale, storage, use, or
consumption of electricity, coal, gas, fuel oil, steam, coke, or nuclear fuel,
for use in processing, manufacturing, mining, refining, irrigation,
construction, telegraph, telephone, and radio communication, and all
industrial uses; except that the $1,000 per filing period limit does not
apply to the sale, storage, use, or consumption of:
  • Diesel fuel purchased for off-road use;
  • Electricity, coal, gas, fuel oil, steam, coke, or nuclear fuel
purchased for agricultural purposes;
  • Coal, gas, fuel oil, steam, coke, or nuclear fuel for use in
generating electricity; and
  • Electricity, coal, gas, fuel oil, steam, coke, or nuclear fuel
for use in street and railroad transportation services.
Sections 9 and 10 prevent the elimination of the sales tax
exemption and the creation of the sales tax refund from affecting county
and municipal sales and use taxes.
Section 11 repeals the statutes that provide an insurance premium
tax rate reduction for insurance companies maintaining a home office or
a regional home office in the state. Section 11 also clarifies that, for
purposes of the insurance premium tax, an annuity plan or an annuity
consideration does not include a deposit-type contract that does not
incorporate mortality or morbidity risks, such as a guaranteed investment
or interest certificate, a supplementary contract without life contingencies,
an annuity certain, a premium fund or other deposit fund, a dividend
accumulation, a coupon accumulation, a lottery payout, or a structured
settlement.
The earned income tax credit is equal to a percentage of the federal
earned income tax credit. Section 12 increases the percentage from 10%
to 20% beginning in 2023. Section 12 also specifies that for income tax
years commencing on or after January 1, 2020, taxpayers filing with an
individual taxpayer identification number are eligible for the earned
income tax credit.
Section 13 specifies that the state treasurer shall transfer the
following amounts from the general fund to the state education fund
created in section 17 (4) of article IX of the state constitution for the
following fiscal years:
  • $150,000,000 for the fiscal year 2021-22;
  • $200,000,000 for the fiscal year 2022-23;
  • $200,000,000 for the fiscal year 2023-24; and
  • $200,000,000 for the fiscal year 2024-25.

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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 (09/15/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (07/08/2020)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House CommitteeEducation
Senate SponsorsB. Rankin (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
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 (07/15/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (05/27/2020)
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 (08/21/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (06/04/2020)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House CommitteeFinance
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 (06/24/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2020)
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 (08/24/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely (06/04/2020)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House CommitteeFinance
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 (10/05/2020)
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 (09/01/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (07/07/2020)
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 (08/24/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
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 (11/24/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 12/31/2020 - No Amendments (05/28/2020)
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 (08/13/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Postpone Indefinitely (05/26/2020)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House Committee
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
J. Gonzales (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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Bill: SB20-200
Title: Implementation Of CO Colorado Secure Savings Program
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- State Government
CCW Summary

Concerning the implementation of the Colorado secure savings program to increase the amount of retirement savings by Colorado's private sector workers.

Intro Date03/09/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/17/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (07/14/2020)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
K. Donovan (D)
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
K. Becker (D)
Official Summary

In 2019, the general assembly created the Colorado secure savings
board (board) in the office of the state treasurer to study the costs to the
state of insufficient retirement savings and 3 approaches to increasing
retirement savings in Colorado. The board found that a state-facilitated
automatic enrollment individual retirement account program is the best

option for Colorado and recommended the establishment of such a
program, coupled with the greater use of financial education tools in the
state.
In furtherance of the board's recommendation, the bill directs the
board to create and implement the Colorado secure savings program
(program).
The bill specifies the powers and duties of the board in connection
with the creation and administration of the program and updates the
criteria to which the board is required to adhere in developing the
program. The board is required to adopt rules regarding enrollment in the
program, contributions to and withdrawals from program accounts, the
process for employer exemptions from offering the program, and required
disclosures.
The bill creates the Colorado secure savings program fund in the
state treasury to consist of money appropriated by the general assembly,
money transferred to the fund by the federal government, money from
fees and penalties in connection with the program, and any gifts, grants,
or donations made to the fund.
All individual account information for accounts under the program
is confidential and may not be disclosed except under specified
circumstances.

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Bill: SB20-205
Title: Sick Leave For Employees
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
- Public Health
CCW Summary

Concerning the requirement that employers offer sick leave to their employees.

Intro Date05/26/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (09/08/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (07/14/2020)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate SponsorsJ. Bridges (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House SponsorsK. Becker (D)
Y. Caraveo (D)
Official Summary

The bill creates the Healthy Families and Workplaces Act (act),
which requires employers to provide paid sick leave to employees under
various circumstances.
On and after the effective date of the act through December 31,
2020, employers are required to provide each of their employees paid sick
leave for employees to take for reasons related to the COVID-19

pandemic in the amounts and for the purposes specified in the federal
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act in the Families First Coronavirus
Response Act.
Additionally, beginning January 1, 2021, the act requires all
employers in Colorado to provide paid sick leave to their employees,
accrued at one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to
a maximum of 48 hours.
An employee:
  • Begins accruing paid sick leave when the employee's
employment begins;
  • May use paid sick leave as it is accrued; and
  • May carry forward and use in subsequent calendar years
paid sick leave that is not used in the year in which it is
accrued.
Employees may use accrued paid sick leave to be absent from
work for the following purposes:
  • The employee has a mental or physical illness, injury, or
health condition; needs a medical diagnosis, care, or
treatment related to such illness, injury, or condition; or
needs to obtain preventive medical care;
  • The employee needs to care for a family member who has
a mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition;
needs a medical diagnosis, care, or treatment related to
such illness, injury, or condition; or needs to obtain
preventive medical care;
  • The employee or family member has been the victim of
domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment and needs to
be absent from work for purposes related to such crime; or
  • A public official has ordered the closure of the school or
place of care of the employee's child or of the employee's
place of business due to a public health emergency,
necessitating the employee's absence from work.
In addition to the paid sick leave accrued by an employee, the act
requires an employer to provide its employees an additional amount of
paid sick leave during a public health emergency in an amount based on
the number of hours the employee works.
The act prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee
who uses the employee's paid sick leave or otherwise exercises the
employee's rights under the act. Employers are required to notify
employees of their rights under the act by providing employees with a
written notice of their rights and displaying a poster, developed by the
division of labor standards and statistics (division) in the department of
labor and employment, detailing employees' rights under the act.
Employers must retain records documenting, by employee, the
hours worked, paid sick leave accrued, and paid sick leave used and make
such records available to the division to monitor compliance with the act.
The director of the division will implement and enforce the act and
adopt rules necessary for such purposes. The act treats an employee's
information about the employee's or a family member's health condition
or domestic abuse, sexual assault, or harassment case as confidential and
prohibits an employer from disclosing such information or requiring the
employee to disclose such information as a condition of using paid sick
leave.
Employers, including public employers, that provide comparable
paid leave to their employees and allow employees to use that leave as
permitted under the act are not required to provide additional paid sick
leave to their employees.
Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement would
not be entitled to paid sick leave under the act if the collective bargaining
agreement expressly waives the requirements of the act and provides an
equivalent benefit to covered employees.

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Bill: SB20-207
Title: Unemployment Insurance
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
CCW Summary

Concerning unemployment insurance.

Intro Date05/26/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/11/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (07/14/2020)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
C. Hansen (D)
House SponsorsM. Gray (D)
T. Sullivan (D)
Official Summary

For the purpose of creating a rebuttable presumption that an
individual is an independent contractor, the bill allows the individual to
establish that the person for whom he or she is performing services does
not combine the business operations with the individual's business and the
individual performs work that is not the primary work of the person or
related to the primary work of the person. The bill authorizes the parties
to demonstrate the satisfaction of the factors considered by the division
of employment insurance in the department of labor and employment

(division) in a manner other than a written document. If an individual is
determined to be an employee for the pruposes of the wage theft laws, the
individual is deemed an employee for the purposes of determining
eligibility for unemployment insurance compensation benefits.
The bill exempts payment for services to an election judge for the
purposes of calculating total unemployment compensation benefits.
Current law requires a deduction from the weekly total and partial
unemployment benefit amounts of the part of wages that exceeds 25% of
the weekly benefit amount. The bill changes the percentage of wages for
calculating the deduction to 50%.
When determining whether an individual qualifies for
unemployment insurance, the bill directs the division to consider whether
the individual has separated from employment or has refused to accept
new employment because:
  • The employer requires the individual to work in an
environment that is not in compliance with: Federal centers
for disease control and prevention guidelines applicable to
the employer's business and workplace at the time of the
determination; state and federal laws, rules, and regulations
concerning disease mitigation and workplace safety; an
executive order issued by the governor requiring the
employer to close the business or modify the operation of
the business; and any public health order issued by the
department of public health and environment or a local
government;
  • The individual is the primary caretaker of a child enrolled
in a school that is closed due to a public health emergency
or of a family member or household member who is
quarantined due to an illness during a public health
emergency; or
  • The employee is immunocompromised and more
susceptible to illness during a public health emergency.
The bill changes the time period that an interested party has to
respond to a notice of claim received by the division concerning
unemployment benefits from 12 calendar days to 7 calendar days.
Current law authorizes the division to approve a work share plan
submitted by an employer if the employee's normal weekly work hours
have been reduced by at least 10% but not more than 40%. The bill
changes the amount that hours may be reduced to an amount consistent
with rules adopted by the division and federal law.
The bill removes the cap on the amount of money that can be paid
into and remain in the employment support fund.
The bill requires the director of the division to study and report to
the general assembly the feasibility of creating an unemployment
insurance compensation program and fund for individuals engaged in
independent trades, occupations, and professions.

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Bill: SB20-215
Title: Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
CCW Summary

Concerning measures to address the affordability of health insurance for Coloradans purchasing coverage on the individual market, and, in connection therewith, establishing an enterprise to administer a health insurance affordability fee assessed on certain health insurers and a special assessment on hospitals to fund measures to reduce consumer costs for individual health coverage plans.

Intro Date06/02/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (10/20/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (06/30/2020)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
K. Donovan (D)
House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
J. McCluskie (D)
Official Summary

The bill establishes the health insurance affordability enterprise,
for purposes of section 20 of article X of the state constitution, that is
authorized to assess a health insurance affordability fee (insurer fee) on
certain health insurers and a special assessment (hospital assessment) on
hospitals in order to:
  • Provide business services to carriers that pay the fee,
including services to increase enrollment in health benefit
plans offered by carriers across the state; increasing the
number of individuals who are able to purchase health
benefit plans in the individual market by providing
financial support for certain qualifying individuals; funding
the reinsurance program that offsets the costs carriers
would otherwise pay for covering consumers with high
medical costs; improving the stability of the market
throughout the state by providing consistent private health
care coverage and reducing the movement of individuals
between group and individual coverage and from insured
to uninsured status; and reducing provider cost shifting
from the individual market and the uninsured to the group
market; and
  • Provide business services to hospitals, including increasing
hospital revenues by reducing the amount of
uncompensated care provided by hospitals; and reducing
the need of providers to shift costs of providing
uncompensated care to other payers.
The enterprise is to start assessing and collecting the insurer fee in
2021, which fee is based on a percentage of premiums collected by health
insurers in the previous calendar year on health benefit plans issued in the
state. The hospital assessment is a specified amount assessed and
collected in the 2022 and 2023 calendar years. Money collected from the
insurer fee and hospital assessment is to be deposited in the health
insurance affordability cash fund (fund), which the bill creates. The bill
also transfers an amount of premium taxes collected by the state in 2020
or later years that exceeds the amount collected in 2019, but not more
than 10% of the enterprise's revenues, to the fund.
The enterprise is required to use the insurer fee, the hospital
assessment, and any premium tax revenues or other money available in
the fund, in accordance with the allocation specified in the bill, for the
following purposes:
  • To provide funding for the reinsurance program established
by House Bill 19-1168;
  • To provide payments to carriers to increase the
affordability of health insurance on the individual market
for Coloradans who receive the premium tax credit
available under federal law;
  • To provide subsidies for state-subsidized individual health
coverage plans purchased by qualified low-income
individuals who are not eligible for the premium tax credit
or public assistance health care programs;
  • To pay the actual administrative costs of the enterprise and
the division of insurance for implementing and
administering the bill, limited to 3% of the enterprise's
revenues; and
  • To pay the costs for consumer enrollment, outreach, and
education activities regarding health care coverage.
The enterprise is governed by a 9-member board composed of the
executive director of the Colorado health benefit exchange and the
commissioner of insurance or their designees and 7 members appointed
by the governor and representing various aspect of the health care
industry and health care consumers.
With regard to the reinsurance program and enterprise established
pursuant to House Bill 19-1168, the bill:
  • Incorporates the reinsurance program enterprise within the
health insurance affordability enterprise;
  • Eliminates funding for the reinsurance program from
special assessments on hospitals and health insurers, excess
premium tax revenues, and specified transfers from the
state general fund and instead allocates a portion of the
health insurance affordability enterprise revenues to the
reinsurance program annually; and
  • Extends the reinsurance program, subject to federal
approval of a new or extended state innovation waiver to
enable the state to operate the reinsurance program and
access federal funding for the program.

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Bill: SB20-216
Title: Workers' Compensation For COVID-19
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
CCW Summary

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

Intro Date06/02/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/07/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely (06/10/2020)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House Committee
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
House SponsorsK. Mullica (D)
Official Summary

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

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

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Bill: SB20-223
Title: Assessment Rate Moratorium & Conforming Changes
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Local Government
CCW Summary
Intro Date06/09/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (06/29/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (07/13/2020)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House CommitteeFinance
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
M. Soper (R)
Official Summary

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

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

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Bill: SB20-SCR001
Title: Repeal Property Tax Assessment Rates
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
- Local Government
CCW Summary

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

Intro Date06/01/2020
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (08/31/2020)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSigned by the President of the Senate (06/23/2020)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House CommitteeAppropriations
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
C. Hansen (D)
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
M. Soper (R)
Official Summary

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

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