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Bill: HB21-1007
Title: State Apprenticeship Agency
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning a state apprenticeship registration program in the department of labor and employment, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Intro Date02/16/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/25/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology (05/12/2021)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House SponsorsT. Sullivan (D)
D. Ortiz (D)
Summary

The bill creates the state apprenticeship agency (SAA) in the
department of labor and employment (department) as a type 1 agency.
The executive director of the department is required to appoint a director
of the SAA (director). The purpose of the SAA is to:
  • Serve as the primary point of contact with the United States
department of labor's office of apprenticeship concerning

apprentices and registered apprenticeship programs; and
  • Oversee apprenticeship programs, including registration,
required standards for registration, quality assurance, the
promotion of apprenticeships, and the provision of
technical assistance.
The director shall establish the state apprenticeship council (SAC)
and an interagency advisory committee on apprenticeship (IAC). The
governor and the director appoint the members of the SAC and the IAC.
The SAC is charged with overseeing registered apprenticeship programs
for the building and construction trades in this state and ensuring
compliance with state and federal laws and standards. The IAC is charged
with the same responsibilities for all other apprenticeships not in the
building and construction trades.
The bill requires the SAA to accept applications for registration of
apprenticeship programs beginning July 1, 2023. The SAA may deregister
an apprenticeship program for noncompliance with the requirements in
the bill. The SAA shall conduct a hearing upon request of the SAC or the
IAC regarding issues of noncompliance and deregistration.
The director of the SAA is authorized to promulgate rules to
implement the state apprenticeship registration program.

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Bill: HB21-1050
Title: Workers' Compensation
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado", and, in connection therewith, making changes that affect the timely payment of benefits, guardian ad litem and conservator services, benefit offsets related to the receipt of federal disability or retirement benefits, the reduction of benefits based on apportionment, 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, the reopening of permanent total disability awards, and petitions for review and appeals of orders.
Intro Date02/16/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/16/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations (05/10/2021)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House SponsorsK. Van Winkle (R)
M. Gray (D)
Summary

The bill:
  • Adds guardian ad litem 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 1 of the bill);
  • Requires an injured worker who is claiming 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 after 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 1 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 2);
  • 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 the evidence, at
a hearing regarding apportionment of permanent
impairment or permanent total disability benefits (section
3
);
  • Adds the following conditions that must be met 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 have examined the employee at least 20
months after the date of the injury, have determined that the
employee has reached MMI, and have served a written
report to the authorized treating physician specifying that
the examining physician has determined that the employee
has reached MMI; and the authorized treating physician
must have responded that the employee has not reached
MMI or must have failed to respond within 15 days after
service of the report (section 4);
  • 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 5);
  • Clarifies when benefits and penalties payable to an injured
worker are deemed paid (section 6);
  • Prohibits an employer or insurer from withdrawing an
admission of liability when 2 years or more have passed
since 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 2022 (section 11); and
  • Clarifies the orders that are subject to review or appeal
(sections 10 and 12).

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Bill: HB21-1056
Title: Cost Thresholds For Public Project Bidding Requirements
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Capital Construction
- State Government
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning public projects supervised by the department of transportation that are subject to the "Construction Bidding for Public Projects Act".
Intro Date02/16/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/23/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/03/2021)
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
House SponsorsR. Pelton (R)
Summary

Under current law, the requirements of the Construction Bidding
for Public Projects Act (act) generally apply to a public project if the
cost of the project is reasonably expected to exceed $500,000 for any
fiscal year; except that a public project supervised by the department of
transportation (CDOT) is subject to the requirements of the act if the cost

of the project is reasonably expected to exceed $150,000 for any fiscal
year. The bill:
  • Repeals the lower cost amount for CDOT projects, which
means that the requirements of the act, including the
requirement that CDOT prepare a bid estimate when it
proposes to undertake a project itself rather than awarding
the project to a contractor through competitive bidding,
will apply to a CDOT project only if the cost of the project
is reasonably expected to exceed $500,000 for any fiscal
year; and
  • Increases from $50,000 to $100,000 the maximum cost for
a CDOT project that is exempt from transportation
commission approval.
The bill also limits the existing requirement that CDOT pay all employees
performing work on any public project local prevailing wages in
accordance with specified federal acts to projects that cost more than
$500,000.

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Bill: HB21-1074
Title: Immunity For Entities During COVID-19
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Civil Law
DescriptionConcerning civil immunity for entities that comply with applicable health guidelines related to COVID-19.
Intro Date02/16/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/16/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/11/2021)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeState, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Sponsors
House SponsorsM. Bradfield (R)
Summary

The bill establishes immunity from civil liability for entities for
any act or omission that results in exposure, loss, damage, injury, or death
arising out of COVID-19 if the entity attempts in good faith to comply
with applicable public health guidelines.
The bill is repealed 2 years after the date the governor terminates
the state of disaster emergency declared on March 11, 2020.

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Bill: HB21-1095
Title: 811 Locate Exemption For County Road Maintenance
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Local Government
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning excavation notification requirements for underground facility location in connection with county road maintenance.
Intro Date02/16/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/05/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSent to the Governor (05/11/2021)
Senate CommitteeLocal Government
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
R. Woodward (R)
House SponsorsM. Baisley (R)
C. Kipp (D)
Summary

Current law requires an individual or entity to notify the statewide
notification association of all owners and operators of underground
facilities of its intent to engage in excavation so that any underground
facilities that the excavation might affect, such as water and sewer pipes,
gas lines, and electric or cable lines, can be located and marked before
excavation begins. Underground facilities are often located beneath
county gravel and dirt roads, normally at a depth of at least 18 inches
below the road surface. Counties maintain the profile and surface
condition of such county roads and county road rights-of-way by
engaging in routine and emergency maintenance activities that do not
disturb more than 6 inches in depth. These maintenance activities
currently trigger the excavation notification requirement, and the related
requirement that the location of underground facilities be marked, even
though they occur above the levels where underground facilities are
located. To prevent such activities from triggering the excavation
notification requirement, the bill specifies that excavation does not
include routine or emergency maintenance of right-of-way on
county-owned gravel or dirt roads performed by county employees that:
  • Does not lower the existing grade or elevation of the road,
shoulder, and ditches; and
  • Does not disturb more than 6 inches in depth during
maintenance operations.

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Bill: HB21-1117
Title: Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Housing
DescriptionConcerning 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 Date02/16/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/19/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass (05/07/2021)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Summary

The bill clarifies that the existing authority of cities and counties
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: HB21-1167
Title: Private Construction Contract Payments
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Business & Economic Development
- Housing
DescriptionConcerning retainage in construction contracts governing improvements to private real property.
Intro Date03/04/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/17/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSent to the Governor (05/11/2021)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
J. Gonzales (D)
House SponsorsM. Duran (D)
P. Will (R)
Summary

The bill prohibits a property owner from withholding from a
contractor more than 5% of the price of completed work to ensure the
work is satisfactorily completed. The contractor and subcontractors are
also prohibited from withholding more than 5% from subcontractors and
suppliers. The bill also clarifies that these prohibitions do not apply to
other types of contractual conditions made before payment is due.

The contract may require lien waivers to be executed before
payment is made.
The bill applies to:
  • A contract that has a price of at least $150,000; and
  • A subcontract or supply agreement to such a contract.
The bill does not apply to a single contract that governs:
  • The building of:
  • A single-family dwelling;
  • A multifamily dwelling with 4 or fewer family
dwelling units; or
  • A contract with a public entity.

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Bill: HB21-1207
Title: Overpayment Of Workers' Compensation Benefits
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning the overpayment of workers' compensation benefits.
Intro Date03/04/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/13/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSent to the Governor (05/11/2021)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsP. Lee (D)
R. Fields (D)
House SponsorsA. Benavidez (D)
L. Daugherty (D)
Summary

The bill limits the definition of overpayments of workers'
compensation benefits to include only benefits paid as a result of fraud or
duplicate benefits that result from offsets that reduce disability or death
benefits paid to a claimant. The bill also:
  • Clarifies that this limit does not prevent an insurance
carrier from receiving a credit against permanent disability

benefits for temporary disability benefits paid beyond the
date of maximum medical improvement; and
  • Prohibits the director of the division of workers'
compensation or an administrative law judge from
reopening an award of benefits paid to a claimant due to an
overpayment except in limited, specific circumstances.

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Bill: HB21-1213
Title: Conversion Of Pinnacol Assurance
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Health Care & Health Insurance
- Insurance
- Labor & Employment
- State Government
DescriptionConcerning the conversion of Pinnacol Assurance from a political subdivision of the state into a stock insurance company owned by a mutual insurance holding company.
Intro Date03/05/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/19/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/22/2021)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeState, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Sponsors
House SponsorsM. Soper (R)
Summary

Section 2 of the bill:
  • Sets forth a process and deadlines for and requires the
conversion of Pinnacol Assurance from a political

subdivision of the state to a stock insurance company
owned by a mutual insurance holding company, the initial
members of which are the policyholders of Pinnacol
Assurance immediately prior to the conversion, and also
sets forth a process and deadlines for the disaffiliation of
Pinnacol Assurance from the public employees' retirement
association (PERA), with details as to how the
disaffiliation is to be accomplished;
  • Requires the transfer of a specified amount from Pinnacol
Assurance to the state within 5 days of the effective date of
the conversion and requires the money transferred to be
allocated in equal shares to the controlled maintenance trust
fund and to the just transition trust fund; and
  • Requires the commissioner of insurance to contract with an
insurance company as the carrier of last resort for
employers seeking workers' compensation insurance and
for the successor stock insurance company to serve in that
capacity for a transitional period.
Section 3 repeals the existing statutes concerning Pinnacol
Assurance in its current form as a political subdivision of the state.
Sections 4 to 35 make conforming amendments necessitated by
the conversion of Pinnacol Assurance from a political subdivision of the
state to a stock insurance company owned by a mutual insurance holding
company and the disaffiliation of Pinnacol Assurance from PERA.

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Bill: HB21-1264
Title: Funds Workforce Development Increase Worker Skills
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
- State Revenue & Budget
DescriptionConcerning the allocation of state money for workforce development activities to increase the skills of Colorado workers, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Intro Date04/06/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/11/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Unamended to Appropriations (05/12/2021)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsD. Hisey (R)
C. Kolker (D)
House SponsorsT. Sullivan (D)
M. Young (D)
Summary

The bill creates the stimulus investments in reskilling, upskilling,
and next-skilling workers program (program) as an initiative of the state
work force development council (state council) to facilitate training for

unemployed and underemployed workers in the state during times of
substantial unemployment, defined as a statewide unemployment rate that
exceeds 4%. The bill appropriates $25 million for the program and directs
the state council to use the money to support individuals in need of:
  • Reskilling, which supports unemployed and
underemployed workers to change industries in order to
return to work or obtain more appropriate work based on
their skills;
  • Upskilling, which assists workers in increasing skill levels
to retain or advance in their employment; or
  • Next-skilling, which supports workers in developing
future-ready skills necessary for employment in the
twenty-first century.
The state council, in collaboration with the department of labor
and employment, is directed to allocate funding to local work force
development areas and to develop a grant program to award grants to
other partners to provide reskilling, upskilling, and next-skilling supports
to eligible individuals for up to 13 months.
Starting in 2022, as part of the Colorado talent report, the state
council is directed to report on the activities and outcomes resulting from
the program. The program repeals on June 30, 2024.

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Bill: HB21-1286
Title: Energy Performance For Buildings
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Energy
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning measures to improve energy efficiency, and, in connection therewith, requiring owners of large buildings to collect and report on energy-use benchmarking data and comply with performance standards related to energy and greenhouse gas emissions and modifying statutory requirements regarding energy performance contracts.
Intro Date04/21/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/05/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Energy & Environment Refer Amended to Finance (05/06/2021)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House SponsorsA. Valdez (D)
C. Kipp (D)
Summary


Section 1 of the bill requires owners of certain large buildings
(covered buildings), on an annual basis, to collect and report to the
Colorado energy office (office) the covered building's energy use. The
bill establishes a process requiring certain electric and gas utilities to
provide energy-use data to a covered building owner when requested by
the covered building owner.
Section 1 also requires that, on or before June 1, 2027, a covered
building owner demonstrate that, in 2026, the covered building met
performance standards set forth in the bill. A covered building owner
must demonstrate compliance with the performance standards every 5
years after June 1, 2027. The air quality control commission
(commission) is required to adopt rules in 2026 or 2027 that extend or
modify the performance standards. Thereafter, the commission may, as
the commission deems necessary, modify the performance standards by
rule.
Section 2 requires the office to assist covered building owners
with the reporting requirements set forth in section 1 by:
  • Creating a database of covered buildings and owners
required to comply with section 1;
  • Developing publicly available, digitally interactive maps
and lists showing the energy-use and performance-standard
data reported;
  • Coordinating with any local government that implements
its own energy benchmarking requirements or energy
performance program, including coordination of reporting
requirements; and
  • Collecting an annual fee from owners of covered buildings
of $100 per covered building. The office is required to
transfer the fees collected to the state treasurer, who will
credit the fees to the climate change mitigation and
adaptation fund (fund) created in section 2.
Section 3 imposes penalties for violations of section 1, ranging
from $500 to $5,000, depending on whether the violations are first
violations or subsequent violations, and requires that the civil penalty
payments be credited to the fund. Certain subsequent violations are also
subject to a penalty of 2 cents per square foot of gross floor area of the
covered building for each day that the violations continue.
Section 4 modifies the definition of an energy performance
contract that a governing body of a municipality, county, special district,
or school district (board) enters into for evaluation, recommendations, or
implementation of energy-saving measures to remove requirements that
a board's payment for goods and services pursuant to the contract be made
within a certain number of years of the contract's execution.
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Bill: HB21-1303
Title: Global Warming Potential For Public Project Materials
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- State Government
DescriptionConcerning measures to limit the global warming potential for certain materials used in public projects.
Intro Date05/05/2021
Fiscal Notes 
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment (05/05/2021)
Senate Committee
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
House SponsorsB. McLachlan (D)
T. Bernett (D)
Summary

The department of personnel and the department of transportation
are each required to establish policies regarding the global warming
potential for specific categories of eligible materials used to construct
certain public projects.
The department of personnel is required to establish a maximum
acceptable global warming potential for each category of eligible material

used in certain public projects under its purview. The bill specifies which
building materials are eligible materials. The department of personnel is
required to set the maximum acceptable global warming potential at the
industry average of global warming potential emissions for that material
and to express it as a number that states the maximum acceptable global
warming potential for each category of eligible material.
Specifications for solicitations for a public project requested by the
department of personnel are required to include that the 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.
The department of transportation is required to develop policies to
determine, track, and record greenhouse gas emissions for each category
of eligible materials used in certain public projects under its purview in
a manner consistent with criteria in an environmental product declaration.
The department of personnel and the department of transportation
are both are required to strive to achieve continuous reduction in
greenhouse gas emissions in construction materials over time for the
projects under their purview.
For solicitations for certain public projects under the purview of
the department of personnel or the department of transportation issued
after certain dates, the contractor that is awarded the contract is required
to submit a current environmental product declaration for each eligible
material proposed to be used in the public project.
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 an environmental product declaration for that material.
The department of personnel and the department of transportation
are required to annually report to the general assembly regarding the
implementation of the bill.

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Bill: SB21-080
Title: Protections For Entities During COVID-19
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Civil Law
DescriptionConcerning protections for entities that comply with public health guidelines related to COVID-19.
Intro Date02/16/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/16/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely (03/08/2021)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House Committee
Senate SponsorsR. Woodward (R)
House SponsorsS. Bird (D)
M. Bradfield (R)
Summary

An entity is not liable for any damages that result from exposure,
loss, damage, injury, or death arising out of COVID-19 unless:
  • A claimant proves by clear and convincing evidence that
the exposure, loss, damage, injury, or death was caused by
the entity's failure to comply with public health guidelines;
or

  • The exposure, loss, damage, injury, or death was caused by
gross negligence or a willful and wanton act or omission of
the entity.
The bill is repealed 2 years after the date the governor terminates
the state of disaster emergency declared on March 11, 2020.

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Bill: SB21-119
Title: Increasing Access To High-Quality Credentials
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Education & School Finance (Pre & K-12)
DescriptionConcerning increasing access in high school to high-quality credentials within the career development success program.
Intro Date02/23/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/10/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusHouse Committee on Education Refer Unamended to Appropriations (05/05/2021)
Senate CommitteeEducation
House CommitteeEducation
Senate SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
J. Bridges (D)
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
T. Geitner (R)
Summary

The career development success program provides financial
incentives for participating school districts and participating charter
schools to encourage pupils enrolled in grades 9 through 12 to enroll in
and successfully complete qualified industry-credential programs;
qualified internship, residency, or construction industry

pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship programs; and qualified advanced
placement courses (programs and courses). The bill amends the list of
qualified programs by removing residency programs and expanding
pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs to include any industry
program, not just construction industry programs.
The bill expands the definition of a qualified industry-credential
program to include a career and technical education program that, upon
completion, results in an industry-recognized credential with labor market
value aligned with a high-skill, high-wage, in-demand job.
Current law requires the work force development council (council)
to identify the programs and courses by identifying the jobs included in
the Colorado talent report with the greatest regional and state demand,
including jobs in in-demand industries. The bill requires the council to
consult with relevant industries to identify the programs and courses by
identifying high-skill, high-wage jobs in in-demand industries that have
labor market value. Any programs and courses the council determines do
not demonstrate labor market value may be removed from the council's
website.
Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, and each school year
thereafter, the department of education (department), in coordination with
the department of labor and employment, the department of higher
education, the Colorado community college system, and employers from
in-demand industries, shall identify the top 10 industry-recognized
credentials that may be awarded to high school students. For each
identified credential, the department shall specify how the courses taken
to earn the credential align with the state academic standards.
The bill requires each participating school district, each
nonparticipating school district on behalf of its participating charter
schools, and the state charter school institute on behalf of each
participating institute charter school to report to the department the total
number of pupils who successfully complete a program or course,
disaggregated by the student's race, ethnicity, and gender, and whether the
student is a student with a disability, an English language learner, or
eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.
Current law requires each participating school district and each
participating charter school to regularly communicate to all high school
students the availability of programs and courses and the benefits a
student receives as a result of successfully completing one of the
programs or courses. The bill expands this requirement to all middle
school students and the students' families.
The bill requires each participating school district and each
participating charter school to communicate how industry-recognized
credentials and guaranteed-transfer pathways courses that are included in
such credentials are aligned with postsecondary degrees and high-skill,
high-wage, in-demand jobs, and the top 10 industry-recognized
credentials identified by the department. The communications must be
provided in a language that the students and the students' families
understand.
The bill updates the department's annual reporting requirements to
the general assembly to include:
  • Whether the students participating in the programs and
courses enlisted in the military or entered the workforce
after graduation;
  • How money received under the career development success
program was used to promote the availability of programs
and courses; and
  • How the participating school district or participating
charter school determined which programs and courses to
offer, including how the programs and courses are aligned
with local workforce needs.
No later than July 1, 2022, the department, in collaboration with
the Colorado community college system, shall publish and disseminate
materials through existing and relevant platforms used to engage with
districts that include, at a minimum, the top 10 industry-recognized
credentials and a sample communications plan for how a participating
school district or participating charter school may communicate the value
of credentials and experiences to students and families.
The bill requires participating school districts and participating
charter schools to utilize program funding to promote access to programs
and courses.

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Bill: SB21-130
Title: Local Authority for Business Personal Property Tax Exemption
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Fiscal Policy & Taxes
DescriptionConcerning authorization for local governments to exempt business personal property from taxation.
Intro Date02/25/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/03/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusGovernor Signed (04/29/2021)
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans and Military Affairs
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate SponsorsC. Holbert (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House SponsorsK. Van Winkle (R)
S. Bird (D)
Summary

The bill allows counties, municipalities, and special districts to
exempt up to 100% of business personal property from the levy and
collection of property taxation for the 2021 property tax year.

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Bill: SB21-176
Title: Protecting Opportunities And Workers' Rights Act
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning protections for Colorado workers against discriminatory employment practices.
Intro Date03/08/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/25/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations (05/06/2021)
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
House Committee
Senate SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
F. Winter (D)
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
M. Gray (D)
Summary

For purposes of addressing discriminatory or unfair employment
practices pursuant to Colorado's anti-discrimination laws, the bill:
  • Allows an employment discrimination claim to be brought
in any court of competent jurisdiction in the county or
district where the alleged discriminatory or unfair
employment practice occurred and allows an individual to

file a civil action, without otherwise exhausting
administrative proceedings and remedies, as long as the
individual either files a charge with the Colorado civil
rights commission (commission) or serves a written
demand for the relief on the individual's employer and
allows the employer 14 days to respond;
  • Expands the definition of employee to include
individuals in domestic service; individuals who perform
a service for a price, including independent contractors,
subcontractors, and their employees; and individuals who
offer services or labor without pay;
  • Adds new definitions of caregiver, care recipient,
child, minor child, harassment, hostile work
environment, and independent contractor;
  • Adds protections from discriminatory or unfair
employment practices for individuals based on their
marital status or caregiver status;
  • Specifies that it is a discriminatory or unfair employment
practice for an employer to fail to initiate an investigation
of a complaint or fail to take prompt remedial action if
appropriate;
  • Prohibits certain preemployment medical examinations,
imposes limitations on inquiries and examinations about an
employee's disability during employment, and specifies that
violations of these prohibitions and limitations constitute
discriminatory or unfair employment practices;
  • Expands the time limit to file a charge with the commission
from 6 months to 300 days after the alleged discriminatory
or unfair employment practice occurred;
  • Repeals the limits on remedies in cases involving age
discrimination; and
  • Limits the ability of an employer to require confidentiality
of claims once a charge is filed with the commission.

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Bill: SB21-197
Title: Workers' Compensation Physician
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Labor & Employment
DescriptionConcerning the treating physician in workers' compensation cases.
Intro Date03/24/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/03/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor (05/10/2021)
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
House SponsorsS. Woodrow (D)
A. Boesenecker (D)
Summary

The bill provides injured workers control over the selection of the
primary treating physician in workers' compensation cases, allowing them
to choose from any level I or level II accredited physician through the
division of workers' compensation. The bill creates the mechanism by
which the injured worker may select the treating physician, and requires
the employer or insurer to choose the physician when an injured worker

is unable or unwilling to select the treating physician.

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Bill: SB21-200
Title: Reduce Greenhouse Gases Increase Environmental Justice
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning measures to further environmental protections, and, in connection therewith, adopting measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and adopting protections for disproportionately impacted communities.
Intro Date03/29/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/27/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole (05/12/2021)
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
House Committee
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
F. Winter (D)
House SponsorsD. Jackson (D)
Summary

Current law requires the air quality control commission (AQCC)
to adopt rules that will result in the statewide reduction of greenhouse gas

(GHG) emissions of 26% by 2025, 50% by 2030, and 90% by 2050, as
compared to 2005 emissions. Section 2 of the bill supplements these
requirements by:
  • Directing the AQCC to:
  • Consider the social cost of GHG emissions;
  • Require GHG reductions on a linear or more
stringent path; and
  • Finalize its implementing rules by March 1, 2022,
including specific net emission weight limits for
various emission sectors, subject to modification by
the AQCC, including through the use of a
multi-sector program;
  • Directing each wholesale generation and transmission
electric cooperative to file with the public utilities
commission a responsible energy plan that will achieve at
least an 80% GHG reduction by 2030 as compared to 2005
levels and specifying that if a plan is not filed, the
cooperative must achieve at least a 90% GHG reduction by
2030 as compared to 2005 levels; and
  • Directing each retail, wholesale, and municipal electric
utility and cooperative electric association to reduce its
GHG emissions by at least 95% between 2035 and 2040
and by 100% by 2040.
Section 3 adds GHG to the definition of regulated pollutant,
prohibits the AQCC from excluding GHG emissions from the
requirement to pay annual emission fees that are based on emissions of
regulated pollutants, gives the AQCC rule-making authority to set the
GHG annual emission fee, and authorizes the use of these fees for
outreach to and engagement of disproportionately impacted communities.
Section 4 requires the AQCC's GHG reporting rules to establish an
assumed emission rate representing the average regional fossil fuel
generation emission rate for electricity generated by a renewable energy
resource for which the associated renewable energy credit is not retired
in the year generated.
Section 5 creates an environmental justice ombudsperson position
and an environmental justice advisory board in the department of public
health and environment. The ombudsperson and the advisory board will
work collaboratively to promote environmental justice in Colorado.
Sections 2 and 5 specify processes for soliciting and facilitating input
from disproportionately impacted communities regarding proposed
AQCC rule changes and departmental decision-making.

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Bill: SB21-246
Title: Electric Utility Promote Beneficial Electrification
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Energy
- Housing
- Natural Resources & Environment
DescriptionConcerning measures to encourage beneficial electrification, and, in connection therewith, directing the public utilities commission and Colorado utilities to promote compliance with current environmental and labor standards.
Intro Date04/16/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/06/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Energy & Environment (05/12/2021)
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
House CommitteeEnergy and Environment
Senate SponsorsS. Fenberg (D)
House SponsorsM. Froelich (D)
A. Valdez (D)
Summary

The bill directs the public utilities commission (PUC) to establish
energy savings targets and approve plans under which investor-owned

electric utilities will promote the use of energy-efficient electric
equipment in place of less efficient fossil-fuel-based systems. This
directive would substantially follow the model of existing demand-side
management (DSM) policies established by the PUC.
Section 1 of the bill declares that DSM has provided substantial
economic and environmental benefits, and the PUC's administration of
DSM has successfully carried out legislative intent; therefore, the PUC
is directed to implement the beneficial electrification programs and plans
using the same approach.
Sections 2 and 4 specify the parameters for these programs and
plans, including the types of systems and appliances that are eligible for
installation, the criteria to be considered when the PUC evaluates plan
proposals, the implementation of plans, utility cost-recovery mechanisms,
and performance incentives. Section 4 also requires that any installation,
upgrade, or new construction under a beneficial electrification program
must be performed either by utility employees or by qualified,
Colorado-licensed contractors.
Section 3 directs the PUC to apply current standards for
measurement of the social cost of carbon emissions, including methane,
in evaluating the cost, benefit, or net present value of utility plans and
proposals for beneficial electrification.
Section 5 makes a conforming amendment.

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Bill: SB21-260
Title: Sustainability Of The Transportation System
VotesVotes all Legislators
Bill Subject- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
DescriptionConcerning the sustainability of the transportation system in Colorado, and, in connection therewith, creating new sources of dedicated funding and new state enterprises to preserve, improve, and expand existing transportation infrastructure, develop the modernized infrastructure needed to support the widespread adoption of electric motor vehicles, and mitigate environmental and health impacts of transportation system use; and expanding authority for regional transportation improvements.
Intro Date05/04/2021
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/11/2021)
Full TextFull Text of Bill
StatusSenate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole (05/12/2021)
Senate CommitteeFinance
House Committee
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House SponsorsA. Garnett (D)
M. Gray (D)
Summary

The bill creates new sources of dedicated funding and new state
enterprises to enable the planning, funding, development, construction,
maintenance, and supervision of a sustainable transportation system by
preserving, improving, and expanding existing transportation
infrastructure, developing the modern infrastructure needed to support the
widespread adoption of electric motor vehicles, and mitigating adverse
environmental and health impacts of transportation system use as follows:
  • Section 6 of the bill creates the community access
enterprise within the Colorado energy office (CEO) for the
purpose of supporting the widespread and equitable
adoption of electric motor vehicles and electric alternatives
to motor vehicles in an equitable manner. The community
access enterprise is authorized to impose a community
access retail delivery fee to fund its business purpose. The
governance and powers and duties of the community access
enterprise are specified.
  • Section 7 makes various general fund transfers to the state
highway fund, the highway users tax fund (HUTF), and the
multimodal transportation and mitigation options fund,
including limited contingent transfers of a portion of any
additional general fund revenue made available due to the
restoration of the excess state revenues cap (Referendum C
cap) by Section 8.
  • Section 8 restores the Referendum C cap, which the general
assembly reduced in 2017, to its maximum voter-approved
level.
  • Section 11 creates the clean fleet enterprise within the
department of public health and environment (CDPHE) for
the purpose of incentivizing and supporting the use of
electric motor vehicles and other clean fleet technologies
by owners and operators of motor vehicle fleets. The clean
fleet enterprise is authorized to impose a clean fleet retail
delivery fee to be paid by the purchaser of tangible
personal property delivered to the purchaser by motor
vehicle and a clean fleet per ride fee to be paid by a
transportation network company (TNC) on each ride
offered and accepted by the TNC to fund the clean fleet
enterprise's business purpose. The governance and powers
and duties of the clean fleet enterprise are specified.
  • Section 25 requires the department of revenue (DOR) to
collect the per ride fees imposed by the clean fleet
enterprise and the nonattainment area air pollution
mitigation enterprise as authorized by sections 11 and 50
Both fees are first imposed for rides offered and accepted
in state fiscal year (FY) 2022-23 and are annually adjusted
for consumer price index (CPI) inflation thereafter.
  • Section 26 indexes the existing $50 registration fee
imposed on electric motor vehicles to national highway
construction cost index (NHCCI) inflation and imposes
additional electric motor vehicle road usage equalization
fees on battery electric motor vehicles at a specified level
and on plug-in hybrid electric motor vehicles at a lower
level, with both additional fees being phased in on a set
schedule from state FYs 2022-23 through 2031-32 and
thereafter indexed to NHCCI inflation. Section 26 also
imposes a commercial electric motor vehicle fee. The
increase and new fee revenue is credited to the HUTF for
allocation to the state, counties, and municipalities; except
that 40% of the revenue generated by inflation indexing of
the existing $50 registration fee is credited to the electric
vehicle grant fund and 30% of the revenue generated by the
commercial electric motor vehicle fee is credited to the
state highway fund for freight-related projects. In 2026,
specified executive agencies must jointly review the fees
and make recommendations to the transportation legislation
review committee of the general assembly as to whether the
fees should be adjusted to ensure continued equalization of
the average aggregate amount of registration fees and
motor fuel charges annually paid by owners of electric
motor vehicles and owners of motor vehicles powered
exclusively by internal combustion engines.
  • Section 33 imposes road usage fees on gasoline and diesel
purchases that are phased in from state FYs 2022-23
through 2031-32 and thereafter indexed to NHCCI
inflation, with the road usage fees also being adjusted
beginning in state FY 2032-33 in a manner calculated to
generate the same amount of additional revenue as would
be generated by indexing the existing state excise taxes
imposed on gasoline and diesel to construction cost
inflation. The fee revenue is credited to the HUTF for
allocation to the state, counties, and municipalities.
  • Section 33 also imposes a retail delivery fee on retail
deliveries by motor vehicle that include tangible personal
property subject to the state sales tax, requires the fee to be
collected from the purchaser by the retailer, and requires
simultaneous collection of community access, clean fleet,
bridge and tunnel, clean transit, and air pollution mitigation
retail delivery fees imposed, respectively, by the
community access, clean fleet, statewide bridge and tunnel,
clean transit, and nonattainment area air pollution
mitigation enterprises. The fees are first collected in state
FY 2022-23 and are annually adjusted for CPI inflation
thereafter. Retail delivery fee revenue is credited to the
HUTF for allocation to the state, counties, and
municipalities and to the multimodal transportation and
mitigation options fund and each enterprise's retail delivery
fee revenue is collected by DOR on behalf of and credited
to the cash fund controlled by the enterprise.
  • Sections 43, 44, and 46 change the name of the statewide
bridge enterprise to the statewide bridge and tunnel
enterprise, authorize the enterprise to complete tunnel
projects, and authorize the enterprise to impose a bridge
and tunnel impact fee on diesel fuel and a bridge and tunnel
retail delivery fee to fund its business purpose. The bridge
and tunnel impact fee is phased in from state FYs 2022-23
through 2031-32 and thereafter indexed to NHCCI
inflation.
  • Section 45 indexes the existing $2 short-term daily vehicle
rental fee to CPI inflation and, on or after July 1, 2022,
requires a car sharing program to collect the daily vehicle
rental fee for any short-term vehicle rental of 24 hours or
longer that is enabled by the car sharing program.
  • Sections 47 through 49 change the name of the
multimodal transportation options fund to the multimodal
transportation and mitigation options fund and make
greenhouse gas mitigation projects eligible for funding
from the fund.
  • Section 50 creates the clean transit enterprise within the
department of transportation (CDOT) for the purpose of
supporting clean public transit through electrification
planning efforts, facility upgrades, fleet motor vehicle
replacement, and construction and development of
associated electric motor vehicle charging and fueling
infrastructure. The clean transit enterprise is authorized to
impose a clean transit retail delivery fee of up to a specified
amount to fund its business purpose. The governance and
powers and duties of the clean transit enterprise are
specified. Section 50 also creates the nonattainment area air
pollution mitigation enterprise for the purpose of mitigating
transportation-related emissions in ozone nonattainment
areas. The nonattainment area air pollution mitigation
enterprise is authorized to impose air pollution mitigation
per ride and retail delivery fees to fund its business
purpose.
Section 1 makes legislative findings and declarations that explain
the purpose of the bill and the reasons why it includes the new sources of
dedicated funding and new state enterprises that it does. Section 2
clarifies that an existing fee may be used to fund the functions of the
freight mobility and safety branch created in section 27. Sections 3 and
4
respectively clarify that the clean fleet enterprise operates as a type 1
agency within CDPHE and that the clean transit enterprise and the
nonattainment area air pollution mitigation enterprise operate as type 1
agencies within CDOT.
Section 5 requires the CEO and CDPHE, after consultation with
CDOT, to jointly and annually prepare a report for specified legislative
committees that details the progress made toward the electric motor
vehicle adoption goals set forth in the Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan
2020 and the transportation sector greenhouse gas pollution reduction
goals set forth in the Colorado Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction
Roadmap. Section 5 also specifies a methodology to be used by the
CEO, CDOT, and CDPHE to estimate the social costs of greenhouse gas
pollution.
Sections 9, 32, 42, and 51 effectuate the repeal of the requirement
that a ballot question seeking approval for the issuance of transportation
revenue anticipation notes be submitted to the voters of the state at the
November 2021 statewide election.
Section 10 requires CDOT to comply with specified transparency
and contractor short-listing requirements when using the integrated
project delivery method of contract procurement for a public project.
Section 14 clarifies that sales and use tax is not levied on the retail
delivery fees imposed by or as authorized by the bill. Sections 16
through 21
provide legal authority for collection under an existing
multistate agreement of the motor fuel road usage and bridge and tunnel
impact fees imposed by or as authorized by the bill. Section 22 requires
the public utilities commission to conduct a certificated taxi carrier parity
study.
Section 27 creates the freight mobility and safety branch in
CDOT's transportation development division. Section 28 requires CDOT
and metropolitan planning organizations to engage in an enhanced level
of planning, analysis, community engagement, and monitoring with
respect to transportation capacity projects and specifies what that entails
and also requires CDOT to conduct a road usage charge study and an
autonomous vehicle study. Section 29 allows some of the general fund
money transferred to the state highway fund pursuant to section 7 to be
used for multimodal transportation projects. Section 31 specifies the
manner in which revenue credited to the HUTF as required by the bill is
allocated and expended.
Sections 34 through 41 authorize a transportation planning
organization (TPO), subject to territorial restrictions and TPO member
jurisdiction approval requirements, to exercise the powers of a regional
transportation authority (RTA). Among other powers, the powers of a
RTA include the power to impose various charges, fees, and, with voter
approval, visitor benefit, sales, and use taxes to generate transportation
funding for the purpose of financing, constructing, operating, and
maintaining regional transportation systems.
Any additional transportation funding obtained by a TPO
exercising the power of a RTA is intended to supplement and not supplant
state and federal transportation funding allocated within the boundaries
of the TPO. Therefore, the transportation commission and CDOT are
prohibited from taking such additional transportation funding into
account when determining the amount of state and federal transportation
funding to be allocated within the boundaries of a TPO, and CDOT, when
submitting its annual proposed budget allocation plan, is required to
provide evidence that the proposed allocation of state and federal
transportation funding within the boundaries of any TPO that has
obtained such additional transportation funding has not been reduced in
any way on account of the additional transportation funding.
Section 45 reduces the amount of each road safety surcharge
imposed on motor vehicle registration for registration periods beginning
on or after January 1, 2022, but before January 1, 2024, by $5.55.

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