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Bill: HB21-1012
Title: Expand Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
DescriptionConcerning expansion of the prescription drug monitoring program to track information regarding all prescription drugs prescribed in Colorado.
CSL Lobbyists

Jeanette, Fran

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
House SponsorsK. Mullica (D)
J. Rich (R)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
B. Pettersen (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance (02/16/2021)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators
Summary

Current law requires the prescription drug monitoring program
(program) to track all controlled substances prescribed in Colorado. The
bill expands the program, effective February 1, 2023, to track all
prescription drugs prescribed in this state. The bill extends the repeal of
the program until September 1, 2028.

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Bill: HB21-1068
Title: Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam
DescriptionConcerning health insurance coverage for an annual mental health wellness examination performed by a qualified mental health care provider.
CSL Lobbyists

Francette, Fran

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/16/2021)
House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
B. Titone (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
House CommitteeHealth and Insurance
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance (02/16/2021)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators
Summary

The bill adds a requirement, as part of mandatory health insurance
coverage of preventive health care services, that health plans cover an
annual mental health wellness examination of up to 60 minutes that is
performed by a qualified mental health care provider. The coverage must:
  • Be comparable to the coverage of a physical examination;

  • Comply with the requirements of federal mental health
parity laws; and
  • Not require any deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance
for the mental health wellness examination.
The coverage applies to plans issued on or after January 1, 2022.

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Bill: HB21-1079
Title: Modify Property Tax Exemption For Veterans With Disabilities
DescriptionConcerning the property tax exemption for veterans with a disability, and, in connection therewith, increasing the maximum amount of actual value of the owner-occupied primary residence of a qualifying veteran with a disability that is partly exempt from property taxation.
CSL Lobbyists

Bob Epstein

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
House SponsorsS. Sandridge (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeState, Civic, Military and Veterans Affairs
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs + Finance + Appropriations (02/16/2021)
Hearing Date03/04/2021
Hearing RoomLegislative Services Building Hearing Room A
Hearing TimeUpon Adjournment
VotesVotes all Legislators
Summary

The Colorado constitution allows a veteran who has a

service-connected disability rated as a 100% permanent disability to claim
a property tax exemption for 50% of the first $200,000 of actual value of
the veteran's owner-occupied primary residence. The general assembly
may enact legislation to raise or lower the $200,000 actual value limit but
the 100% permanent disability requirement can only be changed through
a constitutional amendment.
For property tax years commencing on and after January 1, 2021,
the bill increases from $200,000 to $300,000 the maximum amount of
actual value of the owner-occupied primary residence of an eligible
veteran with a disability of which 50% is exempt from property taxation.
If at the 2022 general election the voters of the state approve a proposed
constitutional amendment to make more veterans eligible for the
exemption by allowing veterans who have a service-connected disability
rated as a 50% or greater to claim the exemption, the bill makes a
conforming statutory amendment to reflect the expansion of the
exemption for property tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2023.

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Bill: HB21-1105
Title: Low-income Utility Payment Assistance Contributions
DescriptionConcerning utility customers' financial contributions for low-income utility assistance.
CSL Lobbyists

Chris Lynn

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
House CommitteeFinance
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Finance (02/16/2021)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators
Summary

Section 1 of the bill removes the low-income energy assistance
program administered by Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) from the
grant program reserve funded by tier 2 severance tax operational fund
money.
Section 2 clarifies that the definition of a low-income utility
customer, with regard to the public utilities commission's (PUC)

consideration of a preference or advantage that a gas or electric utility
grants a low-income utility customer, means a utility customer who meets
the Colorado department of human services' income eligibility criteria.
Sections 3 and 4 make modifications to the legislative commission
on low-income energy assistance, wherein section 3 expands the
commission's scope to include water utility assistance and section 4
reduces the composition of the commission from 11 members to 7
members. Section 4 also requires the commission to:
  • Advise the Colorado energy office (office) on grants
awarded from the federal department of energy regarding
the office's weatherization assistance program;
  • Advise water utilities that provide their customers with
utility assistance and efficiency programs; and
  • Review EOC's annual budget that it submits to the PUC
regarding the use of funding for utility bill payment
assistance.
Sections 5, 6, and 8 to 10 concern the creation of an energy
assistance system benefit charge, which is a mandatory monthly charge
that investor-owned electric and gas utilities are required to collect from
their customers. The initial amount of the charge per customer is $1 for
electric service provided and $1 for natural gas service provided, but the
PUC may adopt rules to modify the amount of the charge, so long as the
charge is at least $1 per service provided. Investor-owned utilities are
required to remit the charges collected to EOC to help finance the direct
utility bill payment assistance and energy retrofit programs that EOC
administers for low-income households.
Sections 7 and 11 concern voluntary, opt-in charges that a water
utility may offer its customers to help finance the water utility bill
payment assistance program that EOC administers. Alternatively, a water
utility may implement its own water utility bill payment assistance
program.
Section 12 requires EOC and the office, when installing energy
retrofits for low-income households, to prioritize customer savings,
emission reductions, and improving indoor air quality.
Section 13 governs reporting requirements for EOC regarding the
mandatory monthly energy assistance system benefit charge and
voluntary, opt-in monthly water utility bill payment assistance collections.
Sections 14 to 17 make conforming amendments.

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Bill: HB21-1109
Title: Broadband Board Changes To Expand Broadband Service
DescriptionConcerning the broadband deployment board, and, in connection therewith, modifying the composition of the board, requiring the board to develop a request for proposal process for deploying broadband into critically unserved areas in the state, and requiring the board to give additional consideration to proposed projects that would include discounted service for low-income households.
CSL Lobbyists

Phil, Rich

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/17/2021)
House SponsorsB. Titone (D)
M. Soper (R)
Senate Sponsors
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
StatusHouse Committee on Transportation & Local Government Refer Amended to Finance (02/24/2021)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators
Summary

Sections 1 and 3 of the bill exempt certain mapping data
submitted to the office of information technology (office) from public
disclosure under the Colorado Open Records Act.
Section 2 adds a definition of critically unserved, which means
a household or area that lies outside municipal boundaries and lacks
access to at least one provider of nonsatellite broadband service delivered
at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second downstream and
one megabit per second upstream, and a definition of office of
information technology.
Section 3 reduces the membership of the broadband deployment
board (board) in the department of regulatory agencies from 16 members
to 11 members.
The board is required to develop a request for proposal process
through which the board will solicit bids for proposed projects to serve
areas of the state that the office has determined lack access to broadband
service at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second
downstream and one megabit per second upstream. The board is required
to reserve at least 75% of the money from the high cost support
mechanism that is allocated for broadband deployment to award grants to
proposed projects solicited through the request for proposal process.
Section 3 also directs the board to:
  • Require an applicant or appellant to submit a speed test
performed on an incumbent provider's network and
conducted in accordance with industry-standard speed-test
protocols;
  • Give additional consideration to proposed projects that
would give discounted service for low-income households;
  • Contractually require an applicant receiving a grant award
to:
  • Report annually on the number of homes and
businesses served by the grant-supported broadband
network, the number of homes and businesses
expected to be served in the following year, and the
speeds, rates, and services offered to customers
through the grant-supported broadband network;
and
  • Provide third-party certification, after the grant
money has been fully expended, that the project
meets the original design of, and provides the
measurable speeds, rates, and services set forth in,
the application.
  • Require an applicant or appellant to submit to the office, in
a form and manner determined by the office, certain
granular mapping data.
Section 4 repeals the current board composition requirements on
August 31, 2021.

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Bill: HB21-1117
Title: Local Government Authority Promote Affordable Housing Units
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.
CSL Lobbyists

Pat Cook, Rich

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/19/2021)
House SponsorsS. Lontine (D)
S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Rodriguez (D)
J. Gonzales (D)
House CommitteeTransportation and Local Government
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Local Government (02/16/2021)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators
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: HB21-1121
Title: Residential Tenancy Procedures
DescriptionConcerning protections for residential tenants related to actions by landlords.
CSL Lobbyists

Pat Cook, Rich

Note re rentals owned by Mom/Pop

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/25/2021)
House SponsorsD. Jackson (D)
I. Jodeh (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Gonzales (D)
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee
StatusIntroduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor (02/18/2021)
Hearing Date03/03/2021
Hearing RoomHouse Committee Room 0112
Hearing Time1:30 PM
VotesVotes all Legislators
Summary

Under existing law, certain residential landlords must give 10 days'
notice to tenants prior to starting eviction proceedings for failure to pay
rent or for a first or subsequent violation of any other condition or
covenant other than a substantial violation. The bill requires landlords to
give 14 days' notice in those situations.
Under existing law, the clerk of the court or the attorney for the

plaintiff may issue a summons to a defendant in an eviction action. The
bill requires that the clerk of the court issue the summons in a residential
eviction action. The bill extends the period for which the summons must
be issued from 7 days before the court appearance to 14 days before the
court appearance.
Under existing law, in certain circumstances, a person may serve
a notice to quit or summons to the tenant by posting a copy of the notice
or summons and the complaint in a conspicuous place upon the premises
and a person may serve a notice to quit by leaving it with a member of the
tenant's family who is at least 15 years old. The bill removes those
provisions for service in residential tenancy actions and requires that the
notice to quit or summons be served in the same manner as any other civil
action.
Under existing law, if a landlord wins judgment in an eviction
action, the court cannot issue a writ of restitution, which directs the
county sheriff to assist the landlord in removing the tenant, until 48 hours
after judgment. The bill extends the period for residential evictions to 14
days after judgment.
The bill prohibits residential landlords from increasing rent more
than one time in a 12-month period of tenancy.
The bill extends the notice period for nonpayment of rent for a
home owner in a mobile home park from 10 days to 14 days.
Under existing law, for a tenancy of one month or longer but less
than 6 months in which there is no written agreement between the
landlord and tenant, a landlord must give 21 days' written notice to the
tenant prior to increasing the rent. For a residential tenancy, the bill
extends the notice period to 60 days and makes it apply to a tenancy of
any duration without a written agreement. The bill prohibits a landlord
from terminating a residential tenancy in which there is no written
agreement with the primary purpose of increasing a tenant's rent without
providing 60 days' notice.

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Bill: SB21-011
Title: Pharmacist Prescribe Dispense Opiate Antagonist
DescriptionConcerning responsibilities of a pharmacist related to opiate antagonists, and, in connection therewith, authorizing a pharmacist to prescribe an opiate antagonist and requiring a pharmacist who dispenses an opioid to offer to prescribe or dispense an opiate antagonist in certain situations.
CSL Lobbyists

Christina, Fran 

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
House SponsorsK. Mullica (D)
R. Pelton (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (02/16/2021)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators
Summary

The bill authorizes a pharmacist to prescribe an opiate antagonist.

The bill requires a pharmacist who dispenses an opioid to an
individual to inform the individual of the potential dangers of a high dose
of opioid and offer to prescribe the individual an opiate antagonist if:
  • In the pharmacist's professional judgment, the individual
would benefit from the information;
  • The individual has a history of prior opioid overdose or
substance use disorder;
  • The individual is, at the same time, prescribed a
benzodiazepine, a sedative hypnotic drug, carisoprodol,
tramadol, or gabapentin; or
  • The opioid prescription being dispensed is at or in excess
of 90 morphine milligram equivalent.

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Bill: SB21-016
Title: Protecting Preventive Health Care Coverage
DescriptionConcerning services related to preventive health care, and, in connection therewith, requiring coverage for certain preventive measures, screenings, and treatments that are administered, dispensed, or prescribed by health care providers and facilities.
CSL Lobbyists

Fran

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
K. Mullica (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (02/16/2021)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators
Summary

The bill codifies a number of preventive health care services
currently required to be covered by health insurance carriers pursuant to

the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and adds them
to the current list of services required to be covered by Colorado health
insurance carriers, which services are not subject to policy deductibles,
copayments, or coinsurance. The bill expands certain preventive health
care services to include osteoporosis screening; urinary incontinence
screening; and counseling, prevention, screening, and treatment of a
sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Current law requires a health care provider or facility to perform
a diagnostic exam for an STI and subsequently treat the STI at the request
of a minor patient. The bill allows a health care provider to administer,
dispense, or prescribe preventive measures or medications where
applicable. The consent of a parent is not a prerequisite for a minor to
receive preventive care, but a health care provider shall counsel the minor
on the importance of bringing the minor's parent or legal guardian into the
minor's confidence regarding the services.
Current law requires the executive director of the department of
health care policy and financing to authorize reimbursement for medical
or diagnostic services provided by a certified family planning clinic. The
bill removes the requirement that services be provided by a certified
family planning clinic and authorizes reimbursement for family planning
services and family-planning-related services provided by any licensed
health care provider.

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Bill: SB21-038
Title: Expansion of Complementary And Alternative Medicine
DescriptionConcerning an expansion of the complementary or alternative medicine pilot program for a person with a primary condition resulting in the total inability for independent ambulation.
CSL Lobbyists

Bob Epstein, Christina

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/26/2021)
House SponsorsK. Van Winkle (R)
C. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services (02/16/2021)
Hearing Date03/01/2021
Hearing RoomSenate Committee Room 357
Hearing Time1:30 PM
VotesVotes all Legislators
Summary

The complementary or alternative medicine pilot program (pilot
program) currently applies to persons with a spinal cord injury. The bill
expands the pilot program to include persons with a primary condition of

multiple sclerosis, a brain injury, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, or
cerebral palsy, with the total inability for independent ambulation directly
resulting from one of these diagnoses. The bill expands the pilot program
to all eligible individuals in Colorado.

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Bill: SB21-060
Title: Expand Broadband Service
DescriptionConcerning broadband deployment.
CSL Lobbyists

Phil

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Donovan (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology (02/16/2021)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators
Summary

Section 1 of the bill amends the definition of broadband network
to increase downstream and upstream speed requirements and adds a
definition of critically unserved, which means a household or area that
lacks access to at least one provider of nonsatellite broadband service
delivered at measurable speeds of at least 10 megabits per second
downstream and one megabit per second upstream.
Section 2 reduces the membership of the broadband deployment
board (board) in the department of regulatory agencies from 16 members

to 9 members.
The board is required to develop a reimbursement program to
reimburse certain households for up to $600 per year for broadband
service. A household is eligible to apply for reimbursement if the
household:
  • Includes children enrolled in grades K-12 who receive free
or reduced-price lunch through a school's lunch program;
or
  • Has an income that does not exceed the higher of the
federal poverty level or 30% of area median income.
The board is also required to develop a request for proposal
process through which the board will solicit bids for proposed projects to
serve areas of the state that the office of information technology has
determined lack access to broadband service at measurable speeds of at
least 10 megabits per second downstream and one megabit per second
upstream. Each year, the board is required to reserve at least 50% of the
money from the high cost support mechanism that is allocated for
broadband deployment to award grants to proposed projects solicited
through the request for proposal process.
Section 2 also limits the notice and comment period for a local
entity's review of an application from 60 days to 30 days and removes
provisions requiring the board to apply for specific types of federal
funding because the board has completed those applications.
Section 2 further requires the public utilities commission, in
consultation with the board, to:
  • Adopt rules establishing speed testing protocols by which
broadband grant applicants must abide; and
  • Consider, on a biennial basis starting in 2023, whether to
modify by rule the definitions of broadband network and
critically unserved and certain aspects of the
reimbursement program, including eligibility for
reimbursement and the maximum amount of money that the
board may annually reimburse a household.
Section 3 repeals the current board composition requirements on
August 31, 2021.

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Bill: SB21-103
Title: Sunset Office Of Consumer Counsel
DescriptionConcerning the continuation of the office of consumer counsel, and, in connection therewith, implementing the recommendations contained in the 2020 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies regarding the office of consumer counsel and the utility consumers' board.
CSL Lobbyists

rich, AARP

Comment
Full TextFull Text of Bill
Fiscal Notes 
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsF. Winter (D)
S. Fenberg (D)
House Committee
Senate CommitteeTransportation and Energy
StatusIntroduced In Senate - Assigned to Transportation & Energy (02/17/2021)
Hearing Date
Hearing Room
Hearing Time
VotesVotes all Legislators
Summary

Sunset Process - Senate Transportation and Energy

Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department
of regulatory agencies' (department) sunset review and report regarding
the office of consumer counsel (office) and the utility consumers' board
(board) by:
  • Continuing the office and the board for 7 years, to 2028
(sections 1 and 2 of the bill);
  • Clarifying that, in addition to being authorized to appear
before and participate in the public utilities commission's
proceedings, the office is authorized to appear before and
participate in other agencies' proceedings (sections 6 and
8
);
  • Changing the name of the office to the office of the utility
consumer advocate and the name of the head of the office
from the consumer counsel to the director (sections 1 and
4 to 10
);
  • Changing the board from a type 1 transfer to a type 2
transfer (sections 4 and 10);
  • Repealing requirements that the board annually review the
office's performance and confer with the executive director
of the department regarding hiring and performance
evaluation matters (section 4); and
  • Repealing the requirement that members of the board
represent all 7 of the state's congressional districts and
instead requiring that appointing authorities ensure that the
board's membership reflect the greatest degree of diversity
possible (section 4).
Sections 3 and 11 to 13 make conforming amendments.

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